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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: BUILD THREAD: Libby... My 1987 Vanagon Westfalia Reply with quote

I haven't started a build thread for my 1987 Vanagon Westfalia which I've named Libby so I will get this one going.

Most of all of my mods and tweaks are fully documented on my blog so I'll use this thread to link back to those threads. I know this is not the normal way of doing things but it helps me keep from cross posting information as well as help share the information with you guys.

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How I Found My Vanagon

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea so I had a ton of gear ordered from GoWesty waiting on Libby to be shipped from Phoenix to Houston.

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Libby’s Welcome Home Gifts

http://dasmotoclub.com/libbys-welcome-home-gifts/

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Libby originally had a ceramic tile floor installed and it was time for an upgrade...

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New Floor Upgrade

http://dasmotoclub.com/new-floor-upgrade/

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Libby got her feet in the sand...

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Libby Visits the Gulf Coast

http://dasmotoclub.com/libby-visits-the-gulf-coast/

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally figured out the problem with the intermittent working faucet.

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Vanagon Wiring Gremlin

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Figured out a method to using locking steel laced straps to tie down my Vanobag.

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REVIEW: GoWesty VanoBag & Yakima Ripcord

http://dasmotoclub.com/gowesty-vanobag-yakima-ripcord/

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I modified my GoWesty/Van-Cafe/Rhino Studio custom center console in order to house a 10" JL Audio subwoofer.

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Vanagon Subwoofer

http://dasmotoclub.com/vanagon-subwoofer/

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My complete writeup on my Kick Plate Overhaul which included installing a Cubby Hole Door, LP/CO Detector, 12v Socket and a Dual USB Socket.

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Vanagon Kick Plate Overhaul

http://dasmotoclub.com/vanagon-kick-plate-overhaul/

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My complete review on my Bus Depot EZY Awning Plus

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REVIEW: Bus Depot EZY Awning Plus

http://dasmotoclub.com/review-bus-depot-ezy-awning-plus/

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I flew out from Texas to San Francisco and rented a Westfalia in order to attend Syncrofest 4. It was a great time and if you've never been I would highly recommend it! Great people and Good times!

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Syncrofest 4 Photos

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I have an extra brand new (never used in sealed box) Safe-T-Alert Carbon Monoxide & Propane Gas Alarm (Model MTI 35-742W) which I've decided to give away for free to a random vanagon owner. $90 Value.

I have a few other Vanagon specific item i'll be giving away in the future as well... =)

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CONTEST: Safe-T-Alert Giveaway

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sure do love Libby! Great thread here, my man! I plan to benchmark off a lot of your customizations! Cheers!

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I modified my GoWesty/Van-Cafe/Rhino Studio custom center console in order to house a 10" JL Audio subwoofer.

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Vanagon Subwoofer

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I discover your post and your vanagon, it's amazing , many good ideas Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally got my Aluminess Galley Box in after waiting for 5 weeks in order for it to be built and shipped. Man that was a long wait. This is one of those mods I was on the fence about until I saw one in person at Syncrofest

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Aluminess Galley Box

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up upgrading from my Bus Depot EZY Awning Plus to a 11'6" Fiamma F45s hard case awning. It was a breeze to install and I can't wait to use it camping soon.

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Fiamma F45S Awning

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After 9 months of having my extra grey Westfalia Fridge door sitting around collecting dust I finally made time to add it to my rear closet.

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Vanagon Closet Door Addition

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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July 21, 2014 is the 1 year anniversary of me test driving and purchasing my 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia in Phoenix, AZ. You can read the full story HERE about how I found her on Craigslist in Phoenix and booked a last minute flight to go see her in person. It was crazy how it all played out but makes for a great story. These are some comparison photos from how Libby looked on the day I saw her in 2013 compared to now in 2014.

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It seems like I’ve had Libby for years as opposed to just one year. The amount of sweat equity I’ve invested into her can not be fully explained. I’ve worked many nights and weekends on Libby in order to get her perfect… perfect to me. Many VW purists out there will not agree with all of the modifications I’ve made and will look down upon me but I say to them… Last I checked it was still MY name on the title… =).

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Libby has had a ton of additions and modifications done to her in order to make her much more user friendly. Fortunately she was already very mechanically sound when I bought her so I could focus on more of the creature comforts for the upcoming long road trips in 2015.

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I got most of what I’ve needed done in order to prep her for the long 2 week+ road trips in 2015 with a few exceptions. A Propex Propane Heater for camping in the cold Colorado mountains as well as an onboard ARB Air Compressor in case we need to air down our tires for a little off road trekking and need to air back up once we’re back on paved roads. These last two items will come within the end of the year for certain.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed a 12 foot Blazecut fire suppression system in my Vanagon for added insurance against engine compartment fires.

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REVIEW: Blazecut Automatic Fire Suppression

http://dasmotoclub.com/blazecut-automatic-fire-suppression/

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait...it looks like there is another flap on that wallet!

There's only two people that matter...the one waking up next to you and the one signing your paycheck. The rest are just opinions.

It's looking GREAT!
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