For some reason this seems like it’s supposed to be a momentous occasion.  I don’t know why, but at least it’s fun to watch all of the digits roll over. It’s like a new beginning.  A rebirth of sorts. Put the past behind us and look forward to the next 100,000.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Seneca, 4 BC – AD 65

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is not a bad place to mark this otherwise meaningless event. We celebrated by having a snowball fight and then driving some more.

How many actual miles does our bus have on it?  We have no idea.

Thanks to the stamped “M-code” plate and some web magic, we are able to see where Red Beard got started, though.  It’s somewhat serendipitous that it’s first miles on the odometer were possibly right in this same area near DC. Also, if we extrapolate backwards from that production date a few months, it’s likely the bus was being birthed on the German assembly line around the same time Angela and I were entering into the world as well.

M-code Results:
Production Date: February 17, 1971
Exported To: USA, Washington D.C.
Designation: Kombi
Engine KW (BHP): 35 (47)
Transmission Type: manual
Engine: 157
Transmission Code:
Extras Code:
Paint / Interior
Paint Scheme: Chianti Red
Paint Codes: L31H
Paint Notes: code for Westfalia campmobiles (type 23)
Interior Scheme:
Interior Material:
Interior Notes: This model has a special paint code which means no interior info is available
518: Campmobile with pop-up roof
697: Continental Tires
a02: Specifications for the USA / Speedo in miles, Sealed beam headlamps, Rear window defroster, Back-up lamps, Side marker reflectors… (?)
p31: Westfalia SO 70/2 interrior (?)
507: Vent wings in cab doors
517: Campmobile

5 thoughts on “Milestones

  • November 17, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    Well if you’re on the Parkway You need to come see me. Get off at Boone and I’m just down the hill in Lenoir.

  • November 17, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    WOW…ya gotta think that a (nearly) 39 year old Westy has probably turned around that dial at least once before.
    My 79 has 175, 000 mi. and it really hasn’t been driven all that much for the last 8 years.
    Congrats, and may you and Redbeard celebrate another 100,000 together!
    Oh, and by the way, I was able to connect with Ane, Andres, and Luka recently, while they are in Portland for a week or so.
    They mentioned that they may hook up with you folks in Mexico…too cool…Keep On Truckin’.

  • November 17, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    The stars just might align and we’ll be seeing those cool folks in Baja. Wanna come?

  • November 18, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Way to go MacGyver & Red Beard! Hope you guys have a big celebration. Looking forward to posts & pics of the next 100,000 miles.

    Mike & Maria

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