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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 #24 VW T4

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Todays readers rides come from Wim Koelman in Belgium, he shares with us his T4 and his history with the VW scene.

Make/Model: VW T4,
Colour: Green/Blue
Conversion: Westfalia

We live in Belgium and our story is about our Volkswagen T4 Westfalia California Generation which starts with a visit to AutoStadt in Wolfsburg in November 2000. We specially felt in love with that Generation Edition of this California and in May 2001 it was ours.

2 years later we made a little mistake in thinking that the bigger VW T4 Karmann Colorado was the ultimate camper, but after some years we decided to sell the Karmann and travel again with our California which we luckily had held. (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 Rides #21 1989 VW T25

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

This weeks readers rides come from Martin, who’s sharing with us his 1989 VW T25 - Boris.


Model: T25
Year: 1989
Colour: Off white, creamy colour
Engine: 1900cc petrol 4 speed
Camper conversion: Holdsworth 2 berth

We had been thinking about buying a VW camper and decided to go to Vanfest for the day back in 2006.  We had approached my bank to see if they would loan us £5,000 which they agreed to, so off we went to Vanfest on the Saturday with the intention of buying a van.  We had a good look around and then went to the sales area.  We saw some really nice vans but were out of our price range and we also saw some very rough ones that would have needed lots spending on.

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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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Readers Rides #18: 1962 23 window samba split screen

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I’d like to welcome Paul Williams and his very cool looking 48 year old Samba to readers rides.

My name is Paul Williams I am a 40 year old living in Macclesfield, Cheshire. I have been into VW’s for the last 7 years and in that time have owned 1 bay window and 2 splitscreens. I have worked on each one in my spare time fitting interiors and selling them on at a small profit. This has allowed me to work my way up to the model I have always wanted, a 1962 23 window splitscreen samba. I have recently become the owner of my RHD samba, which has been imported from Indonesia. I am currently replacing the brakes and steering components ready for its MOT and UK registration.

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Readers Rides #17: 1964 VW Splitscreen Australian Container Van

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Readers Rides #17: 1964 VW Splitscreen Australian Container Van

For the first Readers Ride of 2010 I have something a bit different for you and something we have not featured here on the VW Camper Van Blog before. Feast (no pun intended) your eyes on Brian Bussell’s very rare 1964 Volkswagen Splitscreen Australian Container Van.

Soon to be father of two, Brian, has managed to combine his love for Volkswagen Vans with his skill as a chef to come up with a great new business venture which is going down a storm at many of the VW shows. Brian was kind enough to send over some photos of his Split Screen so I will hand over to Brian to tell us more about this amazing van: (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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