The VW Transporter is one of the most iconic vehicles on the road today. Introduced in 1967 and continuing in production until October 1979, the Bay was the successor to the legendary 'Split-Screen' Transporter, and is the second of five generations of the van so far given the Transporter name by VW. Even the poorest examples of the 'Bay' now fetch significant money, and imports from drier climes continue to appear on British roads, so the case for restoring one of these hugely popular vehicles is increasingly attractive. Using the trusted Haynes practical step-by-step approach, this all colour manual follows the restoration of a 1979 Devon camper from beginning to end, and provides expert advice on the problems likely to be encountered when working on vehicles that have seen over 35 years of use and, in Britain, as many years of rain, salt and mud. This is the only guide to restoring (or part restoring) a 'Bay' you will ever need.
With the aid of over 900 photographs and helpful diagrams, and numerous step-by-step procedures, the down-to-earth text explains:
Buying a van - What to look for and what to avoid.
Planning your project - Timescale, costs, tools, safety, welding techniques and panel preparation.
Chassis and underside - Assessing and replacing the cargo floor, floor supports, crossmembers, sills, outriggers and chassis repairs.
Bodywork - Split into handy sections, covering all the major areas, including front panel, front arches, rear arches, rear end, roof and doors.
Mechanical components - Overhaul of brakes, steering, suspension, gear change linkage, gearbox and carburettor. Includes how to fit adjusters for lowering.
Finishing - Bodywork preparation and painting, and rustproofing.
Trim and interior overhaul - Dashboard, instruments, doors, rear hatch, sliding door, headlining, glass, seats and interior panels.