Sweetwater TN to Cornelius NC via the Great Smoky Mountains and hillbilly country

Day 8 – US129 The Dragon in our VW Camper

We were on a mission to get to the end of our journey – which for us was Lake Norman in North Carolina. The final challenge was choosing how to navigate the Great Smoky Mountain – via the Interstate or a seemingly more direct route and some twisty roads. Read the rest of this entry »


Walmart Supercenter comes to the rescue with a new car battery

Driving across America Tennessee – Day 7

Although we had AAA we wanted the challenge of getting home under our own steam – but with a a dead battery on cold Sunday morning our options were running out. Read the rest of this entry »


Through Arkansas and into the Mid South – River city MemphisTN, home of Elvis and the Mississipee

Day 6 – Oklohoma to Memphis

Pulling out of Oklohoma and driving across the state line into Arkansas the generator warning light came on. Read the rest of this entry »


Lowlight Bay Window Campervans are getting very desirable – this is ours

Havasu – our latest project – a 71 Westfalia VW Campervan

A pop top Campervan from Westfalia cemented Volkswagens postion in the recreational marketplace and here we take on perhaps one of the most popular of versions – a 1971 Westfalia Campervan or Campmobile. In this latest series of blogs we look at the purchase, our drive across America along Route 66 and our subsequent repair series of features on this EarlyBay Van. Read the rest of this entry »

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House of horror finds – previous repairs needed to be better

Easley – right side rear quarter repairs

After a little digging around we realised the right side rear quarter panel on our Volkswagen Westfalia Camper had been repaired at some point but not only that there was more rust and corrosion than previously thought in the whole area. Read the rest of this entry »


Not a complete Horror story but some interesting finds – our Westy needs a welder

Easley – a closer inspection shows some work required

So we bought a Westy over the internet, we thought the Bus looked ok in the 6 or so internet pictures, however, as always the truth up close was a little different. Here we start to go through what we’ve bought and there were some surprises in store for us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our next project Bus – an original Volkswagen campervan

Easley – an early 1970 Westfalia Earlybay VW Campervan

Another new project – this is Easley, leaving the factory on 15th January 1970 as a Pearl White model 231 021 VW Camper. Of interest is the original delivery country of Belgium, which would suggest it being a US military delivery programme, where servicemen would be able to order a vehicle new and then have it transported back home, maybe after a quick tour of Europe – and why not. Read the rest of this entry »

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This is the first bus we bought back in Oct 2002, bought through www.theSamba.com

Our first Bus – an SO-42

This is the first bus we bought back in October 2002, bought through theSamba.com, this bus came out of Kansas.  Looking lovely in its velvet green L512 probably original paint, nice fresh white bumpers – US spec of course and of course the safari windows, Read the rest of this entry »

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