Van For Sale


1985 Westfalia Weekender - Bostig Engine Conversion

Price: $20,000

Very solid van overall. Unlike many vans for sale out there, we spent our money on functional upgrades vs. flashy ones. Your van won't do you much good with sweet rims and a nice paint job if it's an unreliable hooptie. We have the ball rolling with very solid mechanical upgrades and fixes. It's ready for someone else to put the final touches (mostly cosmetic) on it. 

Average condition cosmetically. On the plus side, it doesn't include the thousands of dollars of premium that you'd pay for a pretty body and paint job. You won't lose sleep over it, and you frankly don't even notice the cosmetic shortcomings. We use the van every day and don't think twice about it.

Approximately 192,000 miles. The Bostig conversion is a little over two years old with approximately 16,000 miles. (58,000 miles on the engine.) Would not hesitate to drive across the country tomorrow. Lots of people selling stock Vanagons say this, but let's be real, a stock Vanagon engine will never give you the same confidence, and is a huge liability. The stock engines simply cannot compare to something that's 20 years newer. Would you want a cell phone from 1998 or 2018? That's what I thought.

The van is used as a daily driver, so the mileage will be higher than listed here. Located in Kill Devil Hills, NC.


The Good

All upgrades and repairs done in the last two years:

  •  Bostig Engine Conversion completed January 2016. This is the cream-of-the-crop for Vanagon engine conversions. If you want a reliable Vanagon that you can actually use, this is what you want. A reliable van = more fun! If you don't believe us, just take a look at this article.
    • $8,827.43 in parts alone
    • Upgraded High Capacity / Clearance Oil Pan (HCOP)
    • Upgraded Bostig Exhaust Heat Shield
    • UltraGauge mounted on dash for digital read-out
    • Nearly all peripheral components were replaced with brand new parts during the conversion; IAC, emissions hoses, coil pack, spark plugs, etc.
  • New Bosch fuel pump
  • New Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • New front windshield
  • New rear heater core, valve, and hoses
  • New exterior sliding door handle (installed after pics were taken)
  • Two new headlights
  • Replaced power steering rack
  • New power steering fluid reservoir
  • Rocky Mountain Westy rear bumper with integrated hitch
  • Instrument Cluster Foil Repair kit installed
  • Vanagon Truck side mirrors
  • Tires are in good shape - approximately 50% of their life remaining
  • Transaxle gear oil has been flushed and replaced. Shifts great.
  • All original curtains included. Everything in great shape except for the curtain behind the driver-seat. Some of the plastic sliders have fallen off. Still functions pretty well though.
  • Includes a small stash of extra parts
  • Includes Bostig manual PDF with my notes during the install
  • Includes the SCT X4 tool used for data logging and loading custom tunes (if needed, not likely) for the Bostig.
  • Minimal rust due the van living most of it's life in the Southwestern USA. The vast majority is superficial.
  • Clean North Carolina title in-hand

Almost $11,000 in total upgrades and repairs. Just to be clear, this is only the cost of parts; no labor, does not include basic maintenance costs like oil changes, brake pads, etc., and doesn't account for the cost of the van to begin with. A stock (no Bostig) Vanagon in this condition runs about $6,000 - $10,000 in the USA depending on your location. Once you start doing the math you'll see this is a very fair price.

Needs Some Work

  • Some classic seam rust on the driver's side rocker panel.
  • Minor body damage on driver's side door and wheel arch, resulting in partially broken door handle. (Still functions perfectly.) The previous owner forgot to apply the parking brake one time and it slow-rolled into a light pole.
  • Paint is in average condition except for the front. Most of the clear coat has fallen off resulting in faded paint. The previous owner had a "bra" on the front that did the damage. Pro Tip: Don't ever put a bra on any of your vehicles if you care about the paint!
  • The sliding window lock on the sliding door is broken.
  • The interior is the original brown corduroy. It's in decent shape considering the fragile fabric, but definitely showing some wear in spots.
  • Radio does not work
  • Front seats each have one "floppy" arm rest
  • One of the latches on the engine deck lid is currently stuck / broken
  • The air box is a little "buzzy" - I'm sure this can be fixed / improved. It doesn't bother me so I've never taken the time
  • No air conditioning. Previous owner removed most of the bigger parts to open up cabinet storage.
  • Skylight leaks in heavy rain
  • Pop-top tent has some small/medium tears on the driver side. We have duct taped them closed from the inside. Functional, but obviously a little ugly. Otherwise in decent condition.
  • Front defrost blower does not work, however, once you're moving there is natural air-flow if you have the defrost vent opened


Pretty firm on price, especially because I keep fixing things. After you do some searching, you'll see that this is currently the best priced Bostig Vanagon Westy in the whole USA. But, I suppose I'm open to legit offers. Worst I can say is no!

Unless someone shows up tomorrow, the following items will likely get installed before the sale:

  • Sliding door handle (See above. Installed Feb 2018)
  • Driver-side door handle
  • Entirely new skylight assembly
  • Sliding window lock


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