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 W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer

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PostSubject: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:27 am

This is May 10th, 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer which needs resto but is mostly complete. Missing tonneau (canvas cover) and the sparewheel otherwise complete.








Edit: I asked my friends what could be a nick for the trailer and there were a few that were proposed and of them, W.E.T. [WET - Short for Westfaila Essen Trailer] looked catchy as proposed by my Ex-Boss Mr. Ansaar Ahmed Qureshi.

So here, I am naming this Westfalia Essen Trailer, W.E.T. Smile

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PostSubject: Paperwork of W.E.T   Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:26 am

Here is the paperwork that came with W.E.T; Four previous owners, the latest owner before me was Gerhard.



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PostSubject: WETs journey from Germany to UK   Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:26 am



It was bought from a Slovakian VW enthuasit in Germnay so had to be collected. Its loaded on the roof rack in the above pic, the one that you can see towards the back of the van's roof rack.

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PostSubject: WETs journey from Germany to UK   Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:02 am

Again, loaded on the roof rack in the below pic, the one that you can see towards the back of the van's roof rack.


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PostSubject: W.E.T on its way!   Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:03 pm

W.E.T. disassembled and on a pallet, ready to head to its new home!




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PostSubject: OG Westfalia Tow Hitch - 1972   Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:05 pm

With Westfalia Essen on its way, scored this a minute back on Facebook.

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PostSubject: Canvas Cover for WET   Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:02 pm

WET came without canvas, so had to find one for it. Found this one for sale on eBay and won it.


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PostSubject: The Arrival in Pakistan   Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:28 pm

Eventually W.E.T bought months ago has finally arrived here in Pakistan today. WET is also Pakistan's first ever Westfalia Trailer of any model. Thanks to Mark Goldsmith/UK for this gem that was brought straight from Deutschland!

Let the pictures do the talking as we await for start of its rebuild on here on this very thread:





Detailed pictures coming soon and so is the rebuild, stay tuned.

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PostSubject: "Hen's Teeth" Westfalia Essen Spare Wheel Mounting Bracket Reporduction   Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:59 pm

Probably the most difficult part to find to complete the Westfalia Essen Trailer restoration is the spare wheel mounting bracket, if its missing.

W.E.T. was missing the bracket and admittedly, despite all the efforts, I have failed to locate an original one so far for all these months. And its only a couple of weeks back that a Repro Ad was posted at the samba for the said bracket by a seller named Jason of Oregon/USA. Here is the ad;
Westfalia Essen Trailer Spare Tire Bracket

You can probably judge by the price of the repro bracket that how difficult this part is to find.

Here is a look on the bracket as posted by the seller on the samba;


I have written to Jason about the bracket but unfortunately, either he hasn't checked mail or he has given up the idea of putting a batch of the same into reproduction for now.

So it leaves me no choice but to replicate it myself in my own workshop here. I will be getting onto this job in this week. Stay tuned for updates on local replication of this spare wheel mounting bracket.


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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:23 pm

Finally the repro bracket too.


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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:10 pm

Hey nice to find another essen owner, I am Dave and a brit who lives in Germany, any idea where I can get a canvas for my trailer, no luck in Germany.
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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:02 pm

Welcome to the forum Dave, Its a small world for the like minded Smile
Do you know Mark/John Goldsmith in Ivychurch? I think Mark can help you with finding one. He too have moved to Germany recently. Will PM you his contact details right away.

Lets see your Essen...what year is it? Do you have a pic or two to share? Cheers mate.

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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:51 pm

Yeah I have some pics, I will try to upload them for you.
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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:06 pm

buckwit wrote:
Yeah I have some pics, I will try to upload them for you.

cheers
I am stripping my Essen tomorrow and sending it to the blasters / coaters. Will be putting in new wood and would be restoring it in the coming month.
I hope it turns out nice after all the hassle Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:47 pm

I am sure it will, I think I need to change the glide bearings on mine I have play on the ends, not sure gow much of a job it is as I have no plans to look at
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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:51 pm

Then stay tuned on here, because tomorrow I am stripping mine to send it to coaters.
Will post as many pics as possible for you to assess how big a job that is Very Happy
I am mulling over whether Mike de Rooy (WestyTrailers.com) is cheaper or Stuart (westfaliasparesuk.com) for the resto parts that I need Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:02 pm

Cool I think the pivot arms have just 2 plastic bushes each side and that is it.
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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:53 pm

Yep that is pretty much it and then there are end caps to finish these off.
Michel NL has some


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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:38 pm

Are there any washers on the inside of the wheel between the frame where the bolt goes through to hold the wheel to the trailer? Like spacers? Or does the wheel bolt to the frames?
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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:57 pm

There are thick washers, not exactly the spacers. I will post a pic or two of the washers later today. Cheers

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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:09 pm

Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: W.E.T. - The 1976 Westfalia 'Essen' Trailer   Thu May 22, 2014 8:33 am

Before I went away, the trailer was disassembled with wood removed and all and was sent to coaters. New parts need to be ordered one of these days, along with new wood to put things together once the coater returns the bits. I have some pics taken away from the time it was all disassembled but somehow I cant find my cam memory :(Will post pics as soon as things resolve with the cam memory.

Thanks to Dave on helping answer some questions regarding disassembly of the glide bearings.

Also was done a batch of Essen Sparewheel brackets at the workshop, while I was away.


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