Aug 24, 2014 | Category: Body, Other People's Hacks


What in the world is this? It looks like the Mystery Machine without the middle. Nice hack.



The exterior roll bars caught my eye on this beauty, but further investigation revealed the ultimate adventure vehicle. There are so many hacks on this one I don’t know where to start. How about the embedded Hella lights in the lower grill? This Vanagon T3 Synchro TDI looks brand new! You have to click through for more photos, then visit the website for the details.

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I’ve always wondered about installing a rooftop air conditioner on a Vanagon. It would be so nice to have cold air while parked. Of course you would likely need a generator somewhere, but that shouldn’t be too hard. Interestingly, I haven’t seen many rooftop A/C’s on Vanagons but I ran across two today. I can’t tell for sure, but it sure looks like the Vanagon above has a rooftop A/C unit in addition to some kind of skylight. CLick through to see another example.

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I don’t have much to say about this pic besides whuuut? This looks like a fifth wheel hitch on a double cab Vanagon truck. It almost certainly operates as a car carrier. Awesome.


Aug 19, 2014 | Category: Body


Some of the old VW Buses came with louvered windows, or jalousies, but Vanagons come with sliding windows. Several Vanagon owners have adapted the old louvered windows, or made some of their own. There are several examples over at The Samba, and I decided to post a few.

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Aug 14, 2014 | Category: Body, Other People's Hacks


Going camping and don’t have a Westy? Why not turn your double cab into a camper? This owner used this double cab to travel from Amsterdam to Gambia in 4 weeks. They went 8000 KM’s with only minor issues. They had some fuel leaks and two cabin fires in the desert, but no flat tires! Click through for one more pic.

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This is one of the most accessorized Vanagons I’ve ever seen. It is feature at The Samba, and look carefully or you might miss something. It has an elaborate roof rack system, complete with ladder, but there are other goodies too. Click through to admire this beast of a Vanagon.

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Many Vanagon owners install roof racks on their ride to help carry extra equipment. Some owners go for the simple approach, while others go for large baskets and boxes. Pictured here is a large ARB rack with high jack attached. What is your roof rack choice? Click through for several examples.

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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.


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