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 after starting with the 2.0L 70hp air cooled engine the first 1980 model, eventually 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.


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!


Superbly engineered parts to convert your Vanagon to a smooth, powerful Subaru powerplant. 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!


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.

Other Services


Though we specialize in all things Vanagon, Westfalia, and Syncro, we also have decades of experience with the maintenance and repair of all models of VW, Porsche, Audi, and Subaru. No matter how new or old, we can fix it with the quality and efficiency you've come to expect from Small Car.


October 27, 2015

You've probably noticed some changes on our website recently. Over the past few months, we've been updating the site and creating new content to help provide our customers with the best information available in an easily navigable way. So far, we've only scratched the surface. Over the next few months (and beyond) we'll be adding tons of new content, so check back often to see the changes. If there's something you don't see that you'd like information on, or something you see that you'd like more information on, please let us know, we'd love to hear from you!