The Van – Modifications and Vision


Welcome to the page we have dedicated to our 1980 VW Vanagon. My name is Matthew Alig; driver and head (ok...only) mechanic. Almost all of the modifications made to our adventure-mobile have been custom made by me. Follow along for ideas and inspirations for your own projects!





Wheel Upgrade

We upgrade our wheel and tire package with a set of take-offs from a VW Tiguan!

Custom Awning

We take a wrecked RV awning and turn it into a custom awning for the adventure-mobile.

Roof Basket

We take the remains of a discarded ATV crate, and turn it into a roof-top storage solution!


We build a side ladder for next to nothing out of square tubing!


Front Seats

We install new front seats in our adventure-mobile, sourced from a 2004 Honda Civic!

Folding Bed

We add a custom folding bed to our interior, using materials from our 5th wheel remodel.