1983 VW T25 Westfalia 2WD Adventure Camper with Subaru 3.0 Conversion (SOLD)

PRICE: £21500 ono
Contact: Gareth on 07985944315 or garethtreharne@hotmail.com
Location: Glasgow, UK.

I have owned this van for 5 years and have gradually modified and improved it at considerable expense. The result is a bus with modern driving characteristics, reliability, power, and the “cool” factor of a classic VW.

Originally a 2.0 air-cooled engine was fitted, but even with twin Dellorto cars it became clear that there was insufficient power to keep up with modern traffic. I considered a 2.0 Subaru engine initially, but research concluded that the extra power and refinement of the flat six boxer engine would be optimal. I was lucky to discover an engine with only 7000 miles powering a Subaru Outback at a Subaru specialist in Chesterfield, and snapped that up for the conversion.

All conversion and mechanical work has been done professionally by Robert McKenna at V-Worx in Ayr. The van is completely rust free, and everything works as it should.  It is left hand drive, as all genuine Westies of this vintage are.

A summary of the work done follows: 

  • Subaru 3.0 H6 engine (208bhp), with custom fabricated and powder coated engine support bars, header tank, and custom stainless steel exhaust.
  • The van is serviced annually, with oil and filter changes performed regardless of mileage, which averages 2000 miles per year.
  • New radiator and piping to convert to water cooled configuration.
  • New petrol tank and pipework.
  • TY756 6-speed gearbox sourced from a low mileage Subaru 2.0tdi with a 4.44 final drive ratio, and flipped with Subaru gears components.
  • Larger diameter front disc brakes, and rear disc conversion. A more powerful servo and T4 brake system has been installed.
  • 1.5″ GoWesty lift springs and new dampers from CVC. New ball joints and all worn suspension bushes replaced.
  • 15 inch Mefro steel wheels from CVC with all-terrain tyres
  • Westfalia towbar with electrics.
  • New half shafts and CV joints.
  • Electric power steering conversion by Lite-Steer.
  • Externally, there is no rust whatsoever. The vulnerable parts have been professionally rust proofed by Preserve and Protect in Johnstone. Wheel arch liners and VW mud flaps have been fitted.
  • Syncro truck wing mirrors have been fitted to replace the inadequate stock mirrors.

Interior:

  •  Seating for five. Sleeps 4 people.
  • 3-way Electrolux fridge (works on Lpg, 12v, or mains power). I replaced the noisy original cooling fan with a virtually silent computer fan.
  • Propex Lpg powered blown-air interior heating.
  • CVC pop-top lift assist struts, to allow effortless elevation even with load bars fitted.
  • Artificial rain gutters fitted to pop-top and Thule bars included.
  • 270 Fiamma F35 Pro pull-out awning included in sale (removed for winter)
  • Vango Airbeam driveway awning included in sale.
  • Mains leads, and levelling blocks included. CVC pop-top thermal wrap, and window thermal blinds included.
  • Alpine stereo with Bluetooth hands free calling.
  • CVC Solar powered extractor fan in skylight.

 

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