1981 Westfalia in Goffstown, NH

Last Updated: 9/4/19 | Ad Source: Craigslist

Asking Price: $4,000

1981 goffstown nh

Camper Facts

  • Year: 1981
  • Model / Trim: Westfalia
  • Odometer: See Below
  • Engine: 4 cylinder
  • Transmission: Manual

Seller Info

  • Seller Type: Private Owner
  • Location: Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • Name: Not Provided
  • Phone: See Below
  • Email: See Below


More Details & Pictures

1981 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper

Air cooled 2.0l motor. Probably second engine in this van.

Motor has rebuilt cylinder heads and new rings. New gear reduction starter this month. Starts and runs fine. New clutch and pilot bearing and new clutch slave cylinder.

New battery this month. Back in 2012 we sent the injectors away to be cleaned and flow balanced and have rubber replaced. All engine compartment fuel lines were replaced in 2012. Other fuel lines in chassis area have not been replaced by us.

Bus has not been on the road for 9 years. Was purchased by a buddy for a light restoration but health issues have prevented completion.

All camper stuff is there and the propane tank still has propane in it. Kitchen has been removed to check for “kitchen rot” but parts are all in van.

Needs some minor rust repair (see photos). Will need tires for inspection (these are too old given the weight of this vehicle).

Bus paint had failed (California sun baked it) so we slapped some orange tractor paint on it with a roller to keep it from rusting, hence the unique paint job.

Seat upholstery has failed so it has some brown seat covers over what’s left.

What does it need to get it back on the road? Not much, mechanically it is pretty sound.

Camper canvas still good. Camper top has been pressure washed but it should be sealed with marine paint to prolong its life (see numerous articles on thesamba.com for details).

Interior needs to be cleaned, mouse poop and bird seed evidence everywhere. We have all the camper hardware and the original carpeting and other interior parts including plywood floor. The inside of the camper top was covered in mildew when we got it so that will need to be addressed (it was stored on the sea coast).

Needs a new throttle cable installed (have cable, old one is rusty and failure is imminent).

Needs new CV boots on the axles. We rebuilt the axles with some CV joints from a 74 bus with new boots in 2012 but the boots have cracked and failed already (don’t buy Rein brand apparently). Joints are clean and good just take axles out and swap on some new boots.

All engine tin was removed, degreased and de-rusted. But our rattle can paint is starting to flake off. Some of the lower tin was missing or rusted beyond repair so we fabricated replacements. Bus originally had a catalytic converter exhaust but the manifold had cracked and been welded so many times it fell apart when we pulled the engine. We got a non-cat exhaust manifold and standard bus exhaust for it. Bus muffler had an O2 sensor installed but we didn’t finish wiring it up (need to hook up heater wires).

Have new shocks in the van, not yet installed.

See photos for rust repairs. The kitchen rot seemed to be minor. Anything you see painted silver has been painted with Master Series Silver Primer to seal out water and further rust. There’s a hole in the driver footwell around the steering column. Small hole in passenger footwell and some small areas near window seals. Rest of the van is very solid. Battery box needs some patching too but it is still serviceable.

Fuel filter needs to be replaced once a few more gallons of gas go through it. There was some rust in the tank from it sitting so after a few gallons get burned you can swap out the filter (comes with two new Bosch filters).

Needs a new horn (got ripped off by tow truck).

More details to follow.

No lowball offers – this is a fair price given the condition of the van.

Will not accept trades.
Cash only.
No open road testing – you can drive it in the large driveway but it is not legal to run on the road.
You will need to trailer it out of here (see above).

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