Figured it was about time I put together a build thread for my van as a way of documenting my progress with it from stock white panel van to day van / bike hauler.
I've include links & prices to the parts I've bought where possible.
I used to have a B6 Passat Sport estate which I'd used numerous times to drive out to Morzine in the French Alps for road & mountain biking during the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
We'd always stop at the Aires en route and I'd be massively envious of all the T5's and other campervans parked up getting a comfortable nights sleep and having loads of room for all their gear.
4-up plus bikes & biking gear gets pretty cramped ... and I was always really security conscious of having the bikes on display when strapped to the roof!
A couple of my mates then bought T5's (one a fully converted camper, the other a Sportline kombi) and that was it, I was sold, the T5 hunt was on...
Fast forward a couple of months to the start of December 2017 and a contact at work told me of a company local to him who specialise in converting VW T6's who'd just taken in a partially-converted T5.1 panel van as a part-ex.
A quick phone call later and that same evening I'd put a deposit down on a 'builders-favourite' white T28 panel van.
Even though I REALLY wanted a grey van, this one had already had the bulkhead removed and a set of tinted side windows - something that I really didn't fancy trying to tackle fitting myself!
It was already carpet lined, had a set of roof bars and a set of Unwin rails in the floor which I thought would come in handy for having adjustable seating in the back for carrying bikes.
I managed to blag some workshop space in my mates bodyshop for the week before Christmas and had the van delivered there, along with a pile of extras I'd already started buying (aaah such a slippery slope!!).
Over the course of a week I spent a silly amount of hours helping to sand & prep the front & rear commercial bumpers and number plate plinth ready for colour-coding along with a rear barndoor spoiler from Travelin-Lite.
Due to the van having solid rear doors I decided to wire in a reversing camera and sensors too. And then once the bumpers were ready for my good friend to start painting, I was able to steal some time on his 4-post lift to fit up a set of stainless side bars, H&R 50mm Springs from Travelin-Lite and a set of 20" Wolfrace alloys.
The best Christmas present ever was finally being able to drive this home on Christmas Eve!