VW Camper & Commercial 135 (published: 28/12/2018) 135 January 2019

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VW Camper & Commercial 135


Winter is a time to get work or upgrades to your bus and for planning what you will be doing with it and where you will be going in the year ahead.  Getting stuck into not only creating your vision but building it as well, sometimes even rescuing something most would walk away from, is a theme this issue. Looking at the featured 1956 custom Kombi it’s hard to imagine that it was found languishing in the desert, with no wheels and half buried by sand. Now fully restored with a Deluxe bus spec interior, it also has some Barndoor styling touches to link with its Wolfsburg heritage. The featured 1973 former Holdsworth camper was also almost beyond saving with a host of issues like a completely rotten rear roof section and front panel; undeterred, the new owner spent the next two years welding, painting and building an interior to his own design – all on his drive! A 1990 ex-army syncro which was “a bit of a mess, rusty, with faded paint, damaged bodywork paint and an awful homemade interior” did not put off its new owner, who simply says, “I could envisage how bad ass this rig would look once I could get started on her!” Having inherited a poorly made pine interior the new owner of our featured T5 bought a new one in kit form, which he then proceeded to install himself, also on his driveway. We also follow the trials and tribulations of restoring a 1973 Westy. Finally this month is a rare treat: a fully restored 1952 non-sunroof Deluxe Microbus.

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