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Based in Warlingham CR6, UK.
14″ Syncro (converted to 16″) with 1.9 PD engine.
Well preserved as it’s only been on the road for four or five years. Much work was carried out by a series of enthusiasts during the last twenty-three years and now it’s back on the road.
- First all the 16″ parts were removed from a crashed 16″ and put on this 14″. They never made a 16″ RHD so it cannot be passed off as one.
- Gearbox rebuilt by Aidan Talbot – uprated third and fourth gear pairs, oil baffles, de-coupler and new shims, washers and bearings.
- Those are original alloy wheels – not the copies and there are five of them.
- The engine was fitted with a Eurospares kit from California. This includes a metal box and hatch to accommodate the engine at the angle it is supposed to run at.
- The engine itself has very low milage (300 miles when installed).
- New springs all round.
- Original power steering setup with transmission fluid and a pump on the engine.
- The intake cooler is in the void behind the rear left light with a little perspex window.
- The bars and covers on the popup roof have been powder coated and the canvas was new – still never been used.
- I think the seats are special Synchro seats – they have a more bucket shape.
The owners says:
I’m having to sell it! My poor – NOT original 16″ Syncro. It was originally a 14″ Syncro panel van made in 1992. One of the first owners (there have been four before me) grafted on the Westfalia roof and did all he could to make it into a 16″ – he already had a crashed 16″ so transferred all the 16″ parts of which there is a long list. Then he welded on all the plates for strengthening under and inside.
I don’t know how long this took him but from what I have heard it was four or five years that it was in a warm garage having all this done to it.
Then in 2001 my friend Trevor bought it from him. He ran a VW garage so it was in a nice warm dry garage and stripped the van down replacing and powder-coating parts as needed. It took him fifteen years to get it to the point where I bought it from him – still in pieces. It had been there for 15 years.
I was lucky that Darren Watkins of Wedgies Workshop, Newton Abbot was available at this point because he’s done a very nice job of fitting the new PD 1.9 engine and finishing it all off.
I have just recently got it back from him – but I have to sell it now.
It was with Darren for three years so out of the 26 years since it was first registered it has spent 23 years off road – in various garages so has only been in use for three or four years.
So… The gearbox was stripped down and rebuilt by Aiden Talbot so there’s all his paperwork to show what he did. This includes upgraded gear-pairs for third and fourth gears, oil baffles, decoupler and new for old seals and bearings. – He’s the man!
The engine was taken from a crashed Passat with delivery miles only and since then, apart from test runs, it’s only come up to Surrey from Newton Abbot and is showing 600 miles on the clock. The engine is fitted using a Eurospares kit from California fitted at the angle it’s supposed to be at. The kit includes a metal shelf with a hatch for the additional height. Darren put this on a strut so it stays up when you need it to.
It has new springs all round and those wheels – there are five of them. I don’t like them much but I’m told they are quite sought after. They are remaking them now. – copies.
It has the original power steering set-up with transmission fluid and a pump on the engine. The intake-cooler rad is in the void behind the left rear light with a little perspex window. The tyres are quite old now but they have plenty of tread.
The bars and covers on the popup roof were powder coated the canvas was new – never been used. I think the seats are special Syncro seats (Dan’s note: they’re ISRI seats). They have a more bucket shape – so you don’t fall out I guess.
FOR SALE – £7000 Ono
Contact: Joss on 07825 862624
VW T25 Magnum (by Westfalia) 1988, Left Hand Drive, imported from Germany a few years back. 4 Birth, kingsize on the bottom, big double on the top!!
- 1.9 AAZ (formally from Golf)
- Recon Bosch Diesel Pump with Rover Boost Pin
- Front mounted oil cooler
- Reconditioned Alternator
- Re Engineered throttle assembly to fit under engine lid
- Recent replacement of all pump to injector pipes (had them made to spec)
- New Exhaust (3 years ago?)
- New Battery.
- 5 speed
- Aiden Talbot reconditioned gearbox
- new Gear Linkage
- Recent service of brakes and handbrake
Suspension and wheels:
- Bilstein Lowering Springs (-40mm)
- 16 inch aftermarket Allows (Could do with a refurb, but in good condition other than paint)
- New rear wheel bearings
Good original condition with usual scuffs, marks and age related nonsense! But I love it the way it is with its aftermarket 80s stripes! Its pretty much RUST free, underside is in brilliant condition.
- Mostly original day-van goodness (full width rock ‘n roll bed, original pop on curtains, buddy seat, swivel passenger seat, plastic cup holders!) with the addition off…
- Cooker and tap unit
- Poptop with double bed! (Westfalia style roof) Profesionally fitted a few years back
- Good stereo with speakers in back and front
- Leisure battery.
The owner says,
“I built my camper van primarily to chase the Northern Lights and have so far managed to see them twice in the UK so it’s completely met my goals. Although I hoped to see the lights in the UK, I actually built it for a trip to Norway so it is based on a T5 130 4Motion, an honest, fully serviced ex-Orange mobile van with air con and the electric pack, I’ve fitted loads of insulation and an Eberspacher D2 diesel heater, so it’s been equally competent at Aviemore for snowboarding or a hot summer in Newquay for surfing.”
- Cruise control retro-fitted, electric pack needed to enable that.
- 19″ Land Rover Alloys as summer wheels and currently fitted with the original 17” steels with Winter tyres.
- Colour coded bumpers, handles, mirrors
- Parking sensors fitted
- Reversing camera and 3.5″ rear view monitor in place of mirror
- Rear view camera subsequently added as reversing camera wasn’t good enough for normal driving
- Reimo two part pop-up roof with lift up bed
- RIB Altair bed – expensive alternative to Rock n Roll bed but I was always told don’t skimp on your shoes and bed.
- Rear quarter windows added (although offside wasn’t actually cutout), offside centre window replaced with opening unit
- Brand new Eberspacher D2 heater kit fitted under drivers seat
- Polyfloor vinyl – believed to be much tougher than normal vinyl
- Insulation, wiring and carpeting completed by Camperversion of Darwen
- Electrics also provided by Camperversions, voltmeter on main/leisure battery added to distribution box
- Camperversions also built custom unit with Smev cooker/sink, oven/grill and Waeco compressor/fridge.
- Black and brushed aluminium custom furniture with under sink drawers and cupboards and Tambour door
- B&Q decking lights in two rows for mood lighting
- High power LED clusters over sink/cooker and entry step
- Eyeball lights above the rear seat
- CB Radio in overhead console
- Kogan 19″ LED TV on custom TV mount
- Eberspacher mini-wash fitted to give 10l hot water
This is a 2008 go-anywhere campervan, currently at 127k miles, but ready to go and will come with a full 12 months MOT certificate, it cost me over £23k to build, two years ago, only selling because I’ve started sailing.
Price £16,995 ono –
As described by the current owner:
A UK registered LHD Volvo engined (b230a – redblock) T25 Doka Syncro.
“I’ve had this van 2 years and made many, many upgrades and improvements, its my work and family car so had to be kept maintained to the highest of standards to keep us going.”
SOLD – watch out for this on the Western Coast of the US.
It seems with the lack of new videos that campervanculture is turning into a syncro auto trading spot, we have added a for sale page and will put up interesting vehicles that come up for sale.
There are plenty of syncros out there of which I get syncro envy and usually Russel seems to own them, to be fair, it his is hard graft that goes into rebuilding and designing special features on them that make them so desirable! There aren’t many other vans that make me think I’d sell my Westy and replace it with that..
Originally a good solid standard 16″ LHD Syncro doka, this one has been through the usual strip down and rebuild and features. It was setup and designed to take a family on a trip to South Africa from the UK, with plenty of travelling room in the front and a mass of storage in the back. Just add your roof tent, stove and fridge and you have a ready to roll expedition vehicle.
The custom designed rear box can be removed by undoing 4 bolts and cutting the sealant bead and the original drop sides can be refitted to give you an absolutely stunning DOKA.
• 1992 Year Model
• Original Factory 16
• 4 Door with full TRI-STAR spec interior.
• 5 seat belts 4 being 3 point.
• Passenger swivel seat with fold out table
• Power steering
• Engine: AFN TDI 1.9 with hydraulic engine mounts
• Custom Raised Air intake
• Front and rear diff locks
• Full new stainless steel exhaust
• 5 X BFGoodridge MT 235 85 16 tires
• Head light washers
• Custom back designed to take all expedition equipment.
• Custom roof rack over cab and part of back made to take Hannibal family roof tent.
• Custom rack over back
• External wheel carrier with second as an option
• Top tint windscreen
• Custom tube rear bumper
• The rear box on this doka can be removed by undoing 4 bolts and cutting the sealant bead.
• Body strip down and respray
This is currently up for sale, Offers over £16,000. Contact us for further information.