FIRST THING'S FIRST: THE ODOMETER WAS BROKEN WHEN WE GOT THIS WESTY, AND HAS BEEN REPLACED. ODOMETER READING IS AN ESTIMATE OF ACTUAL MILEAGE. THE NEW ODOMETER READING WAS ESTIMATED AFTER REVIEW OF VEHICLE RECORDS, INTERVIEW WITH THE ONE AND ONLY (ORIGINAL) OWNER, AND VISUAL INSPECTION OF VEHICLE. IT IS WITHIN 3000 MILES OF EXACT.
OK, that is that...
We purchased this Westy from the original owner. We paid her $6,720 for it, plus $650 shipping, which was very fair. We are marking this one up 20%. So, including shipping and our mark up, this one starts our at $8,750. You would be hard pressed to find a Westy this nice and unmolested for anywhere near this price.
This Westy has all original paint, no rust, and very minor body damage. The price above includes (not pictured or done yet):
Super duper ultra thorough GoWesty service
-All maintenance items back to zero miles
Fresh GoWesty 2.3 liter engine
-Got a fresh transaxle in 1197 @106k miles-all set there.
All new cooling system from end to end
Suspension, brake, electrical, fuel systems all thoroughly gone through
Over $2700 worth of just-in-case reliability enhancing items installed
Super thorough GoWesty detail inside and out
-Body and interior disassembled, repaired, cleaned, polished
-As close to new looking and working inside and out
-Black texture applied all around lower body section and front thresholds
-GoWesty plate steel bumpers
-Nose, pop-top and luggage rack repainted to match the rest of the original paint
-Price does not include a full re-paint, that is not needed, however:
-A complete exterior restoration would make it look like new, albeit at around $3k more..
GoWesty 16" wheel and tire package (already installed)
Bilstein shocks all around
New LP tank
GoWesty deluxe 2nd battery kit
GoWesty high powered headlight kit
AC system updated to new environmentally friendly refrigerant
This vehicle is going to Rob and Margrit in Canada. He is having done up NICE! All of the above stuff, plus:
Full exterior disassembly and re-paint back to new
Black texture treatment all around the bottom
GoWesty plate steel bumpers
Fresh 2.5 liter engine instead of 2.3
Fresh 5-speed with freeway-flyer gearing
Torque biasing differential
Solar powered refrigerator system
Second auxiliary battery in cabinet under sink
Propex 6500 btu furnace system
South African front grille and headlights
Fiamma F45 awning in a black case
Recaro front seats in gray leather/gray cloth
All new interior panels in gray vinyl/matching gray cloth
New OEM 3-window pop-top tent
New black leather South African steering wheel
Factory cruise control added
Daytime running lights and KPH speedometer (for Canada)
Power window on passenger side w/centrally located switch
Shipping to the Canadian border in Michigan
Happy trials Rob and Margrit!!!
From: "Gibbs, Stan"
To: Rob Johnson
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 1:03:52 PM
Subject: GoWesty Reference
I have a 1991 Westphalia camper that I am considering having GoWesty refurbish with much of what I read you had done to the one you purchased from them. If you wouldn’t mind answering a few questions about GoWesty and your vehicle, I’d be very grateful.
How pleased are you now with GoWesty? Do you think they did good work and delivered what they promised?
Are you pleased with your VW? Is there anything you feel you might have done differently in hindsight?
Thanks for your time,
From: Rob Johnson
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 5:23 PM
To: Gibbs, Stan
Subject: Re: GoWesty Reference
GoWesty did a fantastic job as far as I can see. The vehicle is outstanding. I received the VW at the end of October and, being the end of the season here in Ontario, I've not been able to get it out camping yet. I have had it out on the road a few times during good days with the rest in inside the garage for the winter and been going over all the systems and I am quite pleased. Lucas and the guys delivered what they promised as far as I can see. It all seems to work just fine.
I do enjoy the VW campers. Had an '87 manual model a few years back. Purchased it new and missed it when it was gone. Moved overseas for work so couldn't keep it about. The '91 is quite similar but now has the 2.5 (great engine for the few kilometers I've had it on the road). It does have much better power and, with the 5-speed, has some good get-up-and-go with better economy at the highway speeds. Especially more important now as it burns 91 octane minimum compared to the 87 octane I used on the 2.1.
Anything to do differently? I would add the centralized locks for the doors. My wife misses those although I don't really seem to be concerned by it but...it would make her happier.
For now, just can't wait to get it out as the season approaches. For a little history, I'd been looking at GoWesty for about two years before taking the time to visit them in Los Osos last March 2008. My wife and I liked what we saw, met the folks, and thought about it some more for about another month. Then, made a move to purchase #957 as we had seen it in the lot at the time and it was quite similar to our old vehicle.
Our plans are to keep it going for many years to come as it suits us just fine.
Having searched out and watched several VW outfits these past few years, I am happy with GoWesty. I think they were the best for our purpose and hope they continue to be for support in the years ahead.
Good luck with your project should you decide to move forward. I doubt you'll be dissappointed with GoWesty's work.
All the best,