1967 Volkswagen Bus
By Vern Parker
Robert Storck says that for as long as his wife Misty can remember she has been intrigued by the size and shape of the early Microbus Volkswagens and she hasn't been reluctant about sharing her opinions of the bus with him.
Volkswagen manufactured a wide variety of bus models all based on the same basic platform As he delved into the background of the buses Storck soon found himself acquiring an attraction to them equal to that of his wife.
Next came the search for a solid rust-free VW which led to many disappointments as most of the one for sale were halfway rusted away or were worn out.. Eventually Storck saw an advertisement offering for sale a 1967 VW Westfalia camper located in Bluffton, S.C.
Other than photographs of the vehicle and telephone conversations with the owner Storck had never seen the VW nor had he listened to it run let alone drive it.
Nevertheless, Storck gambled and bought it over the telephone in December 2014. The singular disappointment came when the driver of the truck delivering the VW to Virginia managed to break off the key in the ignition.
That mishap was rapidly repaired. Storck and his wife then gave their new/old VW a careful once over and were pleased with what they saw.
The Volkswagen at the time had recently undergone a thorough restoration with a two-tone color scheme of Mango Green on the bottom and beige on the top. Both front and rear bumpers and the overriders are painted white.
The bulbous hubcaps and the king size VW initials on the nose below the two-piece windshield add a touch of sparkle to the otherwise plain bus.
Like most every other Volkswagen in that era this one is powered by an air cooled four cylinder engine mounted in the rear. In order to help the struggling engine operate comfortably a set of ten louvers on each side of the vehicle at the rear corners draw fresh air into the engine compartment. The louvers on the right side are adjacent to the gasoline filler door.
Across the rear of the VW are two openings, the lower one for access to the engine while the upper one is simply a liftgate to the passenger compartment. On either side of the engine hood are the tail/brake light assembly with the separate backup lights above.
Of course, the primary function of the vehicle is camping. Each barn door opening on the right side not only provides ventilation but also a window and access to the outside.
On the doorless left side of the Westfalia are three Jalousie crank open windows to provide flow-through ventilation.
Booth style seating can accommodate at least four around the table. Every inch of space under the wood veneer ceiling inside the Volkswagen is put to use. The center portion of the top, above the centrally located table is a pop top portion of the roof which can be raised for ventilation in hot weather camping or additional head room otherwise.
Since the Volkswagen is a mere 14-feet, six-inches-long between the painted bumpers and stands only a bit over six and a half feet tall and three inches shy of six-feet wide all the accommodations inside are very cozy.
Although the speedometer stands ready to register speeds up to 80 miles per hour the chances of attaining such a speed are remote because of the 2,535-pound empty weight and the lack of aerodynamics.
Whenever Storck climbs behind the 2-spoke steering wheel of his bus and takes it out for some road therapy he reports the car, “likes it at 55.”
Now the question has arisen, is the Volkswagen hers or is it his? In the interest of family harmony the couple have decided to share their treasure.