1982 Volkswagen Vanagon
1982 Volkswagen Vanagon
Westfalia is the designation of various specially converted Volkswagen camper vans. It is named after Westfalia-Werke, the contractor that built the vans, which is headquartered in the town of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, located in the Westphalia region of Germany. Westfalia began converting Volkswagen buses in 1951.
A camping we will go…a camping we will go…! High HO the dairy o a camping we will go. And in total retro style from 1982 with this decked out by the Westfalia conversion of a VW Vanagon. This “westie” has a 1995 VW Diesel replacement engine, and all the comforts of home. On the road again….
If you were to black out the windows it would be difficult to tell the front from the back on the side view of this rectangular and square design bus conversion. Original Medium Blue paint is faded and in need of a refresh. All the power outlets are there, propane tank, controls and water hookup outlet. This Vanagon is equipped with chromed bumpers that show some rusting and fading of the chrome plating. On the passenger side is a sliding door which gives you access to the living area. This area is made even more spacious with the Westfalia pop top that reveals a high ceiling created in canvas with some side venting. Glass is all good, and weatherstripping is slightly hardened. Some rust is seen in body seams, and some touchups have been done to previous rust areas where paint has failed. Steel wheels with VW moon caps are on what appear to be fairly new radials.
A dog pile of German engineering in the form of pullout tables, swinging arms, integrated stovetop and sink, and a rear bench that can be folded flat to meet a foam mattress area in the rear. Plenty of storage areas are fronted by faux faded barn wood doors, and no space has been wasted on the room for nearly everything you can think of front. Inside when the top is popped, there's lots of headroom, and the interior of the canvas appears in good condition. Striped broadcloth covers the front buckets and rear bench as well as the padded rear mattress. All original carpeting is inside with a tan flavor for the camping area and brown in front. The original square and rectangle design for the dash with a Bluetooth radio now replacing the original.
Replacing the original engine is a 1995 Diesel 4-cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection and a 4-speed manual transmission to propel you and yours into the wilds of wherever, through hill and dale, rain and snow, and a backwoods trail. You gotta love the rear engine and drive as it goes through anything. The consigner states this engine has clocked approximately 80,000 miles.
Some heavy surface rust is seen in various locations, but the van remains structurally sound. The propane tank has surface rust and should probably be checked prior to cooking a 5 course MRE meal. Floorpans look solid, and the engine is fairly drip free on the underside.
Fire up the glow plugs and crank it up and the diesel rattle has the 4-banger come to life. It drove very nicely, and shifted with ease, and has a solid feel. All seemed to work but in full disclosure we did not fire up the propane or make use of any outlets so we cannot speak of their functionality. The driver's seat back seemed a little lacking in padding.
With some TLC on the exterior (some rust remediation and a new coat of fresh paint) and you will have a functioning living space to travel nearly anywhere. Diesel efficiency, and power, and a clean interior, and you will be on the hunt for Smokey the Bear, or scenic views to fill your phone camera's memory. We're having lots of fun…we're having lots of fun…well you know the rest!
G-4 Cylinder Diesel
H-Hanover, Germany Assy Plant
102954-Sequential Unit Number
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