1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia Very Upgraded Price: 35000
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1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia – Very Upgraded - 2.45L Wasserboxer
This Vanagon is ready to jump in and drive anywhere right now. It has been improved in all the right places, but not so much that it loses the original character of the van. It was basically a cost-no-object, check every box build.
It's a beautiful, rust free body (CA & CO most of it's life), with bedliner on the rockers to protect them for years to come. Rocky Mountain Westy heavy duty bumpers were installed, which offer protection, as well as a large, safe place to stand to reach the roof. Additional mudflaps installed to protect the body. The pop top has been sealed and painted, so it won't fade like many pop tops do. The tent has been replaced with a 3 window version. Even the washer nozzle squirters have been upgraded to dual squirter versions, which work much better on the large windshield. It's not an easy job, as you have to pull the dash to do it.
The suspension has an upgraded front sway bar (which really helps the more top-heavy campers) and forged aluminum Mercedes CLK Wheels with correctly-rated Nokian snow tires. Newer ball joints, upgraded control arm bushings, Bilstein shocks. It drives great.
The engine is a Go Westy 2.45L Wasserboxer engine package ($10,000) with their custom stainless steel performance exhaust. This engine is like the original 2.1L boxer, only a lot moreso. It revs more easily, and has a lot more power, especially the punchy midrange where a van really needs it. I would call it's personality, 'eager.' Still runs stock fuel injection and appears stock from the outside, so California emissions should be possible. The shift linkage is tight and transmission shifts easily and well. With the torquey engine you don't need to shift as often, but it does work great. It has also received the Go Westy AFM harness upgrade (helps fuel injection), stainless steel coolant pipes, alternator bracket reinforcement, and the Air Conditioning has been converted to R134a. Even all the Vee belts are good to go.
The interior has been completely redone with Sewfine Vanagon carpet, seat covers and door panels. These not only look great, but are durable. The front seats have two level seat heaters installed. These are WONDERFUL on cold days. There was a rear-facing jump seat installed as well, so it's easy to transport 5 people. It has an Alpine head unit, upgraded speakers and a small powered subwoofer – the system is enjoyable to listen to for sure. It comes with screens for the hatch and all the curtains and an extra table and leg. It also has a Go Westy luggage area bag, so you can store gear up there and keep it weatherproof. All of the interior lights have been converted to LEDs (as well as the brake, tail and reverse lights), and there is a house battery so you don't drain the engine battery while camping. When the nozzles were done, the heater core and blower motor were also done so that shouldn't need addressing again. The window cranks are special heavy duty ones – stock ones are known to break. It even has a keyless entry system, which is a nice feature on an older vehicle. All the camping components work as they should.
In short, this is an extremely nice van that has a lot more money put into it than the asking price – so you get to benefit from the previous owner's enthusiasm and investment. You could buy a nice one, and build it to this level, but you would likely be at around twice the price.
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