Despite the fact that I’m getting used to people’s look of surprise when they realise that this is a genuinely solid, running, driving bus, I’m happy that it does still have various little bits and pieces to do that keep me busy and allow me to indulge in my vintage VW passion!
To me the buses authenticity, character and perfection lies in its imperfections, that and of course its un-messed with originality! My intentions are to keep things pretty stock and help preserve and maintain the bus whilst making some minor changes that don’t detract from it’s character, but hopefully simply enhance what is already there!
Whilst continuing to put some love into the lower half L53 (Sealing Wax Red) paint, I had a case of déjà vu with the wheels. As part of the deal in buying the bus, I also got a set of 4 original paint steel 15″ steel wheels. I then managed to source a matching 5th wheel (which needed blasting and painting, but was just going to be used as the spare), before a quick call to North Hants Tyres to get the closest to stock sized commercially rated 8P R15/195/80 white bands – gotta love the look of a vintage Volkswagen split screen camper rocking 15″ stock white bands! Now to get the chrome hub caps cleaned up and fitted!