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Free Shipping on Orders before 8th December


In an effort to clear some stock before Jed and Al head off to Morocco for the winter trip, we are offering Free Shipping on the CvC webshop with minimum order values:

UK = £50

EU / USA = £75

Rest of World = £95

Sorry, this excludes our Cargo Tracking, as it is too expensive to ship for free!
An ideal time to stock up on those christmas presents, fill your boots!

The Ultimate VW LT 40 4×4 Expedition Vehicle NOW SOLD




Our good friend Russel originally built this beast and for those who don’t know Russel he is the best in the business. Originally intended for his family to navigate their way overland to South Africa from Scotland, Russel has had a change of plan, as a result this incredible vehicle was bought by a family friend and it is now looking for a new owner.
General Spec:
1989 Model
2 Year body rebuild including complete respray!
Uprated to NP242 transfer case.
2.4 intercooled turbo diesel
Approx 3400km on engine – Complete NEW engine fitted
Front and Rear Difflocks
Open and locked 4 wheel drive
Low box for offroad
Almost new 255/100-16 Michelin tyres-x 6. On original VW LT 4×4 rims
100l auxilary fuel tank
Interior / Camping Spec:
Custom build high spec interior fitted recently
Fully insulated
Double Glazing to all rear windows
Internal and external shower points
Hot and Cold Water!
Seats 6, sleeps 5
4 3-Point Belts and 2 lap belts
Lots and Lots of storage
Very high quality interior build.
110 Litre Fresh Water Tank
Twin cooking job with integrated sink and water tap.
Electronic Safe
Casette Toilet in Shower Room with External Access for changing
Sink in Shower Room
90 litre compressor fridge
Eberspacher heater
Shower Room has extraction fan!
Custom Roof basket storage area to rear
Integral BBQ / Braii to rear
Integral Sand Ladder Racks
Fiamma awning with external LED lighting
Fold Down rear Gas storage tray


Jed stayed it in last time he was up in Scotland, and experienced the life of luxury.

Yours for only £26,500. NOW SOLD Please leave a comment if you have the money and want to buy this amazing vehicle and we will get back to you ASAP.:

VW LT 40 4×4 Expedition camper NOW FOR SALE from on Vimeo.

Terrawagen Syncro or 2WD Flare Wheel Arch Kit – now in stock


For years groups on forums have discussed and argued the cost and effort involved in reproducing some of the wheel arch flare kits that came as standard on Tri-Stars, 16″ Syncros and also the “postal” arches. Our friends at Terrawagen have now started manufacturing their very own wheel arch flare kit that will fit both standard 14″ Syncro and 2WD vans alike.

T25 / T3 nuts in the UK and Europe have the issue of the expensive shipping and import costs being in the way of some great US made products – well, not for these as we have worked hard with Terrawagen to carry UK stock, and at a very reasonable price!

These are available in our webshop for UK and European customers and over with Terrawagen for US, Canadian and other countries.


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Terrawagen Fitting Videos:

Fathers Day Special, free sticker and dash upgrade LEDs with any t-shirt order

A big heads up to all you dads out there who would actually like something you really want this Fathers day and also keep you looking sharp all summer. Give the kids or the Mrs a poke in the direction of our web shop and look like the coolest dad in your own house with one of our awesome shirts and get this…. All t-shirt orders before Fathers day will receive a free window sticker and two free LED high power dash pod bulbs for your T3/T25/Syncro/Vanagon worth £6.

*breakfast in bed and morning newspaper not included*



Teaming up with The Skylight Guy for VW Westfalia Skylight Parts

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We are really happy to announce that we have teamed up with The Skylight Guy and can now offer Westfalia skylights and replacement parts. We will be able to supply all of the UK and Europe and are aiming to be the cheapest too. You can buy directly from the web shop, we take paypal, and we ship from the UK so postage should be attractive for everyone.
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All you guys on the other side of the pond still get to buy from the best supplier of Westfalia skylight parts via The Skylight Guy. Both Jake and Jed have had the single pane skylights fitted to their vans for over a year now and they are amazing, the fit is as good as original. Ideal if you have a cracked or leaky skylight.

Syncro Difflock and Westfalia Joker T-Shirts for sale in our NEW webshop!

For years, we have sat around the campfire with ideas for cool (nerdy) t-shirts, convinced there was nothing out there for the Syncro or Westfalia enthusiast that we’d actually like to wear. For years we did nothing about it.. fingers have been removed from bottoms and we got some t-shirts made.

Check out our facebook page for a chance to win a free one…

Syncro Difflock – nerdy, but we love it:


Westfalia “Joker” emblem style T-Shirt


A pile of campervan culture t-shirts

A pile of campervan culture t-shirts

Volvo Powered VW Syncro Doka Double Cab Syncro For Sale (now sold)

As described by the current owner:

A UK registered LHD Volvo engined (b230a – redblock) T25 Doka Syncro.

“I’ve had this van 2 years and made many, many upgrades and improvements, its my work and family car so had to be kept maintained to the highest of standards to keep us going.”

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Adding Additional Gearbox and Prop Protection on my Syncro Westy

For some time now I have worried about the cover plate which hangs down on my syncro gearbox. It it the lowest part of the box, and almost the lowest part of the van. One slight catch when passing over a rock and we are talking nasty damage! Has been on my list for ages to make something up however I found that Syncro-Services in Germany made a special custom aluminium protection plate which covers this vulnerable area along with additional protection plates for the prop.

I ordered a set from Germany so I thought I’d film the fitting. To make it easy to see, and also much easier to drill I removed the bash plate from the van, however you could quite easily mark up and drill and fit this without removing (even easier if you have a lift or ramp to work on and not the floor!)

All in all, an excellent quality item, well thought out, easy in to install (make sure you have a nice fresh drill bit). Also love the additional wings on the side of the rear plate for extra inner CV joint protection.

If you want a set, get in touch with Dina at Syncro-Services, located in Germany but ship worldwide!

(Excuse the traffic noise in the video, only had a driveway to work on!)

Jed replaces the rear wheel bearing on his T25 Vanagon Syncro

MOT time, and Jed’s van failed on a sloppy rear wheel bearing, i.e. too much play.

From a bad experience with a rear wheel bearing failing and damaging the bearing carrier – Jed now carries a good spare used hub with rear bearings already pressed in (I carry one in my van too). A quick video to show swapping them over, without undoing the brake system:

Replacement bearings were bought from the web shop by clicking here for the fronts and here for the rears .

For those of us who prefer to retighten that 46mm nut up to torque settings over the more agricultural method of counting turns, a quick check on the 80-90 Wiki tells us we need a whopping 500 NM/360ftlbs. Or a fat bloke on a scaffold pole.

Fitting Rear Shock Extensions and Front Ball Joint Spacers to the Westfalia Syncro

If you have raised the suspension on your van, you may well find the knock effect is the you require rear shock extensions and front ball joint spacers.

Here we have the rear shock extenders, which attach to the campers rear swing arm, and lift the syncro lower shock mount – which avoids the syncro rear shock topping out. Available from

Also, up front we have fitted syncro specific upper ball joint spacers, there several different suppliers out there, these ones also came from, they are the same as available at

Both of these have been on the Westfalia for a few thousand miles now, and have been no problem at all. Don’t forget, if you have raised the suspension on your Syncro to get the alignment / geometry checked over!

VW T3 Syncro wishbone spacer & rear shock extender fitting.. from on Vimeo.

The club80-90 Cornish Bashtie – sunshine, beaches, food, friends and campervans.

The last May Bank holiday marks the Club80-90 Cornish Bashtie, a yearly gathering of Club80-90 members who get together to share in the “Campervan Culture”. I missed it this year as I have been away every weekend working on charity events. Looks like everyone had a great time!

Jed has put together a fantastic video, which for me sums up what it is all about – friends, food (drink), sunshine, beaches and campervans. It doesn’t really matter if yours is aircooled, syncro, diesel, old, new, rusty, polished…. Just getting out and enjoying some of lifes finest things.

This video is in memory of Rich Newton, a fellow 80-90 member who passed away recently.