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Her name is Viv

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Michael.H100, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. Michael.H100

    Michael.H100 Member

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    Hey everyone this is my 1990 caravelle c. Picked her up a couple of weeks ago and have been keen to get stuck into it ever since. I have ongoing plans for the car, and I will update this thread as I go along.

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  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Nice - can’t quite see, but is it a Caravelle C?

    that is what I have
     
  3. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Looks like it:

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  4. Michael.H100

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    Yeah guys it’s a c, badge on the right is very faded. Is there anyway to spruce it up a bit?
     
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    I went to Repco during the week to grab some paint and preparation supplies. What I intended to do was give the Vivian a new paint job on her two front grills. The top grill around the headlights had some weird sun damage. Don't think you can see it properly in the photo, but it didn't look good at all.
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    Once I started unscrewing it, I also noticed it was missing a couple screws for the lower grill, I think it was only held on by two of the plug type ones.
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    I started by wet sanding it back with 240 for the rough areas and 360 for a quick once over.It was super tedious sanding all the blades but I got there in the end. After sanding I thoroughly cleaned it with a rag and some wax and grease remover.
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    Started hitting it with some plastic primer, started with a very light coating, then two more fairly light coats,
    I didn't want any runs.
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    Went into the next stage which was adding colour, applied 3 even coats trying not to miss any spots on the blades. Came out good, if I was to do it again, I think I would try and hang the grill up, as it was kind of tricky to hold the can of paint vertical the whole time.
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    Once it dried I sat the pieces in the back of the Viv, to leave overnight so I didn't scratch any paint whilst installing, I also wanted to give her a wash so decided it was best to not be too eager and just wait till the next day to install.
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    Once I got home, I installed them back on and called it a day. I think it came out alright, definitely good to spend some time working on the van, got plenty more to do! cheers!
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  6. Luckyphil

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    Looks great now. That sun damage around the headlight area would have been double sided tape residue from the original factory headlight protectors alas they are no longer available.
     
  7. Michael.H100

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    Yeah mate looks the goods, just looked back and have seen the photobucket watermark, is there any free image hosting websites that don’t have the watermark?
     
  8. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    You can just reduce the image size to less than 1mb, and upload it directly to your posts here.... ;)
     
  9. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice work on the grill and badge :)

    Re photo hosting .... as per Grant's post. If you look at the lower right corner there are 3 icons with the middle one "Upload a File" which lets you choose the picture from your computer and then select Full image then Post Reply ;)
     
  10. Michael.H100

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    Thanks Big kahuna. I know that’s how to add the photo but it was saying file was too large, so I will have to do some resizing on my computer before posting, cheers for the reply
     
  11. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    I save pics to my PC then resize then post on KC
     
  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    If you are using Mac’s, IPhoto now has a size selection choice, when you choose the photo to attach.
     
  13. Michael.H100

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    Hey guys, I have a question about my steering wheel. I’m looking at getting a new one, the van has power steering, but it didn’t originally. Is there any difference in size where the steering wheel bolts to the column? Or is it just the diameter of the wheel itself that is different between models. Cheers!
     
  14. Barry

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    Hey guys, I've just got a rough quote on fixing the leak in the heads on my van, which basically involves rebuilding from the pistons up, and a few other bits and pieces, it turned out to be a bit more than I expected. I'm currently exploring my options, at this point my two options are ej swap or rebuild the original wboxer. If there's any other options I'm missing, please let me know. Cheers
     
  16. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Engine options basically as you stated - see if you can get a 2nd quote for the WBX rebuild as prices can vary
     
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    You could also look for a second hand spare motor floating around.

    There was one in Victoria not long ago and Jess from South Oz was selling one I think.
     
  19. Grantus

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    Jess’ one, for the price, is an excellent “get me out of trouble and back running now” type 2nd hand motor.

    The motor was the least of the problems, when that bus lived here.

    Even the issues he honestly describes, is something that may, or may not need addressing in 20k, or 100k.

    https://forums.kombiclub.com/threads/t3-wbx-engine-and-others-bits.59365/
     
  20. Michael.H100

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    Thanks for the info guys, going to get a second quote and see how I go with the current engine, it still runs pretty good for now, so I’m going to change my focus to the interior fit out for the moment.

    If anyone has a recommendation for a mechanic in Sydney that does Subaru swaps, that can give me a quote so I can decide what I want to do with the van that would be great cheers
     

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