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Happy Guy Home
R Duck Show

From R Duck hardware central:

One of a kind moving side show.


exterior shots:

interior shots:

It has two balconies, a shed, two bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen, dining/storage and family room with a wood stove, home of Happy Guy studio mobile unit and prefered traveling arrangement for the R Duck show.

this is the new paint scheme

The bus started out with a school (VIN-D033982) in a rural mountain town in California, so it has one heck of a granny gear that will drive it up even the steepest incline.

Then in 1996, it was bought by the young lads who did much of the work you see, used it as a home and drove it to various festivals and gatherings. About 1999 , I bought it as a vehicle to house the Happy Guy studio mobile activities. Since then it has been across the country, and it has been across town, though it is a little clunky for commuting. These pictures come from various journeys made across the southern United States, and California.

Now with an updated paint job, we make this one of a kind vehicle available to you!

Use it for a traveling band. Perfect for a tinker. A guest cottage perhaps. Heck, it is cheaper then building a storage shed this size (about 325 sq.ft.). Plus you can move it around! It is about 12 feet tall, so it has no problems getting around.
Right now it has a 3-way refrigerator, 4 burner stove, and propane heat. Propane is supplied by two tanks mounted under bus. It also has a wood burning stove for heat. A water heater, shower and sink are only partly installed.
Comes with furniture, shelves, cabinets, speakers, and most things pictured that you might expect to be included (though my dad would be happy to drive it more, he is not included). If there is a question, or if you want to make sure something is included, please ask.

Repainted with high gloss industrial grade heavy equipment paint on all metal, and commercial exterior latex paint used for color highlights. All metal scraped and brushed, rust on VW’s sanded and treated.

It includes a hitch for towing a car (it has towed a Volvo wagon several times with no difficulty at all) or motorcycles.

The tires are in excellent shape. It has been wired up for a dual battery system and awaits a fresh auxiliary and main battery

Some of the work that has been done to it includes: front steering hydraulics rebuilt, a rebuilt engine top end, a re-cored radiator and carburetor rebuilt by CarbCo in San Diego, Ca.

Big, heavy workhorse of a 471 V-6 uses gasoline, it always starts and runs well. Seems to get the same mileage no matter what you haul with it.

The transmission (a Clark 1325 VI) is in working order and has 5 speeds (one gear for ‘granny’ gear) and reverse.

The bus has an air compressor to run the brakes, front door, and wipers. It has two air tanks, and a third smaller safety tank for the brakes.

The clutch is hydraulic.

It is a good running bus for its age. Parts are available, and it does not require much to keep things in good working order.


This vehicle is being sold as is, with no warranty, expressed written or implied. It is the responsibility of the buyer to thoroughly inspect the vehicle, and satisfy themself as to the condition and value and to make an offer based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs of the vehicle or damages that occur during shipping.

Buyer is responsible for pick up and transport of bus and all fees incurred due to transfer of title and the like. I will deliver as arranged by the buyer for a fee.

The insurance has been less then $100 for 6 months for me.

Paying with cash, money order etc. is encouraged.



Thanks to all the folks who came down to the Santa Cruz farmers market for their stories and wonderment.

Here are some photos from Joe:



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