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  1. Oxfordshire Newbee

    New T5 Members Forum
    Hi everyone. Just looking through for inspiration on what to look for in buying a T5 , this will be my 1st van. So far I've found threads on the common rust spots-Doors, front wheel arch etc, the odd power steering leak and noises on full lock. I will be looking at ready converted - pop up roof...
  2. Waxoyl / tetroseal and sound deadening?

    T5 Conversions
    Hi everyone. I'm new around here and want to thank everyone so far as the content has been so helpful. I'm converting my T5 and at the rust treatment / prevention stage but I'm also planning on sound deadening the van. Question is, should I sound deaden then tetroseal or vice versa as I'm...
  3. Buying slightly rusted T4

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    I have been looking for a van for a while and really can't get away from looking at T4's. Found a T4 2.5 175k miles (MOT runs out next month) from a really nice genuine seller (old works van) who was honest about the faults. Faults are the normal rusting spots , including rusted through on the...
  4. Slow Bodywork repair advice

    General T4 Chat
    Hi All, I'm a 21 year old student and have just about been able to afford my first project, a T4! She is mechanically pretty sound but needs a fair bit of work on the body which im hoping to do myself. Im looking to have it resprayed at a later date when i can afford it but don't mind it looking...
  5. Rust prevention and future proofing

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Hi all, My T5 has begun to rust under the doors along the sills behind the front tires. Currently the paint is beginning to peel away. What is the best way to prevent rusting? She is a great van and I want to keep her healthy for many years to come! With that in mind, I am worried about...
  6. Rust treatment and cleaning those fiddly bits

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Any recommendations for treating small rust spots etc. Also having just polished the van, wondering how to get in between the lettering on the badges. Is a toothbrush the best way?
  7. First T4 has a few rust issues, DIY or pay up?

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Hi everyone, sorry my first post is to ask for help! Hopefully i'll be able to help out too one day! A friend of mine has been doing t4's for a while now and couldnt resist joining in and got myself a 1998 1.9td. Im excited about the whole process really, other than sorting out rust! theres a...
  8. Underbody rust treatment

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Hi, My new to me 2005 van is from Austria, some hotel in the alps, so its got a decent coating of rust on everything underneath (one fender had been replaced as well as some point, though otherwise the paint job above is original and no rust spots there). The wheel arches had been sprayed with...
  9. VW Project: run away screaming or?

    General T5 Technical
    Hi fellow enthusiasts - and greetings from Denmark! I really need a piece of good advice. I just bought an 8-seater VW Transporter Kombi. Its a T5, 2.5 TDI 4Motion (LWB) that I got cheaply from the military. It is from 2007/8 with 200,000 km on the clock. The good part: It runs amazingly well...
  10. Bumper replacement - Wiltshire / Swindon area

    General T4 Chat
    Hi All, Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for somewhere/someone that could replace the bumpers on my 2000 T4. Ideally looking for somewhere local to Swindon (within about 30 miles). Also there are a few rust patches just starting to appear that I'd like nipped in the bud - similar...
  11. Should it worried about this rust under the side-door step?

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    I made the mistake of lifting up the floor on my 2007 T5 that was partially converted by the previous owner.. I wish I hadn't! There is some surface rust around where the cargo hooks were, but I'm confident I can sand these back and treat them myself. I'm more worried about this area under the...
  12. T5 Rusty underside

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Been informed by the VW mains dealership in Dartford, Kent that my 2004 T5 appears to have stood in a damp field for 2 years because of the corrosion on its underside. This does not tally up with the actual body condition. Also having checked the mot history it was definitely driven every year...
  13. recommendations for good bodywork peeps in Stratford area

    General T4 Chat
    Hi all, got a bit of rust starting to raise its ugly head and after some recommendations for body work people in my area. Warwickshire/Stratford, want someone to do it right once and do it well! Cheers!
  14. How rusty is too rusty

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Hello, I'm new here. Been looking for a T4 (owner of T25 for 10 years) and yesterday found what I thought was my dream T4 van. It is a 1998 2.5TD - 70k genuine miles, full service history, all documents present, 2 owners from new, outer body work great with no filler or welding anywhere, it...
  15. Poptop hinge problems

    T5 Conversions
    Hi All, Hoping someone might be able to help me as, so far I cannot find any useful information on the web. I bought my T5 poptop van not long ago and have noticed that the rear scissor hinges are quite rusty which is preventing the roof from full closing. aroung a 5mm gap is visible when the...
  16. recommended bodywork repairs

    New T4 Members Forum
    Can anyone recommend a reliable paintshop/ body repairer in the Ipswich area? I'm looking to get rust treated and resprayed around the front windscreen and rear screen before it gets too bad. Cheers, Rich:)
  17. Rust in C post - how am I going to tackle this?

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    I've been lurking here for years and for the most part have found any answers I needed by searching the forum, but I haven't been able to find anything on this. I've had my T4 for a decade or so, converted it myself to a camper and had the best times in it. Now I have a daughter I wanted to...
  18. Rust around rear windows

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Hey everyone, So around the bottom of the windows on my barn doors I've got a decent amount of rust popping up. I tried treating it before but it came back pretty quickly. Obviously around the window it's hard to get right in there when sanding, so I guess that's why the rust came back so...
  19. Which rust / corrosion treatment for surface rust?

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Good morning fellow forum users, I'm planing ahead and starting to think about tackling the small surface rusts on the inside of the van where you typically see when you strip carpet and ply lining / filling holes etc. Something like this sort of surface rust (image taken from Google, not from...
  20. 1999 T4: MOT Failure due to rust (Somerset)

    Bodywork & Exterior / Detailing & Valeting
    Hello all, I've had my T4 for about a year now and I love it! It's been super reliable up until now despite having 182k miles on the clock. Unfortunately I broke down last week and had to have my clutch replaced, my gearbox fixed and my upper ball joints changed. (painfully the entire job...