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Welcome to Hazel Armstrong

Hazel Armstrong (the name of this 1964 VW Kombi) has been back on the road since July 2005, after the completion of a 3 year full restoration (and the consumption of plenty of brew)... Since then, we have enjoyed some amazing trips across Europe and Hazel has been the vehicle of choice for many unforgettable wedding. She even featured as the backdrop for a global advertising campaign! 

On this website you will also find a library with detailed restoration articles. We hope that these will help other amateur restorers get through the difficult times of the restoration process: the moment when things don't go as planned and you are considering pushing your project of the nearest cliff... We have been there and guarantee that persistence will pay off: as there is nothing like driving around your self-made van!

Kombi Hire

I rebuilt Hazel Armstrong in order to have a camper van to my own liking; allowing me to determine colour, layout and reliability. It never crossed my mind that people would actually like to hire my kombi until I received Luke and Lindsey’s request to use Hazel for their wedding.

Depending on availability, Hazel is available for*:

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Options include:

  • Standard layout with folding seat in back (5 people)
  • Optional middle seat (8 people) 
  • With or without full length roof rack

*Hire is inclusive of a driver.

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  • They drove by while I was cleaning out the van. Menno stopped immediately to ask if the
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  • We met several times before: Ann-marie and Lourens in their yellow Volkswagen Golf 1, we in our
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  • For the 2008 summer campaign of Wolky Shoes, a Dutch advertising studio approached me to see if
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Just came across your site while looking up restoration tips for a splitty, amazing job you guys have carried out! You have a mint example of how a VW should look and be used. Best of luck in the future with her. Regards Ciaran

The windscreen wiper mechanism turned out to be in better shape than expected. Although heavily rusted all over, definitely not beyond repair. After I disassembled the wiper motor, I cleaned and checked the armature for continuity, replaced the carbon-brushes, greased all moving parts and reassembled the unit. Note that 99% of the wiper motors will be 6-volt, if you plan to convert to a 12-volt electrical system; have a read through our 12V Conversion for more information. 

The wiper frame was sandblasted, primed and painted. When reassembling, make sure you replace all the clips and lock washers; most of them will be worn with age and should not be used again. Carefully grease all the moving parts of the mechanism so you can enjoy squeak free windscreen wiping. 

RESTORATION PAGES

3 years of fully documented restoration pages for your inspiration or discouragement... 

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