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
- Newest first
- Oldest first
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-17 15:12:00Just purchased this today. It's over a hundred miles away and with no MOT or Tax, i'm organising a company to transport it up to me. I'm ridiculously excited! I have many, many plans for this!
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-17 16:24:16My crewcab will be being delivered on Tuesday (7 days time). Feels like ages to wait!
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-18 11:23:21I've just spoken to a company called Creative Coachworks, in Wem, Shropshire (not far from where my parents live). I've had a chat with the main man over there, told him some of my ideas, and he seems to think it's all very possible. They are more than happy to take on a long-term project, and can base their work on my budget. It's all very exciting.
It won't be long till i'm searching for an engine and gearbox :)
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-21 00:09:51So plans changed!
After numerous phone calls between me and the seller, we changed the day of the delivery from Tuesday, to Monday, then again to Saturday, and then finally to Friday night.
And now my van is finally here!
First, a shot the seller sent me to show it en route to me:
And then a picture of it being off-loaded.
I already absolutely love it already!
More pictures tomorrow (when it's daylight).
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 modsEngine & Transmission1588cc dieselEngine & Transmission5 speed 'boxInteriorBlue captain seats up front with fold-down arm restsStats & FiguresSLOW!
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-21 00:42:18So I knew Jimmy was in a state of disrepair. He's been SORNd and kept off the road since 2008 (the year I passed my driving test).
There doesn't seem to be much rust at all which is ace.
The seller forgot to mention the Clifford alarm / immobiliser / gsp tracker which is fantastic!
The interior is, how do I put it? Well used? No, it's great. I think the original seats have been replaced, there is some blue captain seats in the front with fold-down armrests, and in the back is a twin seat bench with the same style armrests. The biggest surprise inside was the gearbox. I was expecting a four speed, but theres a 5 speed in there. Having never driven a T25 before, I didnt realise 1st is left and down (that'll take some getting used to). The box feels like it's made of jelly though (not the tight mechanical movement I have in my Volvo).
It was dark and raining so I didn't hang arround too long. I'll go back out in the morning when it's dry and daylight for some more photos and a full analysis.
Former car - no longer own this car25 updates 8 followers 8 mods2012-01-21 11:33:14Okay.
Went out this morning to have a play and take some pictures.
Fron end, with bull bars and twin fron headlights:
Drivers footwell step:
Drivers side storage door:
Drivers rear quarter:
Passenger rear quarter:
Passenger side storage door (the worst part of the van):
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.
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 mods2012-01-24 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 mods2012-01-29 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 mods2012-01-29 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 modsWheels & BrakesMercedes 'Penta' alloysWheels & BrakesNo brakes whatsoever!
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 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