Van For Sale

 
 

1985 Westfalia Weekender - Bostig Engine Conversion

Price: $18,000 OBO

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.  We use the van every day and don't think twice about it.

Approximately 197,000 miles. The Bostig conversion is about 2.5 years old with approximately 21,000 miles. (63,000 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 when it breaks down. 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 slightly higher than listed here. Located in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

 

The Good

  • All upgrades and repairs listed below have been completed in the last 2.5 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.

    • Was part of “Retail Group 5” or “RG5”. The Retail Groups are the finished, polished released of this conversion. You will likely see older “Group X” conversions when searching for vans for sale. These Group conversions are still great, but they are not as refined as the Retail Group conversions are. (i.e., the older Group conversions cost less than the finalized Retail Groups.)

  • 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

  • New 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

  • Transaxle gear oil 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 Google Doc spreadsheet tracking nearly all maintenance as well as a gas mileage log.

  • 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 (besides the lower seam rust) due the van living most of it's life in the Southwestern USA. The vast majority is superficial.

  • Roughly $400 in spare / uninstalled new parts included with the van. This includes but is not limited to: full set of external LED lights, oil pan gasket, new (backup) thermostat housing, brake hoses, fully new skylight assembly, and probably other stuff I’m forgetting.

  • Recently passed NC safety inspection (for registration) September 2018.

  • Clean North Carolina title in-hand.

  • Last and certainly not least, this has to be one of the most documented vans out there. Up to this point, all of the content on Vanagon.org has been achieved using this van. You can literally see exactly what has been done to this van before showing up in-person.

Approximately $11,000 in total upgrades, repairs, and spare parts. 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. You do the math. :)

Needs Some Work

For better or worse, I’m going to be brutally honest here. Most of these are very minor and have little to no effect on day-to-day usage. Unless you’re buying a $40,000+ Vanagon, you will have issues similar to these to varying degrees; sellers usually don’t point them out for you though!

  • 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 for a 30+ year old vehicle 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 screen for the aforementioned sliding window is partially detached from its frame.

  • 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 broken. Functions just fine.

  • No air conditioning. Previous owner removed most of it to open up cabinet storage.

  • Skylight leaks in heavy rain, but I have a new one ready to install which will be included with the van if I haven’t installed it by the time of sale.

  • 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.

  • Windshield washer pump is broken.

  • The gas tank will need to be resealed and/or replaced in the relative near future. It does NOT leak but you can smell gas fumes after each fill up, which means the evap seals/hoses are going bad. Also, there seems to be minor debris which is ultimately found in the fuel pump and/or fuel filter. A quick flush of the pump every few months would be prudent until everything is given a good once-over.

  • Oil pan has a small leak…just needs a new gasket. Originally used a “liquid” RTV gasket, which in hindsight was hard to work with. This will likely be fixed before I sell using a new “cut” gasket. Would roughly cost $300 if you paid a mechanic to install a new one.

  • Pop-top exterior could use a good cleaning.

  • Suspension is in decent shape, but showing its age. The rear end has the classic “Vanagon sag”.

  • Tires are approaching end of life…probably another year or two. Currently stock 14-inch. We planned to upgrade to 16-inch once these wore out, but at this point we’ll probably just leave it for the next owner to decide what they want.

  • Cable for the UltraGauge needs better routing so it’s out of the way.

Wrap-up

Pretty firm on price, especially because I keep fixing things. (If you don’t want me to keep fixing stuff, I’d be open to a price reduction.) As of this posting this is the lowest priced Retail Group (remember, not just “Group”) Bostig Vanagon Westy (Camper or Weekender) in the whole USA. But, I suppose I'm open to legit offers. Worst I can say is no!

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