2ltr TIV rebuild Setting the scene. 4 years ago I drove Blitz a 1979 camper converted transporter 1000km home from Hawthorne Vic after buying him sight unseen. The vehicle sat in front of Doug and Sarahs place for years and was being used as a storage locker. It had only been driven a few times since it had been purchased second hand some 13 years earlier but had remained registered all that time. I caught a lift down to Hawthorn with Sarah in January 2014 from Richmond (NSW) where she had been visiting her parents, stayed over night with the view of determining whether or not to drive the VW home the next day. So next day after an oil change and some fuel (Doug had put a charged battery in already) and a bit of manipulation the engine sputtered into life. I said goodbye around 10:30am on a 40 deg day while the whole of Victoria was on fire what could possibly go wrong. The engine had a lack of power heading out of Melbourne which held me to a max of about 80kmh, it was going to be a long trip. Doug had given me a loan of a collapsible push bike just in case (he didn’t have much faith in me getting home, not sure how it was going to help) While driving I thought I’d check out the heater, bad move. The cabin filled with a putrid smell that could outlast Christianity. There was a hint of fuel in that funky brew that got me worried as all that air was coming from around the exhaust, fuel smell was not a good thing. Stopped a couple of times looked all over Blitz, couldn’t see a fuel leak but could definitely smell it so basically sitting in an unexploded bomb. I pressed on to Wangaratta in the midday heat. Needed to refuel and wondered why the engine was so doey and using so much fuel. I parked under a tree after refuelling and took another look at the engine. When I originally changed the oil the kombi was parked in the gutter and I obviously overfilled it. Let out 1ltr of oil and threw the air cleaner element in the bin. 110km/hr and a new respect for engine. I had a phone and was ready to call a tilt tray for a breakdown or emergency services in case we burst into flames (not sure they’d have come considering how busy they were). Gundagai saw Blitz low on fuel again. I parked away from other cars after refuelling as the fuel smell was quite strong. Goulburn saw the temperature drop, daylight fade and rain start. Good except no wipers and only 1 headlight. Now instead of duelling with semis (pass them on up grades, they pass me on down grades) I was tailgating them as visibility wasn’t good. Got home 12:30am A couple of days later I sent the VIC plates back and started to strip Blitz while I was working out how far to go with a resto and what to attack first. Any way the engine came out and sat on a trolley for a couple of months while I started on the rust which is a whole other story that will end up in the resto section (one day).