Hi all. I'm Michael. I am a Aircraft Maintenance Engineer from Wagga Wagga NSW. My beautiful wife Sarah and I have owned Doris, our 77 ex Army 9 seat bus for just over a year. Turns out she is quite famous here haha. She used to be owned by Bernie aka Saabman. We bought her out of Surry Hills, Melbourne last January. I have 3 kids to a previous marriage , a Son and another on the way to my current wife. I have had several older cars in the past(mainly Renault 12s) . Had been out of them for a while while life got in the way... Recently life has settled down and I wanted to get back into having a old car to tinker with and enjoy. My wife and I have always pointed out Kombi's wherever we went and Sarah started collecting model Kombi's. So since I wanted an older car and we had 4 kids at the time a Kombi it was!! We looked at a couple. One in Cowra. Was a camper so wasn't really suited to us(not enough seats) and one in Batlow. It was nice but had rust in the foor and was missing the middle seat. Then we came across a 77 ex army 9 seater online. This one really appealed to me as my Dad was in the army and he remembered riding in the Kombi's. So we drove down to Melbourne, fell in love and bought her home. Now at the time I knew very little about them. After doing some reading online and getting a workshop manual, also learning that one caught fire in Melbourne the very day I drove ours home, I thought I probably should have looked at a few things more closely before jumping in and driving it 450kms! Mind you she ran like a dream and never missed a beat. Sure enough after checking the fuel lines a couple of days later they just about crumbled in my hands!!! Dodged a bullet there!!! Needless to say I changed them right away. Other than a broken clutch cable, luckily that happened only a block from home( scared the crap out of a kid riding his bike next to us when it let go with a bang) she has been really reliable so far. I drive her to work every day too. As I enjoy learning the ins and outs of my interests I am looking forward to learning lots from all the experienced people on this great forum. Thanks for having us .