A couple of weeks ago we finally found a Westfalia that we love and have agreed to buy. It has all the stuff we want, stove, sink, two double beds, character, style, and all around fun. Even better is its in good shape with a newer Subaru engine transplanted into it. Not too bad considering its 24 years old,
The new engine is perfect as it will have some power to get OVER a hill and I don’t have to worry about some of the original engine’s “idiosyncrasies”. Its not a speed demon by any means, a 5 ton square vehicle is still a heavy brick on wheels, but its one less thing to worry about.
We will be only the third owners of the Van. It was bought in Calgary originally so it has been “Canadianized” by the dealer, with a block heater, internal gas heater to stay warm in winter! The original owners had it and used it sparingly before giving it to their son who managed to blow the engine inside of a month. It was then sold to the shop mechanic who had sold it in less than a month as his wife said “no more vehicles!”.
The second owner showed it a lot of love put into the Westy already, bigger tires, rear lift kit, new engine, new hoses, dynomat, the list goes on. HE was sad to sell it, but his family outgrew it.
We are hoping that we can give it the love that it deserves!
It does need a new propane tank, so I ordered a new one up from the states. Showed up the next day. Wasn’t expecting that. The tank is here before we even have the camper!!
We get ownership on it Thursday night and to say we are excited is an understatement. The current owner has asked for a two hour walk through so we know whats going on with the van and its history (it is a 24 year old van after all). Very exciting!
After we get the bill of sale, we need to come up with a name for it. It seems that this type of vehical just asks to be personified. The previous owners called it “Root Beer” for the brown body and the white top, but mostly just “the westy”. We are hoping to find a name that calls out better to us. Feel free to fire any suggestions our way!