1976 T2 Devon Bay. £23k spent in last 5 years.
Well, our business was still recovering from Covid, and then the economy has gone mad with price increases and interest rates on the up. As we also run a T4 Trident as our daily driver, sadly, it looks as though it's going to be the most sensible thing for us to do to sell the Bay to keep our outgoings in check. This is really tough considering the work we've put into it mechanically in the hope that we would never be selling it. If you are after creating a show winning van, it would benefit from the body tidying up with a good paint job and rubbers, and interior cabinets to your personal choice and design and it would be an amazing little van. Or use it as is and enjoy it. It's a mechanically sound van with a great new engine and 6 rib 'box that you can finish off to your taste. In 2020 Southwest Splitz had it in and did several jobs including the Bears gearbox rebuild and replacement (rust free original) tailgate. It had a major mechanical and structural restoration by Matt Keene down at Airkraft, completed Christmas 2018. As you'll see from the pictures of the invoices (parts not included in totals as we were ordering most things and having them delivered to Matt - total cost of resto came to £16,044.56) this included as well as the structural welding repairs required to the underside and the waxoyl, all new brakes, bearings, CVs, suspension including refurbished front beam, and a new VW Heritage type 4 two litre engine, with twin Dell'Orto 36mm DRLAs breathing through new imported American R2C lifetime air filters, and CB performance inlet manifolds with a hexbar linkage. It has a PerTronix ignition, coil and leads set up, and the exhaust system is a stainless steel CSP Python. Graham Rawlings at Rawspeed set the carbs up on the dyno for us June 2020 and it was making 76bhp / 103 lbft torque at the wheels, equating to approx. 100bhp/125lbft at the flywheel. The engine has done less than 5k miles, and the gearbox less than 2.5k miles. The van is so torquey it drives beautifully and has more than enough power to confuse other road users on steep dual carriageway sections. We removed all the interior and waxoyled the floor and all bodywork everywhere internally behind the panels, before insulating and polysheeting. We then insulated the floor, fitted new waterproof ply and covered in wood effect vinyl, before fitting a full set of TrimJim two colour marine vinyl panels all round. Other improvements include a CSP quick-shifter, MCJ Billet window winders and internal sliding door handle, and custom made roll up window blinds which have black-out material within them and magnetically fix to the bodywork when down to stop them flapping around. It has stainless steel wipers, mirrors and hub caps, as well as the headlight hoods. In our five years of ownership we have invested over £23,000 in restoration costs and upgrades. So including the initial purchase, he stands us at £35,012.90!! It's on an agreed value insurance policy at £27000, but we are realistic and know we are not going to achieve close to this in a sale. We would like to see Twenty thousand for him. We call him Dino, and he will be sadly missed. Near Launceston, Devon/Cornwall Border.