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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

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    Nice job! Must be truly awesome to drive it now having done all that yourself.
    Turning the key for the first time and hearing it fire up was awesome. Since I plan on taking this/do take it all over and I am sometimes miles away from cell service being able to fix shit and know what everything is and does is a huge asset. I couldn't imagine owning one and not being able to do maintenance on it.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Sweet! I'm in the process of getting the deer slayer and rear bumper/swingouts designed and built for my rig. I'm looking at fridges, but a cooler works, and money don't grow on trees!

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    Yea I got a bunch of parts from rocky mountain westy. Pretty awesome build quality on their stuff. New engine carrier bar. Stainless coolant pipes front to back their exhaust setup which is kinda UEL sounds awesome. The stock VW transaxle bolts right up to the subaru with an adapter plate.

    Next Items on the list are some powerflex goodies for the suspension fox shocks and 2" lift springs. Going to grab some 16'' wheels so i can fit the porsche front brake rotors I have under them. Then its safari time, need to either weld up my own or drop the coin on some bumpers that can accommodate the swingouts I want for the rear and a decent brush/deer thrower for the front. Solar/house battery setup and at that time i'll add a new truck fridge.
    i was impressed with the quality. I have done a few swaps in other cars and seeing this stuff and how easy it was to install...it was great. drill 6 holes, exact instructions with great photos etc. The actual carrier bar itself was very well designed and used good solid steel. Welds looked great on both that and the exhuast. You get what you pay for, this kit you got i think was awesome.

    the coolant pipe thing was the only real work around...aside from that everything else went in easy

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Sweet! I'm in the process of getting the deer slayer and rear bumper/swingouts designed and built for my rig. I'm looking at fridges, but a cooler works, and money don't grow on trees!
    Boy is that ever true... I am going with one of these. Fits in the stock location and should be able to run without driving anywhere off the house batteries I want to go with for 2-3 days.

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    Nice. I'll have to look closely at that. I've been eyeing up the Engel fridges.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Oooooh... I could see using those for camping... nice find!

    Edit: Cheaper to get some of the TruckFridge units direct: Built in 12 Volt Refrigerators

    Paul, the drawer unit may work well for your setup?

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    I have a perfect spot for the T49... I did look at the drawer unit though.

    Edit, pricing is identical with shipping added. It was free on the westy site.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    With the way my solar system works, I could probably run this 24/7 indefinitely and never drain the batteries. While the sun is shining, I can draw up to 15 amps directly off the panel, and the remaining juice goes to charging the batteries. At 6 amps draw and 25ah per day, I don't think my battery bank would suffer at all even for extended periods without driving. Plus, the low voltage cutoff would protect the batteries if the draw ever was a problem.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Can it wheelie?

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    Can it wheelie?
    Maybe.... depends on if there is a hill

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Sell it. You need this one.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Bizarre pricing on those things

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Bizarre pricing on those things
    JEsus FUCKing CHRIST, you ain't kiddin.

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    I have read and followed his build since the beginning. Awesome syncro! I have a bunch of syncro parts and a syncro donor lined up and ready but am holding off to see what happens with the subaru gears and reversed subaru transmissions/awd systems. I would love front rear lockers and a granny gear but the subaru system could be pretty awesome.

    Have 50-85k for me to buy one already built!? I know I couldnt afford to buy one outright so I decided I would just build one. Couldnt be happier so far. I drove it 24 hours straight with only short stops for gas coffee and food it ate those miles up.

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    I also have almost the exact same motor setup as that guy. Finishing the suspension over the next few months and then its time for "cosmetics" Bumpers, rear swing aways etc. Shes getting painted next winter too

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    And then you can sell it for 80K? nice!!!

    Seriously, I dig these a lot, especially with the motor upgrades. I can't believe how much they sell for though.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

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    Whats this!

    Untitled by Marco DelGuidice, on Flickr

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    Just googled. Wasserboxer had 90-110hp and 106 ft lbs torque. A garden variety EJ22 (many of which have logged 200K plus without rebuild) has 135hp and 137 torques. It was the engine that gave Subaru a reputation for great reliability and durability so they'd buy a 2.5. Bwahaha.

    Sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    And then you can sell it for 80K? nice!!!

    Seriously, I dig these a lot, especially with the motor upgrades. I can't believe how much they sell for though.
    It's pretty crazy. If I had the money I would have loved to have gone diesel either tdi which would have raised the engine deck lid 6 inches or subaru ee20 which looks like it wqs meant to be in the vanagon engine bay.

    I bought this van for 1200 but then again it wasn't close to where it is now, a lot of time swears, sweat and blood have gone into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Just googled. Wasserboxer had 90-110hp and 106 ft lbs torque. A garden variety EJ22 (many of which have logged 200K plus without rebuild) has 135hp and 137 torques. It was the engine that gave Subaru a reputation for great reliability and durability so they'd buy a 2.5. Bwahaha.

    Sweet.

    The wasserleakers that were in the vanagons were either 1.9L or 2.1L with 89 or 94 BHP

    VW took an aircooled motor and slapped a rubber water jacket between the heads and block for the coolant, sealing the pistons with copper rings. The water jackets are notorious for leaking, which I had know all about all to well. My 1.9L would push the van up hills, and i use that term loosely pretty much any grade on the highway at around 35mph which is fucking terrifying.... Now i cruise up them at 70.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    If you can find an H6 it's only 1/4" longer because it uses a chain. 215 ft lbs of torque.

    And I wonder if the 3.6 might fit!

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    They fit! There are a bunch of them running around! Once you get up there though the vw transaxle starts to take a beating. They are also heavier and not as simple maintenance wise.


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    This front bumper was designed by a local boston company but never put into production. They auctioned off the files on ebay and the group who bought them still have yet to do anything with them... Sort of bummed since its one of the best looking/functional front bumpers for a vanagon out there.


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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post
    They fit! There are a bunch of them running around! Once you get up there though the vw transaxle starts to take a beating. They are also heavier and not as simple maintenance wise.
    Makes sense. Not a vehicle you want to rush around in, anyway.

    Our troop commander bought a late 70's model when we were in Germany. It had been brought over so was US spec. It started to rust pretty badly by the late 80's but he sold it for what he paid for it. Very clever interior. Can't wait to try out our new Transit.

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