The Kombi Files

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04/06/2015 12:00   End Of An Era   [General]

Now that few of us inhabit the same country, let alone the same state or town, it's time for our beloved kombi to go. Scene of many good times, friends (and the occasional thieving scumbag) it has been a great part of our lives for a decade. Even if a good portion of that decade was spent in various states of disrepair. It has been bought a professional VW restorer so we hope that the van will get the fancy restoration it deserves and live out its new life as the pampered toy of a wealthy baby boomer. Not many cars receive this fate! Although at the end of the day, being melted down to make a newer, safer, more efficient vehicle is a worthy end too.

Farewell, kombi, it's been fun. And thanks Mrs West for letting us park it at your house for so long!

hopefully Ash will leave this site up as homage to our perseverance, mechanical ineptitude and penchant for crass metaphors. Maybe there is even some information buried in these pages that can help someone doing their own VW restoration!

03/06/2014 12:00   A New Van   [General]

The Kombi still lives. However when I saw this beast for sale on the side of the road I couldn't resist!

It's a 1994 Mistubishi Delica, privately imported from Japan, by person or persons unknown.

The good news:

  • 4WD

  • turbo diesel

  • seats for 8 people

  • the price! I got it down to $2500.

The bad news: Lots. Space doesn't permit listing all the little things that need fixing. It's a 20 year old second hand car.

Stay tuned - we're going to have fun with this. There's a great forum online at which has loads of info about these vehicles.

20/07/2009 13:17   A Lad's Day In Orange   [Engine And Drive]

Today was a touch hit and miss. We started late due to assorted hangovers and hampered the afternoon's enthusiasm by having a couple of beers during the day.

Paul drove the quad bike around and around and playing with the fire was somehow more appealing to our caveman instincts than lying on our back, on the bricks, undoing cold bolts covered in oily grime...

The interesting news is that the van started pretty easily, despite spending 18 months chillin' out at Mrs West's place.

Despite taking the kombi for a test drive and having a really good look we have been unable to pinpoint the oil leak. More investigation tomorrow.

16/07/2009 13:29   Engine Size   [General]

I would conjecture that the engine is slightly bigger in size than a mobile telephone and somewhat smaller in size than the great pyramid at Giza in Egypt.

Is that any help?

13/07/2009 14:21   Lazarus The Fool   [Engine And Drive]

How could we forget the engine size?

Perhaps a few years of booze was all it took. I checked my photo of the compliance plate and that doesn't show anything.

Can anyone suggest how big our engine is?

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