Our journey started in October 2010 when my daughter found some photos of my old splitty panel van.
"You used to be cool Dad!"
Wanting to regain the cool I hadn't realised I'd lost, I began looking at the vans that were for sale on the auction sites but they were either very expensive for very little original metal or very expensive for restored metal.
The abundance of companies selling replacement panels to restore these vehicles got me thinking: would it be possible to build a van from these parts? You could, but the costings were extremely high, which defeated the object.
I looked through the internet for fibreglass body shells and soon discovered an article on Dub-Box caravans. After a few phone calls, and a trip to see Matt, it became obvious that not only were Dub-Box the ideal choice to make the mould and shells, but they were as enthusiastic about this project as I was!
As a structural steel detailer I use 3D modelling software and so I set about redesigning the chassis from box section.
Next, I made contact with Red 9 Design and, after a couple of trips to their open day events, chose their independent bolt on suspension systems for both the front and the rear of the Vanana Split.
Now the project was gaining real momentum. After many hours of phone calls and numerous meetings, I had on board Cog Box with a bespoke IRS gearbox (NOW A SPORTS DIFFERENTIAL) and Arnie Levics (NOW HARRY HARPIC) with 2 aircooled engine options, both 1776cc units, one of which is ideal for the big city congestion charge.(NOW A 1600CC AIRCOOLED GENERATOR, WITH FULL ELECTRIC POWER, THE CONGESTION CHARGE POINT IS STILL VERY VALID)
Alan H. Schofield and VW Heritage are providing parts and wheels; Rapid Fit Looms are creating a bespoke wiring loom and Klassprint are providing a paint colour match system for the glass for our planned rubber free glazing.
Van Wurks (NOW AIRTERIORS) will provide a comfortable and stylish interior for you and your passengers, who, if it ever stops raining, will probably be spending a lot of time staring at the sky through the Paris Beetles fabric sunroof. We also have an option for a pop top roof.
Obviously things have moved on from 2010 and we've changed a few of our stockists before we have even started, this has all really been down to the electric revolution which is growing apace globally. We've always wanted a vehicle that combined and retained the looks of a bygone era with the modern technologies without going too far with either and losing what driving really means.
There you have it in a nutshell. There has been lots of blind alleys and changes that I've made that haven't made it onto this page. The journey has been extraordinarily interesting; I've made new friends; I've listened and learned. All this has culminated in the Vanana Split!