1971 Westfalia Gorham ME

1971 Gorham ME


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  • Ad Source: Craigslist
  • Location: Gorham, Maine
  • Model Year: 1971
  • Model: Westfalia
  • Miles: 91k
  • Engine: 4 cylinders
  • Asking Price: $6,000
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Contact Info: Email Seller


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Hello! I do not want anything in trade. Absolutely no trades. I will not sell this bus for $4,500. I will work with a serious buyer, but I won’t give the bus away. Registration ran out in August but we can still drive it around town for a test drive. Here is what I know about it and what has been done to it:

I bought this bus from someone in New Hampshire a couple of years ago. We have taken our kids camping in it 8 or 10 times and have absolutely loved it! Very fun, and everyone wants to come check it out.
I believe the bus sat for a long time. There was a “next service due” sticker dated about 10 years ago and the mileage on the odometer had not changed by more than 500 miles or so. Although when I bought it, it had a NH inspection sticker on the windshield dated 2012.

A lot of work has been done to this bus over the past couple of years:

Inner, mid and outer driver side rocker
Passenger and driver doglegs
Section of cargo floor and back side of front wheel wells replaced with 16gauge metal
New tophat bar and new outriggers at front wheel wells

Replaced front turn signal lenses and seals
Replaced ignition switch
Added starter relay to take some load off of the new ignition switch
Replaced starter and solenoid
Replaced almost all brake lines
Replaced front brake calipers and new pads
Replaced rear wheel cylinders and shoes w/ new spring kit
Added split charge relay with deep cycle battery for camping
New stereo head unit w/ remote control, four new speakers (two front and two rear) and 400 watt amplifier
The two sets of interior lights work and I moved their power source to the new fuse box that is powered from the deep cycle battery. The stereo is also powered from the deep cycle. That way you can have interior lighting and music while camping and not worry about draining your starter battery.
The interior 120V outlet is new as well as the outside plug, so you can hook up to a power source with a typical extension cord and have “shore” power at your outlet inside the bus
Walls and ceiling are newly insulated
New interior panels all the way around. . ..doors, walls, and rear hatch
New Baltic birch headliner
Gear shifter extension added
VDO cylinder head temp gauge has been added
All lights, turn signals and gauges work
I have a new in the box replacement window for the drivers side rear with seal (I was going to put in this new window, but never did. The old window is still installed. The part of the window that opens is rusted, that is why I was going to replace it.)
Installed rear Volkswagen script and front Volkswagen emblem
4 new aftermarket hub caps on primed and painted rims
Custom Cherry tables
Hardwood floor with walnut trim
New curtains
All seats are rip free
Cabinets and ice box are in working order
Replaced 009 distributor with new Pertronix Flame Thrower SVDA distributor with electronic ignition
Replaced steering coupler with new from Wolfsburg West (not the cheaper one found at other vendors)
Replaced steering damper
Replaced brake fluid reservoir
Ran 4 spare 14gauge wires from the front dash to the rear engine compart for future gauges or whatever. . ..extra wires are there and waiting
The pop up tent was replaced a couple summers ago. We bought the one Bus Depot carries.
The upper child cot was replaced a couple summers ago.
The front child cot (that suspends over the driver and passenger seat is also new)
Replaced two tires with new and left two tires on it because they looked new

I have no title, one is not needed for an antique auto in Maine. I will provide a bill of sale.

I also have the replacement metal for the rear corner that is damaged on the drivers side behind the bumper.

This bus needs some metal work, passenger side rocker, passenger frame rail from the front beam forward, most of the typical rust areas on these old buses. The front floors were fiber glassed by a previous owner. I have driven this bus around for the past two summers and loved it! No issues, no breakdowns. All the buses I looked at needed metal work, but I settled on this bus because of the fact that it is a 1971.

The bus is currently in dry storage at 04038.

See pictures and videos for more information.

The engine runs great, bus shifts great! Typical bus. . .. . …its slow and cool. You will not win any races or meet a hill that you don’t need to downshift for, but that’s all part of it!


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