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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:56 pm    Post subject: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

I'm in the final stages of restoring my old '74 Westy. As that is beginning to wind down, I have found a little bit of time to refurbish my '74 Essen trailer.

The story starts in England. Originally, I found a trailer that was in very good shape, on the internet. I purchased it and asked a family member if it would be alright to store it in their garage for a while, until I could figure out how to get it across the pond. Here it is being delivered:

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As you can see, it was a beautiful trailer. However, I ran across another one, that happened to be year correct, shortly after I had purchased this one. I thought it would be nice to have a '74 trailer to pull behind the '74 westy. After some negotiations, I made a deal and purchased the second trailer. I had both of them shipped to my house. This is what it looked like, when they arrived:
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A little tough to see, but they arrived, stacked one atop the other. Now, like most of us on this site, I was excited to get my hands on a new [to me] VW related toy. I couldn't wait to see what they looked like, so I set out to put them together:
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A couple of years have passed since I received them. I sold the '78 and kept the '74. I knew it would need a ton of work, but figured it would be another fun project to tackle. Fast forward to the present time and now that I've started to get a handle on the bus, I figured it was time to start attacking the trailer. I've since started disassembling it and getting all the pieces and parts ready for powder coating:
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When the lid came off, it was time to take care of this little ding:
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With that done, its time to start tearing it down:
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Some shots of the undercarriage, so I know how things go back together. Very Happy
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Now we can start taking the sides off:
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Time to disassemble the frame and axle:
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The top rail that was at the front of the trailer had taken a beating at some point and needed to be straightened out a bit. Applied some heat and reshaped the metal, so that the rail wouldn't be as wonky:
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Also, the lid had a couple of holes that needed to be filled:
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That's it for now. I bagged up all the small pieces and labeled whatever I could to help when it is time to put it all back together. All the parts and pieces are over at the powder coaters. I should have them back in the next week or so. At that point, I will hopefully begin the process of putting things back together. In the meantime, I'm going to track down some new birch plywood in the correct thicknesses and begin treating them, so they're ready for reassembly too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:58 am    Post subject: Re: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

did you finish your Essen restauration? Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:41 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

I have extras of those trailer tail lights. PM me if you want a new one.

My Essen trailer is a 1977 and my bus is a 78.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

Some of the Westy Trailer taillight assemblies and lenses are still available new. I bought mine (and new wheels with tires, and other goodies) from a website called Westy Trailers.

BTW, thanks for all the lid hinge and lock pictures. My Essen is the one that uses the tube frame and tall ("tilt") vinyl/canvas top, but I've considered fabricating the flat, hard top for it to carry bikes.

- Doug Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:49 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

Porsche904 wrote:
did you finish your Essen restauration? Smile


Hi there! No, not yet. I apologize for taking so long to update. I was out of country for a while, and I'm just starting to get back into the swing of things. All the wood has been cut and is ready to be varnished. I am still waiting for the parts to come back from the powder coater. I stressed to him that I was not in a rush, as such he put my project on the back burner, as he has been extremely busy. I hope to have the parts back pretty soon. I will post pictures of them all, once I get them back. Thanks for your interest. Keep checking in...shouldn't be "too" much longer - whatever that means. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:54 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

otiswesty wrote:
I have extras of those trailer tail lights. PM me if you want a new one.

My Essen trailer is a 1977 and my bus is a 78.


Thanks for the heads-up otiswesty. I actually bought a replacement from Westy trailer, out of the Netherlands. Great source of replacement parts for these old beauties!

What I really need is to either find:

1) A locksmith that can cut a new set of keys for the Abus no. 30 lock that came on the trailer

or

2) A new Abus no. 30 lock.

I was over in Europe for a couple of weeks, visiting family and took the lock with me, in the hopes of having an old school locksmith cut new keys. At first, they said they could do it. However, after a few days, they had thrown in the towel. Needless to say, I was really bummed out! I didn't have time to take it elsewhere. I guess I'll have to be patient in my pursuit. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

DougB wrote:
Some of the Westy Trailer taillight assemblies and lenses are still available new. I bought mine (and new wheels with tires, and other goodies) from a website called Westy Trailers.

BTW, thanks for all the lid hinge and lock pictures. My Essen is the one that uses the tube frame and tall ("tilt") vinyl/canvas top, but I've considered fabricating the flat, hard top for it to carry bikes.

- Doug Smile


Agreed! Great resource for a lot of the parts!

As I mentioned above, my biggest frustration to this point has been trying to get another set of keys cut for the lock!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:38 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

Try Gabriel. Gabevwkey is his name on here I think. He should be able to take care of it for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Westfalia Essen Trailer Reply with quote

Hoody wrote:
Try Gabriel. Gabevwkey is his name on here I think. He should be able to take care of it for you.


Thanks for the heads-up dude! I hadn't thought about Gabriel. I'll give him a shout and see if its something he can take care of. Its just such an odd animal...the key is hollow and fits over a "pin" in the lock. The key itself looks like an old fashioned "church key".

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I have used Steelerbus' services in the past, and he's been excellent. I figured I'd try there, but again, I hadn't thought about Gabriel.

Thanks again!
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