Cool-Air 7th Annual Sale Day

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/coolair_post_banner.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”140″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]This Saturday, 5th April, sees Cool Air hold their 7th annual sale day. If you’re looking for a deal on air-cooled VW parts then head on down to the Cool Air showroom at, Unit 4 Bilton Road, Erith, Kent DA8 2AN. Door open at  10 am and you won’t get kicked out until 4 pm. The generous team are offering 10% off everything and that includes engines, gearboxes and interiors.

Not only can you grab yourself a bargain, but there’s also a FREE BBQ and other special offers, only to be found when you turn up. Don’t need anything for your air cooled VW? Then why not use it as an excuse for a catch up with like minded  souls over a free burger…[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CoolAirFlyer.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”566″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″ link=”http://www.coolairvw.co.uk/”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Kombi Life issue 5 now available

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/kombilife-banner.png” image_width=”792″ image_height=”116″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The latest issue of Kombi Life VW Magazine now available in amazing interactive digital form. What does this mean for Paintscrapers Bus Enthusiasts? An explosion of colour, graphics and interactivity. Pitstop Publishing proved it could happen with the world’s first dedicated VW & Porsche interactive digital magazine – Aircooled Classics – and now Kombi Life magazine is here, built for a global audience with a UK-based editor and global team.

Go check out the latest issue of Kombi Life.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/KL5_FC_600.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”center” margin_bottom=”40″ link=”http://vwcampermagazine.com/kombilife/kombi-life-issue-5/”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Aircooled Classics, new issue available

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ac_website_header.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”116″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″]Aircooled Classics is the world’s premier interactive digital VW & Porsche magazine and their 10th special interactive digital issue is available now. Packed with over 300 pages of fantastic features, amazing photos and super show reports,  you’d better put aside some serious reading, watching and listening time! Go check out issue 10 of Aircooled classics

Published as a quarterly, interactive digital magazine with rich media content for a global audience,  Aircooled Classics is designed to look amazing on your iPad or tablet, PC or Mac. Enjoy high quality vehicle and technical features, practical how-to content, history, news, events, motorsport and more. And because it’s built ONLY FOR DIGITAL DEVICES the totally scalable text zooms with you if you need it to – no squinting required, and hyperlinks, video, audio and photo galleries enhance your experience and bring the magazine to life!

aircooledclassicsmagazine.com[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/AC10_FC_600px.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” link=”http://aircooledclassicsmagazine.com/blog/aircooled-classics-issue-10/” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”center” margin_bottom=”40″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Win a race pace passenger ride in an ‘Old Speed’ Racer at the Apex Festival.

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/apex2014.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”369″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″]If you’re planning on visiting the VolksWorld Show at the end of the month make sure you check out the historic ’50’s Old Speed racers, up close and personal  in a period style pit lane garage exhibit. A fitting homage to the cars that raced and rallied in the 1950’s. Seeing all these cool rides in the flesh is one thing, but wouldn’t it be great to see them out on track? Well you can, just a little later in the year the old speed racers from the Volksworld Show will be driven flat out at the Apex Festival 10-11th May, Lydden Hill Race Circuit, Kent, and you could WIN a passenger ride on one of the very cars from the pit lane display!

To be in with a chance to win this fab prize all you have to do is visit the Old Speed Pitlane display or the Apex Festival Stand in the main Surrey Hall at this years Volksworld show.

And to top this all off I think these are probably the best show posters I’ve seen for a very long time.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/apex-old-speed.png” image_width=”792″ image_height=”1000″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/apex-old-speed02.png” image_width=”792″ image_height=”1120″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/apex-old-speed03.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”1123″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Volksworld Show 2014, last call for tickets

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014vwshow.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”268″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]This years VolksWorld Show is only two weeks away and you’ll need to get a move on if you want to book your advance tickets and save some money.

The team have promised some really interesting stuff this year including a special farewell to the production of Bay window buses.  Vintage Speed is big news on the VW scene now so, to celebrate this Volksworld have assembled an awesome collection of Old Speed race cars that are sure to get your pulses racing. All to be lined up in a recreation of a 1950’s paddock and pit lane.

If Buggies are your thing then there’ll be a huge treat in store for you. It’s 50 years since the first example rolled onto a beach in California and to mark the occasion the man who was at the wheel of that Buggy, Bruce Meyers, is flying over especially for the show. He’ll he joined by a collection of cool examples, including the fourth Meyers Manx ever built, while Flatlands Engineering will build a Manxter from scratch over the course of the weekend.

Outside there’ll be the great Early Bay line up, all the club displays – sadly Paintscrapers don’t have a display this year. The Cool-Flo boys will be hosting the fantastic Old School BMX show-n-shine and BMX legend Bob Haro will be there to meet all you aged freestylers while the Maxwell brothers will be ripping up the half-pipe.

Best get your wriggle on and go buy your advanced Volksworld Show tickets, see you there.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkTQL3dMCLA”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bad Camberg 2015

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Camberg-banner.jpg” image_width=”790″ image_height=”268″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″]The Lottermann family’s VW-Veteranen-Treffen started in 1979 by Willi Lottermann, is known worldwide and has become a tradition. Held in Bad Camberg every four years, it’s filled with the rarest vintage VWs and coach-builts you can imagine. Next year the show returns and the dates have been released, 19-21 June 12015 – Bad Camberg is not to be missed.

More details to follow when we get them, for the moment bookmark www.lottermann-veteranen-treffen.de[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Camberg-banner2.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”268″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

New Split Bus engine lids now available from Cool Air

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/coolair_post_banner.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”140″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]What is it with Cool Air gang? No sooner do we finish telling you about those new Bug beams, then they tell us they have another new product available. This one’s for all you Split Bus owners, brand new replacement engine lids. Designed to fit all Split Screen type II’s  from August 1958 to August 1965. The neat touch with these Bus engine lids is that they are not supplied with the engine lid spring bracket attached, making them universal. OK, so that means you’ll have to do a little bit of measuring and then weld the bracket in the right place, but that’s a small price to pay for a rot-free engine lid. And guess what? We have the measurements for you too…

For Split Buses from May 1958 to 1963 (chassis number 351 736 – 1 222 025) the bracket must be welded 115mm from the top of the engine lid.

For Buses from 1963 to August 1965 (chassis number 1 222 026 – 216 000 001) the bracket must be welded 65mm from top.

As for the price, well they RRP £324.50. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to www.coolairvw.co.uk to order your today, quicker still is to give the guys a call on 01322 335050.[/vc_column_text][mk_image_slideshow images=”1662,1663″ image_width=”792″ image_height=”350″ effect=”fade” animation_speed=”700″ slideshow_speed=”7000″ pause_on_hover=”false” smooth_height=”true” direction_nav=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Cool Air new product, reconditioned T1 66-79 standard front beam

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/coolair_post_banner.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”140″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]What’s going on down at Cool Air? They appear to be constantly pumping out new products, which is great news for us. The boys have been in contact to let us know that they can now supply genuine VW reconditioned front balljoint beams for Beetles (1966-79). Not only are these great quality beams and fantastic value, but the price includes a full set of torsion leaves already installed. These reconditioned beams are stock width and left hand drive (LHD) off the shelf. However, for a small fee, Cool Air have the facilities to convert the beams to right hand drive (RHD).

£149.50 gets you a LHD beam with torsion leaves installed.

£104.50 buys you a bare LHD beam only.

For an extra £24 Cool Air will convert the beam to RHD for you.

If you’re after a replacement beam buy one of these rather then a second hand one that you don’t know the history of. To get your dirty hands on one of these vista Cool Air’s website and don’t forget to tell them who sent you.

Reconditioned T1 66-79 Standard Front Beam[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/coolair-bug-beam01.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”350″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Buttys Bits CV hardware kits

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/butty-cv-02a.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”330″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”30″]If you’re not familiar with Buttys Bits then a little background may be needed. Simon ‘Butty’ Butland is a close friend of the club and has been involved in the VW scene since the mid 90’s, owning various motors along the way, but is a true Bus-Boy. While trying to improve his VW’s, like most of us, he found that there were many parts that were either not available or poorly made. However, unlike most of us, Butty didn’t just sit round moaning, he got of his butt, and used his engineering background to design and develop some high quality parts to solve these issues.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/butty-throttle-kit02.jpg” image_width=”300″ image_height=”220″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Butty has various parts from wheel adapters and spacers to horse shoe plates and some nice mugs. Probably his most famous offering are his legendary Throttle Kits, for both Split & Bay buses.

These are true works of art. They’re so lovely to look at it’s a shame to hide them under your bus. We’ll cover these in a separate article as they really do deserve they’re own space. And as such we’ll be covering those at a later date, in a full ‘How to’ article.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The reason for this short piece to let everyone know that Butty has been hard at work producing yet another barnstorming new kit, CV fitting hardware, starting with spreader plates for Bay Window and T25 buses. These aren’t like the badly punched ones you get in most kits, they’re precision CNC cut out of sheet steel then zinc passivated to prevent rust. They’re available on their own, but you’ll need 3 per CV joint, for a complete set you’d need 12 in total (3 x 4CV’s).

Why stop at just the spreader plates? Butty can also offer you a full set of allen headed high tensile bolts and some superb locking washers to complete the kit. The washers are something special in themselves as they’re SCHNORR washers with locking serrations, that once torqued up, aren’t going anywhere. Leaving you to drive safe in the knowledge that you’re not going to lose any on that road trip.

Need to get your hands on some of these beauties? Check out buttysbits.com you can also by via Buttys Ebay shop too. Oh, and don’t forget to tell him we sent you.

For a full list of available parts you need to check out buttysbits.com or visit one of the many shows throughout the year as he can normally be found alongside Paintscraper Tim Sykes’ Early VW part emporium.[/vc_column_text][mk_image_slideshow image_width=”792″ image_height=”350″ effect=”fade” animation_speed=”700″ slideshow_speed=”7000″ pause_on_hover=”false” smooth_height=”true” direction_nav=”true” images=”1571,1572,1573,1574,1575,1576″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Volkswagen Beetle celebrates 65 years in the US

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The first VW Beetle arrived in the United States in January 1949. Since then, more than 5.5 million Beetle models have been sold in the U.S., in three distinctive designs.

Herndon, VA, January 30, 2014 – This month, the Volkswagen Beetle celebrates 65 years since it first arrived in the United States.In January of 1949, a Volkswagen “Type 1,” or Beetle, was shipped to New York City by Ben Pon, Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world’s first official Volkswagen importer. That car – and another, subsequent Beetle – found buyers the same year, marking the first time that Volkswagen vehicles were sold in the United States.

A cultural touchstone for an entire generation and one of the most iconic cars in the world, the Beetle led to the establishment of the first Volkswagen of America headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., in October 1955. In 65 years, Volkswagen has grown from selling two Beetle models in the U.S. to a brand that offers 11 different models that are sold by 644 dealers. In 2013, Volkswagen sold 407,704 vehicles, its second straight year of selling more than 400,000 vehicles and the first time this feat had been achieved since the 1970s.

By the mid-1950s, more than 35,000 Beetle models were on the road, and by 1960, nearly 300,000 had found buyers. Americans were not only drawn to the affordability and practicality of the early Beetle, but were so charmed by its unique design, its size, and its fuel economy that they’d forged an emotional bond with the cars.

“Since its arrival in the United States 65 years ago, the Volkswagen Beetle has preserved its reputation of being more than just a car, but a symbol of uniqueness and freedom,” said Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “The Beetle has become part of the cultural fabric in America and we are proud that its rich heritage continues to live with fans around the States.”

From custom paint jobs to open-­‐top Dune Buggy bodies, the Beetle fit perfectly into the counter culture of the 1960s. By 1968, as many as 423,008 Beetle vehicles a year were being sold in the United States. In 1977, the last “Type 1” Beetle rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen introduced the New Beetle in 1998, a vehicle that paid styling homage to its predecessor, although its engine was water cooled rather than air cooled, and mounted at the front rather than at the rear.

Redesigned for just the second time in history, the third-generation Beetle entered the U.S. market in 2011. While staying true to its roots, today’s Beetle would be unrecognizable to buyers in the 1950s, thanks to its combination of powerful and fuel-efficient engines, sure-footed handling, and myriad technology and safety features. In addition to being fun-to-drive, the 2014 Beetle earned a 5-star Safety Rating from the Government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

The third-generation Beetle sold more than 43,000 units in the United States in 2013, making it one of the most popular vehicles in the Volkswagen family, and a leading player in the market for two-door specialty coupes and convertibles.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Notes: This press release and images have been supplied by media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews[/vc_column_text][mk_image_slideshow image_width=”792″ image_height=”528″ effect=”fade” animation_speed=”700″ slideshow_speed=”7000″ pause_on_hover=”false” smooth_height=”true” direction_nav=”true” images=”1607,1605,1606,1604,1603,1602″][/vc_column][/vc_row]