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Vee Dub mamas, I need your help please

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TenaciousG Fri 08-Aug-08 19:22:43

We have a lovely Westie T25 called Clarice, a high top. She's a bit worse for wear though, and we need to replace stuff like window catches and possibly the fridge and pump for the sink. Also, we had an incident with a fencepost in Clumber Park earlier today, and we need a new rear bumper now sad. DP is at a loss where to buy the things we need; they rarely if ever seem to come up on ebay, and we don't know of any VW specialists nearby (we are in South Yorkshire). Can anyone recommend anywhere we can go for parts and also expertise (I dunno how big of a job replacing the pump and fridge will be) ? TIA.

BettySpaghetti Fri 08-Aug-08 19:30:16

I don't know where you live but theres Vanfest in September.

There are loads of stalls selling every VW part you can imagine.

Its also a great day out if you like looking at other peoples vans -we saw some amazing ones there. I was very envy.

We went last year to get some parts for our Beetle as its just down the road for us.

We've also bought some stuff on-line but can't remember the sites -I'll ask DP and get back to you

BettySpaghetti Fri 08-Aug-08 19:31:25

D'oh -sorry just re-read your post and see that you are in S Yorkshire blush

TenaciousG Fri 08-Aug-08 19:36:39

Cheers Betty, yep, I am guessing we need to go to a vanfest or something; the trouble with that is dp works shifts on a rolling pattern so it often drops that he clashes with events (as has happened so far this year).

TenaciousG Fri 08-Aug-08 19:38:20

...meant to say thanks for replying tho; I am shit at geography but if Malvern is anywhere near S Yorks AND DP is not working we will deffo give it a whirl.

mabel1973 Fri 08-Aug-08 19:53:19

we have a 1969 bay.
we are in north notts, so not far from you. I know a couple of places in nottingham, bughaus which is in colwick in notts and someone recommended somewhere else to us just last night, but I will have to wait til DH comes home as I can't remember the name...they specialise in beetles and campers. For engine type parts we use GSF which is in Sneinton in nottingham, they specialise in german, swedish and French car parts and we have bought things like clutch cables and bits for the exhaust from there. For things that have to be of the right era, i.e. lights etc we use (would do link, but am technophobe!)

Hope this helps smile

mabel1973 Fri 08-Aug-08 21:00:22

oh and by the way in a couple of weeks time we are going to

It is being held near matlock, might be worth a visit to see if there's anyone there who can help you.

TenaciousG Fri 08-Aug-08 21:20:09

Hey thanks Mabel, nice one. dp is off for run to the hills, so might see you there....

moosemama Sat 09-Aug-08 14:01:57


If you find it difficult to get to shows and don't know of anywhere local, you can source most of the things you need online and mail order.

These are the ones I could think of off the top of my head. The first four are ones we have used ourselves at different times, the last one is a list of suppliers from the website of the club we were in before we moved south.

It would be worth your while finding out who your local vwclub are as they will have all the information you need as well as useful advice and the best contacts for mechanics etc.

Good luck. smile

TenaciousG Sat 09-Aug-08 17:34:12

Thank you for those links moose mama, will check em all out, cheers me dear.

mabel1973 Sat 09-Aug-08 18:15:11

if you do go to run to the hills I am the pregnant one screaming at two small boys....grin

TenaciousG Sat 09-Aug-08 18:20:07

I'll look out for you...... grin I am the windswept one with the adorable daughter and the voice of Denise Royle.

PaddlePig Sat 09-Aug-08 18:20:21

Is anyone else going to Vanfest?

We have a 1973 Bay Poptop Westie, looking for inspiration on re-organising the interior plus we're new to the veedub world so we just want to hang out and gawp at more experienced veedub-ers grin

Sorry, can't help with finding parts etc but lots of people speak highly of JustKampers.

TenaciousG Sat 09-Aug-08 18:32:34

I am still roffling at the Run to the Hills website.... some quality prog rock on there. Does anyone know what the band is called?

mabel1973 Sun 10-Aug-08 12:59:52

isn't it that kid rock song - they are playing it on radio 1 constantly
I thought Kid rock was famous for being married to pamela anderson once....apparatantly he is actually a musician...of sorts..

TenaciousG Sun 10-Aug-08 15:23:57

lol, I thought it was some proper 70s long haired prog rock!! Perhaps I should apply to become a high court judge.

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