New Kombi?-things you should do and check

Discussion in 'Buying and selling help' started by Mordred, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    This thread is for people who have just purchased the first, or subsequent, Kombis. As a lot of us know there are things we should check or replace to ensure that things continue to go well. Most new owners have no idea of the history of their new purchase, so it is good to work through some items that may have been left or are due for replacement or repair. There are obvious things you should have checked before purchase, but there are some that you should do after you have collected your new pride and joy.

    Ill start the list off with Fuel Lines. Replace all of them unless you know they are in good nick and less than 6 months old and fit FI type clamps which will not damage the rubber. Also good to wire the clamps to the carbs and fuel pump to reduce the chance of the brass fittings working their way out.

    Install at least one Fire Extinguisher and inspect all installed ones to ensure it is serviceable.

    Check for a wheel brace and jack, and the condition of the spare.

    Spare clutch and accelerator cables. Handy to have and even if you cant do them on the side of the road, someone else might be able to.

    If you have a standard distributor, a spare set of points is good to have.

    Buy some spare fuses of various ratings.

    I am sure there are other people may think of so add away.

    Adrian
     
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  2. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Maximum road service cover if you venture far from home.

    A good repair manual.
     
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    BrianK Well-Known Member

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    And a good credit card.
     
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  4. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Replace the fan belt.......
    Goodness nows how long it's been sitting....
    Idle rubber perishes faster than a belt in regular use.
    Easy enough to do & may prevent a cooked engine if you're running a type 1 engine.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  5. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    One thing everyone over looks is the flexible rubber brake hoses, front and back, cheap to buy new ones and easy to replace , you can jump out of a burning kombi but you can't jump out of one that won't stop
     
  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I always dump all the fluids, (more in a water cooled bus), and start with known new. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, and takes in moisture as it ages, so as you follow Mike's excellent suggestion of hoses, be sure to dump and replace the brake fluid, bleeding as required. ;)
     
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    betsy Well-Known Member

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    Find an aircooled vw friendly mechanic
     
  8. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Check the jack and if in doubt get rid of it . Replace the old and dangerous wind up type with a hydraulic 4 wheel type jack $50 at most auto parts outlets and don't forget the wheel chocks.
    :)
     
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  9. Tangles

    Tangles Well-Known Member

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    Take it for a good spin and smile a lot.
     
  10. john doherty

    john doherty Well-Known Member

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    For goodness sakes you lot,

    We are meant to be a secret................ keep this up and people will start joining us.

    Stop it…….This instant

    JD in Adelaide:cool:
     
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  11. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Was just wondering has any one of you great kombi owners out there ever had to replace the fuel hose between the tank and the filter and if so how did you do it without getting drowned in 95 oct, no probs with the others but that one has got me stumped.:(
     
  12. Alpal

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    There was a thread about installing a tap but that still begs the question on how you drain the tank to fit a tap..
    I would squeeze the rubber hose with locking pliers, undo clamps etc to liberate filter, drain fuel into container. Ideal to run down the fuel before you begin.
     
  13. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    Short of a empty tank, not realy.

    Make up the new line squeeze hose as above^ and pull old and push on new as quick as possible, O yer don't smoke;)
     
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  14. paul77

    paul77 Well-Known Member

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    Use 98 oct:)
     
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    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Looks like draining the tank is the only way, Oh well so be it.:(
     
  16. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Clamp the old hose and disconnect at the filter end. Replace hoses/filter. Then pull the old hose off and push the new one on very quickly.
     
  17. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    And close your eyes and mouth! And hope the hose goes on!!
    A suitable bolt can be inserted into the hose and clamped to block the flow..
     
  18. Tin Bits

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    Never have a fuel filter in the engine bay.

    I've done the fuel tap on mine best thing ever.
     
  19. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    How did you fit a fuel tap ?. Same type tank as a 76 bay? Is the tap fitted directly to the tank ? If so how , more imfo please.
     
  20. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Has to be a better way of doing all this surely, the tap idea seems to be the way to go to me but how do they do it, may be this is why so many people don't worry about it , like me,they might be worried about the fuel spilling out and creating a problem for them.
     

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