Bus Boot Camp at Type 2 Detectives
We take vehicle maintenance seriously at Inspire Camper hire, so recently attended an aircooled maintenance course at Type 2 Detectives. For a classic aircooled fanatic like myself, their headquarters are Volkswagen heaven!
It was a very early start, but after the 2 hour trip we were greeted with sunshine, a very welcome bacon butty and a lovely cuppa tea.
Our first treat was a tour of the facilities, with the chance to drool over some of the finest aircooled classic cars in their workshops. Some of the cars belonged to customers, and some were for sale.
Then it was down to business, with an introduction to the Volkswagen flat four engine from Paul Medhurst, with the aid of a demonstration engine that had cutouts to show the internal workings.
This was followed by an explanation of vehicle wiring, using circuit diagrams and electric test probes. To start with the wiring diagrams looked very daunting, but Paul explained them in a way that was easy to understand, making them seem much less complicated.
We were then shown various components that had been found on customer’s cars, that had either failed or were in a dangerous condition. This highlighted how important good thorough maintenance is, especially when you’re responsible for your customers safety.
From vehicle electrics we moved nicely onto setting up points gaps with company owner Mark Fulton, and then had the chance to get our hands dirty adjusting tappets. Volkswagen guru Andy then demonstrated the difference between the various types of Volkswagen engines, and showed us how to adjust the alternator belt tension.
Finally we were shown around customer’s cars, with common mechanical breakdown issues highlighted, and explanations on how to repair any problems to keep your vehicle moving. Conveniently Type 2 Detectives put together a handy box of common spares that should help in any roadside breakdown.
In summary I have to say the day was awesome. Type 2 Detectives certainly know their stuff, and I’d thoroughly recommend their Bus Boot Camps to anyone that’s into classic aircooled Volkswagens. Vehicle maintenance can at first seem very daunting, but everything was explained in such a way that it was easy to understand, giving confidence to tackle any mechanical issues.