So what's happening with the Vdub then? (you ask)
Well YOU may not have asked but someone did (genuinely) and that's enough of an excuse as far as I'm concerned to update the blog re the Charlie Story.
Happy to say that all is running well and some lovely evenings out on the Ridge Way recently have reinforced the mellow possibilities of Dubbing it. The only actual technical problem is the vaguery of the Fuel and Temperature gauges. (Despite the Teutonic attention to detail on a van that was 7 years in design and development, and enjoyed levels of detail like the sliding door being opened and closed 10,000 times, these gauges are notoriously unreliable on T4s). The engine is running well and although it may be a little underpowered with only 65 horses to lug 2.5 tons, the last tank of go-go oil propelled Charlie 39.3 miles for each gallon burnt.
Having said all is well though, rust is staging a come back tour .... appearing live in the wheel arches and what is more, looking to expand the line up! This clearly is not a state of affairs that can be allowed to continue and to that end I have managed to borrow (via Facebook) a Trolley Jack and some Axel Stands.The next dry day therefore will see the wheels coming off and major battle done with emery paper and a wire brush before treating the whole area with the mega arsenal of Waxoyl, Zinc 182 and underseal. I'll then be adding these natty little wheel arch protectors to hide the black paint and treatment. Nice!
The only other work has been enhancing the trunk (home of essential picnicage) with souvenir stickers, oh and adding a Magazine rack to hold my 'comics'
Next MOT is imminent but I'm confident that he'll breeze it despite being nearly twenty two years since he left the production line in Germany.