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New Paint Booth at Coast VW
First paint job in our new commercial paint booth....yes that's a VW T3 Hi-Top Syncro Westfalia hidden in there!! :)   #coastvw  #classicvwbodyshop  #vwt3bodywork  ..
Volkswagen T3 Bodywork
This VW T3 Syncro is being prepped in our new filler room......the paintbooth is nearly installed and ready to use, perfect timing!   #coastvw  #vwbodywork   #classicvolkswagenpaintshop  ..
Subaru Engine Conversion
Just finished fitting this Subaru EJ25 2.5 ltr engine into a South African Syncro. These Subaru engines are such a good fit in a T3 and brilliant to drive, quiet, smooth and powerful. If you are thinking of an engine conversion in your Volkswagen campervan then we recommend this engine as being the best petrol engine conversion in a VW T3. ..
VW T3 16" Metal Work Repairs
A little light metal work surgery on this 16 inch Volkswagen Doka. The front jacking point had corroded and taken the front edge of the sill with it so we removed the outer section on the front outrigger to allow correct repairs inside the B pillar.  We will now fabricate a new sill section along with the supporting frame inside the sill, before making the outrigger section and stitching it all back together, when finished it will be an invisible repair. ..
CoastVW has moved!
Sorry for the quiet spell - its been a busy few months relocation CoastVW to our new premises. We are all moved in but the unpacking continues...…   You can now find us at:   CoastVW Ltd, Horsepond Meadow, South Molton, EX36 4EJ ..
VW Camper Magazine Editorial
We were super pleased with the 6 page article in this months Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine all about one of our recent restorations.... #coastvw #vt3restorations #vwcamper https://www.facebook.com/volkswagencamper/        ..
Happy Friday :)
We love it when Coast VW customers pop in, especially when they bring cake!!! Happy Friday peeps :) #coastw   #lovelycustomers    #classicvwservices   #allyouneediscake ..
VW T3 Syncro - Suspension Upgrade
This Volkswagen T3 16" Syncro is back in the CoastVW workshop having its annual MOT. This time we also fitted new Seikel Springs and Bilstein B6 dampers as the old springs had sagged. This will improves the ride and provide better handling. ..
VW T3 Syncro - Subaru Engine Conversion
Engine bay just being prepped before 'popping' in this Subaru EJ25 engine into a Volkswagen T3 Syncro. #subaruengineconversions #coastvw #vwt3engineconversion ..
VW T3 Engine Bay Metal Repairs
This VW T3 Syncro engine bay is undergoing some metal work repairs. On the Syncro variants mud collects between the fuel pipe between and the chassis which eventually corrodes the bottom of the engine bay panel. ..
VW T3 Carb Tuning
This VW T3 Reimo popped into the CoastVW workshop as it was experiencing issues with the twin carb set up. We replaced all the fuel lines, synchronised the carbs and traced the running issue to a split servo take off pipe. ..
VW T3 - Inner Sill Repair
These photo's show the fitment of the outer sill and floor section which were badly corroded on this Volkswagen T3 16" Syncro. Once repairs are complete we will be fitting the mid panel.     ..
VW T3 Syncro Seatboxes
We have been busy at the Coastvw workshop reinstating the seat boxes on this 16" Syncro, they had been removed previously in order to fit after market seats and now original seats will be going back in once repaint has been done. ..
Fox Suspension Upgrade
This Volkswagen T3 16" Syncro Doka is to be fitted with the ever popular Fox Suspension upgrade. Owner is looking for a little bit more ground clearance and a better ride off-road. ..
VW T3 Torque Convertor Oil Leak
Torque convertor oil leak all fixed on this Volkswagen T3 Campervan (Mongo), and has now returned home. ..
VW T3 Syncro - Post Restoration Photo Shoot
We had a great morning out on a photo shoot for this Volkswagen T3 Syncro post restoration - the weather was fabulous and the views were stunning!  We are so lucky to live and work in beautiful North Devon <3 ..
New CoastVW logo:
We are loving our new modified logo, a very talented designer we have on board ..
Mechanic Required
With work coming out of our ears it is time to expand the team...mechanic required if anybody knows of someone looking for a new opportunity. ..
2.1 Engine For Sale
2.1 Engine for sale - We have a customer who is selling his 2.1 block with a 1.9 manifold and carb, relatively low miles since being reconditioned, low compression on no.3. Owner is selling complete, get in touch if you are interested :) ..
VW T3 2.5 Subaru Engine Conversion
It's going in......2.5 Subaru engine into this VW T3 14" Doka :) ..
MTdi Engine Refurbishment
This customers VW T3 Campervan had one of the first MTdi conversions many years ago...and it is now with us for an engine refurbishment. We have prepared and painted the engine bay, completely renewed the coolant system, replaced the cylinder head and replaced the clutch with a complete Tdi clutch system.....we are now just fitting it all back together. ..
VW T3 Restoration & Rebuild
Rebuild continues for this VW T3 Early Caravelle. Its had a custom pale yellow paint which was mixed especially for this build. This image shows the front end build coming along nicely. ..
Happy Friday!
Happy Friday peeps! We plan on lighting the fire, putting some tunes on and polish off this lovely bottle of red. Stay warm over the weekend, send us some Syncro snow shots... ..
Another Subaru engine conversion....
We are busy preparing this VW T3 14" Doka engine bay ready for a 2.5 Subaru engine conversion. ..
#coastvw
We are super pleased with our back-cover ad on this months Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine which has just arrived in the post. We have worked on this customers van for over 5 years and in that time we have undertaken a full metal work restoration, an engine conversion and various other bespoke works. Photo credits go to him and his friend for allowing us to use this great image for our marketing…….beers in the post guys ???? ..
VW T3 Roof Restoration
This VW T3 14" Syncro has come into the CoastVW workshop for a light body restoration. Unfortunately when we removed the high top it revealed a rather severe corrosion issue underneath. The corrosion has pretty much eaten through both sides of the gutter. We are now going to source a replacement donor roof. Fortunately the rest of the van is in great condition. ..
VW T3 Syncro & 2WD Subaru Engine Conversions
Coast VW Subaru engine conversions for VW T3 2WD and Syncro.   Our Subaru engine conversion programme has been specially developed for the T3 with stand alone ECU with custom mapping set up on a rolling road and perfected on the road.   Developing 156 HP and 173 Lbft of torque. ..
VW T3 Restoration and Repaint
Fresh back from paint is this Volkswagen T3 caravelle which has just been repainted in a soft yellow having had a metalwork restoration with us. ..
VW T3 Under Body Protection Waxing
At the CoastVW workshop we have been busy waxing the underside of this VW T3 Syncro. We use an amazing product from Bilt Hambler Laboratories which is the business and lasts for up to 5 years (except in high wear areas). We thoroughly recommend protecting your investment with this specialist application. ..
VW T3 Off Grid Power Shower
We can't wait to fit this pressurised campervan shower which one our customers has just bought for their own van.....   What they say about it: "It will heat the water while you drive and can be ready to give you a high pressure hot shower. Hot or cold, the Road Shower has many uses: from the camp hose for dishes, a pressurized jet to rinse off dirty gear, a gentle spray for the pets, or for extra drinking water. There are no electrical parts to connect or propane to hook up. It is almost maintenance free and should last you many years. The water is there when you need it"..
VW T3 Auto Gearbox Oil Leak
This VW T3 has just come into us from Cheltenham with an oil leak from its auto gearbox - having already been to various other garages. We've now diagnosed the issue and it will be back on the road in a couple of days.....it pays to use a specialist :) ..
Customer Review
More kind words from a trusted CoastVW customer who has been using our services for many years :) ..
Australian Import
Our customer purchased this VW Baywindow whilst travelling in Australia, they transported it back to the UK and it has been in storage for many years.....we need to re-commission it mechanically all ready for the summer season. ..
VW T3 Engine Upgrade
Today we are doing an engine assessment on this VW T3 Auto-sleeper. It currently has a Mtdi fitted which we are going to give a refresh to: new cylinder heads / injector rebuild along with sorting out some wiring issues and fitting a full stainless steel exhaust.....so will be all ready to go for the camping season :) ..
VW T3 16" Syncro Body Restoration
The custom rear panel has now been fitted into this VW T3 16" Syncro. Middle panel has also been trial fitted and is now ready for welding in place.   #coastvw #vwt3resto #vwt3bodywork ..
VW T3 - New roof canvas
Another week and another roof canvas.... this time we are fitting a new one to a Volkswagen T3 Westfalia. We've opted to replace with an original style one from Germany - should be slightly more waterproof then the old one! ..
A customer review to get our week started with a smile :)
Lovely customers make us want to do what we do........ ..
VW T3 California Import
Another Volkswagen T3 Syncro Westfalia 14" High Top has come into the CoastVW workshop for a 1.9 TD engine upgrade, .....we are a bit jealous of the number plate! ..
VW T3 Restoration
Nathan has been busy replacing the rear wheel arch on this Volkswagen T3 16" Syncro. ..
A sneaky peak at this VW Syncro's new interior
Here is a sneaky interior shot of the new interior now in one of our current Volkswagen T3 Syncro restorations...more images to come in due course :) ..
VW T3 High Top - Roof repairs
The roof is now back on this Volkswagen T3 Autosleeper having had all it water damaged corrosion cut out and repaired - all ready for the great British weather!! ????️ ..
VW T3 Front Panel Repair
Front pillar repair now complete on this VW T3 Syncro - including inner frame repair. All ready to fit new panel and complete lower panel. ..
VW Baywindow Restoration
This 1976 Volkswagen Baywindow is back in the CoastVW workshop. Ash is busy fitting all the glass along with new seals, next job on the list will be building up the front doors before fitting the new pop top roof. ..
Christmas tree in a camper!
It's so handy to have a Volkswagen Campervan when you go Christmas tree shopping!! ..
CoastVW - Customer feedback
Its always so nice when existing CoastVW customers take the time to get in touch....... ..
VW T3 Replacement Engine
At CoastVW we are fitting a 1.9 AAZ engine into this VW T3 Westfalia, it was an early petrol so we've had to install battery tray and engine bar mounting plates to rear valance. Next job is to fit the front to back stainless steel coolant pipes ..
CoastVW Customer Review
The team at CoastVW love receiving a good review, makes the madness worthwhile. Thanks Mark for taking the time to write this :) ..
VW T3 14" Syncro Campervan
Back to us after an extended European road trip this VW T3 Syncro Campervan will now go into our winter storage. It will then have annual MOT/service/check over before its 2018 adventures :) ..
Fibre Optic Headling Lights
Just arrived at CoastVW workshop are these fibre optic lights which are going to be fitted in the dark headlining to give a starry night effect - we are all looking forward to seeing the effect. ..
Volkswagen Subaru Engine Conversion
This Subaru engine has just arrived, it is a low mileage EJ25 2.5 engine which will be going into a VW T3 Syncro. ..
VW T3 16" Syncro Restoration
We have made a bit of progress on the latest VW T3 Syncro restoration that is in: 1. Bottom of b-pillar has been cut back to expose the inner frame which shows light surface corrosion but no rot 2. Front A-pillar  on nearside had some accident damage which was rather crudely filled.....new panel will be fitted here 3. Short sill panel has been removed to expose the inner frame which is often corroded away but this one looks good 4. Mid panel has had a lot of filler applied over large dent which will pull out to straighten the panel   ..
VW T3 Syncro - Interior Trimming
Jon and Ash have got a days drive ahead of them taking this Volkswagen T3 Syncro up to Bromsgrove for its interior trimming. This project is nearer the end now and is looking fabulous. https://youtu.be/o4bVxRGmgjQ       ..
VW T3 MOT Welding
This Volkswagen T3 LLE comes into us every year for service and MOT. Today Pete has been removing the front upper/outer wheel arch skin which has rusted through into the prescribed seat belt mounting area – so just cutting it all out to make a good repair for MOT. ..
Subaru Engine Conversion - wiring loom going in
Installing the wiring loom in this EJ25 Subaru engine conversion…should be ready for its first fire up in the next couple of days. ..
VW T3 Multivan - Engine Conversion
Another VW T3 has just come in for an engine replacement - currently a diesel and the owner has decided to go for petrol. In this instance we are converting it to a Subaru EJ25. ..
VW T3 16" Syncro Restoration
Our next restoration is in - VW T3 16” Syncro. Boys have had a busy few days stripping down the shell prior to beginning the metal work. ..
Volkswagen T25 Syncro has a new home
This lovely Volkswagen T25 Syncro has just been sold and is now on its way back to Ireland with its new owner. Before it left we gave it some TLC: full service, MOT, full valet, de-coupler fitting and a Rocky Mountain rear wheel carrier. ..
VW T3 Camper Interior
Jon and Ash are having another busy week building up the interior on this VW T3 Syncro. Owner decided to have the existing interior vinyl wrapped in this fab blue colour. Love it! ..
VW T3 Syncro Bodywork
This VW T3 14" Syncro Doka is having some light renovation work done. The outer sill seams were showing some seam rash, once we had media blast it became apparent that the corrosion was worse then we though (often the case!!) so we removed the old outer sill and are just fitting in the new outer sill - luckily the inner sill was still in perfect condition. ..
VW T3 Syncro Pop Top Roof Fitting
Boys have been busy fitting the pop top on this VW T3 Syncro campervan, next job on the list is the aftermarket sunroof and solar panels. ..
VW T3 Interior Flooring
We have just fitted this wood effect vinyl flooring into a VW T3 Syncro we are currently rebuilding. This is such a great product as its individual planks so looks just like real wood. #coastvw ..
VW T3 Terrawagen Wheel Flare Kit
Great attention to detail in the CoastVW workshop fitting these Terrawagen wheel arches. We seal the edge of the arch to the panel to stop any water or dirt packing in and rusting the wheel arch out. Results look fantastic! Beside from looking cool these wheel arch flare kits also prevent stone chips on the inner arches. ..
VW T3 Disc Brake Conversion
Volkswagen T3 disc brake conversion being fitted, designed to be used with 15" steel mefro's. ..
Overland trip to Iceland
Some more holiday snaps of another CoastVW customer on a recent overland trip to Iceland - great to see one of our Syncro conversions in its natural environment :)   :)       ..
Happy Monday
It may be a wet and busy Monday but I took five minutes to hang my birthday VW bunting from my lovely friends and have a sneaky artisan chocolate received in the post from (one of) my favourite customers :) ..
Commute to work
We love it when our CoastVW customers email us with their pictures: this one is of their commute to work...happy days :) ..
VW Syncro Solar Panels
100 watt solar panel kit for a Volkswagen T3 14" Synco was fitted to a truck in the shop this week. Great for some off grid camping ..
VW T3 Caravelle Restoration
James has had a busy week finishing of the rear lower panel on this Volkswagen T3 Caravelle.......now off to paint she goes :) ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion
Just building up another Subaru EJ25 2.5ltr engine to go in the back of a Volkswagen T3 Syncro. #vwsubaruengineconversions ..
VW T3 Syncro Repaint
Wow! Just back from the paint shop after a full body restoration with us in this Volkswagen T3 14" Syncro which has been painted in a very bright Lamborghini orange, striking! ..
Volkswagen Holiday Snaps!
Another great customer pic from their tour around Northern Spain, 2000m and engine was perfect, happy customers are a great way to start our day ..
VW T6 4 Motion Suspension Upgrade
Wow, what a busy old summer its been at Coast VW......especially as we had lots of time off with our rug-rats!   So much to blog about its hard to know where to start......   Here's some customer feedback:   "Just a quick note to say how pleased we are with the Seikel suspension system Pete fitted to our T6 California. It performed excellently on our recent Alps trip." ..
VW T3 Servicing
Regular servicing of your classic Volkswagen is highly recommended......engines work much better when there is not a mouse nest inside your air filter! ..
VW T3 Service, pre road trip
@CoastVW we have just completed some service work on this VW T3 prior to its journey to Sweden for an extended road trip. ..
VW T3 Engine Upgrade
This 1.9 Turbo diesel is all ready to fit into VW T3 Campervan. It will be a huge improvement over the campers previous stock 1.6JX engine. We fit hybrid turbos and inter-coolers in order to deliver usable/reliable power. ..
Volkswagen T3 Syncro Body Repairs
Its been a hot couple of days in the CoastVW workshop, but the guys have carried on working hard..... Ross was busy yesterday (on the hottest day in the UK since 1976!!) repairing the B-pillar on this Volkswagen T25 Syncro. ..
1966 Volkswagen Splitscreen - fresh paint
Back from paint and looking magnificent is this 1966 Volkswagen Splitscreen - now let the rebuild commence! :) ..
Volkswagen Baywindow Fire Extinguisher Corrosion
This Volkswagen Baywindow has had an underside fire approx 4 years ago which was put out using a powder based fire extinguisher. unfortunately this powder is highly corrosive and has rusted through the lower front panels on this otherwise rust free van. Gutting :( ..
VW T3 engine replacement
At the CoastVW workshop today we are removing this early 1.9 engine which has terminal water jacket gasket failure, new engine to be fitted in due course. ..
VW Baywindow Engine Build
Just finishing off building this 1600 air cooled motor for a Volkswagen Baywindow. Next job is to modify the support plate for the center mount twin choke carburetor and then it will be all ready to fit! ..
VW Baywindow For Sale
1976 Volkswagen Bay Window Campervan – Right Hand Drive Selling on behalf of a customer is this two berth campervan. It is a solid example with the previous owners having invested a lot of money in her over the past couple of years to get her mechanically sound. Right hand drive and tin top (a desirable feature as there are so few around anymore). It has a full width rock’n’roll bed and all the seats have been upholstered. It seats six passengers with three point harness belts. It also has a leisure battery system fitted.  Twin sliding doors. Comes with Fiamma bike rack. A lot..
VW T3 Syncro - metal work restoration
Volkswagen T3 Syncro Metalwork Restoration - This picture shows the sill on a VW T3 - a common area of corrosion. Many restorers cut out the middle section but we remove the entire sill and replace the inner and outer sections. ..
Subaru Engine Rebuild Completed
This Subaru EJ25 engine is all built up and ready to fit in VW T3 Syncro. This engine has gone through our rebuild process and is looking good as new. ..
Happy CoastVW Customers
What a busy old week its been at CoastVW HQ this week! Lovely homemade cookies by another satisfied customer went down rather nicely :) :) :) ..
VW T3 Restoration Complete
Final pictures of a Volkswagen T25 restoration which went out on Wednesday, the owners were thrilled to be reunited with Katy! ..
VW T3 Subaru Engine Conversion
Out with the old and in with the new......Ross has been cracking on with stripping down the old Subaru EJ25 engine and building back up the new shiny version. Engine has had new main and big end ACL race bearings, new piston rings, heads rebuilt, all new gaskets etc so will be good as new and all ready to install back in the VW T3 Syncro camper….just a mere matter of finishing the body resto, getting the van repainted and completing the rebuild…..:) :) ???? ..
VW T3 Camper Vinyls
This VW T3 Camper came back from paint last week and Ash has worked closely with Steve https://www.facebook.com/pg/wrapitgraphics.co/about/…to recreate the original Kamper vinyls as we couldn't find any for sale that exactly matched the ones on this Japanese import camper. ..
VW T3 Syncro Doka - Roof Tent
This custom built frame is now back from the powder coaters and all fitted to this VW T3 Syncro Doka. With the James Baroud roof tent all fitted this truck is nearly ready for its expedition.   ..
VW T3 Syncro Winch
Now that's what you call a winch! A CoastVW customer has just had this Warn Zeon heavy duty winch fitted to the front bumper of their VW T3 Syncro - cant wait to see some action shots of its capabilities :) ..
VW T3 Campervan Restoration
The CoastVW workshop is bursting its seams as yet another VW T3 Campervan comes back from the paint shop. This Volkswagen Camper came to us for a light body resto and a bit of work on the roof. Now being fitted back up with all new seals. ..
VW T3 Syncro Bodywork
James is busy prepping this replacement side panel on this Volkswagen T3 Syncro campervan.   ..
VW T3 Syncro - replacement front grill
In the CoastVW workshop today we have just taken off the SA grills and replaced with a stock grill and now spotlights. ..
VW T3 Syncro Road Trip
There is nothing like positive customer feedback to put a smile on your face-   'After Picking up the Syncro from the team at Coast I was very impressed with not only the service but the professional attitude of the guys in the workshop. Very customer focused and they ran through everything that had been done and replaced. We have just got back from a 15 day trouble free 4800km round trip to Norway and Sweden. Syncro went well which is down to Coast picking up the issues it had and sorting them out'   Thanks CoastVW - David, Kirsty ..
1992 VW T3 Doka for Sale
VW T3 Syncro Doka This truck has been owned by the current for over 10 years – was imported from Sweden. Normal Doka corrosion points (please see photos) and will need bodywork shortly to rectify – although it does have a new MOT. It has an MV engine running DJ fuel system. Twin rear cab doors. Left-hand drive. Gearbox and front diff were both refurbished 3 years ago by Bears Motorsports (receipts available). Selling on behalf of the customer……. vehicle is currently at the Coast VW workshop and viewings are welcome.                 ..
VW T3 LLE Restoration Complete
A few more snaps of the Volkswagen T3 LLE that we finished last week. We have known this customer for many years, he is one of our favorites ;)The van entered our workshop as a slammed multivan and leaves as a 'Syncro style 2WD' with peloquin diff, AT tyres, truck mirrors, wheel arch flares and winch we reckon Mike and his boys will soon be getting up to some wild camping fun. Proper photo shoot and perhaps even some video footage on its next return to us......nobody wanted to get it muddy yet :) Well done team CoastVW, the boys did good ;)   ..
Coast VW Volkswagen Restorations
On Friday afternoon the workshop was host to a reunion of CoastVW restorations. The blue LLE having its final polish having just been built back up, the red South African van was back in for its annual service (full resto with us early 2015) and the green Westfalia back with us for a Mtdi engine conversion (resto was late 2015) #vwrestorations #vwt3services #coastvw #feelingproud ..
VW T3 Syncro Doka - RHD Tristar
An existing CoastVW customer has just replaced his yellow VW T3 Doka with......another yellow T3 Doka!! Although slightly different as this one is a RHD Tristar Syncro (not many of those around!!). In at the CoastVW workshop for a coolant change, cavity waxing, new dashboard fan and an oil change. ..
VW T3 JX Engine Conversion and rebuilt gearbox
Pete has just finished installing a fresh JX motor and gearbox into this VW T3 Syncro...nearly ready to return home to Jersey :) ..
VW T3 Body Prepping prior to paint
James has had a busy week prepping this VW T3 bodyshell ready for paint. ..
VW T25 Winch Fitting
This VW T25 LLE in its final stages of post resto build up. Ash busy fitting the winch today, wiring all in place. ..
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