Our 1991 VW T4 Transporter Campervan is road trip ready again and just in time for the summer! Its been thoroughly cleaned and painted and has had all its rust treated to give it another lease of life. Its owners are coming to collect it tomorrow and we can’t wait to see their reaction!
Our expert valet technician, Colin, from Viper Auto Valet has done a thorough clean of our VW T4 campervan, making the interior look brand new again! Before, it was showing significant signs of wear, dust and general usage. Now, it looks ready for the next adventure!
Alongside the van’s thorough clean, we needed to start re-assembling all of the components. Having been freshly painted, doors, windows and other pieces needed to be added back in. John has also been looking at re-wiring the electrics and fixing any small issues with the vans wires.
The VW badge has also been cleaned so it now resembles a crisp ‘VW’.
The windows have been put back in the VW as well by Car Glass And Trim and the windscreen was fitted by Autoglass.
The doors and van have all been masked up ready for paint in the paint booth by Chris. Our 1991 VW T4 campervan is getting nearer to looking healthy again.
The first stage of our 1991 VW T4 Campervan paint has been completed. With the entire body masked and painted in a solid white, the paint shop can then move on to paint the lower half a steel grey.
James has been working on removing the old tow bar on our 1991 T4 transporter as the owners don’t need it anymore. He aims to renovate the original bumper to neaten up that area. Chris has been working on sanding and smoothing down the body of the T4 in preparation for paint.
The seats have also been recovered and re-padded with new foam. Kath began by removing the cover, glueing splits foam back together to improve comfort and adding a piece of calico to stick over the top of the foam to reduce splits in the future. Kath also added 3mm of foam to the frames for added comfort on those long road trips.
Kath also discovered the centre of the seat foam has split so she added calico to it and stuck it around three sides. The next step was to stick the foam back in place before refitting the cover. To ensure the cover fit back on neatly, Kath had to push and mould the cover back into shape. She then needed to hook the bottom back into place, pull the back section through to front and hook it onto the same spikes as the front section. Once fitted, Kath could hammer the spikes back to secure the cover.
The doors and side panels have been masked, primed and repainted, ready to be fitted back onto the shell later down the line.
James has been sanding and smoothing the door frame window sill using the wire wheel on the grinder.
Four out of five doors have been prepared and are now ready for primer. James has discovered that the 5th door doesn’t need such extreme work meaning its ready to go to Chris tomorrow after its been lined up on the van to make sure it still fits straight.
James has dedicated the majority of his time to resurrecting our 1991 VW T4 Transporter which has been suffering from corrosion damage and rust.
The latest development with the wheel arch has included adding a body filler primer over the repaired elements to fill in any dents or imperfections. The trick is to use as little as possible and after applying an amount, working over it with a spreader to take off the exess filler.
This putty-like primer allows for an even finish and prepares it to be painted. Working with the curves of the panel means James can get a more even and neat finish.
Our 1991 VW T4 Transporter is making progress! Our technicians James and Chris have been working together to ensure bit by bit, we fight the rust that’s appearing on this beloved camper.
Chris has worked on the front panel which has been placed in the ‘oven’ ready for DTM satin black after being sandblasted. This will give it the new lease of life that it very much needs!
James has continued focusing on the wheel arch and busting the rust on other elements of our 1991 VW T4 transporter campervan. The front cross member came was sandblasted and James applied a rust repair replacement on one end.
James has been working on the corrosion damage of our 1991 VW T4 Transporter Campervan. He’s been focusing on finishing off the sliding door and rear left door repairs. He’s cut out the right-hand side rear wheel arch, repaired the inner arch and tacked the new outer arch in place to make it ready for welding.
James has engineered a new window sill on the sliding door of our 1991 VW T4 Transporter Campervan. The lower part of the window sill had corroded beyond repair so James decided to fabricate a new element. You can see below the new piece has been stuck down and held in place before James can shape it.
James has been continuing his work with the VW T4 Transporter Campervan. He’s currently tackling the corrosion in the wheel arch by fabricating new elements. James found that he struggled to get his spot welder into the smaller and more awkward parts of the wheel arch, so instead had to fabricate some bespoke patches.
Here you can see his welding and replacement parts. James will need to do the same on the other side next, and then move onto the wings to ensure that all of the corrosion has been address before it enters the paint bay. With properly engineered components, this beloved TR4 will be able to continue providing memorable adventures.
James has just begun disassembling the VW T4 Transporter Campervan ready for its bodywork and paint. This includes taking off the bull bars, the glass, doors and side panels so that we can tackle the rust.
The inside of the front bumper and all the front supporting structures have been taken apart as well as the side panels and doors taken out to start in-depth work on busting that rust. As a result of the wing and rust removal, James has fabricated the missing areas and welded them in.
Once James had finished removing the rust, he welded new parts in place for each part, as seen below:
This iconic modern classic has come in for some TLC. As a 1991 VW Transporter T4, this model is often used as a camper conversion, which is exactly what ours is. Using some innovative spatial design, this T4 makes the perfect portable camper whilst still being small enough to navigate those smaller roads. However, much like any well-loved classic, it needs some maintenance to its paintwork.
We’re aiming to correct the rust damage on the lower half as despite having been painted elsewhere recently, the corrosion has already returned. The wheel arch, sills and wings are also showing signs of rust, so it’s our job to correct this! We’ll be taking every measure to make sure the rust is kept away for years, not just 6 months. We’re going to be stripping the bodywork back, remove the rust and then paint the body in a dual-tone with white on top and grey covering the bottom half.
Coming soon, we have our 1991 Volkswagen Transporter in need of some rectifications to the body and a full re-paint. As with a lot of the VW campers rust has started to eat into the usual places so all of this will need to be removed and new metalwork will need to be shaped prior to paint preparation.
We are also considering a new bespoke interior but this will be stage 2 of project.