VW Vanagon's/Westfalias

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by thesurvivalist, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. stiggs13

    stiggs13 Been here awhile

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    I had a 81 Westy. Loved it especially when I got to where I was going. The motor lacked power, but whatever. Very well layed out. I sold it and bought a used Sportsmobile which suits me more, big V8 can strap a bike on the back go up a hill at 80+, but still the Westy has a efficiency you will only find in a Westy. When ever I see one go by I still give the smile and a thumbs up.
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  2. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    I have an 81 Vanagon, and it does not feel like it lacks power. Granted, going up a steep hill could be a challenge. I avoid big hills. 60Mph is probably my comfort zone int he Vanagon anyway.
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  3. B.C.Biker

    B.C.Biker mighty fine

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    Became a Westy owner this spring. Driving it just feels right. It's an 1985 watercooled. Had a full sized raised roof camper van several years ago , VW way better for me.
    Not a rocket ship but new that going in. Other traffic knows it too.:D Lots of steep roads here in B.C. and when going up slow other cars seem just fine to wait a bit to pass,some even wave.
    Oddly at gas stations and rest stops ect. you'd be surprised at the girls/women who will come up to chat. I always smile when I drive it.
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  4. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    I was helping move our exchange student to her new dorm. Bunch of college chicks came up to my van and wanted to see the inside. They were admiring the bed, and the pop-top. I don't know if it was the van or me... :wink:
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  5. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    You missed your chance!:feelgood
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  6. atadloco

    atadloco Ouch.. Ta Daaaaaa..

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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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  7. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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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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  8. Mr.C

    Mr.C Adventurer

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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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  9. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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