volkswagon vanagon adventure wagon

1983 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon Custom

Condition: Used
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Bus/Vanagon
Trim: Custom
Year: 1983
Mileage: 293,000
VIN: WV2YA0256DH003518
Color: Green
Engine: Subaru 2.5
Fuel: Gasoline
Drive type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Lewes, Delaware, United States

Description for Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 1983

1983 Adventure Wagon with 2.5 Subaru.

This is a beautiful van that runs and drives great.I bought it in 2011 and have basically rebuilt it. it has a 2.5 Subaru engine with about 50,000 miles on the bottom end, but only about 5000 on the totally rebuilt heads. A Small Car adaptor kit with all new stainless exhaust etc was used for the engine swap, which was professionally done by Pheaton Motorwerks in Durham, N.C.. The transmission was rebuilt about 5000 - 7500 miles ago, by Jeff Huber of Huber transmissions in Troutman, N.C., with taller 3rd and 4th gears for improved highway performance and fuel efficiency.

There are 2 issues with the van that I am aware of.

1. It has been retro fit with an aftermarket a/c system, which worked well through last summer. However, there are currently 3 leaks at hose fittings that will need to be custom made by an rv shop, or anyone with capacity to make custom lines. All of the parts, excluding the hoses, are in very good condition. The compressor is brand new.

2. the coach batteries are nearing the end of their functional life. They still hold a charge, but not like they used to...

Below is a list of what I've done to the van since purchasing it including approximate dates and mileage.

I have a ridiculous amount of money in it, but just need to sell it and move on with other things...

2011 - 2012, approx. 40,000 - 50,000 miles ago:

  • new shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends and various bushings.
  • After market in-dash a/c system
  • custom built maple cabinetry with marine latches. Sleeps two adults with lots of permanent storage
  • Recaro captain's seats
  • new interior door panels etc from Sew Fine Interiors
  • new headliner
  • new carpet in front with Go Westy heavy duty mats
  • led lighting throughout
  • Go Westy front and rear bumpers
  • Go Westy 16 inch wheels
  • All new rubber seals on all windows and doors
  • top off, interior out, down to metal, paint job
  • New seam seals
  • "Vantastic" powered roof vent
  • solar panel, with charging controller, glass mat batteries and wiring
  • Dometic 3 fuel freezer/fridge
  • Shady Boy awning
  • Propex cabin heater
  • new propane lines
  • new 2 burner gas stove
  • 13 gallon water bladder with filtering system and deep stainless sink and brushed nickel faucet
  • Kenwood stereo with iPod, cd player, bluetooth and remote
  • new shifter bushings
  • front and rear brakes
  • new windshield
  • Power passenger side window with switch center of dash
  • steel raised rear deck with tool storage drawers
  • Go Westy accordion style curtains
  • Rear hatch mosquito screen
  • sound deadening and flash coat high-density foam insulation
  • limo tinted rear windows


  • Rebuilt transmission
  • new clutch
  • Subaru conversion
  • New a/c compressor
  • new wiring harness
  • Go Westy LED dash lights/foil
  • replaced entire wiring harness
  • stainless coolant tubes
  • new side view mirrors
  • new heater core and blower motor
  • new windshield wiper motor


new tires

There are some minor road chips in the paint and a few flaws with the interior from use.

It has no rust.

I would not hesitate to drive it across the country tomorrow.

I am selling it because of changes in my life. I have another van I can drive on the beach where I live and it does no good leaving it sit.

Thanks for looking!