Friday, October 31, 2014

The Blair Westfalia Project

That pop-up canvas tent atop the Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter offers the distinct advantage of sleeping about 6 feet off the ground, thereby avoiding interruption by demonic children pawing at you in the middle of the night. For $11,000 via The Samba, this T3 generation with a Subaru EJ22 swap comes with 135 horsepower, but no in-dash GPS for when you "kick that f-ing map into the creek."

Welcome to the 2014 Daily Turismo Halloween Horrorod special, where movies and cars collide. The seller was too scared to close the top. Then again, he was too scared to open it.

The exterior may look rough, but the cozy interior is said to have working appliances and original curtains and screens. Overall, it's not a bad project; I could definitely see myself standing in a corner while my friend is killed by a witch somewhere near the refrigerator.

Everything essential to the forward movement of this vehicle has been recently updated: belts, spark plugs and wires, ignition switch, shocks, ball joints, alignment, fuel pump, filter and lines, crank sensor, muffler, battery, tires... and the cabin, with its Volvo seats, looks remarkably devoid of rock piles or bundles of human hair and teeth.

Subaru's SOHC 2.2-liter flat-four could be as bulletproof as the original VW mill. Mounted in back, its thrust will make mountain passes bearable for you and everyone behind you. The seller included a teary, self-shot video of him mourning the loss of the old engine in which he apologized to his friends, his parents, his friends' parents, his cat, his second-grade teacher, and Bernie Madoff. Consider including a Kleenex box in the sale. He could use a few.

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. Wrong year for me, and I'd want a nice round early '70s Bus anyway, but I haven't paid too much attention to stuff like this.

    Will the turbo motors fit in there? Maybe a bus moves onto the to-do list and pushes the '69-70 Bug off...can I make it blat like one of the STIs around here? I don't have a lot of interest in owning a Scooby, but oddly I love the sound...

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    2. Unequal length headers make Subarus go "blat." And DMEI - Direct Monster Energy Injection. Bro.


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