After many years of wanting a VW camper van (since I was 10!) i’ve finally taken the plunge and bought one! - Well, when I say bought one, I mean a rolling shell with stacks of boxes overflowing with nuts, bolts and parts that can only be described as ‘knackered’! What have I done??!
I’ve trawled the internet for the last couple of years trying to find the right one, thinking I could get a solid one that I can just get in and drive with very little work needed and then I buy this...
It’s probably quicker if I tell you what it does have fitted... Steel wheels, steering wheel and an engine but don’t stand behind when I start her up, you may never be seen again! Ok, so slight exaggeration but if you like fresh air and working lungs, take heed :-P
A luxury drivers seat (cushion optional and easy to valet) You’d be wrong if you thought it had a gear stick. That’s snapped at the base and has a metal tube slotted over the nub – I consider it an excellent security feature. Beat that Thatcham!
Looking very sorry for itself. Being optimistic though, the lights are on and work! That should satisfy My MOT guy... possibly.
Ok, so I set out around 2 years ago to find my perfect camper and i’ve bought this. I’d made offers for campers that were immaculate and fully kitted out but got rejected. Then I see this and within an hour, ive arranged a viewing, knowing full well that I was going to buy it. Insanity perhaps? I guess that’s part of it as i’ve tinkered with all of my other cars but nowhere near on the scale of this mammoth task
20 years ago, my father had a 7 seater VW Caravelle and we travelled everywhere in it. We had many trips to France and around the UK over the time that he owned it and although my mum was not a big fan of it, I thought it was fantastic!
Well, when I saw the front of this ... errm shell... on fleabay, I instantly emailed the seller, giving him the registration number of my dad’s Caravelle and asked if it was the same. When he came back to me and said it was, I felt like a kid in a candy store! The adrenaline kicked in and I knew I had to have it. We agreed in principal, an amount for it to be removed from Ebay and then I went to view it, dad in tow. When we started her up, despite the smoke bellowing out, the sound of the engine brought back so many memories and it would have taken a crowbar to remove the smile from our faces!
Here’s how she looked 20 years ago (taken in the Loire Valley, France) with me at the door!
So now it’s a waiting game for her to come home, albeit on the back of a recovery truck! I’ll post more when I start doing the work!
Excited is an understatement!
If anyone knows where I can find a gear stick (or full assembly), it would be much appreciated! Ive scoured the net and drawn a blank so far!