VW type 2 baywindow camper / campmobile – Westfalia Berlin – LHD USA import

….VW TYPE 2 BAYWINDOW – WESTFALIA BERLIN CAMPMOBILE LEFT HAND DRIVE, RARE AUTOMATIC, USA (FLORIDA) IMPORT The sad day has finally arrived where I have decided to part with my beloved camper ‘Velma V-Dub’. She has served my family well for the past 10 years – reliably taking us on many adventures to Pembrokeshire, the Lleyn Peninsula and Cornwall. Kids are now too big and I’m upgrading to a T4. Velma was imported from Florida in 2008 by (the now closed down) RCC imports of Ruthin, North Wales. She previously had 1 owner in Tampa. Her mileage when we took ownership was 64956. In the 10 years we’ve owned her she’s only clocked up 12531 miles. Being an import from Florida, Velma came rust-free. To preserve this the underbody was sealed. Unfortunately, over the years, she has picked up some rust patches on the body panels as can be seen from the photos; I’ve intended to weld in new metal but never felt brave enough. Regardless of this she is largely as original a van as you can get. A 2.0L type 4 engine gives her plenty of power for getting up hills and sits comfortably at 60mph on the motorway. Originally the engine was fuel injected, but after talking to many VDub enthusiasts they recommended converting to twin carbs (Solex /Brosol 32/34 PDSI3) . This was done in May 2009 by VW Scene near Leyland. This year I have stripped and cleaned both carbs and replaced all the gaskets. I’ve also recently fitted a new EMPI exhaust.She has an 090 automatic gearbox which is in need of a new crown wheel and pinion for the differential (this has been confirmed by Auto Gearbox Services in Preston) this means that the rear wheels make a whining noise when moving. It will need replacing at some point either with a donor gearbox (I have found one in Bournemouth) or by converting it to manual. I’ve serviced Velma regularly and done as much work as possible myself. Over the years I have done the following work to get through MOT:new ball joints on front suspension arms (top and bottom)new track rod endsnew alternatornew handbrake cablesnew front pads and discsnew rear shock absorbersnew steering couplingnew (salvaged) sliding door mechanismnew CV joint rubbers and all CV joints, stripped, cleaned and reassembledadded an electric windscreen washer pumpserviced hydraulic valve liftersrenewed push rod tube sealsanti-roll bar rubbers replacedI’ve also fitted a fold down ‘buddy seat’, taken out the original water container (which I still have and will include) to fit an up-to-date pump (which now needs replacing), added roof cleats for strapping on surfboards and put in an original Blaupunkt radio (to which I’ve added an audio jack for iPod connection.) The interior is (with the exception of the buddy seat) 100% original; the veneer is flaked in places as a result of having spent 30 years of its life in the Florida sun. the seats are all upholstered in the rare Westfalia Green/yellow plaid, there are 5 seat belts (3 point in front and lap in the back). there is a 3/4 width Rock and Roll bed with a full width bed in the pop top (pop top canvas was new from Just Kampers when we bought the van) additionally there is a canvas cab hammock for small/lightweight children. (it is possible therefore to sleep 5)there are many cupboards/storage areas, a sink and very effective cool-boxthe original green hessian curtains are present (if a little faded by the Florida sun) although we made our own in an Orla Kiely ‘pear’ patterned fabricthe original green carpet is also presentthere is a removable extending table (the top stores flat in the boot), these are quite rare to find in most vans.there is no leisure battery or electric hook up as I never got round to converting it from USA wiring to UK (we’ve never felt the need)I have a number of spare parts that I haven’t got round to fitting (new fuel gauge sender unit and rubbers for the 2 louvre and rear side windows, these are included in the sale.Velma has no current MOT as the new regulations of 20th May 2018 state that vehicles over the age of 40 years are now exempt. She was last MOTd in June 2016 and has covered only 774 miles since. She has been off-road for some time and so was not MOTd last year. Also the new regulations suggest that next year she will become tax-exempt. Be aware that she is a classic vehicle and as such is a high maintenance girl – we were told by Rob Wilding at RCC Imports when we bought her that realistically you could be spending £700 a year! I’m not sure that we’ve spent that much but classic cars do present an on-going commitment and cost. If you are interested in continuing Velma’s adventures, you are more than welcome to come and look and take her for a test drive. Please no time-wasters, genuine interest only.

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