Last minute hitches and let downs

Obviously, somethings were going to happen to throw a spanner in the works given that we really didn’t have any time to do much really.

Justaircooled let us down on the chrome bumpers despite assuring me a couple of weeks ago they were on their way. So, we’ll have to spray the old ones black for this trip. Please don’t tell me these are not essential!

JustKampers let me down on the headlight rims, but GSF came to my rescue! WHY did no one tell me about GSF?? They are about 500 yards away from Phil’s place and sell loads of stuff for campers.

Phil’s contacts let us down on the pop top trim, but VW Heritage came to my rescue and are delivering the trim Monday morning before 10.30 (!? – this means that the day before we set off, all we have to do is drill out the rivets of the massive pop top, fit and glue 12m of trim, then rivet it back together. No sweat….)

Craig, Phil’s pal who does out coach interiors couldn’t get the time to do much, but gave us good advice and helped with the door cards and installing the radio.

Finally, and this one was a biggy. I nearly called the whole thing off. We couldn’t get the right colours for the vinyl stripes down the sides. I know. A shocker. Our camper would have to go to France and back naked. Rob suggested that he had changed his mind about the stripe colours anyway, which calmed me down until he continued with, ‘I just don’t think they’d go with AA yellow….’

Luckily, Ian had bought a bag of bits and started work on the trivial matter of getting the engine fit to travel about a thousand miles..

I'm flying!

I'm flying!

The belly of the beast

The belly of the beast

14th August, 3 days to go…..

(I just hope to God that Ian doesn’t find anything too nasty under there…….)

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7 Comments on "Last minute hitches and let downs"

  1. ap
    15/08/2009 at 9:15 am Permalink


    I will lay a £100 bet that you will do the whole trip!!

    Vincent looks great and your enthusiasm is admirable.

  2. steve m
    15/08/2009 at 9:38 am Permalink

    a real triumph of enthusiasm over practicality, love it

    long live the spirit of adventure… and folly!

    nah, seriously, as long as you dont get stuck in traffic, you will be fine…

    if you do get stuck in traffic TURN THE ENGINE OFF.. but make sure you are parked on a hill before you do ; )

    just messin with ya homey, enjoy the trip, next trip, philippines!

  3. Mark
    15/08/2009 at 2:20 pm Permalink

    Don’t worry, the old VW will get you there and back no probs…it looks ace by the way

  4. admin
    15/08/2009 at 3:59 pm Permalink

    Looking good ! You’ll never make it with those bumpers though…

    PS: I’ve added ‘latest posts’ to your sidebar…

  5. ap (Gwyn's Dad)
    15/08/2009 at 8:14 pm Permalink

    GOFORIT Gwynfor Boyo!

  6. Stewed
    15/08/2009 at 9:30 pm Permalink

    Now then – all looking mighty fine.

    But should I have cut the red wire, or the green wire?

  7. chad
    15/08/2009 at 10:21 pm Permalink

    Always fancied doing this – reading your blog I have realised I am too old. Am looking forward to following your trip. Good luck – luv to you and Kate.

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