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  Topic: Reviving a Syncro
ranchero

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:50 pm   Subject: Re: Reviving a Syncro
On the way to Southern Utah, it's a beautiful 7 degree morning in Copper Mountain

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/2151520.jpg

...where an idler pulley just disintegrated.

https://www ...
  Topic: Syncro Westy + Subaru EJ25 in 31 Days?
ranchero

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:07 pm   Subject: Re: Syncro Westy + Subaru EJ25 in 31 Days?
Holy thread revival. I did this swap 11 years ago. Westy is still running strong. I haven't driven it much the past few years because I added a Sportsmobile E350 and converted to 4x4 (for a long-dista ...
  Topic: 1990 Westy grey wallpaper?
ranchero

Replies: 26
Views: 1728

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:48 am   Subject: Re: 1990 Westy grey wallpaper?
Thanks for all the input! I hadn't thought of dye. It looks like there are some good colors. Fortunately most of the stuff in my Westy is in good shape - just needs cleaning. I love the westy details ...
  Topic: 1990 Westy grey wallpaper?
ranchero

Replies: 26
Views: 1728

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:50 am   Subject: 1990 Westy grey wallpaper?
Hi folks - haven't been around in awhile. Starting resto of my Westy this summer and also building a Transit 4x4 project. I'm trying to find the source or a similar replacement for the "wallpaper ...
  Topic: Thoughts on adding 100k miles to a Syncro Westy
ranchero

Replies: 14
Views: 1690

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:10 am   Subject: Re: Thoughts on adding 100k miles to a Syncro Westy
Dave - that LT is awesome. We have been thinking about one of those long term. Alas, it is a 96 and it isn't in the US already. I don't think that is legal to import for another 5 years for us.

And ...
  Topic: The curse of Westfalia quality
ranchero

Replies: 24
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:53 am   Subject: Re: The curse of Westfalia quality
On Sportsmobiles - I haven't totally discounted them. I have not looked at a new ones - but the older ones just don't have the interior build quality of the westy. My desire to have 4x4 has led me to ...
  Topic: The curse of Westfalia quality
ranchero

Replies: 24
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:41 am   Subject: Re: The curse of Westfalia quality
You don't mention a budget...

But I would consider looking at a used diesel sprinter RV. ...snip, snip

I have looked seriously into a Sprinter 4x4 as well. It is in the budget, but I would also ...
  Topic: The curse of Westfalia quality
ranchero

Replies: 24
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:44 am   Subject: Re: The curse of Westfalia quality
Yeah , I do have a Subie and that has cut down on repairs and increased reliability dramatically. I wouldn't hesitate one bit to get in it and drive it across the country today.

But adding miles ...
  Topic: The curse of Westfalia quality
ranchero

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:38 am   Subject: Re: The curse of Westfalia quality
snip..snip... Otherwise - why not a fleet of vans that can share the burden?

How's the saying go? Many vans make light work? Or something like that.

I like that idea. Great thing about our va ...
  Topic: Thoughts on adding 100k miles to a Syncro Westy
ranchero

Replies: 14
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:52 am   Subject: Re: Thoughts on adding 100k miles to a Syncro Westy
Interesting thoughts. I had looked into Chevy Express (full size awd vans) but hadn't even thought about an Astro AWD. Those are cheap. EPA mileage rate for one of those is 19 highway. For the Express ...
  Topic: The curse of Westfalia quality
ranchero

Replies: 24
Views: 2915

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:29 pm   Subject: The curse of Westfalia quality
This is just an affirmation of sorts for my appreciation of the Westy.

A circumstance has come up in my life where I may need to drive some kind of camper a lot - 80k over 4-5 years. I have a grea ...
  Topic: Thoughts on adding 100k miles to a Syncro Westy
ranchero

Replies: 14
Views: 1690

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:06 pm   Subject: Re: Thoughts on adding 100k miles to a Syncro Westy
Hi Dave - unfortunately I don't have the option of leaving the van at work and I also use it for weekend ski and camping trips back home in Salida. I do have a golf with snow tires that I've been comm ...
  Topic: Thoughts on adding 100k miles to a Syncro Westy
ranchero

Replies: 14
Views: 1690

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:59 pm   Subject: Thoughts on adding 100k miles to a Syncro Westy
Hi folks - I used to be more active, but have been a lurker for awhile. I'm having a hard time making a decision and I'm looking for some input.

I accepted a job last year where I have to commute ...
  Topic: Syncro Solstice - May 7-10, 2015
ranchero

Replies: 173
Views: 21595

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:23 pm   Subject: Syncro Solstice - May 7-10, 2015
Registered! Yay!
  Topic: Syncro Solstice - May 7-10, 2015
ranchero

Replies: 173
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:15 pm   Subject: Syncro Solstice - May 7-10, 2015
Was just talking with Mrs. Ranchero about this a few hours ago, Did it in 2012. Count us in for three!
Steve
  Topic: High Altitude, Hill Climbing, Conversion experience?
ranchero

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:40 pm   Subject: High Altitude, Hill Climbing, Conversion experience?
I'm not necessarily suggesting that a conversion is the way to go - adjusting expectations and saving $5-$7k may be a better option.

But, I have an EJ25 Subaru in my Syncro Westy. I can do the spee ...
  Topic: propex vs. sleeping bag
ranchero

Replies: 77
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:43 pm   Subject: propex vs. sleeping bag
Don't underestimate the discomfort that a forced air heater creates. I have a Propex. I don't use it at night at all - it is too loud - we wake up every time it comes on.

We spend 10-15 nights eac ...
  Topic: propex vs. sleeping bag
ranchero

Replies: 77
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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:02 pm   Subject: propex vs. sleeping bag
Don't underestimate the discomfort that a forced air heater creates. I have a Propex. I don't use it at night at all - it is too loud - we wake up every time it comes on.

We spend 10-15 nights eac ...
  Topic: Anyone From Santa Fe, NM - Camping Advice?
ranchero

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:01 pm   Subject: Anyone From Santa Fe, NM - Camping Advice?
As Jon suggests, the top of the road at the ski area is good. You might also think about Buckman road/Diablo Canyon on the west side of Santa Fe. BLM land out there. You can camp down on the Rio Grand ...
  Topic: Westy Roadtrip Movie: Syncro Solstice - Part 2 Up
ranchero

Replies: 26
Views: 4165

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:24 am   Subject: Westy Roadtrip Movie: Syncro Solstice - Part 2 Up
Nice Dave. Nice camping next to you at Solstice last year!
 
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