View original topic: Resources: Helpful Web Links
mightyart Fri Aug 12, 2005 8:10 am

These are some of the links that Samba members find helpful.
This list will be growing and changing so check back from time to time.
Please post any suggestions, dead links, or any new links you may have found helpful. We need more Eurovan links any suggestions would be appreciated.

The Samba Vanagon Forum links
The FAQ Thread: Peruse this before asking a question!
T3/T25 Brochures
How to make your ride better

International Forum Sites






United Kingdom

Aircooled Sites
Technical info

AFC training manual
D-Jetronic fundamentals
D-Jetronic manual
L-Jetronic manual - online
L-Jetronic manual - PDF
Digijet ProTraining Manual (begins on page 45)
Digijet ProTraining Manual (zip file)
Digifant ProTraining Manual ~ Revised (Double-sided Pages)
Digifant ProTraining Manual ~ Revised (Single-sided Pages)
ProTraining Manual: Digifant ~ original
Service Training Manual: 1986 Vanagon & Syncro
Service Training Manual: Solving Drivability Problems
Workshop Time Manual
Links to 1.9 engine rebuild manual

Saving Charlotte
Drive Nacho Drive

Parts Vendors
AA Transaxle
Airhead Parts
Burley Motorsports
Bus Depot
Foreign Auto & Supply
Grease Works
Intrepid Overland/Vanistan
North Westy
Rocky Mountain Westy
RS Fab Parts
T3 Technique
Van Cafe
West Coast Metric
Westy Ventures

Country Homes Campers

Frank Condelli
German Supply
The Skylight Guy
VM Autohaus
Additional list of vendors in Canada

UK & Europe:
Brickwerks (UK)
Campervan Culture (UK)
Günzl Classic Parts / VW Bus Shop (Germany)
Mecatechnic (France)
VW Heritage (UK)

Vendors to avoid:
GEX rebuilds
Waterboxer, Inc. (aka JLP Engines/Jake Lake/Ken Morgan)
URLs related to the above:

Road Rescue Lists/Repair Shops
Van Alert
Roadhaus: List of repair shops
Van Alert ~ repair shops, stolen van alerts
Air-cooled Interstate Rescue Squad

TEC Shop ~ Seattle, WA
Peace Vans ~ Seattle, WA
Hans Foreign Car Repair ~ Los Lunas, NM

Technical & Personal Sites
Technical & General Information:
Intrepid Overland (Site no longer maintained and has been compromised)
Ben's Place
Technical Service Bulletins for Vanagons
Vanagon Wiki
T3 Westfalia info
Club 80-90
LiMBO: Late-model Bus Organization, international
T3 brochures
VW Bulli

Diagrams & part numbers: VAG-CAT ~ (requires registration)

Personal Information Sites:
Vanagon hacks & mods
Collection of Vanagon info, mods & links
Dan's Vanagon Page
Rustbusting a Westfalia camper
Miscellaneous Vanagon tidbits
List of engine conversions ~ 2001
Syncro photos, links & info

Mechanical Services
Cruzin Performance: Fuel injector servicing
WitchHunter: Fuel injector servicing

Importation Information & Services
Autostadt West: USA Importer of T3s and T4s
Busman: Europe-to-USA Importation

Federal Import Rules ~ USA
Federal Import Rules ~ USA (pdf)
Federal Import Rules ~ USA, customs info for classics/antiques

Camper rentals (external links)
Aloha Campers - Kihei, Maui, HI
Westfalia Rentals - Victoria, BC
Okanagan Westfalia Rentals - Kenowla, BC
California Campers - CA
VW Surfari - Costa Mesa, CA
Valley Westys - Staunton, VA
Firefly Vans - York, ME
Maine Campers - Kittery, ME
Dragonflyvans - Coeur d'Alene, ID/Missoula, MT
Peace Vans
List of camper rentals on The Samba

Camper Sites
VW Camper magazine ~ UK
T3/T25 camper information site
VW Camper Site

Personal sites
Volkswagen Web Ring
Adventures in our VWs
Luxurius living in the VW Westfalia Camper
The story of Vincent
Sunny, the 1987 Syncro Westfalia

EPA Vanagon MPG ratings

Refrigerator parts & repair
RV parts & accessories
RV solar electric store

Sites in languages that are not English

kamzcab86 Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:34 pm

Dead links removed.

Past links never added have now been added.

From here on out, after your suggested links have been added to the list, your post will be deleted after awhile in order to keep this thread neat and tidy. :)

Randall Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:21 pm

The following link is not VW specific but it does allow the user to find out the expected MPG for any make and model from 1984 to the present. The only VW model that this site covers that is also covered by The Samba is the Vanagon.

Moderator note: added!

MadMaxtheAxe Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:02 pm

This is awesome, thanks!

[email protected]/Airhead Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:23 pm

Here's all our Vanagon stuff in one place...

Sorry if this is spammy, but it seems relevant to the topic. :)

Moderator note 8/27/13: Added!

dobryan Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:53 pm

How about adding Fancher's to the USA vendors list? :D

Moderator note 9/4/13: Added!

RichBenn Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:22 pm

Kayak Westy link broken

Paulbeard Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:25 am

Looks like VW Tec Shop is now

Moderator note 7/25/15: Link updated.

r.e.wing_fc3s Mon May 23, 2016 11:09 pm

Reference Automotive- NW Washingtons Vanagon Eurovan and Aircooled Specialists. Located in Bellingham, WA since 2010. From repairs and routine maintenance to repowering and restoration- we have the experience and passion. Referred by the best German shops in the area including the Volkswagen dealer!

Contact info
[email protected]

Our mobile phones are our business phones. Please no calls after 6. Text OK.

Josh Bell- Owner 503-307-1014
Jason Byal- Partner 360-441-5207

E1 Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:02 am

dobryan wrote: How about adding Fancher's to the USA vendors list? :D

Moderator note 9/4/13: Added! Just saw this, the awning he made for us survived Hurricane Matthew!
(albeit 30 miles inland kept winds under 100, pretty sure)

Michael4104 Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:38 am

dobryan wrote: How about adding Fancher's to the USA vendors list? :D

Moderator note 9/4/13: Added!

This is a dead link.

Moderator note 12/16/17: Link fixed in main list.

Sodo Thu May 10, 2018 8:18 pm

How about a “Vanagon rental” category?

kamzcab86 Thu May 10, 2018 10:44 pm

Sodo wrote: How about a “Vanagon rental” category?

It's in the Travel/Camp sticky: . But I'll copy it over. :)

enlitnme28 Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:24 pm

You should consider listing The Bug House in Virginia Beach. They've been around since 1983 and always serviced my van parts needs when I lived in that area. You can call and order from them. Pretty awesome guys.

atomatom Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:30 pm

i think the faq is missing some important literature, like this manual for the digijet (83-85)

(which also contains a link to the pro-training manual)

dhaavers Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:18 pm

About time to add these...


Related Vanagon Technical/Personal blog:

- Dave

SyncroHead Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:07 pm

Please add to your list of resources.


Jim Davis

kamzcab86 Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:04 pm

atomatom wrote: i think the faq is missing some important literature, like this manual for the digijet (83-85)

(which also contains a link to the pro-training manual)

Added here and in the official FAQ.

dhaavers wrote: About time to add these...


Related Vanagon Technical/Personal blog:

- Dave


SyncroHead wrote: Please add to your list of resources.


Jim Davis



ba1978 Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:54 pm

Vendors to avoid:
GEX rebuilds

Avoid GEX like the SARS-CoV-2!

Let me double-down on this. My regular mechanic made the mistake of engaging them for a head-job that became a rebuild due to labor costs for an 1.9L H4 wasserboxer. Fortunately, I bought the rebuilder's parts and labor "insurance," or so I thought. The motor that came back had the distributor shaft in backwards and one cylinder was dead (low compression). They fought my mechanic tooth-and-nail to not stand behind their shoddy work. Finally, they relented, sent a pickup truck out from AR, hauled it back, rebuilt it, and hauled it back. And then they cancelled and refunded the insurance without telling me, so now I'm stuck with an engine that has no warranty and questionable/no support!

Peninsula Automotive in the SF Bay Area also used to use them long ago too, but stopped because of unspecified issues.

Expensive lesson learned. Get yourself a GoWesty or similar crate motor instead of parts spray-and-pray hoping to make a usable motor.

FYI: In many states, Lemon Law doctrine applies to more than just new and used cars from dealers. (IANAL but I subscribe to a Lemon Law lawyer on the Youtubes.)

mcarlson_sb Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:53 pm

Unfortunately the Rustbusting a Westfalia camper link seems to be dead.

I was really looking forward to reading that one.

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