G’day from SA

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Brettstikle Bill, May 27, 2018.

  1. Brettstikle Bill

    Brettstikle Bill New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    First of all, big thanks to Melissa for signing me up, been trying for about a month. Haha

    I’ve been lurking the forums for some time now. I have just acquired my grandfathers 1990 T3 Trakka Syncro to “look after” as he’s no longer allowed to drive.

    As a newbie, you should be able to guess I have plenty of questions. Haha

    The van has been well maintained it’s whole life by my grandfather, but for the last 3-4 years it has been sat and rarely started except for a few interstate trips and I don’t believe it’s had any maintenance in that time.

    I am going to change the oil and filter, and do a cooling system flush and replace with G13.

    Are there any other things I should look at replacing while doing all of this work? I’ve read a lot about replacing fuel lines, is this something that should be done as well? Seems a big job.

    Any tips on flushing the cooling system would be very much welcome as well.

    Sorry for the long winded post, looking forward to getting the beast up and running like it should and possibly catching up with some other owners.

    Cheers,

    Brett.
     
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  2. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome Brett :)
     
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  3. Troy

    Troy Member

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    welcome to KC, another SA on here is good to see
     
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  4. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Brett to the KC .Hope you are proud or honored( both) to get and drive your grandfathers Car. I know when I got my grandfathers tools how honored it was to get them. There are plenty of knowledge on here with T3 ,and enjoy the ride wherever it takes you. Some photos of it as well.
     
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  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi Brett & a big KC welcome to you & another T3 for the club:). The T3 is a bit 'fussy' on the coolant change but I'll let the usual culprits advise;).
    Mines on 'air' with no need to change:p:rolleyes:.
    Got a photo for us?
    Cheers
     
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  6. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Brett, on this site nothing is impossible, information abounds ,and many friendships are made. Great to see another Sth Aussie in the club.

    Chris T
     
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  7. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Brett.
    Add a flush of brake lines ti your list.
    Gets moisture out to prevent corrosion of cylinders.
    Something that's not done by enough owners ;)

    Do the fuel lines so you have a known fresh start.
    Mainly an air cooled issue re serious fire risk but applies to all .

    Tyres may be old and hard as well ?
    Assume it has needed a new battery unless constantly checked and charged ?
    If running a bit rough old fuel would be first suspect if that applies.

    Nice bit of kit to have to care for.
    Do the old bloke proud. :cool:

    Cheers.
     
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  8. Brettstikle Bill

    Brettstikle Bill New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome everyone.
    I’ll have to take some pictures sometime, all I have at the moment is my avatar pic.

    Of course, I remember pestering Gramps when I was a little tacker to go for a drive in it whenever we visited. He has plenty of stories to go along with the van as well.

    Ah yes, I knew there was something I was forgetting. Any particular brand of brake fluid? I assume they are all pretty much the same given they’re all DOT 4. I’ll have a check of the pads while I’m at it.
    The battery is on solar so it’s pretty fine, start her up quite regularly as well.
    Is it worth replacing the fuel filter before doing the lines? Might be a little while before I have time to do them.

    Cheers.
     
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  9. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Brett....welcome to KC.
    A T3 Trakka Syncro...?
    Very Nice.....;)
    Now that's the sort of T3 I'd like !!
    As posted above, ask plenty of questions in the T3 Section...lots of sage advice to be found/sought there by T3 owners.
    Particularly fitting that you can keep the provenance of this special vehicle.

    Enjoy the ride :cool:
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  10. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I must have been busy to miss this thread...:oops:

    Welcome to the Kombi Club Brett! :)

    Always good to see another T3 driver join the fold..

    Coolant flush and replace is a great move. Take your time and bleed the system of as much air as possible. Expect a few bubbles to work through the system and need releasing after driving.

    Enjoy the ride....;)
     
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  11. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Brett welcome to the party that never ends :D
    Great to see another T3 owner on here and with a Trakka Syncro :) which you'll need to take some pictures of and post in the Members Ride Section :cool:
    May be getting a little ahead of things but if doing the fuel lines check the fuel tank as it may need a re-seal kit put in it also (grommets etc http://www.van-cafe.com/syncro-fuel-tank-reseal-kit) :rolleyes:
     
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  12. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    I just use any good brand name brake fluid if correct type.
    Hopefully its a sound choice.

    I would definitely check fuel lines as a first row job.
    I have no trust in mechanics unless you know him well and know lines have been done recently,
    A check for cracks or weeping a good start.
    If any signs of deterioration change all rubber lines ASAP.
    Particularly no faith in dealerships.
    Besides having worked for one, I bought a car at 200k.km once with all dealer services ticked, still factory fuel and air filters.
     
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  13. Brettstikle Bill

    Brettstikle Bill New Member

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    Once I organise my garage so I can park her up and start working on her I’ll probably make a members ride thread.
    I can now see why you guys are always talking about how much spare time there is when owning these older vehicles. Haha
    Thanks for the advice cbus, looks like it might be be a while longer until I can take the old man for another trip in his much loved bus.
     
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  14. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    A quick check of the lines is only 5 minutes.
    We post a list of things as we don't know how much has been done in last few years and often its stuff all.
    Expectation tho is your gramps has kept on it pretty well so most is likely just a check to know your starting point for continuing maintenance schedule.

    Chat with him to get an idea of what's been done.
    I'm sure he will have plenty of tricks and parts stashed away.
     
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  15. Brettstikle Bill

    Brettstikle Bill New Member

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    He’s kept log books for the life of the van, the problem is his handwriting got worse and worse as he got older. He wasn’t the neatest to begin with. Haha
    His memory has gone the same way unfortunately and I feel an inspection of parts, like you suggest, will be the best moving forward.
    Thanks again,
    Brett
     
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  16. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Oh well ,at least there is two of us now , any how good on ya Brett ,;) stay in touch :) and post plenty of photos
     
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  17. wombatventures

    wombatventures Active Member

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    Welcome Brett. Good to have another croweater around the place. We'll have to have a South Aussie get together soon.
     
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  18. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome early inheritance - you have a very special vehicle there.

    How many knobs does it have on the dash? (just below the stereo - or stereo hole as some are - VW weren't good at providing such luxuries at the time).

    Welcome again and post up some photos when you can :D
     
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  19. Brettstikle Bill

    Brettstikle Bill New Member

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    No, unfortunately she doesn’t have a locker/decoupler.
    BUT, there’s a radio, so I can listen to my favourite mix tapes.
     
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