Took the bus out for a drive around town. Making sure I give it a few shakedown drives locally before I take it camping!
Took the Westy out for a Spring Drive and a few photos:
My 1977 Vintage VW Westy is ready for adventure and this summer is the kick-off!
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Back in May 2012, my daughter Sara and I flew to Sacramento, CA to buy a green 1971 VW Super Beetle and drive it back to our home in Ontario, Canada via Route 66. The story and a video about that adventure can be seen here.
At the time we had really wanted to buy a vintage VW bus, as I had one back in the mid 1980’s when I first got married and they are just cool.
The prices for VW buses were just crazy though, so we settled on the Bug. Ever since, I have still been thinking about getting a VW bus, and this year I finally got an awesome opportunity after searching and even looking at quite a few that were rusted badly.
I was ready to head back to California to get a solid one, but with both the prices on buses and the terrible exchange rate on the US $, it would have cost me from $18,000 to $20,000 to get one that probably still needed some work.
This beautiful 1977 VW Westfalia Camper Bus is what I found, and I am flying out to beautiful British Columbia next week to pick it up.
We visited the old Ninth Line Bridge in Oakville, Ontario just south of Upper Middle Road.
Ford Drive now continues south of Upper Middle Road, but not long ago, Ninth Line continued straight south. A wide modern (1987) bridge is now completely hidden in the trees only meters from the corner of Ford Drive and Upper Middle Road. (From LOST Ontario)