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Wheelchair-Accessible VW Bus Donated to Man With Special-Needs Child by Total Stranger

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In 2020, we’ll take whatever good news we can get. Fortunately, we’ve got a feel-good story from the depths of the automotive community that won’t disappoint. It’s about a man and his love for VW buses, so you know it’s going to be good.
It all started with Rick Kusak browsing Facebook for ideas. He had been searching for a way to convert his 1966 Volkswagen bus into a wheelchair accessible vehicle for his nine-month-old son Lucas when he across a photo of a perfect example. As a result, Kusak posted the photo to a group called Vintage Volkswagen Club of America (VVWCA) to ask for some design ideas.
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One of Kusak’s passions is air-cooled Volkswagens, and he’s owned nearly a half-dozen bugs and buses throughout the years, so converting his bus project seemed like the perfect idea.
It’s worth noting that the bus wasn’t Kusak’s first pick for an accessible vehicle, but the problem is that modern wheelchair-accessible vans are quite expensive. Purchasing a new converted Honda Odyssey EX-L from conversion companies like VMI or Braunability start at around $70,000-nearly double the van’s sticker price. And when the van Kusak and his family were looking at overheated on the way to their home in Texas, it was almost like an epiphany.
“I didn’t originally pick an air-cooled bus to do a conversion. It really was more of a convenience thing, because I already had one,” Kusak told The Drive. “You see, when Lucas was born, his special condition was somewhat of a surprise to us. When I sat down and thought about how much our lives were about to change, I made a knee-jerk decision to give up VWs. I thought that if Lucas couldn’t see them, then he couldn’t appreciate them, and I don’t want them!”
“In time, I came to my senses. I figured out that I can share my passion for VWs with him, it will just have to be in different ways! And what better way than to turn ours into his transportation-so I started looking for ideas on how to make it happen,” he added.
The post in the VVWCA group gained a bit of traction with people offering advice on the conversion and offered some leads on who to contact for more information. However, something even more incredible happened shortly thereafter, when the owner of the bus that Kusak posted a photo of, Bob Yost, popped up in the comments and offered to give him the very same vehicle as a gift-no charge.
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“When Bob offered it to us, I was speechless,” said Kusak. “I was in awe. I couldn’t believe it. I sat and stared at his message with my jaw on the floor, asking myself questions like: ‘Is this even possible?'”
Yost won this particular low-mileage bus from an eBay auction and had it shipped from Ohio to his home in Missoula, Montana. He invested around $2,000 into the bus after purchasing it, including having the top repainted. The only thing left to make the van roadworthy was to replace the rusty gas tank. Fortunately,…






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