We got a call one day from a guy, said he had an 85 Westy he bought just to take the sink/frig/stove out of, and if we wanted the rest for $500. I said, "sure". What did we have to loose, figured we could strip it for parts and save a few other Westy's. Well, when it showed up, it was a little dusty, faded, and oxidized, but I thought myself, "You know, I think this little guy will clean up pretty nicely!" And boy howdy, did it ever!
We picked up this Westy for only five hundred bucks!. Including our mark-up, the price as-is it comes to only $600! That is all you pay for the VEHICLE ITSELF, and that is all you pay tax and license on. It does not get much cheaper than that.
No, we will not sell it as is...
The body is straight, no rust except a little bit of cosmetic rust in one seam (see close-up photo below). The paint is still nice enough to shine up just fine.
Mechanically it needs everything, it's like a blank page. The price listed includes updating it to all 86-91 systems--so for all intents and purposes, it will be an 86-91 Vanagon when done. The unique thing will be that it is a very cool color-Mexico beige non-metallic- not offered from 86-91 in a full camper. It will be 100% GoWesty safe and reliable, for under $30k.
NO! We will NOT sell it as is...
We polished it up, and threw a set of wheels and bumpers on it so you could see the possibilities. The photos show it with a set of 16" alloy wheels (that is what is included in the price).
NO, NO, NO! Stop asking! We WILL NOT sell it as-is! (did I mention that already?)
FINALLY! Somebody besides ME saw the light!
A super nice couple came down to visit from the Bay Area on a Sunday, drove a late model Eurovan, drove a Vanagon, and generally walked around and kicked tires. Result:
They are VANAGON PEOPLE! And, boy are they ever! They pointed at little #921, and said, "We want that one, done up like PJ's, except BETTER!" YEA! You bet we can!
This is what they are getting:
GoWesty super duper thorough details inside and out
-Completely disassembled inside, outside, and under
-Freshly repainted back to the original Mexico Beige color
-No stone left unturned
-Everything that supposed to be there is there
-Everything that is there works
-New German, OEM 3-window pop-top tent
-Extra bench seat with head rests
-Head rests added to rear bench seat
-3-point retracting seat belts throughout
GoWesty super duper ultra thorough major service
-All maintenance items back to zero miles
-Cooling, fuel, exhaust, steering, shifter systems gone through thoroughly
All new BIG brakes up front
All new rear brakes
Bilstein shocks all around
Deluxe 2nd battery system
New LP tank assembly
High Powered headlights
AC system fixed up right
Nice floor mats
Fresh GoWesty 2.5 liter engine
Fresh GoWesty transaxle
-Syncro type with differential lock
-optimally geared for 2.5 liter engine
-GoWesty 4wd/2wd front trans mount adapter
Solar powered all-electric refrigerator
Fiamma F45 awning with black case
16" Syncro style wheels with 215/70-16 BFG T/A KO tires
Syncro style black texture treatment with GoWesty steel bumpers
South African grille and headlight system
Yakima roof racks
And a bunch more.... twenty two pages of invoices in all.
Keep an eye on the site, this one will be rolling out of here sometime in October…
This is Scott and his little buddy, Jack. They came down to pick up their "new" Westy! And now: Off to Morro Bay for camping!
Happy trails, you two!