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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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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

After we had removed both axles we soon noticed that moving the van around became significantly more difficult. We had to find a solution to this problem, since everyone needed to walk around the van which was conveniently positioned right in the middle of the garage. After a quick stop at the local hardware store we ended up with two pairs of caster wheels and a few hands full of metal.

The little trolley we ended up designing is based on a never failing mechanical engineering principle: over engineered to last an eternity. The design has proven to be a big success; we have transported the Kombi across a diversity of surfaces, varying from asphalt to cobble stone roads. We easily moved her around in the garage and even all the way to the paint shop and back. Unfortunately, the little rubber tyres did not cope well with the hours they spent in the giant oven at the pain shop; by the time we reached our own garage they cracked!

The trolley supports the chassis at two places; at the front and rear near the jack supports. We installed wooden beams on top of the trolley's cross beams that have slots that fit the chassis. Note, that if you are going to cover a big distance, strapping your van to the trolley is recommended; bad roads can make your van jump like a bull. 

Apparently we designed something that we should have patented; we have received numerous enquiries from people asking us if the trolley was for sale, where they can get one or how to make one them selves. Look no further as below is the full material list and technical drawing to build your own:

3x Beam in the length of your van (40x40mm): 132cm of length 
2x Upper beam across the length of your van (40x40mm): 100cm of length
2x Lower beam across the length of you van (40x40mm): 140cm length
4x Vertical pipe (35mm): 21cm of length 
4x Skewed supports (40x40mm): approximately 29cm of length 
4x Angle bar (50x50x40mm) 
2x Wooden beam (40x70mm): 90cm of length
2x Caster wheel (diameter 160mm) 
2x Fixed wheel (diameter 160mm)

One final remark about the wheels: in our experience, having caster wheels at the front and fixed wheels at the back greatly improved the ability to control the direction it was going when pushing the van over great distances and uneven surfaces. However, having four caster wheels does make it easier to move the van around in small spaces. 

 

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

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