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Date:         Sun, 15 May 2005 04:45:05 -0700
Reply-To:     TJ Hannink <tjhannink@YAHOO.COM>
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From:         TJ Hannink <tjhannink@YAHOO.COM>
Subject:      Re: 83-85 Vanagons vs. 86-91 Vanagons?
Comments: To: AAG - Larry Word <word_aag@COMCAST.NET>
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Buy an '86 or '87 non-GL Camper model or a '90 or '91 Multivan Model with the transaxle of your choice. Neither of those Vanagon models came with built-in appliances and the supporting hardware that the GL Campers of the same vintage had.. The Camper model seats 6 with belts while the Multivan model seats seven. Both have a full sized rear bed and most have A/C.

BTW, there is no "weekender" Vanagon model; the "weekender" option package included a rear seat that folded into a bed and a bag of snap-in curtains and was offered in passenger-type Vanagons, not Camper models.

The Wolfsburg_Campers YahooGroup is specifically for the non-GL Camper or Multivan Vanagon Models and has owners manuals, photos and other information specific to this type of Camper model. See my signature for the link.


Tim <word_aag@COMCAST.NET> wrote: I am trying to upgrade my 1985 Vanagon Weekender Model, 4-spd, gas, 1.9l

For the models: (1) 83-85 or earlier; and (2) 86-91 or "you tell me?" -What year 4-spd. will fit in models above? -What year auto. trans. will fit above models.....

Realistically I may have to buy a non-camper Vanagon to get the (1) year (prefer 86-91!); (2) interior (prefer carat) ; and (3) A/C then cut top off (sounds bad....) and re-attach my Pop Top to this non-camper body to get what I want. I simply cannot afford a $10K Vanagon at this time.

What are the group's suggestions here. -Overall plan -links to info., website, etc. that shed light on above items.... -etc.

Thanks ..... your advice NOW might save me alot of trouble, time, and $. I want to "do this right" in my planning.....

Larry Georgia

PS. The cutting of the Vanagon's top does not "scare me"'s the interior re-finishing (I want it to look "right") that is my concern.

PSS. What can you do if your non-camper has middle AC vents and you want to add this Pop Top to that middle. Can you alter and route AC vents into the rear as the original models had?

TJ Hannink Goldibox - 1987 Vanagon Camper, Wolfsburg Edition 1981 Bluebird Wanderlodge, FC-33 Winter Park, Florida FAVOR website:

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