July Feature

1972 VW Bus

Sun-Kissed Type 3 - Owner: Aaron Slim

This is my 1973 VW Type 3 Fastback. I purchased the car from a guy who was importing 911s from the US. The car originally belonged to an older gentleman who, as a result of his failing, eyesight had decided to part with his 911 on the condition that the new owners also purchased his daily driver up until 2016 - the Type 3. Both cars were imported, but the Fastback wasn't registered, making me the second owner from new. Being from the sunny climate of California, the Type 3 had very minimal rust and the paintwork is sun-kissed showing lovely signs of wear and patina.

1972 Volkswagen Van

As soon as the Fasty was in my ownership me and my friends set out to get the car through an MOT test and ready for UK roads. I enjoyed the car in stock form through that summer, before diving head first into the project through the winter months. The beam was switched out for a Type 1 4" narrowed beam from Limebug, combined with 2.5" dropped spindles and Gold Top air shocks. At the rear we welded in an Evaresto bag mount kit. For use with double bellow bags, gas adjustable shocks, and Red 9 Design spring plates.

Bay Window Bus

An Airjax paddle block controls the system with two Viair 444cc compressors, a polished five gallon skinny tank and 3/8" lines. The wheels are 3 piece BBS RS, originally from a Nissan 300ZX. 17x8.5" and 17x9" 5x114.3 pcd. I changed the inner barrels of the 9" wheels to make them 6.5" for the front. Then squeezed the 8.5's under the rear of the Fastback with careful trimming and persuading here and there.

VW Bus

The discs and drums/hubs were drilled and converted to studs to suit the wheels. Inside I have fitted a Momo California steering wheel, and built a custom console to house the air ride gauges and paddles. This VW gets used well and is driven to shows all over the country on a regular basis. No trailer queen here!


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