Posted: 3 Apr 2014
Fully Restored 1965 VW Splitscreen Campervan with a Bespoke, Unique Interior
• 1965 EZ Camper Californian import
• 53,000 miles but only 10,000 on new reconditioned engine
• GT gear box
• Red leather and ivory velvet interior
• Solid Oak kitchen units
• Full-width rock and roll bed
• Tax exempt
• New MOT on sale
• Thousands spent
Here we have an exceptional bus which has been fully restored to a very high standard. The meticulous restoration and stunning custom interior led to the bus being featured in the original and best VW Camper Magazine ‘VW Camper & Commercial’. The bus also features as Mr October 2014 on the popular VW Campervan Calendar.
If you would like to see all of the photos from the professional photoshoot, the magazine article and the calendar please email me and I will send you a link for a Flickr gallery.
This 1965 bus started life as an EZ camper and was sourced in California for me by VW Relics, who imported it to the UK in 2009. Once here, VW Relics prepped the body and then repainted it to my specification with Satin Black for the lower half, and Ivory for the upper body. It was then lowered by Type 2 Detectives and a set of reproduction Empi five-spokes fitted. They also revamped the windscreen wipers with a unique conversion kit in order to improve efficiency of the mechanism. The final touch was the addition of Creative Engineering front and rear Westfalia-style wood slat roof racks and a roof ladder.
The interior is clean and simple, with a full-width rock and roll and bed/ rear seat, and a unit across the bulkhead. This unit features a single seat flanked by twin solid oak storage cupboards with worktops custom-built by a local cabinet maker. The load door end cabinet houses a stainless steel pump sink hidden under a flush-mounted hinge up top, and the side flaps down to form a shelf and reveal a magnetic knife holder compartment. The 30-litre water tank and pump unit are sited under the centre seat. The flooring is also solid oak. There's more storage under the bed, housing the 12v, 120 amp hr leisure battery and 1kw invertor to supply the sockets. The interior trim, completed by TG Toon Upholsterers in Bideford, is ivory velvet for the headlining and upper side panels, with lower panels, door cards, and rear seat/ bed and cab seats finished in red leather.
The original 1500 single port engine and gearbox was swapped for a GT Beetle 1600 lump, with twin choke Webbers mated to a recon GT box. All the gearbox linkages were renewed and a new clutch fitted. The original exhaust system was replaced with a four-into-one manifold and new silencer. Other work included overhauling and renewing the fuel system, including the tank, fuel lines and throttle cable, as well as the braking system and fitting new master and slave cylinders. New shock absorbers, Bosch starter motor and distributor and speedo cable were also fitted.
Since I have owned this bus I have always stored it inside during the winter so the condition is good, clean and solid. There is a small amount of corrosion beginning around front window frames. I have a file full of receipts and paperwork that I have kept since the bus was first imported.