Hardtop Vanagon Westy

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Hardtop Vanagon Westy

Post by energyturtle » Sat May 07, 2016 7:07 pm

I am looking for feedback on the notion of putting a westy interior in a 82 Vanagon L. I used the late Energyturtle to go on overnight excursions often. I love the way the chassis of an early Vanagon, paired with its original Aircooled 2Lt feels and drives. Custom, semi-original hardtop westy? Feedback is appreciated in advance.

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Post by airkooledchris » Sat May 07, 2016 8:17 pm

If you can find a real Westy interior to use, sure, why not. Otherwise just build something to fit your needs. Stock Westy interiors waste a lot of space and weigh a lot. An aircooled Vanagon doesn't want much in the way of additional load to haul around.
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Post by Amskeptic » Sun May 08, 2016 7:40 am

airkooledchris wrote:If you can find a real Westy interior to use, sure, why not. Otherwise just build something to fit your needs. Stock Westy interiors waste a lot of space and weigh a lot. An aircooled Vanagon doesn't want much in the way of additional load to haul around.
1979 7p Transporter . . . 3042 lbs
1979 Campmobile . . . . . 3,296 lbs
GVWR .............................. 4,961 lbs

Westfalia equipment is 250 lbs.


1982 7p Vanagon . . . . . . 3,087 lbs
1982 Westfalia . . . . . . . . 3,387 lbs
GVWR ............................... 5,072 lbs

(you have 300 lbs of lumber and fabrics to play with to stay within factory weights)
Colin
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by airkooledchris » Sun May 08, 2016 3:33 pm

what is your weight when fully loaded with the Itinerant tools and supplies?
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Re: Hardtop Vanagon Westy

Post by Amskeptic » Sun May 08, 2016 4:35 pm

airkooledchris wrote:what is your weight when fully loaded with the Itinerant tools and supplies?
Unladen, Chloe weighs 3,022 lbs. Fully Itinerated, we tipped the scales at 3,800 lbs, chubby 160 lb Itinerator included:

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x133 ... R%2054.jpg


This year's NaranjaWesty has 600 lbs of tools and crap and an even fatter still 163 lb Itinerator, for a gross gross of 4,000-4,100 lbs.
That means I can only throw in an additional 862 lbs, damn, what to leave behind?
Colin
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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