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Old 06-09-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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1985 VW Transporter T25 High Top

I'm starting a thread due to interest when this was unveiled in my Ibiza's progress thread.

This is Rosie, my 1985 1.9DG (petrol water boxer), camper. She is called Rosie due to the first thing on the radio that came on as I got in her was AC/DC 'whole lotta rosie', and she's a fully fitted out High-top.

This was the day after driving her home:



I had the day off so started detoxing the paint. It was quite flat from being in storage for some time.





After a snow foam and wash it was hit with Autosmart Fallout, then Tardis, before Claying.



It took quite some time to clay.

Following the clay and another wash and dry, I took my trusty DAS-6 with a medium polishing pad and some Meguiars ultimate compound to the paint.

It came out alright. I think it's mostly original paint:







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Once all polished up I gave it a generous coat of Collinite 476S. I wanted to coat it in something hard wearing, as I do not want to do all this again in a hurry!
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:00 PM   #2
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I also set to sorting out the inside. It really wan't bad, just needed a good clean.










I wasn't fan of the flooring, so changed it out for some chequer tiles:


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As with all old vehicles, there's always something to update/fix. So I grabbed myself the book of lies off ebay:



Also, when cleaning I noticed the chrome was shot on a couple of the hub caps. I spied a nice pair on ebay, so I snapped them up.



You'll notice there's a new coolant header tank and cap there too. My tank is all stained and most likely a bit thin, the existing cap is shot and leaky, so that is getting replaced also.

I'm taking it away to Wales this weekend, but in the next few weeks I will be:

-Cavity waxing the chassis members (Dinitrol ordered)
-Having coolant and brake fluid flushed and changed
-Having it professionally steam cleaned underneath and undersealed (it isn't currently
-GTechniq C4 the front grills. As you can probably see they are quite faded with age
-Reseal the high top to the gutters. I'll be breaking out the outdoor usage Sikaflex for this job
-Protecting the high top. It's fibreglass, so it'll be FK1000p (seeing as it's designed for fibreglass boat hulls)

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Loving this fella. Looks a very tidy and well kitted out one for sure, great improvements so far

Have been looking at these myself since T2s are getting more and more expensive and will be looking for a more affordable VW camper after my wedding next year.

Keep up the good work as always
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Love it, looks mint too.
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Nice work...what are your front seats out of?
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Loving this fella. Looks a very tidy and well kitted out one for sure, great improvements so far

Have been looking at these myself since T2s are getting more and more expensive and will be looking for a more affordable VW camper after my wedding next year.

Keep up the good work as always
Cheers, I was looking at old aircooled...then at T4/5. I found all to be getting very, very expensive and all had their pro's and cons(Splits and Bays nice but not particularly practical or comfortable, T4/5's more like a car to drive, but expensive with lots of potential engine/gearbox issues). This is a nice inbetween, still fairly comfortable to cruise on a motorway and modern enough to have the creature comforts. Seam rot is the main killer on T25's, so it's a case of finding a good one. I'll be honest, I paid more for this than I had budgeted, but I was finding it so hard to find a good one, gone are the days of cheap T25's I think :/

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Nice work...what are your front seats out of?
I believe they are Audi 80 seats. Fairplay to whomever fitted them, they've wired all the electrics in as well!
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I believe they are Audi 80 seats. Fairplay to whomever fitted them, they've wired all the electrics in as well!
nice job then.

I sold an Insignia SRi drivers seat to a guy with a camper van...and he wired the electric height and lumbar adjustment in too.....I guess it's pretty much just a case of working out what wire does what and shoving a live onto it.
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nice job then.

I sold an Insignia SRi drivers seat to a guy with a camper van...and he wired the electric height and lumbar adjustment in too.....I guess it's pretty much just a case of working out what wire does what and shoving a live onto it.
Yeah, that's pretty much what these have. They sit a tad bit higher than standard I think, but I'm putting a gear stick extension on so that should make life easier.
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Feeling the love, and looking good; great work. Personally I have had T4's for over 26 years .............. and I just get it, but many don't.
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