Year, Make, Model?
1991 Vanagon Westfalia Syncro Camper
Name of vehicle? What's the story behind that?
How did you get it?
Spent five years dreaming, a couple years researching, a year looking, and eventually found it on the Samba classifieds. It was a two-owner rig purchased and kept in Santa Barbara, with just 65,000 miles on it.
How have you modified it?
The list is long. The previous owned had swapped out the engine for a Subaru Legacy and got it certified by California's notoriously draconian Air Resources Board, so that was done. After that...
Soundproofed top to bottom
Removed lousy stock fridge and replaced it with ARB
Added Rhein South Africa rims I had powder-coated black
Added better rubber
Added steel GoWesty bumpers
Added gas struts to the pop-top
Extended the shifter
Added Old Man Emu shocks and springs with two-inch lift
Dark window tint all-round
Built pantry where fridge used to be
Installed driving lights
Replaced rear lap belts with three-point seatbelts
New head unit, subwoofer, and speakers
Added stainless steel brake lines
There was more, but I forget some of it.
How many states has the vehicle visited?
Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington. Also: British Columbia.
It traveled a lot between southern California and south-central Utah. No need to go too many other places.
Stealth home on wheels. Fun to drive. Goes almost anywhere off-road. More comfortable than a tent. Conversation starter. Won't go above 65. Rear locker. Perhaps the coolest, most stylish, most fun way to live vanlfe.
Expensive whether you're buying a project rig or around-the-world purr-machine. It's a Volkswagen. It won't go above 65. Things break constantly. Parts are increasingly difficult to find. Electrical system is junk. It WILL break down.