Martin originally booked in with us for a gearbox refurbish, his gearbox was getting noisy & wining. This was a already a Subaru engined bay but on closer inspection engine was leaking oil from the cam seal & it also had the wrong reverse throttle body on so was stalling at junctions. We took out the radiator & plastic coolant lines, Replaced it with our own cooling system. Installed his new gearbox & reinstalled his engine & he was good to go!
1970 early bay Cali import lhd original paint Ex school bus Completely rebuilt 3 years ago. Stripped underneath re painted stone chipped underneath then wax oiled clear. All in the correct body color.
Engine and running gear. 2.5 180bhp Subaru engine conversion this was fully rebuilt using genuine Subaru parts. Custom emerald green powerder coating. Custom built John walklett gearbox with strengthened internals,longer diff and gears. 70mph and 2950 rpm. Returns 36mpg at 70 mph. will cruise way above that happily too. Fellows speed shop 4 pot wilwood front brakes 5×205 and Porsche 5×130 pcd on the same hub. These have grooved and cross drilled discs on also for that extra bite. Rear drums and the stock early bay that have been fully refurbed.
Special built protech shocks with damping and rebound adjustable on all four corners. These are also fully serviceable so can be sent back serviced and refitted so will never have to be replaced again.
Adjustable beam With dropped spindles. empi uprated anti roll bar. Adjustable rear spring plates. All rebuilt rear end that’s been powder coated All four corners have just been re gone through with all new bearings ,tyres, discs and pads, ball joints. Then re setup up to my own geometry spec suites to the van.
Full custom wiring harness built to my own spec to allow for many additions. With extras like have super bright headlights and leisure system to name a few.All sound deadened and thermal lined cost over £1500 in just materials Webasto STC 2000 petrol night heater with multi hd control Heated seats in the front. Engine water heaters in the front and back for while driving.
Huge spec hertz audio system over £4000 in audio gear.crystal clear audio to a very loud volume. And you can plug your laptop in too set audio positions and full custom eq levels and data . For different style of music Leisure system has 240v mains hook up and 12v system has automated charging which plugged into mains sorts both battires all using victron gear. The (best) Domestic crx50 fridge Autocraft removable toe bar.
The van it’s self is called Abe.It’s rock solid and wants for nothing. This isn’t your average bay window as you can see I’ve built many vans and ran fellows speed shop for 13 years now . This has been built with all my experience put into making it the best it can be. To build a van like this would cost well in excess of 50k and will not need anything spending on it for the foreseeable future. Bar light maintenance of oil changes.
I’ve many more photos of the build and can provide all sorts of info. Available to come and view/test drive to understand what it’s like. It can be shown on a ramp for you to see too.
James’s Custom VW Subaru powered beetle. If you are thinking this is quick.. you’d be right! This thing is a pocket rocket. After owning it a few months James contacted us to just check it over as he didn’t really know what he had & wanted some information. On inspection the engines idle control valve was sticking open causing it the engine to idle higher than normal. Cleaned out & a new knock sensor installed it was ready to hit the road! We have told James to go to a rolling road & get it set up!
Matt’s T25 Aircooled. Unlike our standard engine conversions this one is a little different. Due to this being aircooled we needed to make it into watercooled. Once the engine & fuel tank we removed we set about installing all new stainless water pipes to connect the new installed radiator with the now subaru engine. This process does take a little longer due to getting all the water pipes in the correct places to not clash with the fuel tank & have no vibrations. Fitted a new front heater in behind the radiator to blow lovely warm air through the original vents & a rear heater! From us it left to go to Fisher Restorations to have a bottom half respray. A very nice bus!
Rowans beautiful looking VW bay window single cab in for Subaru EJ20 conversion with front heater. Whilst doing the conversion he’d asked if we could upgrade the brakes, we fitted our wilwood disc brake kit with duel circuit master cylinder & put fresh brake fluid through the whole system. We also upgraded his stock shocks to damper adjustable protech shock which was a huge difference in the ride, due to this being a single cab with no weight over the rear wheels.