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Sam the T2 Swagman

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Nozza, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, thought I replied a few minutes ago. Thanks for the compliment on the photos - I go to a fair bit of trouble with them.
    I started with the single burner in my T5, upgraded to a double burner version for longer trips.
    Interior is a one piece fibreglass moulding - cupboard doors are fibreglass, sliders, even the bits under the old bed were fibreglass.
    My opinion of it varies between "What were they thinking?" and "That was a good idea", but 44 years later it basically looks as good as new, so maybe they were on to something.
     
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  2. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Louise got Sam safely to her house in Jan Juc.

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    She found the cruise through the streets much less stressful than peak hour freeway travel.
     
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  3. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Louise and friend enjoying Sam last night....
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  4. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Louise taking a bit of ownership responsibility.
    Bimbling (or as she translated, blimpling) on the van.
    Cushion arrangements.

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    Fruit bowl placement.

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    How do you put sheets on the L shaped cushion bed?

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    Interesting angles for photos...

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  5. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Sam had his first breakdown yesterday.
    Louise driving back on a hot afternoon, accident on the Westgate, diverted in bumper to bumper traffic.
    Oil light started to come on at low revs, and then he stopped.
    She managed to roll to the side of Footscray Road.
    Me and my mechanic went to the rescue in my T5.
    There was a wire of the right hand carby, not sure if that was why he stopped, but once cooled down he started and went OK.
    But stressful trip back in hot afternoon gridlock.

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    And it was hot.

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    Sam's oil pressure light kept coming on at low revs - he was OK when moving, but way too hot.
    Made it back.

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  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Lucky for aircon in the T5, on a day like that........;)
     
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  7. Nozza

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    Chris the mechanic drove Sam - glad I just had escort duties.
    Every time he was about to give up and pull over, we got moving for a critical distance.
    Whole exercise actually a good learning thing as to what to attempt, and not attempt in Sam.
     
  8. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Sam got an oil change to heavier grade oil.
    Been my daily drive for the last week or so.
    Loving it.
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  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Great outcome.
    I didn’t think your earlier story was going to end well
     
  10. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Active Member

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    Like the story, photos and the work done, good job, I have stuff stored in the wheel well also, but have installed some padding to stop it rattling, was driving me spare!

    Steve
     
  11. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Disaster has struck!
    Driving Sam yesterday, the auto didn't seem to be shifting properly, not going in to third.
    Pre Christmas insane traffic meant I was having trouble going beyond 60km/h, hard to tell.
    Made my way to the freeway, and nuh, no third gear and slipping.
    Back to the mechanic's, they checked vacuum etc, made sure nothing was disconnected.
    Left them to it, got a call later - transmission shot. Now no reverse either.
    Re build required, very disappointing for Louise with her planned trip.
    But better it happened here that half way up the NSW coast.
     
  12. TeeBee

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    Oh no! After all that work and right before Christmas too. :confused:
     
  13. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Just ran out of time I think - needed to be driving Sam more a few month ago so this sort of thing could appear and be fixed.
    Always next year.
     
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  14. Nozza

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    Stopped past my mechanic this morning, see if he had found anyone to rebuild the transmission.
    And harass him to get things moving.
    Something was going on when I got there.
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    More than progress, things disconnected, engine going to come out.

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    I was going to leave them to it, but Chris the mechanic said to hang around.

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    That was simpler than I expected, less than 15 minutes after I arrived.
    Now the transmission.

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    That's about half an hour after I arrived.

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    It seems a bit strange to be happy about your Kombi being in bits, but I'm happy.
     
  15. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Aaron on the gold coast is the best for the VW autos.
     
  16. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Thanks - got any contact details?
     
  17. GeorgiT2

    GeorgiT2 Active Member

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    I WANT that exhaust system.
     
  18. GeorgiT2

    GeorgiT2 Active Member

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    I’ll just hang it on my wall till resto complete.....
    maybe get another one for the resto.
     
  19. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Yep, this was a totally illogical JustKampers purchase.
    Took ages to arrive....
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    I just looked at it for quite a while.....
    Then....
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    Sound is nice without being too loud.
    And power - I reckon the top speed has gone from 85.2 km/h to at least 85.7
    Some things don't have to be justified!
     
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  20. GeorgiT2

    GeorgiT2 Active Member

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    Phwooaarr. Pure lust. I love it. Nope stop right there. Don’t justify it.
     

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