BaT Auction: 1976 Volkswagen Westfalia Berlin
This 1976 Volkswagen Bus is a Westfalia Berlin that was purchased by the selling dealer as a restoration project in 2016. A repaint was commissioned, a new top was installed, and the interior refurbished. The 2.0-liter flat-four was refreshed with new cylinder heads, gaskets, fuel pump, fuel injectors, and more. The suspension and brake systems were also renewed, and a Pacesetter exhaust and heat exchangers were installed. The build was completed in late September 2018, and approximately 100 miles have been added since. This Type 2 is now being offered with 70 pages of receipts from the rebuild, photo documentation of the process, and a Pennsylvania title.
Body work performed during the project consisted of replacing rusted sheet metal with new panels, and a new camper top was installed. A single stage repaint inside and out using Glasurit products was then performed.
The chrome trim pieces, rubber seals, and both of the bumpers were replaced with new items, and a new antenna was installed. New headlight bulbs, turn signal housings and lenses, side marker housings, and tail light assemblies were also fitted. The wheels were refinished and wear new chrome hubcaps and Hankook Vantra LT tires.
The interior was refurbished with new seating upholstery, center stool cover, carpets, and dash table leg. The window regulators were both replaced but are still a bit tight when winding/unwinding the windows, and the original radio is non-operable. The odometer indicates 69,225 miles, though true mileage is unknown.
New curtains were added throughout, and a screen for the rear cargo area is included. The camping top and fire extinguisher were replaced.
The wood paneling was replaced where needed, and the interior camping equipment with working refrigerator is pictured in the gallery. A new liquid propane tank for the gas stove was installed with a new regulator and gas lines. The seller notes that the system should be tested for leaks prior to operation.
The 2.0-liter flat-four is paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. The engine was serviced with new cylinder heads, and the intake manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, fuel injectors, fuel pump, and clutch were replaced. In addition, a new voltage regulator, starter, alternator, batteries, front heater tube, and heater control boxes were installed along with a Pacesetter exhaust system and heat exchangers.
A cold start video can be seen above.
New front and rear outriggers were installed. The suspension and steering systems have also been refreshed with new KYB Excel-G shocks, a sway bar mount kit, tie rods, and a steering damper. The braking system features a new master cylinder, brake pads, shoes, and hoses.
Over 70 pages of receipts document the parts used in the restoration, and a collection of photographs shows the progress of the build.
The above video shows the Bus driving on rural roads in Pennsylvania.
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