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Readers Rides #11 & #12: Two VW Type 25 Vans | VW Camper Van Blog

Readers Rides #11 & #12: Two VW Type 25 Vans

Posted on July 4th, 2009

Readers Rides #11 & #12: Two VW Type 25 Vans

This weeks Readers Rides comes from Jim Cox who runs the cool gift ideas company, giftlab.co.uk. Jim is lucky enough to own 2 Volkswagen T25 Vans, both of them very well restored. Jim was kind enough to send in some photos of his VW Vans for us to see:

Van 1

Model: Type 25 (T25)

Location: London

Color: Nissan Figaro Lapis grey

Engine: Reconditioned 1900 waterboxer engine

Wheels: Audi S4 18″ wheels (later changed to porsche teledials), 45mm drop

Conversion: Custom hand made camping interior, cream vinyl retrim and full headlining.

About the van

My T25 had a full feature in VW Camper and Commercial a few years ago. It was originally a filthy old white panel van and work included the respray in Nissan Figaro Lapis grey, cutting in tinted marine grade windows, dropping it 45mm and adding some Audi S4 18″ wheels (later changed to Porsche Teledials).

I also had a reconditioned 1900 waterboxer engine installed, added a vintage look roofrack and windscreen visor and had a fully custom and hand made camping interior which features cream vinyl retrim and full headlining, a big stereo and various other bits and bobs including vintage bus badges.

Readers Rides #11: Two VW Type 25 Vans

Readers Rides #11: Two VW Type 25 Vans

Readers Rides #11: Two VW Type 25 Vans

Readers Rides #11: Two VW Type 25 Vans

Van 2

Model: Type 25 (T25)

Location: London

Color: BMW Mini Pepper White (cream)

Engine: 1.9TD engine from a Passat and a cogbox built long ratio box

Wheels: Detailed steel wheels and whitewalls, 45mm drop

Conversion: Custom hand built camping interior.

About the van

The cream one was an even filthier old panel van, full of oily old parts! This is my work van so I’ve kept it as a panel van with, again, a custom hand built camping interior, but this time much simpler - sort of a ‘rolling lounge’ with good storage.

It’s been sprayed in BMW Mini Pepper White, with detailed steel wheels and whitewalls, 45mm drop, custom chrome mirrors, blue tint cab glass, vinyl front seat re-trim, big stereo, vintage badges and number plates.

The main change though is a mildly tuned 1.9TD engine from a Passat and a cogbox built long ratio ‘box. This makes it good for 35mpg and 85mph cruising. It’s subtle, a bit retro looking and very practicle. I love it!

Further work this year will include a re-trim, custom headlining with a pretty unique look to it, DVD installation, banded rear rims, vintage steering wheel and possibly air ride suspension if I can find someone to do it. 

Readers Rides #11: Two VW Type 25 Vans

Readers Rides #11: Two VW Type 25 Vans

Readers Rides #11: Two VW Type 25 Vans

Thanks to Jim for sending in and sharing these photos of his awesome vans! Be sure to check out giftlab.co.uk for some cool VW related gifts.

Posted by Steve

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Posted on Saturday, July 4th, 2009 at 8:28 pm
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