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  • #711
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    Hi all, thought I would start this thread to stop it cluttering up my Senator one.  So my wife and I want to do some cruising around Oz in a few years, but I am not a Winnebago kinda guy, so have always thought of building a nice cool split window Kombi.

    Just picked this one up, just couldn’t resist for the price.  Not exactly sure of the year yet, but I am thinking between 1958-62.  Rear half is pretty solid, but the car was used as a donor car and the front is a mess panel wise.  I wont really get stuck into the job for another year or so.  Right now it isn’t on wheels, so i need to sort some, then get it rolling so i can get it home.

    Those of you that know of my Senator know I did most of the mechanical work on that, but on the Kombi I want to teach myself how to do panel and paint.  Its a lot of work but a Kombi is a relatively simple car, I am not after show quality (famous last words) but I do want it to be cool.

    I am thinking probably something liek a 2500cc Scat motor, new gearbox, air bag suspension, disc brake conversion, Fuchs rims.  Some sort of two tone paint.  Internally a small bed, and an area to make a coffee and a sandwich.  Should be a bit of a fun.  This is how it sits now.

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    If the Senator is anything to go by, this should look awesome.

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    Hoping so, if your going to be an old fart and drive around australia. Might as well do it in style :)

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    Oh, it is a project alright!

    Got a soft spot for the Kombi. Had an old Bay window for a bit. Most reliable car I’ve ever had haha

     

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    We have always wanted one, yep she’s going to take a bit of work. Set a goal of 3 years, bit really not that fussed how long it takes.

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    This is us picking it up. Was a shit of a day, rainy as but hey I really wanted to get it home :) Really happy getting a chance to get a really close look at it, I know it looks bad but for 53 years old, she is looking pretty sound. whats there is still rock solid, obviously the front is toast but they are available as a complete unit nowadays. Tomorrow will get it into the container, then sit on it for a while. Woo hoo, we own a Splitty!!

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    Well, seems not all Splitty’s are not the same… There are quite a few subtle and not so subtle differences I am learning.

    There are a couple of different versions of the front door, the only change is an extra recess in post ’61 busses, compare to pre ’61 like mine. You can see below the difference, looks like the door i picked up a few months back is not period correct.

    Also on the side cargo doors there is again two versions, mine has the top hinge up high, whereas the later ones moved it down.

    So as bad luck would have it, I found a guy who has the parts I need, and yep you guessed it they are not correct. Bummer, so the search continues.

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    Got invited up last week to see a guy who is a bit of a guru in the Kombi scene. He has an awesome set up. Coincidentally he is doing a Kombi at the moment that came off the line only 50 numbers different, so probably close to the same week in early 1960. He is doing a beautiful job, adn spent a hor or so with me taking through whats needed.

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    Don’t think you’ll be battling any clearance issues on this build! Didn’t realise they were so…empty…underneath but I guess it’s all happening at the back so sorta makes sense.

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    So thanks to a member on here with some Photoshop skills this is the sort of look i want to go for :)

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    Scored a repair section for the side window that has been cut out previously. Really solid panel too :)

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    Well much excitement in the McRae household. I sent away to the Volkswagen factory in Germany and they have sent me an official “birth certificate” for the Kombi. It was built on the 29th June, 1960, was Dove Blue, with grey upholstery, and ivory knobs. Cool as we reckon :)

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    Pretty awesome that such a large automotive manufacturer took the time to respond to your request. Awesome!

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    Yea I agree mate, not sure why I ma so excited by it but I am. Sort of gives it life. Looking forward to getting stuck into it later this year.

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    Nice project. I’m a VW fan myself. My wife has the Passat Alltrack and I own a Golf R.

    Let me know if you need help sourcing parts as I know a few people in Sydney and Rockhampton Qld that may come in useful. Also with the engine, I’m sure I’ve seen people fit a Subaru EJ20.

    Daniel
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    Hey mate, I am actually searching for a pair of side cargo doors, if anyone knows of any, let me know :)

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    Nice project. I’m a VW fan myself. Also with the engine, I’m sure I’ve seen people fit a Subaru EJ20.

     

     

    this.. Also vw fan:) I drive a t5 transporter and Mrs drives a mk5 golf..

     

    I’ve seen boxers on them too, loots of potential!

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    Not a huge fan of swapping motors from different manufacturers. I am thinking of probably a 2.2 litre scat VW or something. I am building it so we can travel around Australia but in a bit of style. So I want it nice and reliable, with enough grunt to to cruise along at 110 km/h but thats all :)

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    Well much excitement in the McRae household. I sent away to the Volkswagen factory in Germany and they have sent me an official “birth certificate” for the Kombi. It was built on the 29th June, 1960, was Dove Blue, with grey upholstery, and ivory knobs. Cool as we reckon :)

    That’s awesome. Can’t imagine Holden doing that for something from the era.

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    I don’t know if you watch Car SOS but they gave a 71 combi the once over on Monday night.

    Not a splitty but still an interesting build.

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