1972 VW Camper Price: 12000
Up for sale - The Lovely Louise! 1972 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper Bus. Excellent running order. Original engine and MANY original details. This is the rare 72 bus with the more powerful, Type 4 1700cc engine and the final year of the bay window / low light design. I've concentrated on making the engine run GREAT with this bus. She starts and runs strong - every time! I've owned Louise for 3 years now. She goes into covered storage in the winter and always fires right up after not running for 5 months! A fresh oil change and she's ready for summer fun again. We live in Milwaukee and regularly take Louise camping from Lake Geneva to Door County. I pull over after 1 hour on the road just to cool down a bit, but 65 on the freeway has never been a problem. Lots of honks, waves and peace signs along the way.
Let's talk about the old gal's faults. Yes, there is rust. Not much that you can see from the outside, but if you crawl under, you'll find it. There's bondo too. Some by previous owners that Ive tried to clean up and some by me too. The paint where bondo was used is a good match, but not 100% exact as she's faded in different areas over time. It's noticeable if you're poking around, right up close, but she looks GREAT driving down the road as you'll see in pictures and video. Again, my main concern with restoring Louise was always safety and reliability over glamour. My wife asked why I didn't paint the bumper, or fix that little dent or rust spot... Answer: Louise is bus that gets USED - not SHOWN.
For complete transparency, here are a few other non functioning things to mention:
I have the original fridge/sink, but made no attempt to restore it. I like having the extra space.
No back up lights - they probably just need to be re-wired.
No heat. Original parts are there (gas powered torpedo under the jump seat!), but it's disconnected and I store her in the winter anyhow. Was thinking of putting in an electric heater from an RV if the need ever came up.
No radio. My kids design different cover plates for the radio slot for each trip - who needs music when the windows are down and we're on the road!
The two front seats have some wear on the upper shoulder seen in pictures.
The sliding side door needs guidance when in use, but does stay open and closed just fine.
So now let's talk about the good stuff. She was a bit of a mess when I acquired her a few year back. Very little working electrical (just enough to start) bad breaks, a poor running engine, etc. I did a lot of the work myself, but also had some done by Riverwest Automotive LLC in Milwaukee. Jake at Riverwest knows air cooled engines and now, Louise is running like a top! As I mentioned earlier, 2 hour road trips - no problem!!
New Aftermarket Weber Progressive DCEV 2 BBL carburetor
New Engine Bay Seal
New Plugs and wires
I've rewired the headlights, turn signals and breaks (interior lights, etc.)
New turn signal/brights switch on the steering column
New Brakes (calipers, pads, lines, etc.) - This was a BIG job and done right. She'll stop on a DIME!!
New rubber on the wheels (Hankook)
New wipers, arm and shaft
3 Point Harness Seat belts in the rear (for the kids)
Repaired non working windows, doors, latches, etc
New child's hammock and cot fabric
New pop top fabric (no rips and SUPER clean)
New nose emblem
New wood trim up front
New curtains - turquoise blue for the blue/orange vintage Howard Johnson's look :)
New, vintage replica side mirrors
1 spare tire with the original rim.
Spare tire cover in the back (I keep extra tools in the hole)
Original insect netting for the back
Original childs hammock cloth and cot included (I used them for templates)
Original M-plates, stickers, etc. still in place.
4 Original chrome hubcaps on original VW rims
I did purchase a new track for the sliding door, but just got used to opening it carefully but the part is yours.
You won't be disappointed. We loved Louise, but we're moving on to other family projects. More pictures available upon request. Video at https://youtu.be/ql3-1znRiEc Email me with any questions. Cash only. - [email protected]