Camper van enthusiast Rob Hawkins gives practical advice on modernizing and improving a VW Bay Window camper van. With over 700 colour photographs, the book provides step-by-step guides on how to fit a wide range of simple and more sophisicated upgrades to bring a Bay Window into the 21st century. With safety information throughout, the book covers: upgrading the interior - front bench seats, trimming panels, LED lighting, sound proofing and fitting a budget sound system; improving the ride quality - how to improve the suspension, change dampers, assess wheels and tyres and fit uprated anti-roll bars; better brakes - Bay Window brakes can be as good as a modern vehicle's, and this book shows you how to do it. Also covered is information on updating the electrics, engine preservation and upgrades including removing and rebuilding an engine. Fully illustrated with 728 colour photographs.
The books in the Everyday Modifications series are designed to guide classic car owners through the workshop skills needed to make their vehicles easier to use and enjoy. This book is concerned with improving the 4-cylinder Spitfire and Herald, and the 6-cylinder Vitesse and GT6, with engines ranging in size from 948cc to 1998cc. Classic car author and journalist Iain Ayre gives his hands-on advice on maintaining and modifying the Triumph Herald/Vitesse and Spitfire/GT6, covering both keeping them going and either subtly or dramatically improving them, with additional rescue options offered for Triumphs deemed economically terminal. The advice, based on decades of restoration and racing, covers improvements in power, handling, comfort and safety; period design faults isolated and remedied; electrics demystified, modernizing options discussed; six case studies; radical - as well as mild - modification options discussed. Superbly illustrated with over 250 colour photographs including rare period shots.
The VW Air-Cooled Engine is a no-nonsense engine manual that any practical-minded person can understand, giving a highly illustrated step-by-step guide to dismantling and rebuilding a Type 1 engine. Most of the operations described in the book can be applied to the Type 4 unit used in 1700, 1800 and 2-litre Transporter models as well. Topics covered included workshop essentials; keeping the engine healthy; removing and stripping down the engine; examination of the engine components; reassembling the engine and ancillaries and full specifications of the various Type 1 and Type 4 engines. With over 300 colour images, this book will be an invaluable resource for anyone involved in the repair and maintenance of these iconic engines.
Fitting a Camper Van Interior is a definitive guide to modifying or upgrading a van interior at home. This book offers guidance and advice on how to maximise the interior space, style and functionality of any camper van model. The book breaks down each task with step-by-step photography and instructions, from the initial design stages, right through to expanding the camper van with awnings and elevating roofs. With safety tips throughout, the book covers: considerations when purchasing your camper van (classic or new model?); how to assess an existing interior and determine what you need from your camper van; designing and planning a camper van interior - ideas and suggestions to help decide what you need to include inside a camper van; preparation - how to strip the inside of a camper van and prepare it for a new interior, including fitting insulation, sound proofing, rust protection, flooring and panelling; seats and sleeping - how to make your own seats and fit them, restore a rock and roll bed and fit a hammock; kitchen equipment - step-by-step instructions on making your own kitchen units and fitting equipment such as a fridge and stove; camper van electrics - hooking up at a campsite, running a leisure battery and other ideas for operating electrical equipment; expanding a camper van - how to make a canopy and fit an elevating roof. Illustrated throughout with 753 step-by-step photographs.
Researched in incredible detail, this book explores the story of the timeless VW bus, from early origins through to the present day. This entirely new edition includes details of many of the different camper conversions, and examines the social history and the T2’s evolution. Including full specifications, production figures and buying advice, this is a must for any VW enthusiast.
Despite only nine years of production, Vincents continue to be ridden regularly in rallies, hard in racing, and certainly well beyond the normal lifespan of a motorcycle. This book tells the Vincent story from 1946 until the present day, including the stories of those significant individuals who helped to make Vincents such legendary machines.
How to modify and upgrade a retro or classic saloon or sports car for modern road or motorsport use, instruments, engine, gearbox, overdrive, wheels, tyres, supercharging and turbocharging, suspension, oil cooling and systems, clutch, cooling, brakes, back axle and drivetrain, exhaust, dyno tuning, carburation, preparation for motorsport.
Available again after a long absence! Always big on character and charm, Fiat’s little cars played an important international roll in providing affordable and practical private transport for millions who had previously thought their dream impossible. With particular emphasis on the now classic 600 and Nuova 500 cars, this book tells the full story of these ‘baby’ Fiats. Built, and exported to, many countries outside of the marque’s native Italy, over 6.5 million Topolinos, 600s and Nuova 500s were sold, and an amazing number survive to this today. Also covered are the wonderful models built on these cars’ tiny chassis by Italy’s leading coachbuilders, and the motorsport success achieved by the Abarth versions of the little cars that everybody loves.
The overhead camshaft single provided the DNA for Ducati motorcycles, but, with little accurate documentation and information available until now, they can be difficult to restore and authenticate. This is the first book to provide an authoritative description of the complete range of Ducati OHC singles.
Carrying on Adrian Streather’s tradition of exemplary Porsche 911 technical guides, this book contains everything a 997 owner needs to know, plus a lot more. From engines and transmissions to engine management software – no matter what model of 997, it’s all covered here.