Lisa originally bought this 1966 13 window deluxe, after we sold the Samba, she first saw it at Stonor Park VW Expo and it was owned by a local one local VW restorer in Andover who we know and a deal was done and the van became Lisa’s. It’s one of those marmite vans you love or hate and it was affectionately nicknamed the Junkyard.
It had a valid MOT and was running when we bought it but has needed a fair bit of work to get it in a condition that I was happy for Lisa to drive. First thing we had to go through was the electrics as they were in a bit of a state, while I was at it I replaced the rear lights from US to UK spec. Next step was to overhaul the front brakes and I swapped the shocks all round for KYB GR2′s to improve the ride. I had to do some welding repairs to the battery tray, drivers seat and front floor. Lisa invested in new window rubbers for all the windows and also set about having the locks work from one key with the exception of the cargo door which needs the elusive L code (rare as rocking horse poo).
Interior wise it needs a bit of love and attention, the old trim although some was original was in a shocking state so we wrapped the whole inside in hessian to keep the rugged look, replaced the mdf wooden boards and covered the foam into some material more to my wife’s taste than mine along with window blinds for all the windows. The van was running fine locally and Lisa used it as her daily driver up until we made our first big trip to the British Volkswagen Festival in the beautiful Malverns. About three quarters of the way there the carburettor started playing up and whatever I did it wouldn’t idle properly. We made it there had a great time and left midday Sunday just to give us plenty of time to get back. I removed the engine only to discover it was a 1300 so ditched it and replaced it with the1500 from the Firetruck and we haven’t had any major issues since.
Lisa started her own business so required a more suitable vehicle we were going to sell it but I took it on while the Firetruck was still being restored and kept it as my run around visiting shows and camping trips apart from pinching the Firetruck headlamps after an MOT advisory one year and its annual coating of Collinite all has been good.