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A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

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Mipmip

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Location : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Registration date : 2014-07-01

A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by Mipmip on Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:14 am

Hello vanners of this great forum,

Here's another A108 from Europe.
I live in the capitol of the Netherlands, Amsterdam and bought this 1968 Custom Sportman a few weeks back.



It has made quite a journey the last few years. It went from San Diego to the UK and then to the Netherlands. Some of you might recognize it from this youtube video:

http://youtu.be/y9kJtcwGFfQ?list=PLopye01aIlJ-uABhn_BmX48Ya-eOpnJk2

I will post some more pictures and information soon.
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vanny
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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by vanny on Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:24 am

Welcome aboard Mipmip! Nice van! Looks like you're going to need a bigger parking space...LOL. Can't wait to see more pics!


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A100 Wrench

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Location : Sunnyslope,AZ
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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by A100 Wrench on Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:17 am

Welcome and enjoy the adventure!!!
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Sy Hollinshead

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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by Sy Hollinshead on Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:57 am

Very cool. Welcome to the forum as well. Mine made a similar journey in 2008, its a long way by boat isn't it....!! What plans do you have for it....??
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Mipmip

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Location : Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by Mipmip on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:22 am

Thank you for the welcome. I've already gathered some very useful information from this forum.

@vanny: The parking spaces in the Netherlands are a bit smaller than in the US. And I parked it a bit from the wall so I can show everybody that awesome side step Smile

Plan is to do a full on restoration. Keep the outside original and a camper interior on the inside.

First I want to get Dutch license plates so had to do the following:

- New Hella headlights to replace the sealed beam units (not allowed here)
- battery box welded up because the bolt hole was damaged
- rewire the parking lights to the new headlights

Transport to my house:





New headlamp with parking light Smile


With my daily driver VW Lupo GTI, half the weight, half the size, twice as many gears Smile
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Big W

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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by Big W on Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:06 pm

welcome to VV Mipmip. That's a nice looking van.
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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by dix on Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:43 pm

Welcome to vintage vans, . Nice VanWe will help where we can...
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Mipmip

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Location : Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by Mipmip on Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:21 am

Thank you. I'm searching Ebay's all over the world already for some missing parts.
If anyone knows where I can find some original front seats or/and a complete front bumper that would be great.
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vanny
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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by vanny on Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:49 am

Mip, if you list the parts you're looking for in the "A Parts Wanted" section of this forum, if someone has a lead on those parts, they'll let you know. cheers


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Mipmip

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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by Mipmip on Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:08 pm

Tiny update.

Received a small package today:



The van was missing one of these. Now I have enough. Smile









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polosteve

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Re: A108 Custom Sportsman project from the Netherlands

Post by polosteve on Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:52 pm

Sweet van

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