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Haynes goes hippie with the arrival of the VW Bay Transporter Restoration Manual

Volkswagen Bay Transporter Restoration Manual The definitive guide to restoring a 'Bay'
07 May 2014
Fletcher Gillett
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It’s been nearly fifty years since the ‘Summer of Love’, but a new generation of people is being given the chance to recreate those hippie days with the help of the Haynes Volkswagen Bay Transporter Restoration Manual.

The Volkswagen Bay Transporter Restoration Manual by Fletcher Gillett shows how you can bring one of the most loved 1960s vehicles back to life.

The flagship of the hippie movement, the VW Bay Transporter was as recognisable in the 1960s and 70s as bell-bottoms, psychedelic rock and free love. Its versatility and affordability gave anyone looking to live an alternative lifestyle on a budget the perfect solution.

First introduced in 1967, the Bay is now one of the most iconic vehicles on the road. In production until 1979, it was the successor to the legendary ‘split-screen’ Transporter, and is the second of five generations of van so far given the Transporter name.

Today, the ‘Bay’ provides a rare opportunity to own a classic vehicle which is practical, versatile and, if looked after, will hold its value. Even the poorest, rustiest example of the ‘Bay’ can fetch significant money and, as imports from drier countries continue to appear on British roads, so the case for restoring one of these hugely popular vehicles becomes increasingly attractive.

Using the trusted Haynes Manual step-by-step approach, the all-colour Volkswagen Bay Transporter Restoration Manual follows the complete restoration of a Devon camper from beginning to end, and provides expert advice on the problems likely to be encountered when working on vehicles that have seen over 35 years of use and, in Britain, as many years of rain, salt and mud.

Covering everything from what to look for when buying a suitable project van, to final painting options, the down-to-earth text, accompanied by more than 900 photographs and helpful diagrams, makes this the only guide to restoring (or part restoring) a Bay Transporter you will ever need.

About the author

Fletcher Gillett runs a small business repairing and restoring VW Transporters and other vehicles, with bodywork and structural repairs a speciality. He has contributed magazine articles and maintains a presence on VW forums where fellow enthusiasts can follow his restoration work. He lives in Brighton.

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