Brickwerks Blog

  • Stocktake delays

    Now then.

    Stock take over for another year, phew!

    Seems it didn't stop you lot ordering!

    We've got a mountain to climb on Monday so please bear with us! We'll do our best to get everything out as soon as we can!

  • Stock Take 2022

    Heads up!
    We will be closed for our annual stock take Between Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th March.

    All orders placed up to 3pm on Tuesday 22nd March will be shipped prior to closing.
    We hope to start shipping all orders placed after that time on Friday once stock take is completed.

  • Christmas blah... blah... blah

    It's crept up on us again. I'm sure it was only May yesterday!

    We'll be closing our doors officially for the Christmas and New Year holidays on Thursday 23rd December. All orders placed up to our last collection (approx 3pm) will be shipped, any orders placed after that will be shipped on our return on January the 4th 2022.

    All of us at Brickwerks would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas... or whatever you celebrate, and A Happy New Year... Im sure we said this last year but let's hope things are a bit better all round!
    As it feels a bit "groundhog day" in general, we've just reposted a pic from a couple of years ago, pre "covid times".
    Lets hope the only "variants" we see in 2022 are those rattly old Aircooled things :D



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  • VW T3 rear light and towbar wiring

    Seeing as we sell a VW T3 towbar we thought it prudent to add a page here for the wiring connections.

    T3 Rear Light Wiring Colours.
    Position Wiring colour DIN no Wire dia Towbar
    Earth Brown 31 1mm² 3
    Brake lights Black/red 54 1mm² 6
    Fog light Grey/white 55 1mm² 2
    Left hand side light Grey/black 58 1mm² 7
    Right hand side light Grey/red 58 1mm² 5
    Number plate lamps Grey/green 58 1mm²  
    Left indicator Black/white L 1mm² 1
    Right indicator Black/green R 1mm² 4
    Reverse light Black/blue RF 1mm²  
    Left Rear Light   Pin    
    Black/Red   1    
    Grey/Black   2    
    Brown   3    
    *Grey/White   4    
    Black/Blue   5    
    Black/White   6    
    Right Rear Light   Pin    
    Black/Green   1    
    Black/Blue   2    
    Brown   3    
    Grey/White   4    
    Grey/Red   5    
    Black/Red   6    
  • VW T3 and E10 Fuel

    Well, I'm sure you've all seen it on the fuel forecourt pumps now, all over the news and forums and Facebook posts a plenty and this post is a little bit late to the party as it's already happened but seeing as we still receive questions about E10 fuel and we still see the same question asked over and over again on the facebook groups (at least with forums you could pin stuff like this and not get lost in the ether) then we thought we'd write something a little more permenent to refer back to.

    E10 fuel, what is it?

    E10 fuel is normal common or garden petrol that has a higher concentration of Ethanol blended with it. E10 petrol contains 10% Ethanol.

    What's all the fuss about?

    Ethanol is more agressive than petrol so it shortens the life of some fuel system components, Ethanol also attracts water from the atmosphere so, over time you may get a small amount of water gathering at the bottom of your fuel tank.

    What damage does it do?

    Ethanol will degrade older types of rubber fuel system components a little quicker than older grades of petrol, that said you've been running around quite happily on E5 (Petrol containing 5% Ethanol) for years and your van didn't blow up did it?
    The other slight issue is that if petrol/ethanol fuel mixes are left idle then it can attract water from the atmosphere and it can separate out leaving a layer of water at the bottom of the fuel tank which then could corrode but as my school boy physics and chemistry are anything to go by then don't you also need oxygen for corrosion to occur?
    Also, petrol engines don't run particularly well on water! 

    What can I do to make my life easier?

    Don't worry, it's really not a big thing, honestly.
    You can regularly inspect the rubber parts of your fuel system for perishing and if you find any then take the oportunity to replace them with something a little more modern and suitable for modern fuel. All the fuel line assemblies we stock are assembled in house and use FPM hose which is suitable for up to 100% ethanol (E100).
    VW Ethanol resistant fuel line kits here.
    You could just use Super which costs more, granted but you'll be rewarded with less Ethanol, smoother running and better MPG, choice is yours!
    If you are the T3 owner that has a normal day to day vehicle and parks their van up over winter then it's probably worth running the E10 as low as you dare then brim it with super for the laid up months.
    Europe has been running E10 for ages, we're a bit behind but they all seem to be coping just fine so basically, keep on trucking!


  • Shipping to Ireland suspended until further notice.

    Due to a flurry of returns from Southern Ireland for as yet unknown reasons we have decided to suspend all sales to the Republic until further notice.
    Reading between the lines from information from different couriers and postage providers there has been some kind of systems failure at AN Post and Irish Customs meaning packages with all the correct info are being returned.
    Please see the communication below from Royal Mail.

    Royal Fail AN Post
    Obviously once the mess is sorted then we will re-enable Ireland as a destination that we ship to.


  • Premises move complete

    We have now moved out of our home of the last 13 years and in to our new, larger unit in the same yard.

    New address

    SJ Baxter LTD
    Unit 3 Bridge Works
    Woodhead Road
    West Yorkshire
    HD9 6PW

    We do not have a telephone, please use the contact page.

    Now that we're in the new place we have a little room to spread out, we're busy ordering and trying to get some stock back on the shelves now everything has locations.

    If there's something you need that's showing out of stock please contuact us via the contact page for an update.

  • Moving - Website Checkout Function Disabled

    We have today turned off the checkout function on the website to enable us to move to our new premises. Hopefully this mammoth task can be completed over the next few days and we'll be back up and running by the weekend.

    So... you can add to your cart, but you wont be able to pay or complete the order until we turn the function back on. This is the fairest way we feel as we don't have your money any longer than necessary!
    We have also quite a large backlog of deliveries to book in, which we can start working through once all the stock is moved and locations are updated to our shiny new racking!
    Its a lot of work, as its a lot of stuff, but we've got to the point where it has to happen and we simply can't continue picking orders and trying to move at the same time!

    We have created a "product" on the webshop...


    ...which you can subscribe to. Once we are back up and running we'll put this product into stock and you'll get an emal telling you such.
    Once you get that email, we're back and you can give us your money!

    Hopefully we'll be back on top by the weekend! See you soon!!



  • Still closed

    The webshop remains closed, sorry!
    Productive day (Thursday 22nd July), all the orders we can ship have now been shipped.
    All export sales that haven't paid shipping have been refunded.
    All returns have now been creditted.
    Friday the 23rd will be spent putting some stock away.
    On Monday 26th there will be 2 people here, one on emails, one in stores, we're going to end up in the same position again where we have a zillion orders and one person packing, basically it's not fair on one lad to do all the packing so we're not sure if we will open the checkout again before next week but this is fluid, it may change.
    Most recent updates will be here so worth checking back.


  • Webshop temporarily disabled


    Due to an unprecidented (remember that word?!) amount of orders and a high level of staff absence we have taken the regretable decision to temporarily disable the shopping cart on the webshop to allow a little breathing space and to allow us to get back on top of orders that have already been placed.

    In 16 years we've never had to do this and a decision not taken lighlty but at the moment we can't see we have a choice!

    Once we're back on top, exsisting orders are packed and shipped and we've rinsed through the returns then we'll enable the checkout again.

    Really sorry about the inconvenience, we've had a good run so far so in the grand scheme of things the lads in the warehouse have done an amazing job with the work load they have been given.

    Again, apologies.



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