Start Of Serious Engineering

Discussion in 'Show Us Your T6' started by CX16, 22 Apr 2019.

  1. CX16

    CX16 Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Start of rear steel bumper install, initial bolt on with winch being installed inside the bumper. Next stop to install pivots for swing out wheel carrier and fuel container. Will update you on progress.



  2. Sabre

    Sabre Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    That's a meaty winch!
  3. Fish

    Fish Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Excellent mod.. whats the intention for the winch.
  4. andys

    andys Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Always wanted to see someone fit a winch to one of these, look forward to seeing your mods. Must admit that I clicked on your location, expecting you to be in Australia and was obviously wrong.
  5. catfood12

    catfood12 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Nice fabrication on the new bumper bar. I think I saw that van in Charminster. Was looking at the discrete & thin bumper cover. I've been looking for one like yours. Where did you get it ?

    Nice work on the conversion on the other thread too ! Like the colour scheme.
  6. CX16

    CX16 Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Hi, thanks for the posts. The winch is 3,000lbs, not enough to lift the van but hopefully enough to pull us out of a spot. All the times we have been rescued before we have always been pulled out backwards, so when I saw the size of the bumper I realise I could get a small winch inside it. I live in Dorset so it was probably my van you saw ( bit confused about the bumper covers) I do have wheel arch protectors on it though. As we are going to Mongolia in July alongside the organised Mongol Rally we thought we might be in a position to help people, so the winch might just come in handy. The winch has its own battery, which could also be used to start the engine if required, so another form of back up.
  7. Ed Webb

    Ed Webb Webber VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

    How did this project develop? Looks pretty interesting and nice to see an against the mould modification.
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  8. CX16

    CX16 Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Hi Ed
    We finished the van in early July and headed for Mongolia via Russia. Mongolia is a whole different ball game, a virtually empty country with very few roads, driving mainly off road for days on end and stopping to help people wherever you can. The food was pretty lousy the people were fantastic, the van performed brilliantly but took a few knocks even breaking the welds on the spare wheel carrier on the rear bumper so is now in the repair shop having the dents knocked out and a two tone respray. We took two spares and never had a puncture, although we saw plenty of people who did, can highly recommend Goodrich All Terrains. Plans for next year include, Spain, Italy and hopefully Morocco.











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  9. Ayjay

    Ayjay Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    We need to know a lot more about this trip and the van that you did it in. Sorry but a few words and pictures are just not enough.

    PS. Having been there (albeit for work and 30 odd years ago) , I totally agree with your opinion on the local cuisine which could well be some of the worst that I have ever encountered anywhere in the world.
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  10. CX16

    CX16 Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Hi Ayjay
    I didn’t want to bore people with our trip as I have been putting some posts on this list as I was preparing the van over the last 18 months.
    We previously owned a T5 and travelled all around Europe, so we had some experience of both running a vehicle and travelling on the road. We purchased our 16 plate T6, T32, 4x4 with air con and cruise, nearly two years ago and set about preparing it for our trip. First up was a full set of Seikel underpinnings, sump guards, diff guards, raised suspension, rock sliders, heavy duty steel wheels (6) BF Goodrich All Terrain tyres, bigger front brakes, new steel bumper at the back to hold a second spare wheel, 20ltr fuel can and an integrated winch. Then of to various conversion companies to get different aspects of the conversion
  11. Ayjay

    Ayjay Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    CX - Thanks for the response. Point taken but never underestimate (or would it be overestimate!) the boredom threshold of people when it comes to tales of adventurous road trips, particularly when other continents are involved as well. That said, I've done a couple of those of my own (but not in a VW) and, like you, I would probably hesitate before imposing the detail on others!
    I'll search for your other posts as I would be interested in all the stuff that you did to the van in preparation for the expedition.
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