VW T25 T3 Vanagon Westfalia 1.8T
– Engine converted from 2.0 Aircooled to 1.8T 150bhp APU from a Passat w/intercooler (2018 – Russel Johnston)
– All structural body work welding required with the exception of the rear corners (behind bumper) repaired and repainted (2018)
– Radiator upgraded to 50mm core radiator for improved cooling
– All window seals replaced and edges stripped and welded up + windscreen corners repaired and resealed (2018- Dougs VW Werks)
– Westfalia double glazed opening kitchen window fitted (2018 – Dougs VW Werks)
– Tailgate removed, edges repaired due to rust and new seal fitted (2018- Dougs VW Werks)
– Suspension upgraded to FOX racing suspension and GoWesty lift springs (2018)
– Wheels changed to 215/75R15 BF Goodrich AT2 tyres on 15” steel rims, including rear-mounted spare.
– Gearbox changed from 4 to 5-speed fully refurbished box with locking rear differential (2019 – Aidan Talbot)
– Suspension fully serviced and broken seals replaced ready for sale (2021)
– Majority of suspension bushes replaced with Powerflex
– Front brake discs replaced with Black diamond vented discs & pads, all hoses upgraded to braided brake hoses
– Clutch replaced with brand new clutch (Jan 2021)
– Fresh MOT with no repairs needed as of 13/01/2021
– Fully serviced prior to return to the UK (Oil, filters, etc.)
All the above is what I’ve done and had done. The sliding door hinge is longer than standard to allow for larger wheels – tyres. The rear spare wheel carrier is newly powder-coater and the fixings onto the body at that quarter have been strengthened with a contoured block on the inside.
It has been repainted in it’s original colour and under-sealed since the re-paint.
To keep the engine a little cleaner I had a bespoke under-pan made up. This was quite a job as it was necessary to make up a card-board one, then a thin aluminium one, and finally a thick aluminium one which could be duplicated for other Syncros.
Exterior / Accessories
– Rocky Mountain Westy rear carry tray and spare wheel carrier mounted on rear tailgate (2018)
– Roof mounted 100W Solar panel on roof bars
– Roof mounted recovery tracks w/holder on roof bars
– CampervanCulture lift assist kit for the pop top roof so it can be opened with the above mounted – Roof canvas changed as original was rotten (2017)
– ARB Awning from CampervanCulture – Smoked indicator lenses on front
– Body repainted by hand using Rustoleum Satin paint in 2018 – Not the finest paintwork, but it’s strong
– Syncro/Truck mirrors fitted for excellent visibility
– Full original westfalia interior and pop-top roof
– Full set of double glazed windows including opening kitchen window
– Gaslow refillable gas bottle for stove
– ISRI Captain seats with swivel base on the passenger side
– Sterling B2B Battery charger to charge leisure batteries directly from alternator when the engine is running.
– 2x Trojan T-105 225aH Deep cycle leisure batteries
– Eberspacher D2L Diesel heater w/separate diesel fuel tank.
– 40L Water tank (standard westfalia)
– Interior was fully stripped, entire van soundproofed and insulated and interior re-fitted in 2018
– Victron intelligent solar controller w/bluetooth connection for secondary charge of batteries when parked.
– Waeco CF40 Compressor fridge mounted in van, easily kept -3 degrees in 30 to 40 degree heat in Europe in summer without problems, and whilst using a very low amount of power.
What CVC say
This van is very well known to us and it has had an unbelievable amount of money spent on it over the past few years. It is really well travelled and has driven right down the west coast of Africa as well as many other places. Check out Banjul Or Bust on social media for more insights. This van is a real wolf in sheep’s clothing and is much more than just a lifted 2wd van. With it’s engine conversion (I swear this is the nicest sounding engine you will ever hear) and it’s fully locking rear diff (yes you did hear me right) and Fox suspension! all the money has been spent in the right places. This makes this van a very capable vehicle. The van does need a cosmetic tidy up but if you know Matt you will know that he does not fuss over things that don’t need fussing over. It wouldn’t take that much to get this van looking great. A coat of paint and some interior finishing touches could see you with one of the nicest coolest vans out there. Matt has left loads of stuff in the van for you. Trasharoo, Thermal wrap for the pop top canvas, Hi-Lift style jack etc etc.. We have to admit to being tempted by this one ourselves!