1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia - tons of upgrades!

Price: US $22,000.00 Item location: Torrance, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Bus/Vanagon
  • SubModel: Westfalia
  • Type: Van Camper
  • Trim: L
  • Year: 1982
  • Mileage: 187,000
  • VIN: WV2ZA0256CH003263
  • Color: Orange
  • Engine size: 2.0L air-cooled
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1982 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon L

2.0 Air-cooled Drivetrain
4-speed manual transmission
187k on the body, 6k on new motor
Recent motor services (within the last 10k):
-reground crankshaft
-new bearings
-WEB camshaft
-new pistons
-new cylinder head
-reground flywheel (end play set to spec)
-new sheet metal on motor
-new compartment seal
-new hoses
-new intake boot
-new motor mounts
-new drive belt
-new throttle cable
-new front transmission seal
-aftermarket oil cooler run to front grill
-oil filter relocation kit
Suspension components recently upgraded:
-new shocks
-springs with 4” lift
-repacked all 4 CV joints
-new dust boots all around
-new ball joints (upper and lower)
-new steering rack boots and bushings
-new front spindle assembly
-new wheel bearings and seals
-brakes checked in great condition/e-brake cable checked/adjusted
Accessories and upgrades:
-GoWesty solid steel bumpers front and back
-front and rear hitch attachments for towing
-HiLift HL484 Jack with keeper and matching front bumper mounts
-RUGCEL Off-road Recovery Mats
-2x GoWesty bumper mounted swing-outs on rear bumper
-GoWesty Tray with 4 included jerry cans (3 water, 1 fuel) with lock and strap
-GoWesty spare tire carrier with lockable diamondplate storage box
-Trasharoo spare tire bag
-GoWesty 16” wheels with Cooper off-road tires (5 including spare)
-GoWesty lockable roof rack
-EMPI exhaust
-ARB 2500 Series Awning with cover
-LED light bar with black wrinkle-finish bracket, wired to switch on dash (stupid bright!)
-Refrigerator delete
-GoWesty faucet upgrade kit and new tank
-46 amp/hr battery installed recently
-100 watt solar panel mounted to roof rack
-upgraded helper pistons included for additional payloads on rack
-EONON fold down television mounted on ceiling in cab
-CD/MP3 player with USB/Aux input and Polk speakers
-VDO triple gauge cluster underneath dash with Cylinder Head Temp, Oil Temp, and Voltmeter
-1600 watt pure sine wave inverter
-South African grill kit with matte black VW emblem
-upgraded clear headlights and headlight buckets
-collapsible upstairs ladder
-Tiki head shifter knob from American Shifter Co
Additional comments:
All camper components work flawlessly (stove, sink). Things to be addressed include possibly replacing the pop-up tent fabric (the zipper no longer works and the screen is in poor condition - the tent itself is totally serviceable and this didn't bother me, but if I were to keep it I'd upgrade it with a GoWesty one). I would also install a solar charge regulator and dual battery monitor, and possibly replace the hookups for water and shore power (again, this is unnecessary but they are also showing their age and could use an upgrade). Lastly, the fold-down TV is a mystery - it includes a dome light (which works), but I cannot locate the inputs or connections to make it work properly. I'd address this, but having a TV while I camped was basically of zero importance to me so I never did.
While you can expect this year of Westy to have its particular patina, this is probably the most mechanically well-sorted Vanagon I've seen in quite a long time. The beauty of the air-cooled set up in its simplicity - especially when mated to the 4-speed transmission, makes for a hugely reliable and awesome overland vehicle. This Westfalia is well-suited to overlanding, vanlife, daily driving, or whatever adventure you should want to throw at it. With its great clearance and approach angle and much of the weight over the rear wheels, you can enjoy its off-road capabilities that will deliver you to awesome places. It's no Syncro, but it comes close and gets stares, thumbs-ups, and smiles basically everywhere you take it - mountains to beaches, and everywhere in between.
This van passes smog with flying colors and gets waves and comments everywhere it goes. The new owner won't be disappointed. I just have to make some life changes and need to be a bit more 'liquid' so want to pass this on to another VW enthusiast.