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T3 comes home at last.

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by peace_fam, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. peace_fam

    peace_fam Member

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    After 3 weeks of arranging and re-arranging car carriers (thanks to xmas holidays) we, at last, got our 'new' T3 camper home.

    Despite running on 3 cylinders and missing Rego (woops) we drove it the last 16kms home and she handled like a dream. The engine was quiet, gears handled well, suspension feels great! Overall very impressed with my first Kombi.

    After seeing hidden rust and reading of problems on the forum, we did a more thorough check and are very pleasantly surprised at the condition of our camper. It came with a heap of receipts for work done which included a full engine rebuild 100,000km ago, work on suspension, wiring and soo much more.

    We appear to be the 4th owners and we suspect she's done 285k The last owners only did 40,000km in the past 4 years. I am really impressed with how it handles. (we took her for a gentle drive) both on dirt and bitumen. Now to go looking for why one of the cylinders isn't firing. The only rust we've been able to find is on a couple of the welds of the bumper (not much though) and minor small spot of rust under a seal on a window. No pitting or flaking paint.

    Pics now here! )[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][/IMG][​IMG]
     
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  2. Terrordales

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  3. peace_fam

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    Thanks Terrordale! Figured it out after a few blonde moments! Doh.
     
  4. Terrordales

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    Looks like you've got a really nice T3 there. :D
    Like the photo of the puppy checking out his new ride. :lol:
     
  5. peace_fam

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    Well, gave the T3a bath today. Scrubbed heaps of grime off the pop top, pulled of the car bra & she revealed her dirty little secret----- spots of surface rust that had been poorly patched before harboring them under the damp car bra. Nothing too bad though.

    Pushed my luck too- couldn't resist taking it for a little jaunt to the beach 3km away and 1 km from home, on the way back, she spluttered & stopped:rolleyes: (i know that running it on 3 cylinders was a tad stoopid). Waiting for chief mechanic to come home from work to see what i've done to it. mmmmmmmm

    In my defence, it is a beautiful afternoon and my inner hippy wanted to be at the beach with the camper.........
     
  6. Zed

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    Congrates on your new T3 - it looks very nice indeed. They're brilliant to drive aren't they? They just handle so well.
    How are things on Raymond Island these days? I have many fond memories of holidaying there as a kid back in the late 60s early 70s - such a beautiful and unique place.
     
  7. peace_fam

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    It is great to drive! I love my T3 and can't wait to be able to drive it more. Raymond Island is great to live on, the ferry keeps the hoons out and keeps the place peaceful. Teaches you to slow down too. Some people just can't handle the ferry though. Maybe you should come visit sometime.....:)
     
  8. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Great bus - very nice score.

    Trakka are a great conversion.

    Get the rust fixed ASAP and ditch the car bra as they manufacture rust.

    Otherwise once the donk is sorted you will have loads of camping fun.

    Cheers,
     
  9. vannin

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    Nice bus :cool:
    Nik
     
  10. BrianK

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    Nice bus Guys :cool:
     
  11. Grantus

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    Excellent buy!:)

    Hope the stoppage is nothing too serious.....:cry:
     
  12. peace_fam

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    Just before it stopped i went around a corner in 4th - woops! Seems like l flooded the engine so it started first pop about an hour and an half later when Chris and l went to get her (ready to tow her home).
     
  13. crave

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    Sounds like an annual VW Event on "Raymond Island" might on order. Congrats on the T3. Welcome to the VW family.
     
  14. Zed

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    You know, I've often thought of going back to Raymond Island for a visit - I'll let you know if I do and we could perhaps meet up. Great to hear that they are still running the ferry and didn't sucumb to the pressure of building a bridge between the Island and the mainland. I used to fish off the ferry sometimes of an evening. What's the population like there now? I think there were about 10 houses on the entire Island when we used to go there.
     
  15. peace_fam

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    It's a bit busier now! The permanent population base is app 300 humans, 250 koalas and heaps of roos:D The Ferry drives some people nuts; i like it as it keeps life quiet here. The bridge issue still comes up and gets knocked down as it should.

    There are plenty of houses now, most holiday homes. I guess the Island can accommodate at least a couple of thousand people at busy times. Your welcome to visit; park a kombi in the driveway.
     
  16. grumble

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    Nice van but I'm jealous.
     
  17. peace_fam

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    The testing of the T3 continues. Ruled out plugs, leads, visual check done on valves, did a compression test and perfect compression on all 4 cylinders so presuming that the head and cylinders are all OK.

    Just ordered 4 new Fuel injectors as the 'faulty?' one that's missing had dodgy seals and was not looking very healthy. Figured if we're replacing one we'll do them all, as well as the fuel filter and starter injector (Guy's l'm going on the mechanics explanation to me - a VERY lay person). So we've ordered the parts from our local VW mechanic (amazing a VW specialist in Bairnsdale), will change them all and see if she runs properly! Here's hoping. If its that easy l'm getting a VERY cheap T3 as we figured it'd need an engine rebuild.:D
     
  18. Zed

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    Hope it all goes well - good luck and let us know how you get on.
     
  19. peace_fam

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    :lol: Got the 4 new Fuel Injectors, starter Injector and seals today. 6 days from the USA, pretty impressed! The pressure is now on Chris, my partner in crime (AKA the mechanic) to get the fuel tank off and do a check for rust in it. No use replacing the injectors just so they get clogged again if the tank needs work. He has a day off on Thursday and the whip is out! Soooo looking forward to seeing if we have 'the answer' to my baby 'missing' on 1 cylinder...:)
     
  20. peace_fam

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    :D YAY! We have her running! Chris, my partner in crime and chief mechanic, replaced the fuel injectors and starter injector, took of the fuel tank and cleaned it, replaced the oil and fuel filters and she ran beautifully until.........:eek:

    driving about 7 km up the road we experienced a loss of power; stopped; let her cool down and gently drove home.

    a couple days and a few investigations, more driving and Chris found one of the brake calipers was sticking when warm so off to our VW mechanic who freed the calipers, did a few other checks prior to road worthy and she is running absolutely beautifully, quiet and cruising at 110km/h easily. :D

    Off to the RWC police now to get her Vic regn!!

    Yay:heart: Love your work Chris!
     

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