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TRIED & TESTED
When it comes to inverter generators, Clarke boast an impressive range, ideal for providing a fast and ready to go off-grid source of electrical power for days out, camping and car shows. They come compact, lightweight (from only 9.3kg) and look pret
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Beggar’s Belief
In the interests of full disclosure, this 2005 T5 didn’t look anything like this when Steven picked up the phone and convinced Darren Woodhouse from Woodhouse and Carman to sell it to him. “I did basically have to beg him for it,” he admits. “We’ve r
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Ahead Of The Game
Of course, with the vast majority of people who have to be the first to showcase the newest products on the block, it’s often just to boost their ego or compensate for something. When you have a company that’s recognised for producing out-of-the-box
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Owner
Name: Joe James Age: 28 Occupation: plumber Instagram: @earlystatic_ldt First car: 1972 Beetle Dream van: Original Mango Green or Palm Sand Green Splitty on bags Hardest part of the build: The TDi swap on the street in front of my house, it took four
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Top Mod: Fuel Flap Delete
The fuel flap delete is something we imagine we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future. The original flap has been removed from the B pillar and, with some additional fabrication, grafted on to the door. The area on the B pillar has then been welde
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Face Off
It’d be remiss of us to not list the mod that is the main focus of this feature; the conversion to a 6.1 look that grabbed so much attention. To get this look, a few 6.1 parts needed to be sourced directly from Volkswagen UK. The first area to concen
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VWt Guide To… WHEELS
You won’t be surprised to hear the existence of the wheel goes back as far as the Bronze Age, and although the basic principle of the wheel hasn’t changed since 3500BC, it’s fair to say that it has seen a few upgrades over the years. We’ll skip the h
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Owner
Name: Steven Kirkby Age: 48 Occupation: Paint sprayer – bodyshop owner Instagram: - @paintworxloughborough First car: Mk1 XR2 Fiesta Dream car: Porsche GT3 RS white with red wheels Hardest part of the build: The paint, did it quickly so as not to bot
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Stitches And Steel
Stitches and Steel don’t build campervans. As well as doing a load of accessories and breathing on their own vans, they also take on the odd ‘passion project’, which are individually numbered and signed. Consequently, they’ve worked hard to fully map
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No Sleeper
Maybe you aren’t familiar with Bridgend-based Swiss Vans or tuning firm ABT – if you told me you weren’t aware of the former, despite being around for the last 15 years, then maybe that could be forgiven. If you’re into VW’s and not aware of ABT, how
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Factory Fresh
It’s kind of a rare thing to see these days, but Steven has kept the body of this Sportline just as it left the factory. He even took the time to replace chrome trim that had been deleted by previous owners. Okay, he has modified the petrol flap but
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2010 VW T5.1 modifications:
Exterior: 5.1 to 6.1 facelift, OEM VW T6.1 lights and commercial bumper, aftermarket T6 bonnet, T6 tailgate, VW Bulli side badges, Stitches + Steel door decals, carbon fibre side repeater blanks (the side repeaters were not for sale when we did the c
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2020 VW T6.1 Caravelle
Exterior: Full ABT Bodykit colour coded, whole outside colour coded in gloss black Chassis: 20” Calibre Havana wheels powder coated in gloss black, Nankang AS-1 275/40/ R20 106Y tyres Tuning: ABT Quad exhaust with built-in sound enhancer, powder co
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2005 VW T5 Sportline 174 Modifications:
Engine: Full stainless PP tuning de cat pipe, Forge intercooler, larger injector nozzles, hybrid turbo, Forge boost pipes, Sachs Racing DMF and heavy duty clutch and flywheels, Pendle Performance remap 260bhp Chassis: 20-inch Radi8 r8sd11 split rims
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Broken Promise
Having started his motoring journey as a kid with a ‘72 bug that had a mere 20mm clearance between expensive chassis components and the floor, Joe made a promise to himself that he would never have such an impractical car again. As you can probably t
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Andrew’s High Top T4
Over the last two issues of VWt we’ve looked at some of the different styles my T4 has had over the five years of ownership, with it being jacked up on AT tyres at times, to slammed and skimming the tarmac most of the time. Unfortunately for me thoug
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News
Volkswagen has unveiled the first images of the successor to the Caddy Beach - the new Mini-camper. Based on the completely revamped 5th generation of the Caddy, it packs a whole host of new features including an entirely new redeveloped bed concept
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Rack It Up
Much of this van has been done ad hoc, and the roof rack is no different. Ahead of a trip to the Lake District, Joe was unhappy at the options available to him in the roof bar market and so took things into his own hands, literally. Armed with some 2
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Dub Club Directory
British Armed Forces & Emergency Services Volkswagen Owners Club Area: National www.facebook.com/ groups/330513957412420/ Bath Air-Cooled Area: Bath & Bristol www.bathaircooled.co.uk Cambs Transporters Area: Cambridgeshire www.facebook.com/ groups/
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Social Club
Hi VWt, I am a big fan of the mag, especially the self builds and the more eclectic stuff. I guess I just feel they have a bit more soul and really show off the owner’s true personality. Also, I feel like these kinds of Transporters show that you can
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Top Mod: Mk3 Golf 1.9tdi Swap
After the damage to the gearbox, things took a serious turn. A pretty big job was made even bigger when Joe decided to not only change the gearbox, but also transplant a 1Z 1.9TDI from a MK3 Golf. “I couldn’t have done it without the help of Tim Math
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Try Before You Buy
Name: John Blackmore Age: 37 Occupation: Software Developer Instagram: @T4.Family Dream van: LWB Crafter Camper Hardest part of the build: Deffintely the interior Build What’s next? Building that Crafter Let’s face it, a lot of people end up thinkin
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1995vwt4 800 Special1.9d
Engine: 1Z 1.9TDI engine swap, Kenley Sands remap to 120bhp, front mount intercooler, Ramair air filter, full wiring loom Chassis: Scarface shock mount plates 2” higher, rear chassis notches, track rods notched in chassis, inner wings notched for th
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Top Mod: New Beetle Orbit Wheels
The New Beetle 17” Orbit wheels work well, especially when combined with the Neptune blue and white two-toned paint; there’s a lot to be said for the retro look, and it’s not only vans that benefit from it, but a lot of the late VW cars too. These wh
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The Interview: Mtb Vanlife
Hey guys, thanks for meeting up with us. So, how did MTB Van Life come to be? MTB Van Life was created as a joint venture between two best friends. In the early days, Sam and I (Luke) both owned cars which we would load the bikes onto, and travel t
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Austops Pop Tops
One of the deciding factors on the Blackmore’s purchasing the van in the first place was the recently fitted Austops poptop, so we decided to get a little more info from the guys at Austops in West Yorkshire. Austops are a leading UK manufacturer of
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Top 7 Wheel Tips
Keep your wheels clean. If you leave them covered in corrosive brake dust, the alloy often pits. Moisture can then get inside, and before you know it your wheels look a mess and need refurbing. Make sure to give them a once-over every week and you’ll
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2005 VW T4 Swb 1.9td 800 Special Modifications:
Exterior: L50K Neptune Blue split-tone paint and R902 Grey White, Austops pop top, 160W semi-flexible solar panel Interior: Full interior refit, sound-deadened, fleece-lined, reflective bubble-foil sealed, Ply-lined and carpeted, CNC custom cut ply
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Hot Property
With the kind of service Swiss Vans offer, it’s no surprise that the company get a lot of enquiries, as well as a fair few from people in Switzerland, believe it or not. According to Cole: “We get 15 enquiries about Volkswagen vans to every one we ge
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