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"The Kombi"

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Nozza, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    It's a Fiamma tent, bought through JustKampers Australia.
    I ordered the wrong one - this is actually for a tailgate with a bike rack on it, but it fitted well enough.
     
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  2. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    November 2015, The Kombi in daily use for board transport and breakfast.

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    Fitted a rhino rack side awning in anticipation of a trip to Merimbula.

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    New cut down double bed mattress for the back too.

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    Last weekend of November is a big paddleboard event in Merimbula.
    All loaded and ready to go.
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    14' and 12'6" boards, 10'6" surf SUP.
    Travelling down, just near Cann River, there was a noise and one of the boards swung out the side.
    A tie down had come undone.
    Stopped without incident, and re tied.

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    Continued on my way, stopped at the entrance to Merimbula to take a photo to taunt my friends at home with.

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    And had the horrible thought "The board on top is meant to have three fins..."
    And there was meant to be three boards!
    My surf SUP had come off back near Cann River.
    Start of a pretty disastrous week really.
    Discovered I had hurt my back badly before I left, took a few days to make it's full presence felt.
    Drove back the next day to look for the board, no sign, back to Merimbula in agony.
    Rather than a week of paddling, surfing, and fun, was pretty much confined to bed.
    Did get out to photo a stray kombi though...

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  3. wombatventures

    wombatventures Well-Known Member

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    G'day Squidy
    Was it you we met at Norries Headland Lions Park at Cabarita Beach after Christmas 2016 or do you have someone else drive your bus for weddings sometimes?
     
  4. wombatventures

    wombatventures Well-Known Member

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    Awesome setup Nozza. Life is great when you can getaway, park where you want to camp and enjoy a surf when you et the chance.
     
  5. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Great bus!

    Trust you’ve re assessed your board securing methods for the future.....:rolleyes:
     
  6. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    I have, but possibly not for the better.
    About 18 months later, this is what happens when you forget the front tie down and drive to Phillip Island at 100 km/h.

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    I couldn't figure out what happened at the time - I'd gone about 60km, thought the tie down must have broken.
    Only figured it out when I found it in the back of the Kombi the next morning.
    I had been tying the board on after a morning paddle, and a bloke with his kid asked me about it.
    Spoke to him for a while, got in the van and drove to work.
    Left work for the Island that afternoon, and there was the familiar "woosh" of a board departing about half an hour in to the journey.
    Luckily it landed with nothing under it.
    I now do the front tie down first - if you are going to forget one, make it the back one.
     
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  7. Squidy

    Squidy Well-Known Member

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    Quite possibly mate, but also have drivers too
     
  8. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Rewind at bit, or fast forward ignoring the above adventure, January 2016 and The Kombi is a backdrop for a photo of my board collection.

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    And a support.
    The van has a 240 volt inverter, and an Engel fridge running constantly from a second battery.
    This is a carry over from work car set ups where we have battery chargers running full time.
    It has always been harsh on the second battery, killing them in about three months.
    Had toyed with the fitting of solar panels to top up the charge, finally did something about it in February 2016

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    I think a 2000 watt panel, deep cycle lead acid battery replaced with an AGM battery.
    Over 2 years later, same battery, no flat batteries.
    Shortly after that built some timber drawers to replace the plastic, added a sandwich toaster to the rear kitchen set up..

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    This broadened the scope for post paddle breakfasts.

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    Thought I had the back kitched pretty much sorted.
    To be continued......
     
  9. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    April 2016, and unrelated to the Kombi, I had bought myself a skateboard.
    I was dissatisfied with the plain, bland table.

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    And something about the shape of the skateboard gave me an idea.

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    Thought about trying to get a deck, but the non skid finish was fairly table unfriendly.
    Traced the shape and cut my own out of chipboard.

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    Rounded off the edges and sanded smooth.

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    Used spray can to spray it yellow.

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    And orange, added a sticker.

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    Mounted a leg fitting, usable outside the car.

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    Or inside.

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    But then I had an idea for another use, and a way to carry it.
    Mounted at 90 degrees between the seats.

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    The spray can colours weren't as bright as I would have liked, and the paint never went properly hard, but I was pretty pleased.
    Decided it would be better further forward in the cab, added a second base and a support leg.

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    Left the central fitting so it could still be used out of the van
    Further forward, balanced and strong.
    Which you will be able to see in the next message.
     
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  10. Nozza

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    To be continued....
     
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    Discovered when the bike wasn't on board I could fit an 11' surf SUP down the side.

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    It wasn't going anywhere. I could even have taken passengers in the back seat if I had any friends.
    Although reasonably pleased with my table building, the spray can paint never went properly hard, and the colours weren't right.
    Next project I bought a spray gun, cut a table out of marine ply, and bought some single pack marine enamel to spray it with.

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    Never spray painted before, I went for one that had the compressor built in to the gun.
    A few trial runs then the real thing.

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    A much better result, although I let it sit for months before I was brave enough to wet sand it.

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    August 2016 I returned to Merimbula, managing to arrive with the same number of boards I left Melbourne with.

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    A much more successful trip.
    Then later in August while driving to Phillip Island - disaster!
    The van coasted to a halt with lots of lights on the dash.
    At 99,900 km, with the timing belt due for replacement at 100,000 km, the timing belt had broke.
    The pistons met the valves not in the way VW intended.

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    I got to ride in the truck back to Melbourne!
    Replacement engine required in a process my mechanic mentioned was "Jolly tricky".
    Or words to that effect.

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    Coincidentally, a bulbar I had ordered arrived with The Kombi was in the workshop, so I got a new look, new engined Kombi back.

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    To be continued......
     
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  12. Grantus

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    I gotta ask......... what are the bits in the background on pallets, with the blue strapping? :rolleyes:

    “Tomato stakes”?

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  13. Nozza

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    Survey stakes - I have a surveying business.
    We get them delivered unpainted, paint them there, as evidenced by the paint all over the floor.
     
  14. onetrackwonder

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    Bugga re the engine,very costly exercise, we have a 2007 T5 2.5L and luckily the cams are gear driven, you are certainly making good use of your van, great too see, cheers Greg
     
  15. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Well, a long time since I have been here.
    Vansam has occupied all Kombi posting.
    "The Kombi" is still going strong, solar has kept the AGM auxilliary allive, fridge may have died this year but hard to tell if it is just low charge in the aux battery due to no driving under stage 4, and no sun under Melbourne winter.
    2018, we had added a board trailer.

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    Base of a 4.7m Dunbier boat trailer with a board rack added.
    Outrigger canoes have come on the scene by then too.

    That was a Merimbula trip, there was a Scotts Head adventure prior to that which the photos have escaped from.
    Did the big trip to the west early 2019 in a Toyota, the Kombi back on duty later in the year.
    Now two OC1's have made it on the trailer.

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    Triumphant arrival.

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    Today back out for our one hour exercise yard visit, but water activities now allowed.

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    The Kombi performing faultlessly.

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    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    This morning at the beach......
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