9Westy – For Sale

1982 VW Vanagon, Westfalia (camper), diesel

$2500 OBO

I have been in the process of turning 9 Westy into an art car for several years. I am expecting, so I won’t be able to finish the project, and I need to sell the vehicle.


All camper equipment is intact. I have replaced the curtains (but retained the originals) and replaced the foam and upholstery for the lower bed with new high density foam pads. The upper bunk is original and in excellent condition.

I have not used any of the propane equipment. The previous owner said that the propane tank had been reconditioned. I have used the fridge on both 12 V DC and 110 V AC electrical and it worked fine.

The camper pop-top and forward luggage rack have been removed from the Westy, and are intact and in good condition. The pop-top canvas is usable but I was planning to replace it.


I haven’t started the vehicle in a few years. Until that time, it was in running condition and may still be. Maintenance and repair work has been performed by a factory trained VW mechanic, and includes: oil pressure switch replaced, brake line replaced, ignition switch replaced, valve cover gasket replaced (and various engine parts cleaned and painted), and more. I have receipts for maintenance and repairs performed.

The engine is a factory reconditioned engine. The dash has been removed, but is intact and can be re-installed.


To turn the Westy into an art car, I have been in the process of removing the paint, bondo, primer and galvanizing layer from the body of the van.

Most of the van (approximately 70%) is bare metal at this point. There are areas of rust penetration on the body. Most of the bolt-on parts on the van exterior have been removed and bagged with their hardware. This includes mirrors, lights, bumpers, etc.


The van is located in a garage near downtown Durham. The buyer will need to provide a way to tow it. The camper top is one block from the van, and the camper top, forward luggage rack and a few miscellaneous interior parts are stored at my house. The camper top is heavy, and will require several adults to lift.

I am happy to share more details or answer questions about the mechanical condition of the van, or what I planned to do with the project.

To find out more about diesel vanagons, see the Yahoo! group

Diesel-Vanagon. “http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Diesel-Vanagon/”:http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Diesel-Vanagon/

Many photos: “http://www.flickr.com/photos/spacegrrl/sets/1673873/”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/spacegrrl/sets/1673873/

the weekly grind

lisa sanding

we’ve decided that we can’t do much more paint removal without taking out the windows and taking off the bumpers and pop-top. which is a big stage, one i’ve been anticipating for… well, years.

it gets complicated… we have to make a rack to store the glass in, and hope it doesn’t break during removal, storage or replacement. the pop top might take several people to remove and the garage is going to get crowded with all the stuff taken off the van.

we’re also approaching the point where i need to make some artistic decisions. we could put a pattern of marks in the metal before the final coating is put on; i need to figure out what, if anything, i want to do about that.

it’s van time again!

oh, finally, we are working on my poor old “van.”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/spacegrrl/sets/1673873/

Progress 03-13-2010

and now i have help! help in the form of a husband who knows his way around power tools. and we’ve acquired an angle grinder which is a great addition to the stable of tools we’re using to remove paint, bondo, and the galvanizing layer.

oldest and highest mileage VW diesels sought


SWEET! I can’t wait to see the winners. I know 9Westy isn’t a contender, she only has 120k and is a 1982. I am sure they’ll find something from the first model year sold here, 1977, and diesels are famous for going 300k plus miles on a single engine.

From my experience on the VW diesel message boards, i’m not sure the typical VW diesel aficianado, especially one who drives a 30 year old vehicle, is really going to enjoy driving a Toe-Rag, but hey. The recognition will be great.


another evening’s work done. found lots of body filler on the sliding door, so most of my work was with the Big Guns, the belt sander and wire brush, which are more physically taxing to use. i ran out of steam after just over an hour.


cake is better than metal

bq. “Captain, we are being probed.”

i’ve been watching a lot of star trek: the next generation re-runs lately. it’s somehow comforting and satisfying at the same time.

this morning, my hands smelled like metal. it occured to me that despite having showered twice and washed my hands numerous times and washed dishes since i was last covered in the powdered exterior of my van, there might be some lingering metallic particles in my skin.

the scent faded through the day but even so tonight i was inspired to mix up a batch of lotion scented with Midway, a perfume oil that smells like funnel cake.


i took a break from westy sanding tonight, mainly because my evening schedule was pushed back very late due to stuff out of my control, plus the fact that i decided to cook a large, proper dinner, and that took a long time.

for those interested, i grilled a steak and made a spinach casserole; for starters i picked bitter greens from my garden and dressed them with dressing i made with buttermilk, sour cream, garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, and basil.

she lives!

“jason!”:http://www.livejournal.com/users/jason0x21/ came over this evening and we successfully jump-started the westy. i got to drive her around the neighborhood! yay!! i love driving her.

so, now i know i need a proper charger (turns out my charger doesn’t actually charge– and isn’t strong enough to jump the westy), some jumper cables, and i might need to fiddle with or replace a wire.

anyway. yay! and once i get her charged back up again, i promise to leave her unplugged and drive her regularly. because she roooolz.

i like long walks in the rain….

so long as they result in the van getting sanded.

i figured, you know, a little rain never hurt anyone. and indeed i was not hurt. and “that door”:http://flickr.com/photos/spacegrrl/24361570/in/photostream/ looks good.

next time i gotta remember some more dust rags, and a stepstool so i can start reaching the high up places. so very anxious to be able to say that i completed one side.

hands feel kinda funny, gotta stop typing now…