1981 Volkswagen Vanagon Camper
1981 Volkswagen Vanagon Camper

1981 Volkswagen Vanagon Camper

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    Import Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    2,230 miles
  • Engine
    4 Cylinder
  • Condition
  • Doors
  • Drivetrain
    2 wheel drive - rear
  • Transmission
  • Exterior Color
  • Interior Color
  • Seat Color

Classic Car Overview

1981 Fully Restored Classic Air-Cooled Vanagon Westfalia Price: $59,950
-1981 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia conversion with new 2.0 Liter fully remanufactured air-cooled engine & new remanufactured Automatic Manual Transmission - Almost every component has either been replaced or rebuilt. Vans of this caliber are few and far between. If you are thinking of having one restored, save years of waiting for the restoration to get done and buy this turn-key van that is ready for adventure now! This vehicle is a pleasure to drive! The following restoration items were done back in 2018 - 2023:

-Engine: Professionally remanufactured and installed 2.0L engine done in 2018. Vehicle has approximately 2200 miles on since new engine. Replaced the finicky fuel injection system with large dual Weber 40 IDF carburetors for much more power. Mechanic estimated engine to have 100+ HP output. This engine swap included the professional installation of a thermostatically controlled electrical fan assisted oil cooler, and a BlazeCut Halon engine fire suppression system

-Transmission: New remanufactured automatic transmission 2023 by German Transaxle in Bend, Or professionally installed. This professional transmission swap included installation of a GoWesty transmission cooler for greater transmission longevity. Axels were rebuilt and new seals installed

-Fuel: Fuel Tank was replaced with new GoWesty replacement tank. All new fuel lines, new electrical fuel pump, new filter and seals

-Steering: New steering rack, and seals

-Suspension: New Front & Rear Bilstein Shocks, new front and rear springs, all new bushings, joints, bearings, grease, hardware, HD anti roll bar. New upper and lower ball joints, new radius rods, new bushings throughout, new tie rods, new sway bar bushings, rebuilt both drive axles, new steering rack, new wheel bearings front and rear wheels. Handles like a dream!

-Exhaust: New lifetime Bus Depot Stainless exhaust system

-Brakes: All new disk and drum brakes, brake cables, and stainless-steel brake lines

-Wheels and Tires: 205/65/16 Mazama brand 5-tire set upgraded to European 16 alloy wheels

- Bumpers: GoWesty Black Plate Steel Front and Back bumpers, GoWesty Dual Swing-Away Systems- Left side Swing-Away with Spare Tire Carrier with built in locking storage compartment and Two Locking 2 Gallon RotoPax Fuel Packs mounted above Spare Tire, Right Side Swing-Away with GoWesty 27 x 17 Tray Accessory, Ladder, and Two Locking 2 Gallon RotoPax Potable Water Packs, Front bumper has front hitch receiver for bike rack

-Paint: 2017 High quality windows out paint at MAACO. Completely gutted rolling chassis. painted inside and out. Upon assembly all new window and door seals and new front windshield

-Instrument cluster/dash upgrades/cockpit: Added GoWesty LED instrument cluster lighting, GoWesty new speedometer & cable, new cluster corner repair kits & mounting tab-kit. Dash refurbished and upholstered. Upgraded to GoWesty dual horn kit with high power relays, new rear view mirror, new sun visors, highly desired Truck style upgrade side mirrors, new door handles and grab bars, cup holders, working windshield wipers

-Upholstery: Very comfortable Recaro Front Bucket Seats, New headliner throughout, GoWesty light birch wood panel interior trim, new insulated main floor, carpet, new Lloyd tan floormats, New Door handles, Cupholders, Dark leather covers for door handles and transmission shifter, new professional dash upholstery includes transmission shifter cover and instrument cluster

- Exterior Electrical/Lighting: GoWesty High Power Headlight Upgrade Kit installed, 100W LED off-road light bar installed in front of front grill, all new LED taillight assemblies, new front turn signal LED assemblies, and side-maker LED assemblies with socket and socket boot replaced, New Front Washer Reservoir, new washer pump, washer line and squirters

-Interior Electrical/Lighting: installed 6 additional new Hella 12 Volt interior lights each with two LED bulbs, added LED bulbs to the existing 3 Vanagon interior lights, interior led upgrade kit

-Sound System: Kenwood KMM-BT328U Bluetooth deck, 4x 125 w speakers

-Camper Interior: Westfalia Camper cabinetry, White Leather folding Sofa converts to Bed, New Westfalia Van Camper Rear Cushion, Interior FatMat sound insulation installed extensively, GoWesty 10-piece Trim Panel Birch Ply Light Wood Paneling, new professionally installed headliner throughout interior of camper, new gray bamboo flooring with FatMat Sound Dampening, new GoWesty full curtain set

-Camper Heat: New GoWesty propane tank and regulator, new Propex HS2211 under-vehicle mounting 6,824 Btu propane heater with digital thermostat controller (under vehicle mounting allows for more storage space under sofa)

-Camper Charging: New GoWesty Upgrade kit with dual GoWesty 50 Amp/Hour Lithium Iron Phosphate auxiliary batteries (100 Amp/Hour total capacity) connected to Renogy 30A DC-DC solar/alternator charging system, solar hook up box upgrade, wiring, two Renogy 100 W lightweight flexible solar panels, Renogy Sine-Wave 1,000W inverter. Renogy Bluetooth adapter allows your smart phone to monitor battery charging from both solar and vehicle alternator in real time

-Camper Pop Top: New GoWesty Acrylic 3 window tent, dual sets of pop top lift assist struts kits installed, better German style pop top seal kit, top was professionally painted inside and out when the Vanagon was painted. All new stainless-steel hardware on Westfalia pop-top and luggage rack.
-Full Westfalia cabinetry

-Camper Accessories: Dometic CFX-50 compressor electric chest refrigerator, Highest quality ARB 2500 Touring Awning, , Yakima RoadShower4 pressurized solar hot water, Yakima 78 locking roof rack crossbar set, BlazeCut automatic Halon fire suppression system in engine compartment, new table leg set, Rocky Mountain Westy Bunk Bed Step, Under-van GoWesty Storage Box installed replacing unused old spare tire storage

-Additional Upgrades: Heavy duty offset window cranks. New hatch struts, New carpet kit, GoWesty Ashtray Delete Kit for Dash, New Front grill, new exterior and interior door handles and locks, 3 new interior grab bars, Fridge Delete kit, cup holders

Note on Westfalia water tanks and Westfalia propane stove During renovation we decided to remove Westfalia fresh water, and grey water tanks and not replace them because we never used them since we usually camped in campgrounds, and removing the tanks created potential additional storage space. Existing Westfalia sink drains directly under the vehicle. Similarly, since we usually cooked on a campground table using a portable propane stove (included), we disconnected the Westfalia propane stove and have not rebuilt it, although it can be reconnected and rebuilt
All mechanical work done by very experienced professional VW mechanics and full documentation is available


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