Make History in a 1971 Westfalia Camper Price: $26,000*
Am third owner of early 1971 (no diagnostic port) Pearl White Westfalia camper, originally sold to gent in Detroit, who airbrushed "Buzdig Dunne" on the front doors - Armenian for "Rolling House". Nine months later to second family who drove >100k across USA, but installed new factory 1600 DP VW motor (no ser. no.) at 80K. Thirty-three years later I received this time capsule at 120K with intent of restoration (not modification as I had done in my previous campers). BD had no collision damage, no bent panels, and no rust anywhere, just blue metal factory prep beneath two layers of dealer applied undercoating which is beginning to flake. (It's really crazy when you are under the vehicle on a creeper and a bit of old undercoating flakes off and you suddenly see that virgin new metal -- kinda takes your breath away!) Some dried grunge from leaking front seal, but no leak, so I did not pull engine. I had John Bickel (State of Mind Customs - Detroit) replace the right battery tray, replace all window and door seals, and repair the minimal corrosion beneath the front window, then replace the left rear vent window pivot assembly. We agreed to match paint where necessary, but then buffed old paint to gloss and finished with several coats of carnauba wax. Media prepped and painted bumpers and factory over-riders.
WHAT ELSE IT'S GOT:
1600 DP, factory replacement motor with 40K miles; 34-PICT-3 carb.
Complete Westy interior, fridge, sink, jump seat, upper canvas still intact, upper berth hammock, children's cot over front seats, OG curtains.
Upholstery and cushions are factory new, soft, and without tears.
Single key for all doors, 2nd for ignition.
Re-worked, period correct 12-volt dash clock
Factory camper stool, tissue box above rear view mirror. Very unusual passenger side grab bar. Parcel tray and under-dash Craig cassette player for your old tapes.
Working dealer installed Suburban propane heater beneath bench seat with thermostat. Propane stove with extension hose.
Rear hatch bug screen
Set of external top toggles to keep the lid tight when the big trucks pass you
Cool old window decals
Metal rain shields over door windows
New window and door rubber seals
New battery tray, sealant, paint
New AGM Battery
New (5) Nankook 195 R14 tires; wheels media prepped, painted
New Koni fully adjustable twin tube shocks (4)
New Go-Westy (larger) propane tank
New rear axles and CV boots
New power brake booster (old one available if you want it)
New brake pads all around
New left rear vent window and seal
WHAT'S LEFT TO DO:
Front seal has started to leak again. I am planning to drop motor, replace seal, and put in new clutch disk while I'm at it. Keyed ignition switch a bit jancky -- works, but it takes a bit of fiddling.
WHY SELL IT?
It's been great fun getting this time capsule back on the road and we have done OK at local shows, but there has always been something missing when we show it. At a VW gig last year my wife looked at me and said: "You know, the problem with this bus it that it has no history". It's true. My family has grown up with other buses and when we travel with those vehicles we are surrounded by memories and stories and circumstance, of kindness of strangers, of torrential rains, of desert morning breakfasts, of beach campfires. So while this bus has none of these memories for us, it can surely be a starting point for others. I think the price of 26K is fair, considering base price of Westy's nowadays, and that all of the mods and repairs you'd have to do are already done, and done properly. I'll toss in an extra (new) muffler I have lying about, or what else is on the shelf (you know how it goes).
Oh, about the * by the asking price. I should have the front seal in by mid July. If you want the bus before then, and are willing to do the work yourself, I'll lower the price by $1000 and give you the parts. I can always use the weekend to visit the grandkids and besides, YOU'VE gotta start your own history somewhere.
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