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017 was the Fiftieth Anniversary of the launch of the Bay Window model; this issue we look back at two major events, organised by the German T2 Club, that took place in Germany – a special auto museum exhibition and a party in the grounds of the Hannover factory. Despite only being produced for twelve years (in Germany), the Bay is still the biggest selling model of all VW’s Transporter Generations and its popularity and longevity is evidenced by the many Bays still on the road today. But long gone are the days when a Bay could be bought for a few hundred pounds! Two lovely Bays grace our pages as feature buses this issue, representing the most popular camping models, Westfalia and Devon. The Devon Torvette was Devon’s budget camper, and only produced from 1968 – 70 so you don’t see many about – this one has been fully restored to original colours and spec. In contrast is a 1969 Westfalia Campmobile, with its genuine original paint, sun bleached and faded with primer showing through, this bus rightly deserves its name ‘Patina Queen.’ The 1966 Split in classic Turkis / Cream exterior colours with bespoke matching interior make is one gorgeous looking bus whilst a 1963 Single Cab exudes serious street cred with its faded and battered paint, custom built roof rack/bows, vintage style signwriting, low stance and a host of period goodies. Our T4 offering is another example of a former

builder’s van being transformed into a lovely camper - and the owners of this 2001 T4 TD 800 Special call her Perdita, (Latin for “the lost one” ) because, “Nothing’s better than getting lost in a camper van!” Finally check out the T3 Fire Truck. When we arranged to photoshoot the Busfest DOKA Feuerwehrwagen, little did we know we would be treated to a dramatic full on real demo of its capabilities! And on the subject of fires, this month’s How To takes you through things to check and do to prevent a fire in your bus. Those of you who have been to Camper Jam may well have experienced some syncro off roading courtesy of the Syncronauts – this month we join them on their annual

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Feature Buses 10 There’s No Place Like Home Classic Turkis / Cream exterior colours and a bespoke matching interior make this 1966 Split worth the ten year wait

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With its genuine original paint, sun bleached and faded with primer showing through, this 1969 Westfalia Campmobile rightly deserves its name ‘Patina Queen.’

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36 Fire In The Hold! When we arranged to photoshoot the Busfest DOKA Feuerwehrwagen, little did we know we would be treated to a dramatic full on real demo of its capabilities!

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Perdita is Latin for “the lost one” and the owners of this 2001 T4 TD 800 Special call her this because, “Nothing’s better than getting lost in a camper van….”

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76 Terrific Torvette Devon’s Torvette models were only produced from 1968-70 and this 1969 example has been returned to its original Neptune Blue / Cloud White with the original interior refurbished

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With its faded and battered paint, custom built roof rack/bows, vintage style signwriting, low stance and a host of period goodies, this 1963 single cab has serious street cred

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Also in this issue 32 Camper Marmalade We check out a new kid on the block and yes you could even buy Camper Marmalade at the show!

44 50 Years of the Bay 1 Half a Century Back in Time: To celebrate Fifty Years of T2 production, a huge party was held at Hannover

50 Years of the Bay 2 A special auto-museum exhibition showcasing a variety of T2 models from 1968- 1979

Regulars 16 News and Products and upcoming shows 24 The Bus Doctor Your questions answered.

27 Camper Mail

54 Travel Subscribe from only

Six Ferries and Many Miles – the epic North American Road Trip reaches Newfoundland

66 Syncropendence Turn to page 42 for more information

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Tell us about what you and your bus have been doing

The Caraversions HiTop – a strange beastie indeed!

28 How to Reduce the risk of a fire in your bus

98 Column: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay:

52 The Barefoot Chef

Mike looks back at 2017 and forward to 2018

The Syncronauts meet up for wild camping in a field by a river and driving up and down mountains in Wales. What could possibly go wrong?

82 Split Snowplough A fully original 1966 Schneepflug based on a Westfalia Wide Bed pick Up

84 Bundle o’ Dubs Colloquially known simply as BOD, this is one of the mist laid back and chilled events of the year

A new year and a new engine!

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There’s No Place

Like Home Cheryl Edwards and her husband Bob have long held a desire to own a Splitscreen campervan and 10 years is a long time to wait … W O R D S A N D P H OTO G R A P H Y: PAU L B U S S E Y.

hat desire was finally fulfilled in 2014, with the acquisition of a 1966 model, purchased from a good friend of Bob’s. The owner before prior to that, had sent the Split to be restored, but while it was away having the bodywork repainted, the interior, engine and wheels, were all stolen from the garage one night! When he was told the news, he was so dispirited and lost heart in the project and the Split was subsequently sold to Bob’s friend in 2013. He then changed the colour of the bodywork from a dark blue, to turquoise for the lower half and cream for the upper, which makes for an exceedingly attractive two-tone colour scheme. However,

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due to a change of plans and ostensibly requiring a more modern campervan, the Split was offered to Cheryl and Bob in 2014, which they gladly purchased. It was up and running with a current MOT, but did require further restorative work and came without any interior, other than the cab seats. With the bodywork being in excellent condition and repainted, the restorative work centred around the running gear and interior fit. With Cheryl having a keen eye for detail, she planned the interior colour scheme and the myriad of fixtures and fittings, while Bob’s skilled handiwork put the plans into action. The bespoke interior was all

Subtle colour coding of speedo pod and dash to match upholstery trim and exterior paint Baby Moon domed hubcaps add a period custom touch


Stock height and still running with reduction boxes

scratch built, using a wooden framework, which was then clad with MDF panels. The curvature of the base unit cupboard doors was built by laminating and gluing MDF around a former, to achieve the required curve. The MDF was then covered in a faux ostrich skin, dark brown for the top surface and coffee for the doors. There’s a brushed stainless steel filler strip that’s fitted between the doors and the top. Hidden within one of the base units, is all the switchgear for the Split’s electrical set-up, incorporating a leisure battery/charger, fusebox etc, plus a DVD screen, which rises up through the top surface when required. It’s all clever stuff! “The interior didn’t have any headlining

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at all, so I’ve made new birch plywood sections, that were then all covered in a turquoise and cream vinyl,” explains Bob. “My friend Fred the trimmer from Baldock, Hertfordshire, was entrusted with the complete interior retrim, of which he has made a fantastic job.” The exterior colours of turquoise and cream have very much been replicated in the interior, which is colour co-ordination personified! The more you look around the interior, the more you can understand the considerable amount of work, not to mention the vision and skill that went into its build. Cheryl chose the curtain fabric, which was purchased from John Lewis. They were specially made by a friend, to incorporate white buttons and have been fitted using Westfalia rails, both upper and lower, so they are nice and taut and don’t flap about. The curtain colours are on the inside, the lining is on the outside. “You don’t sit in

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Turquoise and cream make for a modern take on the original VW Turkis / Blue White colours More personal styling can be found on the headlining which features contrasting colour coded inserts.


Colour coordinated speaker pods in the seat base Personalised tailscript badge in original VW script style

Unbeknown to me at the time, I had incorrectly reassembled the gears in the ‘box, which resulted in four reverse gears and one forward! your lounge at home, looking at your curtain linings, you see their full colours, so that’s what we’ve done in the Split,” points out Cheryl. “We’ve also installed a Rusty Lee rock ‘n’ roll bed and there’s an additional storage cupboard at the rear in the roof, which is also covered in faux ostrich skin. What you can’t see, is the full sound proof insulation material from front to back. Fitted behind the headlining is a solar reflective heating and sound deadening material which is about 20mm thick.” The cab features an AAC three-spoke stainless steel, wooden rim steering wheel and there’s a tachometer mounted to the right of the steering column. Other additional instrumentation

includes gauges for oil pressure and temperature. There’s a round analogue clock on the right hand side of the dashboard, a retro looking DAB radio, with USB connection and, mounted on the dashboard tray, is a digital gauge that monitors the health and charging capacity of the battery, plus a cigarette lighter and an additional USB connection. There’s also an Empi shifter and Butty’s Bits throttle linkage. Everywhere you look in the interior, you’ll come across some lovely personalised touches; the overall attention to detail is superb. For example, the cupboard door knobs are colour coded turquoise and white ceramic, sourced from a glass craft centre in Yorkshire. The

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All in the detail... Let’s take a closer look

Top Tailgate script badge says it all Upper middle Attention to detailing is everywhere, as on the colour coded turquoise and white ceramic cupboard door knobs Lower middle Retro style DAB radio features USB connection Bottom 1641cc engine fitted with twin Weber 34 ICT carburettors. Note fire suppression system, colour coded pulley and the handy storage for spare spark plugs!

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small silver bobbin rests, preventing the sunvisors from dropping down, came from a motorcycle and there are shiny silver chain locks, linking the front quarter light knobs with the sliding window catches. The radio speakers in the front doors are all colour co-ordinated, as are those in the base unit of the bed, which is also covered in faux ostrich skin, while the flooring is genuine oak laminate. “Refitting the interior wasn’t just a project, it was important to have it finished just how we wanted and a great deal of love went in as well,” says Cheryl. Investigation of the 1300 engine revealed that the oilways were cracked and thus it was junked, in favour of a brand new fully built turn key 1641cc engine, supplied by the VW Engine Company in Catford, South London. This was fitted with twin Weber 34 ICT carburettors, a new alternator and electronic ignition. The exhaust system is stainless steel, with a custom silencer box, made by a friend which has a pleasing throaty note. In the

interests of safety, a fire suppression system has been installed above the engine. “We’ve also fitted rack and pinion steering sourced from Lite-Steer,” explains Bob. “Power steering was added, but it made the whole system far too light, so we retained just the rack and pinion, which is really very efficient. Other upgrades incorporated into the Split, included servo assisted power brakes, with CSP discs at the front and a hydraulic clutch. I refurbished the stock gearbox myself and have retained the original reduction boxes, but eventually I think we’ll fit an IRS set-up. Unbeknown to me at the time, I had incorrectly reassembled the gears in the ‘box, which resulted in four reverse gears and one forward! This meant I had to take it out again and refit the gears.” This Split also boasts a full complement of body undertrays, which offers full protection against the elements to the underside and make for a really neat fitment. “Currently the only ones available


The exhaust system is stainless steel, with a custom silencer box which has a pleasing throaty note. The curved bulkhead unit has been covered in faux ostrich skin, with brushed stainless steel filler strip adding a contemporary styling touch. The TV is fitted to risers, meaning it can be discreetly hidden when not in use.

are for the middle and sides, so I had my own ones specially fabricated for the front and back, so now the entire underside in fully sealed,” enthused Bob. “Prior to fitting the undertrays which have all been powder coated satin black, I applied three coats of Schutz underseal to the chassis and

Refitting the interior wasn’t just a project, it was important to have it finished just how we wanted and a great deal of love went in as well

bodywork.” “For me, it’s the love and sentiment of this 1966 camper which is very important,” says Cheryl. “I commenced my nursing career on 30th June 1966 and it ended on 30th June 2017. “I’ve always been a huge Wizard of Oz fan, which is why I’ve named the Split Dorothy. It was a gift to me from Bob, on the occasion of our 25th wedding anniversary.” “I’ve done it all for Cheryl,” he beams. No wonder the legend at the back reads ‘Dorothy, There’s No Place Like Home’. The interior is supremely comfortable, homely and inviting and a great environment in which to chill out. All cooking will be done outside. Cheryl and Bob are just beginning their adventures with the Split; it’s going to be a keeper for sure and a stunning blend of originality, personal touches and upgrades. The devil is in the detail!

With thanks to... Neil at Lite-Steer (www.litesteer.com), Fred at A&R Pound Automotive trimmers Baldock, Beds 01462 892704), Motor Engineer Steve for the stainless steel parts, trims etc, Dan, David and Matt for all their help

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Record Breaking Santa VW Run Lord Montagu waved the tinsel-adorned starting flag as 116 VWs set off from Beaulieu to deliver Christmas presents to youngsters at the Piam Brown unit at Southampton General Hospital. Numbers for the colourful convoy were at an all-time high, with 235 adults and 94 children riding in impressive classic and custom VWs laden with gifts, making the annual charity run the biggest and most successful yet. Ken Griffin, from Winchester, was dressed as Father Christmas and won the Best Dressed Van award for his bright yellow 1995 VW T4 with Beano comic graphics.

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Camper Mart Sunday January 14th Kick Start the 2018 Show Season! It’s time to renew friendships, plan for the season ahead, and buy stuff for you and your bus! Held in the wellappointed Telford International Centre, Camper Mart 2018 is bigger and better than ever. Things have been moved around this year, and the bus displays and trade areas are going to be much bigger. Aimed at giving the whole family a day out in warm surroundings, new for this year is a whole range of workshops, demos and Q&A sessions during the day including converting a van into a camper from Peak Hope Campervan Training, remapping from Pendle Performance, upholstery demonstration from Upholstery Courses UK, an intro to the mysteries of the air cooled engine by Midland Early Bay and Dubwax will be showing you how to detail your bus. For the kids there is the Panic Family Circus, Build a Giant Robot workshop, a Scalextric challenge and BMX stunt demos and workshops. Plus parts and accessories traders, autojumble and a chance to catch up with friends in cosy, comfortable surroundings. And in order to ease congestion doors will open at 9am this year! For more info or to order tickets go to www.campermart.co.uk


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living off grid or life on the road. Photographs are interspersed with interviews with owners about their adventures on the road, and the author says, “I hope the photos, stories and interviews will plant a seed or inspire a trip or maybe even a lifestyle change!” Van Life, published in the UK by Little Brown Books, is available on Amazon as well as other book outlets.

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Patina Queen With its genuine original paint, sun bleached and faded with primer showing through, this bus rightly deserves its name ‘Patina Queen.’ WORDS: DAVID ECCLES

uilt in January 1969, the M plate carries the UT destination code, meaning it was a Tourist Export Programme delivery, probably collected by its first owner from the Westfalia Werks and imported privately to the US. Finished in Montana Red, other information from the plate reveals it was designated as an SO 67 Campmobile, with roof reinforcement for the Westfalia pop top, US market requirements, cab vent windows and Wolfsburg radio. At some point in its previous life it had been used to sell pumpkins from, before being parked up and left standing in the California sun in the 1980s. It was eventually rescued by enthusiast James Gaebe, who had

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Cream vinyl and oatmeal tweed brings fabric a contemporary twist to an original period interior The elevating roof has been cleaned of algae and mould but not repainted, though new roof canvas has been fitted

it trailered home before putting it up for sale in 2014, where it was spotted by Simon Ballard of NOS VW in Dorset. Simon has lost count of the number of buses he has owned over the years (his panel van was even featured on the front cover of our August 2014 issue) and tells us, “This was one of the best patina paint cars I had ever seen plus,

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being a California bus all its life, had very little rust. I just had to have it!” The bus arrived pretty much just as it was when found. A complete factory VW replacement 1600 single port engine had been fitted in the late 70s but when Simon opened the engine lid the whole bay up to the front pulley was covered with nuts from when a squirrel had lived there! Simon cleaned the plugs and points, reset the timing, and five minutes later, fed by a jerrycan strapped in the engine bay, the engine fired up and ran for the first time in over twenty five years! Despite looking very sad, the only rust needing attention was in the cab floor and rear cargo floors, caused by a leaking roof vent in the pop top). Though also tired, the Westfalia interior was complete and intact, including the often lost open stool. Simon started by totally stripping down the bus to a bare shell, which was put onto a roll-over jig for the

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Note front and rear US spec side reflectors As new matching laminate was not available for the original worktops / flap shelving, three table tops were sourced and cut down to make new versions


There was one very scary moment however, when a live Black Widow spider was found living under the rear wheel arch! The original coolbox/sink unit has been modified to feature slide out, sectioned drawers, and with a cool box in the lower one.

whole underbody to be cleaned and primed before being painted in in Montana Red. Simon wanted a low bus but says “I did not go crazy as I did not want to notch and tub such a solid van, adjusters were welded into the front beam and rear adjustable spring plates bolted on to lower suspension .” There was one very scary moment however, when a live Black Widow spider was found living under the rear wheel arch! The beam, axles and gear box were painted Satin Black, disc brakes from a Late Bay fitted to replace the original drum brakes and every pipe, joint, rubber or cable replaced. The bare shell was then painted in satin lacquer to preserve its unique patina and help protect it from the UK climate. The pop top was carefully cleaned of all its algae and mould and the leaking area repaired but to preserve the original well-worn look, was not repainted. However, Simon did give it a new gel coat on the

inside to brighten the interior up, and then fitted it with new canvas and double bed to replace the original hammocks. Instead of refitting the original 14” wheels, Simon sourced a set of 15” versions as fitted to pre 1964 Splits, which he refurbished and detailed in Montana Red and White, adding chromed hubcaps and whitewall tyres. All new window seals and a new windscreen with top tint were also fitted. Up front the cab area remains basically stock, the cab seats were stripped and powder coated black as was the dash, and a rubber floor mat fitted; however it has been given a contemporary twist by recovering the seats with cream vinyl and oatmeal tweed fabric, sourced in Germany. The VDub Trim Shop sourced the material and carried out all the trimming, which includes the rear seats, free standing stool and cab door cards, and the result looks stunning – modern and bright, yet

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All in the detail... Let’s take a closer look

Top US style number plate and vintage surround maintain the bus’s heritage Upper middle The underbody has painted in in Montana Red, with axles and gear box finished in Satin Black Lower middle Headlamp rims and stone guards have been painted Satin Black, echoing the faded black on the swage line Bottom Split bus 15” steels have been refurbished and detailed in Montana Red and White and fitted with whitewall tyres and chrome hubcaps

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maintaining a period feel. Woodworking wizard Andrew Cooke was then called in to refurbish the interior. All the original cabinets and birch ply side panels were refurbished and facings re-laminated, and new trim and catches cleaned and replaced where necessary. However, Andrew had to redo the headliner from scratch as it was too far gone to save. The original coolbox / sink cupboard has also been subtly and cleverly updated with new slide out drawers, sectioned for organising storage and with a removable coolbox stored in the lower one. The original worktops / flap shelving were hard to replace as new matching laminate was not available, so three table tops were sourced and cut down to make new versions. An open rear roof shelf (aka headbanger unit) from a 1971 Campmobile has also been added. Andrew also managed to locate some genuine 1960s flooring, though had to buy the whole roll!


Apart from the black swage line, added sometime in the 70s, all the paint is the original Montana Red. All the interior woodwork has been returned to new condition This is genuine patina from standing in the Californian sun for over 25 years!

New wood headliner had to be fitted, however the original cabinets and birch ply side panels, have been refurbished and facings re-laminated The curtains, featuring a pattern called Atomic, were sourced from the States. Modern upgrades such as soundproofing, lighting, 12v / 240 sockets, stereo and twin battery have

all been sited discretely; “I don’t like to see modern accessories fitted spoiling the original look!” says Simon. In fact the only accessories on the bus are an opening rear window, a removable black painted ladder fabricated by Simon from scratch and mesh headlight guards! Simon tells us this bus will be another keeper (he had his Split Panel Van for 24 years!), and though he does find it mildly irritating when people ask him how he has created the patina look, this is more than made up for by comments about the award winning interior.

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James Gaebe for finding the Patina Queen as it’s known Luke my brother for engine help, Andrew Cooke for the killer interior and making such a great job of hiding the modern fixing in a period van VDub Trim Shop in Poole for the upholstery. http://vdubtrimshop.co.uk/ 07954 139243 Rod Harris for all his help along the way.

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Bus Doctor Got a problem or a query?

Steve Leatham answers some of your questions… Email info@volkswagencamper.co.uk Address Bus Doctor, VW Camper & Commercial, The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ

Running on 3 cylinders?

Steve Leatham has been working on and restoring VW buses since 1997, tackling just about every job over the years. He has been resident Bus Doctor for the mag since 2003.

Dear Bus Doctor, I am the ‘lucky’ new owner of a ‘nice’ rough 1989 T3 semi camper! I am fast learning about these vans to get it into a useable state, but it continues to want to only run on 3 cylinders. As it stands, it is not firing on number 1 cylinder (front right hand side). To date I have replaced the plugs, leads, rotor and distributor cap but all to no avail. My next step that I am going to do is check the tappets. In amongst the engine grime I found a ‘Volkspares’ sticker which says that the engine has been fitted with solid followers and adjustment settings. This suggests the engine has at least seen some work during its life! It would be much appreciated if you could shed some light on possible causes! Joe Barnes Ok first check the vacuum pipe to brake servo from inlet manifold a friend’s bus was split inside and made it run like it was on 3 cylinders. I would guess that a T1 cam was fitted as running solid lifters on a hydro cam is a bad idea. I will also assume it’s the single carb setup which would eliminate an injector issue or a blocked jet on a dual carb setup. I would, as you say, first check for a tight valve adjuster and then run a compression test on all 4.

No Spark Dear Bus Doc. Just re fitted engine and gearbox on my 72 bay; after rebuild the engine is turning fine but there is no spark whatsoever. There is live to the coil. The coil has also been tested and that is fine too. The only thing I have noticed is there is no earth strap from the gearbox to body. Any Ideas? Peter Jones

The engine does need to be earthed. If it isn’t earthed the starter won’t work so you probably do have one somewhere. Is the timing set correctly? If so, then also check the points and distributor, if you have reused an old one as that could well be your problem.

Engine Issues Dear Bus Doctor, I’ve got a very scary issue with my bus’s engine and would love some advice. It’s a 1.6 upright twin port with twin Weber 34 ICT’s. I suddenly lost a lot of power and there was a nasty burning smell and I pulled over to investigate. When I removed the oil filler neck smoke came billowing out. I carry spare oil so I filled it up and it drank about 1.5 litres. That’s all I had on me. As I filled it smoke came out from behind the crank shaft pulley wheel! I only drive the bus 1 day a week for a round trip of 1 and a half hours and my dip stick was 3/4 between the lines two weeks ago when I last checked. All my oil has apparently burnt off in only a few hours of driving. The engine idles well now with more oil, no visible smoke from the exhaust. Timing and tappets all set and there is plenty of power. End float seems minimal. Turns over with a spanner pretty easily and there’s no horrendous knocking noises coming from within. Compression test on the cylinders is give or take 100 for each. I’ve got a two week run around the West Country coming up in a couple of months and I’m worried about my engine dying on me. Should I be scrambling for a new engine? I would love to strip and rebuild it but the more I read the more it sounds like I will mess it up and cause the very holiday problems that I’m

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trying to avoid. I also can’t afford the 1.5 grand that most engine builders seem to want these days. Are there ways of telling if the bottom end of my engine is completely shot without taking it to bits? The cheapest rebuilt engines seem to be on the TES Website but is there a reason why there so much cheaper than everyone else? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Maggie It sounds like your engine has overheated pretty bad...first thing you need to do is find out why before going down the new engine route. When this happened to a friend of mine it turned out to be a multitude of problems: the cooling fan had had a bent fin, the head bolts were loose, and the flywheel oil seal was leaking badly (which may well explain your oil loss). Check for any of these first before buying a new engine.

Original Paint Colour Dear Doc How can I find out the original colour of my LHD 1964 Split Bus Microbus? Dazzer There is a plate on the bulkhead behind the passenger seat. The third block of numbers on bottom row is the body colour and trim codes, which you can decode by searching the samba. com. There may also still be the original silver sticker on the LH cab pillar with colour name and L code. As a microbus it will be two tone, but factory colours changed in July 1964, so a precise build date (also on the M plate) will help narrow it down to just three possible combinations.


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Changing Times Dear David and Dave, It was great seeing my bus last issue but since the photoshoot I have actually sold the bus and bought a new one! I went over to Gasure over the summer to give Herman his annual tune up. As I arrived there was a T3 California there that caught my eye, the owner is another longstanding customer of Steve’s. Basically the chap had stopped using it and he was there asking Steve to sell it on his behalf. As he and Steve discussed the van, I was eavesdropping and I knew I had to buy it. The van had too much history not to and he had a lot spent on it (over 11k since 2008). So I spent our savings, then had to set out about selling Herman to recoup them. Needless to say the new California is far superior in terms of being a great camper for a growing family, but it doesn’t give me the thrill factor just yet that Herman did (I feel like I have betrayed him by selling a family member). Herman is now living with a chap called Nidge in Yorkshire who fell in love with him at a show earlier in the year and we did a deal there and then. I have made Nidge promise to phone me if he ever sells him so I can have first refusal on buying him back. I have attached a photo of Gunther, the new van which I have already put a fully reconditioned 1.6jx td

Miss October Hi David, Having read about Aussie buses that get shipped to UK I thought I’d share my reverse story! I bought my 1967 Canterbury Pitt back in 1988; in 1994 I had her fully restored and a picture of her against a backdrop of Autumn leaves was chosen as October image for the SSVC / NEATO / Bulli Kartei Split Bus calendar. Ever since she has been known as Miss October. She was runner up in SSVC Van and Restoration of the Year awards in 1995 and I also attended the first three Brighton Breezes before moving to Australia in 2002 – with the bus of course! One of the first things I did with Miss October was to drive to Brighton, Victoria, which is on Phillip Bay, near Melbourne. I could not resist one last London-Brighton run! Recently she won Best Standard Kombi at the Canberra German

Lett of theer Mo t h Winn ner engine in after the MOT station in Burton decided to rev his guts out and blow the old engine up L. But to be honest the new unit has a lot more power in and is running great. Thanks Marcus Dorey

Auto Day and is still going strong, still camping and still with original fitments and interior. I have just had a book published ‘Two Up Down Under’ which tells the story of my camper, which I have now owned for nearly 30 years, and also features a road-trip with my twin brother and co-author, Ron Smith. It’s not ‘the story of a resto’, although the history of the van is covered in the first chapter - the book is more a photographic journey showing the delights of camping in a much-loved family vehicle around my region of Australia, with a bit of aviation on the side, as my brother and I were travelling to an antique aircraft event in the course of our trip. Would you like to see it? Regards Jim Smith, Canberra Hello Jim That was a blast from the past, I remember Miss October well! Great to hear from you and to see her still looking superb. I have checked out the sample pages and the book looks lovely; I look fwd to seeing a copy and we will review it next issue as I am sure readers will really enjoy both the story and the pictures! David ‘Two Up Down Under’ by Jim and Ron Smith is published by UP Publications and is available on Amazon etc.

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How To Prevent ďŹ res Difficu lty Rating

Reduce the risk of ďŹ res starting on-board your Bus with our prevention guide WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: ROB HAWKINS

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he threat of a fire has got to be the number one enemy for a VW Bus, particularly a petrol engine Split Screen, Bay or T25. With the engine and petrol tank in the rear, the mixture of fuel and heat in close proximity to each other is a major problem if a fire does start, especially if fuel from the tank can drip onto the flames. Elsewhere in a Bus, there are more potentially flammable items, such as old soundproofing material and upholstery, dodgy wiring and an on-board hob with a gas bottle. Whilst some of these fire starters can be removed to help reduce the risk of a fire, for those items that cannot, such as a hob, there is a range of equipment to help detect a fire and put it out. The means of how a fire starts can vary greatly. Fuel

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Regularly check all fuel hoses and pipes to make sure they are not leaking. The fuel tank is located forward of the engine on Splits, Bays and T25s, behind the rear seat panel. A fuel hose runs from underneath it to the fuel pump (and onto the carburettor) with a fuel filter fitted in-line. There may also be expansion pipes routed across the underside of the engine bay roof. Sections of fuel hoses and pipes can be renewed if they are damaged or perished. Make sure when you buy replacement flexible fuel lines to get R11 / E15 rated hoses suitable for modern ethanol mix fuels and if you have not changed them for three years or more it would be advisable to do so. Old wiring can be the cause of fires, so make sure all connections are secure and there are no bare live wires that could earth against the bodywork and create a spark. Faulty switches and electrical components can also ignite, so regularly test everything on board.

Look behind the dashboard where the wiring is routed to the fusebox to check for any potentially flammable material. If the engine has been removed, inspect any soundproofing materials fitted to the roof of the engine bay. If they are old, remove them. Modern, non-flammable material is available from the likes of Noisekiller and Dynamat. Old soundproofing and upholstery often isn’t flame resistant, so if it can be removed, renew it. However, some modern products are also flammable, such as wax-based rustproofing solutions and underseal. These can ignite if you are having some welding repairs to the bodywork of your Bus. When welding, make sure a fire extinguisher is close by and ready to be used (test it first).

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A battery-operated household smoke alarm (smoke detector) for around £6 is a good starting point for adding some fire safety inside a Bus, especially if it’s used for camping. If you have a hob installed, a carbon monoxide detector for around £20 is also worth fitting. This won’t detect a gas leak, but it will alert you if too much carbon monoxide has been generated from cooking (always leave a door open for ventilation). Fit a fire blanket and a handheld fire extinguisher close to the hob. Whilst these will help with a cooking fire, an engine fire can be tackled with an automatic fire extinguisher. These cost from around £30 for a single canister and nozzle, up to around £200 for a plumbed-in system that can spray over all of the engine (see the October 2014 issue for a fitting guide on a Firetrace system).

If you have an electric hook-up, carry a socket tester (costs around £20) and always use it when arriving at a campsite before plugging in any equipment. This will help to check the campsite’s electrics are working properly and correctly. Fitting a plug-in circuit breaker helps to preserve your on-board electrical equipment from any problems that may occur. These cost less than £10 and are usually used by gardeners when operating equipment such as a hedge trimmer or mower where there’s a risk of cutting through the electrical cable. With leaking petrol and faulty electrics being the two main ingredients of Bus fires, fitting a battery cut-off switch can help. This should be fitted to the earth side of the battery. If you have a gas bottle stored on-board the Bus, check its hose is secure and is the correct type. Renew the hose if you are unsure of its age.

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SHOWS CAMPER MARMALADE

Camper Marmalade We check out a new kid on the block and yes you could even buy Camper Marmalade at the show! WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVE WARREN

his was the first year for Camper Marmalade to take place as a show on its own merit after a couple of years as a club based camp out; Berni Bernstein, Melanie Quinn, James Upton and a crew of amazing helpers decided to stage a chilled weekend event. The setting just outside Eastbourne at Brimley farm, Polgate, East Sussex was well sign posted and had electric lit flushing toilets which nowadays is a little thing but a very nice touch on the endless portacabin toilet attended shows. The weekend show looked like as if it was going to be a hot one as the forecast was for us to be enjoying the continuing heat. The gates opened at 12pm and within hours the fields were beginning to fill up with a steady flow of happy smiling campers. Friday evening saw entertainment in the marquee supplied by Jelly Funk All-stars and

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1: Chopped hot rod with monster wheels 2: Slammed and tubbed – but how well does it drive? 3: Fun in the Kidszone 4: Yes, you could even buy real Camper Marmalade!

a nice touch was the inflatable pub that had an old English vibe to it with its stuffed fish and inflatable fireplace. The gates closed at 8pm on the Friday and it was time to relax and unwind and a bit of party time enjoyed by all.

5: Luke Brabant transformed a tired T4 into a work of art over the weekend 6: Stunning 23 window Samba was one of the show n shine winners 7: The inflatable pub, complete with inflatable “fire” 8: Chilling out time 9: Is this your mum and dad kids? 10: One picture we can print in the mag! 11: Air brushed Vespa and Wizard Roadster – nice!

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weekend was run by Claire Taylor. The entertainment started in the marquee at midday until midnight with hay bales situated outside in the sun it was a great place to relax after visiting the traders, a varied selection of traders selling festival based clothing and VW gifts for you and your pets. Seen locally before Luke Brabants was transforming an blue stock T4 into a work of art with Sunday at 4pm being his dead line he certainly had a lot on his hands, mainly blue paint when I met up with him after hours of flattening down the paint work. A dog show was arranged for the Saturday afternoon, another big tick

is the ability to take your four legged friends away for the weekend, this show allowed that. The show and shine was scheduled for Sunday but a few stunning VWs had parked up between the traders, and an award was presented to Bryan Murphy and his very stunning 11 window 1967 splitscreen van As the evening drew in the packed marquee played host to the Burlesque show that had been arranged, it certainly is amazing what you can do with an angle grinder.... Kids please don’t try this at home! The weather was kind and people were still sat outside enjoying the entertainment as the night came to

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a close at midnight with the great sounds of Kangaroo Juice ringing in our ears. Sunday arrived and the morning was fresh and a delight to be camping surrounded by such great people, just half a mile down the road was one of the biggest boot fairs in this area of Sussex so many a happy camper where seen heading to and then back carrying bargains. Day visitors soon filled the visitor’s carpark and once again the staff were doing an amazing job directing the day visitors while making sure the weekend campers were able to leave. The show and shine judging was as always a difficult job as the standards of entries was amazing. Look out for this show next year as it was an amazing set up and was a very professionally run show, so keep the date free and put it on your list of shows.


1986 T3 DOKA FEUERWEHRWAGEN

Fire in the hold! When we arranged to photoshoot the Busfest Firetruck, little did we know we would be treated to a dramatic full on real demo of its capabilities! WORDS; DAVID ECCLES PHOTOGRAPHY: SIMON COOKE

hose of you who go to Busfest will know this syncro firetruck – not only does it excite the crowds it has also been known to provide free showers for the children! Its primary purpose however is as a first response First Aid and Fire emergency vehicle at Busfest. Originally used as personnel carrier and equipment lugger with the Kelkheim & Ruppertshain Freiwillige Feuerwehr (Volunteer

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Fire Brigade) in Southern Germany, it has since been uprated to become a fully-fledged firefighting vehicle, fully equipped to deal with different types of fire and emergencies. Built in 1986 for the Fire Service, as a 1.9 Syncro Doka finished in Fire Truck Red, its factory fitted options included double bench seat in the cab, rubber floor mats, rear mudflaps, lap belts for the rear seat, opening cab vents windows and rear diff lock and a Westfalia towbar). For fire service use a set of front

The bull bars, painted white to match the bumpers, were fitted by the local fire service when they bought it in 1986 The Doka model was favoured by fire services for its crew and load carrying capabilities The original 185 14 inch wheels/tyres have been replaced with16” Wheels and All Terrain BF Goodrich Tyres

Following a fire incident at the (then) Vanfest, Simon and the crew had decided they needed their own site emergency vehicle and this fitted the bill perfectly!

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Bull Bars was added (painted white to match the bumpers) along with flashing warning lights at the rear of the cab roof and a Hella RundumTonkombination integrated system of roof mounted flashing lights, PA and various siren tones. After being decommissioned in 2005 it was imported by the Bus Brothers and then bought by Simon Holloway in 2006. Following a fire incident at the (then) Vanfest, Simon and the crew had decided they needed their own site emergency vehicle and this fitted the bill perfectly! For durability the load bed floor and side gates were given wooden cladding protection (subsequently replaced by aluminium chequer plate), and a rear locker added for additional storage. Split electrics and an additional battery were also fitted. The original 185 14 inch wheels/tyres were replaced with 16� Wheels and All Terrain BF Goodrich Tyres and everything overhauled / serviced, and then Simon set about researching suitable equipment and designing how it would all fit.

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Larger truck style side mirrors were an often speciďŹ ed option for syncros or emergency vehicles as they offer better vision The underbed locker is perfect for storing and carrying extra equipment

As the Firetruck had to be able to deal with Category 1 fires, Vehicles & Buildings, which are quite likely to (and have!) occurred at the 3 Counties Showground previously, it needed a lightweight but powerful firefighting system and the FIREXPRESS System was chosen. FIREXPRESS is a world leader in fire-fighting equipment and systems, developed in Denmark it is now being used by many different fire services and the military (NATO). It uses extremely small water droplets in combination with foam to extinguish all types of fire. With an operational pressure of up to 40 bars it is intended for applications where a more forceful penetration is required but still avoids the drawbacks of traditional high pressure systems and only uses/needs a minimum amount of water. In fact though many fires can be extinguished with just 12 litres of water using this system, the Busfest Firetruck carries a 400 litre water tank and two foam tanks to cover all possibilities and can be up and running in under 20 seconds! All the hand operated fire extinguishers carried have recently been upgraded to FIRETOOL JE50 versions; which are more compact,

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All in the detail... Let’s take a closer look

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lighter and leave no mess and the engine bay fitted with the BLAZE CUT Automatic Fire Suppression System, just so the fire engine itself is also protected! A telescopic ladder kit is also carried along with a SABRE Breathing Apparatus set and with two full firefighting protective suits / helmets. Other emergency equipment includes a full First Aid Kit with AED (Defibrillator) & Burns Kits, Full Emergency Incident Kit (torches, spades axes etc.), Traffic Control Kit (cones, beacons, barrier tape etc.), environmental spill kit, additional lighting cables and pole lamps, two way radios, portable PA system, tow ropes, jump leads, battery pack, tyre inflator, trolley jack – every contingency has been carefully planned for. The Firetruck also has its own portable power supply in the form of a 3.5KVA 240v/120v Generator. The towbar has also proved very useful, combined with the legendary syncro 4WD capabilities, for rescuing buses stuck in mud at shows over the years! Having seen ten years’ faithful

A portable generator provides back up facility to the truck’s own electrics and also powers items such as the hand held or pole mounted floodlights and power tools.


Though many ďŹ res can be extinguished with just 12 litres of water using this system, the Busfest Firetruck carries a 400 litre water tank and two foam tanks to cover all possibilities service the syncro is now due to have some restoration work on the body and paintwork and Simon is considering a full 16â€? syncro spec conversion. There is also a hard top to restore and fit, to complement the complete hightop canvas cover. Meanwhile The Busfest Feuerwehrwagen will continue to be a vital part of the Busfest Crew (and will also occasionally have some fun at other events).

With thanks to... All of the Vanfest/Busfest Crews who have used and loved this vehicle ever since we got it. Current Crew; Robert Barlow, Peter Holloway, Daren Woods, Ben Emerson. Mike Ghia who has kept it in good running order mechanically for the past few years.

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EVENT 50 YEARS OF THE BAY

Half a Century Back in Time To celebrate Fifty Years of T2 production, a huge party was held at Hannover. WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHS: THEO MOSSMAN. ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS: VW NUTZFAHRZEUGE

he evolution from the split-screen-van to the T2 bay window was an immediate success. First Volkswagen produced the T2a and from 1972 the modified T2b and as the demand was bigger than the production capacity in Hannover, Volkswagen added production sites elsewhere. However, the majority of all 3.9 million produced T2s were produced in Hannover. Production in Hannover stopped in 1979 and Volkswagen replaced the T2 production line with the T3 while the production of the T2 continued elsewhere. The last production facility producing theT2 (the T2c) stopped in 2013 in Brazil. An interesting detail is that of all the Transporters produced in Hannover the T2 still has, with a little over 2 million vehicles, the highest production quantity. Back in 1993 a group of VW-bus friends decided to start a club, with the main aim of keeping this second generation of Transporters as an icon on the road and so the “Interesse Gemeinschaft T2” (IGT2) was born. Every year the IG-T2 organises a camping event for members and other T2 enthusiasts... The gathering this year was the 24th edition organised by the IG-T2 and the theme was the 50th birthday of the T2. Because a 50th birthday is not just another birthday, the IG-T2 decided that their annual club gathering should be something special. As all the ideas were too many to fit into just one weekend, extra days were added to the event. The 64 participants had the choice of various VW-related excursions in Hannover and Wolfsburg: they could go for a visit to the Volkswagen NutzFahrzeuge (VWN) Old-timer

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1: The buses negotiating Hannover traffic en route to the factory 2: Every participant had a souvenir photo call with their bus 3: Psychedelia rules! 4: Time for a photo opp! 5: The line-up assembles in the factory grounds 6: Thank you speech from the load bed of a T2 Pick up 7: Time for Bradwurst and Beer! 8: Mini T2 at the ArnumerSee campsite 9: VW’s official photographer had a bird’s eye view from the Skyjack 10: A special moment to remember forever 11: Stand by your Van!

In small groups, a total of 83 T2s left Arnumer See and on our way to the VWWerks we received plenty of thumbs-up from the locals collection, a T6 factory tour, the California camper production facility or visit to Wolfsburg with Autostadt & VW museum. Another option was a visit to the VW Bulli museum in Hessisch Oldendorf where the IG-T2 house their their collection of T2 transporters. (More details about this collection and the Museum can be found here: http:// www.bullimuseum.eu) Home base for the festivities was a camp site at Arnumer See, a lakeside camping about 25 kilometres outside of Hannover. The highlight of the organised festivities was scheduled for Saturday, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to enter your T2 into a T2 procession through the

grounds of the Hannover factory where most of the participating bay-windows were born. The slogan could easily have been “T2’s Back to their roots”. This was only made possible with full co-operation of the VW Nutzfahrzeuge who are putting into practice their policy of respecting the VW heritage. The announcement of this procession on social media caught not only my attention, and on Friday the number of participants had grown from 64 to 103 T2’s. The Arnumer See campground got very crowded with great variety of German Bays along with a couple of Dutch, a Swiss, a Swedish and even a Finnish classic who had found their


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Prinz, representing the host club IGT2, we set off to the south entrance for a line up. From there a longlong-long-long-procession of T2s entered the VW factory. Rumour has it that this traffic-jam even made it to the “Stau” (announcements on German radio traffic reports). The row of Bays was that long that, after circling around the furthest of production buildings, we met our fellow T2drivers who were on their way in as we were already on our way out. Double the fun! VW had placed a T5 skyjack

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transporter near the start with a professional photographer on the top. We passed him twice so there was a double opportunity for him to capture us! Just before leaving the production facility, there was a third photo moment. Every participating crew could pose alongside their T2 thus having a lovely souvenir of this event created by the organisation. The last official moment was in Hannover at the parking area again, where we were all parked up for group photos from the skyjack Final words of appreciation were given by Mr Friedrich Mattiszik (VWN Werkmanagement). He not only thanked us for making the effort to visit, but also because we managed to tour around in between coffee and lunch breaks of VW workers. If it had been during the lunch break it would have cost them production volume because workers would have never made it back to the production line in time! After returning from Hannover we found out that Arnumer See was soaking wet because of heavy rain. We had been just 25 kilometres from the campsite and hadn’t had a drop of rain. Such luck and so appropriate, the organisation deserved nothing less than sunshine and applause! Gentleman of the organisation: a very big thank-you for making this 50th birthday a memorable one.


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50 Years of the Bay Window Bus

A special Auto Museum Exhibition To mark fifty years since the Bay window bus went into production a very special exhibition showcasing a variety of T2 models from 1968- 1979 was staged at one of Germany’s most prestigious Auto – Museums. WORDS: DAVID ECCLES

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Thirteen very different Bays were brought together by the IG T2 to show the various bodies and applications applications, including a rare East German version, the Barkas 1000B. To set a historical context one of the Plattenwagens (the inspiration for the Transporter) and a 1956 Pick Up were also on display. The exhibition was launched with a special gathering of owners and enthusiasts, who were treated to informative talks, presentations and a Q&A session before exploring all the delights on show. The welcome panel comprised Karl Nachbar (successor of Mr. Meyer) former head of the LCV Development Department, Dr. Adolf Kalberlah

former head of the Department of Futurology (he was responsible for the electric bus prototype), Alexander Prinz President of the IG T2 Club and Sascha Fillies from the PS.Speicher museum. One of the highlights was hearing from Herr Nachbar, who had a major responsibility for overseeing the development and production of the new Bay model. Work on a replacement for the T1 had begun as early as 1962/3, following design drawings for what was then termed Project EA 114. This was to be a major shift for VW, it was their

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During 1967 as plans progressed Herr Nachbar was tasked with overseeing the prototype builds and tweaking blueprints and design drawings, splitting his time between the Wolfsburg and Hannover factories. The team also had to factor in changes in US vehicle regulations, incorporating new safety and emissions features. His talk was illustrated with rarely seen designs and pictures, bringing the story of the T2’s development to life and culminated with the driving in of one of the first Bays to be produced.

7: 1973 Westy Camper with rarely seen turret top option 8: Personalities involved in the design and development of the new T2 talk about their involvement 9: The car next to the Jazz band is a Fuldomobil – 2 seater car with a 191cc two stroke engine at the rear, built from 1950 – 69. 10: One of the earliest surviving T2’s is welcomed by the audience 11: The first electric powered Transporter prototype concept only had a range of 60kms! 12: Barkas B100, Brazilian Bay Split hybrid and the electric powered Transporter 13: Converted to a camper, this High Top then travelled all over the world 14: The audience arriving in the museum foyer

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THE EXHIBITION VEHICLES 1968 - 79 1968: Mountain Rescue Bay featuring full roof rack, emergency lighting, short wave radio and first aid facilities. 1970: Liveried Panel Van used by the Coop for milk deliveries 1970: Pick Up conversion featuring hydraulic crane lift for loading and unloading goods 1970: Deluxe Microbus with sliding roof (initially designated Clipper until Pan Am claimed copyright of the name). The Black / Sierra Gold colour scheme was only available for the 1971 Model Year Deluxes. 1971: Signwritten Panel Van(cross over model) used by a cheese and sausage delicatessen in Bremen. 1971: Ziegler Fire Department support vehicle, which saw service at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and subsequently used by a small municipal voluntary fire service. 1973: Westfalia Camper. An early example of the restyled T2b. Though Westfalia introduced the new rear hinged elevating roof in 1973, this model still has the earlier and uncommon turret top option. 1976: High Roof model. Converted to a camper with side windows added in the 80s, this bus has toured extensively around the world including the Sahara and Alaska. 1978: Loudspeaker / riot control bus, converted by Kogel and used in Hamburg right up until 1999. 1979: Prototype electric conversion Transporter. Ahead of its time but only had a range of 60kms! 1979: Brazilian built hybrid T2 using a Bay front end and a T1 Samba rear end, produced from 1975 -79. SPECIAL GUESTS 2013: Brazilian T2 production continued until 2013 (with water cooled engines from 2005). This is one of the special Last Edition models of which only 1200 were produced. 1987: Barkas B1000. Built in East Germany from 1961 – 1991, the Barkas B had a front mounted engine and from the early 80’s used VW engines. Infamous for its use by the Stasi (secret police) for snatching people off the streets, this one was used as a VIP Shuttle Bus.

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r more accurately, look what I’ve been saving up for. It’s finally time to bite the bullet. The original engine in the ‘bay of lasting joy’ really has been on borrowed time for a while. There’s still a bit of end-float and there’s still a bit of piston slap. What’s missing is my

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continued confidence. I have driven this, the original engine from 47,000 miles to 177,000 miles and it is tired. Brighton this year was particularly disconcerting. We really did splutter, (I suspect a sticking valve) our way up some of the hills that we’ve romped up in the past. It really needs a proper re-build with new pistons & barrels and new heads & valve gear. If I was an originality freak, I would have this engine rebuilt, but for the sake of a serial number on the V5, a replacement long block is just as good. And what’s inside the case I hear you cry. Is it a sensible 1776, or perhaps it’s that super torquey engine that I’ve been on about having built with everything as near to stock as possible, apart from a longer stroke crank.

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the pan and turn down the heat to the gentlest of gentle simmers. Leave it for about five minutes, remove the lid and give it all another good stir. Replace the lid and leave it for another ten minutes or so. Once again, remove the lid, give it another good stir and this time, cover the mixture with lots of thinly sliced or grated cheese. Replace the lid and leave it for a final five minutes. Divide the mixture into two

halves, remove from the pan and serve immediately. This stuff is proper wintery, chilly weather comfort food. At Hook Road we served ours up onto paper plates. I know it’s a bit amateur hour, but there was simply no fuss, nothing to wash up. The cutlery only needed a quick wipe with kitchen towel, the plates were folded and chucked straight into the bin and the pan was shoved under the grill and left as a surprise for next summer!

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ewfoundland is a large, remote island laying in the North Atlantic off the East coast of Canada. Newfoundland has a land area of some 111,390 sq km (about 3/4 the size of England) with a population of 530,000 (compared to 53 million in England). The majority of the population live in and around St. John’s (the Provincial Capital) on the eastern edge of the island. St. John’s harbour was for hundreds of years a supply centre for the North Atlantic Fishery. During WWII it was a staging area for convoys bringing supplies to Great Britain. Now the harbour is a supply center servicing the oil rigs off the Newfoundland Coast. Signal Hill, above the harbour, and now a Canadian National Historic Site was where, on December 12, 1901, the first transatlantic wireless signal was received.

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Mistaken Point. A number of years ago a young Japanese researcher discovered some of the world’s oldest fossils (565 Million years) on the Mistaken Point shore line. The local community along with a number of universities made a strong effort to preserve and protect the find and were rewarded when in July 2016, UNESCO recognized Mistaken Point as a World Heritage Site. We knew that to protect the site, access was strictly controlled. Each day, weather permitting a small group of no more than 20 people is guided to the site. With some luck we managed to get ourselves included in a tour. The drive to the parking area takes half an hour on a rough gravel road. From the parking area, visitors must hike for 5km along a marked trail, accompanied by a well-informed guide who shares insights into the flora, fauna and geology of the area along with explanations of the lives of pre and post European people that had lived in the area. Upon reaching the fossil site, visitors must remove their hiking boots and pull on special “booties” before


St John’s Newfoundland is known for its colourful houses St John’s harbour is a service centre for the off shore gas and oil industry Cabot Tower, Signal Hill, Newfoundland. Built in 1897 to commemorate 400 anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage.

Some of the world’s oldest fossils (565 Million years) are at Mistaken Point proceeding on to rocks containing the fossils. The guides explain what you are standing on and the enormity of time is almost overwhelming. You are encouraged to remain at the site for as long as you wish and to make your own way back to the parking lot. What a fabulous place, fortunately on an incredible day. I am not sure I would want to be there on a cold, windy, rainy day.

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have Blue Belle repaired. As we neared Cape Race Lighthouse, Blue Belle’s battery warning light came on. While we knew it was important to stop and take steps to address the problem we also knew we were at least 30km from the nearest community (over a rough gravel road), there were no other vehicles around. Our only option was to keep going and hope the problem was not too serious! Finally we reached the small community of Portugal Cove South, only to learn that there were no mechanical services nor for that was matter there even a fuel station. We were told that there may be a service station in the next community (another 30km). Needs must, we kept going. It was getting close to the end of the business day when we reached the small community of Trepassey. Using our old tried and true “ask the locals” we stopped into the grocery store. We learned that the service station in the community had closed several years back, but 10km further along the road there was, maybe, a fuel station and repair shop. The “maybe” that we heard, was not whether or not there was a station, but whether or not the proprietor/mechanic would be willing to help. The opinion of the locals was mixed on this.

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The gravel road to Mistaken Point was bumpy but well worth it Mistaken Point Ecological reserve, declared a World Heritage Centre in 2016 565 million year old fossils at Mistaken Point (protective show covers have to worn by visitors) Cape Race Lighthouse. It was here the Titanic’s SOS call was received in 1912

Our problem had been tracked down to a faulty voltage regulator Station. It was open, but Mark the owner/mechanic was not there and would not be in until the morning. Given that we had just about lost the light we asked for a recommendation on where to camp. Apparently, there were no camping facilities in the area, but if we wanted, we could park “up in the old gravel site – no one would bother us there!” It was not necessarily the most beautiful setting, but it worked. We parked in such a way, that in the event our battery had died, we could at least get a rolling start. Fortunately, the van started and the next morning we were back at the garage for the 8:00am opening. It was with some trepidation that we walked into the shop and sought out Mark. If he couldn’t or wouldn’t help us, what were we going to do? We should not have worried. Mark was most welcoming. He was amazed that we had managed to drive such an old van all the way across the country. He was even more surprised when he learned that we had taken, “the long way around, through the US”. He was however, not sure that he could figure out what the problem was, nor even if he did, that he


could find the necessary parts. His recommendation at this point was to catch a ride with his wife back into Trepassey and get a good breakfast at the local diner. In the meantime he would have a look at the van and perhaps have some ideas when we got back. After a great breakfast, that included a portion of Newfoundland “tutons” (google it), we walked around the community learning as we went that Trepassey had once been a fishing community of some 30,000 people, but now with the collapse of the Cod fishery, there were only 3,000 people left. We learned that the US Army personnel successfully flew a flying boat from Trepassey across the Atlantic in 1919. We also learned that Emilia Earhart, had visited Trepassey shortly before her successful solo flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in 1932. It is amazing what one learns, if you take the time and are willing to talk with people. On returning to the service station, Mark informed us that our problem had been tracked down to a faulty voltage regulator. The good news was that a replacement part had been located in St. John’s and one of the Treppasey residents who happened to be in St. John’s and would pick up the part and bring it back that evening! While we were much relieved, the prospect of another night in the gravel pit was a bit daunting. “No problem” say’s Mark “Set up behind the garage. You can plug in and there is a water tap close by”. We had a cozy night and were woken the next morning by invitation to come to Mark’s house for a hot coffee. What a treat. After coffee, we packed up and got the van into the shop where Mark began the repairs. He was not alone in this endeavour. The community had become aware of our predicament and a number of people stopped by the see the old van (“I cannot believe you drove that far!!!” Hiking back from the fossil site Trepassey Harbour, the staging area for the 1919 US Army’s successful crossing of the Atlantic in Curtis NC4 Flying Boats

was the common comment ). They also took the time to provide advice and guidance to Mark’s efforts. After a bit of time, lots of laughter and banter, we fired up the van. The warning light was off and the battery was dutifully charging. All was well with the world. After settling the bill, expressing heartfelt thanks we were back on the road and heading towards the next part of our adventure.

Blue Belle in for repairs in Trepassey The start of the long road home, only 6,000 miles to go!

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Perdita is Latin for “the lost one” and the owners of this T4 camper call her this because, “Nothing’s better than getting lost in a camper van….” WORDS: DAVID ECCLES

ike many T4 campers, this one started life as the ubiquitous “white builder’s panel van.” Built in 2001, it was designated as a TD 800 Special; fitted with a 1.9 TD engine, the 800 Special refers to the 800kg payload with options of single cab seats with armrests, half height steel bulkhead, rubber load mat in rear and tailgate with wash / wipe as standard equipment. Nicky and Matt McClure bought the van in 2016. They had previously converted two VW buses – a Bay followed by a T4 with a Bongo

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interior, saying, “We did them up with a tiny budget, realised we could do it and enjoy making them look beautiful and it went from there!” Hearing about a T4 up for sale via a friend, they went to check it out, and though it was tatty and did not look inspiring, the fact they knew the owner, it came with a full service history and had “only” done 90,000 miles was a clincher. The 1.9 TD engine was basically sound so was left untouched, meaning the first job was to sort the body and paint work. Areas where rust was showing were attended

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No orange rear indicator lenses to spoil the clean lines An eclectic rage of accessories always makes a bus interior look special A light and airy interior

to and nearly the whole body bare metalled and dents and dings straightened before applying the new Buttermilk paint inside and out, giving a mild custom twist to the Builder’s Van White! The roof was sprayed in Mint Green to add some contrast whilst keeping a light and bright look. Tinted side windows were then fitted along with some chromed 18” alloys with VW logo centre caps. Roof bars and chrome sidebars add to the look and a bike rack was also fitted. Subtle touches like the subtle mint green hibiscus flower decals on rear upper sides and the bonnet / front side, and clear glass front indicators and smoked glass rear lenses and a mint green front badge all add personal styling. The interior work was carried out by Matt with help from friend Phil. After sound proofing the interior with aviation sound proofing it was then then insulated with foil, wool and celotex insulation before being boarded. The cabinets were made up using 6mm lightweight birch ply and reclaimed floorboards, which were then routered and distressed by hand for a natural look. A new rock and roll bed with two 3 point harnesses was then fitted, and both the rear seat bed and the two Captain’s chairs re-trimmed in cream & mint to match exterior.

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Bamboo effect lino has been used for flooring, and hessian former coffee sacks used to cover the kick panel, dashboard, front pillars, cab door insides and the cab roof for a rustic effect. A brand new leisure battery and inverter were then wired in allowing for campsite hook up or off grid use with sockets cleverly hidden behind the driver’s seat. Nicky says, “I pretty much use it as a daily driver with kids / dogs / paddle boards but apart from that

I love the freedom it gives us to go away at the drop of a hat, or just take it for chips overlooking the sea. Whilst we love Perdita to bits we are currently thinking it’s time for a new project! A huge amount of work goes into making our vans totally unique and personal but we always have loads of design ideas! This is the third one we have done and is quite special to us; though we never plan to sell them when doing them up, you never know when another project that fires our imaginations will come along!”

Hessian former coffee sacks have been used to cover the kick panel, dash, cab door insides and the cab roof for a rustic effect.

Tinted side windows have been fitted The hessian coffee sacks lining cab doors and areas in the cab create a rustic feel 18” alloys to replace original steel wheels add custom styling

With thanks to... Luke Ballard at Gary Angell Racing Wimborne & Simon Ballard at NOS VW Wimborne – what those two don’t know about VWs isn’t worth knowing !! Stuart Burton at Garage Unlimited in Bere Regis for the stunning paint job! Chris & Tammy from Vdub Trimshop in Poole (vdubtrimshop.co.uk)

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T3s go wild in the country The Syncronauts meet up once a year for their annual get together; wild camping in a field by a river and driving up and down mountains in Wales. What could possibly go wrong? WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS: SIMON COOKE

yncropendence 2017 is the annual club meeting for all members of Club 80-90 Syncronauts - which is basically open to club members who own a T3/T25 Syncro and taking its name from the fact it is usually held around July 4th. It’s home for the past couple of years has been a field in the Welsh mountains - about an hour of so west of Shrewsbury (near a town that had way too many Ls in it) where phone signals are few and far between- especially on Vodafone. I had to climb halfway up the opposite mountain to get a phone signal to inform my B&B that I might be late;

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as identifying the first aiders (they even carried a de-fib machine in case of heart attacks!), confirming convoy and vehicle recovery procedures, and even pointing out who was responsible for helicopter marshalling - if required. Apparently they nearly called in a chopper on a previous year when they discovered a mountain biker who’d had a really bad fall. Then it was a line-up while there were checks that the VWs were road, or rather off-road worthy and then we all headed for the hills. This year there were just over a dozen vehicles heading for the hills (14 if you want to be exact) - in some past years it’s been almost double that. The experience of drivers varied from those such as club boss Clive, who had many off-road miles under his belt, and was designated driving instructor, to those who had never done more than drive their Syncro


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into a field. That category included a couple who had recently bought a T3 Syncro and were in the process of converting it into a camper for 2018 when they are planning to take a round the world trip. Part of that planning included some driving lessons with Clive (often the hardest thing to learn is that at times you just need to put the vehicle in the right gear, usually G, and then take both feet off the pedals and let it do the work for you) and putting together a spares package so that when they break down they can phone home and ask mum to post them the part they require while they wait at the roadside in the middle of Timbuktu. Now I’ve had experience of T3 Syncro convoys before - you may remember my epic adventure last year driving up rivers, but luckily the weather for this weekend was much better - with barely a cloud in sight. The convoy climbed up from the valley on gravel paths and across grass, and over the top and then down and up and over another mountain, around the famous lonely tree landmark before all converging on a plateau high in the mountains surrounded by spectacular views for their famous annual team photo. For some reason it reminded me of a scene for Jurassic Park and I fully expected to see herds of dinosaurs strolling across the grass.

But all we encountered were sheep. Then the dirty dozen or so split up to explore the scenery and pose for my camera. There was a wide range of scenery to explore and put the T3s to the limits of their 4WD ability; some even managed to push their VWs beyond that very impressive limit and got stuck in the infamous Mud Hole and had to be rescued ! However when you are roaming the hillside with a load of other VW 4x4s there is always a friendly expert on hand to help pull you out of a hole, while everybody else stands around and makes comments. And you could always chat and learn about diffs, tyres or engine conversions (there was a wide range of engine specs present) while you waited for recovery. After a couple of hours driving it was time to return to the campsite base for lunch and swap stories and prepare for the afternoon’s adventure which included driving down the river which surrounded the campsite and then back into the mountains to tackle a slalom course which had been laid out for the team. It was a challenge and drivers had to make sure they were in the right gear and make sure they didn’t touch any of the gates while their VW was pitched at all manner of wild angles. Sometime later it was back down the hill, avoiding the clay pigeon

Some even managed to push their VWs beyond that very impressive limit and got stuck in the infamous Mud Hole

7: Secluded camping spot 8: The river surrounding the campsite proved too tempting to resist 9: You don’t want a loose wheel nut on this terrain! 10: The infamous Mud Hole 11: Three wheels on my wagen … 12: How to feel King of the Hill

shooting area, for the communal meal - a Greek theme for 2017 - and bonfire. It was a similar timetable of driving challenges for the Sunday, and some people even stayed over on the Sunday night too. To find out more about the Syncronauts and their meetings check out www.syncronauts.org. uk/ Or, if you fancy an off roading experience catch them at Camper Jam where they take passengers round the purpose built off roading course in the woods. An amazing £1740.31 for Clic Sergeant Cancer was raised from donations by thrilled passengers at last year’s show!

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This month in the workshop

This month in the Workshop Following on from last month we have had a lot of feedback about poor repairs and bad workmanship and what to look out for. WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDYBUGS

Andy Morgan has been around Air-cooled Volkswagens since buying his first Beetle in 1987. He found his love in split screens and has been “playing” with them for 25 years. These days he runs bugsvw. com, specialising in rescuing and restoring classic VWs. Andy is more than willing to offer advice on restoration or issues; email him on bugsvw@ hotmail.co.uk

1. Hard to believe, but the Panel Van wreck here is now the famous Race Bus

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1 t was also mentioned that there are bad repairers but there are also bad customers and sometimes the fault lies with them, I would agree to some extent but at the end of the day as a repairer you are a professional and part of the work you do is guiding and explaining things to the client. If I went to a dentist I would expect them to give me the correct advice on whether a tooth needed a filling or removal and I would trust in their opinion as they are a trained professional, I wouldn’t be happy if they just pulled all my teeth out! A lot with buying a bus is budget dependent and this dictates your options to a certain extent as well when you are looking at the restoration. A 23 window samba will

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be similar cost on metal and paint but there will be a massive expense on parts like window seals, rubbers, glass and all the extras that a similar 11 window bus doesn’t need. Bargains can be found sometimes at the end of the season or when a quick sale is needed, but beware “you get what you pay for.” As a guide if your budget is $20K then you will be looking at a basic and well used split screen but probably a very nice bay window bus. The market at $40K changes dramatically and you should be getting a good roadworthy standard model split screen and be at the top end of the Bay marketplace. If you are in the $60K budget then I would be saying have a restorer build you what you want, this will still be a

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4. A set square reveals how badly aligned the rear hatch opening is! 5. Previous repairer has had more than one attempt at cutting the lower door hinge

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3 standard model bus as you would probably be paying another $30K if you wanted to be at the Samba level. The bonus you get with building a bus is that you get exactly what you want and as most of the panels will need to be cut off and replaced; you can buy a wreck for a lot less money than a bus that looks sound and actually isn’t! The other thing with having a bus built is that you can fund it as you go along without a massive outlay of cash. The most important thing is getting the bus that’s right for how you want to use it.

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5 Another thing that we are asked regularly is about panel bonding, aligning panels and filler, so I’m going to touch on these. We use two pack structural bonding on most panels instead of spot welds and have done for more than 12 years, it is stronger than spot welds and there is less distortion so less filler and panel preparation needed. We are happy to advise anybody that wants to attempt this themselves and explain the procedures. Filler is another subject that causes big debates, I use filler when we have metal finished a panel as far as we can and need to take out the small imperfections left. Filler is more cost effective than a spray surfacer and or high build primer and easier to use in a busy workshop environment.

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Filler is used in our panel finish as we want to have “seamless panel fitment”; let me explain this some more. We always work rear to front on split screens and align and gap every panel as we move forward, starting on the rear hatch and engine lid gaps along the rear corner lines. The idea of “seamless panels” is that they are all lined up and made to look like they are one panel. This is not the way that VW originally built buses but is stolen from the American custom car scene and gives a super straight finish to a bus. Illustrated here in a number of photos I will try and explain how we do this. The first step with a rear hatch is to align it in the aperture so it is square and the gaps on each side are equal to each other, in our bus we

had to use Hydraulic rams to move the D pillars over by 10mm before we started as it had been hit on the left side at some time pushing it all over. It is also important that the hinge is not damaged, bent or has any of the fixing screws missing or broken off and the top hinge seal is replaced and in position.Correct replacement hinges are not available anywhere so we have had some made for us by a specialist hinge manufacturer in the UK, an exact copy from the technical drawings in the VW archive. Next you have to bend, bang, bash, hammer or manipulate the hatch so that it is as flush as you can get it. Now you need to put part of the seal in place and I suggest the latch as well so that you can see that it will close correctly and is still flush. If 8. Rear inner fire wall support has poor welding and old impact damage

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The bonus you get with building a bus is that you get exactly what you want; you can buy a wreck for a lot less money than a bus that looks sound and actually isn’t!

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you have good gaps and the panel is flush then you are nearly there so this is where you need to start using the filler. Take a flat block sander with 80 paper on it and sand across the hatch gap to the corner panel from left to right leaving scratches and showing the low and high spots in

the two panels. This will show you where the filler needs to be applied and you can see how much you need. Use masking tape and put it along the edge of the hatch and then you can fill across it and onto the corner panel using it as a guide, don’t worry about filler getting in the gap. When the filler is dry you can sand it in the same way as you did on the metal with the 80 grit paper and pad. Open the hatch and use the sander block to flatten the edge of the filler in the gap. Now repeat this step but mask the edge of the corner and fill the hatch, when the filler is dry you can sand across the gap levelling the two panels to each other. This is repeated all over the bus on every panel join or gap in order to make it look like one continuous panel when you look along it. The more time you spend on the metalwork the better the panel fit and smaller amount of filler you will need to apply and rub down. Hope that this helps you get the panel alignment and fit that I keep getting asked about.

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Torvette Devon’s new Bay Window Campers were launched at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in Autumn 1967 with three new models, top of the range Eurovette, the Caravette and the budget model Torvette. WORDS: DAVID ECCLES

s these were superseded in 1970 by the Moonraker and the Sunlander these models are comparatively uncommon having only been produced for two years. The example featured here is a 1969 Model Year Bay Torvette, registered on November 1st 1968. (Buffers will note some minor refinements for the ‘69 Models, the most noticeable being the change from push button cab door handles and the inside door lock changing from pull button by the window, and the change to cap nuts for the wiper arms.)

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The first owner bought it in 1968 to use as a mini bus for their four children, his wife also used it as an auxiliary classroom and they also enjoyed family holidays in the Alps and Pyrenees. He parted with “the blue bus” in 1986 after 18 years of ownership , taking it to the local “scrap dealer.” It was bought from the scrapyard for just £100, and the second owner carried out repairs to get it back on the road. He used it for five years before selling it on to a fireman in 1991, who intended to restore it. There the trail goes cold, until it was spotted by Steve Gale for

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Cab seats and all interior panels have been trimmed to match the original colour. Note the original Devon buddy seat between the front seats. The roof, bumpers, front badge and wheels are finished in Cloud White. No change to ride height here, this is the stock, original factory look The Torvette was Devon’s the budget camper, with swing out cooker unit, single seat in front of a wardrobe, rear bench seat and coolbox by the sliding door.


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Having discovered the original Neptune Blue when stripping the headlining he says, “Going back to the original colour just felt like the right thing to do.” sale on Ebay in 2007. Incredibly all the original Devon interior was still intact, although the cabinets had been painted with white emulsion and the Neptune Blue paint had been changed to bright yellow! With his wife’s blessing, Steve drove off to view the bus armed with a copy of “How to buy a VW Campervan” and tried to read it whilst driving there. He tells us, “However when I turned up , the couple selling it were so nice we sat and chatted over a cup of tea and I said I’ll have it even though I hadn’t even had a test drive! A few days later we returned to collect

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the van and my wife had the look of ‘You spent all our savings on that?’ When I got home I took her to the local garage and turned out she was pretty good, a stroke of luck I guess when you hear of some people’s experiences.” At that time, with the children aged just five and seven, Steve decided it was not worth restoring as they just wanted to get out and use it but he did strip the woodwork back to the oak finish and re-stained it. However over the next few years the bus began to cost more and more to keep on the road Steve decided it was finally time to have Gerty (a name given by a past owner) restored. After a let-down with one resto company Steve discovered Bear Body Works locally who were happy to take on the job. He had

already sourced parts like doors, and totally stripped out the interior before sending it off to them. He recalls, “Having the workshop just down the road meant I could pop in whenever I fancied, was always welcome and by the time Gerty was complete I felt like I worked there!” During this time Steve was busy in the garage restoring the internal fittings, and had a retired trimmer to reupholster the cab seats he had sourced at Vanfest. The rear seats were recovered by a local lady using a very similar fabric to the original Devon, whilst his wife made up new curtains and cushions in a jazzy retro fabric. Initially Steve wanted to repaint the bus in Pastel Green, but having discovered the original Neptune Blue when stripping the headlining

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Top Speakers have been installed under the seat, with hibiscus flowers cut into the kick panel Upper middle The roof locker has not been refitted, but all the rest of the original interior, including the rear drawers, has been retained Lower middle The 1600 engine has been upgraded for single port to twin port version for more torque. The exhaust is a stainless steel quiet pack. Bottom Original 14” wheels have been detailed in Cloud White to match the roof and bumpers

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he says, “Going back to the original colour just felt like the right thing to do.” He also decided to have the roof, bumpers, front badge and wheels finished in Cloud White. All the original fittings were refurbished and reinstalled, though he did decide not to put back the rear overhead locker as he found it quite restrictive when sleeping. The cupboard doors have been recovered in Fablon, new Devon edge trim added and, though impractical these days, the original evaporation coolbox with its original badge was retained. Non original modern concessions have been made with the discrete fitting of a leisure battery and 240v electric hookup, Fireboy engine bay fire suppression system, and CD player with iPod connection. The rear speakers have


Staying with the plan to keep to original spec as possible, the original 1600 single port has been replaced with a 1600 twin port version

Until 1970 two tone Bays had the roof painted to the gutter line only; post 1970 it extended down to the swage line. Rear Jailbars are a period perfect accessory Classic Early Bay looks: low front indicators, large front badge and integral cab step in the front bumper.

been installed under the seat, with hibiscus flowers cut into the kick panel. Retro 70s style lino flooring maintains the period look. Staying with the plan to keep to original spec as possible the original 1600 single port has been replaced with a 1600 twin port version, which gives more torque and certainly improves performance on hills! Steve says, “I never wanted a fast camper, just a reliable one! I love owning a VW bus as life just seems to slow down when you get behind that big old steering wheel, people smile more and no matter where you are , you always seem to have a chat with someone who either had one or knew of one. In this stressful world we all live in now it’s great to take a step back and appreciate the simplicity of an old camper and being a family. My son is in the Army now and he’d love a camper himself one day but it will be a while before he gets mine!”

With thanks to... David and Emilia Lee for selling me the bus My wife Kerry for putting up with me constantly working on Gerts, talking about Gerts, chatting to anybody who will listen about Gerts Kerry’s Grandmother Gladys who passed away but left us some money to get the resto fund going Jimmy at Bear Bodyworks for an outstanding job. jimmy@bearbodyworks.co.uk 02392 664441 Stuart at SBS for his patience with me dropping in every five minutes 02392 664441 Scott at SGS Aircooled for my engine www.sgsaircooled.co.uk 01489 896488 All the folks on Earlybay.com for their wealth of knowledge and encouragement

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Split Snowplough Winter is Coming …. WORDS: DAVID ECCLES

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pictures of Split Snow Ploughs in action, so was well miffed when I found out one had turned up at Busfest this year, the first year I had missed for over 20 years! Luckily our men Mike and Richard were there to capture it for us all! They were unable to catch the German owner however, and we have not been able to contact him to find out a bit more about its history but what we do know is that it is a Special Body Westfalia Wide Bed Pick (M201, wooden side gates and floor). Built in 1966, it is still in its original Light Grey paint, still running on 6v and has its original 1500cc engine. A pole mounted flashing warning light has been fitted just behind the cab rear, and the Meyer hydraulic plough attached to the front bumper / chassis is also original. Apparently the owner still uses it when the weather is bad and roads are blocked by snow! Unsurprisingly the Snow Plough won the Best Accessory award at Busfest!

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BOD Now in its 4th year and the second at its new venue of Marsh Farm Country Park, the Bundle O’ Dubz Volkswagen Show, more colloquially known simply as BOD, is without any doubt, one of the most laid back and chilled out events on the calendar. W O R D S A N D P H OTO G R A P H S: PAU L B U S S E Y.

f you’re seeking an ultra relaxing weekend with your family and friends, in the good company of other VW enthusiasts, this is it! Marsh Farm County Park is situated adjacent to Fenn and Clements Green creeks on the west and eastern boundaries and the River Crouch to the South. It’s noted for coastal walks and spectacular river views along the Crouch, the latter being literally a couple of minutes walk from the campsite/show field. BOD was blessed with fabulous hot and sunny weather all weekend. Organised by Kieron Davey and his enthusiastic team, which included Dave Boreham, Neil Hawes and family members, BOD enjoyed a 1980s back to school disco in the marquee/bar on Friday night, which was very well received. Other entertainment over the weekend included several acoustic sets, Beardy Keef’s Uke Jam and Saturday night featured Ghosts of Men and Manhattan. All proceeds from the BOD show goes to The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, which is Essex based and provides support for cancer sufferers and their families.

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Other attractions were the usual Show ‘n’ Shine on Saturday and Sunday, attracting all VW models, old and slightly newer, encompassing both air and water cooled, trade stands, autojumble and kids entertainment. BOD 2017 will be long remembered for its stonking hot sunny weather and chilled out ambience. Chris McLeod’s 2012 T5 attracted plenty of curiosity, how many other VWs do you see with solar panels

5: Relaxing on Saturday lunchtime, with friends and family by the entertainment marquee/bar 6: BOD was all about chilling and taking it easy 7: A Splitscreen campervan? You cannot be serious man! Topical Wimbledon fortnight tribute to John McEnroe! 8: Jeff King’s 1975 Bay Window is powered by a 2.0 litre injected engine. Cool colour co-ordinated blue parasol! 9: Loving the red and custom styling on his T5 10: Gary Dunlop’s 1990 T25 Holdsworth, has only two owners from new and retains its original interior and paintwork 11: Lots of autojumble to rummage through

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12: Chris McLeod’s 2012 T5 features roof mounted solar panels, as an off grid power source

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cheery environment. Very new to the Volkswagen scene and extremely excited about the prospect of camping weekends and holidays, were John and Andrea Jezeph. They purchased their 1972 Bay Window via Ebay, just three weeks prior to BOD. “The Bay had been stored for quite a while and it took us two weeks to get it looking clean and tidy,” enthused Andrea. “I’m used to driving an Audi TT, so the Bay is a whole new learning curve,” says John. “Although it’s fitted with disc brakes, they’re not very efficient and right now, stopping does become rather interesting at times! I plan on upgrading the brakes and carry out some general tidying, that will keep us busy over the winter months.” Richard Warder’s 1966 Split

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BOD 2017 will be long remembered for its stonking hot sunny weather and chilled out ambience.

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originally had a Devon interior and was restored 18 years ago by Steve Timms and purchased by Richard 11 years ago. “It’s in a very 1990s guise, being painted in Milka Violet and Mercedes Yellow,” grins Richard! “The Split has provided good family transport over the years and we all really enjoy it. I’m very reluctant to take it all apart and strip it down to a million parts and have it off the road. I prefer to keep it looking the way it does and continue driving it. The Split has Porsche 944 alloy wheels, disc brakes from a 1970s Bay Window, IRS rear suspension, a 1303 Beetle gearbox and a 1600cc engine. It handles, stops and goes pretty well.”


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Surely the most unusual-looking Transporter to grace the pages of VW Camper and Commercial WORDS: RICHARD COPPING

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ell me, when was the last time you saw a Caraversions HiTop at a show? I thought so, you haven’t, I haven’t and even the occasional enthusiast, who finds the rarest pristine conversions, hasn’t. It’s a good job then that the London based company organised a four-page, essentially black and white mini-brochure to promote their wares. Mini, not only for the lack of pages, but also for its size, for the Hi Top piece of print measures no more than a diminutive 241mm x 166mm. Although the front cover was allocated to the HiTop (main image) and thumbnails of the conversion’s fridge and the angled louvre-type

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windows in the roof space, two interior shots, four plans (two by day and a further two by night), plus informative text indicate that here was a high-quality, high-spec conversion. The final image on the back page of the brochure adds nothing other than a very early attempt to convey lifestyle, as the HiTop is shown on a beach surrounded by gently swaying palm trees. By day, Caraversions inform the reader of the Electrolux gas refrigerator and of a large drawer under the rear seat for the storage of dry goods. A front upper cupboard held the supplied and generous allocation of crockery and cutlery, as well as pots and pans. A fold-away Formica work surface

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Having assessed the quantity of goodies included, how about a word on quality. The kitchen unit had a stainless steel sink, the floor was covered with vinyl ‘Febolux Supertread’, the ‘furniture’ was made of Zebrano throughout (no I didn’t know either, but I looked it up) with mahogany inside the cupboards. Polished aluminium provided both framing and edge trim, while the ladder affording access upstairs was a proper aluminium two section one and not a case of money for old rope! Despite its generous specification the HiTop didn’t catch on.

Caraversions didn’t fail for lack of trying ... ‘The HiTop has been designed and built UP to a standard and not DOWN to a price’, they chorused. Probably the unpalatable aesthetics of the high-top, so obviously tapped on to a standard Kombi, was too much even for the adventurous, while the overall and firmly fixed height of 8’ 2” must have been a shock to the system in the early 1960s. Should you want a copy of this brochure in order to compare notes taken of a vehicle in your local scrap-yard, expect to pay-out in the region of £30.

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Low rider With its faded and battered paint, custom built roof rack/bows, vintage style signwriting, low stance and a host of period goodies, this single cab has serious street cred. WORDS; DAVID ECCLES PHOTOGRAPHY: ERIC ARNOLD

uilt on October 11th 1963 (i.e. 1964 Model Year) and finished in Ruby Red, this Single Cab Pick Up features the M071 option - twin under bed locker doors (aka treasure chests) and the M Plate also reveals it was supplied with tarp and bows (M070). As a US export model it also had the US spec bumpers with over-riders and red rear light lenses. Little is known about its history, until Marco Posillico spotted it for sale on Craig’s List (a sort of US version of Gumtree) and

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mug!” Initially all that was needed was some attention to the brakes but after driving it to Jerome Jamboree he quickly realised the old 1200cc engine simply was not good enough and also decided that a lowering job was needed to give it that street rod custom stance. Having fitted front and rear Safari windows, it was time to sort out the stance. Up front is a Shockwave air cylinder setup, with a 4” narrowed beam that modifies the tower strength and position, through rods to replace the torsion bars and shockwave air ride cylinders for height adjustment. Drop spindles and a raised steering box mean this can go really low! The rear set up is also on air ride, with a Wagenswest IRS conversion and IRS transaxle from AZ Transaxle. The Titanio Venus wheels mated to this set up are rare beasties indeed – in fact we only know of one set in the UK, which are fitted on Rikki James’ Dormobile. Manufactured in

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The HWE style roof / latter rack was fabricated from scratch Circular STOP light has been mounted on the latter rack rear so as to be clearly visible to other road users Rare Titanio Venus wheels (manufactured in Brazil in the late 60s / early 70s) have been fully refurbished and ďŹ tted with some very cool Wolfsburg Crest centrecaps. Ratty faded paint and vintage style signwriting create a well used, battered commercial look

The Titanio Venus wheels mated to this set up are rare beasties indeed Brazil in the late 60s / early 70s, they add a unique look and were sourced in South America. They were in a very crusty and poor condition but wheel magician Nick Fink at Alloy Wheel Specialist totally refurbished them to look brand new, adding some very cool Wolfsburg Crest centrecaps. The original 1200 engine was changed for a 1776cc lump, but this blew up after a year so the Pick Up now sports an 1835cc unit, with Cerokated Dual 40’s, Revmaster valve covers, 90amp alternator, Flamethrower distributor and Vintage speed exhaust, built by Bryce at Jones VW. Marco had always admired the HWE roof racks (originally supplied by VWoA as optional equipment) but the thought of cutting up and adapting an original one was not an option, so with the help of Mike Bailey at Edgefinder with some tube bending, he set about creating his

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All in the detail... Let’s take a closer look

Top Vintage style logo is actually the logo for Marco’s dad’s Plumbing Company Middle “Stop” brake light mounted on the roof rack frame not only looks cool but is an important safety feature on a bus this low Bottom Maybe not very PC nowadays, but this vintage cigarette holder mounted on the dash sure looks good!

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own version, running full length from the cab to the rear. His wife was tasked with sewing a custom canvas to fit, which was then fully waterproofed. The super bright stop light sited on the rear of the roof rack came from friend Levi of Pandraggers Parts. The vintage style signwritten logo on the cab doors is actually the logo of his dad’s plumbing business, which is a lovely personal touch in keeping with the Pick Up’s commercial heritage and which cheered his dad up during cancer treatment. Cab accessories include a vintage cigarette holder mounted on the dash, period dash drinks holder and Hula Girl and, as the bus came with Deluxe front bumper trim and Wolfsburg horn push, Marco sourced some ratty Deluxe beltline and sill trim to finish the look. He is still searching for some suitably worn / used Deluxe rear bumper trim however! Marco tells us, “Since doing up the Pick Up I have taken on six more projects, including a ’56 Ragtop Beetle and a ’58 Panel Van, both of

Crusty Deluxe belt line and sill trim, minus rubber inserts, match the front bumper trim A 4” narrowed front beam for that custom street rod look


The vintage style signwritten logo on the cab doors is actually the logo of his dad’s plumbing business which are nearly ready. I am not necessarily in love with the cars as much as I am with taking a sad vehicle that hasn’t seen the road in years and making something pretty out of it (at least pretty to me)!”

As for the Pick Up, like many bus owners, Marco still has things he wants to do, including replacing the Shockwave cylinder set up (which he finds choppy and stiff ) with a badass full air beam with two dual convoluted air bags system by Pandraggers Parts, tubs from Cage 66 and a Wagenswest disc brake set up.

With thanks to... Levi Weir at Pandraggers https://www.pandraggers.com Bryce Jones of Jones VW for the rebuild of the 1835cc engine (602) 628-6953 Nick Fink at Alloy Wheel Specialist  www.awrswheelrepair.com/ Nate at Wagenswest http://wagenswest.com/ Mike Bailey at Edgefinder  602-290-0218 Bill Capatch and AZ Transaxle Exchange  602-269-1444 Roger Fleenor from Fleenor Construction, Phoenix for his artistic talents recreating my father’s plumbing co logo on the doors My buds that help me every time I need it And my rad wife Vanessa who not only doesn’t kick me out for my collection of dirty cars but doesn’t mind lending a helping hand to keep me safe and dry when I’m away from home. 

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Dock of the Bay… The end of another year. WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS; MIKE CLEMENTS.

he year will be done by the time you get to read this, another year older, wiser and so all the buses are also a year further on. 2017 was a significant year for the bay window as it signalled the 50th anniversary of the start of bay window production – it’s a time scale that creeps up on you and for those of us old enough, seems a bit bonkers that buses that were ‘almost’ new when we started out are now of such an age. I would say the year has seen prices of bay windows rise moderately, as you would expect with vehicles of such status but without any particular large leaps that are often observed. In opposition to this the prices of good used original parts seems to be evermore increasing and parts I recall being ten a penny swap meet articles now demanding serious money – up to £100 for an original steel nose badge? £300 for a working deluxe dash clock? £50 for good condition front indicator units? These are examples obviously and bargains will be found elsewhere but it does show the trend that genuine parts are taking. At the same time, the reproduction market continues to improve and expand ranges, this year has finally seen the introduction of a quality early bay front panel and also three quarter length rear roof sections for owners with rusted rear corner gutter problems or hacked out pop tops,

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Mike Clements is a long term Bay window owner, www.earlybay. com administrator, and DIY mechanic. “I love setting off in our ’68 Westy Campmobile for weekends away or on European road trips… as long as my wife has packed the kitchen sink.”

Above right Wear your battle scars with pride! Below Love the way fog lights have been inset into the front bumper

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each new item makes restoration that little bit easier. The popularity of shows seems to have shown no sign of abating with a shift in popularity towards ‘mini festival’ type events with more emphasis on camping and entertainment than the vehicles themselves. Whether this is reflecting the desires of owners or driven by the business model of organisers remains a subject for debate. On the ground I hear a lot of chatter about the demise of air cooled led events and people’s desire to see more specific events held. The practical truth however, seems to reflect that much more than a moderate sized one day event does not seem sustainable – certainly the larger air cooled only events that are held in mainland Europe do not appear to be able

to be replicated in the UK. It was twenty years this year that the first ‘Big VW’ was created at Vanfest almost entirely from split and bay window buses with the odd T3 interloper – the attendance demographic has certainly changed since then. High quality bus restorations are regularly being undertaken by serious body shops that clarify the status and standing of the bay window as people continue to invest tens of thousands in them and this is a trend that will, I’m sure, continue as owners and fans further respect the bus and its status. I see more and more often buyers obtaining a ‘first bus’ and embarking on full restorations and full mechanical overhauls with high quality modification work with apparent scant regard for cost. Such a far cry from the shoestring unloved bay window buses I originally involved myself with. For the year ahead I envisage a cautious approach to some modifications being taken as we await clarification on new historic vehicle regulations. Almost certainly the wider impacts of financial security that affect the UK will impact prices as disposable income is impacted, but with uncertainty and predicted gloom in the air, what better antidote is there than to look forward to a summer of bus fun? Here’s to a great 2018.


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