Well we couldn’t have Ben and Leah from Kombi Life setting off on their round the world adventure in their new bus Boomerang without a strong set of wheels, could we?
Ben reached out to CampervanCulture.com for advice last summer before they set off on their adventure to Australia asking if the wheels we stock would fit a Bay window van and allow decent all terrain tyres. We took the challenge on and supplied a super strong set of 15” Mefro rims and a VW T2 wheel fitting kit. The looks alone were stunning but the practical upgrade means they will be able to go further and for longer.
We also set them up with a pair of recovery tracks for those extra sticky situations. We also now offer ARB awnings with a Bay fitting kit included so all you T2 owners can get in on the action. Check out the new Kombi Life video above. All product links can be found below.
I have owned this van for 5 years and have gradually modified and improved it at considerable expense. The result is a bus with modern driving characteristics, reliability, power, and the “cool” factor of a classic VW.
Originally a 2.0 air-cooled engine was fitted, but even with twin Dellorto cars it became clear that there was insufficient power to keep up with modern traffic. I considered a 2.0 Subaru engine initially, but research concluded that the extra power and refinement of the flat six boxer engine would be optimal. I was lucky to discover an engine with only 7000 miles powering a Subaru Outback at a Subaru specialist in Chesterfield, and snapped that up for the conversion.
All conversion and mechanical work has been done professionally by Robert McKenna at V-Worx in Ayr. The van is completely rust free, and everything works as it should. It is left hand drive, as all genuine Westies of this vintage are.
A summary of the work done follows:
Subaru 3.0 H6 engine (208bhp), with custom fabricated and powder coated engine support bars, header tank, and custom stainless steel exhaust.
The van is serviced annually, with oil and filter changes performed regardless of mileage, which averages 2000 miles per year.
New radiator and piping to convert to water cooled configuration.
New petrol tank and pipework.
TY756 6-speed gearbox sourced from a low mileage Subaru 2.0tdi with a 4.44 final drive ratio, and flipped with Subaru gears components.
Larger diameter front disc brakes, and rear disc conversion. A more powerful servo and T4 brake system has been installed.
1.5″ GoWesty lift springs and new dampers from CVC. New ball joints and all worn suspension bushes replaced.
15 inch Mefro steel wheels from CVC with all-terrain tyres
Westfalia towbar with electrics.
New half shafts and CV joints.
Electric power steering conversion by Lite-Steer.
Externally, there is no rust whatsoever. The vulnerable parts have been professionally rust proofed by Preserve and Protect in Johnstone. Wheel arch liners and VW mud flaps have been fitted.
Syncro truck wing mirrors have been fitted to replace the inadequate stock mirrors.
Seating for five. Sleeps 4 people.
3-way Electrolux fridge (works on Lpg, 12v, or mains power). I replaced the noisy original cooling fan with a virtually silent computer fan.
Propex Lpg powered blown-air interior heating.
CVC pop-top lift assist struts, to allow effortless elevation even with load bars fitted.
Artificial rain gutters fitted to pop-top and Thule bars included.
270 Fiamma F35 Pro pull-out awning included in sale (removed for winter)
Vango Airbeam driveway awning included in sale.
Mains leads, and levelling blocks included. CVC pop-top thermal wrap, and window thermal blinds included.
PRICE: £17,000 (open to offers) Contact: Jaeson on 07949388240 or firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Brighton, Sussex, UK.
Sadly it is time to part ways with our original 1981 VW Westfalia that we brought with us to England from California. Originally it spent most of it years in the desert of Arizona from there it moved to the sunny dry climate of southern California where we purchased it and brought it to San Francisco. This van has NEVER been welded nor does it need! Body is in excellent condition.
PRICE: £12,000 (NOW £9.999 ono) Contact: Matt on 07801069500 or email@example.com Location: Betchworth, Surrey, UK.
For sale is my beloved Jennifer, a 1988 VW T25 Westfalia Joker Campervan. She is originally from Germany but has travelled all over Europe, in fact shes been to almost every country, even Athens in Greece!
She’s a 1.6 Turbo Diesel Water Cooled 4 berth Campervan.
She’s all original down to the upholstery, paintwork and stickers.
She is a standard ‘Joker’ spec with some extras which include:
ISRI Captain swivel seats with arm rests.
Sliding side window (which is great for serving tea to fellow campers).
Kitchen Opening Window.
Box seat with cushion (great storage).
Omnistor 3m awning.
3 point seat belts for rear seats (which converts to the rock ‘n’ roll double bed).
Double bed in the roof.
Sink with running water.
Two Ring Gas Hob
Fridge (Electric, Gas, Battery).
Sony stereo with CD, radio, USB for iPod connection.
Brand new leisure battery.
Loads of storage.
Original First Aid Kit (unopened).
Loads of accessories.
Little things to do in the future:
She is very solid but being a 30 year old VW Campervan there are little rust patches around the normal places; the key holes and the fuel tank, but nothing major.
She has had over £5000 worth of bodywork done in the last couple of years. She is a very solid van.
There is a crack in the high top front skylight window but hasn’t caused any problems. This can be replaced easily if needed.
The rear hatch door has a couple of dents on it where a bike rack used to be but again it’s nothing major.
The rear window is cracked but I have a replacement window from Gunzel still in the box that I will throw in for free. I also have a Brand new in box Fiamma 3 Bike Rack that can be purchased off me
She was serviced this year with a new cam belt and has an MOT until Sep 2020. She has a Gas Safety Certificate until July 2020. She has 128000 miles on the clock. Loads of service history and receipts going back to 1988!
It’s that time again to get your submissions in for the second CVC calendar! Photos need to have been taken at some point in 2019, be horizontal and high resolution, and with just your van and mother nature (let’s leave those pesky humans out of them). Please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include van year/model and where the photo was taken, plus any other interesting details about your van or where you were. Get snapping!
Deadline is November 1. Those chosen receive a free calendar and a £5 gift voucher.
Price: 18,000 EUR NOW 17,000 EUR
Contact Janine by email on email@example.com Based in the Berlin area, Germany – international shipping can be organised.
Engine & Exterior
Exchange engine 1.9 TD (AAZ)
Mileage approx. 250.000 kilometres. Body has 392.000 kilometres
Permanent 4-wheel-drive, difflock front and back.
All-terrain tyes 225/75 R16 (Goodyear AT Wrangler) on Mefro steel wheels.
Old-Man-Emu shock absorbers
Additional oil cooler
Tuned injection pump
Zyklon- air filter
Boost pressure display
Fire-extinguishing system above engine
Swedish radiator grille
Taifun, work lights, cross-hair beams
Truck mirrors, additional wide-angle mirrors
Farmont glass lift-up window
Two triangle-vent windows
Two sliding windows in the middle, two forced ventings in the back.
Spare wheel carrier Ortec
Rear ladder, sun protection, central lock.
Self-build camping interior
Dometic, sink with fresh and waste water,
Multivan bench with 2 x three-point and 1 x lap belt
Second battery with charger
Defa 220V-power inlet
Diesel auxiliary heater Planar 2D
Isolated interior (x-trem isolator)
Original tuner VW Beta
Big map table
Additional cigarette lighters and 3 USB-plugs.
Luggage protection bars, upholstered door boards with nets.
Completed work and faults:
Body overhauled 2015/2016 (many photos existing) incl. conservation with penetrating oil. Probably every single part has been rebuild within the last few years: brakes, power steering, cardan shaft, shaft drives, engine works among others. Gearbox has been overhauled by the pre-owner. I have many invoices as documentation. Fresh oil and filter change.
Probably some wear parts will need rebuilding within the next 2 years again – daily business vor vanagon owners. Windscreen needs a piece of tape to be fully dry, but the frame has no rust!! Painting has some noses, and had to be re-painted on the driver’s side (stupid bush in my way!) One light of the diff-lock control is broken, but the locks are working! Digital clock missing, interior incl. cushion need cleaning.
Accessories included: rescue strap, Defa-connection cable, hand-sewn curtains, set if insulating mats, fire exstinguisher, rubber floor mats, garbage collector.
Please note: It is an old vanagon with many kilometres and pre-owners, that put him into heavy offroading. My red “Ricky” is well-maintained and cared for, but still has some dents and scratches. If you’re searching for a store of value to put into a museum he won’t make you happy: BUT if you’re into a highly equipped classic vehicles for adventures and holiday, you’re right here!
14″ Syncro with 16″ wheels & original 2.1cc DJ engine. £21,000 reduced to £17995 NOW £15995 Contact Mike on 07886 033979 or firstname.lastname@example.org Based in East Hampshire, UK
Originally used by the Swedish air force until decommissioned and brought over to the UK in August 2006 & sold by FBI Volkswagen Services in Swansea to the previous owner in April 2007, after which I purchased it in December 2013.
Initially it was used by the previous owner in its original 2 tone blue and seven seat state for a couple of years before being fitted with a genuine Westfalia interior and elevating roof from O’Connors Campers. It was then subsequently re-sprayed (poorly) by the previous owner in the lighter of the original 2 tone colour of Capri blue around 2009.
When I originally purchased this Syncro I regularly drove it once a week or so for my 50 mile round trip commute to work all year round with the occasional 400+ mile round trips a couple of times a year. My circumstances, not unsurprisingly have changed over the years and this is the vehicle I use the least so I cannot justify keeping it. I have kept it in very good mechanical condition with parts & garage receipts to prove. The bodywork would benefit from some work as it isn’t perfect by any means, however it is in a perfectly usable state.
MOT with no advisories until July 2020. Approximately 245,000 kilometers. Correctly registered as a Motor Caravan on V5.
Fitted with the original 2.1cc DJ petrol injection and runs without fault with gearbox VC & rear diff lock in full working order. It has recently been serviced & MOT’d in June 2019 by a VW classic specialist.
Summary of work since owned:
Exhaust 1-3 manifold & knuckle joint replaced with stainless steel items (system is now all stainless with the exception of 2-4 manifold) (June 2018).
Coolant system flushed & refilled with VW G13 at same time as above exhaust work done because the intermediate pipe water pump to thermostat housing was replaced as a cautionary measure due to corrosion (June 2018).
Oil pressure switch at rear of engine replaced whilst exhaust was off to cure a minor oil leak (June 2018).
Power steering system drained, flushed & refilled with correct vw spec power steering fluid (June 2018). There is no issue with the power steering, this was changed because I had no record of it ever being done.
Gearbox oil drained, differential and pinion head inspected with borescope showing no damage to pinion head or crown wheel. Minimal metal fluff build up on magnetic pick up & gearbox refilled with GL4 spec oil (June 2018). Again no issue with gearbox, however I had no record of it ever being done.
Front & rear brakes cleaned & serviced (June 2018).
New starter battery with 5yr warranty (July 2017).
Full service (oil, oil & air filters, spark plugs, distributor rotor arm & cap, both v belts (Sept 2015).
Front wheel bearings replaced (Sept 2015).
Fuel hoses replaced (Sept 2015).
Coolant system was flushed & refilled with VW G13 (Sept 2015). Replaced due to no record of being done previously.
Handbrake cables replaced (Sept 2015).
Water pump replaced (due to failure whilst on holiday), oil change & fan belt (Oct 2014)
Oil & filter service (June 2014).
Front suspension Powerflex poly bush kit installed (June 2014). Purchased via a ‘Club 80-90’ Forum group buy offer.
Rear gear change bush, joint & cup replaced (June 2014).
Fan blower motor replaced (Jan 2014).
The following has been fitted (from new, previous owner or myself):
16” Mercedes ML wheels with 235/65R16 tyres (Toyo Open Country) in excellent condition.
Longer studs to front and back hubs to cater for 20mm spacers.
Swing out spare wheel carrier.
Hydraulic power steering fitted with new steering rack, pipes etc which makes the van a joy to drive.
Elevating roof was fitted with extra heavy ‘sail cloth’ as opposed to the standard lighter canvas.
Original Westfalia rock and roll bed (fantastically comfortable) with storage underneath.
Original Westfalia cupboards, sink with pump, 3-way fridge (runs off gas, mains electric or leisure battery) double burner hob.
Very rare buddy seat behind front passenger seat which folds and unclips in seconds
2 swivel tables (not Westfalia).
Factory fitted rear heating system (under rear seat) and a Eberspacher water heater and timer which warms the engine water prior to starting. This failed to operate until I replaced the fuel pump a couple of years ago, however again it is failing to ignite.
Syncro truck door mirrors.
Access ladder fitted on rear door.
Bosch driving lights.
Steel light grills over front & rear indicators/lights
Sliding side windows.
Just Kampers dash tidy.
Floor heating ducting (from front cab to rear)
Curtains on ‘Silent Gliss’ rails
Heavy duty flooring.
Nato style tow hitch with 3 hitch options.
Chrome front and rear GL Spec bumpers.
Stainless Steel back box, intermediate pipe.
Heavy duty rubber mats fitted in front footwells.
Includes original VW instruction manual in original folder.
Seller says “There is too much to list on this vehicle. I have owned this syncro for 9 years and totally rebuilt over a period of 6 of those years before we started using it. The reason for sale is that we are moving onto an overland truck.”
CVC says “This is a one of a kind top end Syncro. Beautifully planned and constructed custom RHD interior. Many rare and unique SA features including ultra strong 16″ body shell.. Total rebuild with no expense spared. Ready to go anywhere!”
1992 SA factory built big window RHD syncro (’89 built)
Power steering, electric windows, electric mirrors, aircon, central locking on original VW factory alarm.
Engine is a PD 130 gearbox was rebuilt with most parts replaced with brand new parts.
Updated brakes all round including 10″ booster
Correctly load rated TUV ed alloys X6
Twin wheel carriers
Stronger body shell than European 16 syncro’s
Auxiliary water and fuel tanks
90L compressor fridge
3 leisure battery’s
Full alternator to battery’s Stirling charging.
Shore power hookup
Refillable hard mounted gas
Eber overnight heating
Under seat porta potty
If a diesel engine is not your preferred choice the seller is happy to discuss swapping out for a 150 BHP 1.8T petrol engine.
Well preserved as it’s only been on the road for four or five years. Much work was carried out by a series of enthusiasts during the last twenty-three years and now it’s back on the road.
First all the 16″ parts were removed from a crashed 16″ and put on this 14″. They never made a 16″ RHD so it cannot be passed off as one.
Gearbox rebuilt by Aidan Talbot – uprated third and fourth gear pairs, oil baffles, de-coupler and new shims, washers and bearings.
Those are original alloy wheels – not the copies and there are five of them.
The engine was fitted with a Eurospares kit from California. This includes a metal box and hatch to accommodate the engine at the angle it is supposed to run at.
The engine itself has very low milage (300 miles when installed).
New springs all round.
Original power steering setup with transmission fluid and a pump on the engine.
The intake cooler is in the void behind the rear left light with a little perspex window.
The bars and covers on the popup roof have been powder coated and the canvas was new – still never been used.
I think the seats are special Synchro seats – they have a more bucket shape.
The owners says:
I’m having to sell it! My poor – NOT original 16″ Syncro. It was originally a 14″ Syncro panel van made in 1992. One of the first owners (there have been four before me) grafted on the Westfalia roof and did all he could to make it into a 16″ – he already had a crashed 16″ so transferred all the 16″ parts of which there is a long list. Then he welded on all the plates for strengthening under and inside.
I don’t know how long this took him but from what I have heard it was four or five years that it was in a warm garage having all this done to it.
Then in 2001 my friend Trevor bought it from him. He ran a VW garage so it was in a nice warm dry garage and stripped the van down replacing and powder-coating parts as needed. It took him fifteen years to get it to the point where I bought it from him – still in pieces. It had been there for 15 years.
I was lucky that Darren Watkins of Wedgies Workshop, Newton Abbot was available at this point because he’s done a very nice job of fitting the new PD 1.9 engine and finishing it all off.
I have just recently got it back from him – but I have to sell it now.
It was with Darren for three years so out of the 26 years since it was first registered it has spent 23 years off road – in various garages so has only been in use for three or four years.
So… The gearbox was stripped down and rebuilt by Aiden Talbot so there’s all his paperwork to show what he did. This includes upgraded gear-pairs for third and fourth gears, oil baffles, decoupler and new for old seals and bearings. – He’s the man!
The engine was taken from a crashed Passat with delivery miles only and since then, apart from test runs, it’s only come up to Surrey from Newton Abbot and is showing 600 miles on the clock. The engine is fitted using a Eurospares kit from California fitted at the angle it’s supposed to be at. The kit includes a metal shelf with a hatch for the additional height. Darren put this on a strut so it stays up when you need it to.
It has new springs all round and those wheels – there are five of them. I don’t like them much but I’m told they are quite sought after. They are remaking them now. – copies.
It has the original power steering set-up with transmission fluid and a pump on the engine. The intake-cooler rad is in the void behind the left rear light with a little perspex window. The tyres are quite old now but they have plenty of tread.
The bars and covers on the popup roof were powder coated the canvas was new – never been used. I think the seats are special Syncro seats (Dan’s note: they’re ISRI seats). They have a more bucket shape – so you don’t fall out I guess.
Mint Vanagon Westfalia California loaded full of GoWesty upgrades and a fortune spent on restoration of bodywork, suspension, engine and chassis with Dinitrol protection. This Vanagon is a rare JDX Turbo Diesel with Auto Transmission Hall B factory special order. A T25 Westfalia for the SERIOUS Enthusiast. Maintained in concours condition throughout complete with carefully considered camping equipment.
Full photographic record of restoration work and supporting paperwork. If your looking for a top quality Vanagon configured for all year round camping and touring this is one of the best outside of the United States. Must be seen to be appreciated.
GoWesty 15” inch Alloy wheels with All Terrain Tires.
1.5 high lift springs and Fox adjustable shock absorbers
GoWesty Air horns
GoWesty Additional privacy curtains & GoWesty Storage Bag
Tinted privacy glass
Large Wolf Storage Box with high lid option
Campervan Culture Roof bars and with quick release Thule Box
GoWesty extending ladder
JVC stereo with bluetooth & usb
CV/Culture Bluetooth battery monitor kit
CV/Culture Spice Rack
Front map table & dash tidy
Extending Westfalia shower tap upgrade
Full Westfalia documentation and service history on paper & USB
Digital manuals including the T25 Bentley Service Manual.
VW heavy duty mats with Rubber Barrier Mats in space so carpets and rubber flooring has no wear.
Extendable Clothes Bar and various storage boxes full of maintenance equipment
Tow ropes, and road safety kit for continental travel plus hook up lead.
Complete Westfalia top quality interior with Captains chairs in immaculate condition in working order with Eberspacher diesel heater.
As of this summer CVC are very happy to announce our partnership with Classic Line insurance. Both Jed’s Syncro Westfalia and Dan’s 2WD Westy are now fully covered, as well as having the security of an agreed valuation (an essential in our eyes) via Classic Line. You’ll start seeing their name pop up in our videos and newsletters and well as leaflets in your orders etc, along with the odd competition or two for good measure. If your insurance is due soon we suggest you check them out.