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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    Thinas at

    I just bought this baby.

    Previous owner was very patient with me as I was trying to schedule flight to AZ.

    He and his wife even made me a care package for the drive back to the Bay Area.

    Loving this van so far.

    I will update.

    • YES! Congratulations, hope it works out well for you, looks like a good deal. Keep us posted!

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        Thomas at

        So, I made it back to SF and the van ran fine. However, noticed a couple days later that there was some gas leaking out on startup. Seems to be coming from the fuel filter.

        Just purchased a slew of Bosch replacement parts and had in mind to attempt the job myself, but decided that the experts should do this kind of work.

        Going in to the mechanic on Monday morning.

        (Btw – seems my giant thumbs spelled m name “Thinas” on my first post. Should be “Thomas”. I hate typing on these phones.)

        Also ordered up a replacement jump seat from someone on theSamba. Gonna ditch the aftermarket sink/cabinet.

        Hoping the fuel issues are resolved Monday, I’m dying to take this beast on its first mission.

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