Reader Rides (trial thread)

The Tardis factor (interiors, awnings, roofs etc)

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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby nicq » 06 Sep 2014, 16:26

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2.1 twin slider was fitted with a holdsworth interior one door not used
now has a turret top and reverting to twi!n slider with home made birch units
Merc wheels and EPS
Propex heater
Loads of local holidays west country Suffolk Lincolnshire.
Several breakdowns good old RAC
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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby dsa » 06 Sep 2014, 20:45

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Just picked this up today its a 1.6 td one German owner and one uk owner 124,000mls Just needs a bit of a clean inside and I am going to fit the twin Headlights that came with the van. :D :D :D
Headlamps now fitted

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and new rear mudflaps
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fitted the extra seat that I picked up so I could house a porta potti
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some more picks after a wax
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new steering wheel cover now stitched on
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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby sparkyfly » 15 Sep 2014, 17:41

Hello,
Nurse Gladys:
tin ware put back on (ouch)
pushrods replaced
40mm twin Dells waiting to be done... she may as well have a good reason to drink.
How much better is the ride with the standards on.... :pimp

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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby zenecho » 16 Sep 2014, 13:22

1981 2Ltr air cooled T25 Hightop "Talula"

Ive had her for about 10 years - the last 4 she has been rusting away..... :oops: BUT now back on the road :D

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1981 2ltr Petrol air cooled T25 high top Talula - Proud owner since 2004
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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby Chiefy » 06 Oct 2014, 20:27

So I bought this off eBay local as it had never seen a welder and spent its down time always parked in a barn... Hence every panel has been attacked by hay bales at some time or other [img]smileys/smiley36.gif"%20align="middle[/img]
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Came with a home brew nasty cara van chic interior! Guy I bought it from had a scary 80's porno moustache so it had to be ripped out ASAP! [img]smileys/smiley2.gif"%20align="middle[/img]
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I had one night in it with the lads from our local club and woke in the morning with a viral throat infection [img]smileys/smiley18.gif"%20align="middle[/img] I blame the 80's moustache so it was stripped bare
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Usual insulation that I use in all of my previous builds
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Flooring down and insulated
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Units started
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Now as for a daft attempt at a "theme".... I wanted a tiki bar style which I am building on over the winter with a swing out/ removable bar!!
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And a bit of aged writing for Dubenhams my pals online vintage store lol
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A bit more LED fitting today and a celebratory brew and cupcake
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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby lowtimeppl » 01 Dec 2014, 11:29

Here's mine, the 3rd one owned over the years and I'll post pics of the old ones.

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1981 2.0 air-cooled, Autohomes I think but I believe it originally had a pop-top, looking at the original documentation that came with it. I have replaced a lot of the interior, as I had to pull it out to have the drivers side welded (thanks Keri) where fridge condensation had rusted it out, body actually very ok for the age but has fibreglass in places, I think 'professionally' applied looking at various receipts. More of the interior needs replacing where the chipboard has blown and dried out and now crumbles like McVities Digestives when you touch it. I'm no carpenter though. Various bits and bobs replaced and gathering up missing tinware ready for when I pull the engine for a good clean and resolve oil leaks.
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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby Chiefy » 04 Dec 2014, 08:20

Needs a red stripe like the A Team :ok cool bus!
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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby Bighal » 06 Dec 2014, 17:55

Hi All,
This is my panel van. Had it for a while now. Was already half converted to day van with full width R&R bed and fully lined/insulated. I plan to lower it, new 16" wheels/alloys with low profile tyres. I think I'll keep the original paintwork/patina, adds to the character! :wink:

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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby Santa79 » 28 Dec 2014, 15:39

We picked up 'Sir Walter' a week before Christmas (as a bit of a pressie to ourselves).
So I am still discovering all of the little problems that make him unique...!

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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby CrazyDaisy » 04 Jan 2015, 12:51

Hello all,

I am new to the forum.

This is a bit of infromation on my van as well as photos, i purchased her last year locally after seeing her on eBay. She has only 100,000 genuine miles on the clock - runs like a dream. She had just had a new gearbox fitted at Cogbox transmissions and the bodywork was very clean, paintwork original Marsala red. Paintwork was a little tired and dull, so she has recently undergone a complete respray, by my partner who runs a body shop locally.
She has a 1900 CC petrol engine. We use her a lot to stay at a campsite near RAF Mildenhall as my son is a keen Aircraft enthusiast and photographer!
I also enjoy the VW shows with Betsy, my hobby is to carry on improving my van and keeping everything as original as i can. Saying that i am open to anyone who can recommend a comfortable 3/4 rock and roll bed, as the original one is very uncomfortable! so many available not sure which to go for?
Found the ashtray that was missing from the dash, after a kind member gave me the link to A very helpful guy named Mike at nw_vw
Next job for next week is replacing leaking slave cylinder!

Before the respray:

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Imagephoto 1 by Guzzinigirl, on Flickr

During the repsray:

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After the respray:

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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby hbellis1983 » 04 Jan 2015, 17:05

So below is our van sooty which we bought from the internet in October. She is a 1982 t25 westfailia joker high top. 1.6 diesel, watercooled.
not done anything to her yet but lots of plans to get her as original as possible. So if you know places to upholstery etc please let me me know. Looking to meet up with others so if up north let me know.
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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby kevtherev » 04 Jan 2015, 17:43

hbellis1983 wrote:Looking to meet up with others so if up north let me know.

If you join the club you'll be able to see where all the meets are :ok
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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby Timwhy » 23 Jan 2015, 23:21

How my 87 Westy looked when I bought it the day after Christmas 2008

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Lots of mods and great infusions of ca$h here it is presently.

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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby PeeSG » 15 Feb 2015, 07:03

Heres mine, ive bare metal restored it now. First pic is when i picked it up non-runner and covered in synthetic paint/house paint which had a badly mixed 2pac primer underneath that had reacted with subsequent paint to create a nightmare.

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the black is the badly mixed 2pac primer/something like that. Never seen black primer before so this is a first. Most of the blue wasnt even bonded to the black, came off like a tedious wallpaper.

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and here is now back in original colours.

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Re: Reader Rides (trial thread)

Postby themagician » 18 Feb 2015, 09:49

Bought off fleaBay in 2007 unseen (I was lucky) as a white hi top with an diy caravanesque interior made in someone's shed.

He was born in 1985 as a 1.9 RHD Caravelle twin slider and at some point belonged to a magician (hence the username).

He now sports a Westy interior and pop top in a Rustoleum rollered blue with a DF engine and lives in Lancashire. He enjoys trips to the Lakes mostly and will be going to Cornwall for 10 days in the summer.

This year I'm going to touch up the paintwork, will see how that does rollering / painting here and there not whole panels.

He has several issues; fridge not working (was 2 years ago), pop top is looking a bit tired and could do with replacing, plan to get one from Campervan Culture but not sure who / where can fit it. He has a knocking/tapping sound from the rear n/s. CV joint maybe. He also does not like a full tank of fuel as he spit it back out!

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