1987 VW factory Syncro Westfalia completely rebuilt

1987 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon GL Syncro Westfalia

Technical specifications of Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 1987

Price: -
Condition: Used
Item location: Whitethorn, California, United States
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Bus/Vanagon
SubModel: GL Syncro Westfalia
Type: Van Camper
Trim: GL Syncro Westfalia
Year: 1987
Mileage: 165,810
VIN: WV2ZB0258HG029146
Color: Burgundy
Engine size: 2.5 Subaru
Number of cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: 5 speed manual with low 1st gear
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: Gray
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Options: 4-Wheel Drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

1987 4WD Volkswagen Westfalia Syncro

I bought this Syncro almost three years ago with the intention of building my ultimate vehicle for exploring the West each winter. At the time I lived in upstate NY. I didn't want to worry about having issues while far from home or well off the pavement. I also wanted to make the machine as safe as I could. With those goals the machine was taken down to its bones. The driveline and interior were removed. While things were apart I decided that it was a good time to remove much of the original paint to have a doors off/ windows out paint job done. The color is very close to its original color. It is 2002 Honda Goldwing red. It is basically the original VW color but with pearl added.

I had planned on hauling a small motorcycle off of a receiver hitch. That is why the spare tire is front mounted. Both bumpers have very substantial heavy wall subframes to spread the load if they are ever used. The front subframe goes as far back as the back of the front seats and has a very large 1/4" thick angle plate behind it. I would venture a guess that this could be the most injury resistant front end that a Vanagon has ever had. The rear subframe extends to the front of the rear wheels with heavy welded brackets holding the rear bumper onto it. (Both bumpers can unbolt from the vehicle without removing the subframes.) I have little doubt that it could haul a medium sized motorcycle off it as intended. The heavier front bumper and spare tire are a nice counterweight to anything hauled in the rear.

Burley suspension calculated the spring rates and it seems just right. There are also custom nerf bars on either side to complete the package.

There is a 2002 Subaru 2.5 out of a Forester powering the vehicle. This was installed by the previous owner in 2004. Paperwork shows only that it was (obviously) only 2 years old at the time. No mileage listed. The camper has only seen about 20,000 miles since that (non CARB) engine swap. The engine runs strong and pulls up my hills well. The kit used is from Kennedy Engineered Products. In the interior everything has been apart, washed, and scrubbed. Neither bed has been slept in since the rebuild. No pets, no smokers, no smells.

  • VIN WV2ZB0258HG029146
  • 165,805 miles
  • Power Steering
  • Power Brakes
  • 5 speed manual including extra low 1st gear
  • Factory locking rear differential
  • Matching windshield/ front window curtain
  • Matching skylight screen/sun shade
  • Factory rear bug screen
  • Bentley manual
  • Vanaru manual
  • Thick folder of build and previous receipts
  • All OEM sheet metal - NO non-OEM sheet metal anywhere

  • New doors off / interior out / windows out paint job
  • 5 General Grabber AT2 tires 30x9.50R15LT
  • Audi twin piston front calipers
  • Audi oversized vented front discs
  • H.D. extra long wheel studs w/ lugs
  • New OEM wheel bearings-all corners
  • New OEM wheel bearing seals-all corners
  • Lemforder upper and lower ball joints
  • OEM tie rod ends
  • New power rack and pinion boots
  • New LOBRO front axles and CV joints
  • All bushings replaced with T3 Techniques poly bushings
  • Extra heavy duty sway bar links
  • Burley suspension upper and lower control arms
  • Custom Burley mounts for adjustable front coil over shocks
  • ALL new stainless steel hard brake lines
  • Stainless steel braided flex brake hoses
  • Zinc plated power steering lines
  • All OEM front end parts zinc plated
  • Many other brackets, nuts, bolts zinc plated
  • New Swepco gear oil in front differential and transmission
  • New brake fluid
  • New antifreeze
  • New Mobil One engine oil
  • New power steering fluid
  • New OEM fuel filter
  • OEM LOBRO rear CV joints repacked with Redline grease
  • Terry K's superior stainless steel coolant lines
  • New Mayle front radiator hoses
  • New OEM muffler and tailpipe
  • Burley pivoting rear spring kit with adjustable spring cap
  • Eibach rear springs
  • ProComp MX6 adjustable rear shocks
  • Burley rear disc brake kit with parking brake
  • Complete GoWesty gas tank rebuild kit-stainless steel straps, sending unit, hoses, gaskets, internal SS ring,... ($500+)
  • Smallcarparts tach mod and face
  • New carpet
  • Newer curtains
  • Newer reproduction venting skylight with shade and screen
  • JVC removable face stereo with CD and USB port
  • New reproduction camper stickers- not applied
  • New stainless steel/ nylon headlight adjusters
  • New hatch struts
  • New engine belts
  • New radiator ducts
  • New NAPA batteries 6/16 (both)
  • New wipers
  • Eastwood internal frame coating spray

All receipts for the above and many more. There is also a folder of old receipts from the two previous owners.

Known Issues:
  • Power mirrors are now manual.
  • A/C converted to newer Subaru R134A- needs charging.

The original plan was to use this to drive across the country each winter and escape the eastern winter. There were no plans on living out west. A year ago we purchased a house in California. We now have a permanent "base camp" to explore from and the expenses that go with it. I wish I could be like Jay Leno and keep this machine tucked in a corner of the garage, but the new house doesn't let me afford that. The VW is located here at the new house in zip code 95589, but is registered and titled in my name at my main address in NY.

I will be here with the Westy in California so I can be of assistance getting it to its new owner. I am located in Shelter Cove, California which is part of California's "Lost Coast". If serious bidders find their carrier does not come down this very twisty 24 mile road I would suggest they make arrangements to have it picked up in Garberville, CA, 95542 which is on California Route 101. I will be happy to assist in any way I can.

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