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    Posted December 26, 2012 by
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    VW camper van memories

    Westie memories...

    I own a 1974 VW Westfalia camper van that back in 1997 my brother and I decided to take a cross country trip with. The first night we camped in Lusk, WY and the temps dipped into the lower 20's. Unfortunately I was sleeping in the pop-top with no heat and I literally froze to the point where I had enough, put down the top and hit the road at about 2 am. Drove all the way to Wendover, NV that day. It was oh so much fun driving through the mountains in a way underpowered van, even semi trucks were passing us - LOL! We had a blast driving all over the pacific NW and west coast. We decided to go to TX, and on the way we stopped in Truth or Concequences, MN. On the way back to the van I noticed the entire back of the van was coated and dripping with oil. Upon further inspection I discovered the rear main seal on the motor went bad. So we had a decision to make, try to drive back home with it, or have it fixed in El Paso. I decided since we had a AAA card and a cell phone, we would try to drive it the 1600 miles back home. Stopped at the local auto parts store and picked up a couple cases of motor oil. Then we hit the road, stopping every hour or so to fill up the crankcase with oil. Somehow 2 days later we rolled in our driveway back home, rather tired but relieved we made it. The next day I pulled out the motor and pulled out the rear main seal. The rubber on the rear main seal was hard as a rock, no wonder it leaked like crazy. The replacement one cost me a whopping $4. I took it on other trips that were much less eventful, always had fun with that van. Took trips to the Michigan UP, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, etc. Still have the Westie, it still runs fine even though it has been parked for years! I've been tempted to sell it, but for some reason I just can't part with it. Maybe someday I will get it back out on the road and make new memories...
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