Discussion in 'Kombi Spotting' started by lada2121, Apr 9, 2017.
Has anyone seen PMG Kombi vans from the mid 60
If you go to google and type in pmg kombi pictures youll see plenty. They used all sorts of vws back in the day.
Heres a pic of one i grab off the net for you. It was forsale not long ago.
A very desirable vehicle in original colours.....
most are panel vans except the one in the first photo
that is the only "manager"vehicle i have ever seen
I spent many years working for the PMG's child, telecom. And heard many tales of these legendary vans. And considering the punishment they suffered, usually at the hands of apprentice technicians, I am truly impressed that any of them survived at all.
Would love to find one, get it back to it's glory days, and become an australia post parcel delivery contractor in this tiny country town I live in.
lada2121 as in Lada Niva? a brilliant little motor vehicle!
One of my old customers still has one of the vans, it's his daily work vehicle and he carries about 2 tonne of gear in it with the 1600 engine. I have a couple of pics somewhere and will try to post them later.
On the other hand if you want parts for a Niva let me know as I have quite a few new and used parts.
Did the PMG use Bay window Kombi's?
I think there was one in Victoria for sale. That had been restored but not to original specs. They did keep the red colour and black bumper bars.
Bays and splits
The answer is yes.
P.m.g. was broken up in 1975 to telstra an australia post.
The kombi colour changed to a yellow colour for telstra.
The postal vans i think changed to the ford bedford vans with the sliding doors on the side.
Also used other vws an different vans back in the day.
Heres some of other cars they used.
Almost brought tears to my eyes seeing that photo , lucky enough to buy one around 1975 from an old used car yard in Prahran Melbourne for $1000 .. Although the PMG had been painted over on the doors the tire pressure numbers were still stenciled over the wheel arches. Every second weekend it did the Melbourne/Mathoura run till it broke the crank , we were towing a trailer at that time but by driving slowly made it to a farm house. what happened next ( I apologise to the Kombi purest ) installed a Mazda engine ,had eight great years driving that van till a vehicle took out the lefthand front pillar, door and wheel arch. Wont say what happened next but knowing restorations costs it would have taken about $5000 to put it back on the road today. How do i know this , started an apprentice panel beater at Smiths of Fairfeild authorised VW new sales , spares and repair in 1960 finished apprenticeship in 1965 stayed another two years then went to Spencer Motors VW , at that time were largest VW company , had everything, i dont think there was anything that could not be repaired , one section repaired bent front axle beams , swing arms anything that was bent went out of there straight, large trim shop . rolling road or now what is called a dyno, a full machine shop another that repaired starter and generators , i could go on but i think that ive burnt your ears enough.
To the Lada Niva , as this is a VWKombi club forum perhaps there is some were else i could answer except to say worked for them from 1980 till they closed 1996
This ones on Gummy and I like it!
Telecom. Telstra didn't appear until the merger with OTC in the early 90s.
I do remember the change from the red PMG vans to the new livery Telecom vans. Then is was pretty much goodbye VW forever except for that later batch of T3 Syncros. Although a technician in a T5 did come and muck around with the pit outside of our place and we were without phone & adsl for 4 weeks.
Back from the days when you were required to hold a licence to have a radio or television.
Who'da thought that now?
Foxtel have sorted that monthly "license" fee into their coffers, for those that want to watch anything that is not, or no longer on "free to air" TV.
Sorry don't have foxtel so I missed how they still lighten your pocket!!
I never thought I'd be in that boat either.
Who would have thought those late Sunday night broadcasts 18 or 19 times a year that Channel 10 used to host, playing a delayed telecast of Formula 1 races, that so few seemed to watch, and advertisers seemed even less interested in, would be stolen in a deal with FOX, to allow me no choice, but to not only subscribe to Fox, but also have to pay for a "Sports Package"!
As you said earlier, "who would have thought?".......... not me!
You should live in a house with a Rugby Union aficionado. Stuck with the "Sports Package" all year! There's always a match somewhere!
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