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Chilkat Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:19 am

Came across this in my CL search. If anybody is near Des Moines and checks these out let me know. Interested but Iím up in Alaska and the COVID border restrictions arenít allowing trips to the lower 48 to look at VW buses. Even though they should. :D

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/seattle-selling-vanagon-an-westfilias/7174640367.html

slapin Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:26 am

https://westslope.craigslist.org/cto/d/durango-1987-westfalia-wolfsburg/7176619502.html

This thing is cherry and at a great price. Had a few nice chats with the owner who did most of the work himself, with exception of the swap. I wanted to bring it to CA and put the Kennedy bits on it, but it has a 95 OBDII engine in it, which is a CA killer. He sent me some additional photos and it is super clean inside and out.

joetiger Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:46 am

Fairweather's van is for sale.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=2406181

Not saying it's a good deal, but wondered what had happened to him. Super cool van in person, but the last time I saw it was six or seven years ago.

banjojon Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:22 pm

Hi,

I'm new to this, but everyone has an opinion on whether to go with the original engine because parts are easier to find and cheaper or find a van with an engine upgrade.

This van looks like a good deal and I hate to pass it up because a few places scared me away from TIICO engines. Thoughts?

https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/cto/d/fort-collins-1990-volkswagen-vanagon/7177896447.html

Thanks

khughes Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:22 pm

banjojon wrote: Hi,

I'm new to this, but everyone has an opinion on whether to go with the original engine because parts are easier to find and cheaper or find a van with an engine upgrade.

This van looks like a good deal and I hate to pass it up because a few places scared me away from TIICO engines. Thoughts?

https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/cto/d/fort-collins-1990-volkswagen-vanagon/7177896447.html

Thanks

Well, the TIICO motors were pretty much a crap shoot. Some built and balanced well, some not so much. Some don't make 50k miles, some go 150K. Since this one already has 60K on it, it's probably not one of the real dogs, but driveability and longevity depends quite a bit on how much has been done to sort it out (there's still a Yahoo group for Tiicos as well). There are a number threads here with specifics as well, but if it's a well sorted one it should have, IMO:
Later ECU code, preferably an "E" code (last letter in the P/N) with 4-wire O2 sensor, but the "C" and "D" codes are somewhat better than "A" or "B" codes - "A" codes are problematic and don't control mixture appropriately
A2 fuel rail and injectors
Serpentine belt retrofit

Doing a compression check and leakdown test would be advisable as well.

banjojon Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:27 pm

Thanks!

khughes Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:37 pm

banjojon wrote: Thanks!

No problem, if you have any specific questions just pmail me.
Keith

RoryGirl Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:52 pm

15" Pentas - not a crazy deal or anything

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-tires-rims/mississauga-pee...1509005709

Morris_82 Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:22 am

This one is for sale near me. Any thoughts? It would be my first Syncro and it seems like it would be difficult to evaluate if it doesn't run.

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/d/colorado-springs-1987-volkswagon/7202306777.html

mikemtnbike Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:35 am

Morris_82 wrote: This one is for sale near me. Any thoughts? It would be my first Syncro and it seems like it would be difficult to evaluate if it doesn't run.

https://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto/d/colorado-springs-1987-volkswagon/7202306777.html

The thought of 22k for a not-running van hurts my head. My opinion only- even a syncro westy shouldn't be more than 5k not running. I'm probably low on that because I don't value the syncro part like others do.

4Gears4Tires Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:35 am

And yet, it is still easily worth $22.5k if the body is in the shape the pictures portray it to be. I don't see any seam rust. If it were fully sorted, it would be a $30k van all day long and a new engine (worst case scenario) costs $3k, a used one can be had for less than a grand. Get it running, fresh paint, and it would be for sale for $40k...

The snag I see right off the bat is that it's missing the steering cover and the horn wiring is exposed. Why? What is fubar'd there? Electrical issues indeed.

WestyWanter Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:55 am

or maybe they were looking for a melted ignition switch

iliketowalk Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:20 pm

If they can't afford to take a $22k van to the shop and spend a couple hundred to fix "an electrical issue" (thereby making it a $25-30k van), you bet your ass that "decent mechanical shape" means it has not been well taken care of.

Hatch paint almost looks like it's had an engine fire.

Viva.Sabata Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:47 am

Iím not so sure this is neither a good deal nor a nice van? I donít like how itís missing rear windows, leaving the interior exposed to the elements. I do have a spare engine I could drop in, however it seems more of a parts van. Assuming that what would be a fair price?

https://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/d/anchorage-vw-westfalia-syncro/7206466083.html

Obviously itís a tin top.

Sabata

bobbyblack Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:22 pm

If you live "near Anchorage" go show them 3,000 cash. Obviously you can't know the trans is any good unless you can operate it. But, mostly, I'd guess if the mileage is accurate, the trans and front end would be worth 3 to graft onto a true Westy.. And, if you are lucky and its not full of mice, then perhaps a Westy top could be grafted on to that body.

Anyway, take your state check $'s and Covid check and thats about 3k, I'd guess. So, what's to loose?

PS. I left a bus in Homer for a few years, it was just dandy when I came back for it after I recovered from the cancer I associate with the Valdez disaster I went to help clean up. --ya, I know, the oil is still in the beaches, and everywhere, if you dig in a little, so a lot of good we did moppin it up, right? Anyway, I lived. Too many didn't.

danfromsyr Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:41 pm

I wonder what the current street or market value for a Syncro transaxle (rebuild-able core) is these days.

4Gears4Tires Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:00 am

Has to be $5k, right? If you can find me one for half that, I would be exceedingly interested.

Viva.Sabata Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:01 am

4Gears4Tires wrote: Has to be $5k, right? If you can find me one for half that, I would be exceedingly interested.

Agreed 💯 %

tgraham Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:54 pm

Not mine, but it looks like a well sorted van with a SAH installed 1.8T - not cheep but way more into the van than the asking price. 41k



Link:
https://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/d/sacramento-1987-vw-vanagon-westfalia/7212359926.html

Squidfish Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:19 pm

https://helena.craigslist.org/cto/d/lincoln-1984-vw-vanagon-camper/7209909095.html

score. wish I could take on a project. :evil:



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