Posts Tagged With: Stella

Moved .. (again)

So.. I haven’t been up to much posting lately but it’s not like I’ve been sitting on my @ss doing F all.. We’ve recently moved in to the new house and have left London.. Thank god for that, what a sh!thole!! Anyway, happy to be gone there and finally some more space..  and a garage.. 🙂 Stella’s been put to good use, and again showed that a highroof is very practical ..

The amount of stuff going in and on the bus was pretty impressive.. after all they’re not much longer than a medium sized car.. 

Went to pick up a carpet.. When they saw Stella, they laughed and said ‘I think you will need a bigger car or rent a van’.. ..
10 mins later I smiled.. ‘easy peasy’ ..

In between jobs inside, I couldn’t resist doing some gardening. It looked like a mess and was not maintained for a very long time..  I picked up a branch cutter and got a bit carried away.. I ended up with quite some waste and didn’t know how to take it to the dump so chucked it on the roof..  The men at the waste centre were a bit amazed by the looks on their faces.. 😀       Oh well that’s it for now.. I still have some good content to write about but it’ll be for next time.. Over and out..

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Cruisin to the Breeze ’13

Beter late then never eh! 🙂

Brighton Breeze, probably one of the best shows in the whole year.. Despite it being a 1 day show, over the years I’ve always come down on friday eve to enjoy the weekend as much as possible.

For some reason (probably being too tired 🙂 ) I’ve only taken pics of the cruise down and not a single one at the show itself.. I guess it’s that show where you meet so many people and sort of say goodbye until you meet again somewhere early next year.

All I can say is that I had a superb time again.. I missed out on the saturday eve but that was because I had to go home bound for the delivery of my new baby girl 😀

Anyway I’ll let the pics do the talking..

 

Meeting up with the usual suspects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick burger for Fi and Chez and we’re off..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby driving the extremely low (static) PG/SG.. This is one lovely bus!!

Mr Faux in his supersonic Canada Dry DD panel.. 🙂

The speed was rather boring for Scotty..   lol

Rapid rodent racing going strong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some cool drive by shots!

Bobby..

Scotty..

Ned..

Driving in to the sunset..

The sunset was an absolute beauty of moment to drive into..

A bit of lame show report I know but as said BB is much more then just buses parked on the madeira drive..  Thanks to the SSVC for putting down a very good show again and most importantly thanks to Mr Smart and team for making it so successful.. Well done!!

See you next year!

 

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Busfest

Not much of a big post as I was mostly sorting out bits under the van that weekend despite having a great weekend with me buddies..

The SSVC vs the Early bay line up..  (moody sky included 🙂 )

The SSVC Line up in the morning, most likely the best Line up at the whole show.. 🙂

The privilege of owning a Highroof – center of attention..    lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No idea how this happened 😉 but I was trying to get a good shot from the mini hippy split rather then a bumshot!

As mentioned above, a small post as I was mostly under the bus during the weekend trying to figure out why the performance of my brakes and steering have reduced..
(These are not my pictures, if the owner of these pictures would like me to remove them then please contact me)

I realised at Busfest that since my bus is on the road (april/may 2010) it has done approx 35k miles.. hence why it needs maintenance all the time.. at least it feels like that.

 

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Skeeeeg Veegaaaasss!!

What a superb show!!

I spoke to the organiser at Bugjam and he convinced me this show was a really laidback one on a grass field near to Skegness. My buddy Scotty and his crew were heading out there as well so on friday we cruised up there..
The weather wasn’t great but it couldn’t beat us down except for us all to hiding in the buses..

The location is a nice country field with trees and so we found a great spot to park..

Mr James’s bus didn’t cooperate well and so he took his T? and made it after all.. a bit grumpy to start with 🙂

Alcohol does wonders.. and after a few I got trigger happy to the (dis) likes of Scotty .. 🙂

Jay’s superb Volksrod!

On saturday there was the rust and prime line up in the middle of the field with some nice cars!

The ususal suspects having a stroll..

Rikki’s old bus

Not sure where this belongs to tho.. ?

Went for a little wander around the field and spotted 2 more Highroofs. Yippi’s and Anthony’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Weener Gypsy style!!

We had a few showers during the day and I forgot to take the Charcoal of the roof.. Even after setting fire to the BBQ with lots of fuel, we realised we needed something else to get it going.. Scotty had the brilliant idea to get 12v blower out and give the BBQ a little hand.. 😉

Saturday night was brilliant with a 1hr set from Visiontech beats.. oh yeah good stuff!!

Unfortunately we didn’t get much of a lie-in as Mr Jay was up early to get his shiny beast ready for the show and shine.. and lucky us he parked so close with his quiet Stinger!! (loud exhaust! 😉 )

Scotty said to have a go in the show and shine and strangely enough I followed him .. lol
I even won a prize ! God know’s for what but it was funny! 🙂

As the weather looked very promising I took the opportunity to open up the roof tent and let it air a bit.. it was quite popular! 🙂

Lovely cars in the line up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the interior of this Gia!!

This pictures shows the vibe of the show really well.. relax.. and chill.. 😀

The show finished sunday eve and we decided to stick around a bit in the area and went to a campsite in Skegness to have a nice warm shower!!

We were quite a sight at the campsite..

The next eve near the beach in Skeg..

The next morning Scotty and I continued a little trip on the coast line and came to a nice place right at the beach..

 

 

 

 

 

Happy times for sure!

Another fantastic weekend and good times with friends!!

Roll on 2014!!

 

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Stella’s put some serious mileage on the clock this summer..

A few weeks ago I went to Belgium and Amsterdam to see some friends..
Unfortunately it wasn’t without a hassle.. The day before I left I was driving towards a shop when all of a sudden Stella was acting weird.. when I turned of the music I could hear a loud rattling noise from the back so I quickly got out and noticed I ran flat on one side.. Luckily there was a very friendly chap who came over and asked me if I needed any help with finding a tyreshop.. A few minutes later I was in his car and another 15 mins later we found a place that had the right tyre size on the shelve.. but f*ck me these were expensive!!! Because of the heavy camber on the rear I took no risk and replaced the other side as well and Stella is now sporting some proper expensive TOYO tyres 🙂
The next day whilst driving on the M25 towards Dover my front screen exploded?!! Just like that with no warning or whatsoever .. BANG! The driver side glass had a million cracks.. Luckily I aimed for an earlier boat so I had time to do a little detour to B&Q for some perspex.. Because I kept driving, the wind kept pushing on the glass which then started to throw little chips off.. I had to pullover as I was covered in glass and a hole in the window made it rather dangerous..

 

 

 

 

So I then tried to get the glass out but because it was so brittle there was no way I was going to get it out properly.. I then came up with the brilliant idea .. Not (LOL) to use a pillow and push it all out..

Luckily most of the glass fell out of the bus but anyone who’s had a similar thing happened knows that it goes everywhere .. and when I say every where it’s all over the place.. Even now ( a few weeks later) I still find little pieces of glass on the cab mat..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily B&Q sell’s perspex in various sizes and with the help of a stanley knife and some white duck tape I managed to do a quick but efficient repair.

I made the boat in time and once landed on the mainland I cruised a little further in the night until I was ready for bed..
After a short but deep sleep I got woken up by a bright blue sky 🙂 Time to open the doors and get the kettle on! Having a fully kitted out campervan makes a huge difference on mornings like these..  It’s all there, working and ready to enjoy.. HMmm coffee!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good times as usual at Bigone beach. Being treated like a king by Dennis and Annelien.. Thanks again guys!!

Went to see a friend in Amsterdam and oh man did we have a great time there 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d been to Amsterdam a few times before but mostly visited the usual suspects 😉 and never went to explore the city. What a great city to live in, it’s nearly as cool as Antwerp 😛

 

 

 

 

After catching up with friends it was time to cruise back to the UK..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A late night boat meant sleeping in Dover and breakfast with a view !! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once back the first job on the list was to sort out the safari window.
I drove down to Chris’s place and when I explained the window story he responded.. “hold on!, I’ve got one of those original safari windows .. I only got 1 and the frame is shot so you can have it”! Well that sure made my day!!

I couldn’t wait and started straight away. Those of you that have a classic (VW) car know that no job goes straight forward and only minutes after I started I ran into a small problem. My original safari’s had been repainted several times and I don’t think anyone has ever made the effort in taking them apart hence why the little screws on the side were covered in paint. Despite trying to remove all the paint and soak them in WD40 they didn’t gave a kick..
So then I called the help of Mr. welder 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The method is simple, first make a few good tack welds on the head of the screw and then you put a little nut over it and weld it to the tack welds. I pored water over it to cool it rapidly so the connection (read as rust) between the screw and thread would brake..

Then carefully unscrew the nut and job done! That’s if all goes well! I was unfortunate that some screw’s broke halfway, fortunately I still managed to get the other half out by repeating the process on the other side.. (the frames were taken apart already)

The donor safari window! This came of another highroof which makes it a perfect replacement! It took quite some determination to get it see through again 😀

As I ran out of time, I didn’t replace the window straight away but instead treated the inside bottom with POR 15 and left it to dry..

It’s fixed now with a new seal! Thanks again Chris!!!

 

Happy days !

 

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Wax and Polish time..

Right.. so with the superb weather from the last weeks I thought it was time to take the roofrack of and see what the roof looks like. I gave it a quick Anchor wax treatment last Autumn in between showers when it was cold and when she lived out side.. Not the best times but it was better than nothing.
I knew it wasn’t looking great hence why I took it off!

Seems it was the right thing to do!! Mind you the Anchor wax makes it look far worse then it actually is.

So I Attacked it with a hand brush and car shampoo and the result was not bad at all. Only a few spots with some surface rust which is a result from the old cracked paint.

I cleaned the whole bus and put it in the field to have a good look at it to see what it looks like without the roof rack. Apart from when it was delivered (all stock) I’d never seen it without..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to say I’m not sure if I like it ..

Another scar with a story in Stella’s life.. the gutter is/was badly bended.. I’ve fixed it but no picture yet 🙂

Next I polished the whole bus (except the roof) which was quiet a hard job, especially in the current temp’s (30˙ C ) outside.. And put a wax film over it. Finally I took a rag and anchor waxed the whole roof with a clean thin layer and poured a thicker layer in the gutter. It’s so nice to do this job when it’s hot as the wax is so much better/easier to use!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I need to get her out in the sun to see the proper result but she sure is clean and has a nice shine on it..
Happy dayszz 😀

 

 

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Bobber style!

When I was last in Antwerp I stayed at my buddy Dennis’s place. He recently finished his Harley bobber so we took a little ride and shot some pictures..

Happy dayszz.. 🙂

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Hessisch Oldendorf 2013

AAaaahhhh man what a blast was this show!!!

I lefthome on the evening of wednesday 29th to meet up with fellow bus owners at dover beachfront where we parked up to get the early boat on thursday morning..
Once landed in Dunkerque we re-grouped and made a convoy of 11 Splitbuses.. this convoy was rather Unique, with a very early bus.. a ’50!! Owned by Dai Watkins and was “thrown” together to make this trip. 😀

Further more we had a 51, 52’s, 53’s, 54 sunroof, Single cab, early bullet buses and the hitop..

Chez’s 53 hippyracer and Ben’s 51                                                         Buzz’s 54 sunroof, the green ‘windup’ barndoor and in the back Dai’s 50!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason why we had to stop was a overheating engine in Ben’s 51..

Another stunning bus in the comvoy was the 54 deluxe from Graham!        Scotty’s 52 RHD, Simon’s 56 Pg/Sg and Mike’s 59 RHD.

Half an hour later we were back on the motorway continuing or ever lasting super slow convoy at approx. 45 mph.. We decided to do some shopping before we would go to BBT’s and so we came off the motorway just before going in the Antwerp Kennedy tunnel.

We draw a serious amount of attention at the local supermarket 😀

As soon as we tried to get back on the motorway we came to a complete stand still, we didn’t even made it on the motorway. I jumped out of the bus walked on to the motorway and saw a sign : accident – wait at least 1 hour. Damn!! A quick word with the rest of the group and I decided to lead all the buses around via the waaslandtunnel aka “bunnyhole” (konijnepijp) through the center of Antwerp whilst rush hour!!

A few shots made by Mike as I was too busy focussing on not loosing anybody!
Thanx to everybody for cooperating well and making phone calls in between!!

B- routing..

Dai’s ’50 – What a piece of history!!

Rush hour in front of the “konijnepijp” (waasland tunnel), a bit scary with all these expensive things on the road.. 4 lanes going in to 1 and not a single car that would leave you a gap, you literally have to squeeze yourself in.. Nearly impossible to do with a convoy.. BUT we all made it safe and sound! 🙂

We finally arrived at BBT’s after a 7,5hr drive! The weather had turned from rain to beautiful weather which created the perfect atmosphere amongst loads of VW fans! (pics by BBT)

Plenty of people enjoying the FREE and fantastic BBQ from Bob by the fresh-a-licious catering team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great opportunity to see BOB’s own collection, he own’s an amazing car collection!!

We had a great evening meeting lots of old and new friends..

Early birds in the morning enjoying the lovely breakfast continued with the start of the convoy to Hessisch Oldendorf.

 

Because we had such a long drive to Antwerp we decided to have a lay in and skip the cruise in the morning so we could drive a little faster and don’t have to stop all the time.. 🙂

A few pictures of the cruise..

Alan Scott’s (Scotty) 52 RHD – the oldest RHD on the road!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chez William’s 53 – He used to race this bus down the strip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We catched up with the BBT convoy.. and over took them.. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vrooaaammm.. we were having a steady cruise at ± 75 mph.. not bad for these old rust buckets.. 😀

Saw some very nice cars in the Convoy..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eventually we over took the whole convoy and arrived about 15mins earlier.. 🙂

Thanks to Niels for these nice pictures..

We parked up in the center of the town. Later on the eve they played music down the road and around 3am I called a night..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very busy and lovely show started early saturday with the center square packed with barndoors

Chez doing what he does best.. 🙂

Streets packed with early beetles..

Oval windows everywhere..

Streets filled with buses too 🙂

Another Highroof!! Jari from Finland came down and drove about 2000km to get there..

A lot of very nice early buses!

One of the highlights of the show were the schwimmwagens..

They all went to the local river and gave a little demonstration.. impressive to say the least!!
I met a family from Singapore together with a friend of them, all VW heads (they have some split buses and even a kombi restaurant – Kombi rocks) and gave them a lift to the river, they enjoyed it a lot. If you read this, I hope to meet you again some time!!

 

Having some good times on the ferry crossing ourselves..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday eve most people had left back home but we decided to stay on the campsite and had a nice warm shower 🙂

Cool as pick up!

A nice chat and round up of the show with good friends before we took an early night and drove back to Belgium the next morning..

What a great weekend!!!

 

Cheers to everybody I met at the show..

Good times!!

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Mechanical farming with Stella

Stella’s found a new home closer to my location and she’s enjoying life out there being surrounded by more air-cooled beauty..

A closer home means I can take her for a drive more often and can do some maintenance too.. at last!

There’s a few urgent jobs to do such as, re-setting the valves, replacing a knackered starter, replacing the exhaust, and some jobs on the interior .. mainly re-glueing the veneer, wall paper and cabinet parts.. having and using an oldie is charming but you just have to keep maintaining it all the time..

Anyways as I said Stella is in a great place and Matt & Chantal like her and have said to find it no problem to work on her so I got her ass up in the air to take the rocker covers off and reset the valves..

Nothing is straight forward and the muffler had to come off too to give more clearance working on the valves..

Only the best for Stella and to protect the clean and fresh gravel from oil I received a harrods 100% egyptian cotton sheet.. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last few months when driving back and forth to Belgium, both my truck mirrors got smashed.. so I finally ordered and fitted some new ones and they look crisp and clean..

Back to the rear end of the bus.. the reason for changing to a new exhaust is because this one’s as good as dead. It had a few repairs previously and now the bracket is broken .. also the internals are loose which gives a rattling noise.

Re setting the valves is a job I’ve not really been looking forward too, although it’s easy, my buddy Leslie explained me a few times how to go ahead with it and even made me do it several times. I still was unsure and looked it up in a manual for dummies and on internet. 😀 Mechanicals are just not my thing, however, I did sort it out and felt satisfied. 🙂

Meanwile at the farm.. Matt doing what he loves most.. mowing lawn 😀 Well gardening that is! And the result is a simply stunning farm!
The early RHD (rare) crew cab is Matt’s daily driver a beautiful bus with a very nice patina!

His bus has a name too.. although for some reason I’m unsure if it’s genuine.. 😉

As I haven’t ordered the starter and exhaust yet, I fitted everything back together and got her feet back on the floor.

The advantage of a hitop camper van.. spacealicious.. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another little job on the list was fixing my small spice rack, it holds all sorts of spares but mainly wheel bolts. And these are heavy and torn the rack apart..

The lovely weather was so good I couldn’t resist to take her out for a spin..

 

Next time, I’ll be fitting the new exhaust, starter and battery and maybe fit the stereo and a leisure battery too.

She needs to be ready for more roadtrips soon.. 😉

 

Cheers Matt&Chantal for your hospitality!!

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‘Vicky’ Farm 2013

The Split Screen Van Club holds it’s AGM every year at the beginning of May at Eddy & Jackie’s Victoria Farm up in Lutterworth. After showing up sunday eve last year I realised I missed the whole thing.. Most people went home due to the poor weather.

This year, however, the weather gods gave us a hopeful forecast. Apart from a cold friday eve and a few brief showers on saturday, we had great weather throughout.

Because of the forecast, many fellow buslovers made the trip and it was a great turnout and good to catch up with many friends..

 

 

Camp all setup on saturday morning.. not too busy on the field .. yet!

Mike also arrived late on the friday and of course he had his “treehouse” all set up.                                                           Cool sign written panel.

Beautiful set up that is..  binz & airstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the big marquee the SSVC organises “seedlings”!! Very much to the likes of the little ones as they had all sorts of things going on.. drawing, designing cakes and even ‘creating’ their very own split screen van..

 

 

 

The seedlings Bus line up .. patina, concurs, custom, flower power.. Lots of creativity around the young guns!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A rather nice Palm Green Sand green stock bus was parked in the lower field and it boosted a lovely patina!

 

Spotted the SSVC editor having his cuppa in this lowered double door panel van !

Then it was finally time to race the little buses the kids had been making. This was a brilliant idea! The buses were turned into scalextrics and placed per 4 on the track..          Thanks Amanda&Matthew, you did a superb job for the kids!!

Ready .. set..  ..      GO!!                                                             vvrrrrrooOoaaammm

 

 

All that racing made us very hungry so time for a snack… mmm donuts! 🙂

At some point Lowie took control of my camera and a few minutes later my memory card was about 50 pictures richer .. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday morning, everybody getting ready for the cruise to the Stanfordhall show..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were a whole lot of vans!! Pretty much every little gap in the field was filled with Splitscreen buses ready for the cruise to the show..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief in command getting prank’d! 😀

My buddy Chris who’s very much in love with this bay window miniature..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More vans ..  EVERYwhere !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then finally off for the short cruise in a mahoosive concoy ..

Roof racks make for a good viewpoint.

At last .. Standford Hall! Probably the only show I’ve been to where they have a dedicated area with split screen vans only!! And there were roughly 200 buses.. woWSers!!

Great fun for the whole family!

In the late afternoon we returned back to Vicky farm for some more chillaxing ..

 

Buses are multifunctional.. they’re used for all sorts of purposes .. even as a climbing construction..

Monday morning.. getting all ready for a scorcher today!!

Lowie having a go at eating his breakie on his lap… hilarious..  😀

Then I had the opportunity to ride this amazing piece of history but unfortunately my knee wasn’t cooperating at the time so instead I put Lowie on there.. He loved it but wasn’t too sure of the height..

Chilling out and enjoying the sun .. for once !?

I spotted this early bus and loved it all the way.. lifted, truck mirrors, patina and knobbly tires.. oh yes!

In the afternoon it was time to say goodbye and cruise home..

 

What a lovely weekend and yet again a great performance from the SSVC for organising this.

Thanks and until the next one..

 

 

 

 

 

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