PROJECTS - The Vanwest Doka


The guys from Vanwest have been on the hunt for a sensible work truck for a while now. As I’m sure you can imagine there is all sorts of stuff that needs to be shifted around site all weekend, from gazebos and signage to rubbish and portaloos. Some sort of DOKA seemed to be the perfect solution and the hunt was on for one without the dreaded scene tax.
At the start of 2019 one was found and plans began to unfold on how to make it look a bit cooler…


With the truck now at Vanwest HQ in Battle (yes Crawf lives in Battle… and yes it is an incredibly long drive from the South West…) First thing on the long list of jobs was to hit it with the lowering stick, everything looks cool when slammed…

4” Faulkners were installed on the rear and the front dropped to the lowest position on the torsion bar. 15” Wheels with 205/55 tyres gave enough tread for a relatively comfortable ride (considering the lack of travel) but not so much tyre that they would hit the tubs or arches when turning. The truck looked very cool! Almost as cool as Alex’s slammed white doka with the 11” wide banded steels!
It was also proving practical to a certain point, it was easy to get stuff in and out of the back but the tyres were useless on wet grass and being a 2.5TDI the lower gearbox mount was now hitting the floor on cambered roads and gravel tracks around the site. Not ideal for a sensible work truck which is going to be spending a lot of its time off road.


Regardless of what suspension it was going to have the DOKA needed to get on brand, so a full respray was needed in graffiti paint. This is a real driveway build, a bunch of mates getting stuck in over a long weekend sharing a well earned cider during and after the build.

HOW-TO: Raptor Paint



After seeing the Lucky 6 boys commercial style build using Raptor paint a few years ago, I’ve wanted to try it on my van for a while.
For the uninitiated, Raptor paint was developed for use on bed-liners in pick-ups and has, as a consequence, a very tough, scratch resistant surface.
Now that the Lucky 6 boys are focusing on bigger vehicles, with a more off-road style, there has been much more Raptor paint used in their workshop and what was once Lucky 6 is now Allroad Activity Vans.

Most people want the smooth colour coded bumpers and my bumpers were like that at one point, but for me I want that textured look…

First of all we needed to remove the bumpers. The front bumper is held in with screws inside the wheel arch and bolts behind the number plate (13mm socket)

The bumpers ‘hook over’ plastic supports attached to the bodywork of the van. When removing the bumper be careful not to pull the supports off of the bodywork.



The rear bumper has bolts under the door seal, in the arches and underneath the bumper. It is also held in with clips under the rear lights.

With the bumpers off, it’s time to give them a good clean, mine were caked in dirt and salt from the winter roads.

We could then see the full extent of the damage to the bumpers, as mentioned before these were smoothed and had a layer of filler over them which had cracked in places and had some deep stone chips in places.

It’s now time to prep the bumpers, using a selection of grades of wet & dry paper, the rough areas can be smoothed out and the whole bumper can be keyed ready for primer.


Prep progress, the bumpers are starting to look in a better condition ready for primer. We didn’t want to completely smooth out the imperfections, because we wanted to see how well the Raptor paint would work covering them.

Several coats of plastic primer going on.

The Raptor paint comes in two parts. The 1 litre bottle only has 750ml of paint in it, you add 250ml of hardener to the paint and shake well.

STEP 10.
The Raptor paint can be sprayed, brushed or rolled on. We wanted to a real DIY job with the bumpers as much as possible, to see what realistic results you could get at home, so we used a roller.

STEP 11.
Lee rolled on the Raptor paint and the texture is instantly noticeable, after two coats the bumpers were left to dry before refitting.

The finished results look great, the texture to the bumpers is not as thick as it would be if it was painted using a spray-gun, but the results are impressive using just a cheap roller set and I’m extremely happy with the new look!
In fact with the bumpers looking so fresh it was time to give the rest of the van a bit of a make over ready for Vanwest 2018!
The van has been painted in Montana Gold graffiti paint and cost under £100 for the respray. All black parts of the van are now painted in RAPTOR.



New Year = New Projects

With a New Year comes new challenges, for 2019 I’ve decided to add another old Volkswagen to the list of ‘projects’ or should we say challenges…

Seeing as the van currently doesn’t have an interior and is about to go in for an MOT and no doubt will need some work done, I’ve decided it would be a great idea and perfect timing to buy this 1986 MK2 Golf and start work on that as well…

This project has been on the cards for a while now. The plan is pretty simple, find a car that is sound but has been neglected for a while. Clean it up, slam it, put some nice wheels on it and enjoy it for a few months before selling it and retiring off of the riches gained from it. Sound familiar? Well hold on a minute, no doubt it will sound even more familiar in a moment. It turns out the car isn’t so sound and that budget for nice wheels and suspension is going on recovery trucks and garage time to get the thing running… But I’m still super stoked to have found such a pink car. This was the game plan all along and I don’t think it would have been possible to find a car with paint work in a worse condition…

As you can see from the photos above the cars paintwork is super faded, we’ve got a simple plan for that though. Although its going to be time consuming and labour intensive after the job we did on Myles’ Polo with TurtleWax Colour Magic I’m confident this car will come up a treat. First things first though and we need to get all the moss off the car.

Hang on sorry, the first thing we need to do is get the car running,
it needs a log book and an MOT…

Yes you read that right, the car doesn’t run, there is no log book and no MOT - I’m not too sure how far off from an MOT we are either. The drivers side is missing an indicator in the wing, the good news is though it looks solid, the foot wells are a little damp but not crazy considering it’s been sat in mid Wales for the last four years (and let’s face it, it rains every day there, right?) Under the car looks solid, the cills look good with no obvious previous repairs and the old MOT history isn’t too scary. The scuttle panel is solid so fingers crossed a few bulbs, wiper blades and we will get it through the MOT.

HOW-To: Headlight Lens Restorer

I’m back in the workshop with another Turtle Wax product to test out and this time it’s the Headlight Lens Restorer kit.

Unfortunately some cars suffer more than others with their headlights dulling over time, the MK5 Golf is one of those cars and even in the UK now that they have been on the road for a few years often the headlights are rather oxidised and look rather tired. But there is no need to replace the headlights, a little bit physical work and they can be looking as good as new!

The Turtle Wax kit comes almost everything you need, the only thing I would add is some tape, to avoid any damage to the surrounding paint work (presuming you are going to clean the headlights with them still in the car rather than removing them.)

So whats in the box?

  • Wipes to clean and seal the lenses

  • Lens Clarifying Compound

  • Spray Lubricant

  • Two sided clarification pads


OK so we all know that unofficially the show season starts with Ultimate Dubs at the Telford international arena in Telford. But, in the camper world we are lucky because although the show season unofficially starts in March, we don’t really stop all year round…

At the start of the year the Telford International Arena is home to Campermart, this year I attended with the guys from Vanwest and Dubtoberfest. The idea was to record a video showcasing a few of our highlights from the show to share with the shows followers to get them back in the mood for show season.

So here are our highlights from Campermart 2019, enjoy


SHOWS: Ninove

SHOWS: Ninove

Let’s dig into the archives and take a trip down memory lane and head over to Belgium for Freddy Files aka ‘Ninove’ - join me on the air-cooled cruise from the UK to the WIKITAP brewery for a weekend of beers and Volkswagens…

FEATURE - Spoon Sports DC5 in Banzai

Spoon Sports EU DC in Banzai Magazine, issue 190 (Aug 2017')

"Following a global tour of various are series, this DC5 is currently the only certified Spoon Sports prepared competitive vehicle to be based in Europe. And now it's ready to see what the UK circuits have to offer..."
- Sam Preston