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Can you help a newbie VW camper van enthusiast? - Part 2

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Back in September 2010 we introduced Ben, a VW newbie who was searching for his dream campervan. Six months on and they have a new addition to the family…

So, we were still undecided, but certainly leaning towards a classic camper. You know when you think you know what you want, so you keep looking for bad news and reviews about the alternatives to help justify your decision?

Every evening was spent looking online at reviews, seller’s websites, eBay and anything camper related. Then I found a website that just clicked with me. VW Kampers near Brighton had a website that was easy on the eye and written in a style that epitomised my feelings for the lifestyle. The company seemed perfect too – they specialised in T2’s, across classic late Bay’s AND Brazilian imports. (more…)

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Readers Rides #23 VW T2 Devon Conversion

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Our latest readers rides comes from David. The owner of a beautiful VW T2.

Make/Model: VW T2a, Bay Window
Year: February 1970
Colour: Red/White
Engine: 1600cc, (still leaded) petrol
Conversion: Devon Camper
Additional Details: Almost as original, i.e. drum brakes, original interior, original engine, ‘original’ oil stains on the drive.

About the Van:

“I bought the van as an 18 year old in 2005, having finished school and started working for a year to fund a Europe trip. It’s a familiar story to begin with; young man buys old VW, gets hooked, becomes
addicted to ‘the scene’, spends unlimited time learning about mechanical engineering, original interior fittings, gritty little details etc, works like a blue-arsed fly to afford chassis welding and aesthetic touches. (more…)

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Readers Rides #22: 1978 Westy

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

This weeks readers rides comes from Laura Anne who is sharing her 1978 Westy with us.

Laura purchased her van in February this year and with her boyfriend Trey they’ve just finished a complete resoration on the van. As you can see from the initial images the van wasn’t much of a looker.

“The car is in good condition, some rust here & there, nothing too major. There’s a large dent just under the left head light which we are preparing to fill with body filler. The car came with an extra sliding door that has little rust damage, and a plethora of other spare & original parts. The PO (previous owner) had done a lot of the dirty work already. He completely gutted the interior and took the old Formica off the storage compartments. He replaced the front beam, shocks, brakes, did some body work, cleaned the pop top. The only thing missing from the bus is the canvas tent-like material that goes in the pop top. But it did come with the AWESOME tent that attaches to the outside of the sliding door. Very awesome!” (more…)

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Readers Ride #20: 1978 Bay Window Bus

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Mia is a 22 year old model who has recently become the owner of her 1978 VW Bay Window Bus.

Mia is planning to travel the US in her van with her dog Krueger for company volunteering for various wildlife organisations as she goes (sounds great doesn’t it??)! However Mia does have issues with her not quite road worthy vessel: “The fuel pump is a bit busted, if it’s been sitting, I can stick some gas in the carb and after some coaxing, the bus will start up. My dad’s a mechanic so I’m not too worried about the mechanical jazz - but I am curious about swapping in a biodeisel or just a regular tdi engine.” Well folks any thoughts on swapping a biodesisel or tdi engine?

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Readers Rides #19: 1976 Bay Window Pop Top VW Campervan

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

This weeks Readers Rides comes from Phil Clayton-Smith, who owns Noo noo a beautiful 1976 Bay Window pop top campervan.

Noo noo was first registered in March 1st 1976, with a 1.6cc air cooled engined, the body was a sage green. We decided to buy the bus as a first bus, thinking that a splitty is a bit too expensive for a starter project. The interior was far from perfect but the bus was run-able and decided that the van was perfect as we weren’t too sure what we wanted our inside to look like and this way we had a good engine and body and could put our own stamp on the interior.

We had a 160 mile trip home when we first picked up the van and I was wondering if it would even make it! We stopped for petrol and found the drivers seat had a broken spring which ripped my back pocket open! “This is going to be expensive!” I thought.

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Can you have all the fun and enjoyment of owning a VW Camper Van at a fraction of the cost?

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

As VW Camper Van Owners / Enthusiasts I am sure that, like me, you have all been told by people outside of the scene (we shall call them ‘normies’) that you are mad for putting in all the time and effort (and not to mention the money) into, what they deem to be, an ‘old banger’. They simply cannot grasp the fun and enjoyment that can be gained from owning an old VW Bus. Similarly, I am sure you have all been told by these ‘normies’ that you could save a lot of money by hiring an old VW Van a couple of times a year. That way you can have all the fun and enjoyment without the bills that seem to destroy your bank balance in a few seconds flat!

Well someone recently imparted this wisdom to me and, as we are still currently without a van, I thought this might not be a bad idea. (more…)

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Readers Ride of the Year 2009 - Winner Announced

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Readers Ride of the Year 2009 - Winner Announced

Back in December, I asked you to vote for your favourite van featured on the VW Camper Van Blog throughout 2009. We had a wide range of different vans to choose between from Split Screens and Bay Window Single Cabs right through to Type 25 Campers and T4’s.

Well… the votes have been official counted and verified and I am pleased (and not surprised) to announce that the winner of the VW Camper Van Blog Readers Ride of the Year 2009 is… (drum roll), Bob’s 1967 21 Window Split Screen Microbus which was featured back in August.

Coming in a close 2nd was Amy’s 1969 Low Light Early Bay Window Camper Van from September and in 3rd place was the unusual 1979 VW Type II Bay Window Camper Van owned by Orville which was featured in November. (more…)

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Readers Ride of the Year 2009 - Vote Now!

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Readers Ride of the Year 2009 - Vote Now!

We have had a wide variety of vans submitted in to the Readers Rides section throughout 2009 from pristine Split Screen Vans through to stunning T4’s with a whole load of T25 Work Vans, Bay Window Pickups and Custom Built Camper Vans in between. So I thought it was about time to figure out just which one is the best.

We have had photos of 16 VW Vans sent in during the last 12 months, each of them unique and loved dearly by their owners, but which one deserves the crown of the VW Camper Van Blog ‘Readers Ride of the Year 2009′?

The nominees for Readers Ride of the Year 2009 are shown below. Once you have had a good look through them, you can cast your vote at the bottom of this article. The winner will be announced on the 31st January 2010. (more…)

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Posted in Bay Window, Readers Rides, Split Screen, T25, T4 | 5 Comments »

Readers Rides #16: 1979 VW Type II Bay Window Camper Van

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Readers Rides #16: 1979 VW Type II Bay Window Camper Van

This weeks Readers Rides comes from Orville Smith from the United States. Orv contacted the VW Camper Van Blog a few weeks ago about a custom conversion he performed on his 1979 VW Type II Van a number of years ago. After reading the detail Orv went in to when converting this Volkswagen Van into his ‘Ultimate Camper’ I thought I had to share it with you. The van does not look like the majority of Bay Window VW’s we see in the scene (lowered / alloys / etc), but the extras Orv fitted in to his van meant it had to be included in the Readers Rides section.

From here I will pass over to Orv who explains in great detail the many hurdles he had to overcome whilst installing the numerous improvements he made to his Volkswagen Bay Window Camper Van in order to suit his needs: (more…)

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Readers Rides #15: 1971 Low Light Early Bay Window Singlecab Pickup

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Readers Rides #15: 1971 Low Light Early Bay Window Singlecab Pickup

Back in August we featured Bob Cropsey’s 1967 21 Window Split Screen Microbus which I know you all found amazing. Well in that article the keen eyed among you may have noticed a rather tidy looking Bay Window Pickup lurking next to the awesome Split Screen bus.

Based on the amazing work Bob had done on his Split Screen and bearing in mind the amount of award winning show vehicles Bob has had (not to mention the book he has written on VW’s), I thought it has to be worth taking a look at the early Bay Window Singlecab he uses as his daily runner. Bob has once again been kind enough to send in some photos of the pickup so here it is…

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