Monday, June 20, 2016

Diesel Conversion: 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Type 2 T3

The  Type 2 Vanagon (T3) was released in 1980 and replaced the aging Volkswagen Transporter T2.  The new version added a number of refinements in terms of speed/ride/capability in exchange for a less cool looking package, but today's T3 brings even more utility than normal.  Find this 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon T3 offered for $7,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. 

This Type 2 has been given a number of upgrades from stock to make camping and travel more comfortable, starting with a 1.6 liter non-turbo diesel engine and a slew of upgrades -- just read this list from the seller:

*Factory A/C
*4 new BFG AT/KO
*New front rotors, wheel bearings and seals, rebuilt calipers, new brake hoses and brake pads
*Rebuilt rear wheel cylinders and new brake hoses.
*New vacuum pump and new vacuum diaphragm.
*Go Westy Zero Lift springs and Bilstein HD shocks
*Go Westy LT Truck Mirrors
*New Giles tuned Fuel Injection Pump
*New Upper Ball Joints
*Aux fuse panel, 100A circuit breaker, 12v plugs x2 to rear and 12v USB plug to front (fridge ready)
*New laminate flooring, sound deadening and insulation
*LED interior lights
*Custom removable interior storage cabinet.
*New window tint
*Wet Okole seat covers
*Yakima bars with roof basket
*Rear Ladder
*Heavy Duty Tow Hitch
*New windsheild
*CD player
*Solar Ready (panel not included)
*Go Westy shift extension

The car isn't perfect, the blower motor is intermittent, the tach doesn't work and a few other small issues that could be solved by an enterprising weekend mechanic.

 See another fuel sipping oddball?


  1. Must be slowest vehicle ever. I think the 1.6 non-turbo made about sixty horsepower. I'm trying to imagine taking you, your wife and two kids with camping equipment on a trip. Would it even get to fifty miles an hour?

  2. First purchase after buying this?
    A bumpersticker that says "' I may be slow but I'm ahead of you"

  3. Had two diesel Westys. Believe it was a whopping 54hp. 60mph was about the best down hill speed. Cannot imagine having AC on this thing.

    Slow has a whole new meaning driving these things.

  4. I had a 1982 4 door Jetta with the non-turbo 1.6 diesel. My 1970 Westfalia with a 1600DP was faster. I got a friend to help me do a drag race with them. To bad this was before camera phones or there would be video. I don't think we made 60 before we ran out of road.


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