Small Car Performance Vanagon Conversions


The Vanagon is perhaps the most versatile of vehicles. It can be everything from a moving Van to a motor home and to some even a sports car. VW upgraded the engine several times since 1980 ending up with 2.1L and 95 horsepower in the 1986-1991's. From the beginning, the water cooled four was plagued with head gasket problems and VW dealers had their hands full with warranty repairs. They never seemed to be able to cure the corrosion issues on the Wasserboxer's heads and many long term Vanagon owners necessarily look upon this $2000-$3000 repair as a regular maintenance item.

Build Your Dream Syncro!

Do you have a desire for a Syncro Multivan? Or how about a Syncro Carat? Maybe you just happen to own a 1985 Camper with 61K on the odometer and you want better traction in all weathers. We can convert your two wheel drive Vanagon into a Syncro and at the same time install a Subaru engine to give you the ultimate in power, traction, economy and reliability!


We're often asked "What's the cheapest way to do a Subaru engine conversion?"

The answer: make it right the first time!

We've designed superbly engineered parts to convert your Vanagon to a smooth, powerful Subaru power-plant. Our kits are a matched and proven set of parts that takes the worry out of building a Subaru powered Vanagon. No scouring the internet, fabricating parts, and worrying about whether muffler A will fit with bracket B. You will be rewarded with a finished conversion that looks and drives better than the original in every way. We are the only source for the parts necessary to use engines as new as 2012!

TYPE-2 Bus Conversions

In addition to Subaru conversions on Vanagons, we also do Subaru conversions on Type 2 VW Buses. We offer these conversions with all 4-cylinder Subaru engines (2.2L, 2.5L, 2.0T, and 2.5T). Whatever engine you choose, you’ll be amazed by the change in your Bus’ power and ride. Most important, however, is the reliability, comfort, and peace of mind that a Subaru-powered Bus will provide you.


We have a new website!

Welcome to our new website! Everything should be easy to find, but our new site search engine is more robust and can help you out along the way. Please bear with us if you find any bugs, broken links, or images out of place: we're working on it!

We are still taking extra precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current customers should feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions. We are open for all business, and we appreciate your efforts for safety as well.


Small Car Performance is your one stop shop to buying, building, and customizing your perfect Vanagon, Westy, or Syncro! We have a large selection of stock Westies. Buy one as is, or trick one out and turn it into your dream van.


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Small Car now offers towing for our customers at $2.00 per mile! We will pick your vehicle up if needed, or to save you the trouble of bringing it to us during work hours, up to 30 miles!

Call to schedule! (253)-473-2474


We're Hiring!

We are growing, come work with us! We are looking for individuals who are interested in being part of the Small Car family. We can offer a work environment that is the most satisfying in our industry. We have several positions available so take a look!

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