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Finally Found Her

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Busluster, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Busluster

    Busluster Member

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    HI,

    Although I have been a member for some time, I haven't owned a Kombi before an joined in anticipation.

    However, other VWs include in order"
    1. 67 bug, engine blew up after 6 months;
    2. 68 bug 6 volt and would not run window wipers and headlights at the same time (aka "the death trap");
    3. 71 Superbug;
    4. 72 Superbug and both good honest motoring;
    5. 74 L bug - huge change with a dashboard and decent ventilation now included;
    6. 68 wagon with perished engine hatch seals that used to gas us out within 10 minutes; written off when hit by drunk driver; and
    7. 2010 Golf GTI - wow! and bought when I finally got a decent job

    After a lot of searching and some good advice from KC members, I have finally put a deposit down on a Kombi 1976 Microbus, a 30 year dream after spending 1986 with a mate touring and surfing from Sydney to Byron in very nice 1974 campmobile (only 12 years old so you can imagine after my piles of XXXX, seemed like a Rolls Royce).

    Hildergarde is being resprayed and interior worked on at Indian Automotive, Penrith as I write.

    Will be pale yellow to the window line then white. Otherwise totally stock as nature intended.

    She is due in February some time but I have waited this long (in reality 30 years) so not a long time to wait (but it will feel like it).

    Looking forward to the Kombi musters.

    I will try and post some progress pics on the way.

    In the meanwhile, any advise on an awning that doesn't require modifying the bus, ie some sort of clip on doo-dad?

    Also, is dual battery worth the cost?

    Cheers,

    Busluster, Narrabeen NSW.
     
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  2. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm running a single battery in my camper....no probs so far.
    Fridge runs on 12V when cruising & then gas when pulled up - if no power available.
    If we're on a powered site, I switch to 240V on the fridge & everything is good.
    ( I LOVE these three way fridges, so simple yet effective.:D)
    Stove is gas, so no need for extra power.........
    Just depends what you plan on running I suppose.
    Dual batt. has to be set-up properly or it can become a nightmare of switching & flat battery problems......
    Plenty of folks here running duals.....

    Look forward to seeing your bus sometime in the New Year.:cool:
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  3. Busluster

    Busluster Member

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    Thanks for the advice on the battery, probably not worth the cost or hassle for the extra benefit which I will probably use once a year.
     
  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Not a bad idea to find out your usage patterns first.
     
  5. Busluster

    Busluster Member

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    Well after 5 months no Kombi and finally got my money back , a cautionary tale I guess against trusting people, enough said. Unfortunately this has ruined my Kombi experience and probably won't get one now.
     
  6. ruby6689

    ruby6689 Well-Known Member

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    Not nice that this has happened but why let one bad experience ruin your dream. For ever one bad experience there will be many more good ones. It took us 5 months of searching, driving far and wide, being told 'yes' this Kombi is original (we only wanted original) asking heaps of questions before setting off on a 300 klm drive to view numerous non original Kombis in shocking state but listed as 'immaculate'.

    Patience paid off, and it will for you too if you are willing to let it.
     
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  7. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Really? What happened?
     
  8. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No doubt you got plenty of excuses why it wasn't running to schedule :( ...... at least you got your money back ;)
     
  9. 77/kombi/surfer

    77/kombi/surfer Well-Known Member

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    I think the chief wasnt very well for a long while an then sold his business to Mikki.
    Could of had a issue with that with not getting the work done im thinking?
     
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  10. Busluster

    Busluster Member

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    A lot of excuses and a lot of BS.
     
  11. Dor Matt

    Dor Matt Active Member

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    Sorry to hear that. I got my snapped torsion bar sorted there in Jan, dealt with Uri, Mikki's brother and had a good experience, and if anyone asked me I would recommend them.
    Mind you I had a very bad experience getting some panel work done by a Kombi specialist at Gosford that others on here recommend.
    Sometimes good people can't deliver what they should be able to, then it's down the rabbit hole into wonderland (as in I wonder how the f### we ended up here)
     
  12. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey Busluster...

    Not the Kombi's fault.. Could happen with any vehicle.

    Get yourself a Kombi!!!
     
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  13. john doherty

    john doherty Well-Known Member

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    Hello BusLuster,
    In November last year, you communicated excitement and expectation. That was corroborated by arguably "premature" membership of this beautiful collective of like-minded souls.(I know a bit about " premature")

    In a very short, cryptic and unmistakably bitter communication, you advise "disaster".
    A number of metaphors come to mind, in response to your grim prognosis that there will be no Kombi ownership in the future.
    AlPal, has a distressing capacity for efficiency of communication. (Unlike myself)
    you have had a bad experience in respect of one vehicle. There are thousands (actually, that is just a guess,..... I don't know how many Kombis there are in Australia)... But I know this,... If you had travelled to BusStop at Forbes, Easter time this year, you would have met 70+ club owners with their respective chariots, all incredibly happy. You can double that number, at least, for those who couldn't make it.
    Please, do not write off your dreams on the basis of one disaster.
    If that were a solid basis to turn one's back on the prospect of dreams unfulfilled and happiness, I would have become a celibate monk at age 16 in year 11.
    I suspect, neither did you.
    If you are having trouble getting your money back,PM me. Happy to assist.
    Otherwise,..... the measure of a Kombi Jedi is not when times are going well..... But in adversity and tribulation.
    The world is your oyster...... it just looks like a clam at the moment!
    Do not give up..... Because I can tell you..... The reward coupled with the Fellowship of this amazing group of people, is well and truly worth the perseverance.
    So in my usual abbreviated fashion, I am simply endorsing AlPal's view on the matter. Quite clearly I charge by the sentence.AlPal takes far too long to get his point across, but we put up with him and love him anyway.
    Over to you BusLuster!
    JD in Adelaide :cool:
     
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  14. Busluster

    Busluster Member

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    Thanks, just got back on after a very long sulk form the experience. All you are right I shouldn't let one con-artist spoil my love of Kombis. The search resumes this weekend!
     
  15. Busluster

    Busluster Member

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    Thanks for the offer of help by the way.
     
  16. Busluster

    Busluster Member

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    Sure will continue to try
     
  17. Busluster

    Busluster Member

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    I guess they work on the law of averages, rip one in 10 person off to offset the good work they do on the other 10. I see it in a lot of trades form my house renovation. I checked the 3 references given by one builder only to find by chance two other people who took him to court and consequently he paid out.
    Anyway, keep Konbiing if that's a word.
     
  18. twincabay

    twincabay Active Member

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    KONBIING? If you put an M in it it might be. LOL <M
     
  19. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Con and bling often go together ;)
     
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  20. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe a trip to Valla at the end of the month will sooth the soul, lots of VW's and lots of Kombi's probably some for sale.
    A disappointing episode to say the least, but hang in there, your Kombi will find you, have faith.
    I am thinking of selling mine, but it is such a hard decision to make, one that I am not really not looking forward too!!

    Steve
     

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