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Readers Rides #1: VW T25 Autosleeper Trident 1990 | VW Camper Van Blog

Readers Rides #1: VW T25 Autosleeper Trident 1990

Posted on October 15th, 2008

Ok, so I will get the ball rolling by showing you my VW Camper Van:

Tech Specs:

Model: T25 / Type 25

Year: 1990

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

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Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at 9:39 pm
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21 Responses to “Readers Rides #1: VW T25 Autosleeper Trident 1990”

  • terry on November 9th, 2008 said:

    looks great…

  • Steve on November 9th, 2008 said:

    Thanks Terry!

  • Steve Parker on November 13th, 2008 said:

    Hope mine looks as good !!

  • Alison on November 22nd, 2008 said:

    Would love to get ours done, but funds are tight , can you give rough idea of spend on such a good job,and the depth of rust treatment .
    Love it , bet your proud,Al

  • Steve on November 23rd, 2008 said:

    Thanks Steve!

    Hi Alison,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Prior to the re-spray I had the offside lower middle panel replaced as mine had rusted which cost £300. The re-spray cost £1400 which included spraying all the bumpers back to black along with the grills etc. It also included spraying the stock wheels and any rust treatment that need doing. The white wall tyres cost £300 from Just Kampers (although they have come off now - you can read about why I have taken then off in an upcoming post). New badges and other accessories were probably another £100 in total I spent just over £2100.

    However, I had intended to get the interior re-upholstered at the same time but due to funds this will have to wait and I have no idea how much this will cost.

    What VW van do you have?

    Steve

  • James on November 23rd, 2008 said:

    Hey nice van, looks like they did a good job. Got a few bits on mine that will need sorting soon. It’s always good to hear about local garages work. I’ll bear them in mind.

  • Steve on November 24th, 2008 said:

    Thanks James!

    Yes, I am pleased with the job they did and I would recommend them.

    Thanks for commenting!

    Steve

  • ben on December 30th, 2008 said:

    looks great Steve!

  • Steve on December 31st, 2008 said:

    Thanks Ben!

    …and thanks for commenting.

    Steve

  • Mitch on December 31st, 2008 said:

    Hi

    Is there anyone out there who can help? I am looking to restore my VW campervan T25, it is looking in pretty bad shape at the moment!! Is there anyone who can recommend somebody to do it? It needs the full works inside and out, prefrably in the South Wales area or near as possible.
    Hope to hear from anyone soon.

    Cheers

  • ben on January 1st, 2009 said:

    Have you thought any more about the internal uphostery?

    Also.. what leisure battery set up have you got (if any) i mean is there any relay split from the alternator….

    happy new year BTW

  • Steve on January 1st, 2009 said:

    Hi Mitch,

    I can recommend the place that did ours but they are based here in Torbay, Devon so probably a bit far to come. The only other place I know is in Plymouth but that is even further!

    Can anyone else help Mitch?

    Ben,

    I am hoping to look at the upholstery before the summer but that depends on funds. The Van does not currently have a leisure battery and I have never seen the need to add one. It has a Zig unit which controls all the power and most things run off the electric hook up with the exception of the lights which do run off the battery. However, I have spent a few nights camping without starting the van up and the battery seems to last fine. One tip we have found through is to keep an electric lamp in the van which you can plug in to the mains to save the life of the battery if you are concerned about that?

    Steve

  • Jay on June 19th, 2009 said:

    Give Krych Trimming a call 07710 981148, Ces the owner has a fantastic T25 which he has done the interior and the company in the unit next door did the respray. He is based in Kingswood, Bristol

  • Steve on June 25th, 2009 said:

    Thanks Jay.

    Will definitely call them - Do they have a website?

    Thanks

    Steve

  • Jay on August 4th, 2009 said:

    Yes Steve, http://www.krychtrimming.co.uk
    Ces Krych is the chap you need to speak to

  • Steve on August 12th, 2009 said:

    Hi jay,

    Thanks for the link - I will check them out!

    Steve

  • Jason L on November 26th, 2009 said:

    Looks really good. We have a fairly beaten up T25 that could do with body work and a re-spray at some point, so this is an interesting post - particularly with your price breakdown in response to Alison. I almost asked the same question then read the comments!!! Sadly at the moment the van is minus an engine - I have a new recon unit in the garage ready to go in, so that takes priority over the body work. Then it looks like I’ll have to save up around £2000 for the bodywork!!

  • Alex on January 8th, 2010 said:

    Very nice indeed. Good to see a before and after.

    I’ve been thinking about spraying my T25 myself !!!
    (I can’t afford to have it professionally sprayed)
    I’ve got a HVLP spray machine, gravity fed pressurised gun etc… then I read that you can roller paint you van with rustolum and now I’m all over the place…anyway I reckon I’ll do a roller paint job.

    Interesting article about your white wall tyres by the way.

    Can I ask one thing…where did you get your rear ladder ? Do you know where I could get one from ?

    Look forward to reading more from you.

    Alex.

  • Steve on January 31st, 2010 said:

    Thanks for your comments!

    Jason - I would think that £2000 is a good budget to have for a respray. The actual spay job did not cost us that much but when you include all the additional things that we added after that £2000 soon went.

    It would be great to see some before / after pics of your van if you decide to go for it!

    Alex - The rear ladder actually came with the van. As far as I am aware it was standard on all Autosleeper conversions. I am not too sure where you can get them from but would think that ebay is your best bet?

    Thanks

    Steve

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