Garages T25 Specific
Herts, Bucks, Beds
Gunslinger: I use WA in Eaton Bray near Dunstable, Beds. Wayne is a real old school mechanic and specialises in old VW's especially air cooled. My father in law uses him too and he is very reasonable.
His number is 01525-222223
syncrosimon: The above Wayne used to work for a guy called Archie, he died about 7 years ago and Wayne set up himself. He has worked on VW's for 20 years that my family have used him. He is a gent, and knows his stuff. I have not used him since Archie died though. When i was into the air cooled scene in the early 1990's people would travel from all over southern England to have work done on their dubs. They know a lot about T25's, as well.
chrissiefiddle: I wasn't impressed with him, we had him fix a leaky exhaust, and set the timing up, we'd only gone a few miles back towards home when the van started kangaroo jumping all over the place, we went back - he had not put everything back - something in the engine wasn't connected, and so it was rough! It's not run right since, we have given up going back to him - after 3 attempts! Also not happy with him smoking in the van while sitting in the driving seat, and while removing the carb top !
HarryMann: Syncrosimon says Archie was a hell of character, maybe Wayne takes after him. Obviously, lots of VW T1,T2 & T3 experience, so you take your chance, but convenient for Dunstable, Tring, Aylesbury region... PS. Eaton Bray is slightly West of Whipsnade, out on the flat-lands.
Adam81: I'm from Codicote, and the garage I have used for years is David Thomas Garages also in Codicote. Although I haven't used them with T25's, I have sometime seen a few outside from time to time.
Their phone no is: 01438 820288
Clartonly: There is a VW specialist in Gamlingay, a little further than Stevenage I know he has only done welding for me so I cannot comment on his T25 knowledg
Split61: Get in contact with the Herts VW club. They meet at the Cricketers pub in Redbourn, 2nd Tues each month. Ask for Chris Simpson, He used to train VW mechanics when Vw built decent vehicles. Chris is fantastic, if he can't fix it - No one can. Also the club is great, very social and you get discount from a load of traders. I'm not a sales person, My Wife and I were part of the organising commitee, then we moved west!
HarryMann: Fosters Garage, Berkhamsted, Herts. Excellent engineer/mechanic, maintains several T2's and T3's, as well as almost anything, but always a 50's or 60's classic in there. Good trouble-shooter and only does the job one way - properly!
Recently sent a neighbour with a Bay window exhibiting Vanagon Syndrome there (yes, a US Digijet injected Bay) - long term problem, couldn't trust it far from home - Now fixed!
Ghost123uk: - DS Motors - Milton Keynes - The Stacey Bushes Trading Centre, 2 Erica Road, Milton Keynes, MK12 6HS - tel 01908 313 885
mattk918: says = "If you're in the Milton Keynes area then DS Motors (VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat specialists) are good to deal with and do seem to know their stuff. Had a few things done there over the last year or so and they seem good"
Ghost123uk : - Mike at Chiswick Car Craft - 337-339 Acton Lane - London W3 8NU - 020 8992 3174 - http://www.chiswickcarcraft.co.uk/
TravellingChick (Sarah) says "Mike there is great and I'm so pleased PRD put me onto him = TOP CHAP"
Ghost123uk : - Automerc Service Ltd - 83-89 Western Rd, London N22 6US, 020 8340 2966 - http://www.automerc.co.uk/index.php
Moonrakers (Tim) says "My 'new' T25 has just been with them... It's running perfectly after a top-end rebuild and a new exhaust, and the wasserboxer is no mystery to Joe who's seen plenty in his time" - More on his thread here = http://forum.club8090.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=134339&start=0
(Dave ) Futbus Ltd. take on a wide range of T25/T3/Syncro specific work and have a very good understanding of the vehicles.
They produce a wide range of custom parts and engineered solutions, for all T25s as well as their particular Syncro interests
One speciality is brake kits, for T2s as well as T3s
If you require references or sight of previous work, take a look at their website or email and just ask :-
Ghost123uk : - Brixham Garage in Paignton - Lower Yalberton Rd - Paignton, TQ4 7PJ - 01803 528 588
Recommended by 80-90 member swillicott who had his DG engine re-built by them. (it did cost £1800 though [shock] )
swillicott says = Yes, very happy with them . They went out of their way to take on my project when they were busy and have been very helpful and patient with parts.
Ghost123uk : - Brickwerks near Huddersfield - SJ Baxter Motor Engineers - Units 9 + 10 - Bridge Works - Woodhead road - Honley - Holmfirth - HD9 6PW - 01484 664017
So good they are usually booked up weeks ahead !! - Sells TOP QUALITY parts -
Ghost123uk : - Richard Welch Nottinghamshire - Name: Richard Welch Transport, Address: Pleasley Park Farm House, Wood Lane, Pleasley Vale, NG19 8RY Pleasley Vale, Nottinghamshire, Phone: 01623 742490.
Recommended by 80-90 member Ian and Lins who says: "He is savvy with older vehicles and is getting to know our T25 very well and some other Club 80-90 members vans too. Fair on price and very approachable on advice. Just mention that Ian & Lindsay at a*** Row put you on to him!"
Ghost123uk : - In Lincolnshire = The Campershack, Main Street, Hougham, near Grantham, NG32 2JD Tel: 07813 324365 Website: http://www.thecampershack.co.uk/index.html Email: email@example.com
They do most mechanical jobs on T25's of all types and do very good LPG conversions. They are used by many on the forum and, like many of those, I am happy to drive a fair old distance to them as I know they can be relied on to do a "proper" job with no B.S. !
Ghost123uk : - In South Lincolnshire = T3Volution, Quadring, Lincolnshire - Tel: 07501 898181 - Website: http://www.t3volution.com/ - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
T3Volution provide a large range of services, from routine servicing, diagnostics and repairs to engine conversions, brake and suspension upgrades, and overland travel preparation. Syncro’s are also catered for. Si has many years of experience with T25s and a high reputation for attension to detail. They are located between Spalding and Boston.
Worcs, Gloucs & Herefordshire
8ball: Edwyn @ Bromyard VW
Esp. Pierburg carb refurbs
Northantsandy : has recommended Carry on Campers - he says He does everything apart from major engine repairs. I recently had a full service, filters,HT leads, both oil changes, plugs, cleaned the brakes, stopped BOD with new switch, checked all fuel lines and other bits; price was £180 which I thought was pretty good. tel = 07725964683
Anyone know any T25 competent garages in the N. East? If so, pm me, ghost123uk, and I will add them here.
Gasure.UK - 8 Brymau Four Trading Est, River La, Saltney, Chester, CH4 8RF - 01244 659740 Opening hours at present Tuesday to Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm, booking is essential as they tend to be months in advance.
Full mechanical and MOT services, LPG conversions, carb refurb and tuning, leisure systems, alarms pretty much anyhthing, we have an ace chap who does bodywork locally and knows his stuff. Website = http://www.gasure.co.uk/
Ghost123uk : - A.J Motors - Bolton - Stanley Mill Kirkebrok Rd - Bolton - Lancashire - BL3 4JE - 01204 62496
80-90 member "Bowton Lad" says "I would recommend Jack at A.J.Motors in Deane, Bolton. He has worked on various vehicles I have owned since 1982 & he always does a good job at a fair price. I have trusted him with my beloved camper on numerous occasions."
Hacksawbob Note A J motors would not accept my van for a Cambelt change as "it was too high" to fit into the garage (Westy high top)I got the feeling they weren't that keen to take on the work.
Ghost123uk : - Flintshire Autogas in Chester - Flintshire Autogas Services Ltd Broughton Mills Rd - Bretton - Chester - CH4 0BY - 01244 661164 - http://www.flintshireautogas.co.uk - These guys are perfectly at home with T25's, including Syncro's (the owner used to have one) - There are not many folk I would trust to work on my van, but these guys can be trusted to do a good honest job. They don't mind you sourcing your own parts either (I get mine from Brickwerks)
Mid, S, Wales
Ghost123uk : - Bridgend Garage - WJ Rees & Son, Bridgend Garage, Llanwrda, Dyfed, SA19 8EH - tele: 01550 777214.
80-90 member "AnnyaSB" says "Steve works on Delilah and a couple other T25s in the area as we all as some T2s. He is happy to get stuck in with the not so easy jobs (like my alarm of doom!) as well as the more simple servicing stuff. He likes a challenge so he's an ideal mechanic for our buses He's a great guy, charges very fair prices, and refuses to give up until the problem is solved - what more can I say "
Ghost123uk : - Syncronutz - - T25 / T3 VW Syncro Specialist - Unit 19, Stable Road Business Park, Shotts - ML7 5BH (off the M8 roughly halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow) Phone = 01501 829 400 - website http://www.syncro-nutz.com/
From their website = "'We are a garage based in Scotland, United Kingdom whom specialise in Volkswagen Vans in all their different types: Transporter / Caravelle, Microbus, Bus, Kombi, Doka, Vanagon, T25, T3, Campers (Westfalia, Weinsberg, Devon, LeisureDrive, Poptop, Hightop etc!)
Not only do we work on these VW's, but we drive them on a daily basis as well. In fact, so much is our passion for these VW Syncro Campers that we actually go on away holiday in them as well!
Along with the basic garage services we are also experienced in both TD / TDi conversions and complete resprays. All the necessary to keep your Pride & Joy on the road and looking its best!'".
AngeloEvs: No specific recommendation other than VW Aircooled/T25 specialist garage:-
Surrey & Sussex
Ghost123uk : - Tony Heinz - Carshalton - 0208 647 8329
80-90 member axeman says = "He is a proper VW mechanic that finished his apprenticeship in about 1973. He does all things mechanical on every thing from the first air cooled VW's to a VR6 Corrado (has worked on both of my T3's) He can arrange welding to a very high standard (which he did on my 1957 beetle, looks like factory job). Not the cheapest at about £40 per hour, but I trust him, phones me if there is a problem and gives me regular updates. He will also let you supply the parts".
Ghost123uk : - Mick in Ditchling, Sussex - tel 07790 796 307 (full address not known at this time)
80-90 member fairwynds says = If anyone needs a very good VW mechanic (and other makes come to that) there is an out of the way workshop in Ditchling, north of Brighton. He spent 20 odd years working for VW on these vans and seems to know his stuff. Reasonable rates too.
Ghost123uk : - Spannerboy (Simon), Guildford - tel 07817 865 722 (full address not known at this time)
80-90 member Spannerboy (Simon) says = I do everything except bodywork, so all engine including conversions, scoobys are my speciality, I do lots of upgrades like I keep braided hoses in stock, lots of powerflex, avo suspension kits, etc. I keep many new and seconhands bits in stock, I hate not having a part.. Ghost123uk : says = Simon has a good reputation on Club 80-90, many folks have used him and often post back to say THANKS Simon for your help. I note he specialises in Suburu conversions.
Ghost123uk : - Nigel Uttley - The Air Cooled Workshop - 5 Oak Business Park, Bexhill Road, Bexhill, tel 07817 478059
80-90 member triumph2.5pi says = "After having moved to East Sussex 18 months ago, I've finally found a VW specialist I trust to work on my Autosleeper. Despite the business name they do work on T25's. Owner Nigel is knowledgeable, friendly and the rates are very reasonable. Highly recommended if anyone else ever needs a garage in the area."
Ghost123uk :- RKM motortechs in Strood Rochester - next to Tesco - Roy - 01634 294464
Club 80-90 member ermie571 Says = A general vehicle repair garage, Roy and his team are now advertising VW camper repairs. Roy drives a T25 so is familiar with their quirks, and the costs of repair! I have always found Roy to be extremely helpful, as are his staff. Never had a problem with the work, and although he is an MOT tester, he doesn't test - but takes them to a local commercial place.