*Beautiful* all original 1984 VW Vanagon High Top Price: 16000
All original, un-restored survivor- 1984 VW (rare) Adventurewagon camper, 4 speed manual, with factory A/C and a genuine, VW of Canada rebuilt engine, not shop rebuilt. This camper has not lived more than 500 miles away from where it was delivered in 1984 in Fort Bragg, Northern California.
Parked in dry storage 14 years ago by the 2nd owner. Bought new in California then driven to Southern Oregon and been here since.
ZERO rust, NONE- not even a rusty road chip on the front, NO small rust spots under the fenders, NO rust under the front windshield or the foot well - NOTHING. In fact I removed the bumpers to properly polish all the nose paint and there were no blemishes under the bumper area. On the nose there is rock/road chip/peppering which I have detail photos of, plus some thin paint where there is a sharp edge below the windshield, call it patina I suppose.
The chassis still has some of it's original Cosmoline/Waxoyl.
I spent the last several months simply cleaning, polishing detailing and getting the camper running to get it roadworthy.
NOTHING has been modified since new, no engine upgrades or modifications at all, no interior modifications of any kind, only a CD player- but I have an original cassette stereo that goes with it.
It seems there are very few Vanagon Campers that have not been altered.
The paint, carpet, headliner, door panels, bumpers, plastic bumper corners, all the wood, bunk cushions, rear seat, front seats, even all the window insert plastic half-round mouldings are all as delivered in 1984 from the Adventurewagon factory in Northern California. There are no aftermarket parts on this Vanagon.
168,000 miles from new and a genuine VW factory rebuilt engine @50K miles ago, plus lots of recent mechanical work.
I also own a 1984 Vanagon Westfalia with half the miles on it and it doesn't look this well-preserved.
I have put some photos in the ad that show the before and after of the original paint for a good reference. As for the paint, there are some scratches and some nicks and a few dings, but I did NOT want to re-paint or fix any of that so that the camper is 100% original. A paintless/PDR tech could remove most of the flaws. My feeling is that if I addressed/painted/repaired any of those flaws then there would be some explaining to do as to the caliber of the work, this way there are no stories or excuses, because it is shown as it left in the factory original paint.
In one of the photos you can see the inside of the rear top window is dirty, this I haven't got up there to clean it yet.
There are a couple things not present when I took the photos, like the wipers and the front bumper rubber impact strips which I was polishing during the photos, and have since been installed.
As I went through it to get it road worthy, new battery, fuel system service, brakes, fuel injection, brakes, etc. and I saved many of the parts I removed to show their originality, like the 1984 VW master cylinder, brake booster, fuel lines and calipers.
I also replaced the tires with proper 6 ply light truck rated tires, NOT passenger car tires. At that time I cleaned, detailed and hand polished under each tire well. I also cleaned and polished the 4 rims front and back before installing the new tires.
I do have the original foam mattress but I recommend that it be thrown away. I did not replace it because there are so many variations of foam, memory foam, etc mattresses to choose from that it should be a personal choice.
I also removed all the curtains and thoroughly washed and folded them but did not re-install them as I would like to show it with all the available window light possible. The camper had window tint in it for more than 20 years which, in addition to it being garaged, contributed to its nice interior. The driver's seat however, has a hole in it and the passenger front seat has two ink spots in the bottom portion.
The original carpet and heel pad are in excellent condition as there were rubber mats protecting everything. The dash is also in perfect condition.
The fiberglass top was polished twice then finish-waxed, so it does have some nice luster, not the typical dead gelcoat.
I also DA-polished all the red and white paint then sealed and waxed it, I did NOT color-sand the paint as that would l kill the factory orange peel which is how they were delivered. ( There is one photo that shows the paint preservation part way through ).
I have lots more detail photos if you would like.
The camper is located in Southern Oregon and the reason for selling is that I no longer have indoor storage for it.