Welcome to the start of hopefully many blogs from Westcoast VW, to keep you up to date with what's going on in the workshop whilst trying our best to be informative at the same time.
Before I start, let me introduce myself and the team (I will post pics of us, when i can get them all to stand still).
My name is Rich, I'm the author of this blog, mainly because we all have talents in the workshop and although I don't agree with the campaign process, it was decided that I should be the one to keep you all up to date with what's going on. My usual role is that of, Trimmer, spanner passer, coffee maker and general all rounder. I have owned several VW's in my life both wet and dry which I fell in love with after hearing a beetle go up a hill aged 3, awesome sound, even now. My current vehicles are an award winning 1971 VW T2 Bay Limo restored obviously here at Westcoast (which I will write a dedicated blog about soon) and a 1976 RHD Karmann convertible beetle
Next up we've got Dave, the boss. He's been in the classic Volkswagen restoration business for many many years and if any of you have seen camper van crisis ont tele, you may well have seen him prior to his move to sunny Cornwall, so I guess you could say he's famous, although he plays it down. Dave has owned way to many VW's to list but currently he has a 1967 split screen (currently in for resto) and a Volkswagen T4. Dave has seen everything and I've yet to see him beaten when it comes to air cooled problems or adaptations both good and bad, especially with all the tourist breakdowns we get in Cornwall.
Finally we've got Moo, the paint, body master who can literally make a silk purse from a sows ear (usually requiring a lot of panel fabrication) as he hates filler. What Moo doesn't know about paint and panel fitment, ain't worth knowing because he is such a perfectionist. Moo has by far, the most Volkswagens in his stable, so much so that in the new year, I'll post more as they unfold, but I will say Jurgens autovilla and 5 to give you an idea.
We all live our lives to the full, surfing, families, parties and dubs. Most of all though, we're good mates who get on well pranks and banter a plenty which helps, which I'm sure you'll witness if you visit
So what's coming up in the new year?
Well aside from the stuff I mentioned above, we currently have in the workshop a rare 1951 VW Splitscreen bus, which we hope to finish very early next year, which again I'll keep you posted on. A 1980's Komet T25, a 1970 VW Bay pop top camper, both of which will be up for sale soon and some new buses from South Africa which will be getting the Westcoastvw treatment. In addition to these we have later in the year a resto on a VW T25 Doka syncro, on its return from a winter surf trip in Norway and a complete retrim of a T4 which will be travelling down from Wales.
I guess that for now that's it , so I'll sign off by wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a party hard new year. Here's to a great 2016 and please feel free to pop in if your in our neck of the woods to say hello, always great to see fellow enthusiasts, even if our mugs do come with a health warning.
Chow for now!!!