one present that won’t quite fit down the chimney this Christmas

Camper goodies

Remember when you were a kid and you tried guessing what was wrapped up in any presents under the Christmas tree? Happy childhood memories right there! Well I know it’s getting pretty close to Christmas now, but imagine finding this under the Christmas tree, what could possibly be inside…

new delivery from Custom and Commercial, I wonder what the box could possibly contain…
new delivery from Custom and Commercial, I wonder what the box could possibly contain…

Unfortunately, this is not really a fun Christmas present as such 🙁 more part of an ongoing necessity as we look at getting the buses interior sorted. With the insulation and sound deadening fitted, we wanted to look at fitting some interior panels and a floated plywood floor in next. However, there was something that needed our attention first before we can get onto that…

some of the old rubbers have gone way past their best by date and will need replacing…
some of the old rubbers have gone way past their best by date and will need replacing…

Past their best

Some aspects of owning a vintage original paint ‘survivor’ bus are not so cool. Like when it rains and you find that some of your window rubbers leak water! This is not ‘living the dream’ as some might want you to believe! It might look cool in a ‘ratty’ kind of way to some in the summer, but not so practical in the winter months! Some of the buses factory fitted rubbers may well be original items, but they have gone way past their best by date and will need replacing if we want a watertight interior…

the waterproofing seal of this window rubber has long since past!
the waterproofing seal of this window rubber has long since past!

It’s one of the many advantages of membership of the Split Screen Van Club (SSVC) that sometimes VW parts suppliers offer various discounts to its members. Definitely came in handy when I ordered a full set of new rubbers for the bus!

fair to say this tailgate numberplate rubber has seen some action!
fair to say this tailgate number plate rubber has seen some action!

Weatherproof rubbers

So it looks like the box of Made in Germany bus rubbers from Custom and Commercial shall be keeping me busy for a while then!

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