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Seeking recommendations for Kombi engine reconditioning

Discussion in 'Engine & Transmission' started by Liz Crock, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Liz Crock

    Liz Crock New Member

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    Hi I am restoring a '74 Kombi and the engine is now out so we are thinking of having it checked and possibly reconditioned (was last redone in 2006). Could anyone give me a recommendation for a VW mechanic who could do this in Melbourne, preferably northern suburbs (Matilda is currently in a panel beater shop in Airport West so it would be handy if it was in that area). Also, any tips on modifications at this stage as we are planning a long trip once its done, hopefully next year! Thanks, everyone. Liz
     
  2. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Stay stock Liz Crock;) & welcome to the Kombi Club.
    Cheers
     
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  3. Liz Crock

    Liz Crock New Member

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    Thanks David, I shouldn't have really said 'modifications' as I agree, we will definitely be staying stock. I really meant things like fuel lines or other safety measures to minimise fire risk and so on but simple standard things. Only thinking of this as we are revitalising the Kombi. I also have a '61 Beetle which I have restored and rebuilt the engine myself many years ago - I have had it sonce 1981. But the Kombi will be for travel and for the long term so any ideas might help. Thanks for the welcome too. Liz
     
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  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Welcome.
    First check in kombis is the fuel lines.
    There are two schools of thought re hoses.
    The original braided or modern EFI hoses.
    I am a strong believer in EFI hoses rated R9.
    Reason being the greater strength and abrasian resistance plus tolerance to all modern fuel blends.
    Correct sizing important.
    Use quality clamps.
    Ensure spigots into carbs are tight and epoxied in plus tie wired.

    The major cause of fires are fuel line or spigot related.
    https://ratwell.com/technical/FuelHoses.html

    Personally like modern high torque cams as well.
    Lots of little things can be done to improve the power and reliability of a rebuilt engine .

    Fitting temp and oil pressure gauges good.
    Same for automatic fire extinguisher.
     
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  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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  6. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Good advice
     
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  7. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I don't know about the Northern suburbs, but if you want to venture out East, Volkscare in Boronia are great!
     
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  8. micklyan

    micklyan Active Member

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    Agree with TeeBee Boris is da man. Dean at Ocean Grove or l think it’s Volkscourt at Thomastown are also great options. Good luck
     
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  9. Gerry and Robyn

    Gerry and Robyn Active Member

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    VolksHome in Thomastown.
     
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  10. Liz Crock

    Liz Crock New Member

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    Thanks so much for all this. Liz
     
  11. Liz Crock

    Liz Crock New Member

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  12. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    If you have an electric fuel pump you need to fit a tachometric relay and fuel shutoff solenoid operated valve.
    There are posts on here
    Give a yell if can't find.
     
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