SOLD - 1989 VW Syncro Camper Turnkey Adventure Vehicle


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Completely mechanically and cosmetically restored by Stephans Autohaus over the last 8 years and has proven reliability over numerous adventures. Meticulously maintained.
Van completely stripped and painted inside and out 6 years ago.
All new window/door/roof seals
New hardware for luggage rack
Powdercoated all exterior door/top hardware and wiper arms.
Linex rocker panels
Rocky Mountain Westy bumpers
Rocky Mountain Westy spare tire carrier
Gary Lee ladder rack (carries two bikes and a 5 gallon jerry can)
Shady Boy Awning (chosen for low profile and light weight)
160 watt solar panel on roof (mounted on custom rack integrated with Yakima rack)
Electrical port in rear bumper to plug in folding solar panels or to run air compressor
18 gallon stainless steel water tank in area of spare tire.
Glind Hot Water system (heat exchanger that allows you to heat the entire 18 gallons to desired temperature will driving, pump mounted in custom waterproof box under van)
GoWesty hook up boxes (inside water, outside water, shore power/charging, shower hookup)
Hella Fog lamps (old school but work well)
GoWesty backup light system (switched so it can be turned off)
GoWesty external LED package
Keyless entry and alarm system
Canvas from Northwesty (Sunbrella fabric)


Truck Fridge (TF49)
ProSport Battery Charger
Power Bright 900W Inverter
GoWesty power window kit (more robust switches and wiring arrangement)
Fully sound proofed (system from Cascade Audio Engineering)
Alpine sound system with Polk Audio speakers
Bogart Engineering battery meter
GoWesty Auxilliary Battery Kit
Propex heater
GoWesty instrument panel circuit board system
Steering wheel from 1993 Eurovan
All interior panels and carpet kit from Sewfine
Mattress topper from GoWesty
Custom drawers under back seat and below fridge
Two Rocky Mountain Westy underseat locking drawers
USB charging points in cockpit and living area
LED lights both sides
Front console
Ram mount for iPad based navigation

Stephans Autohaus 1.8T with APR tuning and air-over-water intercooler (This engine has not burned a measurable amount of oil in the 35k miles I have driven the van.)
Rebuilt transmission (about 30k on transmission)
Rebuilt front differential (about 20k on differential)
Locking front and rear differentials
Clutch (about 10k on clutch)
Completely rebuilt suspension with bushings from T3 Technique, ball joints etc
Heavy duty sway bar from T3 Technique
Porsche 930 rear axles
Disc brakes front and back (Audi setup from Small Car Performance)
Old Man Emu shocks with Small Car Performance Springs
Burley upper control arms
Stainless steel coolant lines
Radiator (about 30k on radiator)
Scan Gage II

Recent Work - We recently had Stephans Autohaus do some upgrades and a major service purely as preventive maintenance, including:
New wiring harness front to back with all new connectors
New timing belt
New water pump
New AC hoses front to back
New front blower motor
New heater core assembly
New master cylinder
New BMW brake booster
Rebuilt air box (air vents actually work!)
Coolant flush
Transmission fluid
Brake fluid
Front axles serviced (including new boots)
Brand new Sun Xtender house battery (104 amp hr) and new starter battery
New rollers for sliding door
Brand new BFG KO2 tires

Receipts are available for all the work I have done on the van and many from the previous owner.
This vehicle is built to take you anywhere and to live comfortably off grid for as long as your water and food lasts (we often stay out for over a week). We have taken this vehicle all over the western states and have only stayed in a campground a handful of times. We had only one mechanical issue over all of our trips when one of our original rear axles broke (now replaced with the Porsche 930 axles).


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Fantastic example of how these things can be done "just right". After reading the article on the expo homepage (and all the wonderful trips you've experienced) just curious why you're selling?

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Fantastic example of how these things can be done "just right". After reading the article on the expo homepage (and all the wonderful trips you've experienced) just curious why you're selling?
Thanks for your positive feedback. Just sold the van and I am asking myself the same question. It was the best vehicle I have owned but it was time to pass it on to someone who could enjoy the journey in a classic Syncro.