Having moved to Switzerland, we like to try to get out and about to see things here. It is utterly spectacular - every time we go to the mountains, we are speechless.
Hotels are mentally expensive, and we are fed up with camping in a tent. Last weekend we noticed how many VW campers there were (as well as some crappy French things as well, but they are nowhere near as cool...)
Anyway, we decided we would look for one. We just put a deposit down on 'joy'.
T1/t2 are crazy money, and not great for passenger safety (we have a 9 year old). T4s are just vans, and t5/t6 are too new and expensive.
T3/t25s seemed to be not crazy money (comparatively), so we looked at loads of them. This one had lots of extras, with virtually no rust.
So Canoing excited it is tragic...
So, this will allow us to get away for 'cheap' weekends, and our stretch goal is to use it in the winter for some skiing weekends as well
Given that it is 32 years old, it is bloody spotless.
Second gear is a bit dodgy, so budgeting for a gearbox refresh pretty soon. Hopefully, this will scratch the itch created by a lack of my mx5 over here.
If people are interested, I will post some more stuff over time.
Keep up with the updates, I've a few watercooled vw's ('87 mk2 golf, '89 & '93 B3 Passat wagons, '95 t4 'Clitoris' - all converted to the 1.9tdi) and have an uncomfortable urge to get a brick BUT would probably convert to the tdi (& use a flipped B5 passat gerabox for better economy & cruising)
50 Shades of Silver. '91 NA6CE, Not a show car :-P Ohlins dampers,COP conversion, more ideas than time.......
If I could engine swap I think I would (although after a 10 minute drive, there is something quite charming about it), but you can't do a Canoing thing to cars here I have asked around and apparently 20% power increase is allowed, but absolutely no engine swaps. They are super strict. That's the reason I can't have my 5 here.
But I plan to tidy a few things up. If I can find somewhere flat, inside and with a tall enough ceiling, I will do something about the gearbox myself and a few other bits and pieces.
T5 owner here ! I love the T3 and nearly bought a Westfalia Joker years ago. Yours looks in great condition ! To be honest, I prefer the T25/T3's to the earlier T2's. If you are looking for a forum, check out Club 80 - 90 and the Brickyard. Our trusty T5 has been all over Europe. Heading there again soon.....
I am so deep down the rabbit hole of (ddm?) original parts and club joker Vs joker it is scary.
It is just like fives in that there is so much aftermarket support. I can see this being a bigger money sink than the Mazda...
Saw that forum thanks, lots to read and learn...
T1 and t2s are more classic VW .. but absolutely nuts money, and rear seats not good enough for carrying a child around. T3 seemed to fit the bill nicely. Was meant to be a quick easy purchase to see some more of Switzerland, but I think it has turned into more than that already!
sorry but I've spent enough time welding t1 & t2 vw junk, seen too many bodges & have a hatered of them
anyway, the t25/t3 is the best of the rear engine vans, actually has reasonably comfortable suspension & effective brakes, sometimes the optional power-steering and can be sorta powerfull enough (but then dreadfull on fuel)
another bonus of the t25/t3 is the space inside if sonverted as a camper as the 'bed' is over the engine so less 'dead' space (usually more 'living' space than a comparable t4 or t5 )
I think this one is in pretty good shape. All original, and people keep their cars in immaculate condition here. I haven't seen a tatty car anywhere - well, the French areas are a little bit more relaxed.
This has no power steering, and no way i can fit it here. So I need to find some weights to lift to get into shape..
There is a scheme here where you can share a number plate with another car. So it shares the reg on my car as we will never use both at the same time. Good news is that it has reduced the insurance i have to pay. It was ~1500 CHF for my Tailgate McNoIndicate, and it is now ~1470 CHF for both cars. I get that only one can be on the road, but still. I have expected to pay more.
Must be the only time I have been surprised by a low price here.
Just printing out wiring diagrams, as somebody has added some wiring for various things, and not sure i trust it all so want to check it out.
JamesMk3: Rear left wheel bearing replaced. What a saga. Can now hear noise coming from front right, and alignment is completely knackered. FML.
Jan 14, 2020 15:04:32 GMT
wannabe: I've had both front bearings replaced on the missus' car over the past few months and it's STILL making a droning noise... lol. Need to check if the mechanic actually replaced the correct one the second time I took it in!!
Jan 15, 2020 11:10:07 GMT
FFS Corders: Are the wheels straight? Buckles can cause a drone
Jan 15, 2020 11:41:07 GMT
wannabe: Hmmm... That's an interesting idea... no wheel wobble on the missus' car, which I would have thought was a strong indicator of being out-of-round, but I guess they could be bent side-to-side..??
Jan 15, 2020 14:34:13 GMT
wannabe: Ooooh, interesting - thanks, Howard. I'll have to get the tyres swapped round to see if it makes a difference! I will be most annoyed if it is tyres, seeing as they are only a few months old...
Jan 17, 2020 1:08:22 GMT
howardb66: If it is the tyres, don’t chuck them away, try getting them shaved.
Jan 17, 2020 12:04:28 GMT
wannabe: That sounds pervy haha.
Jan 18, 2020 18:27:11 GMT
fizbne: More build thread updating wow.
Jan 22, 2020 14:24:03 GMT