Mechanic builds world’’s lowest camper van!

August 5th, 2008 - 7:10 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 5 (ANI): An automotive mechanic has entered the record books by building the world’’s lowest camper van.

Andy Saunders and three friends converted a 7ft 8ins high VW Camper into a 3.3ft high version - in just three days.

The 1980 Type 25 camper cost 1,000 pounds and had 70,000 miles on the clock when transformed.

The van is completely roadworthy and can reach speeds of 80mph, but is so small that it could be driven under car park barriers.

Saunders, who converted the vehicle for a contest at a motoring festival, can be seen driving around his home town of Poole in Dorset in the van with his head sticking out of the roof.

“The challenge was to build the world’’s lowest van in just three days,” the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

“We were up at 6am and worked for three full days - it was the hardest thing I”ve ever done.

“It is roadworthy, does about 80mph and you could throw mattress in the back and sleep in it.

“We”ve applied to the Guinness Book of Records and they”ve indicated this is the world’’s lowest van,” he added.

To transform the vehicle, Saunders and his friends had to cut away 4.5ft of roof, put in a new steering system, lower the seat, move the handbrake and the gear stick and replace the fuel tank.

The biggest problem was having to deal with a 14in overlap when they tried to put the roof back on because of the tapering of the van’’s sides.

“At the Bug Jam festival we had an audience for every moment we were working on it and buy the end there were 1,000 people watching,” Saunders said. (ANI)

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