1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper / – Auction in Quebec, CA

  
1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Subaru EJ22 Westfalia Camper - Auction in Quebec, CA

1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Subaru EJ22 Westfalia Camper - Auction in Quebec, CA

While I don't often post about rigs outside of the United States (I know little about importing vehicles), this one is definitely on every Syncro Westy hunters radar at the moment. This nice looking specimen is a 1986 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper that was likely an original Canadian import (power hookup box is down low). While I don't know much about importing vehicles to the US, it doesn't sound like there is much involved other than maybe a $950 fee?  Someone with more knowledge of this subject matter should leave a comment below with their wisdom here.

It's stated as a two owner vehicle with a clean title and no accidents, and the VIN is provided ( WV2ZB0255GG088119 ).  The free eBay Auto Check report shows what appears to be accurate mileage (in KMs of course), and there are no reported incidents.  However it's always a good idea to get a 2nd report from a service like Car Fax to double check the records.

While there's no notes on who did the engine swap, the seller state the Subaru EJ22 engine has roughly 62k miles on it and compression was recently tested. The tachometer doesn't work, and for California buyers, this likely wasn't done with all the necessary pieces to pass the CARB test, so be sure to inquire with the seller on this.  As far the the Syncro (AWD) side of things, it appears to have a rear locker(though the control knob is funky), and the viscous coupler works well. There's mention of a new "driving shaft" which I'm guessing the drive shaft for the front wheels, and in the pictures of the undercarriage the drive shaft looks great.

The kitchen appliances are all said to be working, and though the original fridge was recently serviced, it is finicky on propane, as they all are. Speaking of propane, there's a new Bus Depot tank installed as well. As far as the exterior, the seller states it is not the original paint, and it looks to have been undercoated at some point.  With minimal visible rust, it is said to have been stored in winters, and as far as I can tell, the pictures show it's been very well cared for. Some other awesome features include a front bull bar with Hella fog lights, Pioneer sound system, an odd yet awesome looking roof rack set up with full size spare tire, newer carpet and upholstery in various places, the original wheels and tires and some other odds and ends.

The eBay auction ends on Sunday, June 28th at 6pm PST, though it's also listed on The Samba with an asking price of $32k. What do you … Read More About This Westy

 

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender – Manual – 144k – $8,900 in Phoenix, AZ

  
1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender - Manual - 144k - $8,900 in Phoenix, AZ

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender - Manual - 144k - $8,900 in Phoenix, AZ

For sale on the Phoenix, AZ craigslist yesterday is this 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender in white with 144k miles on the chassis, manual transmission and a rebuilt engine.  The engine is what really caught my eye here. While the seller only states "motor and trans rebuilt about 2 years ago by previous owner", by golly this actually looks like a Chris Corkins engine, can anyone confirm? I realize anyone can powder coat some pieces and parts here and there to add some flavor, but the red and blue used look very similar to some of the pictures on the Vanistan website. Updated: It's not, as Chris got in touch and said all his engine blocks are black.

There's no VIN provided, so you'll definitely want to check up on that and run a CarFax report to verify mileage and some history. While there is no A/C, the black tint looks good, and overall the interior and exterior look to be in good shape.  The seller states this van also recently passed a California Smog check, which is kind of odd being in AZ, though the van has seen a new o2 sensor and catalytic converter in the past year.  There's also an upgraded 3 window tent canvas that doesn't look too old.

One of the awesome custom upgrades I did notice, is that someone may have modified one of the tables to be a 2nd door in the rear closet space.  It likely still works as a table if you want to remove it, but saves spaces and adds functionality when not in use. Bumpers appear straight, door jams and seals look good, this could be a very dry desert dweller with limited rust.  Someone did install a custom sink and cabinet, though it can supposedly be removed easily.The van shows minimal rear end sag and sits on the original 14" alloy wheels with fresh shoes less than a month old. Find it for sale in Phoenix, AZ with an asking price of $8,900. Craigslist Link

This will be swooped up for a So Cal resident in a couple of days, though maybe you'll take a swing at it too? If you go to see it, or you buy, let us know what's up in the comment below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share your wisdom there.

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1986 Syncro Westfalia Weekender w/ Bostig & LSD – $25k in Seattle, WA

  
1986 Syncro Westfalia Weekender w/ Bostig Turbo - $25k in Seattle, WA

1986 Syncro Westfalia Weekender w/ Bostig 2.0L Z Tec & LSD- $25k in Seattle, WA

If this fully loaded rig is all it's said to be, chances are it's probably sold, or maybe not?...  Posted on the Seattle Craigslist last night is this 1986 VW Vanagon Syncro (AWD) Westfalia with a Ford Z Tec 2.0L Bostig engine conversion and rebuilt manual transmission for only $25k. The engine is said to have less than 10k miles on it, though the chassis mileage or odometer reading are not mentioned.

The list of upgrades the seller provides is fairly long, though they did not provide a VIN, so you'll definitely want to get this and run a CarFax report just to make sure the title is clean and there's no significant accidents, incidents, mileage discrepancies, etc. A few highlights include upgraded shocks, springs, brake systems, Hella fog lamps, dual battery set up, new instrument cluster and a stated $55k invested.

Best of all, included in the power train is an AA Transaxle installed decoupler AND Peloquins limited slip differential. Not only can you disengage the front wheels for regular driving, if you're in 2wd and hit a slick spot the limited slip diff in the rear will send power to the wheel with the most traction, kind of like all wheel drive with 2 wheels. The part alone to make this go is $1,200, not including the labor to take the transmission apart.

I could go on and on about how awesome this van looks, but after a power outage this morning I'm behind on my "day job", time to get back at it.  A special note to California residents, it's impossible to smog a Bostig here, sorry.  What do you think it's worth? Will you go see it?  Tell us in the comments below or head on over to the individual posts about this Syncro Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share your knowledge there!… Read More About This Westy

 

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 2.5L Subaru & Auto Trans – $20k in New Hampshire

  
1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 2.5L Subaru & Auto Trans - $20k in New Hampshire

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 2.5L Subaru & Auto Trans - $20k in New Hampshire

Tis the season for Westyfalias, dang there have been quite a few on the market recently.  I wish I had the time to write about all of them, but alas, day jobs pay the bills.  So this eBay auction in Kingston, New Hampshire caught my eye today, and you may want to have a look as well.  This specimen is a three owner 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 30k miles on a professionally installed 2.5L Subaru engine, stock automatic transmission and 186k miles on the working odometer.  The original white paint looks great, and the seller states that this van has lived the winters in a garage.  The VIN is provided ( WV2ZB0251HH029385 ) along with the free eBay Auto Check report, which shows a clean title with no accidents or issues, though the last recorded odometer reading was in 1997 at 68k miles. If you're cautius and considering this purchase, I'd suggest getting a Car Fax report or similar to verify the records here.  With an asking price of only $20k, they're definitely in the West Coast ball park for something like this, though it will be interesting to see what an East Coast buyer will pay?

Ben's Place in Montreal, CA is said to have done the Subaru EJ25 engine swap, with a brand new engine as well, which the seller implies a $15k cost.  Keep in mind California buyers may have trouble getting this past a smog shop or CARB referee, though if the KEP kit was used, you're a step in the right direction. This van also saw a professional sound system install by the folks at Wicked CAS in Plaistow, NH, and Two Girls Upholstery in Kingston, NH did the new carpet.  Other added bonuses include a couple of Go Westy favorites, including the Hemp 3 window tent canvas and new circuit board and LEDs for the dash. The van sits nicely on GoWesty 15" wheels, comes with a front bra and wide variety of stickers, though mostly on the glass which is more easily removable.

The details lack any mention of the propane, stove, sink, water tank or fridge, and if/how well they may or may not function, so be sure to inquire about these. It looks like it's the original paint, however I'd be sure to ask the seller, as well as check for rust underneath or behind the bra. There's no actual pictures of the pop top tent either, which kind of surprises me considering they claim to have the nice hemp blend three window.  It does appear to have "antique" status plates, so I'm not quite sure what that means in terms of … Read More About This Westy

 

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 139k – $6,400 in Fredericksburg, Virginia

  
1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 139k - $6,400 in Fredericksburg, Virginia

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 139k - $6,400 in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Here's a lower priced Westy on the East Coast that will surely get swooped up this weekend. Fresh on craigslist a couple hours ago is this 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with likely stock 1.9L engine, 4 speed manual transmission and 139k miles.

The seller states they acquired it in 2007, but can no longer use it due to medical reasons. It is said to have recently received new bushings, boots and shocks all the way around.  This specimen sits nicely on 16" alloy wheels and decent looking Michelin Hydroedge tires.  It also received a newer 3 window tent at some point, which the seller says might need to replaced soon, however the exterior pictures look fine.  There's no pictures of the inside of the tent or upstairs, so let's hope it didn't fall to mold or mildew. There's no mention of if or how well the propane tank, stove, sink, water tank or fridge work, though the interior shows to be in good condition with a wood floor in the rear as well.

The major downside to this van is the kitchen seam rust. I'm not sure if they just patched it up with bed liner, or someone did a professional job on it.  There's no VIN supplied, so you'll definitely want to request it from the seller and run a CarFax or other title report, just to ensure it's clean with no major instance and the mileage is accurate.

All being said, if this is everything it's said to be, it's worth at least double their asking price on the west coast, especially this time of year. Find it for sale in Fredricksburg, Virginia for and easy $6,400. Craigslist Link

What do you think it's worth? Have any words of wisdom to share?  Tell us in the comments below or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share your wisdom there!… Read More About This Westy