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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:19 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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. Very Happy

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/seattle-selling-vanagon-an-westfilias/7174640367.html
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

banjojon wrote:
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No problem, if you have any specific questions just pmail me.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

15" Pentas - not a crazy deal or anything

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-tires-rims/mississauga-pee...1509005709
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:22 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:35 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:55 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

or maybe they were looking for a melted ignition switch
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:47 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

I wonder what the current street or market value for a Syncro transaxle (rebuild-able core) is these days.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:00 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

Has to be $5k, right? If you can find me one for half that, I would be exceedingly interested.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:01 am    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans Reply with quote

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

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