I first purchased this 1964 VW split screen panel van over 10 years ago now. It was a fully functioning ex German fire truck with only 16000km on it’s original 1500 single port engine. The van was a novelty at the time when commercials, particularly panel vans were not so sort after.
After registering it in the UK, I ran the van as is for a while as it was, but long term I wanted to use it to camp in and set about stripping the fire equipment and selling it on to someone restoring there’s.
The first job was to upgrade the electrics to 12 volt, followed by paneling the sides in ply and fitting a full length rock n roll bed. I added a split charge relay and battery and thanks to a fortunate find on ebay replaced the steel wheels and mud & snow tyres with EMPI replica’s and low profile tyres before taking the van over to Justyn of Wagonworks to lower. Engine wise it runs the stock 1500 single port with the addition of twin 34 Dellorto FRD carburettors (baby dells) and an extractor exhaust system.
That’s pretty much how it has stayed over the years and while attending the various shows, camping trips etc over the years the British climate has started taking its toll so it was decided to give it a bit of an overhaul which has so far taken 4 years.