Wow, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Sorry I’ve been absent from posting here, however it seems people are still stoked as we just cleared 1k Facebook fans last week, thanks everyone! I’ve been waiting for the right Westy to spark my attention again, and I found it today, so here we go… This van is a 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender with 177k miles on the clock, 57k miles on a 2.2L Subaru conversion (CA Legal) and a freshly rebuilt manual transmission. While some might balk at the $25k asking price, I’ve seen this beautiful rig around town and drool a little every time. I definitely think it could be worth at lest $20k, if not the full $25k. If I didn’t have a Westy and I had to that to spend, I would highly consider this van. I’d love to just drive it around the block a few times.
The engine conversion, interior and exterior all show considerable well. I can’t quite tell if those are 14″ or 15″ alloy wheels, but they’re definitely an upgrade from stock. The Van Cafe front and rear bumpers with the metal plate are awesome. While it’s not a full camper, it’s got 6 seat belts vs. the standard 4 with a camper. The listing states it also had a full front end rebuild (likely all the bushings and pieces that commonly wear out), along with Bilstien shocks, the van’s overall stance in the photos looks solid. As far as the engine conversion, it is said that Seth Hatfield did the work, and it appears he works for Mastercraft Motors in Santa Barbara, which has a 4 star rating on Yelp and Google. The seller did provide the VIN ( WV2XB025XGH061077 ) so you can check up on the scoop with a title report from somewhere like CarFax.
Some things I would ask about. Why was it painted in the first place? This aussan brown color wasn’t offered in ’86. Were the rust issues? Have any records of the paint job or before/after pictures? Definitely check the VIN to see if the mileage is accurate, since the seller did state they replaced the speedometer. Check near the rack mounts on the pop top for cracks or stress, these appear to be the smaller mounts which cover less surface area and therefore a bit more prone to damaging the top. Always hard to tell from photos. Otherwise this van looks spot on to me.
What do you think it’s worth? Are you going to check it out? Drive it? Let us know how it turns out, or if you swoop up on it. Got any words of wisdom? Share them in the comments below, or head on over the individual posts about this van on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share you thoughts there!