Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ace Cafe London

I've seen loads of pictures of people with there VW's at the Ace Cafe before and always wanted to get my Camper there. I saw a link pop up on Facebook for the Aircooled VW meet on the 20th June 2017 so thought this is my chance! I noticed on the event that a couple of people I chat to had put themselves as interested so sent out some messages to see if anyone was interested in letting me tag along.

Declan who lives near me replied and said he would be going along about the same time as I was leaving, so we arranged to meet up. 6.30 we met and set off, Declan in his beautiful Beetle and me in my camper. We had a nice cruise there, not to much traffic and a steady pace due to my camper!

When we arrived it had started to fill up already with Beetles, Buses, T4's but we managed to fit in ok. I met Darren there who owns the lovely split and Simon with his freshly painted grey bus.

Just some pics below of vehicles that turned up.

My Camper in amongst the others!

Declans Beetle

Had to get a shot of mine with the Ace Cafe London in the background!

Darrens Split

Simons Grey Bus

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Lakes & Pub!

The weather was beautiful at the weekend so couldn't resist talking the camper out for a short run! We went over to Fishers green which is along the crooked mile just up from Waltham Abbey. It's a lovely place consisting of many lakes and a couple of rivers running through it. We then went on to The Crown pub in Broxbourne, it sits right on the river so you can watch the boats go by.

 Ready for the off!

 Quick bite to eat with a cuppa!

 Lovely walk along the river

The bridge by The Crown pub.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Branding the Lego Camper!

I had some stickers printed of the T2BusCrazy logo and with these came a smaller couple for the Lego Camper. I've been interested in Stop motion for a while now and thought I'd have a little play with my sons Lego figures, the sticker and the Camper! Click on the link below to check out the short video I created.

Click here for video

Sunday, 12 February 2017

LED Light Kit install into the LEGO VW Campervan video

As mentioned in my last post, I have created a video of the installation of the LED light kit into the LEGO VW Campervan and I've finally got around to posting it! So click HERE for the link.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Lighting the Lego VW T1 Camper

I got the Lego Camper last year and what a great build it was. Very detailed, a great model. I saw someone post a link to an LED light kit for it on Facebook so thought I'd take a look. The kit was for sale on eBay. I found a couple of reviews on the web and people said it was a good kit.

Anyway, the kit arrived and I was really impressed. The item was packaged really neatly and came with clear instructions. I wanted to create an install video so it took me a while to set everything up but the actual process is fairly easy.

I have put a few pictures below and will be putting the video up shortly which I will post a link to when it's done.

There are a 2 LED Lego strips inside, one in the cab roof and one in the central part of the roof.

The kit includes new LED indicator and headlight lenses to replace the existing  

and new LED rear light bricks..

Click on the picture below for a link to the kit on Amazon.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

VW Camper T2 How-To YouTube Playlist

Since owning my Camper I have put a few How-To videos together. These are only short but I've tried to include as much information as I can so will hopefully be useful to others. I will be posting more in the future as I take on more jobs on my bus as the jobs seem never ending! The videos and some documents can be found in the right bar of the page under the How-To Directory but I have also created a YouTube playlist of them on the T2BusCrazy YouTube channel. The Channel & Playlist can can be found by clicking on the links below:

                                                      YouTube Channel    


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Herbie at the Park!

I got my Volkswagen Beetle RC car last Christmas and haven't used it much. To be honest want to try not to damage it to much! already had a couple of accidents and need to replace the front bumper and wing mirror. I decided to take it for a short run over the local park where there is a small track for the younger kids to run around. This came in handy for my 1/10 scale car! I put a short video together which is on the T2BusCrazy YouTube channel, link below.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Christmas 2016

Not had much of a chance to get out in the bus recently due to other things going on. Managed to get it out once over Christmas, just for a short trip to the local rubbish dump and Pets at home! Took a while to start because I haven't run it for about 4 months now. Once started it took a time to warm the engine up but then seemed ok. Nice to drive it again after so long!.

Quick visit to get rid of the Christmas rubbish!

Stocking up on Rabbit food!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Morning out with the Bug & Bus!

I had an idea for  creating another video of my Herbie styled RC VW Bug. I also have a bus to which I bought off ebay, mainly for the chassis. I have a Bay Window camper shell for it but have yet to paint it.

Quite handily in our local park there is a race track painted on the ground for the kids. Scale wise it works out perfect for my RC cars! I took a wander over there and managed to capture some good footage using my GoPro. I tried various positions. Inside the car, using a gimbal and on a tripod.

Below are a couple of shots of the Bug and Bus. I will place a link there once I have completed the video.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

VW T2 Throttle Cable Replacement

I had the throttle cable snap on me last week on the way to work, luckily just after I had left the motorway! I managed to do a quick fix to get me to work and home again though.

Now came the time for cable replacement! I was hoping this would be a quick job, one hour max really!

I started by removing the pan underneath the front of the bus. This is there to mainly just protect the mechanics below the pedals from dirt etc.

I released the cable from the clamp in the engine bay to allow movement to release from the pedal lever.

In this pic you can see the temporary fix to get me home again!

For my first attempt I cut the cable just before the metal hook and little collar, then taped the new cable to the old. I tried to pull it through but this failed almost straight away! I had tried to clean the cable but there must have still been grease on it or the tape just wouldn't hold because it's so thin. However I tried to join it, it just came apart.

I gave up on this so pulled the old cable all the way out and attempted to push the new cable through. I put some grease on the cable and started to push. It got to approx 300mm from the end and wouldn't move! I guessed it must be stuck around the fan shroud area. I checked the tube in the fan shroud and this was ok. I needed to check behind the fan shroud but because I have twin carbs it's not easy. I ended up removing the air filter from the right-hand carb which allowed me to reach round and feel the hole in the tinware where the cable should enter the engine bay. I could feel the hole but nothing there, no sign of the cable.

I looked from under my bus but all you could see was the tube running from the front to the back which goes up above the gearbox. You can't see where it goes through the tin because of a cross member in the way. After a couple of hours trying a gave up as I wasn't getting anywhere! I posted the question on Facebook and a couple of people mentioned that there is a second piece of conduit which runs from where the tail of the gearbox is to the tinware but on most vehicles this part is missing!

The following day I went for another attempt. I checked out what people had mentioned about this conduit and they were right. In my case it does look like the same tube from front to back but it's a separate flexible piece. I tried to move the conduit towards the tinware and it slid, only about an inch. I checked back behind the fan shroud and could feel the end of the conduit. I went back to the wire and tried to feed it some more and this time it went straight through :o)

I can only think that because the conduit was not up against the tinware it was slightly out of alignment, so the wire was hitting the tin instead of going though the hole.

I put everything back together, Clamped up the wire again on the carb linkage and now all back up and running again.