Transport or ship a VW bus

We just moved from Colorado to Arizona, and the company provided relocation for a couple of our vehicles. This is what they ended up doing. We asked how much it would be to add our Vanagon to the list and they said $1,700 ! Now, I’m not sure if that means the first two cost that much as well, but wow… that’s steep. They did show up just as we left them though. They strapped around the wheels only and not over the drive shafts. I know one thing, if I saw this rolling down the road it would have really caught my attention.

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For Sale:1974 VW Westy Deluxe with Automatic Transmission

Note: I’ll be updating this post as I remember stuff ;)

After several years of camp out’s and memorable trips, we are parting ways with our 1974 VW camper. With four kids, it’s just not as accommodating as it needs to be. It’s very straight, with zero rust, but is not without it’s issues. I am currently in the process of installing the engine and transmission of repairing what is believed to be a horked up torque converter seal. Prior to all that, the bus took all 6 of us on a several hour trip to a river where we camped out. Engine pulled fine. There are pictures scattered all over this website of her, so I’ll include a few links that can be used to help find them.

The Good
  • Straight. I mean, really straight. It’s possible the nose has been replaced, but I’m not a good enough metal worker to tell. Tracks straight as well, but the steering box could use some adjustment.
  • No rust. Done
  • Fuel Injection. This likely isn’t the engine that came from the factory. I believe it to either be a 1.8 or 2.0 with the L-Jet Bosch set up. Pretty much a replica of the 78 or 79 buses. I have not done a compression test lately, but may get around to it in the coming days. Also, since it did not come with FI, there is no bracket for the air cleaner to mount to. It’s been sitting on the intake runners.
  • Complete package. Being a deluxe, it came with the fridge, sink, etc. While it’s not all installed at this time, they are all present and accounted for.
  • Pop top is in good shape. (There is a slight bump on the passenger side though)
  • New seals for the camper windows that twist open, and for the pop top. They aren’t installed, but the buyer get’s them.
The Bad
  • Transmission leak. I’ve been fighting an ATF fluid leak and just recently got the belly pan and torque converter seals replaced. At the time of this post, the engine and tranny are back in and I”m hooking everything up. A plus side to this is that we were able to find two complete overhaul kits for this tranny, which is not easy. The buyer gets both sets.
  • The kick-down switch under the gas pedal that tells the tranny to drop down a gear, is not wired properly. I’ve not been able to figure out the issue, but it’s not kept us from using it all these years. The wiring for that switch currently has some relationship to the fuel pump, the way it’s wired not.
  • The bus came with AC, that was removed before we bought it. The patch job to fill that hole in the engine bay could be better. Not a big deal, but it’s not something that belonged on the Good list.
Misc Info
  • New steering wheel wrap (GoWesty)
  • New aluminum side step (BusDepot)
  • New parcel tray under the dash
  • Upholstery fabric is in better than good condition. It’s the harder to find orange plaid. I believe BusDepot is stocking some now?
  • Newer radio with Siruis antenna setup
  • The circus tent goes with it, which is in descent shape as well.
  • New H4 kit installed (BusDepot)
  • Not bad per say, but it’s work that next owner will have to do. We took all the cabinets out to make room for a jump seat so we could seat our four kids in the back. While we do have all the cabinets, fridge, sink, etc…. none of it’s installed. There are been no modifications to the bus that can’t be reverted.
The Money
  • I’m not quite ready to put an asking price out there. Mostly, that’s because the engine and transmission are still not totally hooked up. A non-running bus is worth less :) If someone wants to come over and make an agreeable offer, I’m ok with it going on a trailer. Otherwise, I’ll be working over the next couple days to get it running. After that, we’re thinking somewhere around $10k. If you’re rolling your eyes but are still interested, hit me up and let me know your thoughts. No hard feelings. The market will tell us if we’re in the right area or not. Right now, we’re in the Denver area. But, we’re leaving here in a few days and heading to AZ. If we still have it, that’s fine. We’ll sell it there. If you’re in the Denver area or if Denver is closer to you than Phoenix, take advantage now. I know, this isn’t much advanced notice.
Ok, I think I’m done at this point. Send questions to and I’ll do my best to hook you up with the info.
Peace, Troy

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VW 003 automatic transmission rebuild kit

After a recent thread that covered some repair steps for our 1974 Automatic VW Westy, it became clear that people were having a hard time sourcing out rebuild over overhaul kits. But, my wife ran across these while searching for a gasket and torque converter seal (yes, she does that for me :) Since I’ve had a few requests for where to buy them, I thought I would share. This is for the first generation VW automatic transmission, also known as the 003 or 3-rib tranny. I believe the second generation auto tranny was used into the 90’s across many models and is easier to find parts for. Macko Distributing is where the kit was found, and they have several levels of the kit, based on what you need. We picked up a couple of the master kits and I believe they have some of these still in the stock. You can find the kit page HERE.

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