1990 Vanagon Carat Price: 12k obo
1990 Carat $12k obo
141k. 2.1l WBX. Automatic. Bluestar interior. Eurovan steering wheel, Audi turbo shifter handle.
PLEASE NOTE: I state needing head gaskets- they leak coolant on ground a bit- no coolant/ oil mix or evidence that they are at that point... but Im trying to be very transparent with what it will need. It starts right up, doesnt blow smoke when running- which is a good sign for head gaskets.
We’ve owned the van since 2013- got it with @131k on it. Lots has been done to it since… unfortunately, head gasket is leaking. Will need head gaskets. I do not have the time to finish, nor the funds anymore. Been climate controlled garaged for last 3 years, was going to be our forever van- but then I went and got Syncro fever… we imported a Syncro hightop in 2018 and all of my time &resources have gone to that. Now I need to thin the herd due to having several home projects in line (kitchen and 3 baths to redo), so will very sadly not have time/ funds to finish this Carat for the foreseeable future. With that being said- we bought van in New Jersey in 2013, was only there short-term after being owned by same guy throughout Florida and North Carolina. We had van in PA, TN, and now VA- never driven in winter since we owned in 2013. Power everything- locks, mirrors, windows.
Since 2013 (10k ago)- I have done the following:
New Radiator, Hoses, Baffle kit, Temp Sensors, Stainless Coolant lines.
Brake lines flushed (have new Gowesty braided stainless lines F&R, and new F discs & pads, Vancafe Girling calipers to go with sale).
Mercedes AMG 17” wheels (7.5 front, 8.5 rear- staggered size)- All T3technique hardware- Studs/ Lugs
Kumho Ecstacsa Tires (225 front, 245 rears)
Powerflex Power Steering Rack Bushings
Replaced driver side Tie Rod/ hardware
Powerflex bushings/ Lemforder ball joints- all front suspension bushings replaced.
T3technique Anti-sway bar w/ Burley Heavy Duty End links (this was before T3technique had his own endlinks)
Koni Red adjustable shocks
Weitec Green Lowering Springs
At time of suspension rebuild- components were removed, thoroughly cleaned/ repainted before install- as you will see in pics.
New Fuel Tank/ all new fuel lines/ cross-over hoses, fuel filter etc… Tank Straps cleaned/ repainted- new rubber bumper grommets added.
VanCafe Billet Fuel Rails.
New valve-cover gaskets and valve covers.
Oil Cooler O-ring and Vancafe silicone Oil Cooler hoses.
Front Fan Resistor.
High Output Headlight bulbs/ relays (GoWesty/ Vancafe kit)
Front Window seals (inner and outer)
New belts/ Wiper blades (not a major thing- just listing for completeness).
Euro Jail Bars in back window.
GoWesty heavy duty rear hatch struts
Bluestar seats- As previously mentioned- I transplanted all seats from an ’89 Bluestar (diagonal striped pattern- these interiors are much nicer in quality than normal Carats and said to be made by Porsche during their subcontracting to VW and other companies in late 80’s-early 90s). Both jumpseats present as well as 2 storage trays, outer seat has some fabric ripped on outer lower corner (hasn’t been a huge deal- we usually pop that one out and seatbelt a cooler in that spot). Restored jump-seat frames (sanded/ repainted).
All 3-point seat belts are new (4 total- 2 front, 2 rear).
Sliding door roller bearings. Delrin slider door handle bushing.
Installed Westy middle slider windows (to be able to have the screens when camping- screens included). New Felts/ rubber seals before I installed them.
Full OE Wool Carat Curtain kit included (in excellent condition).
New Rear Heater Core w/ Rocky Jennings valve-shut-off.
In 2014 I discovered the rear heater core leaked…I removed entire interior to clean up the coolant mess- this lead to discover I had a good case of “kitchen rust” (oddly not having a kitchen but it happens and was covered by body moldings on outside). I had the body work/ welding done by a small VW air-cooled body shop in Northeast TN- ValleyAutowerks)- they replaced metal/ welded good panel and floor section (from a donor I located and had cut for my needs- pics available of before, during, after). The body shop also addressed some seam rash over rear wheel wheels and a small hole on passenger rear window. All welded up, top-notch work. Areas were primered by shop- I then rattle canned a color-matching Orly Blue basecoat (ScratchWizard) and clear to protect areas until I could have entire van repainted (that was the plan, but plans change). So not a perfect repaint by any means, but a good 15ft job for those areas.
At the time of body repairs- I also had the shop do following:
-Welded in a front passenger side Swivel base.
-Welded in diamond plate in front door steps (no rust present but wanted to be seal them up)
Sound deadening FatMat has been applied throughout- inside exterior panels and on inner panels behind interior panels.
Speedometer kicked out at one point, I sent it to Vancafe for full repair(when they had that service available), recently added a Uniwerks odometer gear device to ensure gears wouldn’t slip out again.
Safety-back up switch inside auto-shift box replaced. Blue LED installed inside shifter housing.
LEDs for cluster added.
Magnaflow muffler/ Borla exhaust tip- has a hearty sound for a 2.1!- All professionally welded.
AC Blows but not cold- was converted to R134 by previous owner at a VW dealer in Raleigh.
Eurovan Steering wheel.
Audi Turbo (vintage) shifter handle (feels and looks so much better than the stock one).
Uniwerks rear washer bottle cap- Wolfsburg logo.
I am sure I probably missed things- will add/update as I go through purchase orders/ receipts of what I bought for it since 2013. As you can see- the van was well loved and cared for- just needs a little more to be perfect- the engine was last on list, as the WBXer ran fine until head gasket started leaking…. I hate selling but it’s a necessary evil I have to do.
Any questions- please let me know. This van has been cared for and loved by my entire family- I want to see it go to someone who can finish and enjoy it- majority of the hard-work is done, and was done right.
It’s quite unfortunate the head gaskets are leaking (and will need to be done by next owner ASAP- I do not recommend driving this home), buuuut is definitely a good candidate for a conversion.
More pics/ video of it running available. Thanks for reading.