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1971 Volkswagen Bus Westfalia Camper - $10000

1971 Volkswagen Bus Westfalia Camper - $10000

  1971 Volkswagen Bus Westfalia Camper - $10000

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1971 Volkswagen Bus Westfalia camper

4 speed manual transmission. Bus is in great running condition and ready for your next adventure. Bus has been stored in a garage much of its life. More details on condition are below. Bus is located in Sequim, WA, and I'm available to show it after 12/30. Asking price is $10,000 or best offer.


The following mechanical parts have been replaced over the last 5 years:

-Petronix electronic ignition 009-style distributor and coil
-Fan Shroud
-Rear brake drums/shoes and brake lines
-Carburetor recently refurbished and tuned (needed a new float). I've used only ethanol free fuel the last few years, which it likes.
-New front/rear shocks
-New steering damper
-Hot start relay (helps engine startup when warm)
-Fuel filter installed underneath bus (safer than in engine compartment).
-Insulated duct added for interior heater/windshield defroster, which makes the heat hotter. Also added an inline pump so that the heater/defroster blows several times harder--good for rainy days as the stock defroster doesn't pump much air.
-Dual battery setup. Purchased a new deep cycle battery ~1 year ago. I installed a manual marine-grade switch to be able to use one or both of the starter or deep cycle battery. Switch to the deep cycle when camping, then both while driving to charge. I prefer this manual setup over automated battery isolators, as it is nice to be able to completely turn off both batteries for working on the car, etc.
-Automatic fire extinguisher installed in engine bay--will detonate before you even know you had a problem! Haven't ever had fire concerns with this bus, but better safe than sorry. I also have several fire extinguishers installed inside.


-BFG All Terrain tires. Lots of life left on these beefy tires. The bus rides much more stable compared to with smaller tires. Hubcaps not currently installed, but I have the originals.
-New pop-top tent made of durable Sunbrella all weather material.
-Gas-struts for pop-top makes it easier to lift and lower, especially with gear on the roof.
-Thule roof racks.
-Lightly tinted windows all around.
-Custom tow hitch. Much sturdier than original rear bumper.
-Fog lights on front bumper
-CB radio antenna
-Plug for connecting to shore power to run interior lights, chargers, etc.
-New propane tank.
-New halogen H4 headlights
-Paint is in good condition, but has chips, scratches, etc to be expected.
-Comes with a weatherproof car cover.


The interior is not original other than the folding backseat/Z-bed and the folding table. The side panels have been replaced with durable vinyl material. The flooring (along with all interior parts) was removed and I cleaned up/treated any minor rust spots, then painted black. The floor is gym floor padding with a simple weather proof carpet--has worked out really well and is easy to remove to shake out sand, etc. Headliner has been removed (the wood was degrading/sagging). It looks better bare than with the aged headliner...if you want to replace the headliner I would go all in and do all the window seals at the same time.

I have removed the side closet to more easily fit surfboards, etc. I also removed the sink/ice box and replaced this with a propane heater, which is safe burning and heats the bus up in minutes. Some other things I've added:

-Kenwood stereo (CD player, aux input, etc) with speakers in front and back
-Kenwood 7" subwoofer installed under the chair behind drivers seat. Volume control/power switch is on the steering wheel column.
-CB radio in glove box.
-Air compressor with 2 gal tank installed under back chair. This is nice for blowing sand out of crevices, airing up tires for offroading or tire repairs, pumping up bike tires, etc.
-Power inverter installed under back chair for running 120V electronics on the batteries. There are also 120V plugs for running off shore power. With all of the above there is still space under the seat to put a toolbox, or even a small 12V fridge/freezer. There is also a lot of storage under the Z-bed.
-Various LED lights that can be run off either battery or shore power.
-Comes with original kids hammock for front seat and has original cot installed in the pop-top space (the best sleeping position is on the Z-bed for this year, pop-top is mostly for headroom and ventilation).

Minor issues:

-Fuel gauge recently stopped working, so I go off the odometer. I haven't investigated this carefully, could be as minor as a fuse.

-Mileage is unknown. The odometer only goes up to 100,000...I rolled over 100k a few years ago and don't know how many times others have. Right now the odo reads about 6,000. I have extensive maintenance records from the previous owner going back around 15 years or so and it has been well-maintained.

-A little water leaks into the front passenger side door when raining. It's not a big deal while driving about (put a towel down), and I store in the garage when not in use. Window and door seals could be replaced to fix the issue. I also have a cover for the bus if you're not able to put it in a garage.

-Rebuilt title. The bus wasn't in an accident, but was totaled by the previous owner's insurance company. Long story--A transient had entered the bus and ended up finding the keys to his other car and stole that one. There was concern that the thief had a skin disease, so they totaled both cars to be cautious. The previous owner purchased both cars back and had them professionally cleaned by certified biological hazard workers. Haven't had any concerns related to this incident in my 6+ years of ownership, and same goes for the previous owner's other car (he is a good friend that I keep in touch with).

Summary: Great bus that has treated me well! I'm sad to see it go, but need to make space for another vehicle and haven't had time the last couple years to do what it does best--camping trips. This bus has driven from Seattle to San Diego many times...might not get there fast, but you'll have a great time.

keywords: Camper van, VW

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