81-westy

This 1981 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia by Eric Rankin looks as good as new. In fact, it looks better than new. With a gorgeous paint job, custom wheels, and custom upholstery, this one is to die for.

Things done to this vanagon:

  • All chrome, (bumpers, window trim, etc.) painted black.
  • Two-tone paint. (1963 VW Turquoise and Snow White)
  • Custom Ronal 16”x8” “Joker” wheels painted Snow White.
  • VDO gauge cluster with tach, temp, oil & volt gauges.
  • Wet Okole neoprene seat and bench covers.
  • Kenwood stereo with Serius-enabled tuner and iPod hookup.
  • Secondary house battery with charging relay.
  • Center Console storage for Absorber, binoculars, pens, paper.
  • Custom Sunbrella fabric curtains, pillows and dash cover.
  • Split-cushion rear portion of lower bed (for easy storage).
  • Bamboo floormat from Bali. Beanbag ottoman from Tijuana.
  • Yackima roof rack with artificial gutter mounts.
  • Slide-out hitch receiver and tilt-up rear storage rack.
  • 2 folding bikes stowed on storage rack.

    Click through to see more pictures and a very nice custom interior!

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  • swing-box

    I found this custom swing out box on The Samba. User Ryan Pruden made this custom swing box and added VW Bus lights that look related, but not stock. He made a custom frame so he did not have to cut the bumper. Great job! Click through to see another pic of the frame.

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    junk-yard-dog-vanagon

    I’m not sure why, but I think this one should be called the “Junk Yard Dog.” This guy is not interested in fancy paint or pristine anything. He wants the baddest Vanagon on the planet to get the job done. I just love this Vanagon! Everything about it just screams “Junk Yard Dog.” Look at the size of those wheels. What about the front bumper? Even the paint job screams “junk yard.” Click through for a few more pics.

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    syncro-custom2

    This is one of the most unique Vanagon Syncros we’ve seen. It is not the most rugged, or the nicest Syncro we’ve seen but it does have a couple of storage areas that make it unique. This van comes courtesy of campervanculture.com. Click through to see how unique this Vanagon really is.

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    vanagon-buggy

    Is this a Vanagon or a buggy? It’s probably both, but if so much of this van has been removed, can it still be considered a Vanagon? I love the cooler mounted above the engine. The rear tires are larger than the front tires, and it looks like they have customize the dash.

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    syncro-czech

    This is one of the most complete all terrain Vanagons we’ve seen. This one hails from the Czech Republic and was apparently built for a tour of Africa. Trying to list the mods and hacks on this one is a never ending adventure. Check out the horns mounted on the high top and the extra large size view mirrors. What about that massive front bumper with winch? It also looks like it has some kind of chimney exhaust coming out the rear. This is a Vanagon lover’s dream machine!

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    Oct 03, 2014 | Category: Other People's Hacks

    lights

    I ran across this photo of a unique Vanagon. Do you think the owner likes lights? Along with standard fog lights mounted on the grill, he has other lighting inside the top and bottom grills. He also has several other hacks going on in his van. He has covered the rear windows completely. It also looks like he has special venting on the roof, along with antennas for CB or Ham radios. The radio antenna has been relocated to the front center of the roof. The side mirrors are not stock, and his wheels have obviously been changed.


    Oct 03, 2014 | Category: Conversion, Other People's Hacks

    vanagon-rv2

    Vanagons are known as good camping vehicles for those who want something small. But what about a RV? There are Vanagon RV’s floating around out there, but here is one with a complete interior and exterior view. This RV is small, but does provide a more complete experience over the standard Vanagon. Check it out!

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    van-truck

    This read truck looks like a stock double cab Vanagon, but looks can be deceiving. We’ve seen this beauty before, but I just ran across more high quality photos from VW Vortex that are worth a second look. This first rate Vanagon to truck conversion would make every Vanagon fan drool. Click through for many more pictures.

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    wood-grain

    Wouldn’t it be fun to drive a Vanagon with wood paneling? I ran across this early 1980’s Vanagon that was apparently for rent. The picture was originally found at Valley Westys Vw Camper Rentals, but they no longer have it on their website. The wood grain paint job is interesting to say the least but this guy doesn’t stop there. Check out the incredibly small side view mirror and roof rack.


    90-syncro

    This 1990 Syncro has clean as a whistle. This Vanagon has had three owners and is still clean. A 1.8T engine (by Audi) has been installed giving it 30 more horsepower than the stock Volkswagen engine. Add the South African 15” Wheels with 215/75R15 BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, Eurospec front brake kit, and a 2-inch lift kit and you’ve got yourself a beauty. Click through to see a few more photos.

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    Sep 26, 2014 | Category: Other People's Hacks

    westy-camping4

    I found this beast on The Samba. Forum user syncrolloyd sure knows how to build a custom camper. It appears to be an early 1980’s custom Synchro camper complete with high top camper, roof racks, side ladder, new wheels, black out tint, and spare tire rack. Click through to see more pictures of this custom Westy camper.

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