1978 Volkswagen Westfalia Bus on 2040-cars
Bennington, Vermont, United States
This is Gretchen. We've been together since about 2004. After 6 or 7 great years road tripping all over the north east I decided it was time to give Gretchen a new life. She was sand blasted and stripped down to bare metal. All rust was cut out and replaced with new sheet metal. All wiring, lighting, engine, tranny, gas tank and fixtures were removed. She was sprayed with several layers of primer inside and out then she was sprayed with 4 coats of paint inside and out. The entire underside and wheel wells as well as a few other high rust areas were covered in heavy duty rust inhibitor. The engine, tranny and etc were then reinstalled. I installed all new rubber seals on all the windows and doors. At this point I lost my garage and had to put the project on hold. I don't foresee getting a new garage any time soon so rather than see this beauty sit in my back yard unused I've decided to put her up for sale.
Please note, this bus is currently NOT Running. She still needs the wiring harness reconnected, all lights need to be reconnected, the engine is installed but not connected to the wiring/gas lines etc. She will also need a few minor connections and finishing touches to be road ready. There is no canvas inside the pop top. The bus has not been run since 2012 but it ran perfectly when I put her in the garage. The restoration was for body rust not mechanical issues.
Please look at all the pictures. Contact me with any questions. This is the full westy bus propane stove, pull out bed, bunk bed, fridge etc.
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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:47:00 EST
The fight for unionization at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN, factory isn't letting up. Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board decided to allow anti-United Auto Workers employees at the plant the right to defend voting down the measure. Now, a group called the National Right to Work Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of five workers against VW and the UAW for allegedly working together to organize.
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:00:00 EST
The group says in a release that it wants "to block further collusion between the company and the United Auto Workers." It alleges that VW forced workers to attend "mandatory pro-union meetings" and prevented managers from opposing. In a rebuttal on its website, the UAW called the claims "baseless" and said its actions were entirely legal.
One possible problem faces the carmaker in regards to the lawsuit. According to the Detroit Free Press, a recent US Court of Appeals ruling found that neutrality agreements like the one the business had with the UAW could be illegal if the company provided "things of value" to the union. The newspaper also claims that VW held a mandatory employee meeting concerning the election, but workers were free to leave during the UAW's presentation.
A Brazilian politician tried to save it, unsuccessfully, so the final Last Edition Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi was produced on December 20, 2013 and now resides in a vintage museum at Volkswagen's Commercial Vehicles HQ in Hanover, Germany.
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The Volkswagen Microbus was built for 56 years, starting in September 1957. Brazil was the last country still assembling it, but new safety regulations in the country requiring airbags and ABS on all cars spelled the end. When that politician introduced a bill that would pardon only the 'Bus from a death sentence, it couldn't garner the required number of votes for passage. The South American country takes the Kombi production title, though, with 1.5 million of the 3.5 million total made in the home of Copacabana beach and the girl from Ipanema.
The VW Bus is dead. Now perhaps we can turn our attentions to the still-not-totally-settled matter of the Bulli...
The 911 Of Hot Hatches Takes The Compact Game To New Levels
North American car buyers get a bit of a slap in the face when it comes to delivery schedules for new the Volkswagen Golf and pumped-up GTI models. We'll just repeat the old chestnut: It's worth the wait... even though it still stinks. This time around, Western Europe is taking deliveries of the new Golf as we speak, and GTI deliveries start between May and July. North America doesn't get the Mk7 Golf or GTI until about July of 2014.
So we approached our first drive of the new GTI with this chip on our shoulder: "You're making us wait? Well, then at least give us the exact car we'll be able to buy. No compromises, mein freund." And so it was that we extracted nearly all of our drive impressions from behind the wheel of what, for the United States, will technically be a model year 2015 two-door Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance with the standard six-speed manual.