Looking forward to seeing more! I owned a 2wd H2O Westy for a few years but always wanted a Syncro. Vanagons, Westy's, Eurovans and even Syncro's are quite common in my town. Saw/heard a smooth running Diesel Syncro last week, presumably a TDI conversion.
I won't ask what you paid but around here a clean Syncro is usually over $20K .... running or not.