1965 VW Sundial Camper Bus


Pictures just don’t do this beautiful, super clean VW Sundial Camper justice.
Photos of some of the road trip below. We bought the bus and drove it home (280 miles) with no problems. OK, to be honest, the fuel pump leaked about two blocks from our pickup location. A quick field repair and we were on the road!

It drives like new. Straight, tight steering, glides through the gears and quiet. I’ve never driven a nicer bus.

We did do a little maintenance on this beauty; oil change, new fuel lines, new axle boots, fresh gear oil in the tranny, etc…

Photos of that and the good pics of the rust free undercarriage on Google Drive

See the notes from the previous owner (a retired Porsche Mechanic) who passed away in 2004, The last entry was at 29,815 miles. I purchased it (from the family) with *30,336 miles. Wow!

He purchased it in California, then moved to southern New Mexico where he (and the bus) lived out his days. The dry desert climate, his timely maintenance and keeping it garaged are some of the reasons this bus is in such pristine condition.

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Owners notes

More notes from the seventies, (see engine lid)

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Owners Notes from the Seventies
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Closeup of Engine Lid Notes

Check out the previous owners’ meticulous installation of the external oil filter, and when was the last time you saw a metal threaded in fuel line that attaches to the fuel pump? (below) Most people attach fuel hose and drape it over the hot intake manifold.

Metal line hookup to fuel pump.

The family put the bus in storage for over a decade. They decided to sell to me and I’m grateful.

I’ve owned Ginger for over 2 years and drive her about once a month to keep the battery charged and the seals pliable. The rest of the time she’s in the garage, out of the elements waiting for you to drive her home.

$35,500.00 O.B.O.

Sundial was a Southern California camper conversion company founded by John Nixon in 1963. Sundial started with panel vans and cut in the windows. Many people believe they’re way superior to the Westfalia conversion and I agree, the fit and finish are excellent.

Update: I’ve created a Walk-Around Video on YouTube, click below to see it!

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*  Probably 130,336 miles (Exceeds the mechanical limit of the odometer) The DMV usually requires vehicles over 25 years old to state that the mileage is not the actual mileage on the title.


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And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

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