Meet Clara

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by Terry Noonan, May 9, 2018.

  1. Terry Noonan

    Terry Noonan New Member

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    Hi All
    I thought I would start a new post to show the progress with Clara and a spot to post questions and ideas on what to do.

    Clara is a '77 Kombi bought by my eldest daughter and I as a bit of a project. She was named after the character from Dr Who. While the original plan and "dreams" have changed somewhat, it is still proving to be a valuable fun project for the kids (all 3 of them) and I to work on.

    We purchased her a few years back from a young couple in Gosford. I was a bit concerned about her condition but bought it any way - what the hell does the brain know anyway.

    We have had her now for about three years and have stripped everything off her, identified all of the panels needing replacement/repair and have now started to work on sub assemblies. I have the shell in a shed at work where I can do the panel work on free days and the parts at home where I can "poke along" when time permits.

    The plans for her have changed a little over time. Originally she was to be a daily driver. Clean up the known rust, fix her up mechanically and go cruising. More rust and damage was found as the cleanup continued and she is now a case of a bit more time and effort will be spent on prettying her up. and she will become the Sunday drive. We have also purchased a '69 Lowlight to become the daily driver - what can I say, these Kombies are pretty cool.

    I am very slack at taking photos but I have posted a few pictures of how she was when I got her home and where we are at now. The external paint has been mostly stripped - a school holiday project with Emma and I. I have sourced most of the new panels where needed and can fabricate others smaller pieces. As I save a few bob I get to spend it on parts. Fortunately there are lots of little bits that need doing that only require a bit of time and patience.

    Thank you for looking here and I will continue to post update as the different stages are started and finished.

    Thanks.

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  2. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Another one being saved! :)

    Good stuff! ;)
     
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  3. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice work Terry ... could help notice the VW Performance Central Coast sticker on the rear window - used to look after my VW(s) when I lived on the coast :eek:
     
  4. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Nice shed!
     
  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Sucker ;)
    One basket case and you buy another.?
    Daughters can be a problem at times :D

    Welcome. You will fit in among fellow tragics

    Big shed is good.
    Rotisserie is good.
    Assume a mig and big compressor on the list if not already at hand.

    Looks quite sound other than the obvious.
    Possibly parked near beach with backside exposed.
    Ok for some but not so for kombis.

    Reccomend an inspection camera ti check down boxed in sections.

    Another shell for cuts might be handy if right price :eek::D

    Enjoy.
     
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  6. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Wow,

    Cool kombi and sensational shed.

    I think we all have shed envy.

    Seems you have the tools to make it all good again.

    Keep showing the progress as we all love the photo journey.
     
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  7. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Well looks like you have the kombi addiction;).One kombi becomes two and so forth.o_O It has a little a bit of work that you look like can sorely handle.:)With a good size shed.:D that we all dream off. Keep the progress coming.
     
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  8. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Welcome & thanks for the photos Terry. Seems a few have shed envy;) of your couple. Keep the photos coming:D.

    Another 2 being saved.

    Cheers
     
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  9. mr happy

    mr happy Active Member

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    Definite shed envy, still trying to work out where and how my basket case can go when I start the bodywork in anger!
     
  10. JoshG

    JoshG Active Member

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    Looks like she is in good hands. I look forward to seeing it come together
     
  11. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Use of handle only no head on hammero_O;)
     
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  12. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Peening hammer only mr happy;). Also works well 'with anger' for the curving:p so long as you hit the right spot;).
    Cheers
     
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  13. Terry Noonan

    Terry Noonan New Member

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    Hi Guys, thanks for the interest.

    Unfortunately the shed everyone sees is actually the sand blasting of my neighbour. I too wish it was mine. I have slowly amassed a fair collection of tools over the years so there shouldn't be too much to stop me - except knowledge that is.

    Its been a couple of months and work has had to dominate for a while. The curse of owning and running a small business. This has changed for a little while and I have been able to get stuck into it again.

    The outsides and roof has been cleaned up and painted in epotec. We did most of this with stripper and blasted the seams and corners. It became a pretty simple decision to buy replacement panels once we were able to see the full extent of the rust.

    We have also now cleaned up the underside and while there are repair patches needed, the rust isn't that bad.

    I have has a collection of replacement panels arriving over the last week or so. I will keep posting pictures on how things are going.

    Thanks
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  14. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    That actually looks quite solid - well done
     
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  15. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice, sensible and realistic approach....:)
    Thanks for posting your progress....I’m sure the girls are counting down the days until they can drive it....
    You just have to keep pushing that date back as necessary......!
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  16. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    A cliche - Love your Work :D
     
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  17. Mr Beckstar

    Mr Beckstar Well-Known Member

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    Nice! And thanks for sharing. It’s always enjoyable seeing a restore. I think I’ll have to retire before I can start on this with Harry.
     
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  18. mr happy

    mr happy Active Member

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    The rotisserie is a winner, looks good so far, well done
    Mr h
     
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