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Readers Rides #22: 1978 Westy | VW Camper Van Blog

Readers Rides #22: 1978 Westy

Posted on October 28th, 2010

This weeks readers rides comes from Laura Anne who is sharing her 1978 Westy with us.

Laura purchased her van in February this year and with her boyfriend Trey they’ve just finished a complete resoration on the van. As you can see from the initial images the van wasn’t much of a looker.

“The car is in good condition, some rust here & there, nothing too major. There’s a large dent just under the left head light which we are preparing to fill with body filler. The car came with an extra sliding door that has little rust damage, and a plethora of other spare & original parts. The PO (previous owner) had done a lot of the dirty work already. He completely gutted the interior and took the old Formica off the storage compartments. He replaced the front beam, shocks, brakes, did some body work, cleaned the pop top. The only thing missing from the bus is the canvas tent-like material that goes in the pop top. But it did come with the AWESOME tent that attaches to the outside of the sliding door. Very awesome!”

Over the next couple of months Laura and Trey worked hard on the van including sanding it down (a lot of sanding down by the sounds of it!), reupholstering the seats, replacing seals, fine tuning the camper interior, filling…. you get the idea…. they worked very hard!

As you can see from the images below Laura worked hard to keep her van individual. The tapestry in the pop top, choice of fabrics and Oldsmobile Eighty Eight front Seats are most certainly unique!

Based on the images above you can see that Laura is living the camper van dream! Camping by the nearest lake you find, chilling next to beautiful sunsets….

For more info on Laura’s van and the restoration project check out her blog at http://lauraswesty.blogspot.com She has posted at each stage of the project and has sited useful tips and links. It really is worth a look, even if just for some more great images!

So, what do you think of Laura’s van?

Posted by Steve

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Posted on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 4:49 pm
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2 Responses to “Readers Rides #22: 1978 Westy”

  • Lucette Vos on November 27th, 2010 said:

    Dear Laura Anne

    I am desperately searching for a vw ‘baby blue’ to have my new car sprayed in. It seems almost impossible to find the right shade. The front of your van is the closest so far. Is it a colour that you can name? Please help!
    I can email a picture of the colour I want if you can send me your email address.
    Hope to hear from you.
    lucette

  • Bruce Allison on December 28th, 2010 said:

    Want a vw camper, sleep 4 adults, sink, stove ref. can popup top type be modified where cot normally is.

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