Archive for February, 2013


Engine Conversion – Shortened Sumps

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

If you’re thinking of going Subaru powered in your Bug, Bus or Ghia then you are going to need a shortened sump.

The standard Subaru sump sits too low, even when used in a stock height VW. As a solution to this we currently offer a solid aluminium sump that we have designed and made specifically for us. These are milled from a single piece of thick aluminium. As a result the sumps are truly stunning and incredibly well engineered but also quite expensive. With this in mind we have also set about creating a new type of shortened sump out of steel. We received our first pre-production sample this afternoon and we’re super pleased with it. We will fit it to an engine tomorrow and test it over the next few weeks. All being well, they will be for sale by the beginning of March. To place an order, please drop us an email at

The new sumps come in two parts, the first part is still machined from solid aluminium.

You start of with big chunks of metal like this

These are then machined to a rough shape….

Before being milled by a machine with a finer grade tool for a smooth finish

and finally ending up looking like this, a perfect fit to bolt straight to any Subaru engine.

Here is the very first pre-production sample, complete with machined aluminium top and steel base. Ready for fitting and road testing tomorrow! I’ll let you know how we get on! 😀

Dubfreeze 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Well the first show of the season kicked off yesterday with a fantastic turnout. Blessed with blue skies and sunshine, VW folk turned up in their droves! I had the pleasure of driving a customer’s bus to the show at 6am and although there was no sunshine at that time of the morning, cruising down the M6 with the tunes on, I still managed to get that feeling that only a camper brings! Roll on the summer!!!!

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the customers old and new, who came and said hello! Here are a few pics from the day…..

Setup complete waiting for the crowds to be let in!

Our new flyers designed by the very talented Steve Parsons seemed to be going down well! – check his website out here

My ride for the day this beautiful EJ25 powered late bay courtesy of Matt Squires. Very kind of you to lend us your pride and joy Matt thank you!

See you all at the next show……

Staff Cars – Ben’s collection…..

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Ben is lucky enough to have a few VW’s, first off a 69 bug project. It used to be his daily driver but was taken off the road for a full resto and as is often the case when you work on other peoples cars for a living your own projects get pushed back to the bottom of the pile. Hopefully 2013 will see it return to the road.

Currently awaiting a little more metalwork…

Not one to shy away from a project this is his new bus and company shop truck!! a 1960 Texan import Single cab

a couple of weeks ago a customer popped into to see us in his new toy! what a car! How great is the contrast between the two!! Engine swap?? 😉

After finishing prep for Dubfreeze on Sunday he found a little time to start fixing some of the many rust issues! Todays challenge the sills! More updates on more progress soon!

Garys late bay

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Gary’s bay is in for a freshen up, sort out a few spots of rust here and there and then a full respray.

On first inspection a fairly sound UK bay, a few issues in the usual places, battery tray, cab floors etc etc.

worryingly as we delve a little deeper nasty bits start to appear!!

Lurking behind a large amount of filler was the original panel! A previous owner/body shop has put the repair panel directly on top of the original rusty metal!!

Thinking of buying a bus? Be careful! Gary’s looked pretty solid at a quick glance!

We are happy to look over any potential purchase with you within a 20 mile radius, get in touch at

Dubfreeze 2013 preparations!!

Friday, February 15th, 2013

We are looking forward to show season 2013!!

First up is this weekends Dubfreeze!

This afternoon Ben’s been busy prepping the show stand for Sunday. Come and say hello, stickers and lollies a plenty as usual 😀

Stanford hall 2012

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

We are all looking forward to the show season of 2013!!

Here are a few shows from Stanford Hall last year! After being postponed earlier in the year due to the horrible weather, the second time round the sun gods were a little kinder to us!!

Ant and Emma’s awesome EJ20 powered Beetle

Pete and Tracey’s super cool 58 kombi! EJ20 conversion

Our line of up cars, huge thanks to their respective owners for lending us their pride an Joys!! Matt, Pete, Darren, Ant and Carolyn thank you!! Great Day!!

Gary’s 57

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Gary’s bus is in for a full EJ25 conversion but prior to installing the new Scooby motor we have been tasked with fixing a few little issues at the back of his bus!

Engine out and ready for blasting

Post blasting, looking much better! Now to inspect the damage!!

This poor old girl is a little infected with a quite server case of tin worm!!

Autocraft order made, watch this space for some prettier after shots!!