Jon: “Tell me about your bus Ian?”
Ian: “It’s a 1959 Kombi Bought it over the internet in 2005 and shipped it over from Colorado. Had a 4.5 inch narrowed air beam scratch built by John Jones at Kustom Coach Werks in Colorado and some 5inch dropped spindles from Nate at wagenwest in Oregon.
“Then shipped a load of air ride gear over from the USA and Tim Glover at Roadhouse Motor Co. and me fitted it all on. It runs twin compressors, twin air tanks and half-inch air lines with an Accuair controller (originally had a ridetech controller but this died in the engine fire in 2010!) I was booking holidays off and spending them in the workshop with Tim but He did the vast majority of the work. T2D rebuilt the engine/engine bay after the fire (custom shock mounts, tubbed front wheel arches, notched chassis, Ducati motorbike exhausts, 1915cc engine, centreline rear wheels, I designed and had the front wheels made in 3 piece billet ally by Image wheels, as I couldn’t get the style I wanted to fit with all the modifications and disc brakes, etc.”
Jon: “What about that interior, it totally unique.”
Ian: “The woodwork / headliner was all done by me then soft upholstery by Ifor Evans from Whittlesey. (Jaguar oatmeal leather, black vinyl and snakeskin vinyl) Steering wheel ……I was in the workshop one day with the old wheel in my hands (which was beyond refurb) when I looked over and saw a BMX wheel leaning up against the roller shutter doors….you can guess the rest…I bought the wheel & tyre, cut the hub out of the old wheel, had a local engineering shop make me and adapter and stuck a spike in the middle (for health and safety reasons obviously).”
Jon: “Is it your daily drive or weekend cruise?”
Ian: “I use it as much as I possibly can and go to various shows, camping with the family, etc. – The girls (Becky(missus) Lily (eldest) and Eva(middle one)usually end up in the camper whilst me & Isaac(youngest) usually kip in the awning. The kids actually refuse to go anywhere in the normal car if the weather’s half decent! Credits due to: John Jones, at KCW (for the front beam) Tim Glover at Roadhouse Motor Co. (for most the work on the bus) T2D / Matt Balls (for the engine rebuild and new air ride controller) Ifor Evans (for the upholstery.”
Thought I’d get a few shots of my T5 with Ian’s Kombi.