How I got the VW bus ...
With a few exceptions (the Granada MKII Ghia was lame, huge and super easy to drive!) I only ever had vehicles from VW or Audi.
Rest-Tüv was often the decisive argument for buying ...
These included a few Audi 32s, from the Polo I to the Passat Type 80b.
Yes, until one day a friend spoke to me and explained to me that he knew about a VW T2 bus, original Westfalia, which was to be slaughtered and was much too good for that. If I didn't want to come along to see it. Hmm what should I do with a bus? He was big and lame and I was single and always on the move quickly.
Well, my boyfriend was persistent and I just had nothing better to do. Long story short, he lashed out at me until I bought the bus for DM 800.
Today I know that the bus was actually still in good shape for its age, back then I cursed while I was welding on it. But then I got to know the beautiful way of moving in a vehicle of this type. It was my daily driver for a few years, until after a winter tour through Sweden and Russia (sleeping in the bus at -18 ° C in St. Petersburg! Brrrrr…) it was time to give it more care.
But the next bus was waiting for me without my knowing it ...
During a quiet lunch break my phone rang, a (different) friend reported that he wanted to relocate to Great Britain and would not like to have his T3 Multivan? 'Nope, no need' was my answer. I had the T2. But a lunch break can get quite long if something is talked into you. At the end of the break he had me ready, for 600 € including a replacement motor and the promise to help me install it, I bought my first T3.
For another 500 € it was brought over the TÜV and my (then still small) family and I had a lot of fun driving the Bulli. So much so that after a year I decided to fix the T3 properly again. Restoration does not apply here either, as almost no sheet metal work was necessary, although I completely dismantled the bus except for a 'rolling chassis'. A year and about 1000 working hours later the bus was back on the road and has been with us for 4 years. Since the family had grown significantly in the meantime, the purchased caravan was also pulled through the Pyrenees, thanks to AAZ!
Unfortunately, my wife had an accident on the bus in black ice, which abruptly stopped her career with us.
Fortunately, in the meantime a T3-Doka had moved in with us as a second wagon, which now rose in rank. After a year of 'test run', this too had an extensive overhaul, including the installation of a fourth door (essential for 3 children!). Now she was allowed to pull our caravan through the Alps, which worked really well.
Since our children were not getting any smaller and the number of dogs was getting bigger, the family council decided that another Multivan would be bought. Since I found a T3 to be too bad for the winter and a T5 to be too prone to defects, it became a T4.
Although it lacks almost everything that makes a bus (square-practical-good), it is really recommended as a touring limousine.
The T4 also received the necessary care and, as before with T2 and T3, there were always places where I simply had to improve. I would like to pass on the experiences that I made with all the work and changes to you through the parts that were developed.
Have fun browsing the shop!
Websites to my liking
long-established forum for VW buses, especially the T3
my trusty camping dealer, always nice and helpful
A lot of information about the VW T4 is presented clearly and in detail
Now the legal part: I am not responsible for the content of the linked websites! At the time of linking, the content was OK