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Now's the time to buy?

Postby tforturton » 08 Sep 2017, 10:30

Currently four Syncros for sale on Ebay, and at varying prices too.
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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby Winchweight » 08 Sep 2017, 11:08

There's five... no including T4s
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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby mm289 » 08 Sep 2017, 12:54

Always tempting :) - anyone know the green panel van? I've toyed with converting my 2wd green panel to syncro spec but would be easier to buy one as a syncro first :D

From memory it was up for £9k or something originally but has some serious seam/panel rot looking at the pics so thought that was way too much for me.

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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby DoubleOSeven » 08 Sep 2017, 17:31

The Devon Moonraker looks tidy

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202042281906


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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby R0B » 08 Sep 2017, 21:18

Yeh but its not a syncro..
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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby DoubleOSeven » 09 Sep 2017, 10:23

Yeah, but post title was not specific either ;)


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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby Aidan » 09 Sep 2017, 10:27

But this is the SYNCRO forum, not general :roll:

Max's van is probably the best value for money, the bodywork issues are less than the one in London and it has better maintenance history, genuine new VW engine supplied by me in 2005 and gearbox rebuilt by me in 2007

The green panel van is a TSR bodge conversion, the gearbox went bang after it had been done for TSR by Bears Motorsports who failed to honour the warranty on the rebuild after it went bang; I only sourced the gearbox in it by putting Adam the vendor in touch with Lars at Tristar connection who brought over a used box to Vanfest for him as to rebuild the failed box would have been £2.5k+, I have never seen the van in the flesh, the scabby front corner above the headlight doesn't look good in the pics and if the rest of the front is to the same standard then I'd steer well clear, though I do like the colour, who doesn't like a green panel van :D

The synchro doka I like : ), like the NAAFIwagon Andy and I had but diesel and not NATO Canopy but it looks good

Most of them will be at Vanfest I guess so hopefully those who go will report back on what they look like in the flesh
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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby R0B » 09 Sep 2017, 10:31

I would of thought the post and it being in the syncro section would of been a bit of a give away.. :wink:

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Now's the time to buy?

Postby DoubleOSeven » 09 Sep 2017, 10:44

^^^Good point, missed that. Oops.

Interesting notes by Aidan (soz). Good to get some detail like that.


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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby Aidan » 09 Sep 2017, 12:36

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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby mototavi » 11 Sep 2017, 09:39

Hello, I have a simple question, but I suspect not a straightforward answer . . .

Does a Syncro require a significant amount more maintenance (cost) than a 2WD T25 to keep running sweetly ?

I have run 2WD T25 campers for quite a few years (and a Doka), but just got curious about changing to a Syncro. I spoke to a couple of friendly Syncro owners at Busfest who said they were no trouble to run. . . .

I am practical, but not a mechanic so any info most welcome.

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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby clift_d » 11 Sep 2017, 10:03

It's difficult to generalise. Proportionally you have an extra differential, more drive shafts, etc than on a 2WD so I suppose there's more to go wrong, but also Syncro owners tend to perhaps ask more of their vans and so breakages and dents may be more common. It's really down to how you maintain and look after it.
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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby Gary. » 11 Sep 2017, 19:29

There are a few syncro specific parts that tend to be significantly more expensive than the regular bits. For example, speedo drive & cable, fuel system parts etc. Then there is gearbox, diff lockers etc that are all unique to syncro. I'm not that mechanically minded, but found most tasks relatively simple with the right tools. I think you'll find the trouble is finding a clean one with not too much wear and tear; it's fun looking though...
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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby Jim San » 12 Sep 2017, 07:05

mototavi wrote:Hello, I have a simple question, but I suspect not a straightforward answer . . .

Does a Syncro require a significant amount more maintenance (cost) than a 2WD T25 to keep running sweetly ?

I have run 2WD T25 campers for quite a few years (and a Doka), but just got curious about changing to a Syncro. I spoke to a couple of friendly Syncro owners at Busfest who said they were no trouble to run. . . .

I am practical, but not a mechanic so any info most welcome.

Thanks , mototavi (Devon)
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Re: Now's the time to buy?

Postby PeteandNikki » 13 Sep 2017, 06:13

The one in London sold for £5400. Seems reasonable. Interesting to see if it appears on here.
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