Monthly Archives: January 2012

  • Customer Feedback

    19th March 2013

    Hi, just a quick mail to let you know the rack mount kit arrived here in N.Z. a few days ago  and is now installed.

    I would just like to say thanks for

    1. Fast efficient delivery
    2. Not ripping the customer  (me ) off on postage, like so many other companies do.
    3. For a great product, certainly made a difference to my van!

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    8th March 2013

    Thanks to Simon and all at Brickwerks. Package arrived at my workplace today safe and sound and all perfect. Cheers very much guys!

    Tim

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    7th March 2013

    Hi guys. Can I just say a massive thank you to you for dispatching my order so swiftly this week and especially for the surprise inclusion of the gasket that was attached to my invoice that will really help with the water pipe replacement job I've got planned for the weekend. I can't express just how much it means to have terrific service, advice and support from experts such as yourselves. It is really appreciated.

    Thank you very much

    Andy.

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    22nd January 2013

    I know your reputation for excellent delivery and customer service is well known, but I would like to say a big thank you for the excellent service and amazingly fast delivery of my order.

    So, thank you, I will be back I'm sure. We own a T25 so it's fairly well guaranteed;)

    Sue

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    28th November 2012

    Hi many thanks for sending water pipes to me yesterday. what a brilliant service will be using you again in the near future.

    Thanks again Paul

    30th September 2012

    I received my package.

    I’m very happy with the parts and would like to say thank you for the great service you provided.

    It was a pleasure dealing with you and I will definitely order again.

    Herman Jansen van Rensburg

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    8th August 2012

    I previously ordered a sliding door bearing from you - you dispatched it immediately as it was an emergency and I received it the next day, this service was first class.  It is because of this Brikwerks is now my No 1 choice :)  Thank you again.

    Martin Booth

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    2nd August 2012

    Hello I just wanted to say a huge thank you for my T3  -50mm AVO springs . I only ordered them yesterday and have just finished fitting them after they turned up this afternoon.

    The van now sits about 20 mm higher than the sagging –50 mm CMC springs that have been on there for 2yrs .We can now have a safe camping holiday without the wheels hitting the top of the arches over big bumps.

    Thanks again for the really quick turnaround.

    Cheers Lee

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    24th May '12

    Parts arrived safely this afternoon. Thanks again for the advice and promt service.

    Anthony Vaughan

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    12th April '12

    Received the parts today, awesome service thanks alot

    Matt Webb

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    12th April '12

    Hi Just wanted to say fantastic service from you guys. I ordered on sunday evening and delivery came today.

    thanks

    Kevin

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    04th April '12

    Hello Yorkshire boys!!
    Just a quickie to say my order arrived about half an hour ago, and my mate is well happy with his water pipe.  Another convert from the shite they peddle at [*Insert name of large internet based supplier of camper parts here]  I think!!
    Hope the stock-take is going well, have a good weekend off, and as I believe they say oop north, sithee like :-D
    All the best,
    Greg (Pugwash)

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    04th April '12

    Hi Simon
    Just a quick note of praise for your 1st class service.
    Ordered just before 12pm yesterday..............arrived this morning..............Pure quality.
    Regards
    Steve
    (Taw Cottage........80-90)

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    04th April '12

    Just wanted to say - Superb Service!!!

    Got the pump yesterday at 9.30 - fitted at 10.30 and out for a drive at 11.30

    Thanks - will use you again!

    Sean

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    From Mark Wilson:

    Hi Guys, not yet opened my delivery but it came friday, "super delivery and thanks alot, appreciate it"

    cheers mark

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    From Richard Ball:

    Hi Brickwerks,
    A huge THANK YOU, for your superb service and communications dealing with my enquiry and order.
    The items arrived a short time ago and are exactly what I was looking for.
    I would highly recommend you to all VW enthusiasts.
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    From Tim Siggs:

    Thank you Sales at Brickwerks for being so damned bloody efficient! x

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    From David Lees:

    Hi - Just a quick note to thank you for your prompt service and delivery! The gas struts I ordered from you yesterday came this morning! I fitted them straight away and they're great :o)
    (No more sagging even with ply-lining, carpet & speakers!)

    I'll certainly use you again and recommend you.
    Thanks again
    David
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    From Brendan Kiernan
    Hi,
    Gaiter arrived this morning (Sat) in the post. amazingly fast delivery and excellent service
    Well done and many thanks.

  • T3 Carat/Pepperpot alloy wheel fittings

     

    Popular ones these. We often get asked which fittings are needed to fit a set of factory Alloy wheels to a T3. So we've put them together in a kit.

    We fit them with conversion studs, mainly to ease fitting, but also to allow the use of a standard set of McGard locking wheel nuts.

    Webshop Link

     

  • Front to Rear Coolant Pipes...

    If there is one thing guaranteed to ruin your holiday, its dumping the entire contents of your cooling system on the road before you even arrive. Hopefully this will help you avoid that situation...

     

    Front to Rear Coolant Pipes... If your T3 is aircooled, no need to go any further - You dont have them, or need them.

    Other than the aircooled models, we all have them. Theyre a necessity on a vehicle with the radiator at the front, and the engine at the back. Theyre a pretty vital part of the cooling system.
    So, 2 pipes, what could possibly go wrong?

    Well... there are 2 styles of pipe. Early vehicles have steel pipes, smaller bore than later ones and the potential problem is as you might expect... corrosion.
    Later vehicles had the large bore plastic pipes. No rust problems there then? Well... yes actually its still corrosion thats causes the problem.
    The plastic pipes are made with steel inserts moulded into the ends. This gives something for the hose clips to tighten onto.

    Image shows how the end of the pipes should look.
    The steel insert is still completely enclosed in the end of the pipe.

    For comparison above is one of our stainless steel pipes.

    Over time the inserts corrode, and the water pressure starts to force them out of the end of the pipe. At this point they may only be leaking slightly, or not at all. It is however the point you want to catch them at, because they can only get worse.

    Image shows the steel insert has started to push out of the pipe.
    The plastic sourrounding it breaks and comes away (you can see it on the floor).
    This is the point where the pipe will start to leak.

    The next stage is that the insert will part company with the pipe completely, and you'll lose all your coolant. Sometimes they hang in there for ages, just dripping a little coolant until the insert gives way completely.

    Image shows a badly corroded insert. This one looks like it had managed to stay in the pipe, and hadn't actually let go.
    It wasn't far from spilling the contents of the cooling system all over the road, followed by the journey home on the back of a truck.

    So, what happens if you do find a problem?
    There are a few solutions. There are kits on the market containing inserts which you can fit to the pipes, and hold in place with clips. They seem to work okay, but aren't exactly cheap or easy to get hold of.
    Our solution is to replace the complete pipe with reproductions made from Stainless Steel.

    They come in 2 pieces and join in the middle - to aid fitment and make them sensible for posting out.
    Fitting them really needs the fuel tank removing, so we try to do any other jobs in that area at the same time. Check the brake and clutch lines that run over the tank, gear linkage, and dont forget the tank itself.
    Make sure the tank is near empty, 60 litre of fuel is heavy! It'll come down quite easily, but lifting it back up might be a challenge, especially if youre doing the job on ramps at the side of the road!

    As mentioned earlier, there are 2 different types of pipe, depending on year. There are also variations depending on fuel type and different pipes again for Syncro models:

    2WD
    Early Petrol and 1.6D - 32mm Metal Pipes Fitted Originally

    Diesel and Early Petrol - 38mm Plastic Pipes fitted originally  (All Diesel and Turbo Diesel, Petrol to chassis number 24F 060 000)

    Late Petrol - 38mm Plastic Pipes fitted originally (From chassis number 24F 060 001)

    4WD (Syncro)

    All Syncro Models, Petrol and Diesel. All Years


  • Check Your Radius Rod Bushes! - T3 Models

    When a "new" customer brings a T3 to the workshop, the things that we can almost guarantee will need replacing are the front Radius Rod Bushes.

    2 Things happen when these bushes need replacing...

    The first is that the constant backwards and forwards motion of the wheel pushes the radius rod back and forth through the hole in the chassis - theres a steel sleeve around the radius rod in this area that goes through the middle of the bushes.
    The sawing motion of the threaded radius rod wears away the steel sleeve. Not great, but it can be fixed cheaply and quite easily if you catch it in time. We have these sleeves manufactured in stainless steel.

    The second thing that can happen is that the radius rod will cut through the sleeve, but it wont stop there... it will carry on sawing through the front cross member. At the same time wearing away the radius rod itself! The only solution then is a costly and time consuming chassis repair, followed by replacement of the Radius Rod itself...

    We do have the equipment to repair this when it happens, but to be honest we'd rather its caught before it gets to this stage. The photos below are from a vehicle that was recently on the ramp. Quite a nice example of a Westfalia California...

    If you have clunking and banging and generally woolly handling, theres a good chance that the radius rod bushes are to blame... check em out before they get to this stage! Your T3 will drive nicer and you'll save yourself a big bill and some heartache in the future!

    This shows the radius rod removed from the vehicle - You can see where the cross member has started to cut through the rod.

    This shows the front crossmember with the outer radius rod bush removed. You can see the hole that the rod passes through is twice the size it should be. thats due to the radius rod cutting its way through the steel of the crossmember!

     

    The scarey thing is that a lot of these vans have been regularly serviced, and are on most fronts well maintained. They go through MOTs and they're driven thousands of miles...

    We have all the parts to deal with this in the workshop, because we see it so often...

    Radius Rod Bush Inner

    Radius Rod Bush Outer

    Radius Rod Bush Sleeve

    Radius Rod 

  • Coolant Pipe from Thermostat Housing to R/H head - 025 121 180 A

     

     

    Just landed...

    Webshop Link

    This is for Petrol Engined models with the early style cooling system upto 1985. It runs from the Thermostat Housing on the left at the rear of the vehicle to the Right Hand Cylinder head.
    If yours is corroded (or worse, bodged together with pipe and clips!) you have no excuse not to replace it now :)

  • T3 Syncro Rebuilt Viscous Coupling

    Now Back in Stock!

     

    Webshop Link

  • T3 Front and Rear Mudflaps - Original VW Style - Back in Stock

    The original style Mud Flaps were available again for a short time, but are now obsolete.

    We have sourced these, which are almost identical both in quality and appearance.
    The obvious difference is the large VW roundel which is missing from the rear flaps.

    Mounting is exactly the same as the originals - through holes in the body just behind the front and rear arches. Fittings are included. Also included are the mounting brackets and plates (in stainless steel).

    All in all, a great bit of kit.

    As these mount through the body, if your T3 didnt come with them originally you'll need to make holes....

    Front Flaps

    Rear Flaps

     

  • Checking VW T4 upper ball joints

    You cannot check the ball joints on a T4 in the normal way by simply jacking the vehicle up and shaking the wheel.

    The wheel has to be removed from the hub and a bar inserted between the hub carrier and the upper arm and prised apart to check for play.

    We see vans quite often here that come in for service whose ball joints are as in the video above, absolutely knackered! when we show the customer they often say well, it's just gone through an MOT!"

    Changing a T4 upper ball joint takes about 1 hour per side but it does require the use of a special press to remove and replace.

  • T3 TDI conversion

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  • T3 Pillar Trims. Back in Stock.

     

    Unavailable for a short time, but now back in stock.

    And a little bit cheaper too!

    Which is nice :)

    Webshop Link

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