Well, folks, the time has come. Now that I have a Home in Mobile, I no longer need a Mobile Home.
As seen on thesamba.com:
It’s a 1985 Westy with the original 1.9L engine. My dad bought in Berkeley about 15 years ago.
When I got it in February 2011 and the odometer appeared to work, it
had under 100,000 miles on it. I have had it serviced by some of the
best VW mechanics across the country including Buslab in Berkeley
(where my dad had it serviced)The odometer reads about 110,000 now,
but I estimate that it has about 130,000 miles on it. The tires that I
put on at about 100,000 still look pretty good. As far as I know, it
has the original clutch.
Since I lived in it full time, I made sure that it was suitable for
living and was reliable. If you want a Subaru engine, you might just
keep looking, this motor is still in great shape and it has a new clutch. I drive about 60
miles a week and after 3 months when I got the oil changed I hadn’t
needed to add a drop.
New clutch! Plus rear main seal, input shaft seal (11/13/2015).
New Battery! (1/8/15)
It has been painted once.
Here is a list of improvements and approximate times that they were
done. See the blog for more detail.
Tent: GoWesty. 231-707A-BL: Pop-Top Tent, Acrylic (Synthetic Canvas) Fabric
Aux battery kit
High Power headlight kit
This is a must-do improvement. It makes it safe to drive at night.
Rear hatch struts: May 2012
Solar charger August 2011 https://web.archive.org/web/20111018212134/http://gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=4287&category_id=376&category_parent_id=
Engel 43 Quart Fridge August 2011 (included but not shown)
Eyebolts for locking down Fridge http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=4372&category_id=&category_parent_id=
GoWesty Fridge elimination kit. http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=4361&category_id=&category_parent_id=
Tank Filler hook-up (water) May 2011
Chrome hubcaps May 2011 (I’m not impressed with how they held up.)
Fuel tank reseal (supposed to make it not squirt gas during fill-up,
Fuel filter upgrade
GoWesty LP Tank replaced (may 2011)
Propex HS2000 Propane Furnace (May 2011)
Lock extension for rear hatch
Skylight replaced (2011 Feb)
Kenwood Stereo with Bluetooth hands-free and streaming, USB, auxiliary
input (no CD), new speakers all around (wired properly with 4 wires to
the rear rather than the 3 that VW included), Subwoofer (Bazooka
BTA6100 6-inch 100-watts) http://amzn.to/1KouSCz .
Tires replaced at about 100,000 miles.
The A/C is intact, but I’m told that the compressor is dead. I have
met only one person who actually uses the A/C in a Vanagon, and they
had some monster engine replacement. (That said, a local mechanic whom
I also trust to work on my dad’s 1965 356C, claims he can make it