Readers Rides #1: VW T25 Autosleeper Trident 1990
Ok, so I will get the ball rolling by showing you my VW Camper Van:
Model: T25 / Type 25
Colour: Harvest Moon Beige
Engine: 1.9 Petrol
Camper Conversion: Autosleeper Trident
About the Camper Van:
We purchased the van just over 3 years ago and whilst it was not in bad condition, we had intended to do it up almost immediately. However, due to a lack of funds this actually had to wait until the start of 2008. As you can see from the photos, it came to us in a striking British Racing Green with a white roof. Die-hard autosleeper fans will recognise the original stickers still on the hi-top roof.
Obviously, the van was originally white but it seems it had been re-sprayed by the previous owner in 1998 as he was an avid bird watcher and wanted the extra camouflage. We purchased the van on approx 104,000 miles (its now in 125,000) and like I say, it was is very good condition. The interior was imaculate (althought the seat covers were a little faded) and the fridge and cooker looked like they had never even been used.
The exterior was not perfect but was certainly not the worst I had looked at when looking for my T25. There was a spot of rust forming on the off side middle panel (under the fridge vent) and of course the seams needed some attention. The worst thing about the exterior was the paint job. It seems that the British Racing Green had been sprayed straight on to the VW White with our preparing the surface first. This has caused a great deal of orange peel all over the van. This had also caused the front to crack quite considerably and not matter how much polishing it took, it looking awful.
Anyway, due to a lack of funds we had to use the van as it was for two years. It did go in for a new panel under the fridge vent after a year or so which was then hand painted (by myself) with the remainder of the green paint the previous owner had left me.
So to March 2008. We finally had the money to spend on the camper van and so it was booked in to Brixham Garage in Paignton where it spent the next 5 weeks being completely stripped, treated, primed and resprayed in classic Harvest Moon Beige. They really did a very thorough job and I was able to pop in every couple of days to get an update on the progress.
So here it is now. As you can see we colour coded the the fiberglass high-top and the original stock steel wheels. We then had some white rimmed tyres fitted which really finished the whole thing off.
So what do you think of our van? Do you like? Dislike? We would love to hear your thoughts!
Posted by Steve