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.

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 with VW for many …

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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.

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 my hands into grease and …

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Getting the Brakes Lined Out

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

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

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 from the metal and rust dust …

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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.

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 and all. I got a salvaged fuel tank …

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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.

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 and a passenger seat – are not 1967s …

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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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