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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:13 am    Post subject: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Inspired by everyone elses build threads, I thought I would chime in with the original, unrestored, 1973 Volkswagen Campmobile Westfalia that I purchased from the original owner. It sat in a garage for 28 years. It was bought new in Atlanta Georgia, driven cross country, and around north Georgia before being parked in a heated garage by the original owner who was a car collector. I was previously a Vanagon owner (1986 westfalia).

Bus came with everything including every receipt, window sticker, the original tent and pop-up canvas which is still in as new condition. It had factory AC installed by the dealership, and all original engine components, including dual solex carbs.

I had the bus delivered straight to the Bus Lab in Berkeley, where they did a freshening up of all rubber hoses, belt, plugs, brakes, brake lines, etc since it had been parked for so long. The bus 93k original miles on it when I took delivery.

At 100k miles the 1 cylinder was low on compression, so I went ahead and had Bus Lab install a brand new hydraulic lift engine, and put baby Webers on it. I still have the original components of course. Runs like a top.

It was my daily driver living in San Francisco where we did dawn patrol trips 5 days a week to Ocean Beach, Santa Cruz, Pacifica, and would venture down to Big Sur or up to Mendocino on the weekends.

I'm now living in Encinitas. The only other non-stock additions were adding a cigarette-lighter outlet for charing a phone, installing Superlamb seat covers on the driver and passenger seats to protect the flawless seats, and disconnecting the factory AC -- the interior dash components are left intact. Also super nice after surfing in cold northern California water!

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*original owner camping near the Grand Canyon

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* yes thats the original paper tag attached to the tent!

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*original engine before baby weber carb setup

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Here's a shot from a surf trip down to Big Sur, and how she sits today:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Wow, that is pretty amazing. Kind of backwards though, going from Georgia to California, so many are going in the opposite trajectory today.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

That is a real gem. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:35 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Wildthings wrote:
Wow, that is pretty amazing. Kind of backwards though, going from Georgia to California, so many are going in the opposite trajectory today.


Thanks. We were pretty happy with our Vanagon, but when I came across this bay window, and seeing the ridiculous condition and historical provenance, there wasn't much of a choice...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:02 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

GOOOOOOOSE!

Nice bus - thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Great find and fantastic looking bus.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:59 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Very clean. It's a keeper!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Jesus that's awesome
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:03 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

That goose is cookin'!

Sweet bus. I hope you and your family enjoy it in great health, for many years to come!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:01 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Damn! Shocked

That's beautiful!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:53 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

[quote="xyzzy"]Here's a shot from a surf trip down to Big Sur, and how she sits today:

What kind of roof rack do you have on it? And how high are the brackets?
Thanks, I have a 1970 I want to put a rack on.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:54 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

xyzzy wrote:
Here's a shot from a surf trip down to Big Sur, and how she sits today:

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What kind of roof rack is that? Thule?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:58 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

I have the same. It is Thule. You can tell by the square bars and diagonal end profile.

If you are looking for one, search for Thule high feet 953.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:24 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

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I have the same. It is Thule. You can tell by the square bars and diagonal end profile.

If you are looking for one, search for Thule high feet 953.


Great, thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:42 am    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

Amazing! looks new!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:13 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

That is one stunning bus, very very nice Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:03 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

That's some straight up, hard core Westy porn. Faawk! Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: The Goose -- My 1973 VW Bus Westfalia Reply with quote

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xyzzy wrote:
Here's a shot from a surf trip down to Big Sur, and how she sits today:

What kind of roof rack do you have on it? And how high are the brackets?
Thanks, I have a 1970 I want to put a rack on.


It's a Thule hightower. If you're in socal you can come get it as I dont use it anymore
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