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Hello from the Gold Coast

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Surfing72, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Surfing72

    Surfing72 Member

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    Hey guys Ive recently discovered and joint your forum to gain as much knowledge as possible before the bride and I purchase our first Kombi. Our lifestyle is pretty much a coastal one camping, surfing, fishing, playing music and riding motorbikes. We sold our Jayco camper trailer about a year ago and have always admired Kombis so have decided to grab a Kombi camper at some point this year. The vehicle will be a daily drive and weekend get away. We are thinking something from there mid 70's. Initially we were going to set a 20K budget but after researching it seems like we might have to spend more?? I have stuffed around with cars and bikes all my life so have a general mechanical ability but can't weld to save my life so major rust repairs are off limits. I'm starting to think that by spending more initially I'll save more money and heart ache in the long run and be out using the Kombi instead of crawling under it every weekend?? Naturally I'll do my own research on this forum but if you guys have any advice concerning particular models to avoid or issues to look for when inspecting campers don't hesitate to fire away. Cheers Dan & Leisa
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  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    G’day and welcome

    Lots of info here so jump in and ask questions

    You’re on the money with your budget.
    $20k will get you something drivable but more is better if you can afford it.
    Especially if it’s a daily.
    Personally I would shoot for a later 70’s 2L type 4 motor for the extra power.

    Work out if you want a pop top or just a camper fit out
    Pop tops can be more susceptible to rust.
    But obviously have benefits.
     
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  3. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dan & Leisa (Surfing72),
    Great intro to Kombi Club & welcome. I reckon mid 75 to end 76 have the least ability to rust but of course their lived environment also helps/hinders! Your bus will find you & I'll keep the advice to this on your first post but lots of knowledge here. Just ask;).
    Cheers
     
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  4. Surfing72

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    Thanks Barry. Yeah I have just seen a post where a member has removed his pop top to discover extensive rust despite the rest of the camper looking good. Both the bride and I are reasonably tall so I reckon the pop top would be required. I'm hoping the seller may have before and after photos of any previous repairs but who knows. Its all a gamble with these old girls I guess.
     
  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Welcome.
    Sounds like you have a good handle on it.
    Beware some vw "restorers" on south end of Goldy.
    Look at plenty and you will get a good feel for pricing and condition.
     
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  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the Kombi Club! :)

    Enjoy the hunt......... so you can then enjoy the ride. ;)
     
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  7. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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  8. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Surfing72 to the KC hope you find what you are looking for enjoy it so you can journey wherever it takes you.
     
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  9. Surfing72

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  10. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dan & Leisa, welcome to the party that never ends :cool:;)
     
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  11. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Buy with your head not your heart :cool:.
    Don't rush to buy the 1st you check out :rolleyes: One with the description you've posted is hard to base an opinion on with the limited poor quality pictures.
    There are some on www.carsales.com.au in Qld - one up Maleny way but a bit more but you get extra just by what the seller has detailed. Buying in Qld and Qld Rego' with Road Worthy Certificate is an easier purchase process especially when it comes to a camper with pop top ;)
    Happy searching and retain the right of 1st refusal :D
     
  12. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    That one you posted looks like a Sopru?

    Check to see if it has the Sopru plate behind the passenger (?) seat.

    Will save a lot of grief in the long run if it does.
     
  13. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Pity it’s a 1600
     
  14. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi Surfing72,
    Definitely a Sopru poptop. As Barry says check behind the passengers seat for a compliance plate. Unlikely it's a 2 litre in 74 but??? The cupboard kit is not original for a Sopru. Bonus is that you can maintain Qld rego & avoid some potential problems. Also check compliance plate behind drivers seat. These may help
    http://forums.kombiclub.com/threads/check-list-when-buying-print-take-it-with-you.1292/

    http://forums.kombiclub.com/threads/new-kombi-things-you-should-do-and-check.52651/
    May the inspection go well now.
    Cheers
     
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  15. Surfing72

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    OK ok Im lost. What is all this Sopru talk? I have no idea at the moment re different models etc.
    On a side note I have received 3 abrupt emails from seller today that I have only just read (some of us have to work during the day) Geez........
    Don't think I want to hand my money to this bloke regardless of what the vehicle looks like. I thought you Komi crew were meant to be a friendly bunch LOL
    Might have to swallow my pride and inspect it regardless.
     
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  17. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Sopru is a VW approved after market camper conversion.
    That only VW made camper is a Westfalia and that wasn’t sold in Australia. Private import only.

    So most campers sold here are chop tops - hence the rust issue.

    The other issue is that as chop top they are a “modified vehicle” hence the importance of the compliance plate.
    No plate and you may be up for an engineers certificate.

    Campers “can” be a tricky road to navigate for the novice.
     
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  18. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Picture 10 is an upright Type 1 motor - 1600cc unless it has been modified - which I doubt.

    The 1800 is a type 4 motor that was available in 1975. They are a flat / pancake motor.

    In my opinion under powered for a camper and a daily driver
     
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  19. Surfing72

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    Great info Barry and much appreciated. Keep it coming friends.
     
  20. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Everything else is pretty nice

    If you don’t mind a LHD there is. a Westfalia on Carsales.
    Think that is a 1600 as well - but a Westy

    Westies are based on sunroof models and not chop tops
    Could be worth a look
     

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