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  Topic: Aftermarket seats in a Vanagon
JPrato

Replies: 69
Views: 27225

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:50 pm   Subject: Re: Aftermarket seats in a Vanagon
Yes, LS seats with armrests will fit but it is tight. I modified the stock mounts to fit the Recaros. You cut off the raised portion in the rear that the seat back mounts to leaving you with flat rail ...
  Topic: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
JPrato

Replies: 124
Views: 37433

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:05 pm   Subject: Re: Are all Ball Joints Created Equal?
Rock Auto is carrying upper and lower Lemforder ball joints right now for Vanagons. A little pricey at $52.79 and $40.79 respectively but hey, it's the good stuff!

http://www.rockauto.com/
  Topic: Subaru 2.5 Project
JPrato

Replies: 11
Views: 1416

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:43 am   Subject: Re: Subaru 2.5 Project
Man, you are re-engineering the evap system with the JDM manifold and US harness...... What ECM are you using? It is going to want the components that it expects. Do you have the Subaru manuals for y ...
  Topic: Pre vs. Post 1985 Vanagons - which better for engine swap?
JPrato

Replies: 15
Views: 2233

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:31 pm   Subject: Pre vs. Post 1985 Vanagons - which better for engine swap?
go with the cleanest. straightest van you can find. Pre 86 can lack power steering, AC, power windows/locks etc. which can be added to earlier vans if you have to have them. Repairing rust and endless ...
  Topic: posit.....
JPrato

Replies: 14
Views: 873

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:19 am   Subject: posit.....
Well that engineering can't be all bad. Some 24-32 years later there are still plenty of examples to bitch about! They are now pushing 200-300 thousand miles. The big "pieces of sheet", geez ...
  Topic: Syncro Chat: VC's, solid shafts, decouplers, AWD/4WD, etc.
JPrato

Replies: 932
Views: 73180

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:25 am   Subject: Syncro Chat: VC's, solid shafts, decouplers, AWD/4WD, etc.
It was amazing. We had dozens of cars of all makes and models going 24/7 on torture tests and charted their failures. We disassembled competitive cars down to nuts and bolts and laid the parts in a ...
  Topic: Prep for priming....
JPrato

Replies: 11
Views: 1816

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:10 am   Subject: Prep for priming....
This might be a good place to start. A lot stickies to walk you through the process.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewforum.php?f=13
  Topic: How to find a bullet-proof Subaru 2.5 non oil drinker
JPrato

Replies: 65
Views: 7128

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:02 am   Subject: How to find a bullet-proof Subaru 2.5 non oil drinker
new short blocks are just under $1900 shipped on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/250393615233?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I rebuilt my own 2.5 to make sure it was ri ...
  Topic: Where to Source a Subie 2.2L?
JPrato

Replies: 9
Views: 640

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:57 pm   Subject: Where to Source a Subie 2.2L?
Or if you want to know how the engine will run and have $1200.....buy a Subaru and drive it home....

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/4961193446.html

That is the way to go! Strip what you nee ...
  Topic: A/C in a 1985 Vanagon Passenger
JPrato

Replies: 5
Views: 352

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:19 pm   Subject: A/C in a 1985 Vanagon Passenger
If you plan a lot of road trips in the summer time AC can be a real plus. Even in upstate NY it gets hot. One road trip from NY to MI before I put AC in the Westy had the temperatures 98 plus during t ...
  Topic: Subaru 2.5L Turbo in a 85 Westy?
JPrato

Replies: 5
Views: 472

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:34 pm   Subject: Subaru 2.5L Turbo in a 85 Westy?
This engine requires an aftermarket ECU according to Small Car's website. It does have the immobilizer. I don't know if you used the car's gauge cluster and key switch that you could use the stock har ...
  Topic: Good deals on Nice Vans
JPrato

Replies: 6250
Views: 997579

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:56 pm   Subject: Good deals on Nice Vans
It was a very nice looking blue 90 Westfalia camper with a price of $2,645 in Toronto. Was that $2,645 Canadian or US? Very Happy

Daizee, you could have zipped over an bought it......had it been a real ...
  Topic: Good deals on Nice Vans
JPrato

Replies: 6250
Views: 997579

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:40 am   Subject: Good deals on Nice Vans
yes, but maybe a good way to scam a couple grand quickly off of some body. That is fairly unique van with either the cladding added to a Westfalia or a pop top and Westy interior added to a carat.
  Topic: Good deals on Nice Vans
JPrato

Replies: 6250
Views: 997579

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:26 am   Subject: Good deals on Nice Vans
Sounds too good to be true. Anybody recognize this Westy?

http://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/rvs/4949699933.html
  Topic: Tools and Parts Storage Ideas
JPrato

Replies: 32
Views: 7117

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:10 am   Subject: Tools and Parts Storage Ideas
You'll get a bunch of opinions. My opinion is that any part you have reason to doubt should be replaced. Then there's no need to carry a spare.

You can't plan for everything so, unless you're doi ...
  Topic: Windows - front manual how to make easier to roll up?
JPrato

Replies: 5
Views: 602

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:23 am   Subject: Windows - front manual how to make easier to roll up?
Good stuff, doesn't attract dirt

http://www.lpslabs.com/product-details/560
  Topic: Alternator Today...... Maybe Solar Tomorrow?
JPrato

Replies: 56
Views: 10849

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:19 pm   Subject: Alternator Today...... Maybe Solar Tomorrow?
OK, I'm over on the Garage Journal too so I'll give a good 'ole YOU SUCK! Very Happy

Nice score!
  Topic: Fluid Film - Places to Avoid
JPrato

Replies: 7
Views: 1711

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:07 pm   Subject: Fluid Film - Places to Avoid
I sprayed the lower sliding door rail with fluidfilm and it dissolved the lower rubber bump stop a little. So I dont reccommend to soak rubber parts within it.

If you are spraying it for lubricatio ...
  Topic: Vehicle inspection service?
JPrato

Replies: 7
Views: 441

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:41 pm   Subject: Vehicle inspection service?
It's been a while now but I used this outfit when I bought a westy from across the country.

http://www.sgs.com/en/Automotive/Aftermarket-and-Distribution/Leasing-Companies/Used-Vehicle-Inspection.a ...
  Topic: Is this a stolen Van?
JPrato

Replies: 29
Views: 2217

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:27 pm   Subject: Is this a stolen Van?
also in Phoenix

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/rvd/4914241809.html

The same person was trying to sell another vehicle in San Diego!

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/4912834628.html
 
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