VW Camper Models Guide

VW Camper Models – A Guide For the Confused A Little VW Camper History

VW Camper Type 2 Split Window 1950-1967

This was the first VW camper adapted from the VW bus (known as the Samba) – which itself was adapted from the VW panel van. You’ll recognize the rounded VW camper van with the sweeping V molding on the front, the huge VW badge, split windscreen and big round headlights as the classic VW Camper.

VW Camper Type2 T1

VW Camper Type2 T1

Production of the first generation, ‘split-screen’ Transporters known as the type 2, (the Beetle was type 1), started in Wolfsburg for the 1950 model year with a tiny 1100cc air-cooled engine developing borrowed from the Volkswagen Beetle. By comparison, today’s Transporter has a choice of four TDI PD diesel engines from 1.9 litres to 2.5 litres.

Volkswagen imported the first VW Camper van to the UK in 1955 and a year later, transporter production moved to a new factory in Hanover. The campers were fitted out by Westfalia, a coachwork company who worked in partnership …

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My First Volkswagen Beetle And John Muir

When I got my first Volkswagen Beetle I was still a teenager. I had wanted one for a long time and had somehow always felt a connection to the old VWs right from the start. I just love the look and feel of the air cooled Volkswagens, especially the 21 window bus and the older Beetles.

John Muir 1918 - 1977

John Muir 1918 – 1977

My first car was not a VW. In fact I went through several “water buffaloes” before getting myself an air cooled bug. At one time I was driving an 8 cylinder Dodge Ram. That old truck, as best as I could figure, got around ten miles to the gallon. One day I was driving that truck up into a ‘holler’ in southeastern Kentucky and I saw a green VW with a “For Sale” sign. I stopped to talk with the guy and to look at the car.

The critter turned out to be a 1974 Super Beetle with some bad engine troubles along with a lot of other ails and pains. I had gotten …

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Getting the Brakes Lined Out

Before I make this thing go I have to be able to make it stop!

Snow Bound Beetle

Life, work and weather have gotten in the way a bit so I haven’t done much to the car lately. I am reading and making lists and preparing to get to work on it though. I am still learning a lot about the 1967 one year only stuff.

At the moment I am working on an order list for the brakes. (About $250.00 with shipping from Keiths Auto Parts – 1-800-RACE A VW)

Including what I have already ordered:

  • Master Cylinder
  • Brake shoes for front and back
  • 4 Brake kits (Springs and all that stuff)
  • Brake cylinders for all 4 wheels
  • All new brake lines
  • Brake hose for the reservoir to master cylinder

Old Rusty Brakes

With all this I will have some good working brakes. I am also ordering new wheel bearings while I am at it.

When I pulled off the front wheels I saw brake shoes that were literally falling apart. The pad separated …

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Rusted Fuel Tank and Brakes Below

I pulled out the fuel tank and discovered it had rusted out. The bottom was very thin and there were numerous holes, eaten away by old fashioned oxidation. After a time even fuel will turn into mostly water and then begin to eat and corrode at the tank. If you’re going to put a vehicle into long term storage it’s a good idea to remove the fuel.

Fuel tank is rusted with lots of holes

I checked around and learned that I was going to have to pay about $130 plus shipping for a replacement tank. I told my wife that I was going to use one of those red fuel cans instead. Spend the money on more important parts. Besides, I’d be 5 gallon tank and mobile. If you live in a rough neighborhood you could take your gasoline in with you every night!

As if it had been intended, I was checking the newly listed items in the Samba classified ads and found the fuel tank I needed for under $60 with shipping …

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1967 the One Year Only Beetle

For the Beetle 1967 was “one year only” in many ways and even more so for the convertible.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle deck lid with rain tray

1967 Volkswagen Beetle deck lid with rain tray

I have been doing quite a bit of reading and researching to learn more about this particular car. I have learned that the 1967 was an unusual year in that there are many 1967 “only” parts and accessories.

I learned that the passenger side front fender is not an original although the driver side fender is. I haven’t found out for certain about the bumpers but the rear deck lid is original – and very rare I have been told. The thing you see attached to the underside of the deck lid in the photo is a rain catcher. Notice the drain hoses on either side of the rain catcher which directs rain water away from the engine. I have been an air cooled VW enthusiast (fanatic actually) all my life and had never seen a deck lid like this before.

The seats that were included; a back seat …

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My New Project Bug 1967 Convertible Beetle

I started putting this website about 4 years ago but I haven’t owned an air cooled Volkswagen in more than 15 years. That is until this year. I just bought a 1967 VW Bug. It is a a “fixer-upper” that needs a lot of love and attention (and some cash money of course).

Right off the bat I can see that I will need 4 new tires, a muffler, a battery, a rear window, and some seats. But it does have a brand new top and maybe even the original bumpers. Most likely have to replace the entire brake system and a lot of wiring too.

I have already bought myself a copy of the “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive” by John Muir.  Next I am looking to get the Bentley manual. To me those are the required materials from the start. The How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive is a great read even if you dont have one! I love the illustrations and the way John describes the procedures.

As I work on …

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