1972 Type 2 Westfalia Camper Bus
This project was a complete joy. Every time we get to work on a classic vehicle and the objective requires the use of sandpaper, our hearts skip a beat. Our client Arthur approached us, wanting to put his Volkswagen Camper Bus back into shape. We sat down with Arthur to get the full story behind this quintessentially 1970’s Bus:
HOW LONG HAVE YOU OWNED YOUR BUS?
I first road in a VW bus in early 2000, a friend of mine drove my then girlfriend (now wife) and I from phoenix to coachella, a music festival in california in a 74’ Westy. Driving through the desert on the highway the bus started running poorly, we pulled over and found a carburetor had fell off. It was a pretty simple repair, easily tightening it back up got us back on the road. This is when my true love for Aircooled volkswagens began. The simplistic design drew me in, and soon after returning from this trip I was able to find a 69’ bay window bus locally for a steal. Little did I know it would be the first of many Volkswagens. Later I sold this bus and upgraded to a 1968 euro top, this bus I rebuilt the engine, repaired some body work and camped in it a lot! I loved this bus, however one day a 1972 westfalia caught my eye and I couldn’t resist. Behold- Bus #3 A 1972 Type 2 Westfalia. The westfalia is a perfect camping machine, bought in Oregon where we lived in 2009. Since then we have moved to MN where it has spent the last 6 years.
WHAT ALL HAVE YOU DONE TO IT?
When I initially purchased the bus it had a single weber carburetor which was in terrible shape. I was able to purchase a set of Dellorto’s, so I set up dual carbs and jetted them. I also replaced some tin around the engine bay and replaced the points with Pertronix electronic ignition. I stripped down the exterior of the bus, sanded, & repaired a few rust spots by welding in new metal. Replaced the windshield, canvas, and most all exterior bits and pieces. It was repainted the same color, wet sanded & Ceramic Pro was added to finish it off.
WHY DID YOU REPAINT IT?
There were a few spots that were starting to surface rust and around the window there was a bubble or two. I worried about what was under the paint and wanted to protect it. When I initially decided to paint it I had a vision of a decent paint job but nothing “Show Quality”. Little did I know how well it would end up. I can’t believe how amazing it turned out.
WHY DID YOU APPROACH US?
I contacted Glisten while the bus was getting painted to ask about protection services. I then was enlightened on Ceramic Pro, paint correction and the many different aspects of paint cosmetics. James was able to break down this science into layman’s terms and helped me understand more about new paint, protection & surfaces. Glisten ended up spending 2 weeks correcting paint & removing orange peel. Working with Glisten was an amazing experience!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT?
I bought this bus to camp in, and I love to camp in it. It is not just a “show” car I actually use it and I am lucky enough to take home a trophy or 2 every so often. Driving it is an amazing experience, people go way out of their way to make sure they get to see it and acknowledge the driver with a peace sign, or just a wave. Also the sounds, smells and feel of an aircooled VW are spot on in my book.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND GLISTEN TO OTHERS?
I know everyone at Glisten has a true passion for cars. I found this out watching the amount of effort they put into this bus. They cared for my bus as if it was their own. I had no hesitation at all with the complicated work they were doing. The end result was truly exceptional. I never knew my bus could look so good, so easily!