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Well here it is the work has begun on the Kombi of Hope!!

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by Kombi of Hope, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. whipps

    whipps Member

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    Great work team. The light at the end of the tunnel is blindingly bright now!
    Fingers crossed for you on all the little last details running smoothly.
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  2. lfbrats

    lfbrats New Member

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    hey guys, just finished reading through the resto, amazing work, and love the cause.

    just have a question, how was the gutters on the roof and the 'sills' of the windows repaired? just with a welder and spare metal? thanks guys

    cheers, Liam
     
  3. Kombi of Hope

    Kombi of Hope New Member

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    Hi Liam
    THe gutters on the roof were rusty but not rusted out so just ground off all the rust with a coarse sanding disk. Not sure what you mean by the sills of the windows but any holes we either welded in new bits of metal to big ones or we filled a mixture of bog and fibreglass strands and then sanded it back smooth for the small ones.

    There are definitely better people to ask this question to than us on KC! We went for the quickest but not necessarily the best resto option :)

    Good luck with your resto. Verity
     
  4. lfbrats

    lfbrats New Member

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    thanks for the reply
     
  5. Kombi of Hope

    Kombi of Hope New Member

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    The Pig Has Finally Taken Flight

    So here it is - the last post in the KOH resto journey. Our last update was back in November, just after the Relay For Life. We thought we were on a high then, but nothing compared to the high we are on now!

    As many of our KC friends from Facebook already know, the deadline was the VW Nationals this Sunday 23rd May and we made it through the engineer’s certificate and the blue slip in time to get our KOH 000 number plates and drive legally to Sydney. And what an experience that was – managed to overtake a truck going uphill, only missed finding second gear twice, unlike last year did not get lost and were thankful at 5am that we managed to get the heating working even though the paint fumes sent us a bit silly.

    Here are some pictures of the finished Kombi of Hope. The interior still needs some work but since she’s going to be a working bus, not a show pony, we’re not too fussed about getting it done that quickly as it’s the exterior signage that will be doing all the work as we drive around advertising the Relay. We are planning to fit her with a rear seat and Perspex brochure holders to display Cancer Council information. Bigger plans include a monitor and lap top to show videos on things such as healthy eating campaigns in schools and the official Relay For Life DVD. We can’t wait to do Daffodil Day with KOH beside us.

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  6. Kombi of Hope

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    Now that KOH has been registered, she is officially raising money for and awareness of the Cancer Council and can now issue tax deductible receipts. Thanks to the generous support of those at the VW Nationals, we banked $822 in the fight against cancer. David Birchell (VW Nationals organizer) drew the winning ticket in our $100 prize draw, lucky number 13(!), and belonging to Annabelle P from Emu Heights.

    And here are the photos of the VW Nationals weekend. We made a big purple splash!

    On the way down, toilet pit stop for the kids.

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  7. Kombi of Hope

    Kombi of Hope New Member

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    And here are the workers having a well deserved rest after all their hard resto work!

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    Megan and I felt a little bit guilty that they did most of the hard slog and we get the fun of driving her . . . but it only lasted a little while - tee hee. After a few days of getting used to the gearbox, the huge steering wheel, the noise, the clunks and rattles, we are in love with driving the Kombi. It puts a smile on so many faces and complete strangers wave as we pass.

    We could never have achieved so much without our wonderful husbands Ian and Nathan, our families, and the many friends and sponsors who believed in us from the start. We hugely underestimated how long and how hard this project would be (2 years, 17 days), but always believed in our dream. So if you are reading this, believe in your dreams too – they do come true!

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    Verity and Megan xox
     
  8. kyznet

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    Yay girls. I'm SO proud of both of you, and the two boys. :heart:

    She looks fantastic - your stand at the Nationals is just a little bit different from last year!!

    Enjoy the ride from hereon in. Get used to those Kombi waves. :D
     
  9. Kombi of Hope

    Kombi of Hope New Member

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    Thanks heaps Kyra. We were pretty sad not to see your Whizbang Gear stall there this year. You were sorely missed. The kids asked if you were coming to stay again :( Let's get that girlie camping trip happening!
     
  10. The Dub Driver (Byronbug)

    The Dub Driver (Byronbug) Well-Known Member

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    So happy you came to the Nationals just to catch up with you all...
    LUVED all the purpleness.....

    I could see purple balloons all over the place....great work...many happy memories to come...xx

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  11. Kombi of Hope

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    Whilst watching Melissa and other KC members winning their awards (well done you!), I did a quick count of purple balloons . . . 28 but all floating up amongst the rafters!!! We even painted the roof purple! It was great to make the kiddies smile, balloon after replacement balloon :)
     
  12. GoblinSA

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    Fantastic work !!!! This is not the end of the journey though, it is only the beginning!
     
  13. deeksy62

    deeksy62 Well-Known Member

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    I started reading this as a guide to Kombi restoration, however the story was much more interesting than that. a great deal of support for a fantastic project. you are to be commended for the passion, commitment a drive to complete a big project in a timely manner. as a cancer survivor, I congratulate you on an inspiring project.
     
  14. Kombi of Hope

    Kombi of Hope New Member

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    We are SO happy that you have survived the dreaded "C", deeksy62. May you enjoy many more cancer free years. We hope our bus will raise much needed research dollars to find a cure. Timely manner? 2 and a bit years? If felt like forever but now that KOH is on the road, who cares how long it took? 2 years in the search for a cure might seem like a small time frame compared to research time frames, but if it makes a difference in just one person's cancer journey, then it was worth all the effort.
     
  15. Rev.

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    Greetings Ladies

    I just noticed your numberplate - KOH-000 - does this mean that there could be a KOH-001 & KOH-002, KOH-003 ...........?

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  16. Kombi of Hope

    Kombi of Hope New Member

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    :eek: :cry: Not on your life Rev - 2 years of resto work is enough for us and besides, when I looked, KOH 001 - KOH 009 were all taken at RTA NSW :p
     
  17. dbs

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    Nice... has it got a pop top canvas? Maybe Necro could do something special?
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  18. Kombi of Hope

    Kombi of Hope New Member

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    No pop top canvas as yet - we didn't need one for rego so it got crossed of the "to do" list. We do need to get her plated for 5 passengers though so if anyone has a spare back seat that would fit a 72 lowlight and will pass all the rules that the engineers have about metal frames etc, then we'd love to hear from you. Currently we have a seat that fits a dual cab we think . . . anyone interested? I can take photos.
     

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