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1985 High-Top Transporter...Whole Lotta' Rosie!

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So, after selling the 1303S Beetle, and the Fastback going soon after I should probably show what has filled the classic-VW void created. 

This is Rosie, my 1985 1.9DF (petrol water boxer), camper. She is called Rosie due to the first thing on the radio that came on as I got in her was AC/DC 'whole lotta rosie', and she's a fully fitted out High-top.

This was the day after driving her home:

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I had the day off so started detoxing the paint. It was quite flat from being in storage for some time.

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After a snow foam and wash it was hit with Autosmart Fallout, then Tardis, before Claying.

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It took quite some time to clay.

Following the clay and another wash and dry, I took my trusty DAS-6 with a medium polishing pad and some Meguiars ultimate compound to the paint. 

It came out alright. I think it's mostly original paint:

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Shot in the sun :)

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Once all polished up I gave it a generous coat of Collinite 476S. I wanted to coat it in something hard wearing, as I do not want to do all this again in a hurry!

 

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I also set to sorting out the inside. It really wasn't bad, just needed a good clean.

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I wasn't  fan of the flooring, so changed it out for some chequer tiles:

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As with all old vehicles, there's always something to update/fix. So I grabbed myself the book of lies off ebay:

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Also, when cleaning I noticed the chrome was shot on a couple of the hub caps. I spied a nice pair on ebay, so I snapped them up.

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You'll notice there's a new coolant header tank and cap there too. My tank is all stained and most likely a bit thin, the existing cap is shot and leaky, so that is getting replaced also.
 

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Had a fun morning with the Dinitrol, got all the chassis box sections, rear trailing arms and front subframe all nicely filled with it now. Just need to clean the driveway, I did have card underneath but it's continued to drip out a while after.

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I also cleaned and resealed the high-top with some white Sikaflex-221, so we should be nice and watertight for some time to come :)

I took it to my friends garage for a coolant flush, pressure clean of the underside and stonechip application. When he took out one bung in the rear wheel arch, it appears one window has been leaking!

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This has all since been dried out and sprayed thoroughly with Dinitrol, I've also resealed the window, with a combination of Sugru and Capt Tolleys:

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I got round to swapping out the bulbs in the headlamps, they were very dull, so I thought I'd swap them out for some Osram Nightbreaker Laser H4's.

I forgot to take a pic but they look like this:

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The van made the job fairly easy for me to get access, just wish modern vehicles were so straight forward to change bulbs on!

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Upon removing the old bulbs, it looked like they were in fact very old, they even had what looked to be Bakelite parts still!

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Whilst I had access I used some contact cleaner and light emery cloth to clean up all the connectors, the sidelight ones were particularly corroded.

I haven't a pic yet, but the bulbs made quite a difference as expected!

I was over at a bonfire with family on Guy Fawkes, was going to be good and not drink, then decided I'd just camp on the driveway!

I even got plugged into the mains!

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Well I knew the clutch was getting bit low on the van and had planned to get a new one in the new year...apparently the van had other ideas and wants me to accelerate the process!

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Well we got the old girl home. It's almost like a right of passage for old vws getting a ride on the flat bed! The RAC man was a top fella, had a great chat about travelling around Europe etc.

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New clutch went in, bite point feels a lot better now as you would expect. My friend sent me a few in-progress pics:

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I had a look at the old clutch, safe to say it was well and truly worn out. 

When I picked the van up the reverse lights didn't want to go out.. After a bit of driving and plugging it back in...fine. Old VW's eh? lol

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Over Christmas I've been keeping busy fitting blackout curtains. The thermal covers work fine, but it's a pain getting them on and off with suction cups.

Here's the sliding door Van-X blackout curtains finished:

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These are the cab dividing curtains (pardon the mess, still working on the rear ones):

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Today I cracked on with the rear side windows, here's passenger side lower rail being fitted:

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I got both rear sides fitted, I'll get proper pics tomorrow. Only window left to do being tailgate, unfortunately I discovered they sent me the wrong kit, so I'll have to exchange it which means I'll have to wait til next weekend to finish.

Once they're all done I'll get a pic in from the tailgate to show how they look all done.

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Treated the old girl to some new front tyres, as the front were mixed budgets and I don't like budget tyres, let alone mixed on one axle. Whilst I was at it, I checked the spare...a Michelin with plenty of tread....from 1994! hah That got swapped for the better of the two budget tyres that came off the front (an Event tyre that was almost like new).

Next job...Biofuel proof fuel hose :)

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Also, after driving in higher winds, I've decided I'll be getting the steering racks polybushed. This apparently makes the vehicle a lot more stable at motorway speeds and much more resilient to cross winds.

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This looks like a great thread ! Hope you update it often. Looks like an awesome little van. Has everything you need !

 

Top work !

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Cheers guys, I'd been on the lookout for a good one for about a year, went to view some right rotters before finding this one. 

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Very nice ! My OCD-ness says you need new number plates to finish it off though ;)

Strangely enough, I've just got some of the same leak sealer and headlight bulbs for my C30. The bulbs seem pretty good, but I haven't had the jet wash out to test the fix on the leaky screen yet. 

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Thanks guys. Yeah I'm torn on the plates, as much as they're showing their age they are the original dealer plates and I feel like it would be sacrilege to change them.

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Need to take some photos, but I got the final curtains fitted this weekend :)

Whilst having a dig around I also noticed a smell of gas, so I thought I'd renew a few fittings. 

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A few had been visibly leaking, and the old black hose was marked 1991, so I took the time to renew them. I used fuel hose clips instead of Jubilees, more of a consistent hold all around the hose and less chance of them ovaling out.

I've also ordered a few more bits to generally improve the mechanical/chassis side of things, which should be here in the next week or so.

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I take my cars to Chris also, top bloke and usually has interesting cars in his garage.

What stone chip product did you use?

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3 minutes ago, c3peteo said:

I take my cars to Chris also, top bloke and usually has interesting cars in his garage.

What stone chip product did you use?

You'll have to ask Chris on that one, he did it for me whilst he had it in. Top bloke Chris, only round the corner from me, can't believe I didn't know of Garage 87 sooner or I'd have been taking my cars there much sooner!

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Treated the van to some Powerflex bushes for the steering rack mount. This is apparently a 'must do' mod for these as the old ones tend to let the rack move and create 'shimmy'. Will probably take to Garage 87 and get Chris to fit them, I imagine the old ones could be interesting to remove.

 

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On 08/01/2018 at 10:52 AM, Chino said:

You'll have to ask Chris on that one, he did it for me whilst he had it in. Top bloke Chris, only round the corner from me, can't believe I didn't know of Garage 87 sooner or I'd have been taking my cars there much sooner!

 

On 08/01/2018 at 10:52 AM, Chino said:

You'll have to ask Chris on that one, he did it for me whilst he had it in. Top bloke Chris, only round the corner from me, can't believe I didn't know of Garage 87 sooner or I'd have been taking my cars there much sooner!

After reading this post about garage 87, I took my car round today as I’m not far away from them too, just waiting for Chris to book me in for new sills and other bits on my.

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Finally got the paint for the rear quarter repair :)

 

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Finally got round to doing a really small job I've been meaning to for ages, fit a door lock rod(my drivers side was missing).

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Done.

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Small job but satisfying lol I put the Door Card back on properly after, don't worry.

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