Well, I have always loved the VW vans, especially the Vanagon Westfalias. Unfortunately, they are getting old, expensive for a nice one and can't fit a motorcycle in the back
With my first kiddo on the way I figured I should start nesting by building a family camper
I really wanted something that I could park in my driveway in an HOA controlled neighborhood that doesn't allow "Commercial" vehicles or Campers. Which kinda eliminated just doing a slide-in in my pickup or a Sprinter Van. Both would have been cool, but this is going to be fun for now too!
Over in the UK they build these T4 vans into campers all the time.
First off I found a deal on a 2002 GLS, hardtop 7 passenger van, diagnosed with needing a timing chain tensioner. Original owner van. Well cared for but he did not want to spend the $5k they quoted to do the timing job
I offered him $1,350 and he took it
So here is the project van !
I also stumbled on a wrecked 1993 "Weekender" Poptop. Picked this one up for $1250
Now ll I had to do was make the first one run and convert it to a pop top
I couldn't store the parts van more than a few days without causing issues with the HOA so I posted it up for parts on TheSamba and Ev_Update. I put the extra parts out there for "any reasonable offer"! I literally took anything people offered and did zero negotiation just to get the parts gone and off to a good home!
Within 3-4 days I had the van stripped and $1400 back in my pocket
Took the empty shell off to the recycler.
Now for the rear fun!