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Topic: RHD westys?
Posted By: Red Leader
Subject: RHD westys?
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 19:02

Are they really that rare.  I have just been told that my freind should insure his for 12k, and that it was a brick yard forum member who told him. It's good condition but has some minor bodywork issues around the rear seams, and will require painting in teh next few years to preserve it (but i like my VWs shiney and perfect)

Is this true, or was someone on here a little on the exuberant side.  i would not pay 12k for any T3, as i see them everywhere.

Cheers

Andy



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Posted By: peet
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 19:12
Maybe a bit hi at the mo for a camper, even a rare one such as that but for something like a well sorted Oettinger or Porsche engined one i have seen em for round that in Germany too... remember these already are the next big thing so make the most before looney prices kick in! 

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Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 19:14
If it was a rare engined one i can understand, but 12k you should keep it in a museum.

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Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 19:21

They never came out of the factory as RHD campers, but what they did do was a kit for converting panel vans etc, this was for LHD drive vans.

The upstairs bed is in three parts, campers out of the factory had a two part bed.

The furniture for the kits was also for the LHD van, and it is slightly different to the ones out of the factory.

What some people have done is put the fridge on the other side and moved the relevent furniture to the right side so it looks like it is all RHD.

The way to tell is to look at the side of the fridge furthest away from the drivers seat, it will have a vee in it for where the seat belt retainer went when it was on the left hand side.

But who knows if they ever did do one offs for people.



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 19:27

Westfalia never made RHD campers - FACT.

However, as legend goes there were a few "Mosaic" campers built by a company darn sarf really badly, once Westfalia saw how dire the conversions were they would no sell the company the component parts anymore.

So, no, there are no real factory Wesfalia campers, but there are some munters out there, can't be many left.

Aparently, the numbers were around 20, again, part of the legend.

As for value,dunno, depends on what state it's in.

TBH, I can't for some reason see them being converted from Combis either, and they won't have the right roof section either..

But, I have never seen one, would really like to, just for my own curiosity.



Posted By: retrosteve
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 19:38

 forget the rhd thing asw mentioned above -its all relative....

i have a prototype oettinger 3.7 ... one of 3... i couldnt replace it for 12k.. nor could i buy a claer porsche motored bus, or even a well sorted vr6 bus for that price.. although they represent the 'obvious high end of t3's ' 

i have seen low mileage atlantic westfalias' for well over 12k , and it certainly wont take much to make a decent california a 12k bus either if you change the wheels, mirrors, side planking and suspension.. it all adds up .. and when you consider a decent california pop top is  becoming big money even on the continent the 12k bus isnt such a rare beast

fortunately there are plenty of westfalia vans for reasonable money...even if the rariety you ponder isnt really an issue or defining factor in the values... its more condition...demand and specification which can effect two apparently similar vans -resulting in two very different prices

you wouldnt pay 12k.. but the vans you see everywhere wont be the 12k examples... bit like the ford gt40 ... i see loads of mondeos,................  



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Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 19:58

Viz told me that it was a factory conversion on a panel van, apparently it was driven back to Germany for it???

I'll see what info he has on it.  i do not have pictures, as it is always parked next to mine, but will see it on Thursday.

Retrosteve i realise that some are different, but what is the oettinger engine like, i 'm currently building one (well Okrassa) for my bug.



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Posted By: retrosteve
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 20:08
Originally posted by Red Leader Red Leader wrote:

Retrosteve i realise that some are different, but what is the oettinger engine like, i 'm currently building one (well Okrassa) for my bug.

 

the oettinger motor is effectively a 2.1 waserboxer with an extra 2 cylinders..the case/heads /etc cast by oettinger.. or rather as a joint venture between vw and oettinger .. funnily enough when contemplating the new t4 and its possible rear engined format !!! it uses the 2.1 injection system,(obviously modified a tad)and anyone familiar with an injected wasserboxer would recognise many of the componants..  its not a high revving motor, but its very torquey ...

 

 incedentally i have had a bit of okrasa experience.. with very early beetles... and some vans were indeed converted by westfalia at the factory to rhd specifications... 18 i believe..

wether that in itself would make your friends bus worth 12k i wouldnt like to say, however, it would certainly add value if in presentable condition -and sticking my neck out (not too far as the scar may tear )i would say a westy converted rhd would be worth 2500 more than an identical LHD van ... to the right person (ie someone who would not consider a lhd)

 



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Posted By: T3ADICT
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 20:22

 

ooooh that "O" word... they should have put a pound sign in the name.. all things oettinger are big bucks..

i know one off imports are posible..

my c reg polo was a "special order" in rhd  simalar to a coupe S polo but with lots of bits that were'nt available in the uk.. its regestered as a polo GT the dvla have only 7 regestered at that age as GT..

vw germany were much more helpfull then, if its real it will be recorded on vw's records..

yes they never "made" or posibly offered should be a better word rhd vans but then thats not to say none were made..

but 12 grand is high.. even on agreed value i think there wouldnt be many insurers that would do it to that value..



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Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 20:38
Originally posted by Baxter Baxter wrote:

Westfalia never made RHD campers - FACT.

However, as legend goes there were a few "Mosaic" campers built by a company darn sarf really badly, once Westfalia saw how dire the conversions were they would no sell the company the component parts anymore.

So, no, there are no real factory Wesfalia campers, but there are some munters out there, can't be many left.

Aparently, the numbers were around 20, again, part of the legend.

As for value,dunno, depends on what state it's in.

TBH, I can't for some reason see them being converted from Combis either, and they won't have the right roof section either..

But, I have never seen one, would really like to, just for my own curiosity.

And they won't have the right roof section either.

They do, seeing is believeing. LOL



Posted By: calvin
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 21:25
Hey Mr Baxter - can we have a forum section for Westy variants or campers?

There's a lot of people on here now with these specific models, and there are tech requirements specific to them as well as other interesting info (as above!)


especially since there's a syncro one....

huh, can we?

Please


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Posted By: Joker_Club
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 21:38
There was a guy on 80-90 before Xmas with a RHD Westy, posted a load of pics. of the interior etc to show the differences.

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Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:08

Im open to be proved wrong..



Posted By: calvin
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:14
...and the forum section idea? 

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Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:16

Can do, give me 5 minutes..

 



Posted By: Steve B
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:20

Here's the pics of the one in question.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e44/rasaxty/img003.jpg -  



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:23

Forum - done.

Okay, RHD Westies.

Thing is with a Westy pop top, they have a different roof panel unique to Westfalia, If, someone can show me a RHD Westfalia that has the right roof panel, and the type number is 254 then I may be inclined to believe you, but looking at ETKA there is no listing for RHD Campmobile. The only ones I have heard about are the ones converted from vans in this country, so they won't have the correct roof and therefore not a factory conversion.

PROVE ME WRONG!  Im not saying they don't exist, but from what I know they don't. Maybe a hall 33 special or something, dunno but until I see concrete evidence then as far as Im concerned to RHD Westies were not built by VW/Westfalia.



Posted By: calvin
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:24
how come it's still got the LHD westy lean!?

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Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:25

Whay does that van above have a add on fog light?

Must also be a bit cramped sleeping in it with the wardrobe on the wrong side!



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:26

Originally posted by calvin calvin wrote:

how come it's still got the LHD westy lean!?

  It has aswell!



Posted By: Tee3
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:27
more to the point, how shat is that bed going to be with the cooker/sink unit on one side, and the rear wardrobe on the other?????




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Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:28
Well, it seems to be combi based as it has seatbelt mounts!


Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:30

Also, shouldn't B reg van have the later Joker decals, that style were fitted to earlier ones weren't they?

Now Im not exactly sure when the typeface changed on the stickers but I thought it was earlier than '84.



Posted By: Steve B
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:36

Well here's the link from 80-90 i dug the pics from.....oh and the owner said his next job was to fit a TDi...."Useless c*nt"....maybe

http://forum.80-90.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=13316&highlight=rhd+westfalia - http://forum.80-90.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=13316&highlight =rhd+westfalia



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:39


Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:45

Ooops opened up a can of worms, what do i need to take pictures of for Vizs van?

Not up on all this.



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Posted By: Steve B
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:47
Originally posted by Red Leader Red Leader wrote:

what do i need to take pictures of for Vizs van?

Not up on all this.

One of these:

Soz couldn't resist



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:47

Above the pedals should be a paper sticker, or the same sticker is duplicated on the inside page of the service book.

That should tell us everything we need to know.

next, lift the pop top and take a picture of the metal roof in the corner, that should tell us if it's a factory Westy or not.

 



Posted By: goblin
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:52
Is there anychance that it is a left hand drive westy that was converted to right hand drive, therefore the wardrobe has stayed on that side and the LHD lean has, but the panels were also changed and the interior swapped. Could this be an option?

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Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:54
That would explain the fog light and the lean! but not the sliding door being on the right side (or left as the case may be) for a UK van.


Posted By: calvin
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 22:58
If it was LHD converted to RHD, why is the slider on the wrong side? Also, surely the lean is caused by the gas, water, fridge etc all being on the same side as the driver...

The water clearly cant be (has this even got inboard water?) and you cant see the gas install - here's where my knowledge runs out, but surely a RHD underslung gas install its not gonna be under the door! (or at this age did they not have the tank underneath?)

either way, I think this is as convincing a factory westy as I am a supermodel..


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Posted By: goblin
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 23:00
As convincing as a factory original as convincing I am a 200 year old man!

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Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 23:01
Even aircooled T3's had underslung gas tank and waste tanks.


Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 23:13
http://www.brick-yard.co.uk/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=23 - http://www.brick-yard.co.uk/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=23


Posted By: Dr Dub
Date Posted: 06 Feb 07 at 23:58
Seeing as VW Germany never made a specific RHD bodyshell - Lets see the roof panel - I'm with Si on this ?.

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Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 01:03

Westfalia made a kit to combat the curviture of a panel van roof, its in etka honest, big plastic thing and a folding two part thing and the reinforcment frame for the hole that is cut out for access to the roof.

Pics save a thousand words.LOL

What do you determine as an orginal westy roof, they were both made by westfalia, just one came out of the factory and the other  was made to fit panel vans etc that never had the pressed roof plate like the factory ones did.

Westfalia did interiors for both again, but i suspect they only ever did either type for LHD vans.

I have seen a LHD westfalia conversion kit and it is very good, 100 times better than the one in this guys pics.

The keywords here are factory and westfalia.

Theres no reason why a special order RHD van could'nt come out of the factory with a westy pressed roof skin and factory westy roof is there. Unlikely but could have easily been done.

However westfalia making a complete interior for RHD vans is very debatable.

The van in the pics has a LHD interior converted to fit a RHD van, that im sure of as i have one of them, it's slightly different to his though, minor stuff.

Two of us having the same type of interior suggests they were the uk converted ones.

So the key to all this is did westfalia make a proper interior kit for RHD vans. If they did then it is possible that a RHD westfalia factory van does exist.

Not F*cking likely but possible.LOL

The myth lives on.

 

 

 

 



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 10:21

Hi guys,

I'm the person in question that has this bus that Andy has so kindly posted about to provoke comment!!!

As far as I know from speaking to people and the history from the original owner this panel van was driven to Germany in 1986 and converted by Westfalia at a cost of around 16,000 marks (almost 10k back in the day).

This information I cannot prove, but since I've got a stack of paperwork, FVWSH up until 2001, all done by the original owner, which makes me think that this bus was well looked after.

The seams are going in places, and the engine needs attention but inside is mint.

It's currently away from my home, but I'll see if I can get some pics up (if anyone has vwmagazine.co.uk top trumps, it is featured on one of the cards!!!)



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 10:24

Here are the only pics I have at present.

I even have things like the original mosquito net that goes by the boot door. Just in case I end up in the desert or summin

 



Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 13:57

The debate is did a RHD westfalia ever come out of the factory.

Theres no debate that westfalia did conversion kits and i think you will find your bed is in three parts and that your kitchen unit has a vee cut out of it on the right end side panel.

If you dont have the vee this would suggest that westfalia did do RHD furniture, and the possibilty that a RHD westfalia did come out of the factory lives on.

Until we see one we can only assume that they never did.

In my opinion, yours and other RHD drive vans with westy conversion kits are westfalia's, and can be considered as a RHD westy.

What you cant state is that it is a factory RHD westfalia.

Not seen a van with the cooker facing the way your is before, unique.

 

 



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 14:46
Originally posted by Full Throttle Full Throttle wrote:

The debate is did a RHD westfalia ever come out of the factory.

Theres no debate that westfalia did conversion kits and i think you will find your bed is in three parts and that your kitchen unit has a vee cut out of it on the right end side panel.

If you dont have the vee this would suggest that westfalia did do RHD furniture, and the possibilty that a RHD westfalia did come out of the factory lives on.

Until we see one we can only assume that they never did.

In my opinion, yours and other RHD drive vans with westy conversion kits are westfalia's, and can be considered as a RHD westy.

What you cant state is that it is a factory RHD westfalia.

Not seen a van with the cooker facing the way your is before, unique.

 

 

What the upstairs bit?

No, I'm pretty sure it it's just 2 bits, 1 bit folds down (we only use it for storage).

Oh, I'm pretty sure it's not a factory RHD westy, although I am pretty sure Westy converted it (if that makes sense?)



Posted By: Tee3
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 15:48
is yours not a walkthrough? looks to have the sink/cooker unit behind the front seats, facing the rear?

I cant for the life of me understand what would make anyone spend 10k back in 1986 (20k now?) on having windows chopped in their panel van and a hole cut in the roof.
Surely, a much better option would be to have a LHD westy converted to RHD if it was such a problem!

Anyway, enjoy it for what it is, a relish in the fact that you dont want, or need a grille




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Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 17:42

Yes I do have a walkthrough which is fine. The ONLY (literally) problem with the design is that both captains chairs can't swivel round due to the fridge blocking the passenger's seat and the buddy seat blocking the drivers seat.

Putting up some pics of the paperwork that I've got.



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 17:46

OK went into the loft to see what paperwork I've got.

Here's the original handbook / service schedule thing:

Did somone mention about a code thingy?

Here's the last of the VAG stamps, 15/6 years which isn't bad...

Something for you stamp freaks:

Manual thing:

Stack of receipts dating back to 1985:

Totalled them up to be about 2000 (nothing about the conversion though)



Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 17:58
Ohh you only had one shell point left to get, then you get a free oil patch undre your van

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Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:06

How do i post pic in here i only seem to be able to do them in the buspark.Confused

Have pics of the roof section and a LHD conversion kit.



Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:08
Via photobucket i think.

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Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:15

So, anyway does the above make ANYTHING clearer to you buffs..?

And back to the point at hand (kinda) I've had this 2 years, and never seen an equivalent. I'd love to know if any others exist, how and why.

Incidentally the other westy pictured doesn't seem to be like mine???

I had it agreed insured value for 8.5k last year. Now baring in mind the wedge market has risen, I don't want to sell myself short, nor do I want to come across like a jumped up buffoon!

Just more info would be great!



Posted By: busbuddy
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:43

ok I'm reasonably new here and still learning about T3's, splits and bays I know about (and old ford cars but don't hold that against me).

The amount of bays/splits that have surfaced with options on them, from the vw factory, that they shouldn't have had surely proves that there are exceptions.

Westfalia after all were just a coachbuilding company, not just vw's, and it seems quite logical that they would build a rhd if they were paid to do so. Karmann were supposed to have only built lhd vans but there is a rhd in this country and thats a lot more work than just swapping units from side to side.

Now I couldn't spot a factory westy if it was parked in front of me but it just seems weird that everyone is so certain they didn't do one



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:51

Well suck my dick..

So, this really is a RHD Westy - factory.

Type number 254 962 is a RHD Campmobile with 5 speed box and DG engine.

L90D  - Pastel white

KW - Green/Brown interior

Manufactured March '83

089 - Laminated windscreen.

102 - Heated rear screen

550 - Sliding wind with fly screen for side loading door.

621 - 90A alternator.

 

Im now off to eat my own knob and bare my arse on the town hall steps.



Posted By: mabrick
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:53
It was built in March '83 and was a Pastel white komi base, fitted 1.9ltr 78bhp wasserboxer and 5 speed box. 


Posted By: mabrick
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:54
You beat me to it Si 


Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:58

The interior of a LHD mosaic camper.

The bed system.

The white bit is the plastic curved part that combats the curved roof problem. The bottom fabric part goes all the way to the back and the top two parts fold out for the rest of the bed. they are folded back to open all the hole space, however they would fold forward once to allow the roof down and fold twice to sleep on.

 

The reinforcement channel for the hole that has been cut out.

It has two bigger piece of metal that are fixed to the side of the van wall but you cant see them as they are covered by the head lining.

 

And the fixing plate for screwing the rear of roof down onto.

This slots in and the rear roof struts are bolted into it

And look at that lovely thick insulation, also the bracket is covered by the full lengh headling ( front cab to the rear tailgate) that you can see in the first pic



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 18:59

Oh yeah, was originally white. Was resprayed red when he got it (6y months later)

Don't ask me why.



Posted By: Rubbadub
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:02
So back to the question. Whats it worth. I'm kinda with retrosteve. i think you need to find a T3 nut that is desparate for a Westy and refuses to buy a LHD, therefore 2.5k above what the equivilant LHD is. I know the whole thing of 'whats it worth' is personal, but 12.5?

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Posted By: busbuddy
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:12

personally I would be bugging the guys at the garage coz it looks like the dealer that supplied the van, always serviced the van and they still exist.

If you were really lucky they might still have some record of the initial purchase, it's gotta be worth a go

on the value question the 12k was 'insured for' which is not the same as what you'd buy it for 

 



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:15
Originally posted by Full Throttle Full Throttle wrote:

 

The bed system.

The white bit is the plastic curved part that combats the curved roof problem. The bottom fabric part goes all the way to the back and the top two parts fold out for the rest of the bed. they are folded back to open all the hole space, however they would fold forward once to allow the roof down and fold twice to sleep on.

 

The reinforcement channel for the hole that has been cut out.

It has two bigger piece of metal that are fixed to the side of the van wall but you cant see them as they are covered by the head lining.

 

 

My upstairs is totally different. It has one fold down panel, one attached to the hard base and folds down and sits on a ledge.

The bus will be back on Saturday hopefully, I'll take pics then.



Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:20
Originally posted by Baxter Baxter wrote:

Well suck my dick..

So, this really is a RHD Westy - factory.

Type number 254 962 is a RHD Campmobile with 5 speed box and DG engine.

L90D  - Pastel white

KW - Green/Brown interior

Manufactured March '83

089 - Laminated windscreen.

102 - Heated rear screen

550 - Sliding wind with fly screen for side loading door.

621 - 90A alternator.

 

Im now off to eat my own knob and bare my arse on the town hall steps.

Me to.Embarrassed

They do exist, end of story.

Can we have some better pic's of your van Weatherman for reference.

12k could be within reach, for a rare cherry westy.Clap



Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:22

quote:

My upstairs is totally different. It has one fold down panel, one attached to the hard base and folds down and sits on a ledge.

It would do, it's an original RHD westy. LOL

Best of luck with the sale.



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:31

I've been wanting to get rid of this since I got it, to fund my american jobby that I've always hankered for

BUT the person who dissuaded me to get the bus (verhermently) now won't let me sell, her indoors!!!

So, I'm stuck. To be fair the seams are going and will be looked at this year (new panels welded in), but the interior is still original and mint.

I'll get pics up for you guys this weekend. Anything in particular?



Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:39
Alright you smug git.  Thanks fo the phone call.

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Posted By: Rubbadub
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:43

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My upstairs is totally different. It has one fold down panel, one attached to the hard base and folds down and sits on a ledge.

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Mine too



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Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:50

Originally posted by Red Leader Red Leader wrote:

Alright you smug git.  Thanks fo the phone call.

No worries, thanks for the thread dude, and finding out the truth.

It's out there



Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:53
Originally posted by The Weatherman The Weatherman wrote:

Originally posted by Red Leader Red Leader wrote:

Alright you smug git.  Thanks fo the phone call.

No worries, thanks for the thread dude, and finding out the truth.

It's out there

Got a big smile on my face for you.  Don't tell em what you got if for, send the thread to that Kiwi traveller you got it from.



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Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 07 Feb 07 at 19:59

Originally posted by Red Leader Red Leader wrote:

Got a big smile on my face for you.  Don't tell em what you got if for, send the thread to that Kiwi traveller you got it from.

Thanks fella - well included in the price was about a grands worth of 'stuff'. Literally TV's, radios, everything he had in his flat he gave me as he was leaving!!!

Put is this way, my badger has cost WAY more than the wedge



Posted By: Dr Dub
Date Posted: 08 Feb 07 at 00:07
I stand corrected too - a rare bus - probably still a LHD bodyshell though (wiper pressings and hinge cover on non sliding door side) ?.

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Posted By: lloyd
Date Posted: 08 Feb 07 at 10:19
We also have a 'westy conversion' with full width seat/bed in a LHD with a Riemo hi-top imported from the Netherlands 7 years ago.  The interior is same as the RHD conversion, but on opposite side!  It looks to be they made a 'universal' conversion except for the wardrobe and roof locker only fitting on left side. We are on our way out at the moment, but I will look at paperwork etc. and post back. 

Lloyd 

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Posted By: *sparkle*
Date Posted: 08 Feb 07 at 11:36

Originally posted by The Weatherman The Weatherman wrote:

No, I'm pretty sure it it's just 2 bits, 1 bit folds down (we only use it for storage).

My early westy joker is two bits with one bit folding down too if that helps.

Tx



Posted By: lloyd
Date Posted: 08 Feb 07 at 14:39
Sticker under dash is:
37-2-8371
wu2zzz25        zKH827991
253  061
DG         &nbs p;  ABD
LH3D         AQ

N53   018   050   085   258   622
912   984   990

I have no idea what these codes mean except for DG and ADB being engine and trans.

We have the Reimo hi-top with storage cabinets on both ends, so no upper berth.   The opening into topper looks about the same.  I'm sure the galley and table leg mounting seat are the same, but on other side of van.  The table leg mount is in same place in small cabinet/seat.  Near galley in our LHD, near bed/seat in RHD.  Our water tank is behind driver's seat.  Gas bottle is under sink in galley cabinet.  Our wardrobe cabinet is the older fold-down door and our color is the brown trim on biege.  We have no waste water tank, just the hose nozzle underneath.  We will be at Dub Freeze.  Would love to compare it to the RHD install!

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Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 08 Feb 07 at 15:05

I won't be at the Freeze.

All others though



Posted By: Bin 'jammin'
Date Posted: 08 Feb 07 at 18:31

Oh here we go..... never going to hear the end of this now are we.

Viz has only gone and got the rarest bloody wedge.

 

And why arent you going to dub freeze?



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Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 09 Feb 07 at 00:10
Originally posted by Bin 'jammin' Bin 'jammin' wrote:

Oh here we go..... never going to hear the end of this now are we.

Viz has only gone and got the rarest bloody wedge.

 

And why arent you going to dub freeze?

You sound jealous?

Not at the freeze, but come see me for Volksworld?



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 09 Feb 07 at 00:21

Originally posted by lloyd lloyd wrote:

We also have a 'westy conversion' with full width seat/bed in a LHD with a Riemo hi-top imported from the Netherlands 7 years ago.  The interior is same as the RHD conversion, but on opposite side!  It looks to be they made a 'universal' conversion except for the wardrobe and roof locker only fitting on left side. We are on our way out at the moment, but I will look at paperwork etc. and post back. 

Lloyd 

 

is it not just a Westy with a Reimo top?



Posted By: lloyd
Date Posted: 09 Feb 07 at 08:19
Originally posted by Baxter Baxter wrote:

is it not just a Westy with a Reimo top?


No, the galley, seat alongside of galley and rock n roll seat are different then 'factory' Westys.  Galley does not have the control panel on front like factory, hob controls are in top, sink/hob has burners front to rear not side by side, smaller ZIG transformer unit under seat, no light shelf above galley window, no vent duct over sliding door.  Interior is like this link:  http://forum.80-90.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=13316&highlight =rhd+westfalia  with galley and seat alongside of galley on left side and upholstery is same.  Under dash sticker codes are 5 posts above. 


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Posted By: mazz
Date Posted: 04 Mar 07 at 22:25
[QUOTE=g60steve]

Well here's the link from 80-90 i dug the pics from.....oh and the owner said his next job was to fit a TDi...."Useless c*nt"....maybe

http://forum.80-90.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=13316&highlight =rhd+westfalia

The biege westfalia in question belongs to a good friend of mine it was imported by lazydays in shropshire the sole importer for RHD westies it come with full uk westfalia owners book and brochure plus options guide with prices ,all in english RHD westies obviously exist because i have sat,drove and even had some bacon and egg sarnies in this one the van has just come back from a full respray and is now awiating tdi lump we already have tdi vento as donar car ,this conversion is not beyond my realm as i was the first person to do carry out the electrical side of this job in the uk (grahams tdi split),

so what i ask is the above quote all about can any one enlighten me on this as i am very confused ,yes you mr g60steve



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 04 Mar 07 at 22:54

The useless c*nt bit refers to me, have a read here...

http://www.brick-yard.co.uk/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=12745&PN=9 - http://www.brick-yard.co.uk/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=12745& amp;PN=9

There are a few TDI's kicking around, and were before that split came along. Nice job BTW, but not the first.



Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 04 Mar 07 at 23:17

Mazz have a look at the pics i posted of the van roof/ bed, is your mates the same as this.

If so it did'nt leave the factory as a RHD westy, unfortunately.

Its a mosaic conversion, still a westy as such but did'nt leave the factory like it.

If it isnt the same then it should have the vin plate stateing the model number, this will prove it one way or the other as it would have had a factory pressed camper roof when it left the factory.

I have one of these mosaic conversion vans and i also fitted a Tdi in it, how bizarre. LOL

Opps nearly forgot, welcome to the yard.



Posted By: mazz
Date Posted: 05 Mar 07 at 22:15

Hi there the useless bit makes sense now apart from i dont understand what hydraulic bit you need to stick a 1.9td into a T3 ,As for grahams tdi split we had that running a good year before it went on the road so we are talking 2002  at the time we were struggling to find any one else who had done conversion apart from a few germans and one canadian guy but that was just what we found on th web there may of been others but they kept it to themselves plus we used a mk4 AHF golf lump and loom which is twice as difficult to use as a 1Z conversion which is a very simple conversion by comparison .

waiting to see a PD conversion now but thats a real challenge we read about loads of people who done TDi conversions but when you looked further into it they had used a TDi lump but fitted a mechanical pump which elliminates of the whole point of fitting a TDi

we had a look at roof section today it has white plastic section as red one does but the roof cut out must of been done at the factory as the panel is spotwelded to the original roof and is in factory paint here is a link to the company who imported RHD westys into the ukhttp://www.travelworldrv.co.uk/About.asp



Posted By: mazz
Date Posted: 05 Mar 07 at 22:28

checked white sticker and type number is 254 042 plus it has options E86 J15 020 120 187 511 616 731 774 Maybe you can make some sense of this, whatever it is its a rare thing and no matter how you look at it its still a RHD westy what else can you call it ,yes it has no gas tank yes its sparse and yes it has a puny water tank ,i constantly tell my mate to sell it and get a late LHD california as they are a lot more van but he loves his van and would rather shove wasps up his bottom then sell it ,i think



Posted By: Baxter
Date Posted: 05 Mar 07 at 22:38
Originally posted by mazz mazz wrote:

waiting to see a PD conversion now but thats a real challenge we read about loads of people who done TDi conversions but when you looked further into it they had used a TDi lump but fitted a mechanical pump which elliminates of the whole point of fitting a TDi

Not so, go look at all the people who are getting decent power from TDI's, they all seem to go mechanical, I ran one a few years back, it still returned 40 mpg and went like shit off a stick although a little undergeared.

I did mine, dunno when, I have pictures from 2003 of the install, and remember talking to several at Vanfest who had them installed electronically all wired and working.

Even back then Mike from Transporter Parts and Service in Bournemouth had done several.



Posted By: west20v
Date Posted: 05 Mar 07 at 23:09

Very true Mazz,

the van ain't going nowhere (its a 1.6NA)

Took some pics today, will post ASAP.

Mr Baxter, got a set of Merc Pentas but need some wheel nuts for rear. Can u help?



Posted By: mazz
Date Posted: 05 Mar 07 at 23:20
I feel a tdi td debate coming on, but there is no competion between the two drive a MK3 golf 1.9td then drive a MK3 golf tdi the difference is unreal in both performance response and fuel consumption ive had both and were as my TD would only do 5o to 55mpg and 100mph my TDi would do 60 to 65mpg and would cruise at 110mph all day, the reason for this is the fueling ,a normal TD can not really tell how much fuel or boost pressure it needs it just uses pre callibrated calculations no matter what the engine load is, where as a TDi can adjust booth fuel and boost at the same time it changed the way we look at diesels for ever ,to remove all that technology and to replace it with something else is removing the whole reason for fitting a TDi if you want a mechanical pump then just fit a 1.9TD AAZ lump you can easily obtain 100hp out of these but you can easily obtain 140hp from a 1.9TDi thats without even remapping


Posted By: mabrick
Date Posted: 06 Mar 07 at 12:52

What many people also forget in the great diesel debate is that the AAZ (the Umwelt Diesel) was designed to be environmentally friendly with its lower emissions. It was often criticised for poorer fuel economy compared to earlier 1.6TD's and later TDI's. This engine was still available as an option until the late 90's, right alongside a more torquey, powerful and economical 90bhp TDI.



Posted By: west20v
Date Posted: 06 Mar 07 at 19:09

Hello all!

Anyway........

Back to the "RHD - factory or not" matter in hand before the TD/TDI debate wipes it out!

I'm struggling to get my photos onto this post but will keep trying.  I bought my Westy in 2002 from an old boy who bought it new.  He gave me all the literature and receipts he had got over the years so I'll dig it all out and see if its got anything interesting in.  I know there's a UK Joker brochure saying something like "...now Europe's favourite is available in the UK..." and other such stuff, and an options and price list...  

The company who supplied it still exists but the MD wasn't in the country at the time we called (he's the man who would know according to the bloke there who had only been working there for twenty years!) Maybe he will have a definitive answer as he imported them originally, so we will see!!

 



Posted By: Tee3
Date Posted: 06 Mar 07 at 19:16
ive pm'd you my email address... if you want to send photos, and scans of the paperwork when you get em, I'll upload them somewhere for you.





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Posted By: west20v
Date Posted: 06 Mar 07 at 19:20

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Feel a bit embarressed!

Got girlfriend to post pics!



Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 06 Mar 07 at 20:25

Urmmgh, very interesting as 254 suggest,s its also a camper.

Simon and others will be able to read the rest of the numbers.

The interior of mine is the same, same roof/bed system. Which means your van left the factory with a normal roof and then it was cut out later and the pop top put on.

I dont get it, why would you order a RHD drive camper from the factory and cut a hole in the roof. The camper would have been better leaving with a pressed camper roof, on a RHD van, no cutting holes.

Lets wait until some one decryts the codes. LOL



Posted By: west20v
Date Posted: 06 Mar 07 at 21:12

Its all very confusing!!!!

What I don't understand is that the roof section seems far too "factory", not just a hole chopped in. Its got quality spot and seam welds and the fit is as you would expect from the factory, also the paint is continuous from front to back throughout the van roof section, like it was painted after the roof section was fitted.  I have got to go and see this bloke and FIND THE TRUTH!



Posted By: Tee3
Date Posted: 07 Mar 07 at 06:28


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Posted By: Full Throttle
Date Posted: 07 Mar 07 at 14:13

The mosaic joker roof kit contains a reinforcement plate, the one that the roof struts sit on and is riveted all the way round. It is a different colour to your van roof so a hole was cut in your roof. Campers that left the factory had a complete roof from front screen to tail gate and the rear section of this roof is flat not curved like a normal van roof. There bed system is a two part job ours is a three part job. The big plastic thing the rear bed section sits on is to combat the curviture of a normal roof. This means yours and mine did'nt leave the factory as a camper but was converted afterwards.

Can anyone read the codes and advise what they mean.



Posted By: mabrick
Date Posted: 07 Mar 07 at 20:23
It would be great to find out the production figures etc. for RHD Westy's, but issue about the roof doesn't necessarily mean it wasn't a Westfalia factory conversion. The roof looks like it was originally a sliding steel sunroof model. It is also not straight forward to convert a T3 from LHD to RHD. In Europe I guess RHD vehicle production is very small compared to LHD. Over the years VW have done odd things to save on production costs, and in some cases eventually retooled and produced RHD panels and parts. Take the MK2 Golf for example, for its first four years of production RHD models had the wipers on the 'wrong' side for us, but the MK1 had previously been available with the appropriate wipers for its country of purchase. MK1 servo brakes - enough said.



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 11 Mar 07 at 13:44

OK, here are some pics of mine...

The roof is being cleaned at the moment so the missus won't let me in there, but here are some pics from this morning:

What other pics would people like to see?



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Date Posted: 11 Mar 07 at 15:27



Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 17 Mar 07 at 17:15

Was out pottering about in the camper today, and Andy noticed this, I hope you can see it.

I don't know how many of these Westy's were made, but it appears that this was the first one!!! Ther serial number ends 0001.



Posted By: west20v
Date Posted: 17 Mar 07 at 18:51
Is that a "GB" there as well?


Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 17 Mar 07 at 18:54

Originally posted by west20v west20v wrote:

Is that a "GB" there as well?

 

Yep



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Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 17 Mar 07 at 18:57
What does the GB mean?


Posted By: west20v
Date Posted: 17 Mar 07 at 18:58

could be Great Britain?

 



Posted By: Red Leader
Date Posted: 17 Mar 07 at 18:59

Originally posted by The Weatherman The Weatherman wrote:

What does the GB mean?

Gritish Bass



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Posted By: west20v
Date Posted: 17 Mar 07 at 19:03
I'll have to have a good look at mine, where did you find the plate?


Posted By: The Weatherman
Date Posted: 17 Mar 07 at 19:05
Where the gas bottle is located, but on the outside of the cabinet.



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