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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourselves' started by hailfrank, Aug 10, 2011.

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  1. hailfrank

    hailfrank Admin esq.


    I've been into VW's for a number of years. Back in 2010 or 2011 I had the idea of starting a dedicated site for post 72 bays so i gave fish a call and here we are! TLB. Those original members will tell you that pressing IT buttons is not my strong point and we've had some laughs along the way, my proudest moment was turning the forum dark brown with black wording, hence v2 was born.
    I'm proud that this is a well used site and i'd like to think it's something that all members can be proud of too.
    Like real life not everyone gets on all of the time so if you're unlucky (or lucky) we have the occasional popcorn moment but on the whole it's still doing what it was set up to do, provide help and advice. Enjoy



    Hi, I'm Fish AKA Doug and I have been into vws for most of my life. I hope I can be some help to the users as I work for my self and I'm willing to give advice and help on the forum.


    HorTs or honky

    Hi Everyone, I'm headsortails on a few other less specific VW boards and I recognise a few names on here too.


    I did own a '73 (just tax free) Camper (Sleepy Jean).

    My family had owned Sleepy Jean since around 1991 but will sold her in 2015 :-(

    We now own a VW LT28 Florida.

    I know a bit more about VWs than a few people and a lot less than many.
    Late bays all the way - what's so good about low indicators anyway?


    Got me a 73 devon which i've been doing up for 2 years so far, probably another 3 or 4 years to go ::)
    i love drinking, music and vw's. hope i can be of some help, even if its just getting smashed at shows


    We've had our Wilma, a 1972 automatic Westy continental since the millenium. She was a shed when we got her and took 5 years to restore, but now she's a keeper. Imported to Sheffield in 1972, she's a proper Yorkshire strumpet. We use Wilma all year round for camping trips as that's why we got her, and we love to meet up with other TLB'ers at shows. We've been members on this great site from the beginning and have made some really good friends. We love camping and cooking outdoors.
    Don't be shy...get your recipes posted on and you might win a prize for Meal of the Month :)


    I have wanted a retro vw camper since I was a kid going on holiday to Newquay and then from the age of 15 wanting one every summer when the long days came along and the feeling of living on the road hit in with tea, beer, sunsets and adventure :)
    Then after another 15 years of waiting when I reached 30 it happened and its been better than I could have ever imagined. I had no idea there was such a ace community of people who shared this dream and am now proud to be a mod and putting into other peoples dreams. In order to keep my bus running and my dreams alive I am a full time Graphic Designer and I contribute to TLB with trying to make things look nice.
    Above me and my bus George in Newquay :)

    Our hippy bus George's thread >>


    I guess I should do the introduction piece ;)
    I'm Terrordales (sometimes Noddy) aka Don, & for some reason the powers that be deemed me a suitable person to become a moderator :eek:
    I'm the strange one who lives at the other end of the earth in Australia with the long suffering Ms.T & the 2 Airedales Stoney & Oliver.
    We've had the camper for about 7 years now. It's not my first van as I bought my first one back in 1972 (A 1954 barndoor splitty panel van) for the grand sum of $100.00.

    Here I am at Nimbin Mardigrass


    We've had our Aussie import called Wombat for about 5 years and I also have a '79 UK Pickup which you could call the Money Pit, but I call the Log Bus !
    We've had a great time on TLB and have met and camped with some great people over time. I'm one of the few people who's real name is in their username. I like hats :hattip:


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  2. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator


    I'm here to make coffee and clean up the mess the other mods make in the staff room.

    Hi. I am Malc a moderator on TLB. I have been in to VW's since the mid 70's. I bought my first one way back in 1978 from my wife's dad. It was a 1971 Danbury conversion. Lou and I along with our terrier 'Lady' travelled far and wide in her, from the south shores of Italy to the lake district of England. Along the way we have made many good friends far and wide.

    This is I, with my niece Donna after a day out at busfest.


    This is my Beautiful wife Lou and my two boys Neil and William in my brothers T3 on the way to busfest in 2011


    And this is being us.


    Our first bay back in the day in wet Wales.


    I joined the late bay back in 2010/11 after searching in vain for help with my bus resto. Rhubarb our bay, it turned out was not quite as solid as the ebay advert said, we needed help and TLB came to the rescue, in the way only TLB can, with fun and a spirit of bon ami. I have been indebted since and by being a mod hope to repay in some small way my gratitude.

    Rhubarb was a blast.


    A photo taken by another member


    Alas Lou has a condition that no longer permits sleeping in confined quarters and Rhubarb had to go. We replaced her with a VW LT50 Woodlander coachbuilt motorhome in 2014. She is one of only three made and two left in existence and although not a bay, we cherish her with the same love we lavished on Rhubarb.


    We also have a pre 67 look beetle.


    As a moderator on TLB I hope to continue the good vibe and join in with all the banter. I am not keen on bad language or bullying on a forum and will moderate accordingly. I do like to see a healthy general discussion area as this in my mind is the heartbeat of a good forum. I will continue and encourage this.

    My expertise in the aircooled is sufficient to help anyone get by, but my own personal passion is the different conversions to our buses and I have built up a good knowledge of each conversion company. I am always willing to pass on any information I have, and also very happy to learn more.

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  3. hailfrank

    hailfrank Admin esq.


    I'm also new. I have really enjoyed TLB and found it really helpful, glad to be of service


    I'm here to sweep the floor


    Contrary to the belief of our beloved leader, I never asked or even considered being a moderator on here. In fact, I'm fairly sure I had a conversation with one of the long timers at TechEnders to that very end!
    I can only assume that they finally decided a mod that "says it how he sees it" was going to be a bonus for the forum and the gauntlet was thrown down. It wasn't a quick decision as I wondered how some people would take it; and the saying "poacher turned game keeper" was mentioned several times....
    I know there are people who desperately want to be moderators ;) so it really wasn't an easy decision.

    Anyway, I've had my bus for about 10 years now and its changed a fair bit since I bought it:

    In 2006 it looked like this:


    And was powered by this:

    1600 TP.JPG

    It now looks like this:


    And is powered by this:


    Hopefully the forum will continue to grow and I'll be watching the Sale ad sections to try and cut down on the number of crap adverts.

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  4. hailfrank

    hailfrank Admin esq.


    We're the Dubweisers, or in reality Sarah and Sharon ;) We've had Luu for about 5 years now, she is also a money pit but I try not to think about it too much. We go camping throughout the year even though we're both very nesh - oh the beauty of electric hook up :thumbsup:
    Besides vans we love real ale and country music


    I'm one of the new mods here, I have a real passion for curtains, restoring them etc. It might take me a while to post because I have a secret addiction to spice girls the movie. People say I look like a nob but I prefer to think I look like a sexy pirate, think Johnny Depp. I love to wear long hoody tops so I can play with myself without being too obvious.

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