simple changes can often be the most rewarding

vintage VW camper upgrades

I guess anytime you get a ‘new’ (or in this case older!) bus, there is always a period of time needed to acclimatise to its subtle little nuances (character). Time is needed to check over and adjust bits to your personal preferences so that you can feel fully at home and comfortable with your new ride.

say hello to my ‘new’ 1964 VW original paint bus!
say hello to my ‘new’ 1964 VW original paint bus!

There are also practical issues to get used to, like the accuracy of the fuel gauge, the reliability of the electrics etc. Well so far so good with the fuel gauge, but after a week of inactivity, I found out a little more about the battery condition and reliability – not so good, pretty much dead to the world with not enough energy left to kick the engine over!

New Bosch battery

I guess the old battery was of unknown history or age to me. To be honest, it was probably not worth relying on if going out and about on new adventures, so time for a overdue replacement to get fitted.

new Bosch S4 12v 70Ah starter battery
new Bosch S4 12v 70Ah starter battery

I have previously used Bosch batteries in the past without issue. So when replacing the old, small 40Ah battery, I opted for a higher capacity Bosch S4 Type 069/072 12v 70Ah (Cold Cranking Amp (CCA): 630cca) starter battery (with a 4-year warranty). This seemed to be pretty much the largest capacity and physical size starter battery that would realistically fit in the rear battery tray area of the split screen bus, with its dimensions of Length: 260mm x Width: 173mm x Height: 225mm.

Little details

It was also time to get some little bits an pieces sorted out on the bus, like getting the original ‘Volkswagen’ alloy script fixed back on the tailgate.

refitted the original alloy Volkswagen tailgate script
refitted the original alloy Volkswagen tailgate script

I had also managed to source an original, good-condition, used Hagus bus mirror for the missing passenger side, so it was about time to get that fixed in place!

replacement Hagus passenger side wing mirror
replacement Hagus passenger side wing mirror

Berg Shifter

However, one of the simplest, but probably the most significant changes in terms of usability, was in getting a replacement Gene Berg bus shifter fitted!

Gene Berg bus shifter with old skool retro style handle
Gene Berg bus shifter with old skool retro style handle

Big shout out to the fantastically helpful people at Gene Berg Enterprises who were great in helping sort out a replacement shifter after my last one got destroyed in my bus fire earlier this year. Like a hand in glove, it was comforting to get my hands back on the newly fitted shifter, with its old skool, retro style handle and super precise shifting. It is amazing just how much the Berg shifter transforms gear changes – happy days!

If you need to fit one to your bus, here are the necessary fitting instructions for you to download…
Click here to download the Gene Berg bus shifter fitting instructions

out for a run in the sun
out for a run in the sun

Time to add some vintage bling with the chrome VW hub caps and go for a run in the sun before getting on with some more jobs on the bus!

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