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1977 Volkswagen Westfalia Campmobile
This bus is originally from Los Alamos (White Rock, actually)
New Mexico, and resides there today. It is a southwestern US bus.
The photographs (scroll down) below speak for themselves.
General notes on condition
- VIN: 2372043771.
- This is a stock 1977 Westy, with a 2.0-L fuel injected GD engine (but
with hydraulic lifters).
- Odometer reads about 86,000 miles, meaning 186,000.
- The bus comes with all its original manuals, the original buyer's ID card,
and even the original window sticker.
- All instruments, gauges, and lights work.
- Tires are of proper C rating.
- All original glass.
- All camping gear is complete, including cabinetry, table, rear bug screen,
interior lights, child's cot, and top and bottom beds.
Front part of poptop canvas needs repair.
- Accessory gear includes original jack and wheel nut wrench, and fire extinguisher.
- All locks work with the same key. One original key is included, and additional
keys were cut to code.
- The current license plate is a genuine 1977 New Mexico
plate, for a "year-of-manufacture" registration. If you live in
NM, you can use this same plate if you register within 30 days.
No driving restrictions or other "classic car" encumbrances are
had with this registration -- it is just like any other passenger
car registration, just with a period plate.
Otherwise, it is an interesting souvenir, I suppose.
- Bus includes a towing harness, so that it could be towed by another vehicle
(if you would ever want to do that...)
- Recent service:
- All fuel and fuel vapor lines replaced, from filler tube to tank and
injectors and back.
- Valves are adjusted. Note: Although this is a GD engine, it was at some
point in the past refitted with hydraulic lifters.
This requires a different adjustment procedure from that for solid lifters.
- Replaced both rear axles and all four CV joints.
- Replaced relay lever pin (part of the the steering gear)
with a new Febi part.
- All basic maintenance done regularly: front end lubrication,
oil and filter changes, etc.
- New rear hatch seal and new fiberglass poptop seals.
- Third gear is a little tricky to get into, though once you get used to it,
shifting into 3rd becomes second nature and the bus is entirely driveable.
- Driver's window regulator needs to be replaced.
- The front of the poptop canvas needs attention: The zipper is no longer
functional, and there are some tears in the fabric. Someone handy with sewing
could construct a new panel for the front and sew it in. The sides and back
of the canvas are fine, so a wholesale replacement is not necessary (though
nice replacement canvases are available).
- There is no radio or speakers, but there are places to install them.
- Front end on driver's side has been poorly repaired with body filler
after a minor accident. This does not affect the functionality of the bus.
- Rear third of bus was primed by the previous owner and never painted.
I sanded and reprimed it, and painted it with a school bus yellow paint
just to keep it covered. It's not an exact color match, but considering the spots
of surface rust in other places, and the poorly-executed body repair on the
front, a new owner may wish to engage in some minor body work.
If not, however, the bus works fine and looks passable as is.
- Fuel injection system is 1975 vintage, but works well.
- The front seats were replaced by a previous owner, and are welded into place.
They are not adjustable fore-and-aft. A new owner might consider replacing these
with some Vanagon seats, which would be straightforward, since this is a 1977 bus
and will accept them without modification once the current seats have been removed. Removal should be easy, since the welds are small.
- Some of the laminate on the cabinetry could use regluing.
last updated 4 October 2011