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Old 07-31-2013, 11:59 AM   #46
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I have an 85 Westy and we use it quite a bit. Just got back from Quebec City with it, and next week doing a tour of Nova Scotia, PEI, Cape Breton and NB for 3 weeks. Parts are still readily available for the Vanagon's (80 - 91). 80 - 83.5 were air cooled and 83.5 to 91 were water. My 85 came with a 1.9 / 83HP (86 started with the 2.1 / 95HP). I now have a 2.5 that came out of a 2010 Subaru Legacy with 175HP.

Vanagons are like Legos, you can mix and match so many different parts to keep them going for a long long time. I have aftermarket steel bumpers with a 2" receiver that I tow a dirt bike with, but due to the rear engine, doubt you would want to cram a bike in the back (like you could with a sprinter). Between the second deep cell battery, power inverter, solor, electric fridge, stove, sink.. I could stay off the grid for quit a while.

The best part of owning a Westy is the cool factor. Everywhere I go someone has a story of travelling cross country in one when they were young, or knew someone who has. Always a great conversation starter when you're traveling around.

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Old 08-04-2013, 07:28 PM   #47
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Location: Arkansas
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Just installed a hall sensor on my aircooled Vanagon. It's behind the fan on the crank.

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Old 12-16-2013, 09:44 AM   #48
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I have an 81 Adventure Wagen that will most likely stay aircooled for now. I also have a 6.2 Winnebago Brave...but I finally made a decision to sell it and focus on the Adventurewagen and our Western States summer vacation in July. Gotta hurry up and prep.
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:33 PM   #49
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Hi Mr.C. Good for you on the downsize. This summer we sold our 36' Pace Arrow and promptly bought our third Westy. This one is an '87 Syncro. A bit of work:
Our ride across the USA on a Ural Gear Up-

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