Early Bay

A journey of transformation

It seemed like a good idea at the time. An Early Bay Westfalia SO67 camper, what’s not to like?

I had just sold a VW bus when I saw this Early Bay Westfalia for sale. I was toying with getting another camper, and Bay campers had the advantage over splitscreen buses in that they often came with camper interiors.

my early bay started off like this…
my early bay started off like this…

An Early Bay Westfalia seemed like a great option, especially as it had pretty much all of its original interior with it. Unfortunately, it had no history with it and wasn’t an original paint bus. I was taking a chance on this one. Hopefully, it wasn’t hiding too many nasties under the fairly rudimentary paint job…

plenty of rusty areas to deal with in between on my early bay project
plenty of rusty areas to deal with in between on my early bay project

Unfortunately, it wasn’t too long before issues started to present themselves. It was a case of do I bail on it, or do I go in and get the camper sorted from top to bottom?

my early bay soon became a bare-metal project
my early bay soon became a bare-metal project

In the end, I decided to get the bus sorted and returned more or less to its original stock factory condition again. It was a long road, with many issues along the way. Was it worth it in the end?

It was quite a journey from start to finish. Read all about it below…

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Fancy following the full ground up restoration of my (1969) 1970 model Early Bay Westafalia Camper? Well Sit back njoy the ride, the camper

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OK, it’s not a picture of the van, but it will be a picture!

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I’ve already got over a 100+ pics already, and not all the paints off the van yet! Right, definitely a whole stash of  photo

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Right, so this is what it looked like when I first got it… Looks pretty good as a base to start with… but is

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So far it all looks pretty good huh? Well it’s a US imported bus so that’s what’s to be expected, right? Wrong! OK British

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Although the bus is generally pretty solid and would be relatively quick/easy to get an MOT and back on the road OK, I wanted to

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OK, more and more of the paint is  getting removed so that the true extent of the work can be determined. This way a

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Progress continues… as all of the paint continues to be removed, a few more areas that will need attention are revealed. Ideally we’re aiming

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Yep, you guessed it, more areas found that will need attention… well I will only be getting the job done once, so I might

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OK, time for some more updates. Good news is that pretty much all the ‘not so good’ areas have been found now, so the

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Everyday ownership of a classic VW Split screen camper van and all the adventures that go towards keeping it on the road as a daily driver in the UK.

Warning it’s not all about Instagram lifestyle shots of beautiful people posing on the roof of the bus staring off into the landscape or watching the surf come in.

However, it is all about having fun! 

Getting out and about using the bus as it was intended to be used. To travel, explore, go camping in and have road trip adventures.

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