Tagged: Barndoor

Watching the world go by

Photo of the week #44 – The owner of this rat-look barn door panel van chilling at Stanford Hall with a hot drink and a cigarette.


Smiths of Cornwall

Smiths VW specialise in pre-1967 Volkswagen campervan restoration & offer full or part restoration work, including interiors, body work, and paint. With over 17 years experience ‘classic vehicle restoration’ qualified Matt Smith runs a Volkswagen workshop in Wadebridge, Cornwall – building & restoring specialist classic busses for customers.

Smiths VW work with the best possible suppliers to deliver the finest job throughout your custom project. With factory standard welding, fitment & finish. No restoration aspect over-looked as we work with Kustom Interiors and AirKraft – supplying a complete one-stop-shop restoration service.

In addition to restoration Smiths VW can find/source and supply any vehicle for you – with strong international contacts and shipping – so if you are looking for a left or right hand drive bus do not hesitate to call.

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Evil Ben’s

With over 20 years experience, Ben Lewis offers a show-winning air-cooled service without compromise.

Based in Truro, Cornwall, he caters for anything from a simple service to a full restoration of Bugs, Buses, Porsche and even coachbuilts in his fully equipped workshop. Need an oil change or a full rebuild for your air-cooled VW? No problem!

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Welcome to Klassicfab.com, the world’s premiere manufacturer of vintage VW replacement panels.

We are a company with a strong belief in putting out the best quality products that we can, we are sure you will find the replacement panels that you need for your restoration/project.We will do whatever it takes to make sure you are satisfied with our products, 100% satisfied, or you will get your money back.

We offer the fullest range of vintage VW replacement panels, panels for type 1, type 2, type 3 and soon, early Porsche 356s. We are housed in a 10,000 square foot manufacturing facility and employ a lot of new and old technologies in order to achieve or objective – from laser scanners used to measure complex surfaces in our die shop, to good old fashioned hammer and dollies used to hand finish parts.

Give us a chance, I am sure we will become your go to company for vintage VW replacement panels.

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Wolf Parts

Wolf Parts and Metal Restoration was founded in 2003. We are a company that have specialized in old Volkswagens and high quality panels/parts that are so important for accomplishing a serious restoration.

Our main task is to reproduce hard to find panels/parts and to improve the quality of already available panels/parts. Most of our repair panels/parts are handmade, but we also have developed a few press-tools for quantity reproduction as well. Of course to the same high quality standard!

We do all our measurements on NOS VW parts. New parts will continuously be introduced at our website and you are most welcome to contact us. We also do full metal restorations as well as trading restored and unrestored VW cars.

Our location is in beautiful Northern Sweden and we ship parts worldwide!

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1952 Barn Door Panel Van restoration

Barclay Stainton of Status VW Parts owns this ’52 Panel Van which is currently undergoing a full restoration.

“Follow the on-going step by step restoration of our 1952 Panel Van as we re-build it from the ground up. We will be using all original parts, that you can buy from our shop. Follow the photographic re-build started in March 2011. We will be giving you an in-depth and step by step account of how to do the same…”

Follow Barclay’s restoration blog here…

Axel Struwe

Professional photographer Axel Struwe is based in Bielefeld, Germany. He’s a vintage VW fan and together with Christian Grundmann, has produced a book about the restoration and history of the 1938 Vw prototype Number 6 which was recently discovered.

“My enthusiasm for photography was awakened in my big brother’s darkroom when I was 10 years old. Since then, techniques and designs have changed rapidly, but the fascination remains. From my interest, began a career choice. Starting with internships and photo assistance in various photographic studios (from Dusseldorf to Bielefeld). I started building my own studio and ordered my first computer in 2001 and passed the diploma successfully. Three years later, richer by lots of practical experience, I enlarged the studio and finally went from a junior to a full member of the BFF. Today I shoot digital exclusively and am pleased with every new pixel beautiful in this world.”

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Julian Hunt

Julian is the Shop Manager at Karmann Konnection in Southend and a keen automotive photographer. His work can be seen gracing the pages of Volksworld magazine and on his website –  julianhunt.net

“I have always had a passion for anything on 4 wheels, even roller skates! It all started when I was about 10, loved the Italian exotic ones and my interest just grew from that. As I grew older I went to race meetings, Brands Hatch was the local circuit. Le Mans is a favorite and also any Drag Racing meetings, Top Fuel cars make me go weak at the knees and everyone should experience them just once! I have owned 4 VW’s and a 911, ’62 Camper was first followed by a ’63 Bug and then my ’52 Barndoor Panel, the 911 was my daily which made way for a New Beetle… how delightfully sensible! Gran Turismo is my favorite video game, I love it! I also like gadgets and photography, I have just finished a website for my photographs.”

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