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 Post subject: 1971 Westfalia
Unread postPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 11:11 am 
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Found this Chianti Red Westy on Craigslist a few months ago , very solid and with lots of paperwork dating back to it's purchase date. It did not have any interior so I been hunting for all interior parts , here are some pictures of how I found it and the progress done so far.

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Originally bought by a US serviceman in Brussells had it shipped to California when he returned home.
California registration cards dating back to 1976 :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Sure is a solid one! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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pyrOman wrote:
Sure is a solid one! :shock:


Wow, what happened to the interior? That's a shame some moron gutted it.


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Dan wrote:
pyrOman wrote:
Sure is a solid one! :shock:


Wow, what happened to the interior? That's a shame some moron gutted it.


Previous owner volunteered or worked at a library so he removed the interior to move boxes of books around and left all the camper stuff outdoors to rot ](*,) , I been able to find most of the interior pieces but still missing the rear upper shelf and cooler.

Here are a few more pictures of the progress.

Installed my powder coated wheels and new Hankook tires :D

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Replaced glove box , take a look at the before and after :D

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Removed engine to clean up the engine bay area and I could not believe the layers of gunk I ran into , I guess if you don't clean an area after 38 years you should expect that.
But I was happy to see there is no rust issues under all that crap , even the battery tray only has surface rust.

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Engine bay clean up continues, fitted new rubbers, got some pedal covers and battery hold down clamp.
Fitted an original Westfalia floor I found in good shape and installed some missing insulation in the interior walls.
Took some pictures of the new brake lines the previous owner installed 2 months before selling me the bus :D , I should fit the engine this week as I have to wait in line for the respray until the end of april and I want to drive this bus.

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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ha I almost thought that it was lowered when I noticed the CV joints were going up instead of down. Then it hit me that the bays have a removable support brace for the trans #-o :lol:


Damn that thing is SOLID :cool:

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Current pictures as of this week , I hope to pick it up in a couple of weeks but being Mexico that means more like 3 weeks.

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Still no bus but this arrived this weekend :D

Jump seat.

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NOS front vent mosquito net.

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This off ebay , West Coast Metric license plate light seal and NOS Hella side marker.

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Small update , got my bus back and I am now fitting all rubbers and interior bits.

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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ib-bus wrote:
Small update , got my bus back and I am now fitting all rubbers and interior bits.

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Looking nice, I like the color, kind of different for a Westy.


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what is the purpose of the original Westy floor?
Do all Westy's have this?

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Dan wrote:

Looking nice, I like the color, kind of different for a Westy.


Thanks , the color is Chianti Red , it's a 2 year only color.

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what is the purpose of the original Westy floor?
Do all Westy's have this?


Some people like to keep it as original as possible , others use newer vinyl or even pergo type floor.


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Small update , all plywood is in and looking good :grin:

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Nice progress. Putting those ceiling panels in is a PITA. Did you use baltic birch?


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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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Dan wrote:
Nice progress. Putting those ceiling panels in is a PITA. Did you use baltic birch?


Not the easiest thing to do , I do believe they are Birch , got them from a local guy all ready to install.

Been busy and done a lot of progress.

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Installing stainless steel hooks

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Front poptop part fitted.

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At home with new curtains sewn up by grandma

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Interior shots , no cooler :sad:

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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=D> Wow nice work!

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Verrrrrrrrrrrrry nice!

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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where did you purchase the foot mans cleats used in upper rear fiberglass tub on outside of roof?

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der58SC wrote:
=D> Wow nice work!


Thank you sir.

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Verrrrrrrrrrrrry nice!


Thank you Sirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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where did you purchase the foot mans cleats used in upper rear fiberglass tub on outside of roof?


on Ebay from a local guy , here's the link

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VW-Bus-C ... ccessories


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just curious but what are your plans for this beauty when you are done? Going to sell it or keep it?

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 Post subject: Re: 1971 Westfalia
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der58SC wrote:
just curious but what are your plans for this beauty when you are done? Going to sell it or keep it?


It's on its way to the UK , I am attending Vanfest and driving it to the show , I have a buyer lined up for it so it will stay there after my trip :cry:
Already looking for a new project , hopefully a keeper this time.

Here are some pictures I took before shipping it a couple of weeks ago.

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