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Chuck (CA)

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This is for "Capt Mike"

Ref: Dimensions of the 3 wooden boxes that slide under the wardrobe....where are the dimensions listed on the forun...I know they're here...Thanks Chuck (CA)
 

Capt. Mike

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I can't remember either, so I've reposted in the CHECKOFF LIST forum in the original "2-month inventory" topic where I first mentioned them.
 

althea

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carolyn,
Thanks for the information...I have started looking at side tents...I think the STent may be better for us then an awning.
Althea
 

Chuck (CA)

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Side tents are bulky and hard to store...I have the Fiamma F45i awning...been good to us...we purchased it from www.gowesty.com ...reminder...order the mounting brackets...ya they are extra...side note...I think they've dropped the 35 series (cheaper model)...hope this helps..
 

Acoustic

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hi everybody,
I'll explain my problems...i want to buy a westfalia but I don't know where find it...or where buy it! May you help me? 1 years ago that I look but I don't find it. I come from canada but if you know any informations please contact me on: gentilchameau@hotmail.com and put on the title WestfaliaAnswer. Thank you very much! You will help me so much <span class="ev_code_PINK">Thank you again</span>
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Capt. Mike

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READ the site guidelines and then use the site to educate yourself. There is an entire forum devoted to GETTING A WESTY. There is a classified section on this site of Westies for sale AND even a place to post Westy Wanted. (This is not permitted on the tech boards.) One site sponsor is a Westy dealer and many other sources & resources are listed. See guideline #9 -- nobody can do this for you. LEARN all you can about Westies first. Be sure you know what they are, what you want and what you are capable of if buying used. Otherwise buy a new one -- they are still available from VW. People looking for a Winnebago Motor Home on a 15' chassis will be disappinted -- it's a camper, not a motor home.
 

Capt. Mike

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McDonald’s cutting of ingredients in sandwiches.

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OK, just had to share this -- the ultimate rip at McDonald's. Our teenage daughter actually thinks these fast-food joints sell real food. When was the last time you bought ‘cellulose gum’ for supper? Isn’t that old movies? But it was in my sandwich. “I’ll take an old Bogart on Rye.” But once in a while we get roped into one of these artery-clogging emporiums.

Don't you just love the highly skilled employees at McD? They have yet to master the concept that a sandwich is supposed to be stacked vertically. I think they stand across the room and throw ingredients to see how close they can come. This place was no exception. Half of each ingredient is hanging out, all on different sides of the bun. The dressing is a glob that looks like it was dropped from a B-29 at 1,000 feet and just barely caught one edge. The cheese is sticking out so far it stuck to the box and solidified into a crusty brownish tether.

Thus eating at McD's requires you reassemble your sandwich into something that won't squirt out into your lap with the first bite. That means actually looking at the food substitutes inside. Gross -- like rooting through a dumpster -- but that's when I discovered the ultimate rip-off. This McD's cuts the cheese slices in half so they get twice as many sandwiches out of a slice!

And the lady at the counter said, in her best imitation of English, 'That's the way we're told to do it.' But she did offer to slap a whole slice of cheese on it if I wanted. Like I want this person handling people's money to now rehandle my food!

Oh, the purveyor of this "Cuisine Insipid". Store #26919, Raleigh NC; I-540 Exit #7. Maybe we can get Ralph Alvarez (President McD US) to explain why anyone would want a sandwich with cheese to have it in a narrow strip somewhere in the middle (if they’re lucky). I know -- it's a treasure hunt, "Find the cheese."
 

Capt. Mike

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Point taken, and thanks. Changed. My frustration with businesses that put employees dealing with customers that can't speak sufficient English to do their job properly got to me, but that was no reason to make a stereotype reference. I directed my anger at the messenger rather than the source. In my 21 years doing business all over the world to 54 countries, I never felt it was their obligation to learn my language for my convenience as a condition of doing business. Sometimes I think our companies lose sight of that.

In follow up, franchise management has now told me that McD headquarters authorized the half-slice reduction. She admitted it made no sense and she'd never make a sandwich that way for her own consumption. She could 'address' the inept assembly and putting employees on the counter that have trouble with English, but cheating on the cheese wasn't really cheating because corporate authorized it. Guess I'll have to tell Alvarez myself, though I'm sure my little boycott won't every make up for the savings by cutting ingredients in half.

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Addendum 5/5/05: I did! I wrote Alvarez 3/26/05 about the cutting ingredients in half. As expected there was NO response of any kind from McD corporate, not even one of their famous form letters. They're probably working up a form-letter response to 'there's a finger in my food' complaints.
 

Capt. Mike

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I think congratulations are in order for John Babiak, our site owner. During the month of April, site membership broke 10,000! Think about it -- 10,000 is the enrollment of a pretty fair size college.
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Put on your fantasy goggles and picture an entire college campus filled with Westies!

On a slow month, there will be 20,000 page hits. That's some Westy owner looking for info on his Westy every 2 minutes. Busy months will double that.

This site is privately funded and 100% staffed by volunteers. Think about what you can do to help and make it better. Have a great mechanic, parts source, piece of information, or experience in an unusual "how to do"? Pass it on. Click on the "Donation" button and see how easy it is for you to safely donate a few bucks to defray the costs. Or just tell John how much you appreciate his efforts and service.

10,000 . . . and growing. Wow!
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Ludwig van

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For anyone in the Winnipeg area, Buck's Auto has a 73 Westy in their yard. It's pretty rough (if it wasn't, it likely wouldn't be there), but anyone needing camper bits might find something there (I needed a fuel gauge and got a complete instrument cluster for $20). Parts are cheap, but it's self-serve.

I wasn't sure if this should go in the VW salvage forum, because Buck's isn't a VW specialist - in fact, they rarely get vans.

I wanted to pass this on to any local owners of early 70's campers, since this one will likely go to the crusher before long.
 

mlf

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a BIG THANK YOUto john and capt mike .u have save me a lot of time on my westy and for teaching me the in and outs of my van
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iwannago

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THANKYOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This site is fantastic. I can't tell you how many questions this site has answered for us. We are new to this and own a 1985 Westfalia. We have had so many questions answered for us. Will be taking our maiden voyage on June 16. I look forward to learning more everytime we have internet access.
 

icarus

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Been away from technolgy for 12 weeks,,, no phone no t.v. no internet. Drove from Bellingham to Thunder Bay, On. on March 20, through a classic western dust storm in Eastern Wa. Tumble weeds as big as cars blowing across the road, visability down to a couple of car lenghts. (The bra saved the a/c condenser and the radiator, it being punctured numerous times by tumble weeds) After the dust, a great suspension clunk started, but after removing all the tumble weeds from the drive lines I couldn't find a problem. (The after market speed sensor for the cruise control was knocked off)

Very cold, (-20f) when we got there. Parked the car in th bush to wait out the spring. Skied and snowmobiled across the lake ice home. Spend the last of March, early April ice bound on a small island in Northwestern On. Doing chores whatching the ice go out,, a very awesome experiance in the best sense. After the ice went out(The ice doesn't realy melt, it breaks up in a dramatic fashion) I returned to the car to look for the source of the clunking. It turned out to be a broken sway bar link, very hard to remove, impossible to replace in the bush. After a bit of advice from a couple of sources, I decided to take off the broken link, and repair it when I got back to my home shop. (Thanks Capt. Mike for your off site advice!)

We then took a trip to Southern Ontario to visit Susan's 99 year old Aunt. 99 and still sharp as a tack, still drives in fact! We then returned to the bush via Tobermory and the Lake Huron Ferry. (the first sailing of the season) I highly recomend this crossing, cheap, and very nice)

Spend another few weeks in the bush, then returned to the Pacific via Msp. Driveing down the North shore of Lake Supierior I notice a ticking and growling in the front drive line. I discoved a torn outter c/v boot, probably torn in the dust storm. I stopped at a local library and went on line to this site and contacted a mechanic in Msp (thanks Bill at Good Carma) and arrainged to bring the car in the next day. He overnighted a c/v. Dropped the car in one night, ready to go by 2:00pm the next day. Since we were visiting friends anyway there was no disruption to our trip. ( This should point out the value of this site to anyone, no matter where you are, help is out there!)

The rest of the trip was quick, 35 hours, 2200 miles. Got back to Vancouver and the temp was 92f (40c) Very strange since we had been having snow every day since the 20th of March.

Now time to repair the sway bar link, do some rear shocks, and look at the other bushings under the car. 7200 miles, better than 18mpg average, (not bad cosidering we are loaded to the gills) 58mph moving average (aint gps data useful?

Once again thanks to all who keep this site going, and to Capt. Mike for his great insight and advice. It is wonderful that I can still drive a 20 year old car, anywhere in N. America and know that I will get home with no headache.

Were here doing some work for the bulk of the summer, with a trip or two thrown in, and then we will return to the bush in the fall. Quite a commute but we are used to it.

Keep those Westys running!

Icarus
 

frito

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It has been some time since I visited this site - maybe a year or two. It is like coming home after being at school. Familiar faces (names) and the head of the house is still as active as ever.

I let my westy sit and rot for a while but I never forgot her and now I will spend some time getting her back up to par with the wealth of information on these pages.

It feels good to be back...

frito
 

Cliftonj

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Anyone got a 60's-style VW camper van they can lend to an amateur dramatic society on the Hants/Surrey border to park outside the theatre? Or any contacts of local VW cmper owners?
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Bravhefen

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Just wanted to say a hearty hello. I'm a newbie to this site. I've had a 78 tranporter for about 8 years and recently bought a 69 westy. It's in decent shape but needs some love, and I'm glad there is a place to come to for help, information, and friendship.

Thanks for being here, and... well... Just Hello I guess.
 

Simon.Lake

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I have just agreed to buy a 1976 type 2 and need tyo triler it home to start restoration project.

I need to know the weight to get the right trailer.

My Chrysler voyager has a max towing limit of 1600 kg and trailer weighs about 400 kg - is the van less than 1200 kg ( 2,645 lbs) ?

Also dimensions I think that 178 x 64 78 inches is the length, width, height .

Thanks for your help in advance

Simon Lake (UK)
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Simon.Lake

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just had a very helpful reply from Bob Sleigh at VWBooks.co.uk

The answer is 2932 lbs (1,330 kg) and the dimensions were right

so the project is on and the trailer is booked!! talk to you all again no doubt as the project progresses - subject to domestic duties being negotiated away so that rebuild can commence!!

Cheers

Simon
 

Ludwig van

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The cast-off clock radio I've been using in the garage finally quit, and I was in the market for some way to keep an eye on the time,(it flies when you're working on your Westy).

All it took was a VW hubcap from the wrecker and a kitchen clock from the dollar store. I took the quartz movement out of the clock and took the hands off, drilled a hole in the centre of the hubcap, and used Goop to stick the clock movement on the back, with the shaft sticking through the hole. After the Goop set, I put the hands on, and the result looks great on my grage wall. If I get ambitious enough, I'll check a craft store for a suitable set of numbers, but so far, I can tell the time without them.
 

Ludwig van

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It seems like kids, especially those 5-10 years old, are fascinated by my 78 green Westy. They point at it as I drive by, and I've had several tell me, "I like your van" when I park it at the mall.

Does anybody know the reason for this? Is there a VW van featured in a kid's TV show?

Generally, I find the van to be quite a conversation starter. People want to ask questions about it, or reminisce about the camper their family had back when. Fine with me - I'm always ready to talk about my Westy.
 
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