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Volkswagen Kombi Bus

1976 Volkswagen Type II

1976 Volkswagen Type II Kombi camper 2.0L VW type-4 4 cylinder boxer Australia and New Zealand

Very steady on its feet, economical, and also rather gutsy

Not too issues with this A few major things that already there when I got it, and a few problems, which don#039;t me.

I bought the vehicle in the knowledge it suffered zero compression in no. 3 denoting either a burnt or cracked head, the latter of turned out to be the case, evidently by overheating of the cylinder due to a buildup of in the cooling fins. At this it was found that the exhaust had also warped. This was by purchasing a good condition hand head from a for $60 with new gaskets and two new bonded engine mounts (these found to be broken also).

I found the gearbox oil seal to be out, allowing oil into the housing, so this was also costing $15.

Now the small

The brake lights only when the pedal is put hard to the

The windscreen washer bottle not maintain air pressure.

The air horn is than satisfactory.

The fuel leaks slightly, evidently the gasket.

The right-hand carby to weep a minute amount of from around the seal the body and the inlet manifold.

The leaks some oil from a pushrod tube under no.3.

The heaters do not function one ceases to function at all and one only part-way.

General Comments:

I Buttercup, my 1976 VW Kombi camper last year for from a recently retired VW in the knowledge that it required work. Since then it has had the partial engine rebuild to a cracked head, and is running a Swiss watch. and it actually ran reasonably well, even no compression in one cylinder.

I have Kombi#039;s since I was old enough to what they were, and my friend bought Lucy, a but nonetheless lovable example of a camper last year in our year of high school (to the Mitsubishi Express van that he all but engine-wise), I decided to put my mind getting one myself.

It was at this that I put my beloved, but sadly (not by me, but my uncle, the previous who used it as a farm bush-basher) Moke project up for sale and looking at my prospects Kombi-wise. A few and went on eBay, whilst I patiently for a buyer, with tyre-kickers also coming and A glimmer of hope came a guy from a local pub offered to a Kombi for my Moke. score. or Upon inspecting the bus. it was as much if not more than my bogged to the eyeballs, freshly in house paint, tatty and unregistered, as well as having damage underneath. So we went and deciding to visit some happened to turn into a only to find a beautiful yellow Kombi camper a for sale sign parked on the Enquire within, open for it said. Well. I leapt out of the car and was on the in a blink, and was given a detailed by the recently retired VW mechanic who her. and after inspecting in I fell in love, and it was agreed if I could turn out 2 grand, I drive it away.

Well. anyway, I finally a buyer for the Moke, so needless to after the sale was finalised, a later I had a nice shiny Kombi in my driveway.

And thus after a partial engine as mentioned before, it runs a train.

This van is a March model, and has a rather rare fit out by Trakkavan, a company who started out humble beginnings in 1973 as a competitor to the Sopru and Swagman designing high quality camping packages to be fitted to legendary van.

The Trakkavan is characterised by a 2/3 length fiberglass roof, similar to that of the but lower in profile, and hence, at in my opinion, rather more looking. This roof approximately 1.5-2ft above its position, allowing an adult to comfortably without crouching it is extended. This poptop#039;s surround has zip-down flaps by flyscreens, which allow for ventilation. There is also a hatch in the roof of the poptop, can be raised for ventilation like an exit in the roof of a modern These hatches however are to leaking during heavy so my bus has had it sealed closed with

Interior wise, the bus is very laid out and unbelievably comfortable. It has good quality marine-ply along the length of the right side, including a small cupboard with a hanging at the very rear. There is bench space across the top of cupboards, and a plastic sink with a hand operated pump is placed in the top of it behind the seat, with a rather for its time Electrolux 3-way directly underneath. This can be powered off either propane the car#039;s own 12V electrical system, or the auxiliary power circuit, is enabled by effectively plugging an power lead from a into the passive male in the left rear corner of the van the gutter. The water supply is in a plastic jerry-can like between the fridge and the drivers which is removed for replenishing via a cupboard door.

The van#039;s gas also supplies a stove the passengers seat, which can be out for cooking and stowed again the wooden unit, which becomes further bench when not in use. Under stove is. yep. you guessed it. CUPBOARD SPACE. In my case. filled with spare lines, spark plugs, up paint, fuses etc.

The floor is covered with appears to be vinyl, which to be very hard wearing

The rear seat seats and folds out into a bed, then sleeps two. and add that it is a very comfortable bed as well as a very comfortable Further berthing is provided by a set of a series of connected ply boards, in a material matching the bus#039;s roof lining, which out into a bed for two in the roof when the is raised, with two mattresses go on top. These evidently very adequate when conceived, however at least the ones provided in my bus appear flimsy, so it is doubtful whether I risk sleeping on them 30 years after they made. I just don#039;t the timber is really able to an adult anymore.

Up front, is just as cushy. the factory seats are the most comfortable experienced in any car so far, particularly good sheepskin covers low-back seats on pre-1975 buses however are really terrible). The cabin is rather compared to most vehicles, two heater control levers and a lever in the dash beside the cluster, an indicator/high beam on the left, a simple wiper on the right, a headlight and fan knob by side to the right of the steering below the instrument cluster, and a light knob to the left of the and that#039;s about all. it seems primitive, it is very and well laid-out.

The instrument itself is even relatively a kph speedo in the center, various to comprehend warning lights and a gauge in a round cavity to the and a metal blanking plate to the where an optional clock or speaker was sometimes installed the factory on demand. One feature I would perhaps complain is the lack of an adequate oil pressure as standard, and possibly the lack of a The cluster does have an warning light, but in most if the pressure is low enough to ignite light, then chances are the is already sustaining damage. I rectified my own lack of a tachometer by a third party unit on top of the column, which works enough for my purposes.

One other complaint I have is that the radio only had a speaker in the cluster. Needless to say, one is just appalling, therefore one must cut into the door or the front dress-panel in the footwell. in cases somebody has already this. but in my case. it hadn#039;t done. I decided to get around it by two 100W Technics home speaker boxes face-up in the and believe me. it actually sounds than most specialised car Many Kombi#039;s didn#039;t come with a radio for reason. and some are still of one. Ones that did with one were usually with a Blaupunkt unit if were built in Europe or the US. buses had all manner of third radios installed. mine being a very good unit. Good as these are however, they generally a faulty tape player by now, so if you like to listen to other than the radio, be to put in a new unit.

Now for the actual driving experience. VW it up in one word. FAHRVERGNUGEN. Driving in English. and they are pretty close to the mark.

The driving itself looks rather more like that of a bus or rather uncomfortable one would However surprisingly, any Kombi will tell you such is not the in my opinion, it is easily the most car I#039;ve driven so far. The horizontal steering wheel seems to make driving tiring, as it allows one to simply your arms upon the and then only make corrections as necessary, and the size of the allows for good leverage and of steering.

The floor mounted is usually slanted towards the meaning one only has to lean ever so slightly to operate it. The action itself on a well-maintained bus is smooth and easy, however it some getting used to. Due to the linkage train to the actual which is mounted at the rear, and the long stick itself, is a fair bit of play, so the shifting is nowhere near as positive as other vehicles. so to an inexperienced finding the gears at first can be a bit but it comes quickly with practice. The bus uses basically a H-gate with a twist. to reverse, the stick is presses into the floor, then and backwards. A general rule of is ignore the sticker on the ashtray. as to the it can easily be interpreted to mean reverse is in the normal second and that you shift to second to the right etc. such is not the but a lot of people end up wondering why they go forwards in reverse at first they twig. so forewarned is And don#039;t worry, I thought the myself! LOL.

Being a sloppy affair, and a slow it is a good idea to think a way ahead, and shifting a little when coming to a stop or a is a good idea.

Another feature of the Kombi is that all the push down into the Again, this takes practice to operate smoothly, but grow to love it. the throttle is crisp, but does not seem like some vehicles as the early Mini#039;s. The clutch is somewhat stiff compared to a of other cars, but not enough to be

The brakes on the Kombi comprise brakes in front and drums at the These pull the car up quite but like the gears, require begin braking a fair before you need to stop and the brakes slowly. as they time to stop you. If you till the last minute, you probably overshoot or lock the Most of the braking effect is at the end of the travel.

Volkswagen Kombi Bus

With respect to the Kombi is marvelous. In tight it can be a little frightening and difficult to as the van is rather bulky and lacks any steering. It helps to have arms if you are turning the wheel at a better still though is to let the bus backwards or forwards slowly turning the wheel if you have the to do so safely. This makes it far to steer, and causes less and tear on the steering gear. and applies to other cars If you drive a camper van, it can be to park, as curtains, jalousie the clothes cupboard, etc. some rather large spots. It#039;s a good to perhaps invest in a widened view mirror, which over the existing unit. the negatives however, one thing can be said to the Kombis credit is it can turn on a 5c piece.

Handling on the more than makes up for its in tight spaces. The steering is and responsive, but not touchy or nervous, and the car almost drive itself that isn#039;t legal, so get any ideas :P). The totally steering means that is plenty of feel to the steering of the car One interesting point to note is due to the nature of the steering gear, at the steering wheel becomes at near full lock. is normal. Freeplay with the centered indicates a worn steering box, which require replacement, as if left it can cause damage to other in the front suspension and steering

Body roll is surprisingly minimal, and the Kombi feels steady on its feet in most with the rear mounted and rear wheel drive excellent road holding and However it is advised that cornering in any rear-engine vehicle as the VW, the driver should avoid any increase in torque at the wheels, as that associated with at high revs, otherwise can come unstuck, losing all ad causing the rear of the vehicle to out violently due to the concentration of weight in the

And on the subject of torque, what is complete without the take on

The 2L twin-carburetted engine in this provides an amazing amount of for such a small-low revving particularly at the low end. This van climb almost any hill in 3rd and still be accelerating ever so It can even tackle some steep hills in 4th gear enough momentum. whereas see 4WD#039;s struggle in 4th. awesome low-end means it accelerates very well. I am inclined to complain about the short first gear Acceleration is very snappy, one is lucky to reach 20kph in 1st one has to shift up within about a or the engine screams its little off. This seems not a great problem. however pulling out across a highway, it is hairy. One either has to shift thru turning into the or let the motor scream. In any case, rather unpleasant. However, past the wretched 1st gear, perform very nicely.

The top speed of a new Kombi from the was stated by Volkswagen as being I have never attempted to that kind of speed in my but on its original engine, it cruises nicely on 90kph, with good fuel economy. It is of 100kph pretty easily however for that extra per hour, fuel economy suffers. The bus can pull 110kph a little effort, but I would not running the engine that for any prolonged period of time. also begins to suffer 100k#039;s, and the Kombi will through a disgusting amount of

On a note about overworking the VW states that optimum output is provided at 4200 RPM on a new motor. Myself and a lot of others not recommend exceeding 4000 RPM on an old It may just be capable of it, but it is not achieving useful and is not doing the engine any so it#039;s a good idea to around 3800 RPM. cos really is no need too go higher

Maintenance wise. they are a reliable car, however are higher maintenance in some than other cars. will run neglected and abused for a while, being the tough they are, but to keep engine running WELL, and for a time without a rebuild, require frequent oil changes, valve check and adjustment a month is good), and a regular every six months is good. The bay needs to be kept clean to engine life, as being air crud will reduce efficiency and lead to premature usually of difficult parts as valves or heads. If a thermostat is (you really should one, but I don#039;t), it has to be kept adjusted or overheating could

Check oil level at least as some VW#039;s can leak a bit of it onto your driveway. sure all engine tinware black sheet metal) and the engine bay seal are in place and the seal is in good repair. If any of the same is missing or the seal is and doesn#039;t seal well, it dramatically hamper cooling.

One unfortunate fact of Kombi is, many problems, particularly to the top-end, require the engine to be from the vehicle. It is cheapest to do it if you are willing to properly educate first, however for convenience, you may like to get a VW specialist to fix the issue. removal and installation is usually with a couple of trolly I got the engine roughly into however using a 40 year old tractor with a slashing before doing the delicate with the jack. In short. do it way suits you best; if it works and you break anything, it#039;s the way.

One final point to check fuel plumbing at least once every and replace all fuel lines with VW spec high cotton braided fuel not the cheap nasty stuff happens to fit anyway. It may be a bit more to use good fuel hose, but more expensive still to a bus that has burnt up from a fuel line. When fuel lines, ensure they are soft and free of any splits or bulges. Make also that every hose is clamped at either end decent screw-type hose-clamps, and it is a good idea to firmly wire around the clamp, and then around the fuel or carby body, depending which fuel line it is, as the fitting can sometimes fall out of the or pump with age. reduces strain on it and keeps it in if it does stray from its Never put a fuel filter the fuel pump either. ensure any fuel filter is in the hose between the tank and

Follow these precautions and Kombi should never up. but just in case. always, CARRY A FIRE EXTINGUISHER.

OK. all that needs to be said been said, if you decide to buy a any time. enjoy!

They are a bit of a curve. but well worth it. Kombi-ing!

Oh, and if you pass another don#039;t forget to wave. considered very bad manners Kombi drivers not to wave to Kombi drivers on the road. D.

K. Boundy.

PS. You can find me on the Aussieveedubbers and Downunder forums if anybody like to get in contact with me at any

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