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1987 Syncro 16" Westy Pop-Top   Price: 38000
I feel like I am writing a break up letter here, but I have to sell my beloved Syncro 16” Westfalia Pop-top that I worked so hard to find and restore.(Growing family and starting a business requires more capital) So here it is.

I am selling a California registered Original Syncro 16” with around 95,000 original miles. Around 20k ago I dropped in a GoWesty 2.45 engine with stainless steel exhaust new ECU and really every engine peripheral. I would and do drive it anywhere with no hesitation in its reliability. It currently sits on 235/75 R16’s BFG K01’s with more than half the life on the rear. I will be replacing both the front tires before the car is sold.

If you aren’t sure what the difference is between a Syncro 16” and a typical 14” Vanagon 4wd/syncro I would take the time to read below. If you know the difference well then skip this part: Syncro 16”s came stock from the factory with the sought after 16” steel rims which the nickname came from. This is just one small aspect of the Syncro 16” package though.
The package also included:
- Longer rear trailing arms with bigger rear brakes,
- Bigger rear driveshafts/CV's, (Bigger front driveshafts and bigger outer CV joints with vans supplied with front diff lock from the factory)
- Lower final drive ratios, (petrol standard 16 was 5.43, diesel was 5.83. Options were 5.43, 5.83 and 6.16)
- Rear difflock as standard
- Bigger front brakes, (bigger diameter discs, same calipers and pads as a Syncro 14)
- Bigger Rear drum brakes (uses the VW LT40 Rear truck brakes)
- Longer steering arms on front hubs (only on manual steering)
- Wheel arch trims (to cover up where the body had been trimmed to allow more clearance for bigger wheel/tire overall diameter,
- Body strengthening around the sliding door upper and lower corners and fill in blanks in the rear inner 1/4 panels along with suspension mounting strengthening.

My van specifically I have installed a decoupler and solid-shaft omitting the syncro. I get in sand a lot and noticed that the syncro was just not sufficient.

I also have much larger brakes than even the stock 16”. I replaced the front discs with a Mercedes 1998-2005 ML350/430 front discs and used GoWesty Big Brake Kit Calipers. I recently just replaced the rear Drums, shoes, springs and piston from the VW LT. In essence the van stops like it should even when fully loaded and traveling at 70mph.

With the new engine dropped I replaced a lot so in short I will just give a quick list of everything touched and replaced/refurbished. Im sure I have missed a lot.
- All fuel lines
- Fuel pump
- Fuel Tank pump
- Fuel tank level sensor
- Rear fuel tank seals
- Replaced all coolant lines and added Stainless Steel lines
- Rear Trailing arm bushings with Powerflex and replaced all bolts and hardware
- New GoWesty Aluminum Throttle body
- New Idle Control Valve
- New Idle Control Unit
- New MAF sensor
- New Intake coupling
- New Distributor
- New Ignition Coil
- New Ignition Wires
- Replaced all interior lights with LED including Dash
- New Truckfridge ….Fridge
- New Dometic Sink and Stove with glass covers $$$$
- Installed outside shower with quick disconnect shower head in the rear (easily one of my favorite additions)
- New Clutch
- Flushed tranny fluids
- Flushed front differential fluids
- Added interior light for upper bed
- ARB 2500 awning

Like I have said I am missing a lot of stuff about the car, but feel free to ask questions and these are the pictures I have available I can take more and add more also. I have some undercarriage pictures but it is still pretty muddy and could clean it a bit. I will gladly take more of specific items if interested.

If I were to keep the car I would personally fix a few cosmetic rust spots, button up the interior, and add a front steel bumper. After that there would not be much more you could ask for. It has everything you need for multi-day overland trip to just a day beach trip.

Hurts to sell it but im positive anyone from the community will appreciate it as much as I have.
Looking to sell for $38,000



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