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APRIL SPECIAL

APRIL SPECIAL

Short and sweet - after February's sale theme of tune up parts and fuel injection components, we move to the month of March/April with all exhaust parts on sale.  It still surprises me, after all these years and all of the multitude of engine conversion transplants .... and all the Vanagons that we have "parted out" - yes Heresy!......but we sometimes have to sacrifice the worn out ones to get parts to keep the cream of the crop rolling, how many Vanagons are still on the road using the originally designed waterboxer engine (yikes - bit of a long sentence).  So, should you be sporting a waterboxer engine with rusty, cracked manifolds and various leaks and noises, you have come to the right place, but for all of you with engine conversions, it is a second month in a row that leaves you empty handed in the specials department.   But there are lots of other reasonably priced parts on the site that we will be happy to help you with and box them up avec un biscuit de chocolat. To peruse all of this month's specials you can either click on the specials button on the left side of the home page or select your year and model and view the appropriate categories. Thanks as always for the business.




MECHANICS AT WORK

MECHANICS AT WORK

Although the vast majority of our parts are supplied to the DIY crowd, we realize that not everyone has the time, tools, or desire to do their stint in the salt mines, slogging through tedious mechanical endeavors. As such, for those who would like some assistance with their repairs and upgrades to improve reliability and comfort, the following is a small smattering of jobs that our shop performs along with corresponding labor charges. (Again - labor charges only)
* Fuel Tank Reseal $200
* Brake Jobs $200 / axle
* Full Tune-Up and Inspection $200
* Windshield Install $80
* Clutch Jobs 2WD/4WD $300/$500
* Propex Heater Install $600
* 3 Window Poptop Canvas Install $500
* Spring/Shock Upgrades 2WD/4WD $250/$350
* Stainless Steel Pipe Upgrade 2WD/4WD $300/$240
For our out of town customers, we take seriously the need to perform our tasks in a timely manner. We are thankful that we are in a town with a variety of attractions and distractions competing for your attention, but we understand your need to get back in your van promptly and back on the road on schedule and will accommodate as best we can. Similarly, we are a small shop with limits to hours in the day and room for parking, so we ask that you do schedule an appointment with some advance notice as drop-in appointments cannot always be indulged.



BIG BUMPERS (TUBULAR)

BIG BUMPERS (TUBULAR)

THEY ARE BACK IN STOCK !!  Although we are very pleased with our new offering of heavy duty bumpers (more squared off version), we have found that there is still a fair amount of demand for our tubular big bumpers. We had taken enough deposits on sets that we did a production run of 16 sets. The cost of making these bumpers has risen (as has everything these days), but we are offering the bumpers at the old price of $995.  Please keep in mind that shipping to you is expensive for the bumpers as they must be freight trucked (estimated shipping charges are detailed on the site). Feel free to make inquiries and we will be more specific on shipping costs.



AND THEN THERE WAS FACEBOOK

AND THEN THERE WAS FACEBOOK The young'uns here are telling me it is time to get with the program. Either embrace change and new ways of communicating or be left behind. Hence...Van-Cafe Facebook page has been launched. We realize this will be a way to communicate and share items, stories, and pictures VW related that we hope you find interesting or that you may want to contribute to. We also feel this will be an ideal place to keep you informed on some of these new initiatives such as destinations for our freight ride share program and recipients of our donations. We intend to update you on new items and progress on out of stock items. We will also offer up Facebook specific specials. We look forward to seeing you on our page.

Click here to find us on Facebook!

PARTNERS IN CRIME

PARTNERS IN CRIME We wrote a few years back about the healthy developments we were witnessing in the supply of Vanagon parts. Where we first became concerned that parts were becoming obsolete at an alarming rate from both VW and aftermarket suppliers, we were pleased to see that VW understood the staying power of the Vanagon and decided it was worth their while to put many parts back in production. In instances where other holes developed, we found that individual businesses, and in some cases owners of the vehicles out of necessity, found ways to either remake certain parts and, in many cases, improve on the original design in the process. If you have ideas, initiative and the means to fill needs that you are aware of, we invite you to start a conversation with us to partner to sell the product. We will never expect or ask for an exclusive arrangement. We view it best that you control your product and how you want to sell it and the more avenues that products are available, the better for all.  

A CHANGE OF TASTE

A CHANGE OF TASTE

For a change of pace .... You will probably be noticing that we've switched to a different cookie distributor for our shipped orders. This was not an easy decision. In the news we hear on a regular basis about how over weight people are getting and so we had a moment of concern for our customers. Were/are we contributing to their ill health? Tipping the scales for folks who are hyper-glycemic over to diabetes? Then we thought, nah. They're grownups, they can decide if they want a cookie or not.

But then there's all the genetically modified food debates and the realization that maybe we don't know exactly what all IS in our food? But there is this spiffy new application for your iphone that allows you to scan an item at the grocery store and have it tell you instantly if that company uses or is owned by a company that is a GMO baddie? Ruh roh, the cookies we were shipping appeared on that list!!

So then we thought 'We'll kill two birds with one stone! We'll buy/support a local business here in Santa Cruz, especially one that does not use GMO ingredients. Brilliant!" Many extra calories were gained doing "research", political debates rose and fell, tearful goodbyes were said to the last of the previous cookies, and lo the decision to go with Pacific Cookie Company cookies was made.

Actually, the whole debate started when the local Costco stopped carrying the first and the decision to go with the second seemed like a no brainer. We hope you enjoy the new treat. We will miss the curious stares at the Costco when we roll the dolly full of Famous Amos cookies through the store.

The added bonus is the variety of flavors. Now after four months we have sampled Chocolate Chip, Dr. Midnight, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal Raisin and we are going with Mint Chocolate this month. Looks like you need to spread out your purchases and get an order once a month :)



AND THE RAFFLE WINNERS ARE..........

AND THE RAFFLE WINNERS ARE..........

Thanks for participating in August/September Raffle. In case you had not read the details in the August mailer, you were automatically entered if you placed an order or entered if you simply requested it. The following 10 lucky customers are winners of $100 worth of Van-Cafe loot and the grand prize winner walks away with $500 of Van-Cafe booty.

$100 STORE CREDIT TO THE FOLLOWING 10 LUCKY WINNERS:
**NILO AYSON - TAMPA, FL
**MICKEY RATHSAM - HERMITAGE, TN
**GARY WYMAN - DENVER, CO
**KEITH LEE - LISMORE HTS, NSW, AUS
**DANY AYOTTE - CANDIAC, QUEBEC, CAN
**MARK MCCULLEY - VASHON, WA
**MIKE OLIVER - KINGSBERG, CA
**ROBERT LOBER - KOLOA, HI
**RUDY YNIGUEZ - REDDING, CA
**DAN GRAVELLE - NEWBURYPORT, MA

AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER $500 STORE CREDIT IS:
****LAWRENCE WONG OF CALGARY, ALBERTA



RIDE SHARE PROGRAM /Calgary

RIDE SHARE PROGRAM /Calgary

We know that shipping costs on large, heavy items can often be the difference between whether you can swing buying a product or not. If you have already made a few purchases with us you are likely aware that we make our best attempt to reduce shipping fees and convert shipping to priority mail if we can get the order to you as quickly or quicker by that method. Large ticket items can pose an even larger obstacle when shipping fees can be a few hundred dollars. We have decided to launch a ride share section, whereby we try to combine freight shipments to reduce shipping fees. It takes a little coordination and advance planning but on purchases for big bumpers, bull bars, wheel packages, or multibox orders, sometimes there is a great opportunity to save. This listing will be fluid as we will update it whenever appropriate opportunities present themselves. At the current time we have a pallet leaving for Calgary Alberta to the shop, Autotech, around February 15. If you are in that area and what to catch a ride on that pallet, please make contact soon. Also keep in mind that we are also willing to consolidate orders that include items from other vendors, especially on international orders.



PARTS BACK FROM THE DEAD!

PARTS BACK FROM THE DEAD!

Two years ago, we commented on two promising events developing that were supportive of the Vanagon community - the burgeoning presence of Classic VW (Germany) and the entrepreneurial efforts of businesses and individuals to fill in the gaps. During this past two years both of these efforts have flourished. In our opinion, Classic VW has done an excellent job of consolidating original equipment manufacturer parts, new manufacturer to original spec parts, and old remaining stock of new parts to provide the best quality parts available for many essential items that we worried were disappearing for good. We now purchase over 250 part numbers from them and find ourselves on a continuous order cycle, whereby a large new order is placed each time the previous order is received and stocked. And based on the visits we receive a few times a year from Classic representatives (likely additionally influenced by the attraction of our weather), we are lead to believe that the feeling is mutual as they profess their appreciation for the volume of business we are conducting with them. Separately, the efforts of both businesses and individuals to fill the gaps continue. Not long after a part disappears, it seems someone in the Vanagon community steps up with a plan to produce that part or design and manufacture a suitable alternative, and this is separate from the development or adaptation of creature comfort products that work on the Vanagon to improve on the driving and/or camping experience. Following is a list of items that have returned to being available after varying lengths of being absent, along with some new products: *German Mud Flaps front and rear  * Carrot Alloy Wheels 15" and 16" - Wheels and Packages  * Trailmaster Complete Suspension Packages for Syncro Tin Top or Westy  * Iron Man Products - Awnings - Fridges   * Automatic Transmission Coolers  * Emergency Road Kit  * All Complete Coolant Hose Kits - Yes, Syncro - 1.9 ltr - 2.1 ltr manual trans - 2.1 ltr auto trans (quite the juggle to keep all these hoses from various sources (US supply/German supply/silicone hoses) in stock to make these kits complete). And here follow a few other items that we have been out of for a while that will be returning in the near future: German 16" Steel Wheels due in January Pillar Trim (front rain gutter molding) due during December If interested, please feel free to email us if you would like to be contacted when they arrive.



NEWLY DESIGNED AUTO TRANS COOLERS

NEWLY DESIGNED AUTO TRANS COOLERS Applying more modern cooling methods that have been developed since Vanagons were originally manufactured, we are proud to be rolling out the aluminum heat sink transmission cooler. These are a more efficient and compact cooling solution than both the stock set up and external cooler alternatives. Lots of details on the site both on our write up and how this offers you some alternative options for your coolant lines (as you eliminate the need for coolant to be run through the cooler - huge bonus), and additional details and pictures from the manufacturer. Please note that this cooler (and the stock cooler) are designed to be used with stock application engine or conversions up to 120hp.  In more extreme cases (such as Subaru 2.5 or some TDI's, it may be necessary to use an external cooler with a dedicated fan. For more details, please go to this link. 


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