1985 Vanagon (new Subaru engine; NEW PRICE) Price: $21000
We are selling “Oldbus,” our beloved 1985 VW Vanagon GL Westfalia automatic water-cooled full camper (with new Subaru engine). We have made some major upgrades over the last six years, and Oldbus has taken us to Idaho, Wyoming and all over southern Utah. She functions very well as a daily driver too, though with the arrival of our third child, we have unfortunately outgrown her and it is time to pass her on for new adventures.
This is a turn-key ready camper van that has been carefully maintained. We have also made significant upgrades (see list below). The Subaru engine swap and other major work was completed by Metric Motors, an expert VW shop in Centerville, Utah that specializes in Vanagon engine conversions and older VW maintenance. We have taken our van to Metric Motors once a year for preventive maintenance and upgrades, and we have full maintenance records (as does the shop). Chris and Mitch at Metric Motors know Oldbus inside and out and are happy to discuss any aspect of this van.
All camper features of the van are original and functioning well. The original Dometic fridge and sink work great. The propane tank was replaced by the prior owners in 2012. Original seat cushions, mattresses and rugs are intact and in good shape. We have a new tent from Gowesty.com and new curtains (full set) neither of which are installed but will come with the van.
Upgrades / “The Good”
15” Gowesty.com alloy wheels and new Michelin Defender tires
original VW engine swapped out for Subaru EJ25
Gowesty.com bigger brake kit installed
Air conditioning overhaul / flush
Kenwood radio installed
New skylight installed
CV joints replaced
Starter motor replaced
ARB awning installed
Master brake cylinder replaced
Installation of new fuel tank (purchased from Gowesty.com)
Transmission overhauled, flushed (Tourist Transmissions, Salt Lake City UT)
Automatic transmission torque converter seal replaced (Intermountain Transmission Exchange, Salt Lake City UT)
Installation of Bilstein XHD shocks (front and rear) purchased from Gowesty.com, replaced front struts, all bushings and ball joints
Needs / “The Bad”
The van has a horizontal crack in the sliding door. This does not affect function of the door.
There is seam rust on body panels (but no major rust of floorboards)
There are multiple small nicks and scratches in the paint
The passenger side front window seal is leaky / noisy at speeds >55mph
Dashboard digital clock is broken
Odometer is broken (stuck at 118,600); we estimate 15,000 miles on new engine (2014 – present)