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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:00 am    Post subject: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Well after fighting the lust for many years Iíve finally given in...

I bought a Syncro.
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Iím writing this from the parking lot of GoWesty, waiting for them to open so I can pick up a few parts.

The van has lived in Southern Idaho and Southern Oregon itís entire life. 2 owners, the second having owned it since 1999.
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Iím cruising back to Atlanta and have considered a dozen different paths but settled on a Southern route since the ski slopes of Tahoe and Colorado have little snow so far this year.
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Anyone know of a good spot to camp on south side of the Grand Canyon?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Damn, that's a beautiful van! Congratulations! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

That looks great. I need to hurry up and get my cross bars on the roof and my south africa grill looks good.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Very nice....
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

take what ever route avoids salted roads.. and wash that under carriage if you do travel on salted roads.. it's far to nice to let go bad from Brine and rock salt.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

You must be stoked! How many miles? Wonder why there's a hole in the 3rd knob location?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Congratulations! That is a beautiful van. Keep us posted on the progress!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Congratulations! Now go out and buy a gallon of Fluid Film to protect that beautiful Northwesty Westy. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:35 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

I can't recommend a specific South Rim spot for camping, but there's endless possibilities in the surrounding Coconino National Forest. Really, can't go wrong. If the weather allows, I truly recommend the Mogollon Rim/General Crook trail as a side road option on your way home.

https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic-drives/forest-road-300

Have FUN on the road trip!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Thanks everyone!

Itís got a zillion miles and decent showing of seam rust... thatís first on the list.

A Gowesty 2.4 and a freshly rebuilt Transaxle make it a worthy candidate.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Happy travels!

I would have stayed in Ashland. Lived there for many years, my kids are natives, born in town.

But then again I'm remembering the sleepy village of the Early 1970's and 80's, before it was horribly invaded by retirees!
On my last visit there, the downtown is now just recreational shopping. The drugstore, hardware store, pharmacy, etc are all long gone. No longer a "practical" town, heck ........ PUCKS even closed!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Nice! Looks like my van's blue brother.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Dang thatís awesome! Iíve got to check out that GW engine. Congratulations!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Sodo wrote:
You must be stoked! How many miles? Wonder why there's a hole in the 3rd knob location?


Do the panels not typically have a hole? I donít see any sign of a locker...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:28 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Wow! Beautiful van benandmj!

Enjoy the ride home. And remember, any mishaps just make for good stories down the road Very Happy

edit; and more pictures!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

benandmj wrote:
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You must be stoked! How many miles? Wonder why there's a hole in the 3rd knob location?


Do the panels not typically have a hole? I donít see any sign of a locker but I have to admit I donít know what this is going in to the transfer case...


The hole in the dash panel suggests that the van (or the panel) had a front diff locker at one time. Those are rare.

That's not a transfer case - it's the front differential (case), and that big finned lump behind it; is where the VC (Viscous Coupling) resides, it's like a center differential in as way but its not geared, it just "slips". Your van has a decoupler on the transaxle (that's sort of like a transfer case). This stuff is kinda hard to learn on TheSamba because there are folks who type a book about every little nuance. Wink But you'll learn eventually. It's a good system with pluses and minuses, but Syncros are desirable. There are some pretty big minuses to owning a Syncro, which become readily apparent, so try and imagine how big the "pluses" must be. Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Sodo wrote:
benandmj wrote:
Sodo wrote:
You must be stoked! How many miles? Wonder why there's a hole in the 3rd knob location?


Do the panels not typically have a hole? I donít see any sign of a locker but I have to admit I donít know what this is going in to the transfer case...


The hole in the dash panel suggests that the van (or the panel) had a front diff locker at one time. Those are rare.

That's not a transfer case - it's the front differential (case), and that big finned lump behind it; is where the VC (Viscous Coupling) resides, it's like a center differential in as way but its not geared, it just "slips". Your van has a decoupler on the transaxle (that's sort of like a transfer case). This stuff is kinda hard to learn on TheSamba because there are folks who type a book about every little nuance. Wink But you'll learn eventually. It's a good system with pluses and minuses, but Syncros are desirable. There are some pretty big minuses to owning a Syncro, which become readily apparent, so try and imagine how big the "pluses" must be. Shocked


Thanks for the thoughtful response. Iíve learned a lot from your recent posts. I guess I sounded a little uninformed or maybe naÔve but I am extremely familiar with the Syncro platform. What I wasnít sure about was whether or not the panels had holes whether there were knobs or Not.

I see no evidence of a front locker but Iíve just reached out to the previous owner. He bought the van and 99 from the original owner who was a family friend. Iím sure that the panel on the dash is original so..

How many Syncro Westyís were sold in the United States with three knobs? Not many I know.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

The hole in the diff lock panel suggests that it came out of a van with a front diff lock. There is no way the van would have been equipped with a front locker if it is a US spec van..
On the back of the diff lock panel all 3 possible knob locations have a center drill recess so that they can easily be drilled out if desired.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Re: Ashland to Atlanta: A Syncro Story Reply with quote

Thatís what I thought. Just talked to the old owner and itís never had three knobs so who knows what the story is with the panel.
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