Beetle Dropped Spindles

Managed to find some time to fit the dropped spindles,  relatively simple job but you need a ball joint splitter. While doing the job I discovered my ball joints were shot so ordered some new ones and visited Stefan from the visit newly setup Forces Re-engineered to get them done.

Not the greatest picture but looks much better now it is sitting lower up front.


There is a you-tube video here gives you a good idea on how to fit your lowered spindles.

Basically you loosen off your front wheels, jack up the front, put it on axle stands. Now remove your wheels, take off your centre caps, remove the calipers, remove the and disc, remove the disc baking plate and the bare spindle should now be exposed, undo the bottom shock nut and remove the bottom shock from its mount. Now undo the two 19mm nuts on both ball joints, using the ball joint removal tool crack them off, lastly  undo the 19mm nut on the trailing arm and crack this off with the ball joint removal tool your spindle should now be free. Fitting is the reverse with the exception of the disc backing plates which are no longer used.


Beetle Clutch Woes

With the clutch and gears giving me no end of grief it was time to investigate, so engine out to discover the thrust bearing had failed no idea how as the rest of clutch looked fine. As I had predicted the worse, I had already bought a complete clutch kit so changed everything anyway. I was going to sort my leaking flywheel oil seal too but for love nor money could not budge it so that will have to be another day. Clutch back in all is good again and me a happy boy.

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VW T4 2.5 TDI Transporter

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My wife is a child minder and wanted a T4 to transport the children around in. I must admit buying a T4 I was a little out of my depth and when we bought this 2000 LHD multi-van and it came with a host of problems.

  • Inter-cooler bracket was missing so ordered and fitted.
  • Both bonnet hinges were cracked and replaced.
  • Found a water leak which was as a result of the oil cooler being bypassed so had to replace these and the oil cooler and oil filter.
  • Thermostat replaced and new coolant added.
  • Replaced coolant reservoir and various water pipes.
  • Fixed fuel leak and replaced fuel filter..
  • Had timing and auxiliary belts replaced by local garage.
  • Exhaust & down-pipe (discovered they had welded d-cat pipe to down-pipe arrghhh!).
  • Rear brake discs and pads need replacing.
  • Nearside drive shaft had to be replaced started knocking.

Eventually the van just cost us more and more money Cali Campers bought it in the end so it will be keeping other T4’s on the road in the long run.

VW 64 Fire Truck Final Paint …

Progress the van is all but painted and ready to come home, we just need to rectify a couple of blemishes on one of the cargo doors and the engine hatch. The front beam is back on, along with it’s wheels but no steering rack as of yet. Still need to do some work on the bumpers window frames and a whole lot of other stuff but were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Splitscreen Van Seatbelts

Seatbelts are not required in vans before 1965 which is great when your young carefree and single but the when the inevitable happens and children appear you are left with a headache on how to keep your little ones safe and within the law.

Here is a guide on regulations and camper vans although not definitive and at the end of day what price do you put on your childs safety.

  • If you intend to carry children aged 12 years or under, the seat belt wearing regulations require them to use a suitable child restraint. You should bear in mind that child restraints cannot be fitted to side facing seats.  In order to fit the required child restraints, you would need to have forward or rearward facing seats with seat belts.
  • All vehicles manufactured since 2001 must have seat belts fitted for each passenger.  If you have added seats (i.e camper van) you are outside of this law.
  • You do not need to fit seat belts for passengers in the back, however, if you are carrying passengers in the back you must discuss and declare this to your insurance company.  It is very likely that your insurance company will not let you travel with passengers in the back unless they are in forward facing seats and have a seat belt.
  • Seat belts must be used whenever fitted, with no exception.
  • It is highly advised to fit seat belts to all forward facing seats.
  • It is highly advised to never let passengers travel in side facing seats, as the effects of whiplash and other impact related injuries are very severe from the side.

The 66 Junkyard has 2 point lap belt seatbelts in the front cab already and in the rear it has the seatbelt monting points so I bought 3 Securon 217E Lap Belt with Securon spacers which are long enough to go round the rock n roll bed. Both the Britax Eclipse and Prince child seats accept 2 point lap belts and can be used for children 9kg – 18kg or 9m to 4 years so it’s a quick fix until you can install 3 point belts and or isofix bracket. I have used the ford focus isofix adapter successfully it is widely available on eBay and reasonably priced but you will have to engineer a solution to bolt it securely to your wagon.

I am going to have to come up with a solution for the Firetruck a 64 van with no provision for seatbelts so will update the post later once it’s done.

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