November 17, 2016

The interior design begins

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We now enter the final stages of our 1989 Volkswagen Camper T25, the interior design. With the exterior near on complete it is now time to

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Preparing the new double wishbone, coil over front suspension.

This system was designed and is manufactured by hawk Cars and Hoyle Suspension Ltd.

MGB Coil Over Front Suspension

This new double wishbone, coil over front suspension system has been specially designed to overcome some of the criticism of the original or other alternative options.

The kit replaces some of the components normally fitted, there are:

  • The four front wishbone arms.
  • The two spring pans.
  • The lever arm shock absorber.
  • The bolts and nuts from shock absorber mount, top and bottom kingpin assembly.
  • The front coil springs.
  • The bump stop and spacers.
  • The anti-roll bar link arms.

The coil over shocks are specially made ‘click’ adjustable, rebuildable units with adjustable spring seats to enable to change the ride height of your car. The springs supplied are a standard 2 1/4″ ID which are used on a variety of special and race cars. These can be obtained in a wide variety of poundages and lengths. In order to be able to fit a full size spring shocker of this type it is necessary to modify the front crossmember in order to give clearance. We can do this for you by supplying a ready modified unit on exchange. If you wish to carry out the modification yourself it its necessary to cut a curved section from each end of your crossmember and weld in a gusset, this is supplied in the kit. The advantage of using your original crossmember is that it can be modified in situ.

Stage 1

MGBGT Front Crossmember

MGBGT Front Crossmember

MGBGT Front Crossmember

Stage 2

MGBGT Front Crossmember

MGBGT Front Crossmember

Stage 3

MGBGT Front Crossmember

MGBGT Front Crossmember

Off to the blasters…

MGBGT parts to be blasted

MGBGT parts to be blasted

Assembly Sequence

The special mounting brackets supplied have to be fitted to the crossmember in place of the original lever arm shock absorber.

It is essential to make sure that the threads in your crossmember are in sound condition. The brackets are secured using special high tensile allen bolts torqued to the correct setting as in the owners manual. We recommend you use ‘loctite’ for these.

The original lower wishbone pivots are retained, make sure that these are straight and in good condition.

The lower wishbones (straight ones) attach to the wishbone pivots using either MGB V8 rubber bushes or if you prefer we can supply special polyurethane bushes (which are of a special high grade material). Notice that two of the wishbone arms have threaded bosses to accept the anti-roll bar link arms, these go to the front of the car.

Note: the bushes on the inner ends of the wishbones will last longer if their retaining buts are tightened when the vehicle is at ride height.

Assemble the springs onto the shock absorber after first unscreing the adjustable seat (to its lowest positon). We always recommend the use of a coil spring compressor when handling these components. It is a good idea to put ‘copperslip’ on the threads and collars.

The spring shockers are assembled to the suspension with the adjuster facing the engine and using the special 12mm bolts and spacers supplied.

We suggest that you start with the springs wound fairly high to start with and if you wish to lower the car then make sure you don’t go too low and have problems with ‘sleeping policemen’ etc. the upper wishbones are curved and these are attached to the special mounting brackets in the same way as the lower wishbones and use the wishbone bushes. You will therefore need a total of eight new wishbone bushes altogether.

A new bolt is supplied for the top wishbone to stub axle the standard tapered bushes (or polyurethane) are used here. Please note that two special shim washers rebuked each side these bushes at the top, these are to enable the castor angle to be adjusted should you wish. There is also a special spacer that is fitted slightly inboard of this which increases the rigidity of the top wishbone assembly.

The bottom stub axle retains the original seals, thrust washers and spacer tubes etc, but a special bolt replaces the original item. The special high tensile bolt has a small flat machined on it which carries two snail cams, one under the bolt head and one under the nut. This enables the camber angle to be adjusted simply by slackening the nut and then rotating the bolt with an allen key. When you have set the desired chamber you must tighten the nut securely without letting the bolt rotate. Make sure that your bottom link parts are in good condition and kept well greased. If in doubt replace them – refer to owners manual if you need guidance on these parts.

The anti-roll bar link arms are replaced with our type, which are threaded to accept a special spherical joint. The spherical joints can be screwed up or down in order to set the anti-roll bar evenly and without bias. It is important to make sure that the joints are locked in place with a lock nut and that they are positioned carefully not to interfere or foul during operation. This can be checked with the shock absorber in place, with the spring removed, by checking clearance through the full suspension and steering lock travels.


To set up your suspension the car needs to have the full weight on the wheels. First adjust the ride height (easier to do if the car is jacked up and the wheel removed – yes I know we said have it on its wheels!!!) so that the bottom wishbones are horizontal (parallel to the ground), this will give you the standard height. This can be lowered if you wish, but the amount by which it is lowered will reduce the bump (upward) travel by the same amount. Secondly the chamber should be adjusted, for road use 1/2 – 1 degree negative is suggested. Finally the tracking can be set up to standard MGB spec – 1/16@ toe in. A good starting point with the shocker adjustment is ‘two clicks’ in and see how the car feels on the road. Increasing (turning knob clockwise) the number of clocks will make the shocker harder and vice versa. Keep increasing the damper setting until you feel the ride is too firm then drop it back a couple of clicks.

This system was designed and is manufactured by hawk Cars and Hoyle Suspension Ltd.



The interior design begins

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We now enter the final stages of our 1989 Volkswagen Camper T25, the interior design.

With the exterior near on complete it is now time to focus our efforts on designing and manufacturing the bespoke camper van interior.

So we’ve taken a detail brief so let the creative juices flow as we put together a plan for tackling the inside. Of course, it’ll have to reflect the personality of exterior![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”8109,8110,8111,8112,8113,8114,8115,8116,8117,8118,8119,8120,8121,8122,8123,8124,8125″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Fitting the Baby Moon Hubs

With the decals now fully fitted, the exterior of our 1989 Volkswagen Camper T25 is almost complete. A few final adjustments to be made.

The Chrome Baby Moon Hubs have arrived this morning from VW Heritage so we have fitted these up ready for her new owner who is due to arrive on Sunday to see her for the very first time.

Volkswagen T25 Camper Daisy

Volkswagen T25 Camper Daisy

Volkswagen T25 Camper Daisy

Emirates SkyCargo launches luxury overseas transport service SkyWheels


Emirates Car Transport SkyWheels

Emirates SkyCargo drives ahead with launch of Emirates SkyWheels

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, has launched Emirates SkyWheels – a specialised transportation product for high value automobiles. Through its latest offering Emirates SkyCargo will provide customers a complete transportation solution for vehicles such as classic, luxury and sports cars, across its network.

Customers who would like to have their cars transported can choose between Emirates SkyWheels Premium and Emirates SkyWheels Advanced.

The customisable Premium product package covers door-to-door transportation of the vehicle from select origins and destinations. It includes collection of the vehicle from its home and delivery overseas, in addition to export and import customs clearance processes for the vehicle at both ends of the journey. Additional road and transport insurance is also available under  the Premium option.

Emirates SkyWheels Advanced will offer seamless airport-to-airport transportation for automobiles.  Emirates SkyCargo offers complete round trip handling of vehicles under both Premium and Advanced products.

Emirates Car Transport SkyWheels

Emirates SkyCargo drives ahead with launch of Emirates SkyWheels

Super cars fly First Class

Emirates SkyCargo is no stranger to transporting high value cars, both on its passenger flights as well as on its freighter aircraft. Emirates SkyWheels is backed by the expertise of highly qualified staff across Emirates SkyCargo’s global network of over 150 destinations in 6 continents, who are specifically trained on loading and unloading vehicles from aircraft with the utmost attention to care and safety.In addition to state of the art cargo terminals in Dubai featuring dedicated storage space for vehicles, Emirates SkyCargo also boasts a modern fleet of over 245 widebody aircraft including 15 freighters; 13 Boeing 777Fs and two B747-400ERFs.

Emirates SkyCargo also recently transported an exclusive Pagani Zonda F super car from Dubai back to the Pagani factory near Bologna, Italy for a service.

Watch an Emirates SkyCargo case study film following the journey of the car presented by automobile vlogger Mr JWW.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Further information on Emirates SkyWheels is available at

Partnership with Gulf Concours

Emirates SkyCargo is also a sponsor of the inaugural Gulf Concours event that will take place in Dubai on 18 and 19 November 2016. Part of the international Concours d’Elegance car competitions, the Gulf Concours is a prestigious platform that brings together a combination of rare classic cars and modern bespoke luxury and supercars, on display for the first time in the region.

Emirates SkyCargo transported a collection of rare classic Ferrari cars to Dubai for the event. One of the cars that was flown into Dubai was a classic 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO estimated to be worth over USD 40 million. The car has a successful race history (27 races and 17 podium finishes) and was also one of the handful of cars used by Scuderia Ferrari for testing. Some of the other cars transported by Emirates SkyCargo for Gulf Concours included a 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Berlinetta Sport Speciale and a rare 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione.

Cars participating in Concours d’Elegance events across the world are normally not driven on a day to day basis and are meticulously maintained by collectors to ensure a perfect appearance for display in private collections, museums or competition events. This, combined with the high value and uniqueness of the cars, meant that the Emirates SkyCargo team had to ensure that the vehicles were transported with the utmost of care, safety and security.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Assessing the chromework

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now that the car is in the paint shop it gives us a bit of time to assess the chrome.

Unlike a lot of classic cars, MG parts are readily available which makes the MG’s not only an affordable classic but also a lovely classic to work on, especially if you like to do bits and pieces yourself at home.

Unfortunately for our beautiful MG YT this isn’t quite a simple. A lot of the parts on this vehicle are very rare so it is not as easy to source new.

With all of our projects we assess whether it is more cost effective to source new chrome work or re-chrome the existing.

As with everything, there are always for’s and against’s to consider; are brand new parts made with good quality materials, have they been batch produced on a tight budget, is the original tooling used to produce the parts, will they fit as well as originals? All things you need to consider before making a decision.

As a team of individuals with years of experience, between us, we’ve seen it all. We have a good idea of when to buy new and when to re chrome.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”8038,8039,8040,8041,8042,8043,8044,8045,8046,8047,8048,8049,8050,8051,8052,8053,8054,8055,8056,8057,8058,8059,8060,8061,8062,8063″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sorting through the MGBGT chrome

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lauren has been busy sorting through the MG BGT chrome work.

MG’s are a brilliant vehicle to work on as parts are so readily available. Our job now is to decide on ‘what needs to be re-chromed’ against ‘what can be purchased new’ against ‘what is good enough to be polished and reused’.

When making your decisions on this, there are a lot of factors to consider; what’s the most cost effective, are the parts you are being supplied from a reputable company, is the quality of new components as good as the originals, will your decision reflect on the overall look you are trying to achieve?

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