Asking Price: $89,000
- Year: 1987
- Model / Trim: Westfalia Syncro
- Odometer: 169,000
- Engine: See Below
- Transmission: Manual
- Seller Type: Private Owner
- Location: Cornville, Arizona
- Name: Dave
- Phone: See Below
- Email: See Below
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1987 Volkswagen Westfalia Syncro
Bostig engine conversion
Life’s plans have changed so we are having to let go of our Syncro Westy. I’ve spent the past 3 years doing a complete restoration of the rig, I’m the 3rd owner. It was originally purchased in Prescott AZ and sold to the second owner after a year. I purchased it from the second owner in 2018. It was sunburned from being an Arizona only vehicle and there was no rust on the Vanagon. Presently the chassis has approximately 169,000 miles
From the factory it had all the options along with the full camper package, power windows mirrors and locks and factory air conditioning. In the 30 years that the second owner had it he spent over $18,000 in upgrades and an engine rebuild including an upgrade to 3 knobs. Most of the work done at Go Westy. It is a thick folder of receipts.
When I got the Syncro the water-boxer was worn out and the van needed a good going through. I started with a window out re-paint in the original dove blue. There was a spot found that was repaired by the previous owner on the drivers rear corner. That was cleaned out and repaired properly. All exterior rubber was replaced as was the pop top seals. The roof vent was also replaced along with changing out the rear side windows with European venting.
The drivetrain was completely replace or rebuilt. Bill at AZ Transaxle rebuilt the front and rear differentials, locking mechanisms and decoupler. Added a new Weddle rear 4.86 R&P and a VW OEM in the front. Oiler plates were added to the rear along with the Weddle pinion support to add longevity.
All transmission and differential mounting bushings were replaced with OEM. The rear CV joints were replaced with German 944 and the fronts are new stock. All bearings were replaced with German FAG. All new rod ends, ball joints and bushings.
All of the underside components of the suspension and undercarriage were removed, sand blasted and powder coated with silver hammer (red on some parts for highlight ) and then clear coated with an automotive clear coat.
A new Go Westy spring set was installed along with their extended rear trailing arms and Fox Resi Shocks.
A large Audi Break kit was installed by the previous owner and that was freshened up along with a new master cylinder and and flex brake lines
The engine was replaced with a Bostig Ford Focus Zetec engine. 2.0L DOHC. I felt this was the best match for the drivetrain for a longer life. 135hp, not too much for the weaker Syncro 5 speed transmission. A 37,000 mile donor was located from back East and mated with a Bostig RG10 kit.
All of the cooling hard lines were replaced with stainless steel, soft lines replaced and a new radiator was installed. The under rear seat heater was removed to allow for an improved electrical system with a LiPo battery for the house.
Also, the entire Air Conditioning system was replaced including lines, condenser, pump, filter all set to work with the new R-134a refrigerant. The original style condenser has a different fin pattern and will not cool properly with the new R-134a so everything was done correctly.
A snorkel system was created using a Donaldson Radial filter to grab clean air rather than from under the van.
No options were excluded in the engine installation and it’s accessories.
5 Go Westy 16” alloy silver wheels were added wrapped in Falken 215/70R16 M&S tires
A Go Westy front and rear bumper system was installed along with the swing outs on the rear. On the front an additional push bar was fabricated for better radiator protection and a place to hang 2 Rigid LED off road lights. Also on the front 2 Hella red horns were added.
A new Go Westy sunbrella canvas with windows in grey was installed up top and an EZ-Awn 2 meter aluminum wrapped awning was installed over the sliding door on Go Westy stainless steel brackets.
On the inside Sew Fine out of Colorado created a complete interior kit including all new foams for the beds and front seats. New carpets and curtains were also in the kit in grays and blues. The kit was installed by a local interior shop specializing in custom car interiors. UV burnt metal parts were stripped and re-powder coated to like new.
The refrigerator was deleted for more storage and because of the efficient 12v refrigerator freezer options available on the market today.
A Zantrex Freedom 1000 watt inverter charger was added to the system. This offers 110v power on or off the grid. It is coupled to a 60ah Relion LiPo battery under the rear seat and a Zamp solar controller. Additional electrical plugs were added for 12v power and the interior standard 110v outlet was wired to the inverter/battery.
A new propane tank was added from Go Westy to update the propane system and the standard Westy stove is in excellent condition. Also a new sureflo faucet and pump system was installed for the water.
On the dash a new Pioneer single DIN stereo was installed along with a subwoofer to help fill the sound of the Syncro. Additionally the front map light was removed and USB outlets were installed in it’s place for phone or accessory charging. The ash tray was deleted to create a place for a phone mount.
I have taken this on 2 1000 mile trips since it’s completion in April this year. It drives like a dream. The Zetec engine likes to rev and cruises on the highway easily between 65 and 75 MPH.
Please contact me with questions and to set up viewing. I’m located in the Sedona Arizona area.
Ps. I’ve included some of the images of the paint before, during and after.
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