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54, 78 & 69 kombis at home

Discussion in 'Kombi Stories' started by Weekender, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. Weekender

    Weekender Well-Known Member

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    I just found this photo taken outside the family home in September 1978.
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    The hand painted Dulux green enamel 54 microbus was the family transport from about 1960. It was originally brown over cream. The fiberglass roof was fixed - it covered the factory sunroof hole. It was fitted by Noosa Conversions. This bus was sold in 1986, still running. It was restored in 1993 in Sydney by Vintage VW. As it turned out after speaking with Barney barndoor at Valla 2014, he had seen it being restored in 1993 and sent me some photos last year. I visited this restored bus and its then owner in 2003 in Sydney, and spoke with him at Valla. He has since sold it and it lives now in Adelaide. I learnt to drive in that 54!
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    The Neptune Blue 78 is my Macca - my Dad had just purchased it new on 28 August 1978. I note the bull bar was on (fitted 4 Sept 78) , but not the camper fitout. Noosa Converstions completed the fitout on 19 Oct 78. I got to drive the then empty kombi to Noosa for the fittout. I took ownership in Jan 2013. Macca turns up on various posts on the forum.

    The Lotus White microbus 69 was my then pride & joy. I have a few photos here:

    http://forums.kombiclub.com/threads/80-000-miles-in-a-low-light-my-first-kombi.43416/
     
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  2. Aspro

    Aspro Well-Known Member

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    Great bit of history. The Kombi virus has truly plagued you for a long time. Shame the 54 ever left. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. DakDak67

    DakDak67 Well-Known Member

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    Oh that Barny !!!
     
  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Nice :cool:
    Havent seen anything of Barny for a while. Anyone know how he's travelling?
     
  5. Weekender

    Weekender Well-Known Member

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    Hi Col - I sent am email off to his home email today - I will see what that brings
     
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  6. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great story :)
     
  7. stusbus

    stusbus Well-Known Member

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    Awesome pics Leo !
    Amazing to see Macca as he originally was ! :)
    Great to see the family history of Kombi's !!! :D
     
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  8. ruby6689

    ruby6689 Well-Known Member

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    Wonderful history and how good is it to still have one of the Kombis.
     
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  9. Weekender

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    I have spoken to Barney - all good. And he has put me in contact with the new owners of the 54. They are from Sydney and purchased the van a few months ago.

    here is a photo. (yes the front windows are out)
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  10. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    nice to know its still on the road. Often wonder where some of my old ones are.
    Glad all is good with Barney:)
     
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  11. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Well traveled now and great to see recent pic.
     
  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Have you looked around your property? :rolleyes:
     
  13. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Harsh :)
    might have to check before the slasher goes thru nest tho :oops:
    good collection of snake skins in a couple of them.
     
  14. Barney Barndoor

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    Great old photo & story Leo with a true VW family bloodline that lives on, thanks for sharing mate... love that old Barney..

    Thanks for your email also Leo, all is good restoring VW's etc..just haven't been on the forum much lately..

    Thanks for asking about me also Col, hope to catch up at Old Bar...

    Here's another current photo of the old Barney...

    Cheers Barney

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  15. Ganga

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    This was also Pops old bus.(Mr G Beyer of Port Melbourne) was the first owner of this Barndoor bus. Victorian rego GGS 168 in 1954.It came with factory sunroof and safari windows. He worked for Vic Rail at the time and used the bus to deliver the boxes off the trains. He said he didn't like the way the boxes damaged the good seats in the bus. He would come back to the bus and people where always under the van looking for the engine he found that funny.He took the bus up to Queensland and over to South Australia it was the right van for the job at the time.He sold it in the late 50s, this is a pic of it in 1954, it was one of the first of its type in Australia. A microbus with factory sunroof and safari windows he said it took 6 months to come from Germany.

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  16. Aspro

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    Finally tracked it down Chris. Well done. How about a full stop every now and then. :p
     
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  17. Ganga

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    That's the best I can do Aspro!
    I hope you can read it now........
     
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  18. Weekender

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    Sorry Ganga, this is not Pops old bus.

    The barney subject of this thread was delivered new to the Netherlands Consulate in Canberra, and was then sold to a South Australian person. This SA person brought the bus to QLD and when it was sold to my dad in 1960 (or maybe 1961) it had the SA plates. First registered in Qld as NIZ 478.

    And there was never an aerial on the front left.

    You will have to keep looking!

    Leo
     

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