Posts Tagged With: VW Highroof

Back to winter mode

To protect my rims from salt on the road this winter I thought it’d be best for them to come off and replace them with my 15″ steelies.. I always loved this set but I’m not really sure about the black color.. I think they looked better under my westy.
But seeing as Lucy is finding the love again for Stella (it was fading a little as we haven’t been on holiday for a loooong time) and she mentioned recently that she really likes stock wheels under a bus I thought it’d be a good time to go to winter stance!   🙂


 I think I like the combo with hubcaps and red trim the most..

This setup has also put her a little closer to the floor.. 😉

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Mission double trouble .. accomplished!

Right.. where do I start..

Hmm.. the fact I’m drunk on high roofs.. well that’s not new to most people so it was only a matter of time until I would get another one..
As many of you do, I was surfing the net one evening and got a mssg on FB from my buddy Matt.. We started chatting about the birds and the bee’s and I told him I wanted another bus.. He knew a few for sale and lucky me they happened to be highroofs too 🙂 so he forwarded me some links.. I contacted the seller and a few days later I was on the phone closing a deal on my new family member.. a 90% restored ’63 highroof..

A few weeks before this happened I was at Bob’s in Belgium for the pre HO party when a lovely french guy, Arnaud, introduced himself with a head turning subject.. “Hi, I like your highroof, I’ve got one too.. It’s a project but it’s for sale.. are you interested” I nearly spilt my beer on my t-shirt as at that time I was looking to buy another highroof. We exchanged details and I sent him an email. Unfortunately Arnaud’s computer hasn’t been up to much this summer and let him down quite often which resulted in not getting a response for weeks.. In the meantime I’d bought the ’63 .

Highroofs have massively increased in popularity over the last 2 years, so much, I get emails every week from people whether I know a highroof for sale or if I want to sell mine. I could’ve easily sold the highroof from France and made profit but, I knew Chris had bought a RHD project that he’d underestimated and he so wanted to have a highroof on the road soon. I phoned him up and said I had found a decent project for him..
Fast forward several weeks – and we close the deal with the highroof in France thanks to the great help of Pascal “Windsplit” Amodru for translating and helping negotiating.. (highroof community as it should be!). 😀

In the meantime I had a message from Portugal that the rain season had started and that my bus was moved outside because the PO needed the garage for his own car. I realised I had to act fast because my bus wasn’t protected and parts were open and available to potential thief’s .. I started organising a trip to collect both highroofs from France.  To get my highroof in France I had to find transport from Portugal .. ? After a proper search on the net I ran into an ad from a guy named Mat – Black bull transport. Because I had no clue who I was dealing with I was quite anxious to leave my new pride and joy in the hands of a “stranger”. Fortunately Mat seemed to be the right call!

We arranged to hire a recovery truck, borrowed a trailer, booked the train and planned a 2 day journey back and forth.
We left at 5.30am in the morning and after a bit of hassle at the Eurotunnel, due to not getting the trailer on the truck properly, we finally set off for the South of France..
After a whole day driving we arrived at Arnaud’s place who lived on a cool old farm. We received a warm welcome and got offered a few beers before we got to bed – tired from driving all day.
We’d loaded up the roof tent, which we tied up to the trailer, and slept in his garden. Although we thought it would be very cold it was actually quite warm in the night.

We got up in the morning at a decent time and of course well excited to see the new highroof. We soon found out that Arnaud had seriously caught the VW virus as everywhere you looked there was either a car or some parts.. A zwitter, oval windows, early beetles, bay windows, razor edge, buggy, 181.. he had it all and more.. Unfortunately we didn’t have too much time so we started loading up the highroof on the trailer. A bit later I received a phone call from Mat telling me he’d drove solid through the night to make sure he could deliver my bus in time and he was just a minute away. Mat is English and lives in Cadiz/Spain and is actually a really nice guy, he did the trip with his lovely wife Holly and delivered my bus for a great price, I can definitely recommend these people if you need a car transported from the south of Europe!
Mat told me that it wasn’t easy to get the bus on the truck as there was no steering box fitted and the steering pin was seized.. We decided to get both recovery trucks backwards to each other and loaded the bus from one to another. About 20 mins later we strapped everything tight and we were ready to go.

Before we left in the UK I sent Mike from Fabrik interiors a mssg if I could borrow 2 of his amazing windscreen covers so at least we could reduce the rain coming in if we had bad weather. We fitted these, said goodbye to Arnaud, Mat and Holly and set course to the UK.
Not long after we left we had to pull over as we noticed that the windscreen covers were coming loose due to both highroofs being loaded backwards for weight distribution. As we’d just pulled of the covers and were ready to leave, 2 border control cars “Douane” showed up.. Oh dear.. I had only copies of the original documents with me and I know Police can be funny about that. Also after the recent “love story” from Ned, Vic and Bobby with the police in Germany I thought sh!t this is going to be trouble.. Of course the first thing they asked was the papers for the buses. I handed all papers over and could see that they were looking funny at the copies. They asked if I had a bill of sale but I only had a paper where the PO stated he’d sold the bus to me without a price on it. Then they asked me if I paid cash, so I answered “no, I transferred the money online”. Do you have a bill?? “NO, I haven’t sir”.. hello.. online banking?!  This is 2013 you know.. ?! Then they asked me how much the buses were so I gave them a ballpark figure and this is when the whole conversation changed.. I also told them how much they’re worth when restored. Now they got really interested 🙂 So they asked what year they were and where we find parts and how many there are about. After about 10 mins they handed me back the papers and we were free to go.. They even drove behind us with there flash lights on the make sure we got on the motorway ok. 😀

The rest of the journey went quite well and we even drove 70mph at some points with our highroof road train..
Arriving at the eurotunnel I was still worried about the border control for the same reasons. As luck would have it, they were checking a coach just as we went through. They did look a bit weird but as they were busy we just drove straight through..
We finally arrived back around midnight. Being warned about the upcoming storm we were lucky to only have had a bit of wind and rain. The first highroof went of the trailer really easy, but getting the other highroof of the truck was being a real pain as the steering was seized, no brakes and the winch didn’t wind out.. After about 1,5hr we finally managed to get the bus safely on the floor..  We then had to drive all the way back south to return the recovery truck and by about 5.30 am I was finally in bed.. Tired but well happy!   Mission accomplished.. !

Everything prepared and ready to go..                                          Picked up the recovery truck, this was now a looooong vehicle..
















A quick lunch stop.. hot dog time!                                                                        And then back on the road eating more miles..











At last, after approx. 17hrs on the road we finally made it.. A few beers down the throat and ready for bed..



Although it was quite chilly during the last few nights in blighty, it was a very nice temperature here in France. We got woken up around 7am by the friendly neighbor farmer who thought it’d be a great idea to start plowing his field to which we were parked next to..  It was as if we were parked in the middle of the field..

Oh well, time to get up anyway and have coffee & breakfast!


Time to have a wander around the farm from Arnaud! There were cars everywhere.. VW’s mainly..























Even half cars were a common sight on the farm .. 😀














A beautiful zwitter, a late bay and a thing were part of his collection too














Another garage showed a stack of parts and in the back we noticed the rear end of a mint razor edge hiding..   wow!

We could tell that Arnaud was a huge VW fan.. not only by the amount of vehicles and parts everywhere but also by some small details we found.. 😉











Now what did we came for again.. 😉 … we were a bit carried away with all that precious VW stuff kicking about so we realised we had to get into action. As soon as the other highroof would be here we’d have to be leaving straight away to catch the train back to the UK..

Getting the highroof out was easy for Arnaud.. just take what ever car there is .. a rope .. and with hardly any warning Chris found himself driving the bus out of the shelter .. 😀









We put the trailer just before the little slope so it was easy to push the bus on.. We choose to load it backwards for weight distribution as the tow bar on the truck was rather a bit high and the backend of the trailer had been dragging on the speed bumps on the way up..  We fitted the beautiful windscreen cover from fabric interiors 🙂 and .. job sorted..

Just as we finished strapping down the blue highroof, I got a call from Mat @ Blackbull transport saying he was just a minute away.. Perfect timing!!

Mat mentioned getting the bus on the truck was not a straight forward job, because of the seized steering pin and the lack of a steering wheel/steering box and the front wheels pointing to the left..
I backed up our truck  slightly sideways and with some sliding and pushing we managed to get bus on properly!











At last they were both strapped tight and ready for transport.. 😀

We packed up and said goodbye to Arnaud.. What a nice fella!!

Not long after we were on the road we had to pull over, because the buses were loaded backwards the windscreen covers didn’t like this and to reduce the risk of losing them we simply took ’em off.. Despite their high quality and perfect fit, they’re not made to be used when a bus is transported backwards.. 🙂

Just as we wanted to hit the road again we got a little visit from our french boarder control “friends”.. 😉

Oh well .. nothing a good chat couldn’t sort out and a bit later we were back on the road..

A highroof road train is quite a spectacular site on the road..  😀



The trip back to the eurotunnel went really well and as luck would have it we didn’t have a check at all when driving through border control..





We got a text mssg just before we went on the tunnel that there was an upcoming storm in England so we checked all the straps and made sure everything was well secured..







Another 2,5hrs and we finally made it to the barn safe and sound..

The first highroof went off very quick without any problems.. the one on the truck became a bit of a nightmare and it took us nearly 2 hrs to get it off safely..













With the highroofs safe and sound in the barn the only thing left was to drive back south to drop off the recovery truck, take the car and come back (again).. By the time we arrived back, the birds were up and singing happy songs in the barn.. 🙂 I made my bed in Stella and snoozed in between all the highroofs..

Sweet dreams eh 😀









What a great mission.. and definitely a very satisfying feeling as all that was planned worked a treat..
It would not be successful if it wasn’t with the help of Chris hill, Mike from Fabric interiors, Mat and Holly from Black bull transport and Pascal “Windsplit” Amodru..

Thanks all !!!

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Swedish highroof for sale!!

Lovely looking highroof.. probably not for everyone’s budget at £33k..

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European Highroof campout 26-27-28 june ’14 – Maidenhead/UK

It’s on!!!

For all Factory Highroofs but all pre 67 buses are welcome too!!

Have a look here for more info or visit the topic on the SSVC if you would like to join and add your name.

Hope to see you in June!!

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A new addition to the family.. A girl named LOLA!

Happy days..

On sunday morning October 6th, we saw Lola coming into our world! Lucy did an amazing job and had a water birth!

A proud dad with the kids on his lap.. 🙂
 Mum looking beautiful as always  !!





Lola had her first drive in Stella back home!

1 day old and a cool drive home.. can’t get any better then that!!


She’ll be ready for her first roadtrip soon 🙂


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Grill n Chill ’13

A bit of a late update on this show..

With good hopes we drove down to this show, I managed to convince the family as they gave a sunny forecast hence Lucy being due to give birth the same weekend .. !!!!
I’ve heard good things about this show so was looking forward to it but it didn’t last very long..
Yet again another show where you can see it’s all about money.. A lot of rubbish traders with the most un-usefull things and a mixed show and shine field  ..
It’s such a shame that organisers don’t step up to create an air-cooled only event, having started a recent discussion on a well known VW forum I could hear a lot of similar frustrations and also a demand for aircooled only events!
I’ve plans to setup a few aircooled only shows so more info soon 🙂

Anyway, apart from the little frustration I was verry happy to meet with friends and soon there was a very nice Splitscreen corner on the show.. In the end it’s the company that makes the show !!!

Lowie the lolly dude 🙂 ready for a wander around..



It didn’t last very long and so he went through the bus to see what he could find to play with..

New trend maybe .. ?










The whole bus went upside down to the likes of myself..      errrmmm..

We arrived on saturday lunch time.. I think friday night was a good one ..    😉

Nice line up!

HAYBURNER represent!!

As is the Cool Flo gang.. They threw a wicked party on the saturday night, good times!!!

What a fantastic looking bus this is!!

Ludo, Ned’s dog, had bitten Lowie’s ball to pieces therefor Lowie received a cool trucker hat! Cheers Ned..

The program for the kids was very nice with some good storytelling and lot’s of activities around..













The show and shine field had all sorts of different cars to my frustration. However, some of the “vehicles” where well worth having a look at.

This airstream was in immaculate condition, a real beauty!!

The car on the right in this picture has some really nice accessories ..












De eyes of this viking had built in lights which I think is a cool feature at night.. 🙂









The black rims on this early mango bus are a good choice, they really pop!

Tim’s “total chick car” was present and looking good as always!                                                           The Fire bus looked mint!
The pinstriped Ghia done by seaside Neil is a work of art in itself!






There seems to be a trend for putting watercoolers on beetle pans.. this won’t go any lower! Great fun when you have too much time on your hands  😀

The tuxedo beetle..    ?

Our camp!

BOOO   🙂

The dude and his bike! Soon it’ll be time for a real big boy’s bike without stabilisers..

Bagged OG paint splitty, one of my favorite colors.. Looked real nice.





Ned working on a new magazine these days ..

“Gay-Gurner”    😀




Good luck Ned! 😉






Ned’s wife Vic, did her last show with the air-cooled bouncy castles. Lowie got some extra time/fun until he knackered himself down.. 😀   Thx Vic!

The setup of this show is very nice but I’m just not a fan of seeing modern cars parked up next to our old classics.. a shame as this show has so much potential!!

Oh well until next time.. 🙂


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Bug Jam 2013

Having never visited Santa pod and being asked by friends to come out and play I loaded Stella up and left..

Wow, this must be the crapiest show I’ve ever been to .. Chav level 10! and the quality of cars is poor (70% watercooled crap) however the company was superb which made it a great weekend after all!

Scotty was waiting for me at the entrance and guided me through the madness onto the MILK&TWO club camping spot where they kept the only small spot left for Stella.. Cheers Guys!!
The line up on the grass reserved for Milk&two was rather cool with an early slammed Ambulance, DKW, Barndoors, ratrods, super early bay window, slammed early double door, a stunning patina’d oval, a 520HP split double cab and Stella..

After a great party the wake up call can be very hard sometimes 😉

Once Chez is alive.. the bar is open..  😀

And he’s always up for a party!

I went to have a look at the drag strip and noticed the below Crew cab which was parked next to me all weekend.. I could not believe my eyes when I saw it taking off.. F*ck me this thing as fast as hell.. It currently has about 520HP and according to the owner he’s got an upgrade awaiting to take it up to approx. 750HP !  WOW !!

Bugjam = a big fun fair..

The Hayburner boot.. always a cool setup!

Ned doesn’t only make for a good magazine but he know’s how to entertain people with a skateboard too!


Went on a stroll and spotted some cool rides

























This ride looked like it came straight of the the new Mad Max set..
Very cool thing!











This is Seaside Neil’s wicked patina’d Oval!!

Another very nice ride..

This extremely tidy engine bay caught my eye.. well done to the owner for keeping it so clean!

Jo Pro’s SC logo

Backdoor Ben on the move 🙂

Moody skies..

I don’t think I’ll do a Bug jam again, despite the great company it just doesn’t tick the box for me..



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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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European Bug in 5

Right, so it was time to visit Bug in again..
I’d done the first one so I was very excited to see what edition 5 would bring..

It didn’t start of great for me.. I hooked on a small Dutch convoy of my Buddy Arnold and drove down to Chimay..
As I don’t do satnav and followed Arnold I didn’t really watched the road but after driving a long time on B-roads we got nervous as we were doing a detour..
Arnold realised his satnav was playing around and so we pulled over on a service station to discuss the way ahead and filled up..

But oh dear.. when we left the service station I couldn’t go over the dip and had to reverse, a quick look in the mirror showed nothing so I put Stella in reverse and looked in the other mirror only to see Doug’s (VW fanatic from Cali who joined us in a hired car) face giving a ” NO dude -STOP!” expression.. but before I realised it was too late!!  Bang!!   Bugger.. I jumped out of the bus to see the damage..  I could see a few green scratches on Arnolds bumper and around his headlight and saw a little dent on my bus.. Arnold said it’s fine dude let’s get back on the road and drive down to the Bug in show..

After circling around in Chimay we finally got on to the event and parked up.. It was then I saw the real damage that I done to Stella.. NOT good.. I managed to get 3 dents in the passenger side rear corner, a big one, a little one just on the joint of the battery tray and a nasty dent on the bottom from his bumper. A good inspection on Arnolds bus showed little damage around his headlight and trim ring and some scratches on his bumper.. As by Luck Arnold had sanded half of the front panel of his bus as it’s going in to the bodyshop soon for a respray so he didn’t really bother about the damage..
Thanks dude I owe you!!

Not a great start for the bug in..

















We decided to get over this with a few drinks and get the party going ..
We were parked close to the burnout ring and I decided to have a look.. Good call as you will see below..

Dee queuing for the burnout ring, but we all know it was rather to promote his VW festival in Kent 🙂
The real show was for Pascal with his Drag-highroof-windsplit .




Pascal was giving a real show with lots of burning rubber and mad sounds from his screaming engine..









I think he got a bit carried away by the exciting crowd as he was trying to throw donuts.. However, a Highroof is not the best option for this.. as you’ll see below .. 😦

It was very quiet for a few seconds when this happened.. (look at the guys face in the bottom right corner)

Luckily the response was good and in less than a minute the “wind split” was back on his feet!!

Fortunately the damage wasn’t too bad, battlescars and a good story I guess. 🙂











Go fast – Not crazy.. Pascal! 😉

The weather wasn’t great but edition 5 was packed, what you see below is only a hint of the show.. the camping was full as well but   we made the right call to stay down here as it was a dirty mud field.









As per coincidence there were 7 Highroofs at the show which is a record in Europe!! Most of us know each other so we decided to group together for a line up.. 🙂

One Highroof (Combicoxshop) decided not to join the line up and showed little to no interest.. stupid in my opinion!

You will not see a highroof line up like this again soon!!
( I love the fact they all have a different paint scheme..)

After the line up we parked up again and had a good party going..

EBI#5 was a good show!! You hear lot’s of people moaning about the price but as far as I can tell this show is a bargain compared to most UK shows you go to and you get good entertainment for your money too!! Not that I’ve done a lot as for me it’s all about  having a good time with your mates.. the rest is just bonus.. 😀


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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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