VW T2 campervan restoration
VW campervan Betty wasn’t always in the same pristine condition as you see her today. Seven years ago she was bought as a project and turned out there was quite a lot of work needing doing to her.
The work was carried out over a period of three years. In the first place she was carefully stripped down to bare metal. This was back breaking work but worth it in the end. Some metal was replaced and Betty was given two base coats of red lead. Then she was finished in her original factory colours - at some stage in her life she had been sprayed blue.
The interior was designed by specialist VW campervan outfit The Camper Shak. Her fitted units are in Furze Oak, including the cooker and sink units. You will find lots of nooks and crannies for storage all around the campervan. The ¾ rock and roll bed was designed to be really easy to put up (down?) and the seating is in a high quality vinyl which makes keeping the inside of the van clean whilst at the beach a lot easier. Betty was then fitted with three rear seat belts - two on the rock and roll bed and one on the rear facing single seat that houses the porta potty.
Whilst the mechanical aspects have replicated as near to as possible the original VW T2 bay spec the internals of the van have been designed with modern comfort in mind. There was in any case no original VW specification for the interior. These were all manufactured differently by the various specialist shops (Westfalia, Devon Moonraker, Dormobile etc). Betty’s interior layout sticks to her original Devon Moonraker design but the fittings are modern.
These fittings include LED lighting so as not to consume too much leisure battery as well as a fridge that runs off both battery and an electric hook up should one be available. There are also 3 pin electrical sockets for your appliances should you be plugged into an electrical hookup plus USB ports for mobile phone charging that work off both the hookup and the battery.
The flooring was provided by another specialist company called Madmatz.
The whole project took three years of painstaking effort. The upshot of all this work is a campervan that is almost like new but with far more comfort than the original 1971 version. We hope you will enjoy her.
What you think
Had a great time in Norfolk in Bertie thanks AnneLee Hancock
Betty was admired and envied by fellow festival attendees and was of eminently appropriate vintageSue Topham
Despite wind and rain of biblical proportions we were assured of a warm, dry, snug bed on emerging fSue Topham
Had a great time with Betty at Cropredy Music Festival.Sue Topham
We had a great time in Betty - Cathy didn't want to give her back:)John W
We had a vantastic time with Betty this bank holiday in EdaleDan Ellin
The van was fantastic had a great weekend. Rachel xRachel
Wow - the pictures of Betty don't do her justice - she is a beautGraham Wilson
Betty is an absolute delight and has a personality all of her own. We will certainly be back.Mark Smith
Literally you have to go to Germany in Betty. So many fans, beeps, waves and pictures!Jimmy Vestbirk
Hi Anne we've had a lovely weekend in Betty. The awning has been a godsend to give the extra space.Amanda
Anne's Vans were a pleasure to deal with the hiring of our van. Highly recommended!Claire Smith
I was amazed at how comfortable it was to drive Betty the van.Dave Cooper