Some tips for restoring a vintage VW camper van include identifying the make and model, the type of engine and the original paint color. Additionally, learn the appropriate terminology, and write to the company to obtain the original specifications for your specific vintage VW camper van.
Identify the make and model of a VW bus made after 1958 by locating the "M-code" plate. The plate is a metal rectangle, approximately 3 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches, typically located on the bulkhead panel behind the front passenger's seat. It's used on both walk-through and bench seat models. The M-code plate is stamped with a series of numbers and letters, which are codes that reveal some of its original specifications, such as manufacture date, country of import, original interior and exterior colors, body type, and options available for that particular model bus.
Use the correct terminology to describe parts and components of vintage VWs. This eases the restoration process by enabling the restorer to accurately communicate issues and locate specific parts. Common terms include "aftermarket," which refers to newly manufactured parts available outside the typical network of dealerships. "Barn door bus" refers to VW buses made before 1955, and "elephant ears" refers to the large side view mirrors. Originals feature the "VWOA" stamp, and Glasurit is the German brand of paint originally applied to all Volkswagen buses.