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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial 135

Founded back in 2000 VW Camper and Commercial is the original VW Bus magazine out there. Written by approachable, passionate bus owners, it has an established reputation for quality writing, drawing on a wide knowledge base, and for bringing together some of the best and most inspiring buses from around the world.

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3 min.

www.volkswagencamper.co.uk I am just back from attending a brand new winter event, the Flat 4 Hangout in Leicestershire. organised in just five weeks with an emphasis on air-cooled vehicles, response was such that tickets sold out in an hour and a half, and people travelled from as far afield as Manchester, Bristol and Brighton to take part. A huge display hall was devoted to air cooled VWs, and the quality of vehicles on show was outstanding, one of the best air-cooled displays I have seen in recent years. The car park outside was also full, with water coolers joining more air – coolers making for a very impressive gathering; a full report will appear in a future issue but to whet your appetite check out the Welcome image! Whilst many people entrust…

7 min.
endangered species

The addition of an ‘S’ to the model number 24 (Microbus Deluxe) signified two deletions, no sunroof and no skylights Why go all the way to the vintage VW gatherings in Hessisch and Bad Camberg, that’s over 750 miles by Bus or car to the former, when for a couple of years there was one of the rarest of the rare Vee Dubs to drool over almost on the Copping doorstep. Okay, a quick glance at the pics might well suggest ‘just’ another Samba in Chestnut Brown (L73) over Ceiling Wax Red (L53). Yes, it’s a Barn-door, which always adds interest, but wait a minute, where are the skylights and what’s happened to the panoramically proportioned fold-back sunroof by manufacturers Golde, so beloved of Reuters in his brochure cover of 1952…

4 min.
news and products

Split Bus Panels From SSP Heritage Parts Centre have just told us about some great news about new Split bus panels from SSP they will be stocking. Fresh from the factory and due in stock at global distributor Heritage Parts Centre in January 2019 are inner and outer cab door skins, complete cargo doors for right hand side and a complete front peak repair section too. Pressed just like the originals, the metal is nice and thick, and the fit is perfect. As with all their products the quality is spot on and the price is fair and reasonable. Prices start at £150 for the outer door skins, £270 for the front peak, £295 for the inner door panels and £495 per cargo door. For more info or to order phone the team at…

1 min.
show diary

FEBRUARY Sunday 3rd February CAMPERMART Telford International Centre. A great chance to shake off the winter blues, buy stuff and meet up with friends with loads going on. www.campermart.co.uk 16th – 17th February DUBFREEZE 30TH ANNIVERSARY Stafford Showground. (Camping available Saturday). The 30th Anniversary is billed as “back to our roots with lots of trade and autojumble.” http://dubfreeze.co.uk/show/ MARCH 11th March Freddie Files: Sexy Semaphore Sunday Ninove, Belgium. A UK group will be cruising to Ninove from Dover and hooking up with the Air Mighty convoy Find them on Facebook…

7 min.
brilliant orange berlin

We didn’t know her then but she was well cared for by her German owners who got her regularly serviced at a Volkswagen main dealer who stamped the blue book on each occasion. She arrived in the UK in 1999 still holding onto her little blue book. Here she found new owners who replaced her speedo with one in mph and during this time she also got some new wheels, leather front seats, and a new roof canvas. These were some of the good bits but, sadly, as with nearly all old Volkswagens exposed to damp climates, she also gained a fair bit of iron oxide. This was how she was when we spotted her on eBay in June 2016, a visit to go and view and test drive was…

4 min.
bus doctor

Got a problem or a query? Steve Leatham answers some of your questions… Timing Woes Dear Bus Doc, It’s a TDC question. I’m trying to set the valves on my engine, which is a type 4 2ltr CU engine block with CJ fan-housing and tinware. I’ve watched the Type 4 valve adjustment videos, including the one at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thxE4Sroxm0&t=101s I’ve fitted my timing scale and I found the timing mark on the fan. http://www.ratwell.com/technical/FindTimingMark.html Then I pulled plug number 1 and turned the engine by hand. I can see that it’s at TDC. So just to double check it’s at the right TDC on cylinder 1, the intake valve is closed and the exhaust valve on cylinder 4 is also closed. All of the rest are open varying amounts. Is this correct? But when I look at…