Here’s a sweet looking deal for Central California. Posted on craigslist last night is this 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with a fresh coat of paint and a 2.2L Subaru engine. There’s no stated mileage, but the owner did provide the VIN WV2ZB0254FH042340 so you can do your homework on AutoCheck or CarFax. It’s got a newer 3 window tent canvas, 50k or a rebuilt manual transmission, stainless exhaust and new catalytic converter, new radiator and a new battery. It also has a tow hitch, but didn’t mention what the used it for. Bikes, OK. Boat? No so ok. There’s no side photo to show how much sag it may or may not have in the rear. Considering there are 20 photos and no side shot, I’m a bit worried. There’s no mention of whether or not the sink, stove, fridge or propane tank work, or how well. There’s also a dash cover so we’re not sure how weather the original dash is either. However, I think the key points here are new paint & a Subaru 2.2L engine (CA Legal) for under $20k in California. A good Subaru conversion is $14k, a good paint job is at least $4k- $6k. Check it out for sale in Sacramento with an asking price of $17,900. Craigslist Link – The Samba Link
She used “Small Car Parts”. Even with other kits, I cannot imagine labor would need to be at 90%? 13 grand, would that be about 8-10 grand in labor? That’s kind of insane. I could see 5-6.
My friend just had a Subie conversion, low mileage refreshed 2.5 liter from an 05′, complete including labor was 7k.
The best means to a good paint job on a Westy would be doing the prep on ones own (remove grill, moldings, bumpers, mirrors, weather strips, door handles, . Then a 2 k super nice paint job is doable.
For 18k it should be pretty Primo and relatively low in miles with everything functions, ice cold AC, clean interior, no body dings, all appliances working, etc.
That’s an amazing deal on an EJ25 swap. Did they use the Kennedy kit as well? New coolant system? Almost all reputable shops will charge $13k – $14k to do it right. I agree, the prep work is often at least half the labor of a paint job.