Unique! ’84 Westy Camper w/ 2.7L Subaru & Extras – $19k in WA

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - H6 Subaru & More - $19k in Washington

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – H6 Subaru & More – $19k in Washington

Updated 10/18 11am PST.  Asking price has been lowered to $17k, and they provided the VIN too. ( WV2ZB0254EH022717 ). Jump on a CarFax report here for $39.  Brian says he’s the 3rd owner.  Trying to get more info on the engine.

We’re back! Sort of… In case you’re wondering where we’ve been, check this out.  Here’s a crazy build that sure to get some discussion over the next few days.  This van is a 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with unknown mileage, serious powertrain upgrades, awesome interior upgrades and overall is said to have most of the common mechanical failure points addressed.  It’s definitely rough around the edges on the outside, but makes up for that in performance and comfort.

By far the most interesting thing about this specimen, is the stated engine in place, an EJ27 Subaru, which is supposedly the H6 design, but only 2.7L of displacement.  I can’t even find it on the Subaru EJ Wikipedia page. I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen this particular engine in a vanagon, and I’m pretty sure it was never offered in the US, so California buyers and others, beware of your states’ smog laws.

Some things I like about this van.

Powertrain.  As long as you can find someone who knows how to work on and EJ27, this engine sounds interesting. It sounds like it might not pass emissions in some states, especially with a “free flowing” exhaust.  Whoever did the work knows they need special transmission modifications to keep up with the toque of 6 cylinders.  German Transaxle knows what’s up.  I’d be sure to check up on the stated warranty though, as I know there are exceptions when the engine exceeds 150hp.

South African Grill & Electrical Upgrades.  Gotta love these, and they’re not cheap. There’s a ton of other electrical work that’s been done here as well including isolator for house battery, more fuse boxes, custom stereo, new batteries and more.

Interior upgrades.  Later model dash and front seats (armrests!), fresh vinyl and memory foam on the rear seats and cushion, pergo floor, fresh sunbrella 3 window tent.

More Performance. Audi 5000 front brakes.  Yeah, gotta find a way to stop when I’ve got a six cylinder subie engine. 15″ Wheels from a VW Passat and new Bridgestone Ecopia tires. Four new Powerflex Poly Urethane control arm bushings, which are a pain to replace.

Some issues with this Westy.

There’s no VIN provided in either ad, the seller states the odometer stopped working recently.  So basically, go into this sale knowing the title could be full of issues, and the body may have over 300k miles on it.  Basically, assume the worst, and maybe it will turn out better than expected.  The exterior needs some love, and it could have some seam rust.  However, I do like the idea of having a nice Westy with a slightly shotty exterior, kind of a sleeper and less likely to be stolen or cased by thieves. White wasn’t an option for ’84, so this was obviously repainted at some point.  There’s no word if or how well the propane, fridge or stove work, though the details state there’s a new sink pump.

Find it for sale on craigslsit and The Samba in Lynwood, Washington with an asking price of $19,500. Craigslist Link – The Samba Link  What do you think it’s worth? Are you going to see it?  Let us know what you think in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Google + and share your wisdom there!


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    shakyleg at

    Looks like a rental.
    Van Halen?

  2. His asking price is now down to $17k. Does anyone know much about an EJ27? Was it a JDM engine? Parts availability?

  3. Great for a risk taker. I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot awning myself. Non working odometer isn’t unknown in Westys, but should impact value pretty hard. $15k if a mechanic says everything checks out.

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