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Another Victorian!

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Van Housing, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Hey All!

    I am a second-time kombi owner. My first kombi was a 78 microbus which passed to my then-girlfriend when our relationship ended. It unfortunately caught fire on the way to St Andrews market a few years back and is no more... :-(

    My newest toy is a 72 poptop, non-professionally fitted out as a camper by a previous owner. It has several rust patches, although not too serious, an area or two of bog and a slightly-dodgy previous repaint.... but as she is from the last year of front low-lights, I am keen to restore her back to as original condition as possible.

    I'll post some pictures soon, and ask for specific advice as required.
     
  2. kommodius

    kommodius Active Member

    Welcome Van Housing. Looking forward to reading your posts.

    Ray & da Boyz
     
  3. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great to have you here VH - visit often and get involved
     
  4. cammokombi

    cammokombi New Member

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    before and after

    G'day and welcome. Dont forget the before photo's too. My kombi is constantly a "before" there will never be an "after" Ha! Ha!
     
  5. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the club. Enjoy the friendship that this club has generated.
     
  6. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Thanks heaps for your welcomes! I've been lurking for a few weeks, reading as much as I can, while awaiting the arrival of my bus.... but she arrived two days ago, and I am now ready to proclaim "I Own A Kombi!" :-D

    I am not much of a mechanic - I tend to learn how to fix things only after they have already broken! I don't know how to weld (yet), or have any experience in restoration.... and I have never removed an engine from a bus. But I fell in love with kombis years ago and am keen to have my own project, and think my new vehicle is an interesting entry point....

    I spent time yesterday cleaning the external body while examining for cancers, and found (surprise, surprise) that I am up for more work (and expense) than I expected. Nevertheless, the bus is more good than bad. Oh well, at least I know I am doing the right thing, and the investment will be worth it....

    I didn't give the van enough of an inspection when I first looked at it (twice) despite clutching Tom's checklist - I was just too excited I guess. Nice sounding engine, low lights on the front, reasonably straight and mechanically sound.... who cares about a few holes? ;)

    Now I've gotta get outside with the camera and take a few snaps of the "problem spots".... But, as promised, here are a couple of shots of my baby...


    Catchya all soon!


    ...Woz


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  7. Normston

    Normston New Member

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    Clever user name, welcome and nice bus
     
  8. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Apart from the cancer looks pretty straight. Congratulations und good luck.
     
  9. ttmck

    ttmck Super Moderator Staff Member

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    VH i can see why you where excited good work mate and it does not look bad at all in the trouble areas you mentioned time and money mate it will reward you and it sounds like your over the moon any way and why not
    cheers from tom
     
  10. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    <gr> Thanks heaps!

    My partner told me about a friend of her's who was thinking of selling her kombi of 9 years - until then, I wasn't even planning to get a car! Once I looked at it though... well, I was in a bit of a daze of excitement and decided on the spot to buy it. Alice, my partner, also fell in love with it. I joined Kombi Club that day!

    I eventually went back, armed with pages of info - but as I had already decided I wanted it, I seemed to focus more on the good points... (fridge, power, bed, engine, structurally sound, relatively little rust, large engine bay, low front lights (love the low lights), and most importantly its a kombi!). The previous owner had it for 9 years, maintained regularly at a VW specialist, and had it done it up for a cross-Australia trip a few years back.

    I was told it was a 2litre, but the engine number is an AP series, implying a 73-75 1800. Cool either way, as they differ by only a couple of hp, but shows the bus has been modified in the past.

    Apart from the mechanicals, I want the bus to be as original as possible, and will choose a paint colour accordingly. It only has the Aust compliance plate (the other plate, with the colour etc, is missing) so Alice has ordered a "birth certificate" for me.

    I've had the bus for three days now, and, apart from cleaning it, I have done little other than sit in it or stare at it.....

    I haven't yet named the kombi - I am getting to know her personality, and eventually she will tell me her name.... :)

    I am not going to rush the restoration - I want to take my time and do it properly. I would also like to drive the bus during the resto to collect parts, quotes etc so won't strip her until the time is right. As an amateur, I think it best I get as much advice and info as possible before I start wielding an angle grinder....

    However, I want to do as much of the work as possible myself, learn all I can - my labour is cheap!

    I must admit, though, that the rose-tinted glasses temporarily fell off after she arrived and I started thinking about my work-order, and worrying I was in over my head... however, the "that's no problem" responses from KC have definitely restored my confidence! Thanks all, and I look forward to keeping everyone updated on my (probably slow) progress!


    ...Woz
     
  11. brookie

    brookie Guest

    Have a look on panel behind passengers seat for colour and code "sticker".

    Sometimes you look at work to be done and think...........what am I doing and then you carry on and see improvement.
    Do little things like cleaning around door jambs and hinges-pull out vents in dash and clean leaves and whatever out-wash the sponge filters in there-if the heater/air control knobs are not shiny give them clean as they usually come up like new-take off front grille and clean mesh -all add to improving the Kombi and your enjoyment-
     
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  12. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    No colour sticker behind passenger seat - or anywhere else.... :( I'll just have to wait until the certificate arrives from VW. The Aust plate was behind the driver's seat though - shows the bus was assembled 02/72 in exotic Clayton, but says little else.

    There is also a seven digit number in the engine bay, above the chassis (VIN) number. The first three digits are the type - I assume the remaining four digits are a serial number. If so, then my bus would have been the 378th Aust VW assembled that year (which seems low). Is there any other significance to the number?

    Thanks for the advice - I have been dithering, but if I don't start somewhere then I'll never finish! No doubt starting one job will lead to a series of related chores...

    For starters - cleaning out the heater will remind me that the previous owner had the heater disconnected due to asbestos fears... (must get that fixed!)

    Time to get the tools out and look like I know what I am doing! (which, eventually, I will....)

    ....Woz

    (still way chuffed about his self-bought Xmas pressie)
     
  13. Necro

    Necro Active Member

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    Hey, welcome...:)

    You've jumped straight in like an old timer...

    Great to see another Melbourne member...:)

    There is a few of us and we are starting to organise get togethers and Canberra next year looks like a treat so you have joined exactly at the right time...

    We are doing something in Jan I am sure....:)

    Nice bus, the interior didn't look to bad in one shot...you'll have her looking better in no time....you won't stop thinking about it or working on it...:)

    Cheers

    Necro
     
  14. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Gasp - I *am* an old-timer! I'm a classic. (I'm older than my bus...) I don't even want to think about it! I started my mid-life crisis twenty years ago, and it still hasn't ended..... ;)

    My girlfriend is already telling people we are going taking our bus to Canberra to hang out with the other kombis - we really are an excited pair of parents... I expected criticism when I got the bus, but Alice is as keen as me. She is insisting that I restore it properly, with no shortcuts, and then keep it forever.

    As my yet-unnamed bus is unregistered, I probably can't make a January get-together - but I will certainly go to the next one. The kombi trip to Canberra sounds cool - even though it is a trip to Canberra!

    And, yep, I don't stop thinking - or talking! - about the kombi. Even went to Vicroads today to order number plates, so I'll know what number she'll get re-registered as... $295 for white VW-#### on black. I even got my second choice number!

    It's a pity we are so close to Xmas - I will have to put off much of the work until the New Year, when mechanics and welders are keener. But I've had several smaller jobs suggested to me, so will do them over coming days....

    When I bought the bus, I justified it by the low amount I paid, and my belief that I would increase its value. The truth is, though, that I doubt very much I could ever part with her now - I have wanted one for so long, and this one seems ideal - she's beautiful! Love at first sight! I want to do her up so we can grow old together...!

    And, yep, I am keen to learn as much as possible about not only my bus but kombis in general. I may be an amateur now, but one day I hope to be an expert too... Expect dumb questions but hopefully also the insights of a learner.. Hopefully, I'm a quick learner... :)

    And, again, thanks everyone for the welcome to the club - the digital equiv to the Kombi Wave!

    ...Woz
     
  15. brookie

    brookie Guest

    Things you must do.
    PM Roy for The Bus Stop Catalogue.
    The photos/diagrammes apart from products and parts available are very helpful.
    Read this and buy John Muirs book which you can also source through The Bus Stop.

    http://thekombikonnection.myfreeforum.org/ftopic11.php
     
  16. Marty

    Marty Active Member

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    welcome to the nuthouse Van Housing! you don't have to have your kombi to join any gatherings, we'd love to have you there joining in on the Kombi-talk

    hope to see you around
    marty
     
  17. 1kombilover

    1kombilover New Member

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    welcome to the nuthouse, cheers johnnie
     
  18. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    My xmas pressie from Alice (my girlfriend) finally arrived, couldn't wait to try it out...

    Dreaming of a RWC....

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  19. Backbeat

    Backbeat Member

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    Nice pressie, best of luck with the roadworthy when it comes along.

    Cheers

    Dunc
     
  20. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I won't be actually going for the RWC for another couple of weeks, it will take me that long to work through my list of things to fix! Then, once she's got her RWC, then I will be able to take her around for quotes on the more expensive stuff( eg respraying).

    The strange thing is, I only noticed the little dings in the back when I looked at the photo on the forum - I was so surprised, I had to go outside to check! (I would have sworn the back was flawless) Yep, they are there, but not as bad as they look in the pic. Strange how blind love can be... ;)
     

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