1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia w/ Air Cooled Engine – Auction In Jacksonville, FL
Fresh onto eBay about an hour ago is this silver 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with only 66k original miles and some type of air cooled engine, which is odd for any VW Vanagon after 1983, and they don’t provide any details or pictures of the engine compartment. It appears to have a clean title with what looks like relatively accurate odometer readings too. It is said that everything works and overall appears to be in good shape. An air cooled engine in an ’87 though? Anyone care to chime in on this one? Find it up for auction in Jacksonville, Florida with the auction ending September 3rd. eBay Link
1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction In Lake Havasu, Arizona
Here’s a low mileage fresh listing on the eBay auction block with a reasonable buy it now price and auction ending on September 2nd. This van is a 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock 4 speed manual transmission, new rear axle, new brake rotors and pads, new radiator, new temp sensors and everything is said to work except the fridge and the dash lights. The seller provided the VIN (VIN WV2ZB0250EH128498) and the eBay title check shows the mileage to be inaccurate, and likely well over 200k, though the odometer only shows 100k. It appears to have lived in the Soutwest most of it’s life, so it’s likely got minimal rust issues, and also have some bedliner around the bottom and on the rocker panels. The Yakima wide body rack tabs appear to be properly mounted in the rear of the pop top, however always look for cracks here, as heavy loads or crooked bolts can cause issues. Seller also states it has a tow package, so be sure to ask them “what” they towed, as anything more than a bike rack does some significant extra wear and tear on the suspension, engine and transmission. They’ve offering a Buy It Now price of $9,600, with an auction ending on 9/2. Check it out in Lake Havasu, Arizona. eBay Link
1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper w/ 120k Miles – $31k in Ventura, CA
Here’s a nice looking mostly stock and well maintained syncro for sale in So Cal I thought was worthy of mentioning today. This van is a 1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper with 120k miles and all kinds of recent maintenance. Some of the recent work includes a new 4wd drive shaft, rebuilt 2.1L engine, rebuilt manual transmission, locking read differential, master and slave cylinders, new shocks and fully functioning kitchen and propane unit. While it does have a high price tag like all syncros do, this one looks to be well cared for, mostly stock, but with the rebuilt engine and transmission, this rig could have a lot of life left it in before it needs anything significantly worked on. I have a feeling they’ll sell this van before this coming weekend is over. Check it on in Ventura, California with an asking price of $31k. Craigslist Link
1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $9,875 in San Jose, CA
This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock 4 speed manual transmission, 140k miles and a clean title. The seller provided the VIN in the craigslist listing so you can pay for a title report if you’d like. (VIN WV2ZB0255FH028558). Overall this van looks very clean and well cared for, however my main concern is that is appears to have an after market paint job that could be covering up other rust issues. One of the main giveaways is that the seams looks a bit to “full” and the RV hookups are painted white as well. However, if there is 0 rust, it doesn’t leak or get hot, and drives well, this is a decent price for a clean Westy in the Bay Area. Find it for sale in San Jose, California with an asking price of$9,875. Craigslist Link
1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $6,500 in Medford, OR
Here’s a nice looking deal that popped up on craigslist yesterday. This van is a 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock manual transmission and 143k miles on the clock. If it runs and drives well without leaks or getting too hot, this appears to be a sweet deal on a entry level water cooled Westy. Not many other details are provided, but the seller did provide the VIN (WV2ZB0250EH076385) so you can check up on the history of this rig. The seller states the interior is great, but the exterior needs work. There’s only picture, so we’re not quite sure how much “work” is needed, thought the original two tone paint job looks to be in decent shape. Find it for sale near Medford, Oregon with an asking price of only $6,500. Craigslist Link
Installing A New Westfalia Pop Top Tent
The guys at Camper Van culture get down with some nice product reviews and installation videos and this one (below) is fresh as of today. This tent replace is going on Dan Whitaker’s Westy, the van found on VolkswagenT25.com.
As Westy’s continue to age, one of the main features that folks usually like to replace is the original pop top tent canvas, as while metal can rust and rubber can degrade, the original canvas tents often seem to wear out before any other structural piece of these vans. There are a wide variety of options to choose from, however this particular example uses a GoWesty tent, although I’m not quite sure which one, as they sell quite a few versions. If you live in Europe or the UK, you should be able to buy these directly from Camper Van culture very soon, however at the time of this post they were not available on their site.
In the video below they don’t quite state how long the whole process takes, however I’ve heard if you’re doing this job on your own, it can take up 8 hours to pull all the old screws out, and mount and re screw the new tent. If you’d like to see how NOT to install the tent, check out this YouTube video. Supposedly the job is much easier if you take the top off first, however that still seems like much more work to me. Thankfully my Westy has a nice fresh 3 window tent that was installed a few years ago before I bought it, so I’m good to go for a while.
The price of a new Westy pop top tent varies by materials and construction, ranging anywhere from $200 to as much as $800. The material grade starts at basic canvas, then to cotton, synthetic, hemp and so on. They are also available in plain neutral colors, camouflage and some crazy tie dye patterns as well. Guess it just depends on your personality, or your van’s personality.