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A 76 Original

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by gdrabs, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    Just brought home a lovely well cared for - and in original condition campmobile, a 76 2litre Habour Blue beauty. I really wanted one that was rust free and with good history. Blue has been garaged with her previous owner since new for 38 years . He kept a log of all her journeys, 135k total from new and has kept her serviced at regular intervals all her life. Her paint is original with no repairs or accidents and has only very small amounts of surface rust in her aged patina. All seams, windows, sills, under side etc are completely rust free. The faded delivery stickers are still on this kombi. Inside fit out and top is Sopru I think - completely original but with some delamination of veneers from the aged glue. All original seat coverings, curtains and lining - even the shag carpet is as it was when he first took delivery. Drives and handles really nicely, responsive steering, good gear shift, brakes, suspension, most electrics good (brake lights not working) and motor still strong.
    Windshield sun visor has lost its paint and roo bar needs attention.
    Being completely original she will over time need an overhaul. This should be a slow restoration project though, initially just to tidy her up, preserve her and keep her going - for the next 40 years or so..

    May I take the time to thank cbus - col.. whom I sent pm's back and forth at great lengths whilst considering this bus for purchase. His technical expertise and opinion were highly regarded - thanks again col.
    Now the the journey begins:)

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  2. ruby6689

    ruby6689 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Pretty sure it is not a Sopru, but what you have is a darn beauty. What a lovely example of a much loved and well cared for original camper.......Enjoy.
     
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  3. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Easy way to tell…….Sopru's all have a build plate behind the driver's seat, pop rivetted to the chassis.
    You should be able to see it without needing to move the seat forward.
    Nice bus !!
     
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  4. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    The elderly gentleman that sold her was very sentimental (understandably) but very keen and pleased to see her go new home that was going to take good care of her. I wonder who did the fit out? I found the original colour 'VW Motel' brochure tucked behind the seats that lists the features and specs for the Campmobiles - nice!
     
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  5. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    Just had a look behind front drivers seat - nothing that mentions Sopru, just the VW Australian compliance plate. Passenger seat has colour code reference plate.
     
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  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    And another Kombi finds it's new owner. :)

    Looks like an excellent find.

    Enjoy the ride! :cool:
     
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  7. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    Looking at photos and spec in brochure my camper seems to fit 'The Adventure Traveller' although it has the additional exterior folding table attached to utility cabinet as listed with 'Adventurer deluxe'.

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  8. Christine

    Christine Member

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    Looks like a beauty!! Congratulations. Love the brochure & carpet!!!
     
  9. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    Nice on your toes when you kick the shoes off:) and the dog's already fallen asleep on it! Not sure about those go fast stripes:rolleyes: What 70's attire do other buses still wear - we should compare some pics and see who gets the gong:)
     
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  10. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Agree that the stripes are a bit dated but too original to alter in any way. Smick interior. Congrats and enjoy the ride!
     
  11. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If it's the way it was bought with the go fast stripes and everything else looks pretty original then leave it as it's part of the history - daggy now but cool then = if it ain't brole then don't try to fix it.

    Congrats on a great find ;) a lot would be envious of you :rolleyes:
     
  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Graham,

    You do realise, there's no way to remove the stripes, without a total respray of those panels, don't you? :rolleyes:

    Yes, the silver and red stripes will come off, but you'll be left with 2 unbleached blue stripes, on a sunbleached blue panel............o_O
     
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  13. nickc

    nickc Member

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    Well done, it looks a cracka. Their still out there!
    Nick
     
  14. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    Don't worry about the stripes. Part of the history. Look what I got stuck with!

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  15. Aspro

    Aspro Well-Known Member

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    Awesome bus. Love a bit of history. Nothing beats originality.

    Pin stripes are awesome. DO NOT get rid of them.
     
  16. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    Certainly keeps it apart from the crowd - soft flowing curves of kombi punctuated by razor sharp contrasting silver and red on a palette of blue. Sky Hooks album cover or something?Hmmm....:rolleyes: No, they are going to stay... so long as the paint remains intact;)
     
  17. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a really tidy Sopru to me - Col knows his stuff...

    Defiantely keep the stripes - they are GOLD - they just give the bus history and loads of character.

    Sensational purchase!
     
  18. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Martin is coming up from tassie
    I could throw in a roller for him to do a paint demo :oops:
     
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  19. Aspro

    Aspro Well-Known Member

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    No way Col. That hippy styling is amazing. I wouldn't change it.
     
  20. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    Hey check this out! - now I have to find my old Joni Mitchell tapes:)
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