16th Sep 2006, 23:21
Hi. My name is Paul, I have bought a 74 PB camper Autosleeper.
Parts have been OK to find so far - www.speedyspares.co.uk & www.rootesparts.com.
Also www.commervan.com has excellent information.
I'm gutted that I have to pay road tax.
I have enjoyed reading some of your comments, and cannot believe that the Commer is so rare compared to the VW. My van is a 5 berth camper, and turns heads better than any VW. Yet there are no clubs.
Does anyone know if you can change the rear axle, and therefore the diff ratio, so that at cruising speed (55), I can still have a conversation?
12th Jan 2007, 17:02
If you've got the old brake shoes, you can take them in to be re-lined.
Brake hoses, you could try PowerTrack (http://www.powertrackbrakes.co.uk/index.html) who I've found very helpful in the past; he should definitely be able to help you out.
By the way, what sort of walk thru have you got, and where are you based?
16th Jan 2007, 04:42
Hi there folks, I would first like to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about myself. My name's Martin, I'm 36 years old and I live in Coventry. All my life, as far back as I can remember, I've had a love for old classic cars. I've also owned quite a few, sometimes two or three at a time, (MUCH TO MY PARTNER'S DISAPPROVAL), but most of all I've always had a huge love for the good old Commer PA and PB models. It doesn't matter which type; van, pickup, camper; you name it, I love them.
Which is why I'm writing to you guys; now if you are a serious Commer lover like me, then you will know how difficult it is to find replacement panels for these old girls (RIGHT OR WRONG?). The old answer would have been right, but nowadays the new answer will be hurray for the Woolfman; that's me of course. Because I've done something about it, I'm not going to sit back and watch these old girls fall into extinction, which is why my company has gone into this at full steam, and can now offer you any panel you may require, from the lower side panels where the jacking points go through. Or maybe you require the side sill panels; you know the ones with the flute lines that run through them; the holy grail as they are known. Well we can make you any of them, because we have used originals to recreate them down to a tee.
NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING, OH YEAH, BUT IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, THEN HAVE A LOOK ON EBAY UNDER THE CLASSIC CAR SECTION UNDER COMMER PARTS, AND YOU WILL SEE BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES THE HOLY GRAIL PARTS. I've just started to list them in the last few days, but honestly we can make you almost any panel again for these old girls, and if we can't, we can at least make you repair panels for them (e.g. lower door bottom repair panels with the flute lines I might add, or the front door side sills. We can even make you some inner sills, or maybe you need the front lower valence panels. Now I know you're going to need some kind of panel, because if your van's like mine, then there's going to be rust.
So come on stop foaming at the mouth, and pass the message on to all your friends and followers alike, and take a look on eBay. You know it makes sense.
If you like, you can call me on 07941906259 or 02476 758814 to have a chat, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any info.
Well I've probably bored you enough now, so I'm going to sign off and leave you in peace brothers, but can I hear you all say hurray for the Woolfman? See you soon.
18th Apr 2007, 06:23
To the guy who wants to buy a van and is in Scotland: can you provide contact details as we know where there is one for sale.
3rd Jun 2007, 15:47
I have just purchased a 1982 commer pb. This is the first camper van I have owned and I am very pleased with it. I went to put some fuel in the vehicle the yesterday for the first time and the fuel will not go into the tank properly. The fuel does not seem to run down into the fuel tank and just stays at the filler cap. I fueled up as much as I could about £10, drove 20 miles and then undid the fuel filler cap and the fuel was still up to the lip. The fuel gauge is only reading a quarter of a tank. Any ideas??? The fuel tank was replaced recently.
20th Jun 2007, 17:34
Hi Rich here again, I have not heard from anyone about the problem above.
Another problem I am having is that I am in need of a barrel lock for the rear doors. Does anyone have a clue where I can get one of these or anything that will replace it.
25th Jun 2007, 02:50
Suggest you try posting on the Commer van fan forum.
I have a rear door handle too, but I don't have a key :)
9th Jul 2007, 13:41
Hi! I'm looking for a Commer auto sleeper/camper. To be honest I don't know exactly what model it is, I just know that they are lovely. If anyone has a good working one for sale please contact me 07742 607323
13th Dec 2007, 08:18
I would be interested to talk to you about your van. My e-mail address is email@example.com. Please get in touch so we can discuss further. Thanks very much for dropping me a note.
5th Jun 2008, 03:54
I have a 1973 coachbuilt Commer and would like to completely modernise the braking system with something a lot newer, with easier part finding in the future; hopefully something like a Sierra/Mondeo etc.. Has anyone done this, what did they use and what problems have they incurred???
17th Jul 2008, 05:01
If you haven't joined already, go to http://forum.commervanfan.co.uk; there are a good many modernisations that have taken place by different members.
The easiest brake upgrade would be to add a remote brake servo - there is a universal kit highly recommended in the press available from www.ratsport.co.uk.
I will be using this kit as part of a much larger modernisation, including rear axle, engine and gearbox.
23rd Dec 2008, 14:00
HELLO, I bought a 1975 Dodge space van, automatic transmission. A little rusty especially low doors (classic), mechanical and brakes OK. Joint windows and door again. No documentation for this vehicle, very rare model for Belgium, Can you help me find this. Thank you in advance.
19th May 2009, 21:58
I used to own a '74 Commer Van. It was in pretty ropey nick when I owned it, but my brother borrowed it and managed to tip it over with some enthusiastic cornering.
9th Nov 2015, 13:58
I've recently purchased what I'm told is a 1964 Commer Walkthrough, which I believe was originally a bus. It has a 6 cylinder motor and 4 speed box.
Can you direct me to a site for more info?
20th Jun 2006, 07:19
Any news on the diesel conversion? Or even LPG?? On the verge of buying a `78 PB and would be interested to know.