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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 145

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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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United Kingdom
Jazz Publishing
Back issues only

in this issue

3 min.

We are currently driving a very nice new T6 California, whilst ours is away for roof corrosion repairs (again, don’t even go there!). Some improvements over the T5 version, like the split hob / sink top, are good; others, like the pull out windscreen blinds, less so! It’s strange, I have actually discovered I have developed an affinity with my T5 and am missing it; though it will never come close to taking the place of the Split in my heart. However, the T6 model I have at the moment has that DSG 7 speed Autobox, and I simply love the effortless way it drives itself like a dream. But nothing beats the look of a classic bus…and we have some beauties for you again this month. Original paint and patina…

6 min.
wild west wagen

The van was originally bought by Dave Garnsworthy of Vanworx back in 1998, after it recently had been imported from California as an already fully restored custom bus. In keeping with the US Cal Look/street rod bus tradition, as well as a fresh new coat of Dove Blue paint, it had been fitted with a 4” narrowed beam, flipped drop spindles and a straight axle conversion at the rear. A new 1776cc engine had also been fitted, featuring twin IDF 40s, Engle 110 cam, 4 – 1 headers, deep sump, remote oil cooler and Pacet electric fuel pump. Completing the look was a set of banded 14” steels complete with enamelled Wolfsburg crest centre badges. Whilst such mods are common nowadays, back in 1997 stock was still the norm –…

5 min.
news and products

Deluxe bus coathooks All Sambas from 1955 > 63 had, as standard, chrome coathooks. Over time these go missing or get broken and are hard to replace. Not any more thanks to the team at BBT! A perfect finishing detail for your Deluxe Bus – or a lovely period accessory for any bus! https://www.bbt4vw.com Westfalia louvred windows Also from BBT is a new range of Westfalia style louvred windows for Bay window buses. Two years in development and made from polished aluminium these are the usual quality you expect from BBT products and come complete with a stainless steel mosquito screen. The design is slightly different from the originals with an improved fixation for the knob hex, and come with a new knob. Revamped logo for vw From 2020 VW have announced a new logo…

6 min.
kangaroo jack

Most people will however be at least aware of the Slambassador name by now as their creations have been gracing show fields since Denis started the business a few years back. He created the Beetle powered T4, that was christened the B4 and resurrected a 1972 Bay from a burnt out shell that graced the cover of issue 120 of this very publication. Since then Denis has taken a grinder to it and turned it from a bus into a flatbed truck which is very useful for transporting the odd motorbike to events or for members of the Slambassador Social club to use as a makeshift seating area, he’s very thoughtful. Den had always wanted to body drop an early Bay Window but was unsuccessful in convincing any of his customers…

4 min.
bus doctor

Got a problem or a query? Steve Leatham has been working on and restoring VW buses since 1997, tackling just about every job over the years. He has been resident Bus Doctor for the mag since 2003. Year Of My T3? Dear Bus Doctor, My chassis number on my T3 (T25) camper is 5A0039112. I think it’s an earlier van, as it has the metal vents as well. It is registered as an 81 but think it may have been made earlier and then registered a bit later. I’m asking because I want to register it as historic to apply for the 40yrs from production tax and MOT exemptions. Blake That isn’t a VAG chassis number. From August ‘79 they were 17 digits. TBH that isn’t an original VW VIN plate either; the actual chassis…

2 min.
camper mail

Letter of the Month Winner Follow that VW! Dear David Thought I’d send a few pics from our journey to the Dordogne. Myself Chris, my wife Linzi and Martha our camper. We caught the ferry from Plymouth at eleven at night. And by seven the next morning we were on way through Brittany to La Rochelle. And over the bridge to the amazing island of Ile De Rê. Two days later we travelled to the Dordogne which was beautiful. After having a canoe down the river one day, we returned to find another T3 camper, also in yellow, parked next to Martha. By chance another day we also followed a load of old VWs and came across a workshop, Vintage Autohaus, that specialises in restoring old air cooled buses. The owner is a really nice…