Werksberg ABS plastic door cards – bare or recovered will last longer than hardboard

Bay Window Door Cards – replacement and restoration

Tired and worn looking door panels on your Bay window – this blog post shows how we made our Camper look clean and refreshed with a pair of ABS werksberg door cards. Read the rest of this entry »


Adapting repair panels and painting the new nose on our Bay

Part 5 – lower outer valence to finish then paint

In the final part of our series of blogs we cover how the current repair panels do not have the frames for the lower indicators that epitomise the styling of our 1971 Bay window. Read the rest of this entry »

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Here we detail the crucial stage of wleding the nose panel onto our Bay project Havasu

Part 4 – reproduction nose prepped and welded on

Reproduction nose panels are mass produced in Brazil and need a fair amount of work to fit an earlybay Bus, here we detail what mods we performed and how we made our panel fit our Bus. Read the rest of this entry »

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A guide to replacing a common rust area on VW buses – a challenging repair

Part 3 – rebuilding our lower inner valence

Part 3 of our guide to repairing and replacing the metalwork on the front of a bay window bus – with the old nose cut off, the rusted areas cut back to good metal again we can start making good. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guide to the differences in a Brazilian LateBay nose and a German EarlyBay nose panel

Part 2 – cutting the old rusty nose panel off our earlybay

Although from Arizona – one of the hottest places in the US, our bus needed repairs to the lower nose panels. Here we show how we undertook that repair in a series of blog posts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Here we show how we set about restoring the nose panel on our Westy

Part 1 – replacing the nose panel on our VW Campervan

Reproduction nose panels only exist for later Bay windows – ours is an earlier model with the low indicators and flat badge area. This is how we replaced ours. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you find pop rivets and sheet aluminium on a VW Camper something aint right

VW Camper restoration – lets look at the nose of our Bus Havasu

So having jumped in and driven over 3000 miles across and America and in and around the Smoky Mountains a closer inspection is required to the rust condition of our VW Camper… Oh dear Read the rest of this entry »


Sweetwater TN to Cornelius NC via the Great Smoky Mountains and hillbilly country

Day 8 – US129 The Dragon in our VW Camper

We were on a mission to get to the end of our journey – which for us was Lake Norman in North Carolina. The final challenge was choosing how to navigate the Great Smoky Mountain – via the Interstate or a seemingly more direct route and some twisty roads. Read the rest of this entry »


Walmart Supercenter comes to the rescue with a new car battery

Driving across America Tennessee – Day 7

Although we had AAA we wanted the challenge of getting home under our own steam – but with a a dead battery on cold Sunday morning our options were running out. Read the rest of this entry »


Through Arkansas and into the Mid South – River city MemphisTN, home of Elvis and the Mississipee

Day 6 – Oklohoma to Memphis

Pulling out of Oklohoma and driving across the state line into Arkansas the generator warning light came on. Read the rest of this entry »