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"OZ", my Syncro Campervan for Down Under - REALLY pic heavy

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by kleinersyncro, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    G'day!

    It's time to introduce "OZ", my Syncro Campervan for trips in Down Under.

    I bought OZ just before Christmas last year (kind of my Christmas present) and spend already quite a bit of time to get it through VIC roads and also to make a few upgrades. It's getting slowly to that what I want to have :cool:

    Picked it up in Gosford NSW from the first owner who decided, after 26 years, 210'km and a lots of great memories around Australia to let it go. He and his wife are now in an age, they won't use it anymore and unfortunately due health issues and having difficulties to "climb" the seats.

    Thanks a lot at this point to Scott and Gerald as they got me in touch with John :)

    As said above, John was the first owner and so I got a lot of documents from day one. He took it direct to Camperize to make it into a nice 2 bed Campervan. Very well looked after with a honest patina for its age. Base is a Syncro Kombi Deluxe with Camperize "Elite" conversion:

    This picture was taken when I had my first look at it :)
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    - 4WD with rear Diff-lock
    - Powersteering
    - Aircon
    - Anti theft steering wheel
    - Tacho
    - Swivel seats
    - Pop-Top
    - 50L cold/hot water each
    - outdoor shower in the back
    - 80L compressor fridge
    - dual battery 2x 90Ah
    - mobile solar panel
    - Bull bar + tow bar
    - free standing annexe
    - rear tent
    - 15" CSA mag wheels
    - TV Ariel in roof
    - Safari window/tilt side window
    - sliding window
    + small other nice pieces, just too many little bits and pieces

    Just letting the pictures talk, taken the days after I got it in his new home:

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    Upgrades etc. is subject to the next postings in this thread.

    Cheers Arne
     
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  2. Gerry and Robyn

    Gerry and Robyn Active Member

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    You must be happy with that, Arne.
    May you have many memorable trips.
     
  3. grantw

    grantw Active Member

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    Looks great, I'm liking the shower, where's the water tank for that?
     
  4. peter915

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  5. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    Gerry, indeed I'm happy :)

    Granted, I got two 50L tanks hanging underneath. One for cold water and one for hot water. The water gets heated by the cooling system while driving. There are running a few stainless steel pipes through.

    Peter, exterior touch up is in planning, just need the time...

    Cheers Arne
     
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  6. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Love that syncro Arne.

    Glad it has gone to a very loving home - those 1 owner syncros are very few and far between.

    I know from the former Owners mechanic that the syncro wasn't used much in the last few years as John was not well and neither was his wife.

    So basically it was a holiday kombi and only really went down to the mechanic once a year for a pink slip (about a 10kms round trip).

    But it lived in the garage over a carpet floor and hence its very good condition.
     
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  7. nils

    nils Well-Known Member

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    Nice!

    I do like the hot water tank idea too, may have to build something like that
     
  8. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Many years of kombi smiles there....nice buy :cool:
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  9. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    Scott, your mechanic is right - According books, 07/2002 180'km, Now, 2017 210'km on the clock = just 30'km in the last 14 years o_O
     
  10. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That would indicate a very real need to replace all fluids and check everything very thoroughly in my opinion.
    Nice to be the owner of a low km vehicle but vehicles need to be driven to maintain condition.
    Something to think about......
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  11. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    26 years leaving a lot of marks and dust :eek: So one of the first projects was, taking out all the furniture and give it a good clean - wo took ALL cabinets apart and gave them a good scrub. Also we took out the floor, cleaned underneath and fitted it back in with a new layer of vinyl. It was a good experience especially to see behind all side panels - no rust, just a thick layer of additional rust proofing :)
    It was also a good time to replace the wiring and plumbing (as you probably can well imagine how hoses look inside with this age :eek:). Also I had to change a few of the front bushings + ball joints. Some of them got changed a while back, but have been worn out again - not the best quality they used... but who knows what was available it this time. And as I already knew, getting through RWC in VIC can be tough I wanted to be on the secure path to pass this.

    My special thanks to Gerry and Robyn to accommodate OZ to work on it whiles they have been travelling :):):)


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  12. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    Mark, I basically agree with your post. But as Scott already pointed out (as he is at the same mechanic), John took it down there on a regular base. Last service was in October 2016 at 207'km with fluid changes etc. So, even they didn't use the Syncro anymore, they still looked after it :) - ready to go
     
  13. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No probs., as I said...your bus, your call.
    Check the discs.....surface rust when left, pits and cause rapid degradation of pads.
    Cylinder walls can dry out & start to degrade when not washed regularly with oil ( provided by constantly running the engine). Hoses dry out, crack n leak when not used too.
    Def. not trying to tell you what to do, just advising.
    I know of a fella that bought a '74 " barn find " that hadn't been driven for over 10 years....the parts he had to replace purely as a result of the bus not being driven was staggering.
    I'm sure your in good hands....
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  14. Andy.

    Andy. Active Member

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    Great looking camper there Arne!
    Richard
     
  15. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    Mark, appreciate you advice, thanks. Checked all very firm and John kept it always in running condition. Was really lucky he looked very well after OZ. Did 4'km so far, no issues :)
     
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  16. Squalo

    Squalo Active Member

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    Terrific bus! One of the neatest and best equipped T3s I've seen.
     
  17. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    It's def an excellent example of what a 4wd T3 camper should be! :)

    Great that it has been so cared for by the previous owners.

    And looks like it's in equally good hands, for the future ;)
     
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  18. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    Just forgotten to mention, when I picked up OZ, I was just guessing it should fit into my underground car park :rolleyes:

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  19. grantw

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    Heaps of space :)
     
  20. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    Modification time :cool:

    As probably the most critical part of the Syncro 4WD system is the viscous coupling known to cause trouble. So I decided straight away to fit a decoupler which I ordered just days after I bought OZ. The viscous coupling of OZ is in good nick, tensions within the drive train weren't too bad. But on tight turns the wheels were scrubbing across the tarmac too much for my comfort...

    Catch'd up with Peter on a nice sunny Saturday to throw it in. Peter gave me a good hand and had the chance to look across my shoulder as his decoupler was already on the way too :)

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