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Discussion in 'New Members' started by madmaddy, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    Big warm hello to everyone, my partner and I have been talking about getting a kombi for the past few months. We went to Lake Cathie over the easter break and also visited big brother mountain and what a surprise to see all the fantastic Kombi's there. You all looked like you were have a great time.
    WELL then we just had to look up Kombi's for sale and 3 days later we now have one in our driveway.........
    We have decided to call her "Jaffa" (colour should explain why) 1975 Bay.
    When driving her home (from only 20mins away) she was very slow i had to stay in 2nd gear (manual) going up a big hill she would not move above 40k's then nearly home started blowing some bluish smoke from underneath the bus on left side of the exhaust (i stopped waited a few mins then continued home 1min away).
    I got her home and obviously will be taking her to a VW specialist I found one at Kirrawee in the sutherland shire, does anyone know this mechanic. Anyway do you think it should be ok to drive Jaffa there it's about 10mins away.
    Also does anyone have any advise for me being a new Kombi owner.
    All I can say is "I'm excited".

    Cheers
    Kylie
     

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  2. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Veedub classic? A couple members take their bus their and recommend it. Sounds a bit odd a manual pulling up a hill in 2nd going 40. Hope its nothing too serious... Welcome to the family :)
     
  3. Camerz

    Camerz New Member

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    i have some advice about the hill situation. get used to it:) ha ha thts what you shall experience everytime you go up a bit hill. i like to floor it to about 140 for a bit of a run up but thats just me:) i also have a orange one there the best colour i think.

    Enjoy owning a kombi
     
  4. jon ward

    jon ward Active Member

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    Welcome to the club!
    Get your mech to check the cylinder compressions and valve clearances.
    If is all fixed by 10th May you should come up to Terrigal for our monthly Sydney/Central Coast/Newcastle cruise.
    Here is the link;
    http://forums.kombiclub.com/showthread.php?t=21267
    Nice looking bus!
     
  5. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    Well I just kept my head straight ahead going up the hill ignoring cars passing me LOL and just crossed my fingers. Yes I love the orange VERY RETRO. thinking about putting disc lights in roof and also adding a bar :)
     
  6. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    Thanks for the advise I love your photos. Wish I could make the may cruise but having gallbladder removed. Will def have to catch up with everyone after that.
     
  7. ruby6689

    ruby6689 Well-Known Member

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    I love your story, glad we had that effect on you, nothing beats sharing time with a heap of kombi friends :heart:

    I love the orange, haven't got an orange one now but my first kombi way back in 1976 was an orange one.

    Welcome to Kombi Club:)
     
  8. Camerz

    Camerz New Member

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    no i like to wave at people as they go past to try and put a smile on thier screwed up frustrated faces:)
     
  9. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    Hi Lorraine,Thanks for the warm welcome. I love your photos.
    I'm now 34years old and over the past 3-4years have really become interested in all things old and RETRO. my 1st car EVER was a beetle (many years ago) and last year decided to buy a new Bettle I LOVE IT. The best thing about having this Kombi is being about to look after her and bring her back to life. When I drive my beetle I have so many people saying how much they love her and then they will always say "I used to own an old beetle" Or my friend owns one...... I don't think there is another car out there that has such a influence on people.
     
  10. jon ward

    jon ward Active Member

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    The VW beetle is the worlds most owned vehicle.

    Boring Trivia over.
     
  11. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    So adolf hitler was good for 1 thing! LOL
     
  12. natishavingfun

    natishavingfun New Member

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    Hia welcome to the KC, nice to have another Sydney member in the crew let me know if your going up to the meets and we can do 40 up the big hills together!
    Nat
     
  13. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    Sounds good LOL. I won't be too worried to go the hill then.
     
  14. Kombi Kapers

    Kombi Kapers Active Member

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    Kylie,
    A warm welcome to you and your partner and Jaffa to the Kombi Club.
    You need to understand that the problem you encountered driving home was simply a test set by Jaffa to see if you were worthy of Kombi ownership. There are many posts on this forum which bear this out.
    It seems you have the right Kombi attitude so I'm sure you will many happy trips together after you get him/her to the workshop.
    I lived near Kirrawee for a time and used Classic Veedubs for Professor Plum's fixes and have no complaints about their work. They certainly know thier veedubs.

    Cheers,..John
     
  15. teeveezed

    teeveezed Member

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    Actually...

    It was Ferdinand Porsche who designed the Volkswagen well before Hitler came to power, Hitler just bankrolled it. :)
     
  16. madmaddy

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    Thanks for the warm welcome John, well I took Jaffa to mechanic and as it seems she is only running on 3 cylinders. Jaffa also needed other work but only from wear and tear. I have been given 2 option 1. replace head 2. Complete rebuilt.
    Well one option is obviously cheaper then the other. Not too sure what to do any tips? I just want to be able to be able to drive jaffa up and down the coast with confidence. Besides all of this have been told is in pretty good condition and body wise is pretty good.
    Cheers
    Kylie
     
  17. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    Hi teeveezed,Love your orange kombi sausage. How many do you have??
     
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  18. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Kylie! :) And congratulations on the purchase of Jaffa!

    Sorry to hear about your engine problems... :( A full engine rebuild will obviously be quite expensive, but at the end of it you would have an engine similar to new, which can also be rebuilt to your specifications ... if you plan lots of trips in your kombi, and you have the money, then this may be the best option for continued reliability. However, replacing the head will be cheaper and will get Jaffa back on the road quicker, and is probably the option I would select (then you can test the kombi with all four cylinders and see if the engine is otherwise fine...)

    I assume the seller didn't mention the missing cylinder in the ad...? :(

    Have fun - with a bit of TLC, I am sure Jaffa will give you many years of kombi pleasure. :)
     
  19. madmaddy

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    Thanks I didn't think of that, yes it would be good to see if the rest of the engine's fine whilst running on four cylinders.
    Yes the seller didn't mention about the cylinder she didn't have a clue about the mechanical side of things. I want to know as much as possible. The mechanic said a guy had brought this Kombi into his shop 2 years back (it had WA number plates on it then) and was told it was only running on 3 cylinders, the guy wasn't interested in getting it fixed said he was just going to sell it. The lady I bought her off has only had her for 2 years so it all fits and i'm glad we eventually ended up with her now she can be looked after :)
     
  20. madmaddy

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    Ok have now made decision to get complete engine rebuild, is there anything I should consider having done extra to this rebuild??
     

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