When you buy a new vehicle, you can expect to have a good few years of use out of it before you need to start worrying about problems with how it runs and undertaking multiple repair jobs. However, when it comes to classic cars, you’re going to have a whole lot more maintenance to carry out from the start. In fact, chances are that when you first get your hands on the vehicle, you’ll have to find a way to transport it to a garage or yourself for repairs and serious work before it will even be considered roadworthy. This is perhaps why classic vehicle ownership is so often consider a project or hobby in and of itself. While every car owner wants to provide their vehicle with the best care possible, when you purchase a Volkswagen T2, you really need to have a good idea of how to take care of it in order to not only maintain its value, but to ensure that it doesn’t fall to pieces over time! So, to help you along the way, here are a few things you should get to grips with in order to maintain your VW T2!
Know Your Vehicle’s History
Every vehicle has its weaknesses and by understanding the history of your classic vehicle, you will be able to understand which features could cause potential problems down the line and consequently which areas of your vehicle you should be keeping a vigilant eye on.
When it comes to the Volkswagen Transporter (more commonly known as a Volkswagen Camper or VW camper), you should bear in mind that it was relaunched in 1968 with the spirit of the seventies in mind. Young adults wanted a vehicle that could also put a roof over their head during trips and festivals, which called for a larger design. However, the larger body of this vehicle means that there’s more space for rust. This is why you need to check your vehicle over regularly, keeping an eye out for orange spots. Small patches can be patched up, but you’re in for a more costly job if this expands due to neglect. Keep your camper stored in a garage and away from the elements at all times!
T2s tend to come with alloy wheels. Now, visibility from the front of the vehicle was improved with the second generation’s addition of huge bay windows. But sadly parallel parking can often be difficult and scuffs do occasionally occur. Replacements will help to keep your camper looking good even after a small accident.
Perhaps the biggest problem commonly associated with the T2 is the engine. Versions from 1978 onwards were fueled by a 1970cc engine, and if you manage to find one produced in Brazil later down the line, you will be treated with increased power. However, if you have an older vehicle, you may find trouble starting and getting up hills. Visit a professional mechanic who will be able to give you the best advice on replacements as soon as you start experiencing issues. This will prevent you from breaking down at the roadside at some point.
As with all classic vehicles, the T2 is going to be a bit of handful in comparison to brand new, newly released cars. But the history, the aesthetic, and the pride that comes hand in hand with being a T2 owner will be a just reward for the effort you put into your maintenance!