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Bespoke Early Bay Westy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Bespoke Early Bay Westy Reply with quote

first things first - a bit of background for the folks who don't know much about bays. i am by no means an expert, but have learned a fair bit recently.

True early bay windows were offered from their introduction in 1968 to 1970. these had wide 5 bolt patterns (drums brakes), T1 motors, low-light front turn signals, smaller bumpers and tail lights.

1971 and 1972 were considered cross over years. 71 had disc brakes (small bolt pattern), but still a Type 1 motor. '72 had T4 motor (1700) and bigger tail lights. there were other changes, but those were the big ones i have noticed. These years are considered by some to be the 1967 of the bug.

So, i own a 1971 westfailia and 1972 westfailia. My project is based off of the 1972 westy for a few reasons.

1) it has a T4 motor. i know these very well and have an extra already built that i needed cooling system off of.

2) factory gas heater (that works!). being a camper, i plan to use it and the gas heater is one less piece of electric or propane equipment i'd need to stuff in it.

so - what am i doing....


making a custom camper to use. not a show car, but it will be done right. lowered, nice paint, custom interior, big motor, etc.

i'll update my progress as time permits, but i have decided not to overly document this project


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

where are things right now?

well, the whole westy interior is out (and in the '71 which didnt come with an complete interior).

dog legs cut out

seat bases removed completely

right rear rocker replaced and body-worked.

right front rocker near the b-pillar replaced

inner fender metalwork 85% finished

beam out, fluids drained

next: finish inner fender metal work, start dog leg, build new raised tubs for wheels/seat bases, chop passenger seat metal backing to allow swivel seat (already have) and generally finish the passenger area.

then move to the driver side
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pics or it didn't happen. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL ED! thats exactly what I was going to say!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as i bought it:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right rear rocker repair:












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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was quick! Laughing

Sooooo... What's the story on that mustang? Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the pictures, great example for those of us who have projects waiting. Did you find the Westfalia in Sooke? It's nice to see it was under cover.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome! See? Metal work is no big deal. Now you're an all-area expert!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed wrote:
That was quick! Laughing

Sooooo... What's the story on that mustang? Rolling Eyes

it's for sale (but you don't want it, it's body is a mess). it's a 66 i believe.

update: inner fender all cleaned up and zinc coated

2 of the 4 cargo floor patch panels cut, cleaned and ready to weld.

i'll probably weld that stuff up tonight.

I'm moving as fast as i can through this project. the fun stuff should start happening soon. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Busaddict wrote:
I love the pictures, great example for those of us who have projects waiting. Did you find the Westfalia in Sooke? It's nice to see it was under cover.
i actually found it when i was up at hoggs and johnny was there getting a tune up his bug he's selling. johnny mentioned he saw one, i said, let's go look, then i bought it. pretty much that fast.

it was sitting under that shelter for 5 years. Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a fairly solid bus. Good find Paul.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

B pillar on passenger side nearly done.


donor metal for cargo floor:


beam out:
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donor panels ready to be welded in:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right on! I grew up in a 68 bay with a 914 motor swap

That 71, does it have a motor? Parting? Wondering if it has a 38A generator? I need the backing plate off one....
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