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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 they
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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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  • Ron found me through the internet, after he and Nicky had decided that their own van, an
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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
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Transporter
Model number: 231-13
Year of manufacture: 1964
Registration no: HJ-80-92
Original colour: Dove Blue
Top speed: 115 km/h
Tire size: 195/75/R14
Piston displacement: 1585cc 
Cylinder heads: Stock 1600cc single port
Ignition: Stock Bosch with Compu-Tronix electronic ignition
Carburetor: Solex 31 PICT 2 
Air filter: Stock oil bath filter
Cooling: Large oil channel oil cooler, 1600 double port doghouse
Thermostat: Stock
Clutch: 200mm diaphragm
Type:  Stock 'Big nut' (46mm)
1st gear: 3.80:1
2nd gear: 2.06:1
3rd gear: 1.26:1
4th gear:  0.89:1
Reduction gear boxes: 1.26:1
Front:  Stock drum brakes
Rear: Stock drum brakes


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

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