Originally Posted by DavidG
I think most of us who owned VW campers in the 60s and 70s when they were pretty new would no longer find their performance and reliability acceptable today. BTW, if you go by a VW specialty repair shop, some times you see 6-8 or a dozen old vans parked in back. ( at least in Calif) On one trip we stopped to visit 2 different friends who had nice Westfalias in their yard . . . .both needing engines. Engines go for over $ 6,000 now, remanuf or custom built . Performance US engines go for waaaay less than that ! And a recent post on the 'net recently showed a bunch of nice custom VW vans , campers , and customs : the one of which we speak was labeled a " DUD BOX " ! LOL David in Fresno and Sonora, CA
I had a '68 (first year of the picture window windshield) that I'm sometimes sorry I sold
. That truck took on 2000# at least of oak firewood - filled the entire rig - but trying to stop it, with nonpower drum brakes
, was, let me say, an effort. I think you're right about modern performance, though mine was rock-reliable, with electronic ignition, spin-on oil filter, and external oil cooler. 65 MPH top speed (at engine redline 4000 RPM), SECOND gear climbing Donner Pass at 10 MPH, wind tossing my bus to the point where I once had to slam on the brakes
and turn the steering wheel 1/2 turn to keep from being blown off an overpass.
If I still had her today, she would be a day cruiser. But at the time, it's what I could afford, and I outfitted her with lots of Westfalia parts from flea markets and such.