Monthly Archives: December 2021

  • 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!


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