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1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:08 am

So I bought this Westy. Not even sure where to start. I had a 69 before and really wish I had not sold it, so I found this one from a fellow gadubber. It needs work. I guess my main goal is to get it mechanically sound and camp worthy. The engine sounds good, but its dirty and in serious need of attention. I pulled it out last night. First time removing a type 4 engine, and it was a pain. Its just too big to come out of that hole. The body is pretty straight, but has some rust issues from a leaky smokers window. Also the drivers rear corner has been hit. It looks like a good repair from the outside, but inside is a different story. Anyway, time to get dirty and see where this thing takes me. Anyone with late bay experience that wants to offer advice along the way is welcome. The original color is Dakota Beige. I thought about trying to peel away that blue, but probably more time consuming than its worth.




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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by Greg on Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:06 am

Pulling the type 4 can be a pain but I've heard it's easier to pull the engine and trans as a unit. At least that's how I usually do it. It looks straight. I think you got a good one. I would suggest getting a good set of duals. That single weber can be a nightmare to tune. I don't have any personal experience with them though. (long live FI)
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:26 am

Oh I wish the FI was still there. I have no idea how hard it would be to put it back. The computer is still there, but thats about it.
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by Hobug on Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:29 am

X 2 on pulling trans and engine together is easier. Still not easy like a type 1, but a type 4, once sorted out, won't need to come out very often.
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by fluxcap on Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:21 pm

Congrats! Looks pretty solid.

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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by ridikas on Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:45 pm

Type 4 POWER!
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:12 pm

Nasty!


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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by MRJEL on Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:50 pm

Most definitely quicker and easier to pull with transmission attached!

My BEST advice for you at this point------Pull the gas tank to clean/inspect/repair/replace! It will come out with engine installed (flat engines only) so I'm told, but I would hate to have to try!

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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by ridikas on Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:23 am

Get some degreaser on that engine! Shocked 
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:36 pm

Yeah. I was hoping to not see so much lack of maintenance. Probably means not much else has been maintained well.  As far as the tank, I think that's a good idea. When I pulled the engine there was a valve on the engine tin that still had a rotten gas hose hooked to it. I didn't realize it and yanked it apart. All the gas came out and it was nasty.
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:16 pm

Its coming apart



But......we may have a problem. Not the 3 letters i ever wanted to see. Its only on one head.

And this cylinder has a bad spot
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:18 pm

Might be a long ride on this one. I did score these at bugapaluza


NOS for a type 4 and a type 1. Funny how many people dont know what these are.
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by ridikas on Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:28 am

That poor engine has taken some abuse over the years!
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by ASBug on Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:05 am

The fact that it says GEX and still has all it's valves intact is a miracle...
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by bakertim2 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:26 am

Everyone is getting campers. Congrats on the find. I hope to find one for myself soon.
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:47 am

ASBug wrote:The fact that it says GEX and still has all it's valves intact is a miracle...
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I thought the same thing. Funny part is that they all look really good. No sunken valves. Guides look good. Hopefully I can get them refreshed soon so I can grind out that logo.
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:54 am

The deeper I go into this thing, the deeper I have to go. Cylinders are scored, so a new set is in my future. Seems the main bearings have some wear, so as bad as I hate to, I guess I will be tearing into the case. And I thought this was going to be easy.......

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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by ridikas on Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:57 pm

That whole engine needs to be soaked in a degreaser! The PO didn't take very good care of the engine judging from the photos!
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by vw57drvr on Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:31 pm

Yeah. It will get the treatment. It was not treated well over the years. Shame.
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Re: 1978 Westfalia

Post by Jon65 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:09 pm

ridikas wrote:That whole engine needs to be soaked in a degreaser!

Yeah, you're gonna need more than just that one spray can of degreaser. Laughing

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