Category Archives: Mechanical

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Fitting an ex-BT D2 eberspacher diesel heater into a van

Nothing too exciting today, helped a mate by fitting an eberspacher D2 diesel 12v night heater to his self build Westy Syncro.

Stripped off the wiring loom and tidied up, cut a hole in the van floor – waxoyled, t-pieced in the fuel line for diesel supply, fitted intake and exhaust then installed the control panel / timer..


Alternative Syncro Camper – Camperising a Double Cab (DOKA)

A fully kitted out Syncro camper is fantastic, if not the ultimate in luxury 4WD camping or “glamping”. Jed started out his Syncro life with a Double Cab (Doppelkabine = DOKA), which is used for work in his business as a plasterer. They make an excellent platform for a daily workhorse and surprisingly comfortable camper.

With the addition of a multivan rock and roll bed and swivel bases, it is possible to sleep comfortably in the cabin – add a rooftent and you have a vehicle that can sleep 4 or 5!

The multivan seat was bought from a fella called Tony, known as alfieboy on some of the VW forums, watch out for good bits on his ebay account.

A reproduction westfalia front table and leg can be bought from Niko on brickyard, see more info on this brickyard thread.

Some pictures of the DOKA in use:

Cooking up on the dropside

A tea break on a sunny day.

Camped out on a beach under the stars

Putting the tent away after a sleep on the beach

Making up dinner on the dropside after a days kayaking

Tools to take when away in your Syncro…

When you are away on holiday, for a weekend, week, or even a month! You don’t want a simple mechanical failure to ruin things. A rear wheel bearing failed whilst away last year, I had a spare in the cupboard and with some adaptation of tools we managed to change the bearing in a village car park and continue the trip!

Changing the rear wheel bearing on a T25 T3 Vanagon Westfalia Syncro

Over the years of owning Syncros I’ve built up a toolkit, if I am away on a trip – parked in a field, forest or even a town carpark. I like to have the tools with me to deal with those basic mechanical issues..

My top things to take away are:

1) Hammer – aka adjuster, loosener or remover.
2) Decent Breaker Bar 19mm with a 46 mm socket (I have a 1/2″ knuckle for mine, those 46mm hub nuts can be tough!
3) Spanners, usually the full range from 8 – 22mm.
4) Block of wood (mine is cut from a railway sleeper). Great for working, and bashing things on, or using as makeshift axle stand in emergencys.)
5) Molegrips – a good last resort for stubborn items.
6) Lengths of wire and a multimeter
7) 1/4 3/8 1/2 ratchets with range of sockets.
8 ) Gas powered Soldering Iron
9) Extendable Magnetic Pickup stick.. you don’t realise how useful until you need it!
10) Mobile phone with telephone number of an experience Syncro mechanic, or access to the club80-90 technical forum

I try and take along any tool that’d I’ll be happy to use to make a fix in the field. With some effort you can pack all your bits away into quite a small space:

I have adapted my raised bed on a platform with simple drawers underneath for tool storage – we’ll cover this on a later post.

Anyone else have any tools they like to take with them..?