Jul 31, 2014 | Category: Other People's Hacks


Check out this bad boy. This early 1980′s Synchro Crew Cab was originally spotted on the Brickyard UK Forums, and now appears on The Samba. There aren’t too many Synchro Crew Cabs that look like this. The monster tires are simply gorgeous. Click through for a few incredible pics.

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Tim and Emily are on the road with their custom Westy they call “Chimera.” Taking a page from “Drive Nacho Drive,” the couple built their custom interior with Colorado beetle kill pine wood. Their interior features loads of counter space, a custom sink, and slide a slide out shelf. The pictures tell the story on this one, so click through to see more.

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What in the world is this camper? It is part Mercedes, part Vanagon. I ran across this bad boy at the BenzWorld forums, where forum user TRUKTOR posted pictures of this custom camper. The whole thing is one big, rugged, hack! Should it be called a Mercedagon or a Vanacedes? Click through for a few more pics.

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If the A-Team were still in action today, they could be riding in this baby. I ran across this beauty today and it reminded me of the old 1980′s hit. There is plenty of room on the inside for Murdock to jump around, and Mr. T would love driving this bad boy.


Jul 22, 2014 | Category: Body, Other People's Hacks


Many Vanagons have ladders. Ladders add functionality and character to the Vanagon. Sometimes ladders are mounted on the back hatch, and other times they are mounted on the side. Sometimes they have additional equipment mounted to it, other times it remains empty. What is your preferred ladder placement? Click through for a few examples.

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A custom Vanagon bumper can completely change the character of your Vanagon. Westy owners all over the world fabricate custom bumpers for their Vanagons. Some bumpers are created for style, while others hold winches and lock boxes. Whatever your fancy, there are a multitude of ideas out there. Click through for just a few ideas from around the web.

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Check out this hand painted Vanagon. Owned by couple named Bruno and Laura, this Westy is one of a kind. It appeared in an annual parade organized by the VW Club of El Salvador, the Caravana por el Día Mundial del Escarabajo (Caravan for the International Day of the Beetle). A quick trip to their website revealed more pictures of the painting process. Click through to see more.

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Jul 17, 2014 | Category: Interior


Check out this bamboo flooring install. Samba user Congaman found some tongue and groove bamboo flooring and decided to spice up his 1981 Vanagon. It sort of matches his cabinets, but not really. He says the job took 30 minutes.



I stumbled onto this Westy by accident. I noticed the awning first, but then the body kit caught my eye. I’ve never seen the custom kit around the middle of the van above the door handles. Nice. I don’t need to mention the high top, awning, custom paint and wheels do I?



Many Vanagon owners install fog lights or running lights on their vans. They provide extra light while driving as the stock Vanagon lights are rather wimpy. They also provide a different character to the Vanagon depending on where you mount them. There are many light kits available with several placements to choose from. You can get round or rectangle lights to light up the road in front of you, and the following are only a few examples.

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Jul 08, 2014 | Category: Other People's Hacks


Anyone up for a safari? This oddly painted 1984 Vanagon was for sale sometime in 2011. Who knows who the new owner is, but his van has lots of upgrades. It starts with a Subaru 2.2L motor and lift kit. It also includes a high roof with a small safari rack, a small lift, larger all terrain tires with two spares, a solar battery setup, and limo tint. Click through to see more pics.

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What happens when you outgrow your Vanagon and you need an extra sleeper? If you are creative like Samba user Karol81, you create a Vanagon camper trailer. He took a donor Vanagon, sliced it up, and added a Westy interior. With paint to match an existing Syncro this trailer is a winner! The pictures speak for themselves so click through to see the rest.

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