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William's 1972 Devon Moonraker

I bought the Bus in September 2004 with a seized engine and when I got her home and had a thorough inspection I realized she would need a new front panel and quite a bit of welding.

The van was completely stripped out and all new panels were welded in. She was lowered at the rear and an adjuster was fitted to the front beam so I could adjust the ride height at the front. There was a big hole in the roof were the original sliding sunroof went but that had long gone so I found another sunroof and fitted that in. A new headlining was purchased and fitted and all new window rubbers all round. A sliding window was fitted to the side cargo door and louvered one on the opposite for extra ventilation and a new roof vent. I had cracked two windscreens trying to get them fitted so had to get a third. The Devon roof cap was broken so was rebuilt and finished with a solid polymer sheet over the top to keep out the water.

Two Californian cab doors were bought as the originals had perished beyond economical repair and a new engine lid from a French van. Luckily the original Devon interior was mostly intact so I just put some edging strips over the bad bits and put it back together. The original Easicool unit (fridge) was there but not working so was replaced with a new electric fridge and the electrics were updated including a Bosch alternator running two batteries via a split charge relay.

A CD/DVD player and 10" drop down screen was fitted to entertain the kids and a new gas cooker was plumbed in (to keep the wife happy). She was then painted in VW aquamarine blue and pastel white. I sourced some 16" Audi 5 spoke alloys and fitted them with low profile tires. I then hid the front indicators inside the headlamps and put on American style rear lenses. My mate's sister Joanne did all the cushions and curtains (bless her).

I have a 1776 twin port Type 1 engine in an AS21 magnesium case with an Engle 110 cam and balanced crankshaft/flywheel fitted with high rev springs and Scat cam followers. This is fed buy a pair of IDF Weber carbs with a stainless steel quiet pack exhaust and a full flow oil system. This is all charged by a blue coil and Pertronix ignitor ignition. Unfortunately that engine needs work now so I am just running a stock 1600 till it gets mended. It was a long old slog but now she's on the road and we're out in her every weekend.

Bill Cook

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