VW Syncro Westfalia - Build Log with Pics

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hodakaguy, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude RMAR

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    Congrats, so fun to watch and read all along. Well done, sir, well done. :freaky
  2. neumie

    neumie Been here awhile

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    Looks great.
  3. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Yep I've been updating there as well :-) Great source of info on that site!

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  4. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Thanks guys...been driving it all day today and it's absolutely great! Sooooo much fun [​IMG] It drives a lot nicer now with the 2.5 installed, takes off nice and smooth and runs through the gears nicely without feeling like it's laboring to do it. Climbing hills is a breeze now...with enough power to actually accelerate up hill instead of having to down shift like crazy. The computer is re-learning it's throttle positions etc, the surge is gone now and it idles smooth as butter :-). Also hooked up the purge line from the top of the charcoal canister to the port on the manifold, no more smelling fumes from the open canister now.

    First up today I cleaned the engine bay and wiped down the exhaust. Topped the coolant off to get it ready to drive again. I noticed each time I take the pressure cap off the surge tank it tightens up in a slightly different position that it was before, slightly tighter. It just didn't feel like it was solid and sure enough...pop. The cap will get tight then pop loose and get tight again. Now I'm sure this is where the coolant was coming from yesterday.

    I was warned about the quality of this tank/cap by a couple other people before I installed it that had the same tanks fail. The plastic on the tank is thin and feels cheap compared to the OEM unit. Sooooo I decided to remove the new tank and install my solid but stained OEM tank till I can find a good quality new tank to replace it with.

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    While we were out driving today we stopped by the original owners house, Ann thought it looked great :-) We took a photo with her while we were there,

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    I think I will adjust the front shocks down a bit tomorrow, looking forward to getting more "test" miles on it :-) New fridge and propex install coming soon.

    Hodakaguy
  5. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    More test miles today.

    Went to a friends house last night and drove home in the dark, the new headlights are amazing compared to the stock square lights. They are really bright and throw a lot of usable light, they will really be a plus out on the open back roads. The HID lights on the front bar and pretty sweet as well, typical HID they really light up the night!

    Rolled to the Ihop first thing this am.

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    Stopped and purged, filled and leak checked the new propane tank. All good, no leaks :-)

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    Up to a couple hundred miles now and everything is going great so far. Played with the adjustment on the front shocks a little, brought the front end down to 20.250", about as low as you can go without getting interference between the shock and the axle under hard bumps. I'll roll with it like this for a while, may end up swapping out the front springs and cranking up the shock higher to get my ride height so I can level out the bus....we'll see.

    Next weekend I hope to tackle the truck fridge and Propex (propane heater) install. Going to be nice not having to worry about food spoiling in the fridge and being able to stay toasty warm at night. :-) I'll post updates as they happen.

    Hodakaguy
  6. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I wonder if the neighbors realize the greatness of this Westy and your abilities? :hmmmmm
  7. ian408

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    That's pretty awesome that you stopped by the OO's place to show her the work.
  8. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I am going to bet you can buy a nicely done one for way less than it costs in parts to build it....
  9. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Awesome build! Been watching it all along and it is a sweet ride.
  10. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Right on! :thumb

    Bring on the camping reports :clap
  11. atadloco

    atadloco Ouch.. Ta Daaaaaa..

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    Awesome build!! I just finished putting a 2.5 in as well, loving the extra power.
  12. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    :clapBeen following you since....great build...great attention to detail. Are ya of German lineage?..where did you learn such stuff. I am jealous..wish I had the same skills to disect my 2002 Eurovan..aaarrgghh..

    Am looking into raising my EVC for better offroading !!

    cheers
  13. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob lost in hood river

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    Been hooked on your build thread and throughly enjoyed it. Great workmanship! What do you think you have into this including your labor? I imagine there would be a small market for something like this. There's a place in California restoring old LandCruiser's and swapping out the inline 6's for Chev V8's at around $50,000. Yea, and people are buying them!

    I've owned two VW wagons and thought they were fun but just needed a little more power.
  14. mud

    mud I just wander.....

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    For those of you that are interested and to give others an idea of what this project is close to financially.

    Gowesty sells Syncro Westies that have been "restored". From my understanding they do a great job, but not at this level of detail and they are not Subie conversions. They regularly get $75K or more (I have seen some low milers go for around $100K) for one of theirs.

    What something like this would go for? Who knows?

    The demand is high and supply is low and getting lower...
  15. PaulGinAZ

    PaulGinAZ FNG

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    Great stuff Hodakaguy! Your timing is perfect as I need to rent a vehicle in June to travel up to visit my aunt and uncle in Steamboat Springs. :deal
  16. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Oh yeah...there will be a few of those coming this summer :-) Can't wait!

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  17. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Yeah so far I'm loving the Subaru, makes the westy soooo much more enjoyable to drive. Should make it a lot more reliable as well. :-)

    Hodakaguy
  18. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Nope not German. Been working on motorcycles and vehicles for a long time, I do a lot of mechanical stuff at work as well. It's really nothing to be afraid of, if you have something to do on it I say go for it! :thumb Lot's of technical help available on sites like Samba etc.

    Hodakaguy
  19. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Yeah GoWesty sells some nice rigs for sure...for top dollar and they sell! If you watch the internet nice ones come up from time to time...but they are all getting older and will need something. The advantage of doing it yourself is you can be thourough and go through all the systems, if you had to pay a shop to go through everything it would cost a fortune!

    Hodakaguy
  20. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    I see you have a Syncro...get on that baby! :deal:evil

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