1982 Westfalia

Item Location: Los Angeles

Posted by: Christopher Stone
Last Modified: 07/21/2020

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1982 Aircooled Westfalia in Assuan Brown.
3rd owner with over 20 years of extensive obsessive service history from previous owners and myself with no expense spared. 260k miles on Chassis. Mechanically in top notch condition and ready to go wherever you are at any time. No rust, extremely solid. Tens of thousands of dollars in receipts and service records in a thick binder. Including a Captains log book of every fuel fill up, oil change, major and basic maintenance item for at least 20 years. I have personally maintained the log with all but the fuel fillings during my ownership. It received an extensively documented case split full engine rebuild with new heads and lifters before I purchased it. A complete rebuilt transmission and new clutch was also installed at that time. The bus shifts smoothly and can hold 75 mph all day long on the highway with ease.

I Recently rebuilt the complete front suspension with all new bushings, Gowesty zero lift springs and Koni shocks front and rear. New JP Group Dansk Calipers with Brembo rotors and pads. New wheel bearings, new tie rods and boots. New radius rod and sway bar bushings. New brake lines, New clutch master and slave Cyl. New Lemforder upper and lower ball joints, upper and lower control arm bushings pressed in. Brand new GKN Loebro CV joints on original German axles. 4 Good Hankook RA18 Vantra LT tires with about 10k miles on them rolling on Carat Alloys. Older but decent RA08 spare tire on Carat wheel under the front.
All Fuel and Vac lines replaced 2 years ago with correct German high pressure line and Oetiker clamps throughout. Still look great and inspected regularly. New German double relay. Fuel tank reseal completed. Rebuilt original Bosch distributor by an expert Samba vendor. Newer plug wires and NGK plugs. This is a Federal Aircooled model originally from Washington with new CA Compliant Catalytic converter, EGR system intact and functional. Tuned to perfection, passes Smog perfectly. Current CA registration.

The camping kit is in great original shape with original upholstery. Some slight checking on some cabinet laminate, but not terrible and none is missing. Carpets were covered in plastic for years and still look new. Cushions are perfect, and all curtains are present. All lights and functions work. Drivers seat shows some mileage and has a small rip on the bottom cushion, Passenger seat is in great shape with a small spot that could be stitched. Factory VW Design stereo with JBL speakers in the doors. One key works all locks, spare included. Original water tank key is also present. Dometic fridge is used regularly on all 3 modes, lights on propane with ease and cools to 30 degrees in no time. DC operation keeps it cool during travel and AC power cools it well before trips. Stove works great, Sureflo faucet installed along with all new fresh water lines and sink p-trap. Gowesty citywater and shorepower hookups added. New 3 window Tent from Busdepot with their matching poptop seals in excellent shape. Gowesty 3rd brake light added for safety.

The body is solid with a few bumps and bruises as expected with a well traveled buddy.
There is a bondo booger on the drivers door covering a ding.
It had been resprayed poorly at some point but the paint matched perfectly. Some of the paint is flaking around the front nose due to rock chips, but the patina adds character. It also shows a dent on the rear hatch and a couple lower rear quarter parking mishaps from previous owners.

Over all it is solid performing bus with loads of good times ready for the next faithful owner. Daily driver ready, needs nothing! I would not hesitate to drive it anywhere on the continent at any given time.
It starts every time, and purrs in any weather. Strong leak free motor with lots of life, ready to pull a heavy load over any mountain pass.
The only reason for selling is to make way for another in a different color (I love Assuan Brown but feel like giving Pastel White a try for a change)

$20,000 cash only with delivery available in the southern California area. No trades.