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Stanthorpe 2018.

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by Scott Neilson, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. Scott Neilson

    Scott Neilson Member

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    G,day,

    I have a 78 Camper that I bought in November last year. First time buyer of a Kombi & was looking for a couple of years before finally going for it. We are very happy with the car but once purchased I took it to a VW specialist & let him completely go over it & make sure it was safe for me & my young family. When doing some work on the exhaust he told me he could see that internally that the Heads were cracked. He said I was unlucks as it had shown good compression & he would not have known without seeing it. I was told not to worry & to just drive him & enjoy him & try to look after him until the motor gives up one day in the future. I have been driving doing day trips no problems & burning around the Southside no probs & have kept him off the freeway & long runs as I feel a little like a ticking bomb when I'm driving him. My question is I am keen to get out to Stanthorpe to show him off & get inspiration from all of you & look at all the great Kombies that will be there. Can someone please tell me how tough these 1800 motors are & what sought of treatment they can take before they die? How long will I expect the motor to keep going? I am in the RACQ so I am covered in that respect. Thanks
     
  2. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    How did he see internally, use a camera or perhaps Xray vision. Just wondering.
     
  3. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Don't worry.

    There's no indication so far that the cracks are all way thru.
    I take it that the mechanic has not indicated any other signs indicating that it is actually leaking.

    I would do a leak down test to gain a bit more info if that helped.

    Otherwise sit at 90km/hr n relax.

    Same cost to replace now as later and mechanic has indicated he isn't worried.
    Hopefully a good mechanic ? ;)

    I would repair if planning a long trip in remote areas but stanthorpe isn't far.
    Keep revs up on the long hills rather than lug it.
     
  4. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    He Col will we see you at Stanthorpe. If not just wondering how some will repair their vans for the trip home. :)
     
  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Ha. Quiet w.e for this boy this time Phil ;)
    Good to have a quiet catch up.

    As you sort of indicated, likely casting burr in port rather than between valves unless the mech got enthusiastic with a remote camera.

    Either way my motto is if its ok as a daily then its ok for a trip as long as its not exhibiting symptoms ;)
     
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  6. stusbus

    stusbus Well-Known Member

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    Hey Scott
    Get yourself max breakdown cover from racq for peace of mind !
    You can always join in on a komvoy for added (safety in numbers) !!
    We will be meeting up with some of the Brizzy & Sunny Coast Crew at the bakery at Aratula on Good Friday around 9-9.30 am & then on yo Stanthorpe!!
    Hope to see you there ! :cool:
     
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  7. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Comvoys have the advantage that they are bl####dy slow. :p:rolleyes::D
     
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  8. Scott Neilson

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    Thanks,

    I am not sure how he spotted it. He actually said after he told me that maybe he shouldn't have!!! It is dropping very little oil in the garage & I am using him for little trips 3 or 4 times a week.
     
  9. Weekender

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    Hi Scott
    If this is a 78 camper I thought it would be running a 2000 as standard? What is the engine number two letter prefix?

    Leo
     
  10. Scott Neilson

    Scott Neilson Member

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    Hi,

    I will have a look but its a January 1978.
     
  11. Scott Neilson

    Scott Neilson Member

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    Hi Leo,

    It starts with CA. I am told it also has a 1700 Gearbox running in it as well.o_O
     
  12. Weekender

    Weekender Well-Known Member

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    From other on the forum CA is 1700 - years 08 /71 - 07 / 73.
     
  13. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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  14. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    With any luck you might have some original 1700 head parts?
    Long shot at this age.
     
  15. 4inabus

    4inabus Active Member

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    Good mechnic out here. Loves old cars . Re-built ours after a failed attempt from the GC.
    Buuutt, hope you don't need to use him. ;)
     
  16. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Caution to the wind;). Go & enjoy & see how far he goes!! with max Racq cover:D.
    (I may be a bit foolhardy but love a plan B).
    Cheers
     
  17. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Scott, he's just marking his territory ;)
     
  18. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    With the CA engine ...... Col may be best to answer but can't that cover where the engine number is stamped be swapped between 1700/1800/2000 ???? ....... there is also a case number stamped near the oil breather box (mongrel to get to and read) which some take as the engine number.

    Know some who claim the 1700 was a better engine than the 1800 & 2000 and search for 1700 parts to actually put in their larger engines.
     
  19. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Correct.
    Fan housing is first number people check and not unusual for numbers to not match.
     
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  20. Scott Neilson

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    Thanks for your feedback. I have had it looked over & serviced by Leon from Leons Motors.
     

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