We purchased this Westy back from Richard, for whom we built back in 2004. For details on that sale, click here. We did the following back then for him:
Fresh GoWesty 2268cc engine with 4 year warranty
Auto Trans overhaul with 4 year warranty
S.A. Big Brake Kit
16" tire and wheel package
Deluxe 2nd battery system:
-800 watt 12VDC/110VAC inverter
-solar battery charger
-stereo, interior lights, clock, and cigarette lighter all re-wired to 2nd battery
New updated LP tank
Refrigerator fully serviced, updated, and tested
New in-dash MP3 player with remote
All new hi fidelity speakers
Rubber floor mats front
And of course, a Super Duper thorough GoWesty super major service.
Richard put only 15,779 miles on it four years. He had a blast with it, it served him well. But something came up, and he had to move on...
So, the price for this one is $29,982.19. That is the sum of what we paid him him for it, $14,550, our mark up of only 10%, $750 to ship it to GoWesty, and the cost to do the following (not yet done):
Super duper ultra thorough GoWesty service
-All maintenance items back to zero miles
Cooling system typical failure items inspected and replaced as needed
Suspension, brake, electrical, fuel systems all thoroughly inpsected
Over $2800 worth of just-in-case reliability enhancing items installed
Super thorough GoWesty detail inside and out
-Interior thoroughly cleaned and repaired as needed
-As close to new looking and working inside
Partial exterior disassembly and re-paint
-Nose, luggage rack, and pop-top repainted to match original paint
-New German OEM pop-top tent with 3 windows.
2nd battery system updated to state of the art
AC system updated to new environmentally friendly refrigerant
AUL "ESTATE" level warranty (visit www.aulcopr.com)
-36 months/36,000 mile coverage
-practically bumper to bumper coverage
-good at any independent shor or VW dealer
-good anywhere in the USA or Canada
Along comes Steve. He did not have to wait! He used to have an 89 Syncro Westy. He sold it, and bought a 2003 Eurovan full camper. Well, he has come full circle, and wants a Syncro again!
He picked this little 2WD Westy from our inventory, and is having it done up right! Total out the door price listed includes all of the above, plus:
Converted to Syncro (4WD)
Stripped to bare ass undercarriage
Undercarriage thoroughly cleaned and under coated
Black texture applied all around lower body line
Fitted with all fresh Syncro running gear
Locking front and rear differentials (Triple knobs)
Custom geared transaxle and front diff
Fresh 2.5 liter engine
All new cooling system with stainless steel pipes
16" BFG tires all around
On-board compressed air system
Skid plate instead of tire carrier
Collapsible spare on skid plate for emergency use
GoWesty double swing away carrier on back, with
Full size spare, water, and fuel cans
Solar powered refrigerator and deluxe 2nd battery system
Propex LPG furnace
Black leather Recaro front seats with matching door panels
Black leather South African steering wheel
GoWesty steel bumpers-rear with built-in class three hitch
Class three hitch mount installed on front bumper
250 amp power outlets front and rear
Warn 6000 lb portable electric winch with synthetic rope
and black texture treatment
GoWesty rocker guards
And a bunch more...
The first photo below is "before": This one started out as a 2WD with automatic transmission! This puppy took about three months to build, but Steve is patient. He does not mind waiting for what he now KNOWS he wants...
Together, we will get it right THIS time, Steve!
Here is what Steve had to write:
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 9:19 PM
To: S. Lucas Valdes
Subject: A recent trip into the Eastern Sierra's
Just back a couple of days ago from our run into the Eastern Sierra's. The weather was mostly kind as snow fell only intermittently at the higher elevations but the heater toasted the van to perfection in those late nights.
The van ran awesome for the thousand mile, 5 day journey from LA, into the mountains and then out to the warmth of death valley before heading home. I enclosed a few images that if they seem worthy of your use, then please...
As I said, the van ran great, the new propane sitch is nice and will take a little getting use to going from the ease of the old system to something different but it's not far from perfection. BTW, again, I appreciated you and your drivers making all the efforts made to deliver the van so that I could make this trip happen.
Well, I guess that's it for now.
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 5:21 PM
To: S. Lucas Valdes
Subject: Thank you.
I am writing you and your staff to say thank you.
A few months ago I drove up to see Go Westy's inventory, more out of curiosity really. I mean, I was driving a very clean 2003 Eurovan but I never quite felt right in it, I had only 24,000 original miles, a van that for me did not inspire travel, well not like the VW's of my past.
It wasn't until I read an article in your "library section" titled, "Model Choice: Are You a Vanagon or Eurovan Person?" did I understand something about myself. Up until this point I had never asked myself this question, it just never occurred to me but by the time I had reached the end of the article the age old question I had been asking myself for many years, "Who Am I?" was now answered in the pages of your website, "I'm a Vanagon guy!" The relief I felt that night was profound.
You met me one Saturday morning in late November we talked, you showed me a couple Vanagon's you had on the lot and before long I had put a deposit on an 1989 two-wheel drive Westy and I was on my way to building an amazing Westfalia. This was not to be my first Syncro, I actually owned one in 1989 and I loved that car and fell into deep sellers remorse for months after I sold it. I sold it mostly because of the underpowered engine of that day. You told me thenthat this one ought to be done by mid February. You certainly know your business.
Then there was the matter of my 2003. I knew that it wouldn't be too difficult to sell but I never imagined you'd be the guy that actually procured the buyer, not to mention the driver to take it from LA to Los Osos. That whole exchange was so smooth and easy. Again, thank you for that.
Over the next few months I would get these exciting emails from you with photos of the vans progress, of course these were immediately forwarded to a handful of friends that were also lookingat the engine and the undercarriage of the van as it went through a sex change of sorts, well at least from boyhood to manhood. You were patient and I never felt that my questions of curiosity were disregarded or insignificant to you.
As time drew closer to the end of January things had progressed along. I began to hope that it would be done ahead of schedule, yet, I also had come to know something else about you over those months, this van would not leave your shop until it was right.
On February 14th, Valentines Day, I picked up the nicest Valentines Day gift of my 52 years. Lucas, it's beautiful! I took my time going home and I have driven it every day since. It's so great to know who you are in life, to know that I am a Vanagon guy and not a Eurovan guy. This is my 5th VW van and I am planning on it being my last. Thanks for everything. As I said early on in an email, "you do it right", you know the value of a happy customer who has been delivered a product that exceeds expectation.
Thanks for it all Lucas, see you at Syncro de Mayo.
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 7:44 PM
To: S. Lucas Valdes
Subject: Engine problem/fixed
Lucas, again.. Thanks for your commitment to customer satisfaction. I stand behind the Go Westy experience and whenever you need a testimony please don't hesitate to ask for one, I'd write one in a flash.
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 9:17 PM
To: S. Lucas Valdes
I was on my way home this evening in very bitchen van that gets
envious looks and thumbs up from other appreciators on the road.
Anyway, I digress, I was checking out the awesome high beam of light
put off by the South African headlight, wow, nice lights, when I got
to appreciate another great feature of this van, the brakes. Out of no
where two small dogs enjoying liberation from some nearby home ran out
of nowhere in front the van. I was able to stop and see them through
the entire moment and it was close. So, grateful tonight that I don't
have to try and find my way to sleep with a couple of road kills to
deal with, thanks a ton, man.
All things good are wild, and free.
Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2009 12:59 PM
To: S. Lucas Valdes
Subject: Re: Invoice/Estimate/Quote from GoWesty
"Wow, that's cute," the guy with a bad marine style haircut, nodding
to my van, said. "Cute" I chided in quiet response. Puppies and babies
are cute I grumbled silently.. After a few questions, prying for cost
analysis of the van I slipped into the front seat, started up the van
to slide out of the REI parking space. As I slowly backed out another
guy nods my way and says questiongly through my open window, "a Go
Westy van?" "Yep!" " Nice," he said.
You're a popuular guy down here.
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 9:08 PM
To: Valdes Lucas
Subject: Anza Borrego Coyote Canyon
I was out in the desert the past few days, trying to better understand the limits and capabilities of this Syncro. Pretty fun shit!
I hope all is well.
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2010 4:33 PM
To: Valdes Lucas
Subject: Back from Baja California
Happy New Year...
I just got in the other night, not sure if I was going to make it back in my desired time frame, but did in the end. Enclosed are a couple of possible calendar entries…
The trip was fun, got a bit of off road time, stuck it in the sand once but within 30 minutes I had it popped right out again. For the most part it ran well.
I continue to have problems (an occasional) bucking however much less so than in the past. The sink pump died, again, within the first week. And toward the last week I wasn't sure that the (starter would crank) each time I turned it off. Pretty nerve racking when you're out in the middle of nowhere and you forget that you're having (starter) problems and ya turn it off. The longest it wouldn't start, 1/2 a day. (maybe swimming the vehicle killed the starter?)
So this concludes this email, I do have another which will soon follow.
I hope you had a good holiday and that the new year has been good to you and your family.