My 'new' 78 Westy

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My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby 71Survivor » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:33 am

Finally a bus owner again!

Pulled the trigger on this nice 78 Westy in BC. Picking it up next week and driving it to Vancouver to drop-ship it by rail to Toronto. Can't wait!

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Lots more photos here: http://globespotter.com/78Westy/
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1971 Super Beetle (Survivor) - 2012-
1978 Westfalia (Canadian Deluxe) - 2015-
1979 Westfalia (Canadian Standard) - 1986-1991
1971 Super Beetle - 1977-1980

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My 78 Westy: http://globespotter.com/78Westy

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby john jones » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:05 pm

congratulations dude~~ I am a firm believer that life is better when you own a bus, preferably a camper.. doesn't matter what year it is... =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby 63Ragtop » Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:24 pm

looks very tidy!

=D>

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby 71Survivor » Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:50 pm

Thanks! I've always had a soft spot for late Bay's - I had a 79 Westy when I first got married!

I had originally wanted to buy a bus in California in 2012 when I bought the 71 Super Beetle, but bus prices were getting crazy. (still are).

This one was an opportunity I couldn't let slip, and from what I hear 78 was a pretty good year for Bay's.
1971 Super Beetle (Survivor) - 2012-
1978 Westfalia (Canadian Deluxe) - 2015-
1979 Westfalia (Canadian Standard) - 1986-1991
1971 Super Beetle - 1977-1980

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My 78 Westy: http://globespotter.com/78Westy

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby 71Survivor » Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:20 pm

Update on the Westy - flew out to BC this week to pick it up and drive it to Vancouver for shipping to Toronto.

Last words I said to the mechanic at the garage was - are the fuel lines ok (after I had asked for them to be checked/replaced). He said they looked fine.

Yes, we all know how they can look fine :)

About 3o minutes into my drive to Vancouver, I smell gas bad. I pull over and the line from the fuel rail to the #4 injector is pissing gas all over the hot engine. It is literally smoking on the engine at this point.

I, have not yet bought the fire extinguisher I was planning to get.

Called CAA and got it towed back to the shop. The line had split underneath. Had them replace all the lines in the engine bay like should have been done in the first place.

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Delayed me by a day, but at least I still have the Westy! Trip on Friday went without a hitch and the bus ran great, although I'm going to need to replace the rest of the fuel lines, as it still smells when the tank is completely full.

Does the engine and firewall need to be pulled to replace those lines and filler hose?

BTW: Now have a nice fire extinguisher:

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1971 Super Beetle (Survivor) - 2012-
1978 Westfalia (Canadian Deluxe) - 2015-
1979 Westfalia (Canadian Standard) - 1986-1991
1971 Super Beetle - 1977-1980

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My 78 Westy: http://globespotter.com/78Westy

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby john jones » Sat Oct 31, 2015 2:13 pm

never a dull moment in a vw.. :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-# :-#
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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby DOGO » Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:44 pm

Should've smacked the mechanic over the top of the head!
Nice Westy. Hope to see it around next summer.
...but that's just me.

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby Franz » Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:31 am

I know that you want to blame the mechanic. But it hard to draw a line on these old cars on what good enough, and what has to be fixed. Especially when the customer start out our relationship with "I don't have very much money" Smile Yep, it looks good. Go for it! You'll be fine...or maybe not. Smile

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby 71Survivor » Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:09 pm

Well, it is on it's way - if I have never taken the CPR train across Canada, at least my Westy will have!

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1971 Super Beetle (Survivor) - 2012-
1978 Westfalia (Canadian Deluxe) - 2015-
1979 Westfalia (Canadian Standard) - 1986-1991
1971 Super Beetle - 1977-1980

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My 78 Westy: http://globespotter.com/78Westy

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby 71Survivor » Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:33 pm

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In Brandon, Manitoba today!

On another note, I ordered 5 new Hankook RA08 185R14C tires from Bailey Tire in Buffalo today.
As the Hankooks are being discontinued, I didn't want to miss out. The tires on the bus are cracked badly.

Hoping to get it next week and head down to Buffalo to get the new tires!
1971 Super Beetle (Survivor) - 2012-
1978 Westfalia (Canadian Deluxe) - 2015-
1979 Westfalia (Canadian Standard) - 1986-1991
1971 Super Beetle - 1977-1980

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My 78 Westy: http://globespotter.com/78Westy

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby john jones » Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:27 pm

fun times ahead!!!!! =D>
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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby 66VOLKY » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:05 pm

I love my 72 westy! First bus and I can't keep my hands off it. Hope you enjoy your new 78. Any plan on lowering it or wheel?

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby Clatter » Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:56 pm

Best year camper period!
(if you actually plan on road-tripping/camping in the thing)
=D> =D> =D> =D>

Definitely open up the 'firewall' hatch/panel and do all of the hoses.
This includes not only the usual lines to supply the motor,
but also the vapor-recovery hoses that go to the charcoal can.
-and- the big filler hoses.

They will ALL have been eaten away by the ethanol in today's fuel(!)

Be fully ready to go back in and check them in a couple of years, too.
The actual feed-the-motor fuel lines, and the vapor recovery lines can be replaced with ethanol-friendly versions of the same metric-sized rubber hose.
I was able to find those at the BMW dealer; my local VW dealer was no help.
The only source for the big filler hoses is still old-fashioned rubber, and will disintegrate over time.

There are a couple of hidden spots on the vapor-recovery hoses - the hard lines have these rubber joints hidden in hard-to-find places.
There's one way, way up inside the driver's - side intake vent you will never find unless you look (or catch it dripping)

Having the vapor-recovery system 100% is a beautiful thing.
When I have too much to drink, my bus is the 'doghouse', out in the garage.
And, let me tell you what,
When you are drunk, or hung over, and the gas fumes are strong, it's NO fun.
Having the vapor-recovery system sealed and tight can make the bus far more effective at one of it's main uses!

Oh, and, if you carefully pull the AFM (Handle that S-boot with TLC!!) and a few other things, you can get to all of the tank hoses thru the hatch with the motor in place.
It's not a lot of fun, though, and better to pull the whole tank with the motor out, and out of the way.
If that were mine, it would be motor-out first thing, just to make sure all of the tin and seals are there, no fins are clogged with crap, and the heads have a fresh torque on them.. FWIW.

Love love that bus!
Jealous! =P~ =P~ =P~

Those 76-79 Westies will be 21-23-window prices in another dozen years here, unfortunately.
For good reason!
If you don't get your project done in a "reasonable" amount of time.. You risk having an "dated" rig.. -John Jones

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby Pat K » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:04 am

Clatter wrote: Those 76-79 Westies will be 21-23-window prices in another dozen years here, unfortunately.
For good reason!


Sorry....Couldn't hear that last sentence over all " that noise".... Smile Smile Smile Wink Wink Wink

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Re: My 'new' 78 Westy

Postby Franz » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:59 am

I couldn't hear him either. Smile


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