LIVRAISON GRATUITE AU ROYAUME-UNI SUR TOUTES LES COMMANDES PLUS D'INFOS

Panier

 
  • Votre panier est vide!

    Let's change that.

Pleins feux sur le projet : 1973 VW T2 Bus -

Pleins feux sur le projet : 1973 VW T2 Bus

Wednesday 07 July 2021

Notre boutique mobile OG est en action depuis un petit moment... mais maintenant elle est de retour avec une vengeance, découvrez l'histoire complète ici

NOTRE BOUTIQUE MOBILE OG A ÉTÉ OCCUPÉ À GAGNER SA PATINE DEPUIS QUELQUES ANNÉES… MAIS MAINTENANT, IL EST DE RETOUR, ET IL SE REND À UNE RENCONTRE PRÈS DE CHEZ VOUS.

Notre petit bus VW, que vous avez peut-être vu en exposition, vous accueillant à l'Auto Finesse Detailing Academy, fait tout simplement partie du mobilier d'ici. Ayant été avec l'entreprise au cours des six ou sept dernières années, il y a beaucoup d'amour pour Project High Top parmi l'équipe, sans parler des milliers de spectateurs qu'il a servis au fil des ans. C'est, après tout, notre magasin mobile original - et de renommée internationale.

Conçu à l'origine pour faire des gazebos une chose du passé, notre « Camper » a enregistré un certain kilométrage, dans toute l'Europe, au cours de son mandat. Mais, alors que nous continuions à élargir notre gamme, sans parler de la taille de nos présentoirs de produits, il est devenu plus une pièce maîtresse, avant qu'il ne soit finalement retiré de tous les services sauf le plus occasionnel.

Prenant la place qui lui revient dans notre magasin phare de l'Académie, il va sans dire que la boutique OG n'a jamais été oubliée. Toutes sortes d'idées sur les cafés, les chariots de restauration et les fourgons d'exposition mobiles ont été évoquées au fil des ans. Certains des nouveaux membres du personnel ont même pensé qu'il s'agissait d'une sorte d'ornement incroyable qui se détaille lorsque le besoin s'en fait sentir !

Mais, après 18 bons mois de confinement pandémique, il est indéniable que nous avons assisté à une augmentation des événements estivaux au Royaume-Uni. Et, avec de plus en plus de rencontres monomarques et locales lancées à tout moment (et la petite question de plusieurs événements le même week-end), nous avons récemment décidé que, en plus de notre énorme boutique éphémère Airstream, ce dont nous avions besoin était un véhicule de réponse à grande vitesse (ish) super cool. Une boutique que tout le monde reconnaîtrait, que nous pouvons sortir en un clin d'œil pour montrer notre soutien. Nous n'avons même pas eu à y penser - ce que nous avons fait ensuite est venu naturellement. Une nouvelle batterie et un changement d'huile plus tard et le T2 a tiré tout droit, prêt à être stocké pour l'été, à commencer par le Festival Abarth fin juin.

Of course, we realise that the Auto Finesse Camper is actually a T2 Panel Van, but as the Camper moniker has become so ubiquitous with these air-cooled load-luggers since they were introduced in the 1950s, we're hardly surprised that this one has become known as such.

What's more important here is that, even when we first put this one together, these vans come with the sort of cool that only retro-rarity and legendary status can provide. That goes double for early High Top variants of course, nowadays there's only three or four left in the whole of the UK.

But, apart from the fact that these are super-cool (and that we wanted one anyway), the raised roof and sliding side door makes for the ideal mobile shop, most of the staff can even stand up in the back, so that's exactly why this one was sourced and built as a collaboration with the guys at Type 2 Detectives.

Air-cooled specialists, T2D, are the masters when it comes to this sort of thing. For more than 25-years this world-famous firm has been bolting together some of the most jaw-dropping old skool VWs on the scene. You may have seen them on the telly, doing their thing on Salvage Hunters, or For the Love of Cars. But, the point is that there was no better place to help us source and build a T2 van to exactly the right spec… and, clearly there can only one spec here - silly-low.

On locating this (originally green) Bus, the first thing (after the obligatory resto work on the body) was to fit-out the chassis. A custom air ride setup on a narrow beam axle was chosen for the front, while the torsion bar was wound down to the nub on the rear. This may look like it's ripe for ripping up the catseyes on the motorway, but it actually ensures that the van is fully drivable, even when packed to the gills with stock.

Perhaps the most natural choice was the wheels, only a set of true German thoroughbreds would be respectful to this project, and they don't come any more Germanic than staggered Porsche Cookie Cutters… albeit with a thoroughly Auto Finesse-style, fully-polished twist.

Staying respectful to the original vehicle has been a theme on many of our project builds, and for this reason the exterior remains largely stock - this one was deemed pretty enough to begin with, and rightly so! What has changed along the way is the paintjob, it's not only been fully resprayed in a Vintage White hue after undergoing a full restoration, but has also been through the painstaking process of having all of the old skool signwriting and pinstriping hand-painted, too. There's no new-fangled vinyl graphics here - true-blue traditional methods were the only way to do the classic wagon justice.

Under the bonnet, the power plant has received a few performance tweaks, like twin carbs with bigger jets, mostly to ease the 1.6-litre engine around the HGVs on every uphill battle. But that aside, the fully rebuilt air-cooled lump remains pretty much how VW intended, it's by no means fast by modern standards but - for a "70s motor at least - it propels this little van down the road at a surprising pace.

The finishing touches and interior were completed here in-house. This included everything from fitting the freshly re-trimmed seats, to all the woodwork involved in building a full shop display and counter in the rear.

Of course, back in those days the product range wasn't quite the gargantuan size it is now, we develop multiple products every single year after all. But, the T2 offered (and still offers) room to display a great selection of our most popular essentials. The rest of the inside, as you can see, has been clad in wood or carpeted in traditional AF fashion - a shabby chic aesthetic that we've come to embrace just about everywhere else ever since.

Aside from the shop area, the remainder of the interior and cabin has been fully restored to standard specs, the only exceptions being a CSP shifter, and a monster sound system. Just the absolute essentials here then, eh?

And, that's the story of our original mobile shop, where it's been, and most importantly, where it's going.

Rest assured that you'll soon be seeing what is unquestionably one of the coolest mobile detailing stores around, fully-stocked, putting in the miles, and dishing out the products at a car meet near you.

TECH SPEC

EXTERIOR:

Restored body, full respray in Vintage White, custom hand-painted signwriting

TUNING:

Reconditioned 1.6-litre engine, twin down-draft carburettors

CHASSIS:

5.5 and 7x15-inch polished Porsche Cookie Cutter wheels, 165/50x15 Bridgestone Potenza tyres (front), 175/60x15 (rear), narrow front beam, disc brakes, custom air ride system, lowered rear torsion bar

INTERIOR:

Custom counter, hardwood floor and product display, 12V Led lighting, Retro-style Bluetooth headunit, high-level speakers and subwoofer, custom "crate' shelving and counter, LED lighting throughout, additional leisure battery on split charge system

 


⟵ Pleins feux sur le projet : 1973 Airstream Land Yacht

Vous avez vu partout au Royaume-Uni lors de divers événements, mais voici histoire complète de la bo...

ILB x AF à la Detailing A...⟶

Nous ouvrons les portes de l'Académie aux gars de l'ILB Drivers Club - voici la meilleure fa...