Karen and George drove this little Westy here all the way from Minnesota. When they first contacted me, it was a pretty typical conversation. It started with their assertion that their Westy, "..was purchased from the original owner with only 70k miles, was never used in the winter, stored in a heated garage, was in great shape, not rusty at all" yada ,yada, yada. I was, of course, not impressed or swayed. It seems that everyone that calls me from the mid west or north east has the same, incredulous story about their Westy. I mean, the folks in that part of the country typically don't even have a clue as to what a super clean, really rust free vehicle is. In general, if you can't see the ground through the floorboard, it is considered "rust free".
Anyway, I said something like, "OK, if it as clean as you say, we will pay you $5K for it when you arrive" thinking I would never hear from them a gain.
Well low and behold, guess who walks into my office on a Wednesday? It turns out Karen and George are getting on in years, and figured they would take one last epic trip in their beloved Westy, and that they did: 3,000 miles worth, including a nice stay in Yellowstone. Man, I'm jealous.
And BOY was I pleasantly surprised that their Westy was indeed everything they said it was. Not a spot of rust anywhere, no cracks on the brown dash board (very rare), and even the texture on the steering wheel is not warn smooth like on some higher mileage Vanagons.
But let's face it: It is all original, and READY! The heads are leaking, the transaxle is original and just waiting for an inconvenient place to do it's sudden death number, all original mechanicals throughout. They brought along a nice stack of service records, but that is pretty much all they are; basic service like oil and filter, minor tune ups--stuff like that. Even the brakes appear original! Boy, you can sure get quite a life out of one of these Westy's when the right person is behind the wheel....
This is great starting point. All original, unmolested, ready for refurbishment. The price listed is for a finished vehicle, to include:
GoWesty super duper thorough details inside and out
-Everything that supposed to be there is there
-Everything that is there works
-New German, OEM 3-window pop-top tent
GoWesty super duper ultra thorough major service
-All maintenance items back to zero miles
-Cooling, fuel, exhaust, steering, shifter systems gone through thoroughly
New brakes all around
Bilstein shocks all around
15" wheel and Michelin tire package
Deluxe 2nd battery system
New LP tank assembly
High Powered headlights
AC system updated to environmentally friendly R134a refrigerant
Nice floor mats
That is a basic GoWesty Westy. We can make it a lot fancier, just tell us what you want, and we will build it for you!
Talk about having to learn the hard way... PJ: You know I love you, man. But you know it's true!
PJ purchased not one, but TWO Eurovan full campers from us. Then, after thoroughly experiencing their "superiority", came back to have a killer Vanagon built. The total out the door price listed will include all of the above, plus:
Fresh GoWesty 2.5 liter engine
Fresh GoWesty transaxle
-Syncro type with differential lock
-optimally geared for 2.5 liter engine
-GoWesty 4wd/2wd front trans mount adaptor
Big brakes up front
Solar powered all-electric refrigerator
Fiamma F45 awning with black case
16" Syncro style wheels with 215/70-16 BFG T/A KO tires
Syncro style black texture treatment with GoWesty steel bumpers
South African grille and headlight system
Yakima roof racks
AUL extended warranty
-12 months/12,000 miles
-Good at any independant repair shop, or VW dealer
-Good anywhere in the USA or Canada
And a bunch more....
PJ is STOKED! He even brought fireworks to celebrate! He finally got what he wanted from the beginning, and then some...
Have fun with her, PJ!