Little Red Caravelle

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Little Red Caravelle

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I picked up this Syncro Caravelle GL back in October last year from a guy a few villages away. I went to collect a part I bought off fleabay and walked away with a Syncro Caravelle :shock: He had found a Pinzgauer he really wanted so he was keen to sell. Its a 1991 2.1MV in LY3D Tornado Red

I was already aware of the van as he has bought a few bits from me over the years too. I was surprised he was up for selling it as I know he spent a lot of time and cash on it and it was going to be his forever van.

This is a a photo of the van from when he bought it about 5/6 years ago....

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and a photo of it when I bought it minus the spotlights & the roof rack

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As you can see a lot has been done by the previous owner including......

Full respray, all windows removed
New windows rubbers & chrome trim all round
New front windscreen & heated rear windscreen
Rust free tailgate & new ladder
Wax oiled underneath
Drive shaft protector and engine carrier treated
Reconditioned 2.1 engine fitted
New VW front spoiler
New stainless steel water pipes
New stainless Rock Slider Bars
New rear Hella lights
New Brickwerks front & rear bumpers
New Burley Motorsport rear wheel carrier
New 16” Mefro wheels & BF Goodrich tyres
New Speed Shop stainless exhaust.


He was the second UK owner of the van. Apparently it was a VW demo vehicle in Germany and I'm currently hunting down more info about this. As such it has lots of nice factory additions, ABS, heated drivers seat, leccy windows & mirrors, Webasto water heater.
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....a few photos of some of the works completed

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Wowzers! Looks like a right nice straight van Mr Keet!

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They look so cute on 14 x 6" wheels

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Weem Machine wrote:Wowzers! Looks like a right nice straight van Mr Keet!
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silverbullet wrote:They look so cute on 14 x 6" wheels

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Funny you should say that Ian, the plan is to take it back to stock, I'm using this image from the Wolfsburg museum as inspiration....

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Looks like that one was a great find!
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campervanster wrote:Looks like that one was a great find!

Cheers campervanster yes pretty happy with it, its not my colour and I wont be keeping it long term but I plan on turning it back to a nice clean stock Caravelle GL.
The previous owner had planned on converting it to a Westfalia style camper with a 2.5 scooby engine and I got it just in time before any major work had begun :mrgreen:

It came with a full westy interior from a California, luckily it had all just been slotted in place and not permanently fixed so the the headlining and panels are all fine. Westy interior now sold.

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It also came with its original Caravelle interior and 14" Syncro wheels so I am currently putting these back, work started yesterday on this :mrgreen:

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.....starting to look like a Velle again.........

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The previous owner fitted the Burley Motorsport wheel carrier, for now the spare is back in its rightful place, saves garage space :mrgreen: still has its original vinyl wheel cover too.

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Nice. I do like an original detail like that. I have done the same on mine, but on the rh side (a/c hoses and wiring on the left side) and put the tapping a little higher to allow for a bigger tyre and a multivan type mattress.

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silverbullet wrote:Nice. I do like an original detail like that. I have done the same on mine, but on the rh side (a/c hoses and wiring on the left side) and put the tapping a little higher to allow for a bigger tyre and a multivan type mattress.

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the back was really greasy I guess from years of spare wheel, cleaned up lovely. I wish it didnt have the spare wheel carrier Ian for originality but to remove would not be worth it, also when it goes up for sale in June someone may turn it back into a camper and they will want it 8)

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Van out and ready to get the work done over the next few weeks.....
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To Do List done
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now back on its original 14" Syncro wheels.....

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Quite a good wee list to work through, nothing on there scary. Looking good btw!

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Bigjcc55 wrote:Quite a good wee list to work through, nothing on there scary. Looking good btw!

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Cheers mate, yep a few gremlins to iron out and a bit of a tidy up. We were meant to have a load of family over from Ireland next month and this was going to be our run about before it goes up for sale, I might have to enjoy it for a bit first :wink:

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Great to see it going back to ‘standard’. Good work, you have taste and an eye for detail.
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