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PostSubject: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:16 pm

Hi All
Just posted a couple of pictures of my new van - Betsy
Had trouble with the ECU but that has been eventually fixed and the engine has had a mechanic give it a good service.
Got lots to do over the winter and have bought Betsy some presents to spruce her up a bit.
Will keep you updated with what get's done and I'm sure I'll be seeking some advice as we are new to all this.
Hopefully see some of you next year at some events
Have a great New Year
Best Wishes
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:21 am

Welcome to the forum Marcus.
Here's to your travells in 2012 and beyond.

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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:42 am

Hi MarcusH
Welcome to THE Forum for BraziBays
Looking forward to seeing your progress with Betsy
Hope to see you at an event next year - there are plenty to choose from!
All the best
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:39 am

Welcome Marcus - great to have you onboard.

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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:54 am

Hello and welcome - looking forward to seeing the updates to your bus Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:46 pm

Hi & welcome Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:12 pm

What colours are you considering Marcus?

I'd stay away from those common blue shades. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:15 pm

@TimV wrote:
What colours are you considering Marcus?

I'd stay away from those common blue shades. Wink




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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:14 am

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Some bold contrasting colour(s) would be good - inside or outside Smile
As you must be aware Blue is Cool in all shades and applications Cool
But if not Blue then shades of Yellow would also work well Smile
Or perhaps a Sporty Red Colour as an ironic statement on how fast the camper will not go Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:43 pm

I have decided to paint the lower half in a mint colour. My second choice was a charcoal grey.

Sorry Tim but it is a bluey/green colour. Not sure of the code for it but Danbury have one for sale on Ebay.

Got some lovely 15" wheels from Midland Wheels in White with a chrome edge. Look similar to Kitemans. Not fitting them until the paintwork in complete though.

Bought some Stainless steel wing mirrors from VW Heritage but need to borrow a socket set to fit them as my Allen Keys are too small.

Fitted the clear indicators with orange bulbs which was an easy job.

Is there anyone who has fitted headlining to their camper as that is a job I need to do or get done depending on how hard it will be.

My wife says I'm getting obsessed and I've only just started. Think she's jelous of the new love in my life!
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PostSubject: wheels and interior   Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:31 pm



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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:04 pm

Loving those wheels Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:08 pm


What about painting the white part of the wheels same as your chosen outside colour, or is that too much Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:04 am

Hi and welcome. take a look at my van ALBERT in the photos section, you can see the headlining I put into mine. I used hardboard and lined it with insulation and popped it into place. give me a shout if you are putting in a lining as I have a few things I would have done differently for an even better finish. the whole lot cost me about £50 and a bit of swearing on a sunday afternoon!
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:19 am

I did think of painting the steel wheels the same colour as the lower half but opted for the white wheels. Can wait to get the new wheels on Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:20 am

@chairboy_paul wrote:
Hi and welcome. take a look at my van ALBERT in the photos section, you can see the headlining I put into mine. I used hardboard and lined it with insulation and popped it into place. give me a shout if you are putting in a lining as I have a few things I would have done differently for an even better finish. the whole lot cost me about £50 and a bit of swearing on a sunday afternoon!

I'll have a look now
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:00 pm




A few additions
Chrome surrounds on lights
Stainless Mirrors and wipers
Stainless bumper bolts
Chrome effect trim around roof rail - Thanks Paul and Albert
Back at work tomorrow so will get on with getting a lower spray sorted
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:49 pm

Very smart!

I couldn't help noticing you have no indicator side repeaters (& no rear fog light?)...you might have to think about getting these sorted before your first MOT Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:23 am

I had noticed the lack of the side indicators and I'll look into that one.

It does have a fog light under the back bumper though
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:39 am

Legally all vehicles used on the UK roads must have side repeaters if they are registered newer than 1985. This doesn't mean you get round it by fitting a pre '85 reg on your vehicle. In theory, the lack of repeaters should cause an MOT failure. However this seems to be at the whim of the MOT inspector.

Given the choice, I wouldn't have fitted the repeaters where most Kombis, including mine, have had them installed. I would have preferred them to go on the lower section of the cab doors under the contour line. They would have looked more like a US style side marker light there, they would have been easier to access, trailing the wires through the same channel as the speaker wires, and would have prevented opening a hole into a section of the body that is difficult to check for corrosion.

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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:21 am

Hi Tim

Just had a look at the American side repeaters and it looks a good place to put them

Think I may get this done before the paint job - another job for the list

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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:50 am

Yes certainly drill the holes BEFORE painting as that will give the new holes a decent coating. I might move mine at some point and change the repeater units to a rectangular shape that is more in line with the shape of the Kombi.

Something of this ilk:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-Polo-Mk3-91-94-Side-Repeaters-Clear-/330607923065?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item4cf9c48f79#ht_1969wt_932

If you fit this type you do have to get the bulb holder separately as these aren't sold with just the lens.

A good move would be to go for a led unit that is self contained.

Something like these:

http://www.cbsonline.co.uk/product/Rectangular_Led_Side_Repeaters_With_Chrome_Surround_SR9

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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:43 am

Thanks Tim

Liking the chrome surround ones

Think I might be getting a chrome fetish
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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:28 pm

Yep I like those and the fact you only need to drill a small hole for the feed.

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PostSubject: Re: Merry Christmas from Betsy in Sheffield   Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:29 pm





Had the lower half painted - Turchese Festival??

Notice the small holes on the lower part of the door - ready for the side repeaters

Wheels have been fitted today
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