1987 GL Westfalia in New York City, NY

Last Updated: 9/4/2021 | Ad Source: Craigslist

Asking Price: $20,000

1987 nyc ny

Camper Facts

  • Year: 1987
  • Model / Trim: GL Westfalia
  • Odometer: 185,000
  • Engine: 4 Cylinder
  • Transmission: Automatic

Seller Info

  • Seller Type: Private Owner
  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Name: Not Provided
  • Phone: See Below
  • Email: See Below


More Details & Pictures

Automatic 1987 Westfalia Vanagon GL, 185k mls on body, with Subaru EJ251 conversion using KEP parts.

The body is solid but has some initial seam rust, it is not the end of the world but it will need some attention. I have treated it with rust inhibitor (black stuff in pictures). The entry steps need some attention. Other than that the body is very solid, no rust on the undercarriage.

Engine came out of 2004 Forrester with 120k mls, got new head gaskets and main seals. Tune-up and new OG upstream O2 sensor. Runs strong but unfortunately using oil when revved above 4k rpm on the highway. If you stay below that, the engine doesn’t take any oil. With the large tires 3.8k rpm is roughly 70mls. So that’s plenty fast for a traveling shoe box, IMHO. Swap was done 2k mls ago.

Automatic transmission shifts fine, previous owner (PO) had it rebuild (I have no receipts for that) and put in a new torque converter (GW receipt), he also installed an external transmission cooler with temp switch. Fluid and filter were replaced 2k mls ago. High-torque TDI starter.

Upper control arm bushings, radius arm bushings and tie rods are replaced within last 1k mls. Rear brake pads, brake cylinders and rear wheel bearings are done 2k mls ago. Power steering rack new with polyurethane bushings and power steering pump new. New 215/65-16 Nokian Ntyres on Mercedes CLK rims. Bilstein shocks all around. Fuel tank is re-sealed and new fuel lines installed. Fuel level sensor does not work. Cruise control connected and working.

Replaced pop-top canvas and cleaned the flocking. Powder coated metal parts of camping equipment, stove, table legs and some other hardware. All camping equipment works, fridge works on 12/110V power, but I have trouble getting it started from propane lately, but it worked before. I installed a secondary battery to run radio, USB charger and lights off when van is parking/camping. I replaced the fresh-water pump and hoses.

It will need front brakes in the next 5k mls, and the CV joints need either repacking or replacement. AC is currently not connected, but I have the original Subaru hoses, they need to be connected to the Vanagon hoses. At this point it is probably worth to replace at least the O-rings. I was planning to lift the van and put bigger brakes on. I have a set of spacers for the rear springs, in front I was planning to go with the Moog 5658. Brakes and CVs are still okay and I would definitely jump in the car and drive it anywhere with no hesitation.

Price is $20k, which gives you room for some paint and even a rebuild engine if you want that and you’re right on track with market value for a full camper with Subaru conversion. I am not really interested in your opinion about the pricing so please keep it to yourself. Let me know if you have any other questions concerning the van, I am more than happy trying to answer them. Reason for selling is my hereditary dislike for automatic transmissions and the unreasonable urge for 4WD.

Van is located in NYC and ready for showing and test driving.

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Last Updated on September 7, 2021 by VanagonAds

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