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VW T3 Custom Exhaust System
We have just fitted a custom made exhaust system to this VW T3 Syncro which has a Subaru flat 6 EZ30D engine conversion. 3 into 1 stainless headers with 10mm lazer cut flanges with 3mm wall thickness tube, header flanged onto a sports cell CAT with lambda port and onto a baffled silencer. Mirrored system for left hand and right hand bank.     ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion
This Volkswagen T25 14" Syncro is at the CoastVW workshop having a twin cam Ej25 Subaru engine conversion which is in the process of being fitted in its freshly painted engine bay.   #coastvw #vwt25engineconversion ..
VW T25 Westfalia Conversion
This 14" Volkswagen T25 Syncro came into us for a full Westfalia conversion. So we have cut the roof to accommodate the new pop top roof and the interior installation is going in nicely.   #coastvw ..
VW Syncro Subaru Engine Conversion
Our first holiday snapshot is of this lovely South African Volkswagen Syncro Caravelle which was out and about after a full Subaru engine conversion using a EJ25 2.5 ltr. What a cracking looking bus!   #vwsubaruengineconversion ..
VW T25 Porsche Brake Upgrade
We have just fit these late uprights for a Porsche big brake upgrade. Because we are fitting a Subaru SVX 230HP engine into this Volkswagen T25 2WD the standard brakes weren't really up for job.   #coastvw #vwt25brakeupgrade ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion - EJ25
We have just finished another Subaru engine conversion in this 2WD Volkswagen T25 using a 160HP EJ25 2.5ltr flat 4 - the best petrol engine there is for the VW T3 Transporters.   #coastvw #subaruengineconversion ..
VW T25 Brake Disc Conversion
This VW T25 2WD has just had a rear disc conversion fitted in the CoastVW workshop   #coastvw #vwt25brakeupgrade #vwt25brakediscconversion ..
VW T25 Subaru Engine Conversion
This VW T3 came to us to have a Subaru engine conversion, just finishing off. This is a fantastic engine conversion for a VW T3 campervan :)  #vwt25 #vwt3 #vet3engineconversion #vwt25engineconversion #vwt25subaruengine #vwvanlife #vwcamper #coastvw #vwdevon ..
VW T3 Paint
What a busy week we've had at Coast VW. Here is James just finishing of the primer coats on the final panels for custom paint work on VW T3 syncro. Happy weekend folks! :) #vwt25 ..
VW T3 Engine Bar Carrier Plate
Coast VW recently welcomed Sean to the team just before Christmas. Today he has been busy making the modified engine bar carrier plates we fit to all of our VW T3 Subaru engine conversions   #vwt25 ..
Subaru Engine Conversion
Just finished fitting this Subaru EJ25 2.5 ltr engine into a South African Syncro. These Subaru engines are such a good fit in a T3 and brilliant to drive, quiet, smooth and powerful. If you are thinking of an engine conversion in your Volkswagen campervan then we recommend this engine as being the best petrol engine conversion in a VW T3. ..
VW Camper Magazine Editorial
We were super pleased with the 6 page article in this months Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine all about one of our recent restorations.... #coastvw #vt3restorations #vwcamper        ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion
This VW T3 14" Syncro Doka has just had a 2.5ltr Subaru engine fitted and is off for a test drive :) ..
VW T3 Syncro - Subaru Engine Conversion
Engine bay just being prepped before 'popping' in this Subaru EJ25 engine into a Volkswagen T3 Syncro. #subaruengineconversions #coastvw #vwt3engineconversion ..
Off home....
HI HO HI to Edinburgh this van goes....the full body restoration and Subaru engine conversion on this VW T3 campervan has come to a close and is off to be reunited with its owner :) :) :) :) :) ..
VW T3 2.5 Subaru Engine Conversion
It's going in......2.5 Subaru engine into this VW T3 14" Doka :) ..
Another Subaru engine conversion....
We are busy preparing this VW T3 14" Doka engine bay ready for a 2.5 Subaru engine conversion. ..
We are super pleased with our back-cover ad on this months Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine which has just arrived in the post. We have worked on this customers van for over 5 years and in that time we have undertaken a full metal work restoration, an engine conversion and various other bespoke works. Photo credits go to him and his friend for allowing us to use this great image for our marketing…….beers in the post guys ???? ..
VW T3 Syncro & 2WD Subaru Engine Conversions
Coast VW Subaru engine conversions for VW T3 2WD and Syncro.   Our Subaru engine conversion programme has been specially developed for the T3 with stand alone ECU with custom mapping set up on a rolling road and perfected on the road.   Developing 156 HP and 173 Lbft of torque. ..
VW T3 Engine Conversions & Replacements
All the boys happen to be busy working on engines today. Ross is fabricating a new engine loom for this Subaru engine conversion, Ash is repairing this 1.6 air-cooled engine as it had pulled 3 cylinder head studs and Pete is finishing of the installation of this 1.9 (customer supplied) diesel engine. ..
VW Subaru Engine Conversion
The engine bay has now been prepared and painted on this Volkswagen T3 2WD 'Syncro look' bus. It was fitted with a MtDi diesel and we are now fitting a 2.5ltr Subaru. Engine and gearbox have been mated together and are nearly ready for fitting   #vwenginereplacement #vwt3engineupgrade #coastvw ..
Volkswagen Subaru Engine Conversion
This Subaru engine has just arrived, it is a low mileage EJ25 2.5 engine which will be going into a VW T3 Syncro. ..
Subaru Engine Conversion - wiring loom going in
Installing the wiring loom in this EJ25 Subaru engine conversion…should be ready for its first fire up in the next couple of days. ..
VW T3 Multivan - Engine Conversion
Another VW T3 has just come in for an engine replacement - currently a diesel and the owner has decided to go for petrol. In this instance we are converting it to a Subaru EJ25. ..
VW T3 Interior Flooring
We have just fitted this wood effect vinyl flooring into a VW T3 Syncro we are currently rebuilding. This is such a great product as its individual planks so looks just like real wood. #coastvw ..
VW T3 Disc Brake Conversion
Volkswagen T3 disc brake conversion being fitted, designed to be used with 15" steel mefro's. ..
Overland trip to Iceland
Some more holiday snaps of another CoastVW customer on a recent overland trip to Iceland - great to see one of our Syncro conversions in its natural environment :)   :)       ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion
Just building up another Subaru EJ25 2.5ltr engine to go in the back of a Volkswagen T3 Syncro. #vwsubaruengineconversions ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion
Out with the old and in with the new......Ross has been cracking on with stripping down the old Subaru EJ25 engine and building back up the new shiny version. Engine has had new main and big end ACL race bearings, new piston rings, heads rebuilt, all new gaskets etc so will be good as new and all ready to install back in the VW T3 Syncro camper….just a mere matter of finishing the body resto, getting the van repainted and completing the rebuild…..:) :) ???? ..
VW T3 JX Engine Conversion and rebuilt gearbox
Pete has just finished installing a fresh JX motor and gearbox into this VW T3 Syncro...nearly ready to return home to Jersey :) ..
VW T3 Syncro -  Mtdi Engine Conversion
This 1.9 engine conversion is getting closer in this VW T3 Syncro (RHD), we are now just fitting the charge cooler pipework. ..
VW Syncro Mtdi engine conversion
This VW T25 14" Syncro is in with us having an Mtdi engine conversion - this image shows the coolant pipes being laid in ready for the new charge cooler system, featuring a Holset Turbo. ..
Coast VW Workshop - busy days!
The CoastVW workshop is busy as ever - this 14" VW Syncro is in from Jersey having a mechanical overhaul (engine and gearbox rebuild), the late Baywindow campervan has just been prepped ready for its topcoat, the 1966 Splitscreen just tucked around the corner has just had its metal work restoration completed and the in-house VW T25 Syncro panel van might one day get its full camper conversion. Busy times :) ..
VW T25 Subaru Engine and Camper Conversion
Another van has returned to its family....this VW T25 Campervan came to us for a Subaru engine conversion and a full camping interior installation. Our customer chose this lovely wooden interior from Vanwurks, along with a snazzy set of captain seats from Newton Commercial in a tan leather finish. The engine was converted to a 2L naturally aspirated water cooled engine (having previously been a 2L air cooled).                        ..
VW T25 Subaru Engine Conversions
2ltr Subaru engine conversion on this 2WD Volkswagen T25 Campervan. It was air-cooled - and is now water cooled and we have just finished fabricating a custom exhaust for it.... ..
Pop Top Roof Conversion on VW T25 Syncro
The CoastVW team have nearly finished fitting an original Westfalia roof onto this VW T25 Syncro, ended up being a little complicated as this was a sunroof model but all issues are now resolved :) ..
VW T25 Campervan Interior
Just fitting the Vanwurks interior into this 2WD van. This camper has also had a Subaru engine fitted which we are just finishing off.. ..
VW T25 16" Syncro Build Up
This VW T25 16" Syncro is currently being built up at Coast VW - with bumper/grills/wheels/truck mirrors....having already had a 2.5Ltr Subaru engine conversion fitted :) ..
VW T25 Syncro Mtdi Engine Conversion
Just fitted up the MTDi engine with the Syncro gearbox. We have fitted a TDi input shaft and a solid TDi flywheel and complete clutch. Gearbox has also had a decoupler fitted, unit is read for installation into a VW T25 14" Syncro panel van. ..
VW T25 Subaru Engine Conversion
We are part way through installing a 2.5 Subaru engine into this VW T25 16" Syncro, most of the coolant plumbing is complete, wiring loom is in place and we'll be fitting the new stainless steel exhaust this week. ..
New Turbo for this VW T25 Syncro
This VW T25 Syncro campervan has an MTDi conversion and it's turbo recently failed so we have installed a new turbo, a new intermediate pipe and given its inter-cooler system and good cleaning out! ..
VW T25 Syncro Disc Brake Conversion
This VW Syncro is having a rear disc conversion to improve its braking performance. Next job being to reinforce the roof assist struts and fit a Westfalia top locker. ..
VW T25 Syncro Mtdi Engine Conversion
Building up this 1.9Mtdi engine for our in house VW Syncro. Just prepped and painted the engine prior to the next stage of fitting up which includes a new Holset turbo, bigger injectors.....and lots of other fun stuff! ..
Subaru H6 3L Engine Conversion for Volkswagen T25 Syncro
Subaru H6 3L Engine Conversion for Volkswagen T25 Syncro ..
VW T25 Syncro Exhaust and Suspension
The Coast VW team are currently setting up the coolant hoses for this 3ltr Subaru engine conversion - and fabricating the exhaust at the same time, hoping to get her fired up for the first time by the end of the week...second shot also shows the new Fox suspension set up.   ..
1.9 Diesel Engine Conversion
Coast VW has just undertaken a 1.9 engine conversion and Pete is now fitting the snorkel back onto the airbox. The 1.9 diesel engine makes such a difference when driving a heavy Westfalia campervan. ..
VW T25 Subaru Engine Conversion
This early Volkswagen T25 has come into the Coast VW workshop for a 2L water cooled Subaru engine to be fitted, and a new interior smile emoticon ..
VW T25 Pop Top Roof Conversion
Pop top roof conversion all fitted on this VW T25 16" Syncro. We opted for one from Space Roofs.  ..
Subaru H6 3L Engine - For VW 16" Syncro
Pete's had a busy morning building this Subaru H6 3L engine ready for a VW T26 16" Campervan. It has had new timing belts/chains/tensioners/water pump fitted, and the cylinder heads changed. Busy busy :) ..
VW T25 Syncro - pop top roof conversion
Bit of a hole in this VW T25 16" Syncro......better get its new roof on smile emoticon:)  ..
Subaru Engine Conversion Wiring
Ash has been in the engine bay all day getting the wiring loom ready for the 3L Subaru engine conversion in the VW T26 16" Syncro we are currently rebuilding ..
VW T25 Syncro Rebuild
Rebuild going well on this VW T25 Syncro. Sound proofing has been applied to the front cab area, electrics have been installed ready for the Subaru engine conversion....busy busy in the #coastvw workshop this week, in fact its been flat out since we opened the doors on 4th January - will try and get back into blogging more regular updates :) ..
VW 1.9 TD Engine Conversion
This 1.9TD (intercooled) engine is now fitted into this VW Camper. Its looking really good and should improve its current top speed of 45mph!!!!  ..
VW T25 Disc Brake Conversion
This 16" Volkswagen T25 Syncro has had a disc brake conversion - we are just working out the discs used (Mercedes) should be all back together by next week smile emoticon ..
Paperwork day!
Catching up with some paperwork, just a few jobs on the go at the moment!! ..
VW Golf Engine Conversion
We have been busy fitting a 1.6 turbo diesel into a MKI VW Golf we are using a VNT15 turbo on this one so it should go well  ..
VW T25 Roof Conversion
A quick photo of big brown not looking quite to big the day before it went off to its new home in Kent. VW T25 Syncro high top roof conversion #vwt25campervanroofconversion #vwt25poptoproofconversion ..
VW T25 Engine Running Issues
Pete is working on this VW T25 Doka with a TDI electronic conversion: we are analysing the fault codes to help us diagnose the engine running issues. ..
VW T25 1.9TDi Engine Conversion
Newly built 1.9 turbo diesel engine ready for engine conversion in VW T25 'Horizon Classic' campervan. ..
VW T25 Engine Conversion
Swapping out this very sooty 1.6 JX engine for a nice new 1.9 turbo diesel ..
VW T25 Syncro - Body Resto & Subaru Engine Conversion
Looking rather nice! We recently fitted a Subaru engine in this South African VW T25 Syncro, which is wearing its new coat of the original factory red colour after its full body restoration. We specialise in quality restorations of VW T25 Syncros and 2WD VW Transporters. ..
VW T25 16" Syncro - H6 Subaru Engine Conversion
We have had a first fit for this H6 3.0ltr flat 6 Subaru engine, which is going into a 16” VW T25 Syncro. Top left shows the ECU and electrical items main board for Subaru engine conversion, components are mounted to our newly developed board and then a strong cover attached, the diagnostic port is then accessible from the outside. Top right shows ECU box  with the diagnostic port on the top right for this VW T25 Subaru engine conversion. ..
VW T25 Motorhome with rare coachbuilt body
This very rare VW T25 British built 'Horizon Classic' with Foster & Day coach-built body has come into the Coast VW workshop for a 1.9 turbo diesel engine (fitted with inter-cooler) to be fitted. The main aim being to try and better its current 'top speed' of 35mph. Owners is planning an extended trip around Europe once new engine is in. ..
VW T25 16" Syncro High Top
This Volkswagen T25 16" Syncro with a factory high top has been shipped to us from Ireland. It is in the Coast VW workshop for some mechanical work. Oh and owner has also just decided to have a 2.5 Subaru engine fitted whilst its with us...... ..
VW T25 14" Syncro Westfalia Servicing
This VW T25 14" Syncro has returned to the Coast VW workshop again from Norfolk for its annual service, we fitted an Mtdi engine to it back in 2010. Its a two man job this week as Pete is doing the mechanicals whilst Ashley fabricates another set of our unique rock sliders smile emoticon ..
Postcard from Slovenia
We love hearing from our customers when they are of on an expedition....this VW 16" Syncro High Top Westy 1.9TD is currently touring Slovenia - but previous trips have been heading to the Artic Circle and Morocco......enjoying its more powerful engine ..
VW 16" Syncro Body Resto/Subaru Engine Conversion
This Volkswagen T25 16" Syncro has been imported from Italy, direct to us for its full body restoration and Subaru engine conversion. Vehicle has been stripped down and body panel repairs have commenced, starting with a new front lower panel, small side panel repair and lots of shot blasting! ..
VW T25 16" Camper Restoration
The Coast VW Team has started stripping out this 16" Syncro camper which was shipped in from Italy for a full body restoration and an engine conversion to a Subaru H6!  ..
VW T25 Camper - Cambelt change and new pump
This VW T25 Camper has come into the Coast VW workshop for a new diesel injection pump and a cambelt change. ..
A selection of our current work -
Just a few of the VW vans we have in this week…. Top left – this VW T25 14” Syncro has come to us to be renovated prior to going up for sale Top right – this VW T25 has come to us from Derby for a bodywork renovation Bottom left – this VW T25 14” Syncro is just having an electronic power steering rack fitted as its last job before collection Bottom right – this VW 14” Syncro is in with us for a 2.5ltr Subaru engine conversion prior to a bodywork restoration ..
Bit of a colour scheme taking place -
We like a colour co-ordinated workshop at Coast VW and it looks like today we will mainly be working on red Volkswagens....   ..
1983 VW Mark II Golf GL
So even though the workshop is stacked out and there is not a drop of space in any of our barns at home this little beauty was too good an opportunity to miss out on....a 'rare' 1983 VW MKII Golf 1.6 GL - naturally aspirated - will be a fun project over the coming months. Because you can never have too many VW's!!! ..
Subaru Engine Conversion
Subaru engine conversion nearly complete in this 14" Volkswagen Syncro – we will be uploading a You Tube video next week, watch this space :)  ..
VW T25 Reimo- 6 seater conversion
The new owners of this VW T25 Reimo camper (which we sold to them last week) wanted it to be a six seater camper, safely - with seatbelts!!! So we sourced a Doka Crew Cab front double seat and then made a removable bulk head bar (just incase the new owners ever wanted to take it back to factory). We also sourced a VW Multivan rear facing seat (Thanks Mick at NWVW), which even included the frame. Because the Reimo floor is higher we had to modify the seat securing frame so the seat is fully removable. Hey presto - a six seater camper full seatbelts all round.  Nice work Pe..
Visitors Bearing Donuts ALWAYS Welcome!!
Nice to put a face to a name when James from VW Heritage popped in this avo....and the donuts were much appreciated - Ross you missed out!!! ..
VW T25 14" Syncro - undergoing a Subaru Engine Conversion
Subaru engine conversion wiring loom now built and ready to install in the VW Syncro - this huge pile of wire is what's left.  ..
VW T25 Subaru Engine Conversion
This VW T25 Syncro is in at the Coast VW for a Subaru 2.5 ltr engine conversion. Gearbox has been cleaned and diff lock unseized and repaired, RJES bell housing fitted, gearbox offered up to the engine then engine and gearbox as a unit is trial fitted up into vehicle, cooling system is then plumbed in – next job will be to build the loom from this pile of spaghetti :)  ..
VW T25 16" Syncro Westfalia
This beauty of a Syncro (16” T25 Westfalia) has been a frequent visitor of the Coast VW workshop for the past few years – in with us this time due to a drop in the oil pressure which was traced back to be a faulty pump, a new pump was fitted – along with a new gasket to the sump we also fitted an oil cooler so all these things should help keep the oil temps down and the pressure up...can we also point out workshop floors all shiny and blue once more!!! ..
Volkswagen T25 High Top Camper for Restoration
These photo's show the repairs we have been undertaken to the front end of a VW T25 Camper that came into us a few weeks ago with historic front end accident damage which had been previously repaired but had corroded through in many areas necessitating the removal of the complete outer skin on the pillar. We sourced a good 'complete A-pillar' from Mick at NVVW as we had no suitable body cuts ourselves. Ash carefully unpicked the outer skin from this donor pillar and then grafted the skin back onto the van. Resulting in no more corrosion.       ..
Its almost too late to say this...BUT...wishing you all a Happy New Year. We all enjoyed the long break and normal services have now resumed :) ..
VW T25 14" Syncro with Subaru conversion
We collected this 14" Syncro last week (yes vehicle collections are all part of the service at Coast VW) because it needs some finishing off work doing - we have been asked to fit a new exhaust, fit a new sump, fit an engine carrier plate and refit the engine bash plates. ..
VW T5 Kombi - Rear Windows Fitted
Snazzy new windows have transformed our new VW T5 Kombi van from a commercial into a more domestic vehicle. We opted for Volkswagen spec windows so ensure they matched the other side windows - looking good, for some wheels! ..
VW T5 4 MOTION Camper Conversion
Having recently purchased this new VW T5 4MOTION Kombi Van thought we'd do some nice 'before' images as we are planning a transformation into a camper/day van over the coming months..... We have already affixed front and rear mudflaps, cab window wind deflectors and rear bumper load protector (nearly 10 deep scratches from dogs and bikes within 4 days!!!) Next job being the rear windows which should be going in end of the week, and wheels are fairly high up on the list (but our children need feeding first apparently!) Keep watching guys...   A full album of i..
Volkswagen Syncro Engine Service
This 14" Volkswagen Syncro is back at the Coast VW workshop for its annual service and a few small repairs....tank straps need replacing, as do the steering rack gaiters and headlamps (reflective coating has corroded) and also an engine service before being collected on Wednesday. ..
VW Baywindow Bodywork
Just in at Coast VW this week is this 1971 VW Early Baywindow - which as you can see needs a fair bit of metal work and TLC. Not quite what you may expect though given that the owner has already paid to have it restored....but as the saying goes "Buy Cheap, Pay Twice" - although to be fair the owners never sought out a 'cheap' job, but sadly for them that is exactly what they got :( ..
Check out Pips new wheels!
After selling Pip's 1971 VW Baywindow in the summer decision time came about what to replace it with. The new T5 4motion ticked all the right boxes, and after waiting 3 months for its build it arrived is a blank canvas for us to put our mark on in terms of wheels / interior / suspension.......follow its progress on our fb page or website blog ..
Underbody Wax Treatments
It's funny how we have 'trends' in the Coast VW workshop. Two weeks ago all the Volkswagen vans were blue, this week they are all white - and everyone is booking underbody wax treatments, 4 in one week, and it's nobodies favourite job...especially in this heat! ..
Busy times...
It is peak sumer and yet the Coast VW workshop (and carpark) is chock-a-block with VW vans and campers. From VW Syncro conversions to Subaru engine conversions, to underbody protection wax jobs to an annual service before heading off on hol's we seem to hav a big variety of jobs half a team down the whole of August due to everybodies holiday time :) Busy, busy, busy....... ..
Syncro Subaru Conversion Update
This Subaru crossover manifold has been modified for the T25 coolant pipe fitment for the Syncro to Subaru conversion we have in house this week. ..
VW T25 Syncro Engine Conversion
Ross had a busy day stripping out this wiring loom from a Subaru Legacy ready for an engine conversion on a VW T25 Syncro. The current owner tows a small Eriba caravan and felt his VW Syncro really lacked power with his current 2.1DJ set up. We are replacing the current engine with a 2.5EJ25 Subaru flat 4 engine, this engine produces around 165HP and makes the Volkswagen Syncro a real pleasure to drive. The Coast VW Subaru engine conversion is unique and we feel offers the best solution for any VW Syncro owner - please contact us for more information if you are considering such a conversion :)..
T25 Syncro Subaru Engine Conversion
Here we go again! After extensive work in the Coast VW workshop this fine example of Syncro is back and this time its for a Subaru engine conversion.  This is one of our favourite jobs so we are just a little but excited ;-). More updates to follow! ..
T4 Reimo Roof Conversion
"Measure twice (or even three times!!), cut once!" Says Ash as he embarks upon this #T4 #Reimo pop top roof conversion. We can supply and fit pop top roofs to any vw transporter or Kombi, and usually return your van in around 3 days. ..
#T25 #Westfalia #Syncro #Conversion Update!
Engine and Syncro box now in. This has the de-coupler option fitted which lets you switch between the 4WD Syncro mode or 2WD. Polybushes fitted to the mounts on the gearbox and the front Differential. Uprated rear Syncro springs fitted, helps with the extra weight of the Westfalia hi-top when fully loaded up. 16 inch original Syncro wheels fitted with the classic BFG AT tyre in 215-70-16 fitment going on.Work in progress - Lots more to do, but coming along nicely now. Lucky Dan!     This conversion is now complete! Read the full article here. ..
T25 Westy Syncro Conversion
Dan (the lucky owner) has made a great Job of preparing all the parts by having them Zinc plated and then powdercoated, he supplied all the polybushes  and we are busy building up the sub assembly’s ready to fit to the westy. Thanks for all your hard work here Dan it makes building up a real pleasure! See the full write up here! ..
Volkswagen Syncro Restoration / Engine Conversion / Mechanical Overhaul
Here were the final pictures of a recent restoration we did. This VW Syncro came to the Coast VW workshop as a tin top caravelle that was riddled with rust. The Coast VW team undertook a lot of work to make the Syncro structurally safe (inner and outer sills, seat belt mountings and A-pillars all replaced), it then had a Subaru 2.5 engine conversion, a full camping interior fitted and then a mechanical overhaul to include replacement springs and shocks with a small lift, upgraded brakes and stainless steel exhaust. Plus loads of other little extras – was a very special truck by the end ..