Acknowledgements Introduction & using this book Disclaimer Safety First! Chapter 1: A brief history Chapter 2: Buying a Bus Chapter 3: Bodyshell and chassis repairs Chapter 4: Closures Chapter 5: Paint Chapter 6: Front beam Chapter 7: Rear axle Chapter 8: Engine & gearbox Chapter 9: Fuel & ancillary systems Chapter 10: Trim & other fittings Chapter 11: Workshop tools & techniques Appendix 1: Was it worth it? Appendix 2: Dimensions Appendix 3: Maintenance Index
Mark Paxton acquired his first VW Bus, a split screen van, nearly 30 years ago, followed by a Bay and then a few Beetles. A period without owning any of VW's iconic flat fours whilst running a garage dedicated to more Gallic motors was compensated for by a steady flow of friends' Buses to work on, which eased the pain. A move into classic car and motorcycle journalism was followed by the chance to write this book and intimately reacquaint himself with the innermost workings of the Bay Window Transporter.
"An excellent step-by-step guide to the restoration of a Bay Window camper, shown in hundreds of very clear colour shots. If you have a VW bus project, you'll find the outlay worthwhile." - Octane "Seen the fruits of others labour and fancy giving your own restoration a go? ... an in-depth guide to techniques needed to restore your Bus back to spanking new condition, it has 1500 colour pictures printed on posh paper (so the grease wipes off easily)." - Volksworld "If you own, or plan to buy, a Bay Window bus then this new book is a simply must-have item! Dedicated exclusively to the Bay models it is a complete guide to the restoration of your Bay ... All tasks are clearly explained and based on real life restoration jobs carried out by the author himself, who has been a bus enthusiast for over 30 years, making for an indispensable and unique guide for Bay owners!" - Volkswagen Camper & Commercial "... generously equipped with color photographs throughout and relies mainly on these captioned photographs to convey its information via step-by-step instructions. If you plan on doing your own bus repairs, consider adding this book to your library." - Volkswagen Club of America "Author Mark Paxton has been a VW Bus enthusiast for nearly 30 years and gives advice on body, chassis, suspension, steering, brakes and trim. He also tells you which repairs you should leave to the experts. Admit it, it's something you've always wanted to do." - The Daily Star "Another well written and profusely illustrated book on how to restore your bus. This book is really for the enthusiast and for a person that has both the confidence and ability to tackle projects that, in all honesty, would frighten the life out of me!" i'1/2 Volkswagen Owners Club GB "[This book] has been published in both the UK and the USA so there could be a rush on getting vehicles to work on, so you'd better get cracking right now, with this excellent manual to guide you." - Mid Devon Star "Extremely well illustrated throughout, with clear, straightforward, jargon-free explanations." - New Zealand Classic Car