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Readers’ rides Your pride and joy is our delight to share, so here they are ’91 Type 25 Syncro 2.1, Ian Forbes

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an Forbes’ Syncro was converted by Leisuredrive and being RHD, is reasonably rare as very few were built to this specification. “Prior to the T3, my wife and I had a T2 Westy Berlin LHD, which was our wedding present to each other and I had to persuade her that buying a Type 25 Syncro was a great idea and definitely the route to go down” says Ian. “We had to sell the T2 to fund the Syncro, which we’ve owned for just over a year now. We like to do a lot of

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wild camping, especially in Scotland with our two dogs. The Type 25 Syncro provides a little extra space, more comfort and of course has the off road capability. Luckily the Bus has been a very good purchase, which was sourced via my VW mechanic, who knew it inside out, he was the one that pointed me towards this Bus. The only thing that I’ve changed is the wheels, I’ve taken off the alloys. My wife and I have come to an understanding, she looks after the interior,

while I look after the exterior, so in the future it may well be more chunkied up on the outside. As for the interior, well, there could well be some fairly lights or something inside, it’s all a comprise, that was part of the deal when we purchased it!” Ian has only owned the Syncro for just over a year now and has already enjoyed camping trips to Scotland and France. Over the Christmas holiday he plans to tour through the west coast of Scotland, possibly in the snow? “The Propex heating in the Bus works very well, that together with thermal underwear, should keep us nice and warm,” he laughs! Christmas Day will be spent wild camping then? “Maybe,” he quips. But how does the Syncro drive? “Beautifully, I used to get what they call T2 stoop, when I spent three or four hours, behind the wheel of our previous Bay and my neck used to tighten up, explains Ian. “The T3 is more like driving a car and having a petrol engine, it’s very responsive, with plenty of grunt. There is a price to pay as it costs you more in fuel, but it’s well worth it. We live in Sussex and have done some chalk laneing, when the ground has been really wet, which was great fun. However, when we go to Scotland or into Europe, we do a lot more off roading.” Relative new converts to Syncro ownership, Ian and his wife are certainly deriving great pleasure from theirs, long may it continue!

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’71 Split Screen, Stephen Sharpe

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tephen Sharpe’s Split Screen Microbus is a fairly recent (September 2016) Brazilian import from a town just south of Sao Paulo, which was making its first showing in the UK, at the Elemental Volkswagen Show at Rayleigh, Essex, on 8th April 2017. The Split had previously undergone a 23-window roof conversion and fitment of a full length sunroof in Brazil. “I think my mechanic has had the Split for longer than me, in the time it has been in the UK,” jokes Stephen! “It has certainly proved

to be a little troublesome, not to mention a blown engine. This has been replaced with a 1600cc single port engine, which I managed to source from one of the Facebook forums. Other work completed has included fitting a Creative Engineering steering rack and a disc brake conversion, so it’s all up and running nicely now, with the steering being superb. I’m planning a trip to France in July 2017 with my girlfriend and our 1970s Eriba Puck caravan in tow, which will eventually also be painted the same colours as the Bus. As

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this is our first time out, I’ve found that the interior is quite noisy when driving along, so the next job will be to tackle some sound proofing and to fit some new door rubbers to eliminate wind noise.” Stephen hasn’t had to undertake any remedial paintwork or interior trim, it’s all pretty much in excellent condition as purchased in Brazil, complete with Safari windows and Deluxe trim. This Brazilian import will definitely turn a few heads on its travels, even more so, when the Puck is in tow!

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The International Swapmeet, is always one of our favourite areas of the show. A whole hall of private swapmeet tables selling everything on your wish list plus things you never knew existed, a real treasure trove of VW parts, some at bargain prices. If you have parts cluttering up your garage and would like to help out a fellow enthusiast or want to make a few pounds why not book yourself a table, check out the website to find out how.

We want to thank you for the amazing response to our request for top quality vehicles for the 2018 Show. Some of you have been really busy over the past year building some truly great cars that we are delighted to debut at the show next March. You are not to late to apply, if you think you have a car that makes the grade, e mail adrian.vaughan@ kelsey.co.uk giving brief details about the car, you could join a select group of owners whose vehicles will take pride of place at next years show.

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Most of the club display areas have now been taken, but we do have a couple left if you and your club are interested in attending the 2018 Show. If you have not been before, we can tell you that you will be at the heart of show amongst other VW clubs, all celebrating the humble air cooled VW Beetle and Bus, creating an atmosphere unique to VolksWorld. But be quick if you would like to be part of the show as we are sure to sell out soon. All bookings are online this year so check out the website for information on how to book. Remember to apply for your free club t-shirt (day ticket) or hoodie (weekend with camping club ticket) when you book.

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hen this Bus was featured in our sister magazine VolksWorld, its owner described the interior as being like a cathedral, which isn’t surprising when you consider it’s made from a tropical hardwood called African Walnut. It was sourced from an old bank that was being refurbished in Scotland, and is so heavy the Bus needs a 2110cc engine to haul it around!

The carpets in this 11-window were made using the same materials used by Rolls-Royce to trim their luxury cars!

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▲ There’s a hint of Devon to this interior, although it was made by a friend of the owner, called Mike Garrow ▲

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ou hear an awful lot of bunk when it comes to originality. People within the Volkswagen scene are especially guilty of confusing original with just plain clapped out. The whole ‘Hoodride’ thing from a while back thing is to partly to blame, because it allowed a certain section of the VW community to blur the lines between what is old and good, with what is essentially clapped out old junk. Unfortunately, anything unrestored was just pigeon holed under the term patina and you had to decide for yourself whether that was a good or bad thing. There’s no prizes for guessing which camp this little beauty falls in. An unrestored right-hand drive Devon Split is definitely more good ride than hood ride, even if you would also describe it as an original patina Bus. The man lucky enough to have it parked in his garage

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goes by the name of Steve Morris, and that’s a name that should be familiar to long term readers of both this and our sister magazine VolksWorld. We featured one of Steve’s old Bays, a stunning original 1970 Westy way, way back in our September 2013 issue. And, he’s had features on his equally awesome Champagne Edition and Mango Green Karmann Ghia over the years.

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▲ ▲ Devon utilized every bit of space available, hence this adorable door cupboard

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car along the way. Back then, it was much easier to import a car from South Africa, but the amount of red tape, rising costs and corruption has made it too much of a hassle in recent times. Which is a shame, when there are VWs like this still to be found. It was through working on Steve’s Ghia that his father got more into Volkswagens and stumbled across a Split Screen he was interested in. Steve says: “I’ve owned this Bus since 2002, when I shipped ▲

stuff comes along for you at the right time. You just need to have some funds to buy it when it does.” That was certainly the case when it came to finding this absolute peach of a Devon. It’s not, as you might think, an original UK Bus, but from South Africa. Steve’s parents emigrated out there a number of years ago and Steve went with them. When he decided to move back he still popped over from time to time to see his folks and bought the odd

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it over. No one was talking about original paint back then, so I guess you could say it was ahead of its time. It was rolling on South African Rostyles and all I did was mop the paint and drive it like that. Stock height and everything. “It was my father who found it. He rang me just after Christmas and said he’d found a Split Screen Camper he was interested in. He said it was green and white and had a roof that went up and down. It was being sold by a

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car dealer but when he went back to look at it, it had gone. The following year I was out there visiting my parents. We’d been there for three weeks and on the Wednesday before the weekend we were flying home it turned up again. It was still with the same dealer. He hadn’t sold it, just taken it home to do some bits to it, which is why it had gone when my dad went to take a look.

Leap of faith

“I was talking to him about a few other cars and he mentioned he had this Split, so I said to my wife Tina, I’ll just

“It’s been hit with the lowering stick since it arrived” ▲

2276cc engine was built by Geoff at VeeDub Parts Unlimited in the US of A

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take a look. As soon as I saw it I thought, “That’s that bloody Devon” and I had to get it. It was really fraught as there was a lot of driving back and forth and sorting out funds but I managed it. Anyway, I paid the guy his money and was going to drive it back to my dads’, which was three hours away. They’d serviced it, but put the dizzy drive in backwards, so it wasn’t running right. He said he’d sort it, so I left it with him and when I got to my dads’ everyone was saying: “So you’ve given him all the money and left the Bus with him…” It was really stressful, but sure

How fabulous is the dash of this ‘67? It’s original and RHD, too!

enough, he turned up with it the following day. I dropped it off at the port and still made the flight home.”

Dock, stock and barrel

Steve works at Bristol docks, and managed to have the Devon shipped straight to him there. It was then a five minute drive back to his house with the freshly imported ’67. If you’ve never experienced a VW of South African origin, they can be good and bad. The climate is kind to their bodies, if they’re from one of the more inland regions, but there is no MoT to ensure they’re safe

to drive. Add to which the political climate that affected South Africa and the country struggled with spare parts. It meant that old VWs were simply kept running as best as the owner could manage, using whatever they could lay their hands on. Items like brakes, steering and ball-joints are often knackered, but like we say, the upside is the bodywork is usually rust-free. This ’67 had apparently been owned by a doctor who had clearly cherished it. Bodywork repairs were minimal. Just the battery tray, a section of outer sill and a bit behind the front

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bumper. Everything else, the floors,doors, long panels etc are the factory originals. As is the paint. How fab is that? Obviously, it’s been hit with the lowering stick since it arrive on these shores. Steve says: “I took it to Matt Keene at Airkraft down in Cornwall. Everyone was just starting to fit narrowed beams and the like, so that’s what I wanted for this. It’s now running a Creative Engineering narrowed beam and steering rack conversion. It’s also go dropped spindles and CSP disc brakes. “The back has been straight axled with a Type 3 rear end and big brakes and there’s a Rancho Pro street gearbox that I bought in California and shipped over in the back of

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another Champagne Edition that I bought. “The engine has been upgraded, too. It’s now running a 2276cc motor with twin 40s and an A1 muffler.” But it’s the inside that gets us. Have you ever seen a more original Devon? Even the flooring is what Devon would have used. Amazingly, Steve has a spare piece that came out of an old kitchen he was buying. It hadn’t been updated since it had been put in and Steve couldn’t believe it when he saw the floor. Back

in the day Devon would use whatever was available, hence the kitchen that was built at the same time as his Bus got the same flooring. Try finding another piece of that… The door cards weren’t correct when Steve bought it, but he managed to buy a correct original set from a chap who was ripping his out to build a custom interior. What’s that they say about one man’s junk being another man’s treasure. Whatever, this is one treasure that’s in safe hands. It’s a holy grail find for sure.

Stand by your van... Steve Morris, is a car guy through and through. He’s got a big thing for Champagne Editions but is also currently into his ’70s Chevy Vans. The best advice he was given and wants to share is: “Don’t get too attached to stuff. Buy it, enjoy it and then sell it to enjoy something else.” Wise words indeed.

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he first examples of the second generation Type 2 emerged from the Hanover factory in August 1967. This is one of those from the very first year. Sadly, the poor old Bay Window has always played second fiddle to the Split. They’re usually seen as less pretty and less valuable, which as any Bay lover will tell you, is a fallacious sham! Sure, Splits look amazing, they’re cuter and have a more olde-worlde charm, which hypothetically speaking, makes them better than the Bay in many people’s book. But take looks aside and actually drive a ’67 Split and a ’68 Bay backto-back, and you might change your mind about which one you’d prefer to live with.

That was certainly the case when the Bay replaced the Split some 50 years ago. In 1967 or ’68 a Bus would have been purchased out of need, as a basic requirement for either private or business use. They assisted families, day-in-day-out, and companies depended on the proven reliability of the VW Type 2 and ranged from fleet operators to sole traders carrying their tools and trade. They were driven daily and chosen out of necessity. Unlike today, where it is rare to find any Type 2 out on the street in use on a daily basis, you would have found that even Campers were neither excess nor extravagance when new. They would’ve been dual-purpose vehicles; family cars during the week, then at the weekend, the general purpose motorized mule or, when time and funds allowed, a motel and restaurant conveniently located exactly where the owners decided to stop.

Have you ever thought what impact the Bay Window must have had when it was introduced by Volkswagen? Well, for a start, you need to take into account the fact the Split Screen was the only VW Bus in world and the public had known nothing else for 17 years. When the second generation Type 2 arrived, make no mistake it was viewed as a quantum leap forwards, and a significant improvement. It was literally packed full of important advancements in every area.

Sell, sell, sell

If we had to guess what would have been at the top of the ‘to do’ list at VW dealerships when the fourth quarter of 1967 arrived we’d go with: sell any new Split Buses in stock… Fast! No dealer would want an unsold unit on its books as the moment the Bay arrived, the only way they’d stand a chance of someone buying a Split Screen would be if they were offered a storming deal on the old, outgoing model. The new Type 2 was so radical, the Split wasn’t just superseded, it was slain. All of the idiosyncrasies of the Split were consigned to history by VW. Split owners

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How’s that for a view? Better than a Split Screen for visibility any day

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had put up with the quirks and eccentricities (annoying shortcomings) of the vehicle for so long, and the vast number of improvements and new features the Bay offered equated to huge progress. Customers would have been sent into mental overdrive by the enhancements and benefits the new Type 2 offered. Firstly, the obvious, large panoramic single windscreen and, far better two-speed wipers. The cab was more spacious with increased head and legroom. Plus, the cab seats were adjustable and the steering wheel was at an angle, rather than virtually horizontal. The cab doors now featured wind down windows! Don’t underestimate how beneficial this was... Safety features were key considerations. Even the door pulls were a safer style, and the dashboard was padded, the

finish of the cab was finished in non-reflective materials, again to improve safer driving. Seat belts were standard fitment at last. The heating and ventilation systems were far better than before, with screen defroster vents, adjustable dash and rear air vents as standard.

Body beautiful

The body of the new Bay was not just more modern in looks it was also larger, being longer, wider and higher although it retained the same wheelbase at 94.5 inches. Externally the bodywork was smoother, which improved aerodynamics. The fresh air intake was incorporated into the nose panel rather than a peak above the cab found on Splits from March 1955 onwards. Both the cab and new single sliding cargo door (VW had been the first manufacturer to offer the

sliding door on a van, originally as an option on the Split in 1964) were designed to be flush fitting, so the Type 2 no longer had external hinges proud of the bodywork. This feature also improved safety. Another element all Bays share is they are heavier than the Split. A Bay Microbus was 2723lbs compared to the 2535lb Split. To redress the balance the engine was a new 1,584cc unit making 57bhp at 4400rpm and 82ft/lbs. torque at 3000rpm. The 1968 Bus was no faster than the ’67 in top speed, but had better mid range and climbing ability. The latter was down to no longer having the reduction gears, as the Bay had modern I.R.S. suspension. The ball-joint front suspension was also new. Increased track width was also helped improve ride and handling. From August ’67 to the end of the year VW produced

Being a Microbus there’s room for eight to travel in comfort…

…and style thanks a leather retrim

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Three-point rear seat belts are a modern addition

As is the stout 2007cc engine

“The owner isn’t the type to dilly-dally”

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Every single element has been stripped, replaced or upgraded

CSP exhaust beats an old pea shooter any day

73,500 Bays and by the end of production, the ’68 model totalled 228,290 units. Compare this to 148,459 Splits produced during the 1967 model year and the impact the Bay window had on sales will hit home, as the increase was just under 200 units shy of 80,000. The Bay window was improved annually throughout production. Changes were only made to result in the vehicle being safer, to improve performance/comfort, or, as was becoming more commonly the case, to meet specific emission and safety regulations. VW ended production of the Bay Window in 1979. (The visually similar vehicle produced in Brazil, until 20 December

2013, was of hybrid heritage and cannot be viewed as a continuation of progress.) Therefore, if you wanted a Bay Window like the one you see here, an early example with substantially better performance and handling than 50 years ago you’d need to commission one to be custom made by a company with know how, like Essex-based VW Down Under. Paul Mullinger’s company has close to two decades of expertise to call upon, so knows what’s what with ‘wagens. When a new customer who’d moved to Spain wanted a Bus to take his son to school in, came to them, they worked out his perfect spec and then got to work. The base vehicle was a 1968 Deluxe Microbus that Paul had

bought from VW importer, Mike O’Malley of Osterley California Classics. He’d found the ’68 in Arizona as a solid but incomplete vehicle. The work VW Down Under carried out took nine months and was comprehensive. The body was stripped sand blasted then hand prepped underneath which took four weeks alone. Then underside was etched primered, then coated with Por 15, 2k primered, then painted, then flatted and polished. That’s just the underside. The inner and outer bodywork was finished to show quality standards, the colour chosen is actually a Fiat colour called Sprint Blue. The elder son of the customer chose the styling ideas. A set of VW South Africa five-stud Rostyle steel wheels

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were given a unique look by having the outer rims painted body colour and tyres with white walls by Mr White Wall. Every element of the running gear has been replaced and where possible painted and detailed. The brakes were upgraded with CSP front discs and a German servo kit. The suspension was uprated with heavy duty anti-roll bars, KYB shocks and is lowered by four inches all round including adjustable rear spring plates. Bears Motorsport supplied a gearbox rebuilt to Freeway

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Flyer specs and Tony Royston of Microgiant built a completely new 2007cc engine with close to three times the output of the original engine. To cope with the heat of Spanish summers an extra oil cooler with all stainless steel pressured hoses made by Pirtex were fitted. The electrical system was also upgraded with an alternator conversion, split charger and second battery to supply a modern sound system. VW Down Under, along with the owner’s son worked out how Hill Upholstery needed to

trim the interior, all of which is leather. Again, with thought to the temperatures of Spain in summer, a rear opening safari window was added and restored opening quarter lights fitted all the way round. The brief was to supply a Bus that could easily get the owner’s son to school on time, and be reliable. Paul told us: ‘It’s more than quick enough, it drives like a animal!’ And from what we hear the owner isn’t the type to dilly-dally, as the ’68 is a common sight on the Costa del Sol being thrashed everywhere it goes.

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t was a cold, dark winter’s eve when Chris Beeny sat at the flickering screen of his whirring desktop computer. Hunched over the keys like a man possessed, his sweating palm curled anxiously over his faded beige mouse as the cable swung to the beat of his rhythmless nerves. The flashing digits on the flickering screen tumbled ever closer to a fraught final seconds, his eyes glazed in anticipation of the words he so longed to read: Congratulations, you are the highest bidder! The dreaded curse of eBay had claimed yet another hapless soul. The final few seconds felt like an eternity, but the sense of euphoria as the clock beat its final note can barely be described. A notification that he was the winner and that he should contact the seller to arrange payment was all Chris needed to see. PING! Congratulations, Chris. But now what? Is this working? I mean, there’s something about this Bus that feels like I really need to up the ante, but then, I guess we only have a few pages to explain to you what the hell is going on with this incredible creation so we should probably cut to the chase, right? Let’s face it, it’s not every day you see a Type 25 with skeletal arms and hands for door mirrors, is it?

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“It all started out pretty innocently”

Just one of many skulls that has found its way inside this Bus

The eBay win happened about six years ago and, in reality was probably a lot less dramatic in real life. One thing remains absolutely true, and that is that Chris is the man with the plan. Having camped his way through a few Bays when he was younger Chris says: “I guess I just fancied something a bit more manageable. My lad, Zac, who was seven or eight at the time was showing an interest in cars and I thought it might make a nice project for us to do together.” The previous owner, a soldier heading out to Afghanistan, had done a great job on the look of the Bus. It was running at the same height it is now thanks to lowered springs and replacement shocks. The 18” Audi wheels are the same ones it was rolling on, although Chris has since painted them black but that’s pretty much where it ends. “The interior had been started, but was nowhere near finished and wasn’t really to my taste anyway. I ran around in it for about eight months with a couple of trips down to Cornwall before deciding I needed to do some work on it.” It all started out pretty innocently. Some fresh curtains and cushions found their way inside, crafted by the fine folk at SitDownDoris.co.uk (the owner’s dog is called Doris) and some bigger pistons were let into the engine case with a set of twin 40 carbs on top, tuned to perfection by Bluebell Campers. The usual replacement of rotten panels then took place, followed by a nice paint job. Chris did all of this work himself, with the custom mix orange paint being applied at home. Chris: “ I didn’t have any real vision for it at that point, just that I wanted it to be orange.” Chris says that the paint job turned out really nice. Probably too nice in fact, as the main catalyst in what you see in the pictures was an overwhelming desire to get away from the shiny look! And it was Zac, now a teenager, who got the party started when he asked his dad: “Why don’t we rat it up?”

Leather pews and skateboard wheels!

Scratching the surface

Taking a sander to a lovely paint job is probably not the idea of an enjoyable Sunday afternoon to most folk, but that’s exactly what Chris did. : “I sanded back the shiny paint, letting it through to the original white in places then sprayed over with a few different colours and sanded again.” It’s an ongoing process and the look is ever changing. Chris varies between grits but tends to settle on 400. : “Once I’ve found a look I’m happy with, I’ll probably seal over it with anchor wax or something like that.” Take a closer look at the pop-top and you’ll notice spiders and webs all over it. Chris took a Halloween decoration, taped it to the top and sprayed over it, in effect using it as a template with brilliant results. You might think that’s the key to this whole thing, the Halloween theme, but that wasn’t the aim. Chris: “I suppose with the colour and all the skulls, it has kind of ended up as a bit of a tribute to Halloween but I don’t mind that. We parked it at a friend’s house on Halloween and threw some skeletons in the front. We had people taking pictures all night!”

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Plastic doesn’t usually rust…

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â&#x2013;˛ The dash top is not the result of a leaking windscreen, but a clever paint job â&#x2013;˛

Those cupholders are a bit different, too

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▲ Interior is a master class in the art of up cycling

The ‘Dub it up’ logo was based on the idea that Chris might start building these things as more than a hobby, but in the end he decided to just concentrate on this one-off. We could easily fill the magazine going into detail on all of the custom touches, but to be fair to the other equally page-worthy feature rides, we’ll focus in on a few choice ones and let your own imagination deal with the rest. First up, take a look at the interior units. Chris is a dab hand when it comes to repurposing stuff that might otherwise be thrown away, one man’s treasure and all that. The cabinets were made using old window shutters he picked up in Belgium, topped off with some reclaimed wood. The up-cycling theme continues with the awesome light unit he found in a factory just as it was about to be demolished. Well, it wasn’t a light at the time. It was most probably a switch housing for some machinery, but Chris adapted it with some electric wizardry and a rather cool exposed Edison bulb. The whole thing is mounted on a wooden base and is proudly known as the ‘Frankenstein lamp.’ A wire wheel from a car of 1930’s or 1940’s vintage now spends its days as a table, topped off with a Perspex surface and an obligatory skull grafted to the centre. The flooring is another demonstration of what can be achieved with a bit of lateral thinking. Chris: “It’s pretty straight-forward, really. Zac and I printed off a bunch of images of stuff we like, stuck it on some ply and lacquered over the top. We’re not really bothered about it being perfect; in fact, the

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▲ Part of the crew, part of the ship. Davy Jones would approve of all the skulls let into this wild ride

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“Chris is a dab hand when it comes to repurposing”

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“The more it wears in the better it looks”

more it wears in the better it looks!” That aggressive looking front grill is actually formed from MDF, body filler and copious amounts of Unibond. Chris: “It’s lasted a lot longer than I thought it would! I came up with the idea with Zac, but really didn’t fancy making it from metal. It probably wouldn’t be the best thing if we ever had a bump. So, I cut it from MDF and everyone’s a lot safer for it!” It is one thing that might change in the near future however, as there are rumblings that a flat four from a certain Japanese manufacturer might be waiting patiently in the wings. Other noteworthy items on the exterior include the door mirror decorations, reshaped and reworked from one of those zombie ornaments you get for your garden at Halloween (you know the ones) and the 17th century French dresser handle on the rear tailgate which Chris assures us does not rattle!

Our cup of tea

One of his favourite mods are the cup holders in the dash, designed to appear to be breaking out from the very innards of the Bus! It’s a fun idea, but as it’s purely done but cutting and bending the metal dash upward, he did spend a lot of time shaving and smoothing the edges – a very wise move! There are probably things in the pictures that you’re dying to know about, but fear not, we’ll be doing all we can to bring this particular ride to you live at the VolksWorld show in March, so stay tuned! For now, just don’t have nightmares…

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OLD We all know Split Buses are expensive, but what if there was a way to offset the costs by making yours earn its keep as a wedding vehicle? Words: Mark Walker Pics: wipdesigns.com

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▲ Safaris are a blast for summer weddings, and being left-hand drive the driver always gets out on the kerb side. Quick and easy

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ony and Kerry Hacking have made their living so far as teachers, first in the UK and then for the last seven years, overseas in as far-flung places as China (for five years) and Singapore (for two). Like many, they had always wanted a Split Screen Bus and realised they could also use one as a wedding hire vehicle to help pay for it, so they decided to take the plunge and bought one. The 1964 Split Screen gracing these pages was built in VW’s Hanover factory before being shipped straight to Sweden, where it lived the first part of its life until 2001.

Rich pickings ▲

Martin Walter roof cap lets the light flood in. Better than a Samba in the rain, too!

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Not many people know that Sweden was Volkswagen’s largest export market in the 1960’s outside the USA, so until recently, it was pretty easy to source good quality air-cooled Volkswagens from there. In the north of the country, they don’t use salt on the roads in the winter either, so cars from the north tended to not be too rusty. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that Tony and Kerry’s Bus is a Double Door model, so it has loading (cargo) doors on both sides of the vehicle. This wasn’t especially uncommon in Sweden, nor was it unusual to find left-hand drive Buses with the loading doors on the left. This is because, as we all know, Swedish motorists used to drive on the left like all good civilized people, until they switched to driving on the right in 1967. After the ’64 arrived in the UK it underwent

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a full restoration at the hands of South Coast Air-cooled in 2002, before being pressed into use as a Camper. This restoration work involved the fitting of a Martin Walter pop-top, which was common on Split Screen Dormobile and Devon conversions back in the day. Whilst the pop-top adds a bit of weight to a Bus, it’s easily off-set by the amount of practicality it adds to any Camper.

Round two

Being a Swedish Bus it has left-hand drive steering, but prior to 1967 they drove on our side. How bizarre?

With eight years of use in the UK under its belt since restoration, the ’64 received another spruce up in 2010 at an unknown location. At this time, the Bus was painted in white over VW Coral Red (L351), had safari front windscreens fitted and the engine was changed to a 1600 VEGE reconditioned unit with twin Solex carbs and a Vintage Speed stainless exhaust. The tired-out reduction boxes at the back were removed and replaced with a straight axle conversion; which gives better gearing for long-distance cruising and lowers the rear suspension a good three and a half to four inches in the process.

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With the rear end taken care of, the front end was brought down to suit with a set of 3.5-inch dropped spindles. The wheels were replaced with original pre’64 15-inch Split Bus steel wheels, which are becoming harder to find and have shot up in value of late. As the Bus was going to be used as a wedding vehicle by the previous owner, the mechanics of the Bus were fully gone through and checked over. Very sensible. After all, nobody wants to have their big day ruined by a mechanical breakdown, do they?

▲ Full-width and a 3/4 benches mean there is plenty of room for the bride and her entourage

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With current owners Tony and Kerry now in the picture, the old wiring was completely removed and replaced with a brand-new wiring loom, ensuring reliability for years to come, as well as a tracker, in case anyone light-fingered should take a shine to the Bus. Tony decided to buy a VW in the UK, even though the couple were still working in Singapore at the time. The idea was that the couple would have a Bus to use for trips away when they came back to the UK to visit and, in the mean-time, they could set up www. vintageweddingday.com with the help of Tony’s mum and auntie, who are based back home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The agreement has worked out very well all round; Tony and Kerry have been home a few times on holiday for two months at a time and have taken the Bus to the Dubs at the Castle show in south Wales. They have also joined the SVWOC in South Yorkshire and have taken the Split to a few club meets and local shows. The ’64 has proven to be very popular for weddings so Tony has bought another Bus, this time a right-hand drive ’67 Devon Camper, which is currently undergoing a full restoration. Of this Tony says: “The Devon

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More, more, more

After a little use and in preparation for a lot more use in the future, Tony has booked the vehicle in to get the sills tidied up, as they are beginning to show signs of age. Whether they are the original Hanover-supplied sills, or ones that were replaced in the 2002 restoration, we’d say they have done pretty well lasting this long, as even 15 years use in the lovely UK climate is enough to make a lot of Buses rot away, and

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this one has been well used and carefully stored away each winter. With the success of the wedding Bus acting as inspiration and the couple’s tenure as teachers in Singapore coming to an end, Tony and Kerry began to think about ways they could make a full-time living out of the VW and their newfound lifestyle. As the couple are heading back to the UK on a permanent basis in six monthstime, they began to think of expanding the wedding hire theme and went on to create www. thekombicouple.co.uk The new website and brand covers a few different areas – transport to proms and other

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“Make a full-time living out of a VW” events is becoming more popular, as are quirky theme bars at events, so this was the road the guys decided to head down.

Two’s company

In addition to this, The Kombi Couple are hoping to work with brands for advertising and marketing purposes, and are looking to use the Bus as a mobile photo booth for events and as a mobile bar, showcasing local South Yorkshire Micro Brewery beer brands. With so many companies wanting to use a VW Type 2 as part of their branding and the Split Screen variety being the ultimate iconic shape,

we’d say this couple are onto something and clearly have the creativity and out of the box thinking to make this happen. With a slick looking website and a couple of cool Buses always in stock to cater for any promotional needs, as well as offering cool event-based solutions, we are sure they’ll have every success in the future. After all, the Type 2 Transporter was designed for just such a purpose. Sure it’s become a life-style accessory, but as a means of earning income it was hard to beat 50 years ago, and half a century later this one is still very much doing it. Long may the trend continue.

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Hitting the road

in Canada part 2

We’ve done the prep, we’ve shipped our Bus across the Atlantic, so it’s time to finally get the show on the road Words and pics: Michael and Andrea Leather

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n late September we tracked the ship our Bus was on from Southampton to Halifax Nova Scotia. We couldn’t help but be nervous due to all the time, effort and investment hanging on the ship arriving safely, our vehicle not being damaged and customs clearance. After a few days due to customs our Bus was finally ready to go. We submitted our paperwork at the local customs office and drove to the port. The port guy that drove our Bus to where we were waiting was smiling ear to ear which we took as a good sign. I asked how it was running, he said (in a lovely Canadian accent) it started and ran like a beauty! I’m not going to lie, the first run to the gas station then on to where we were staying was pretty nerve racking. It’s a different feeling than driving over to France where things change gradually, it really felt like our Bus had been teleported thousands of miles to an unknown place. It dawned on us that we had to deal with everything that came our way, breakdowns, border crossings, new currency, we couldn’t just head home whenever we felt like it.

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Prior to leaving we spent a great deal of time working out what tools and spares to take. As we had to ship our Bus empty with RORO we flew with two hard cases with a handful of specialist tools and spares. We couldn’t bring everything as large electronics and any tool or parts with any residue or fuel, grease or oil would not be permitted in to the country. We thoroughly cleaned everything we took with a pressure washer and the dishwasher! Anything we couldn’t take we purchased at Canadian Tyre (generic tools and

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spare fluids). VW spares were ordered to our friends just over the border in Maine from either Busdepot.com (who sell parts from justkampers.com) or amazon.com. The slightly more tricky part was converting the gas (propane) to a USA spec regulator and converting our hook-up to 110v. We found a place in Halifax called HFC who helped us customise and fit a new regulator. As for the 240v-110v conversion, as our Bus was still running the USA type connector all we did was put a USA adapter in to our first 3-pin plug after our circuit breaker and attached a 110v version of our battery charger. Everything else that we were planning to use including our Waeco fridge was happy to run on 110v.

The day before heading out we attached our spare wheel, hard cases and backup fuel to our roof rack and filled every available space with the stuff we needed for the road. It was early autumn so the colours of the trees were just beautiful. We spent 10 days in Halifax so were itching to get going, a quick fuel and food shop later and we hit the road. Any apprehension, fear or selfdoubt instantly left us when we hit the first highway and got up to cruising speed. We pottered along at 55mph looked at each other and just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe we had made it after three years of planning! From previous trips we knew it was best to keep an open mind for our schedule and route. Our initial plan was to head from East Canada across the border to Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d then decide whether to head south in to Mexico for the winter, ship home or return to Canada. Due to an issue with the Bus 8,500 miles in to our trip we actually headed north and back in to Canada for the winter, but more on that later.

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Favourite places

We really wanted to spend most of our time on the west coast in California Oregon and Vancouver Island. Based on the costs of shipping, flying and out visa restrictions we decided to ship to the closest coast from the UK and travelling across country. We were so glad we did as we managed to meet such amazing people and experience such awesome places. The drive from Halifax Nova Scotia to Belfast Maine was stunning. We headed the long way round through the Bay of Fundy National Park and stayed our first night (which was Canadian Thanksgiving) on a deserted

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campground on the beach. For those of you that camp, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always that first night where you get no sleep. Getting used to new / familiar noises, rain, wildlife and getting in to the swing of Bus life takes time.

Top places on our Trip:

n Nashville, Tennessee Great vibe, cool music, friendly and talented people. The place where we ended up being extras on the TV show Nashville! n Monument Valley, Arizona / Utah Border Wild, vibrant and different than anything found in Europe or Asia The place we saw the Milky Way so

clear it blew our minds. n California Carpinteria, a small coastal town with great coffee, food, people and beach camping. The place we woke up and open the curtains to see dolphins jumping in the Ocean. n Santa Barbara, a larger town with history, a lovely Mediterranean feel high street with interesting shops. The place we scored a vintage cola cooler and crate. The Avenue of Giants, a road that takes you through the giant redwoods, insanely large and majestic trees. The place we met a half-naked guy looking for his bike he left somewhere behind a Bush several months ago. Yeah we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it either (the real Sasquatch). n Big Sur An area of California with a stunning twisty coastal drive. The most beautiful camp spot of our entire trip, surrounded by lush greenery on the foothills of the Pacific Ocean. n Oregon Coast The most rugged and awe inspiring coastline. It reminded us of Cornwall but with richer colours and pine trees and of course the Pacific! The place where we were watching groups of sea lions surf the waves

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of a cove, with the pine trees poking out the top of the mist that a small lighthouse was shining through. Also the same spot we had a major mechanical issues with our Bus! n British Columbia Vancouver Island Wilderness, beaches, mountains and forests this place has it all. We loved wild camping where ever we could. The place we met some new VW friends called @northfalia & @davebradly and helped them fix their clutch.

Not so favourite places

We are lovers of the countryside, big open spaces, wild camping and nature. So it will come as no surprise that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly enjoy the Traffic or pollution of LA and Malibu, the weirdness of Las Vegas or big cities in General. That being said camping in New York was pretty cool, because it was New York!

tools were partly in two waterproof hard cases on the roof (for lighter and smellier things like oil and oil changing funnels and decanting cans) with the heavier cleaner tools being under the bench seat. Being professional photographers we had onboard, 4 cameras, 4 lenses, a tripod, 35mm film, a laptop, chargers & Adapters as well as 2 small bags of extra related kit. In addition to the above we of course had toiletries, bedding, sleeping bags, clothing for all seasons, a guitar, a cupboard for food and a waeco fridge with small freezer compartment. Then there was gas (propane), water and cooking utensils. It was a 5 stage process from being in bed to being dressed and making breakfast! But we quickly got in to a routine and never felt like we struggled for space. We are so glad we had a late Berlin interior in our early Bay, even though we had no bed in the roof the extra storage really made a difference.

Life in the Bus

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such a big thing to do washing up In terms of clothing we were very outside so occasionally we had to minimalistic. We took hard wearing do it in a bathroom or outside in the clothing and footwear, many of the dark with head torches. pictures we took we are wearing the We were lucky enough to have same clothes but you really don’t on board heating from the original need much to be comfortable. I wore system which we restored back in the the same Fatface hoody and my UK. It worked perfectly fine and kept favourite Coolflo cap for a long time us warm on the go. When stationary and eventually wore out my jeans we had a Propex system keep us and Merrell shoes! toasty, the coldest temperature we Campsites ranged from $6 to $35 experienced was around -15. It was USD dependant on the time of year only for a short time and only really and location. Sometimes we just paid made the Bus harder to start (before as needed to sleep or have a break, we added thinner oil). but other times we researched harder Where possible we would wild to get the best price. When it came to camp, it’s much easier to do in washing up and finding a shower we Canada and the USA due to the rules were actually really surprised at how of their land. We had some fantastic the facilities were in most of the paid experiences just being surrounded by sites in the USA and Canada. Firstly nature. We saw, deer, blue jays, eagles, we were 99% of the time the smallest coyotes, racoons, sea and fresh water vehicle by far, everyone around us otters and beavers. were in massive RV’s that in the UK Overall living costs came down to would be the size of a small lorry up the people we are. It is always hard to a full size coach. We often were to tell someone else estimation on able to park in tent sites and save cost as it varies based on individual money! Because so many were in priorities. We most of the time made big RV’s they had their own showers our own breakfast, lunch and dinner and toilets which meant that all the from freshly sourced food. Our main facilities for us were unused daily expenses were fuel, coffee and spotless! The slight HAD A and camping. Coffee being a few downside was its not COOL TRIP IN dollars for the two of us, fuel YOUR BUS? To share with us simply costing approx... $30 to fill up send half a dozen pics with (yep that’s around 0.50 per a few words explaining litre!) and camping ranging why it was so great to from free all the way up to £35. james.peene@kelsey media.co.uk

Highlights... Memorable moments

n Having at least two people a day approach us and ask “What years that Bus?” n Getting our Bus up to 11,000ft in Rocky Mountain National park. n Being reunited with Rocky our Bus after the shipping. n Hitting the road and realising we are doing what we had planned for years to do. n Seeing the New York

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skyline for the first time driving along the Freeway. n Reaching the pacific coast having travelled all the way across the USA. n Cruising down the main strip in Nashville listening to the music playing. n Our brakes fading on a Mountain Pass (more in the next issue) n The best meals we have ever had in New Mexico, followed by the best pudding. (Spicy steak, and

tres leches). n Waking up to watch dolphins swimming in the ocean. n Capturing the Milky Way. n Ending up on the set of the TV show Nashville. n Driving 40km in the dark on a logging road to discover hot springs in the middle of nowhere, being so tired and stressed that we stripped off and jumped right in!

Coming up:

Issues and triumphs in the Bus, maintenance on the road, what tools and spares we carried, VW friendly garages, people and fellow bus owners we met.

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Beach Buggin’ We’re wind the clock back to remember the sunshine Words and pics: Paul Bussey

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t’s ironic that such an achingly cool brand as European Motor Products, Incorporated - which we will no longer refer to in such a convoluted way as it’s much better known by its initials, EMPI - was born out of early Volkswagens being a little… well, crap. Okay, just bear with me before you assault the C&B offices armed with sawn-off gearsticks and torches made out of flaming Polyester curtain fabric. Give me a chance to explain. The origins of EMPI lie with Joe Vittone who, back in 1954, bought a new Beetle (one of just 6,343 sold in the USA that year) and liked it so much that he established a dealership in Riverside, California, to import the funny little cars from Germany, along with motorcycles. Because VWs were cheap - certainly when compared to most of the powerful and luxury leviathans that Detroit was churning out - Joe dubbed his new venture Economotors. As well as selling cars, Economotors also repaired them as well.

And Joe soon found quite a few 1192cc Beetles were coming back to him with worn valve guides, an inherent weakness of the newly bored-out engine, which had recently risen from 1131cc. VW policy was just to fit an entire new cylinder head. Joe considered that wasteful and instead developed a tool to replace valve guides instead. Needless to say, others were keen to get their hands on such a handy bit of kit, and so, in 1954, Joe launched EMPI to sell the tools. The logo chosen for the new venture was a blue (or black) stylised EMPI globe. Why stop at tools though? Before long, EMPI had started adding performance bits from firms like Judson, Okrasa and Denzel. And it also produced some of its own goodies such an antiroll bar - the first ever for a VW and something its maker wouldn’t get around to introducing until 1959. There was also a camber compensator, which helped tame the Beetle’s wayward rear end and ultimately sold over 100,000 examples. As well as performance, EMPI additionally began focusing on appearance, with a range of dress-up parts to inject a little glamour. Thanks to EMPI, Volkswagens were going quicker and looking sexier than ever. When it comes to publicity, nothing quite gets ▲

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British racing driver Graham Hill, who owned Speedwell, here in something even slower than an early Volkswagen Joe Vittone, the founder of EMPI

gauges, enhanced suspension and, naturally, BRM wheels. EMPI offered all its GTVs as cars you could just go in and just buy, from the showroom, rather than specify, order and then have to wait for. Soon, other VW dealerships were also offering EMPI parts and GTV kits - with EMPI strongly hinting that salespeople should show potential customers GTVs first before the standard machines. Volkswagen started to grow increasingly unhappy about such shenanigans and tried to put obstacles in EMPI’s way. Despite this, there were eventually 28 EMPI distributors and 489 agents throughout the USA, shifting between $5 and $6 million of parts annually. EMPI was practically unstoppable by now. It sidestepped into building dune buggies, based on

▲ The sign that an owner clearly loves his or her Volkswagen. A selection of EMPI’s 1963 parts, as modelled by Miss EMPI. Did anyone ever buy a Schaffer claw kit?

the message across like motorsport participation, and EMPI enthusiastically embraced the drag racing craze that took off in the USA in the early 1960s. Newly renamed as Engineered Motor Products, Incorporated - which slipped past most people because everybody just called it EMPI anyway - the company entered the 1963 Nassau VW Grand Prix, using the 1956 car of Joe’s son, Darrell, driven by racing driver Dan Gurney. It won. Convincingly. In fact, it proved so dominant that when EMPI tried to repeat the trick the following year, EMPI’s rivals complained and got Darrell’s ‘56 Oval disqualified for running with ‘non-stock valve springs’. EMPI responded by transforming the car further into the Inch Pincher, so called because it tried to extract every bit of horsepower from its available cubic inches. One of the ways it did that, a few years down the line, was by having a Shorrocks supercharger bolted on to give 220bhp. Around this time, EMPI introduced one of the lines with which it will always be most associated the Speedwell BRM magnesium wheel. Speedwell was actually a British company, owned by racing driver Graham Hill (the father of Damon). And after Joe’s 1963 trip to London, Speedwell secured the rights to distribute EMPI products in Britain, while EMPI became the sole American agent for the BRM and other items that Speedwell started developing specifically for VWs. It was win-win for everybody. BRMs looked superb on any Volkswagen. Just as well, really, because EMPI’s next move, in 1966, was to start producing its own special edition Volkswagens, using its own dress-up bits and pieces. The GTV option was available on Beetles, Karmann Ghias and Type 3 Fastbacks and Notchbacks - but sadly not Buses, although you could always buy all the parts off EMPI to make your own Type 2 GTV. The various options included wood trim, extra

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▲ The success of EMPI and Economotors meant it could expand its HQ into larger and glitzier buildings. Note the EMPI IMP inside the showroom ▲

The Inch Pincher featuring on an EMPI advert with its ‘Power Rules’ slogan

Bruce Meyers’ fibreglass Manx. The EMPI version, which was launched in 1966, was known as the Imp and was a pretty good translations of what Bruce had created. Mr Meyers might not have agreed though, having been driven out of business by all the unauthorised copes of his buggy brainchild. EMPI by now was the pre-eminent name in Volkswagen tuning and styling accessories. Where could it go from here? Sadly, the only way was down. It all started to go haywire when Joe Vittone’s right-hand man, Dean Lowry, decided to leave to set up his own company. Dean had been responsible for building engines for EMPI and was also one of the leading lights in the creation of the Inch Pincher. His departure was a real blow for EMPI. And it didn’t end there. Volkswagen was now getting very uppity about EMPI’s activities and Joe’s rights to sell VWs were under threat. It perhaps left a nasty taste in his mouth, and he decided to sell EMPI and concentrate his attention on Economotors, albeit keeping one eye open for any other golden business opportunities. EMPI was sold in 1970, to Filter Dynamics, Incorporated (FDI). Darrell, Joe’s son, went with the firm to its new owner, but after a couple of years, departed to found The Race Shop. Without the people who had made such a success of EMPI, it seemed to decline rapidly. The GTV programme was dropped amid continuing fears of legal action from Volkswagen, although parts kits remained available. The EMPI Imp was also discontinued, while the Inch Pincher was retired and replaced by the

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▲ BRM wheels just seemed to suit any Volkswagen

flamboyantly-painted Inch Pincher Too, which ran for a few years before disappearing from view. Its whereabouts today are unknown. It seemed the magic of the 1950s and 1960s was rapidly deserting the organisation. After other key personnel members jumped ship and new endeavours failed, EMPI closed down in 1974. Joe had taken stock in FDI as payment for his firm and suddenly found it worthless. However, what he did have was the EMPI name - for, with the failure of the FDI operation, the rights reverted back to him. But Volkswagen’s air-cooled era was coming to an end in the USA. The Dasher - what we knew as the Passat - had just been launched and would soon be joined by the Rabbit - American-speak for the Golf. Joe couldn’t see too much future in restarting EMPI himself, to cater for a probably diminishing market. So the name was sold once more, this time to Mr Bug. The company continues to this day, offering many of the same products the original EMPI did. What Joe didn’t foresee was the the birth of the Cal-look movement towards the end of the 1970s. It started in Orange County, California, but soon spread throughout America and then into Europe. Customising air-cooled Volkswagens returned in a big way, and at the centre of everything were EMPI parts, almost de rigueur for that ‘born from motorsport’ style. The brand had already been one of the coolest names associated with Volkswagens, now it turned to ice in the heat of the Californian sun. The legacy of the the company that Joe Vittone set up all those decades ago is in how the EMPI brand is still arguably the best-known name associated with classic Volkswagens, and its original parts are so highly sought-after, changing hands for many times their original prices. Joe himself passed away in February 2010, at the grand old age of 89. He lived to see just how significant a role he, and EMPI, had played in the Volkswagen modifying movement. Good work, Joe.

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Winter checks

With the cold months here, it’s time to give your beloved a check over. Whether you plan to drive your Bus through the winter, or tuck it away in storage, here are a few tips to keep everything in good order. Words and pics Mark Walker

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old weather, rain and snow can really take its toll on a classic vehicle. It’s not just the salt on the roads that can caused seized components, batteries are also put under extra strain, both from needing to use lights and wipers a lot more, along with the fact that cold engine oil requires more battery power to start. Tyres need to have plenty of grip and be correctly inflated in order to cope with adverse weather conditions, too. If on the other hand, you are storing your Bus through the cold months, it’s not just a simple case of putting it away and locking the garage door. Read on for some handy tips on storing your Bus for the winter, so when Spring comes it is still in rude good health.

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JOB INFO TOOLS & MATERIALS USED Cloths Bucket, sponge and soapy water Grease gun and grease Screenwash Spray lubricant Fuel stabiliser Underseal

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checks 01 Battery Whether you plan to drive your Bus through the winter, or

park it up, you will need to check your battery. If you have run your battery flat more than a couple of times, it may be worth replacing it anyway, as running a normal battery flat damages the cells inside. If not, first check the terminals: they need to be tight and it is worth putting some grease or petroleum jelly on the terminals to stop them corroding. If you’re planning to use the Bus through the winter, it’s worth either putting a battery tester on it if you have one, or getting it tested by a garage, otherwise the first time you realise it’s not in good order, will be when you’re stranded at the roadside in the freezing cold. If you’re storing the Bus, a battery conditioner/trickle charger from somewhere like www. frost.co.uk is a worthwhile investment to keep things hunky dory. Before you attempt to charge any battery, check if it is a sealed (maintenance free) modern battery, or if it may need topping up. The way to tell this, is if there are three circular removable plugs (6-volt batteries) or six circular removable plugs (12-volt batteries) on the top. If there are, you need to remove these and fill each chamber with de-ionised water.

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electrics/lighting 02 Check With the battery checked over, you’re ready to move

on to check the rest of the electrics are functioning correctly. If you have a multimeter, check the output from the battery and charging circuit in the engine bay. Firstly, with the engine off and cold, hold the multimeter terminals on the battery terminals. It should read over 6/12 volts, depending on what type of battery you have. Now start the engine and re-check the battery terminals with the engine running. WARNING: Be very careful to stay out of the way of the moving pulleys and fan belt. It’s also never a good idea to do this with dangling drawstrings on a hoodie, or dangling jewellery on! The output with the engine running should now be around 13.8-14.3 volts (on a 12-volt system) with no accessories switched on. Maximum output is typically achieved at engine speeds above 2500rpm. Once you’re happy that the battery and charging circuit are in good order, you’re ready to move on to check the accessories. Check all the fuses in the fuse box are in good order and make a note to carry some spares. Sometimes these ceramic fuses can go dry, so rotate each fuse in its holder a few times to clean it up and make sure it is getting the best possible connection. Now check the side lights, headlamps, brake lights and indicators are all functioning correctly. If any of the bulbs do not light up as bright as the others, they are probably on their way to burning out and should be replaced. wipers and 03 Check washers

tyres/bearings/brakes 04 Check It should go without saying that, if you are using your Bus

through the winter, you need to have plenty of tread on your tyres, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll need to check the tyres for overall condition and replace if there is any uneven wear, cracking, or bulging/deformed tread. The best way to do this, is jack the Bus up and support it on axle stands. With the Bus in the air and a good inspection lamp, rotate and inspect each tyre carefully. While you’re inspecting the tyres, it may also be a good idea to inspect the manufacture date code on the sidewall - strictly speaking, tyres shouldn’t be used beyond six years old. When you’re happy everything is in order, check the tyre pressures are inflated to the manufacturers recommended pressure - the tyres need to be cold for this, otherwise you’ll get an incorrect reading. Whilst the Bus is up in the air and you are rotating the wheels, check the front wheel bearings for any noise. You can also adjust the brakes at this point and, if you have drum brakes, check all the rubber plugs in the backing plates are in position to stop water ingress. If you are planning to store the Bus for a period of time, you should store the Bus on axle stands, otherwise the tyres can develop flat spots, potentially making them more prone to blowouts when you start using the Bus again. It should also go without saying that you should store your Bus with the handbrake off, as moisture can cause the linings to rust to the drums, rendering both in need of repair.

When checking the wipers, they should turn fairly quickly and smoothly. If they don’t, the spindles could be seized. Try removing the wiper arms and spraying a multipurpose lubricant on the spindles with the wipers on, to see if they free up. If not, it may be worth thinking about stripping the wiper linkage and cleaning up or replacing the spindles. You are now ready to check the wiper blades. They should still be supple, with no splits. If your wiper blades are the original style, like the ones pictured and you are planning to drive through the winter, then it may be worth replacing them for the winter with modern type ones, which clear the windscreen more efficiently. When you’re happy that all the electrical accessories work properly, check the washer bottle is filled with screenwash and not just water, which will freeze in cold temperatures. Also check the washer jets are angled correctly and clear. If they are not clear or hitting the screen correctly, then you will need to rectify with a pin or needle. CAMPER&BUS

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all grease points/ 05 Grease top up underseal.

With the Bus still supported on stands, you should now grease all the grease points on the front beam and spindles, as if they are dry, you’ll get water ingress, possibly damaging bearing surfaces. Grease the four main front beam grease points first until the grease oozes out of the trailing arm seals, then get a helper to turn the steering wheel whilst you grease the beam centre pin and spindles until the grease oozes out, if you have a king/link pin front beam. When you are finished, wipe off all the excess grease, otherwise it will attract dirt. It would be worthwhile to top up the steering box at this point, using either straight 90w gear oil, or better still, a selflevelling grease such as Penrite steering box lube, available from www.frost.co.uk Check the condition of any underseal. If it is dry and lifting you’ll need to remove with a plastic scraper and wire brush and top up - aerosol cans of a good quality underseal such as Dinitrol, or 3M Bodyguard can be purchased fairly cheaply.

gearbox/engine oil 06 Check Moving to the rear of the Bus, shimmy under the left side

of the vehicle and remove the gearbox fill plug (located on the nearside of the gearbox) with a 17mm hex key and, using the 90w gear oil, fill slowly until the oil runs out. Replace fill plug and wipe away excess oil. Once you’ve extracted yourself from underneath, open the engine lid and check the engine oil. It should be at the correct level and clean. If it is dirty, you would be well advised to change the oil either before laying it up, or using it through the winter. If you’re going to use the Bus, it would definitely be advisable to give it a full oil and ignition service before you do so, to prevent any problems in the cold weather.

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fan belt 07 Check Now check the fan belt for any splits or wear and check

it for around 10-15mm of deflection. Any more than this and it won’t charge the battery or turn the fan properly. Any less than this and it will prematurely wear the alternator/dynamo bearings. You should add or remove shims to correct the play before proceeding. It goes without saying that you should carry a replacement fan belt at all times, especially as air cooled cars rely on the fan belt for cooling.

fuel tank and lines 08 Check Check your fuel pipes and filter now, even if you have

replaced them in the last year. The Ethanol content of modern fuel degrades rubber faster than old fuel, so they need to be checked even more regularly. If you are storing the Bus for the winter, you should also check them again prior to putting the Bus back on the road. The fuel tank should, ideally be stored full of fuel, as this reduces space inside the tank for condensation to form. Before you do this, you would be very wise to add some fuel stabiliser (such as the POR-15 one we purchased from www.frost.co.uk). Even a month or two of storage can cause fuel to break down, causing poor running. When filling the tank, check the cork gasket under the cap is in good condition – this is an MoT failure if it doesn’t seal.

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09 Check heater

connections I once ran a ‘68 Bay through an entire winter with no working heaters. My two hour a day round-trip commute like this was almost enough to make me sell the Bus and never own another air-cooled VW again. I know a Bus is a big interior space to heat, but it is possible to have reasonably good heat and demisting. First check the condition of the heat exchangers, all connection pipes and cables. Lubricate the cables and the heat exchanger flaps to make sure they don’t seize with the salt and ice. Next, work your way along the connections up to the front of the Bus. The more well insulated the pipes, the more heat will reach the cab area and windscreen. Once you’ve done this, remove the cab mat and check all the pedal grommets and gaiters are in place, to stop freezing cold air going up your trouser leg, negating any effects from the working heaters. If your Bus is a Deluxe model, it would be wise to turn off, or block up the heat outlets to the rear cargo area (if you don’t plan on carrying rear passengers!) to deflect more air into the cab and up onto the windscreen. Top tip for windscreen demisting in cold weather, is to fill plastic bottles with hot tap water and secure them on the dashboard a few minutes before your journey. This can keep the windscreen mist free for up to an hour! locks and 10 Lubricate hinges

You should now lubricate all the door locks, latches and hinges to stop them seizing and drive out any moisture contained within, that may freeze and cause the lock to stick. Likewise, lubricate all the door hinges to stop them getting dry. Do the ignition switch too. Later Buses have small plugs in the inner part of the door for lubrication, but with earlier ones (such as the ‘55 Bus we were working on) you will have to spray straight into the lock barrel. Use a light spray grease rather than WD40.

The last thing you’ll want to do, is to put your pride and joy away with a coating of salt over it, so jet wash off the underside and give the Bus a thorough wash with salt free detergent. You’ll need to pick a good dry day for this, preferably with a breeze, so the Bus has a chance to dry properly before being put away. You would be wise to give the Bus a good coat of wax polish too at this point, to protect the paintwork, whether you are storing it away, or using it in the harsh weather. Most of us don’t have the facilities of a Carcoon bubble with filtered dry air, but remember, it is better to have a ventilated garage than a completely sealed one (unless you have a dehumidifier), as this will allow condensation build up. On dry days throughout the winter, you’d be well placed to open any garage doors or windows for a few hours. Rodents can be a problem, but leaving the front windows open 1/2” should help to keep the interior dry and prevent mildew build up. Any removable floor mats should be removed for storage. When you allow the Bus to air, you’d be also wise to run it up to operating temperature. You should start the engine and run at a fast idle for a minimum of 25-30 minutes, otherwise all you will do is allow condensation to build up in the oil.

prepared 12 Be If you’re still going to be using the Bus through the

winter, you would be wise to put a survival kit inside it at this point. You should put in some warm clothes and waterproofs for if you are stranded, a shovel in case you get stuck in the snow (or have ex-wife trouble) and a comprehensive tool kit. It would also be prudent to carry a few spares, such as cables, fan belt, ignition coil, fuel can, some oil and jump leads/ jump start pack and a good tow rope. Also, keep some fresh drinking water and a bar of chocolate or two for emergencies (only if you have enough will power not to routinely eat them though). If you’re storing your Bus through the winter, you can rest easy in the knowledge it shouldn’t need much, if any work when you liberate it from the garage in the Sspring. If you are using it through the winter, then great; it can be a really rewarding thing to do. CAMPER&BUS

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1974, 98,000 Miles, £6,000 ONO. T1 very rare, golde with factory fitted steel wind back, sun roof. Fully restored with a massive history. MOT until May 2018 used daily. Please call 07763 925945

CABRIOLET GLI KARMANN

MK3 VW GOLF GL

1997, 92,000 Miles, £1,350. Metallic green, 1600cc, eight valve, 5 door, electrical windows front and rear, electric sunroof and mirrors, owned for the last 8 years, MOT 04/10/18, Yokohama tyres, recent service with many new parts, very clean and tidy car. Please call 01502 567575.

VW CONTAINER VAN

1988, 148,158 Miles, £1,950 ONO. Classic Golf Cabrio convertible, barbet alloys nearly new. Yokohama tyres, heated rear screen. MOT until 6th July 2018. New rear exhaust, brake shoes and steering rack. Dry stored for last 3 years. Please call 01625 354561

GOLF MK3 VR6

T25 CAMPER CURTAINS

£100. Brand new, made for me. Never been used. Bright red (Metalicish) Made from existing curtain pattern. Buyer to collect. Phone anytime. Please call 07963 772412. Blackburn.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 20V TURBO ENGINE 1971, £6,500 ONO. Unfinished project, near completion. Pastel White, black interior. Electronic choke needs felting, headlights need wiring. Floor plan is excellent. Sadly, ill health prevents us finishing her. Located in Somerset. Please call 07837 206183.

£POA. In good condition. Also Golf GTI engine. Ring for full details. Avon. 07510 171711.

VW BUMPERS

PARTS FOR SALE

1984, 102,270 Miles, £3,450. One owner last 30 years, History from new, all MOT’s, discs, receipts, 1781cc injection, 112bhp manual, factory supplied GTI specifications. Summer weekend car. No rust dry stored long MOT. Please call 02920 614732, Cardiff.

GOLF GTI

VW TYPE 3 FASTBACK

1600 CYLINDER HEADS £65 each. Two used dual port 1600 cylinder heads with new exhaust valves. Please call 01353 860166, Cambs. £35,000. Restored in racing green aluminium interior leather seats and belts 7/8 seats new rubbers and seals, billet ally extras and side step original wheels detailed to match rebuilt 1600 twin port AD code dual solex carbs fitted stainless vintage speed exhaust gearbox reconditioned running gear renewed. RHD Ideal camper food van or DJ bus. If unsold will be auctioned Dec 6th London Olympia through Bonhams Please call 00353 (0)857574375

GOLF MK1 ENGINE & GEARBOX

£OFFERS. 1981, 1600cc GTI, genuine 77,000 Miles with original binnacle. All working, plus old MOT's and proof of mileage. Please call 07752 719762

PAIR OF VAG ROOF BARS

£30. Good condition, to fit Golf Mk II. Please call 01214 443877

1955, £180. Very rusty but mostly solid pair of original VW towel rail bumpers. I took them apart and re-tapped the threads and fitted new bolts, apart from that they're as removed from a scrapped 55 oval back in the 80's. The rust has perforated through on two of the rear over riders. In the right hands these could be restored, or they would make a great addition to a rat look beetle. Please call 07866 440 560

VW GOLF MK1/2 WHEELS

REAR SEATS

VW T5 CARVELLESE 140

£100. 4x100 stud pattern. 4x 6.5x16 steel wheels. Please call 07884 184279.

VW TRANSPORTER STEEL WHEELS 1997, 67,500 Miles, £5,995. High line, 5 door manual. Mulberry metallic, leather interior, sunroof. 2 owners from new (current owner for 18 years). Excellent condition. Long MOT, FSH with bills. Standard car, never modified and always garaged. Please call 01202 696781, Dorset.

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CAMPER&BUS

2012, £12,900. Excellent condition inside and out. Would make a great campervan, 1 previous owner, just been serviced, and MOT'd. 7 seater. Please call 07818 890386

£400. Taken out of Transporter T5. Rear seats triple recline, gas shocks, fitted seat belts. Plus driver and passenger double seats all matching as new. Please call 07758 350019.

£POA. 7X17. 950KG Rates. Ideal for banding. Please call 07528 667788, Shropshire.


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VW T25 CAMPER PARTS

ÂŁPOA. TD15 DUB. Ideal for a VW T5 TDI. Please call 07501 783915.

1981, WANTED. VW 1981 air cooler camper T25 complete tow bar to bolt on with, brackets must be off a VWT25 Please call 02085 341761

PRIVATE REG ÂŁ250 ONO. AA 13 JAA. Please call 07891 597560. 4 X WINTER TYRES

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ÂŁPOA. TD15 DUB. Ideal for a VW T5 TDI. Please call 07501 783915.

TRAILER FLY SHEET

1970, ÂŁ150. 30ft x 12ft. Was used on my S20 Living Van, light enough to carry rolled up. Buyer to collect. Please call 07876 113910, Lancs.

ÂŁ250 ONO. AA 13 JAA. Please call 07891 597560.

ÂŁ450. Would suit Jaguar XK 8 owner. Reg N 8XKJ. On retention fees paid. Please call 07816 186711 Or 01202 861806.

SPOT LAMPS

ÂŁ50. Spot lamps side fitting with swivel facility in grey enamel new condition plus two similar front fitting fog lamps, ideal for van or truck. Please call 01253 500216.

NUMBER PLATES

NUMBER PLATE ÂŁ495. Plus DVLA transfer fee or ÂŁ1,195 with 2003 Primera that its currently on. Please call 07931 360396. ÂŁ250. Registration for sale. TIL 5810. All fees paid. Please call 07816 186711 Or 01202 861806.

PRIVATE NUMBER PLATE

ÂŁPOA. TD15 DUB. Ideal for a VW T5 TDI. Please call 07501 783915.

ÂŁ250. 255/40R19 100V XL. Minerva M+S tyres from a 2006 XJ6 TVDi. Only used for 4 months. Tread is as new and wet weather grip and braking is amazing. No damage and only selling because new car has 18â&#x20AC;? wheels. Please call 07811 926354. Portsmouth.

VARIETY BADGE

1930, ÂŁPOA. Variety badge. Please call 01234 213871.

                   

2012 VW T5 Danbury â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Royaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 38,451 miles. 2.0 Diesel, 2 burner hob, grill, sink, fridge freezer, leisure baery, 240v mains hook up, raising roof, safety pull-tested single beds, electric flushing cassee toilet, raising roof etc. ÂŁ34,995. Ref: ZKX.

2017 VW T6 Danbury Acve, 0 miles, 2.0 diesel, 2 burner hob, leisure baery, 240v mains hook up, raising roof, 2 large pull-tested single beds, electric cassee toilet, air condioning, front & rear parking sensors, cruise control, driver and passenger armrests and much more. ÂŁ47,815. Ref: 3076.

2017 VW T6 Danbury Surf, 0 miles, 2.0 diesel, 2 burner hob, leisure baery, 240v mains hook up, raising roof, double bed or king-sized bed, air condioning, front & rear parking sensors, cruise control, driver and passenger armrests and much more. ÂŁ44,941. Ref: 3089..

2013 VW T5 Danbury Trail. 27,000 miles. 2.0 Diesel engine, 2 burner gas hob, grill, fridge freezer, sink, leisure baery, 240v mains hook up, raising roof, comfortable king-sized bed, double cab front seat. ÂŁ30,995. Ref: GUH.

2017 VW T6 Danbury Trail Sport, 0 miles, 2.0 diesel, Danbury Sport Pack, chrome side bars, lowered 50ml suspension, awning rail, front & rear parking sensors, driver & passenger armrests, cruise control, air condioning, Bluetooth Rear Audio and much more. Only ÂŁ47,000. Ref: 3082.

2017 VW T6 Danbury Acve, 0 miles, 2.0 diesel engine, 2 burner gas hob & grill, stainless steel sink, camping leisure baery, 240v mains hook up, raising roof and two large, comfortable, safety pulltested single beds, air condioning, front & rear parking sensors, p , control, p gdriver and , passenger armrests, ÂŁ46,717. Ref: 3088 cruise

2011 VW T5 Danbury â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Royaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 48,953 miles. 2.0 Diesel, 2 burner hob, grill, sink, fridge freezer, leisure baery, 240v mains hook up, raising roof, safety pull-tested single beds, electric flushing cassee toilet, raising roof etc. ÂŁ34,995. Ref; YEB.

2017 VW T6 Danbury Royale, 350 miles, 2.0 diesel automac, 150PS engine, air condioning, driver & passenger armrests, cruise control, front & rear parking sensors, Fiamma wind-out awning, diesel blown air heang, Motorhome Pack and much more. ÂŁ58,016. Ref: 3109.

2017 VW T6 Danbury Surf King, 0 miles, 2.0 diesel, cab comfort pack, VW cab carpet, VW wheel covers, rear parking sensors & camera, rear Bluetooth audio, comfort pack, privacy glass with heat insulaon, driver & passenger armrests, an-the alarm with interior monitoring, backup horn, towing protecon and much more! Only ÂŁ50,579. Ref: 3043.

2017 VW T6 Acve, 19,000miles, 2.0 diesel, manual transmission, tailgate rear door, double cab front seat, air condioning, colourcoded bumpers, rear-parking sensors, cruise control, alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, metallic paint, BluMoon technology and much more. Only ÂŁ42,995. Ref: LC16 RFE.

Email: sales@danburymotorcaravans.com www.danburymotorcaravans.com 01454 310 000 CAMPER&BUS

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EDITOR’S COMMENT

And finally...

James, on brass monkeys and old Volkswagens

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▲ The faded Delta Green and detailed Fuchs of my Bay make a great contrast with the snow, but I really need a cover for it ASAP!

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genuinely don’t know why we do it, but we all do, don’t we? Be honest. The second you realise it’s snowed you immediately think about taking a picture of your VW in it. It’s a totally ridiculous business, because you don’t see people taking pictures of their daily driver F*rd F*cus in the white stuff do you? But then as the saying goes, if you don’t look back at your car when you climb out of it you’ve got the wrong car. Or frankly, you’re just not a car person and therefore neither use nor ornament. Simply dead inside. Because who doesn’t get a kick out of old cars? Especially when they’re doing something odd or parked somewhere out of the ordinary. There’s actually nothing unusual about an air-cooled VW being out in the snow. After all, even the chap who drove the snow plough

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used an air-cooled VW to get to his snow plough, apparently. They were designed to withstand the most extreme conditions, which is why old Volkswagens have come to embody the spirit of adventure. Much like an old Land Rover. Hence, you’ll find countless pictures of them in remote desert locations, up the side of mountains or in frozen wastelands. Even if the most adventure the majority of us enjoy is driving to Waitrose without the heater cables connected up. (Admittedly, Morrisons would have worked better with that line, but I’m a snob so went with the posher option.) Sadly, it’s becoming increasingly unusual to spot an air-cooled VW being driven in the winter. They’ve become too valuable and drivers of today expect more creature

comforts. Like proper heating, decent wipers and ABS. All of which is a shame, because you can have a whole heap of fun driving a rear-engined / rear-wheel drive car in the snow. Getting the back end out and making the front brakes lock up can teach you a lot about how your car handles, too. They can also be pretty miserable in the winter. I remember spraying de-icer over my shoulder to clear the ice off the inside of my first Beetle’s rear window. And laying the cloth for cleaning the glass across my knees for extra warmth. Roll on James Peene, summer, I say. Editor

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