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Albert the 1976 microbus

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by TeeBee, May 7, 2019.

  1. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    This is Albert. I've had him for about a year now, but here's some photos of when he first came home to live with me...
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    At the time he was leaking oil so badly, that the first thing I had to buy was an oil drip tray. It wasn't just dripping out though, it was pouring out! I soon got that fixed, along with a whole lot of other things to make him roadworthy.

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    Numberplated up, my first trip was over to the cemetery to leave flowers for my dear old Dad.

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    There's a bit of bog hiding in those panels that I'll have to address at some stage.

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    Original seats, as far as I can tell. I bought new seatbelts as the others were a bit worn.

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    I don't know what has happened to those sun visors, but they both look like a family of mice is breeding in them! :confused:

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  2. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Albert looks very original :)
     
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  3. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    I used some foam board, covered with contact to make some kick panels.
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  4. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Hi TeeBee ,Albert doesn't look to bad of a bus :)and is as Melissa :rolleyes:just beat me:( an original bus.As you mentioned :rolleyes:are address things as you going along:).
    Sunvisors look like an earlier model ones. 76 normally have hard surfboard oneso_O, The earlier ones have wire around the outside for shape and coconut style filling off the sunvisor. You need a sticker for your ashtray;) which I do have several hundred off:eek:. Enjoy it as you probably are.:D:cool:
     
  5. Barry

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    Very nice

    You have all the parts - concentrate on the mechanicals to get it going reliably

    The beauty is in a well driven reliable kombi

    Enjoy
     
  6. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, the sunvisor's are definitely spongey, they must have coconut fibre in there! Maybe they got damp and swelled up? I'd love to grab an ashtray sticker off you, if that's possible? :)
     
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  7. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the "mechanical" part of things is currently my biggest issue. Apparently he either needs work on the carby or he might need an engine rebuild. :confused: Been having trouble finding someone who will give me a definitive answer...
     
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  8. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    I got the wheels sand blasted and powder coated at the end of 2018. It was the first thing that people commented on, the "rusty wheels"!
    Actually, no it was the second thing. The first is the bad paint job. But that can wait.

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  9. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    No problems I'll PM you!;)
     
  10. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Like the wheels

    Paint looks fine to me
    I like the matte look
     
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  11. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    What you need, @TeeBee, is a Cocker Spaniel to go with Albert!
     
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  12. David H

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    Hi Teebee,
    As above have said looks nice & original which lets you know what you have:). Get the mechanicals sorted to be reliable & the rest will prioritise ;). I love the first purchase for your bus. A drip tray:cool:.
    Looks like you can turn a hand to your bus so that'll go well:D. He's had new mats under front seats. Sun visors not cheap but worth the expense & I can't see too much wrong with paint nor rust around the usual places (front steps, dog legs etc). Paint prob be improved lots with a 'cut & polish'.
    Find a decent honest VW mechanic & stick to them like glue:D. They'll save you more than they cost you.
    Thanks for finally showing us your bus:).
    Cheers
    Addendum https://www.justkampers.com.au/search/result/?q=sun visors t2
     
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  13. Grantus

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    Heap load of fun to be had with that bus in the future! :)


    If your sun visors are anything like the next generation (T3) ones, the foam filling just disintegrates, and looks just like your pic. Don’t think the Oz summer heat and UV was allowed for, in the original design program.....o_O
     
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  14. TeeBee

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    It's not too obvious in the photos, but the paint is really patchy and in some parts it's so rough it feels like sandpaper. If I try and wash it with a sponge, the sponge gets ripped to shreds.
    Thought I'd found a good one, but soon found out otherwise. :( And now Albert's been with the latest mechanic for 3 months and he hasn't even looked at him yet. I think I'm going to launch a rescue mission this week...
     
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  15. TeeBee

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    Ahhh, maybe one day. If I see an orphan at the RSPCA, I might be tempted. :rolleyes:
     
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  16. Barry

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    Hah .....know your pain.
    Mine has been with my mechanic since beginning of October.
    I said “I’m not in a hurry.........”
     
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  17. David H

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    Do that as they're displaying a big 'lack of interest' with that delay:mad:. I'm patient but also see how difficult it is to get the knowledgeable mechanic to work on my bus:(. Don't know what I'll do when this one retires:rolleyes:o_O.
    Put up a thread & ask for your area.
    Cheers
     
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  18. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Repeat comment I made above. Your mech may be interested in T3's but obv not in T2:mad:.
    Just when you got a real Kombi:p;):):D.
    Cheers
     
  19. Grantus

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    As I’ve clicked “reply”.............. now think it’s better just to not waste the time. :confused:
     
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  20. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    From one Albert (Bert) ..... your Albert looks fine :cool::D;)
     
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