Syncro Westies have also reached a price point where building one from a 2wd Westy now pencils nicely.
One of the important aspects of this conversion is that it results in a Vanagon that looks and functions just like an original all wheel drive Syncro! Better of course if you have a Subaru engine.
We start with a Syncro donor and remove all the parts to build your Vanagon. This includes the following:
After removing the drivetrain and suspension from your 2wd Van, the Syncro front subframe is installed using laser cut plates that duplicate the original Syncro mounting points. After this work is completed, areas of unprotected metal are painted with a rust inhibitor then undercoated with a high quality rubberized undercoating. The syncro fuel tank is installed along with the associated brackets and clamps.
The cost to perform the Syncro conversion from a 2wd MT Vanagon is $7975 plus the cost of a donor Syncro. This can be supplied by you or we can provide this if we have one available.
No donors available.
Conversion of your waterboxer engine to Syncro specifications (not necessary if we are doing a Subaru conversion)
Conversion to MT if the Vanagon is an automatic - Call for quote
Before arrival of your Vanagon we generally get a deposit of approximately the donor vehicle cost to acquire and prepare the Syncro parts.
Upon delivery of your Vanagon for the installation work, a 50% deposit is required with the balance due upon completion.
Finally got to try the Syncro in the snow at home Saturday instead of just my muddy construction job sites. Driving up snowy, curving roads, no problem. The new transmission is like the trans the van had when I bought it new. Nice, crisp, solid and quiet, and It matches the work you did. If you need a sterling reference let me know. - Ken
Research has concluded that it takes the equivalent of more than a year's worth of fuel to build a new vehicle. Scientists determined this by doing a lifecycle analysis; a detailed study of the raw materials used to build the vehicle, where the materials came from and the energy it took to collect them. Carbon used in manufacturing is important, since manufacturing is 10-15% of the car's lifecycle carbon footprint. This is referred to as the vehicle's embedded energy. If the car you have is reasonably efficient, then getting rid of it and buying a new eco-friendly car may actually negate a lot of the benefit of having a car that gets better mileage and is cleaner.
For all new parts, we have a one year warranty, see our warranty page. Used parts have a 30 day warranty unless specified otherwise on your invoice. Extended warranties may available on request. If the vehicle cannot be returned to us for warranty service, repairs at another location should be authorized with us before the repairs are completed. Diagnosis is only covered if it is performed in our shop.
All old parts should be picked up with your Van if you wish to keep them.