1986 Syncro Price: 24000
Just decided to put this back up; I just got a new job and have to do a ton of traveling and donít want the van to just sit around. It's a Westfalia conversion; someone added the pop top and custom camping interior. They did a really nice job, as there are absolutely no leaks and all of the cabintery work is quite nice. The custom pull out z-bed with storage underneath (overtop of engine access) is quite nice for traveling, as it's a great place for tool boxes and spare parts.
I bought this van from a guy in Vermont and brought it down to Florida. Recently completed a complete suspension overhaul and clean up including:
Complete cleaning of frame and floorboards (wire brush and scraper)
Rust treatment on any remaining surface rust
Epoxy primer to seal frame and everything under van. This stuff is no joke, professional grade ($300/ gallon)
Sandblasted and powder coated trailing arms, lower control arms and syncro skid plate.
All smaller parts were cleaned and painted with same epoxy paint
Powerflex bushings (trailing arms and lca's)
Gowesty 0 lift syncro springs
Old man emu front shocks
New upper ball joints
New lower ball joints
New tie rod ends
New power steering boots
All CV boots were just replaced, and all CV's were disassembled, cleaned, inspected for wear and repacked with correct German grease.
Gowesty upper control arm bushings
All new hardware on evertything that was reassembled (10.9 zinc plated only!)
All new brake lines
New front rotors and pads,
New rear drums, shoes, springs, and backing plates
New temp sensors
New plug wires
New V belts (advance discount lifetime warranty)
New e-brake cables
New general A/T tires
VW 15" wheels (easy to get tires for) with full size matching spare
Yakima roof rack
Thule rocket box
Custom aux battery system with shore power outlet runs the dometic fridge, sink pump, and stereo
New Sony head unit with aux input
New Sony speakers
Custom door panels (from PO)
GoWesty rear bumper with swing-out tire carrier and ladder
Custom GoWesty hookups - Solar in plug, shore power, and air compressor out line
GoWesty Solar Kit
On board ARB Air Compressor
Complete exterior LED light conversion
LED camping lights
LED backup light
Front mounted high lift jack
GoWesty signal filter kit for AFM
GoWesty VW Truck mirrors. These were easily one of the best investments I made on the van. They look sweet and give you 5x as much visibility. Backing up is a breeze now
Everything works as it should, including the rear diff locker. Iím sure Iím forgetting some stuff so please feel free to reach out so I can answer any questions.
The not so new and awesome:
196,000 miles on original 2.1 Wasserboxer. It runs really nice and strong, however it is 32 years old so it's always in the back of my mind. It also has a slow oil leak, I just keep a pan in the driveway to monitor that itís not getting worse. Hasnít been an issue on any of my trips but I definitely keep it in mind. I bought this thing with the intention of doing a motor swap but the Wasserboxer has just kept going haha.
Lower sliding door roller track is going to need replacing. It's $400 on bus depot and a laborous job. I did this on my 75 bus and it took me a couple of days to cut the old one out and weld in my new one making sure it was straight and nice.
No AC. I have the compressor (it's probably shot but worth the core charge) and all of the lines and wiring are still connected. Heat works great
I will only sell the van in person after a test drive and sharing a beer or two to exchange VW stories (the last part is just a recommendation haha). I live about 8 minutes from the airport so if you decide to fly in to come check it out feel free to camp in the van for the night. I have a window AC unit I run for camping in hot weather
But seriously, reach out with any questions and or concerns. My number is in the description. Iím open to reasonable offers, I kinda just picked a price based off of what Iíve spent and what else is on the market.
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