It was all down to her family taking her from their hometown of Scarborough to visit lots of VW shows from a very young and impressionable age. For the past twenty odd years, her birthday and Christmas presents have always been splitscreen memorabilia. She dreamed of the day when she might have one of her own and her infectious enthusiasm has rubbed off on her husband Oliver. The day finally arrived where they both agreed that, ‘life is too short’ and they began searching for a bus of their own. And when Joanne stumbled across this camper in August 2017, it was ‘love at first sight’. Having spent her whole life studying VW split-screens, she could barely hide her smile as soon as she saw Ruby. The owner still had to interview the couple, as he wanted to make sure that the new ‘adopted parents’ were fit to look after his treasured bus, but the colour and the chrome tipped Joanne into saying simply, ‘she’s the one’. A lot of work had been carried out on the split, including changing the colour from white/grey to the stunning off white over Nissan red that you see here. The original 1500cc engine had also been replaced with a larger capacity 1776cc unit running twin Weber 36IDF carburettors, 041 cylinder heads and an Engle W110 ‘hot street’ cam. Dual oil coolers are also fitted, the first is stock, but full flowed and the second is cooled with an auxiliary fan. The original transmission and reduction boxes were replaced properly using an IRS from a bay and a higher ratio gearbox taken from a 1303S Super Beetle. The front suspension was lowered using both dropped spindles & an adjustable beam, and the front brakes were uprated, both to cope with the additional power and to match the new smaller wheel PCD to the new rear end. Discs from Custom & Speed Parts were installed along with a dual circuit master cylinder and a vacuum servo. Other nice touches are polished GT 5 spoke alloy wheels from SSP, a roof rack, pop outs from Creative Engineering and a Dormobile roof...
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Lance & Lisa Beaver tell the story of their...‘Old School' Westfalia Bay
The history of our bus is varied. I heard that it used to belong to a soccer player who lived in it for a while, and a tale of a cross country trip that was taken in it. Since we’ve owned it, we have been to numerous car shows with our car club Kahiko Kula and enjoy that immensely, but taking it camping is our joy.
Messing About in Boats
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Hector A Cautionary Tale.
We’d wanted a splitscreen bus for years. And first got the bug, after hiring one for a holiday in Cornwall in 2009.
Since the tender age of just 3, Joanne Dix has been into splitscreen Volkswagens.
Playing with Fire
‘There we were, all just sitting around the campfire...’
Four lads take on Le Mans
We’d had the Le Mans 24 hour race on our bucket list for a long, long time...
Happy 70th Birthday, Miss Sofie!
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Sitting on the Dock of the Bay…
The beginning of our second week and we were being treated to a day out...
Brochure Line - A 2.6 litre T3!
Taking a peep at a highly desirable VW Bus few of us will ever see in its ‘Exclusiv’ finery
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LAST SCREAM OF THE JIMMY
In 1954, when Oliver needed a powerful diesel to one-up their competitors, they went to General Motors.
FORD TO GO ALL ELECTRIC IN EUROPE BY 2030
Ford announced a major push into electric vehicles in Europe, vowing to convert its entire passenger car lineup on the continent to electrics by 2030.
GOLDIE STABBED IN THE HEART!
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FREAKED-OUT CRUISE TAKES CONTROL!
Gets COVID-proof movie set after wild virus rant
Volkswagen Triples Electric Car Sales Ahead Of Climate Rules
Europe’s push into electric cars is gathering speed — despite the pandemic.
BARN FIND GOLD!
1949 CLETRAC ADH
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