1987 GL. Engine needed a rebuild. My dad wanted to get one to slowly turn it into a mobile astrophotography lab. It was going to have a collapsible bench/bed, a table, and a whole bank of deep cycle batteries to power his gear, among other modifications.

But it would have costed something like $5,500 to have the engine rebuilt by Vanagon experts. Plus the cost to have the body repaired/repainted, and the interior modified, it would have been pretty expensive. He still wants one, but it’s a much lower priority now.