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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:01 pm    Post subject: 72 Westfalia Reply with quote

Here we go then! been hanging round here awhile reading all the good stuff on this site. Woke up middle of night about a year ago, decided to check vehicle classifieds. Happened on a vw van, looked a bit more and was suddenly hooked. After about 6 months looking, one came up locally. Went to look at it, then spent the next 3 weeks pi****g around wondering whether i should buy her or not. I then happened across Sunnydog's blog, well if that ain't an ad for a VW i don't know what is!. Figured i could sure do with some memories like that, made the call and here she is. It was a tuesday, so i called her Ruby!.
My plan, as i really know nothing about VW's or car's in general, is to start with the engine. It has been sat for 10 yrs plus, so i would like to give that as much attention as i can before starting it. I'm basically going into this blind, but with a Bentley and hopefully some help from you guys. I'm going to be asking a lot of questions, possibly a lot of stupid questions, so please bear with me. My overall quest is to keep her as stock as i possibly can. The interior is in pretty good shape. The body needs a little work but to get it running is my main goal. Heres some
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhh, the chianti red Helsinki. That full width bed is a nice feature, and hey, it still has the rear bumper! I have yet to see a red 72 in my travels.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow.. it a very original bus ya got there. I like that you're wanting to keep her all stock! Looking forward to seeing your progress to getting her all dialed back in.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, one of the very few I have seen in the same configuration as mine.
You can see what yours can look like below:
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang, that's nice Krautski Shocked
Then what? Another bus or cocktails on the beach.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that interior layout. Giving me ideas for my impending interior build. Your bus looks like great shap other than that rust. Many memories to come I'm sure!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:24 pm    Post subject: Couple of jobs to start Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply's, yeah i haven't seen too many with the lay out of this one.Engine already pulled. Took the heater out on advice of the po. Had a real fun time taking the screws out of the bottom of the firewall. Once the gas tank was removed, had a look inside and found only minimal rust. Going to give the tank the por 15 treatment i think. Checked the sender and readings seem good. Starting reading up on the Bentley on where to start with getting the engine up and running.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krautski wrote:
Nice, one of the very few I have seen in the same configuration as mine.
You can see what yours can look like below:

Nice job man!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find and save. Good luck on the project.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: Couple of jobs to start Reply with quote

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If you need a firewall without a hold cut in it, I have one you can have for shipping.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why did you pull the gas heater?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plan to give the heater a once over before it gets re installed, rather not take any chances.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:39 am    Post subject: Congrats! Reply with quote

While waiting on some 'title' issues, it was best to just clean my newly acquired '72 Weekender (tintop if you prefer). This turned out to be an excellent way to determine the true condition of my bus. Numerous 'discoveries' were made. As well as the ability to get the vehicle to move, it was noted that it was equally important to insure that I could get the bus to stop! Needless to say, tens of hours and plenty of dollars later, the brake system has been replaced. That is an interesting color and interior layout. Ouch! on that rusty side panel; how's the frame and front beam? Too bad about the distance between us, stock '72 can be a tuff mark to shoot for. Still, shout out, I might have a part or two. Welcome, good luck.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome find! Looks like its in really nice shape, good luck getting it running again Smile

That rocker panel rust is pretty common, especially up here. Nice to see another Alberta bus.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kroutski, why are you selling?


Nice 72! Cool interior! Tales a bunch of (clear and focused) live, replace the fuel lines, and go through the brakes, And you'll do great! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terriers 2121 wrote:
I plan to give the heater a once over before it gets re installed, rather not take any chances.



Heck yeah, its an easy service! Nice to see a clean complete one.

If you are interested:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=614419
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for checking out the thread, been reading your guy's for a while now.
Here's where I'm at right now, looking for some advice on this one. When I bought the bus the engine was out of it, just removed by the po. He suggested replacing the rings as there was smoke coming from the engine, not 100% on that one. My question is should I get the engine back in and try getting it started, see what happens and then go from there? Or would the best approach be to start "looking into things" using the Bentley and Muir as a guide to see what may need replacing?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stock 1700 pulls pretty well. I would put it back in and give it a go. It is really tough to evaluate without tearing it down, so the only downside is labour to pull/put back. Thats cheap in our world

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terriers 2121 wrote:

the po suggested replacing the rings as there was smoke coming from the engine, not 100% on that one.

My question is should I get the engine back in and try getting it started, see what happens and then go from there?


Yep. The cause of smoke is something you want to see and diagnose for yourself. Plus, a running installed engine will let you diagnose other potential running gear issues that you could address concurrently with the engine rebuild that may or may not be coming your way.
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