Meet FrankenThor, our new used van…
After searching for over a month and test driving VW vans spanning the years 1971-1991 from the classic “Scooby Doo” bus to the more comfortable Westies, we gravitated back to this van. Something about this vehicle we were drawn to. Both of us thought it had enough personality to put it head and shoulders above the other vans.
It’s not a beauty but rather a beast. Pieced together from the body of a Vanagon, the head of a Westfalia, the guts of a VW Jetta, and the comfort of a bus. Appropriately named, FrankenThor.
Initially priced well on our first visit, we still walked away. A few weeks later we saw that the owner dropped the price $3000 as a Black Friday”Bandwagon Special” so we took that leap of faith and hopped aboard.
This van doesn’t have all the bells and whistles in most of the newer models, in fact, the horn doesn’t even work.(Silent) Beep, beep! Crap! Gotta get that fixed. Hmmm…maybe a fuse?
What this van does offer is a “tin top” that converts to a pop-up canopy giving us more headroom. A shady boy awning runs out from the slider door. An interior typical of most van conversions complete with cooktop and mounted bottle opener. Most importantly it runs great in all four speeds: fourth, slow, slower, and slowest. It’s high-profile suspension and decorative spare gas can allows it a competitive edge in any “Mad Max” rally.
Best of all, the co-pilot’s seat is very comfortable…
FrankenThor~~~> Born 1985. Given new life 2014.