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Syncro Project - just starting
9:32 am
Flagstaff AZ.
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Boy you will have more $ and time in this. Just sell the two Syncro and parts. Put the money in a box under your bed, add to the box every week tell you can buy a nice rust free Syncro sunroof Weekender! But if your time is worth $2.00 an hour and have lot's of it then it sounds like a fun project.

4:48 am
Ben Parent

To anyone willing to offer some advice...

I have gathered a bunch of stuff and I think I am ready to take the next step in a Syncro-build project, but wanted some advice first.

I have a running Syncro, with no interior. (Non-locker)
I have another Syncro / weekender / sunroof, with no motor and a severely rusty bottom.
I have a 91 vanagon shell - no glass, no front suspension, no running gear, no doors, no interior, and virtually no rust.
I have 2 sets of doors, besides the ones on the syncros, another slider too.
I have a rear locking differential - unknown condition.

What I want is a Syncro - sunroof - locking diff - weekender.

I think I have everything I need to get started, but I'm afraid of missing something obvious, since these are my first vanagons (I'm an aircooled guy since forever.)

My intention is to cut up the shell, and use it to repair the rust on the running Syncro. Next I would transfer the weekender interior and locking diff. And eventually swap the roof.

Now for the questions -

What should I look for on the running Syncro, to be sure it is a good foundation for the project? It has the typical body rust, and I have an entire donor van to make the body repairs. It looks to me like it is pretty solid underneath, but I am a rookie. I am very afraid of spending a lot of money on body work, only to find I missed something mechanically. It is not inspected, but I have driven it several times locally with no problems. I put a new driveshaft in it and the front end pulled it off a jack and doesn't rumble on the road.

The major body work I plan to have done professionally, but the interior and mechanical I was going to try myself.

Well, if you are still reading, thanks for your time and consideration.

I welcome any comments, warnings, suggestions, etc.

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