Right-hand drive VW Type 25 Crew cab.
Former car - no longer own this car
Model code 248
Purchase date January 2012
Doors 3 Doors
Body type Pick up
Fuel type Diesel
Aspiration N/A (Normally Aspirated)
Engine size 1.6 Litres
Engine position Rear Engined
Driven wheels Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)
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Engine & Transmission
- 1588cc diesel
- 5 speed 'box
- Dropped 70mm on lowered shocks and springs
- Blue captain seats up front with fold-down arm rests
Stats & Figures
Wheels & Brakes
- Mercedes 'Penta' alloys
- No brakes whatsoever!
Planned future mods
- (Near on) Full size double bed in the cab
- Cabinet in rear flat-bed
- Interior re-trim
- Canvas rear bed cover
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- Oldest first
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-05-15 15:41:43I've bought some new wheels for the Dub. Got them for a steal with 4 practically brand new tyres!
They're in fantastic condition so they're good to be painted once i've set the colour scheme.
Here they are being taken over to Creative Coachworks in the back of my Volvo.
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 modsPlanned future modsCabinet in rear flat-bedPlanned future mods(Near on) Full size double bed in the cab
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-04-05 10:41:32Well, it's now less than a month untill work starts. I'm getting very excited!
On a side note, Creative Coachworks are having an open day on Saturday 12th March. I'm gutted I can't make it as i'm working. If anyone does go, keep your eyes peeled for my van.
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-03-12 14:43:05Right. Van has been picked up. I forgot to get photos though.
It's now being housed at Creative Coachworks in Shropshire, where it will remain untill it's finished.
On a side note, Creative this month have a 4 page feature in Volksworld Magazine. It's mental to think that my van will be done by a company that is being featured in the UKs biggest selling VW mag!
As agreed with Alan, the work on the van will start in May, once i've saved up enough to pay for the complete strip down of the van, have it sent off to be sand blasted, then for them to prep the van and cover it with an epoxy primer.
Alan wanted to get this done all in one go so that there wasn't long periods of time between having the bare metal exposed and it being primed etc.
After that, the majority of the work will be done on a monthly basis. I will be paying them a set figure every month. If the next job can't be done within the monthly budget, it will just wait for however long untill they've got enough to complete it.
I still need to speak to Alan about it, but i've pretty much decided that i'm going to have the van vinyl wrapped. Originally I wanted the van in Skoda Fabia VRS Green, but have since changed my mind through blue, red, orange, different greens etc. I now think i'm going to have it in this colour:
It's called Riviera Blue, and i'll complement it with white wheels, bumpers and bull bars.
Last update for a month or so, so thanks very much for reading!
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-03-01 16:33:57The time is nearly upon me. Saturday morning Jimmy is being picked up.
The first stage will be to completely strip it back to a bare metal rolling shell, be media blasted, and coated in epoxy primer. This will be all happening in one hit as soon as i've got the money to do it. Probably in two paydays time.
I'm now considering having the van vinyl wrapped, but having the bull bars, bumpers and wheels powdercoated.
I have no idea what colour, I think i've changed my mind about a hundred times!
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 modsPlanned future modsCanvas rear bed coverPlanned future modsInterior re-trimAwards, mag features and linkscreativecoachworks.co.uk/index.html
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-02-17 15:57:31Okay. Small update because i've not actually done anything, but quite a significant one really.
I went over to see Alan at Creative Coachworks yesterday.
I was given a quick tour of the workshop, including a look at Steve's bug from Volksworld which was in the spray booth http://www.volksworld.com/news/blog/531833/we-have-colour.html Had a nice long chat (was there for over an hour and a half all told) with Alan and his son, where I explained all my ideas for the van, how I want it to look etc. As I was unable to get the van to them, to have a look at what they are up against, I took my laptop with me with loads of photos of all aspects of the van for them to look at. They both agreed the van didn't seem to be too bad a condition for it's age and working history.
Most of my big ideas, and most of the modifications are for the cab area, or the front half of the vehicle, so when I was asked about what I wanted to happen out the back, in the pickup area, they were surprised that i'd thought of all of that too. (Trust me, i've spent months planning this project) We didn't go into the smallest details, mainly the general look and feel of the van. They brought up some points i'd not even thought of.
I was asked about what I had planned for the interior, to which I replied that I hadn't really given the trim much thought. All I knew was that I want it to be light and airy and probably a leather finish.
We then discussed budget and time scale, and it was decided the van would be picked up from me in Norfolk in just over two weeks time, where it would be returned to their workshop to be stripped down and a schedule of work drawn up.
So there we go. I'm very happy indeed!
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-02-08 14:33:50Took some more photos this morning. I've got over 70 photos to show to creativecoachworks.co.uk next Thursday, as I can't get the van to them to look at in the 'flesh'.
I cycled the 3 miles from my place to where the van is stored in -2degC. Reason I cycled was I needed to measure up the bike in the flat-bed. I'm busy designing the canvas to cover the flat-bed and need to make sure it's tall enough for my road bike. I also need to factor in the space for my (yet to be purchased) kayak
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-02-02 15:56:24Appointment made with Creative Coachworks for Thursday 16th Feb.
Going over with my Uncle who wants to speak to them about having his 1981 Devon resprayed.
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 modsWheels & BrakesNo brakes whatsoever!Wheels & BrakesMercedes 'Penta' alloys
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-29 17:27:12So then, In my pursuit of a clean tidy interior ready for Creative Coachworks to start work, and as you've already seen, the rear bech seats have been taken out, and are now nicely set up in my mates room as a sofa.
I managed to get the flooring up in the back. The wood was quite damp and rotten on the edges so that got pulled up.
I then set about on the front seats. It took several posts on the T25 forum to work out how to get the front seats off. Next up was the bull bars and the bumpers.
And then onto the headlining.
Next week will be the front headlight section, and anything else I can think of.
Thanks for reading!
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-29 17:11:58So the bull bars have been removed, along with the front and rear bumpers. Along with the steel wheels, they're all going to be powdercoated.
I've also found a company down south that will hopefully be able to custom make me a canvas to cover the pickup area.
I got a quote for the van to be acid dipped. The company (Surface Processing) said that to dip the van would be £995+VAT, but I would have to cut the pickup floor out. Then he said that they are unable to dip the van in the primer as the tank is too small. I would have to have it primed elsewhere. This is less than ideal, and more expensive than I had imagined. Therefore i'm probably just going to go down the shot blasting route.
It's only three weeks untill I go to see Creative Coachworks to discuss the project with them.
I tend to go by the "Only worry when it becomes an issue", and something that is soon to become an issue is how I am going to transport the van the 185miles from me in Norfolk to CC in Shropshire. The van has no MOT, tax, insurance and, worst of all, no brakes.
I did consider getting a towbar fitted to my Volvo (which can tow 1800kgs braked, but the vans gross weight is 2460kg so it's far too heavy (plus I don't have a cat B+E licence).
More updates and a pic up soon!
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-24 11:24:01The guy that helped me take the seats out (the one on the right in the picture below) has decided to buy the seats off me! So that pretty much paid for my new (and first ever) toolkit! Very happy.
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-22 15:57:03So, as I said I would, today I cleaned out the interior. Took out the rear seats to get rid of a load of rubbish. Hundreds upon hundreds of screws and nails.
With the seats out, me and my mate took a tea break, top gear style with the seats. I'm the guy on the left.
Then started on the storage compartment, got rid of yet more screws, and what seemed to be soil or dirt. Theres more to do in there so i'll get on that tomorrow.
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-21 17:37:14So today I treated Jimmy to a jerry can of diesel and some jump leads. (Isn't that what everyone wants).
Put the diesel in the tank, hooked up the jump leads and he started up straight away.
I started to clean him up abit. Got a brush and swept out all of the flat-bed. Got rid of a load of leaves and some rubbish. Tomorrow i'll clear out the interior and the storage compartment.