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We’ve seen some great diesel Westies here, but today’s brings the added benefits of a biodiesel conversion. Built by a reputable Bay Area VW mechanic for himself, it’s clean through and through and has a nearly-new TDI swap. Now you can get over 30 mpg in your camper AND have the delicious smell of french fries follow you wherever you go! A solar roof adds to the green credentials, and some other nicely refreshed parts like a new tent make it a pretty great package. Bidders are going a bit wild, with a huge amount of bids pushing this up into top non-Syncro territory.
Click for details: 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Biodiesel on eBay
Model: Vanagaon Westfalia
Engine: 1.9 liter biodiesel inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 28k on engine/trans, 250k on chassis
Price: Reserve auction
THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A T.D.I. WESTFALIA !!!
Free Fuel from Restaurants (if using recycled Vegetable Oil)
Carbon-neutral (if running on recycled Vegetable Oil)
Location: San Francisco CA
1987 white Westfalia (full Camper)
4-Speed manual Transmission
TDI Turbo Diesel Engine (ALH, from a 2001 Jetta), fully rebuilt (as new)
120 Horse Power (est.)
200 Foot-Pound of Torque (est.)
28 K Miles on rebuilt Engine
28 K Miles on rebuilt Transmission
250 K Miles on Body
Elsbett Kit to run on pure Vegetable Oil (SVO)
30 – 35 Miles per Gallon
Solar Roof powers 2 Batteries and Refrigerator
16 Inch Aluminum Wheels with Falken Tires
Tow Hitch (2 Inch, Powder-coated), that will easily hold a Dirt Bike on a Rack
Euro Body Kit (Bumpers, Side Panels and Front Spoiler)
New Paint ($4,500)
New Window Seals all around
New Tent Canvas (from GoWesty.com) just installed ($1,200)
20 Gallon Tank (replacing Stock Tank)
12 Gallon 2nd Tank for Vegetable Oil
Air Conditioning (freshly charged)
New rear Brakes (everything: Drums, Shoes, Calipers)
Selling only because I am moving back to Europe !
The Bus was built by Detlev Hanschke (of European Auto Service in Livermore CA), considered by many to be the best TDI Conversion Specialists in California if not the U.S.
Detlev built this Bus for Himself, so no Expense was spared, and everything is the Best of the Best !
I like the idea of puttering to a restaurant, snagging some oil in the auxiliary tank, going home to process it into fuel, and being ready to cover a lot of miles while getting great mileage. The biggest turn off here for me is the “did you cover the windows and grilles? Cool, spray EVERYTHING ELSE” paint job that makes it look more Maaco than $4,500. Still, that doesn’t seem to be deterring anyone, as it could easily break $40k by the time the auction is over. I haven’t seen any as fully built for Biodiesel as this!