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PostSubject: Hello from Marlow   Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:27 pm

We have had our 2002 Aircooled Kombi for a week now, purchased from a nice family in Brighton. The sea air has helped a few rust spots to develop and the interior is 'tired' after 10 years of family use - but otherwise all seems to be in good condition.  We're just getting used to the Type 2 eccentricities, especially the steering - the journey home from Brighton was interesting, to say the least, on the M23 narrow-lane contraflow on a windy Saturday! 

The rust spots are a priority and there's the first problem....both the V5 and the original Danbury bill of sale are really helpful when they describe the colour as 'green'. After much internet research and amateur colour matching, it seems that the closest match is an old BMC colour, Florida Green. which is best described as a sort of pepperminty/turquoise green.
 Just wondering if this rings any bells with other 'green' Kombi owners....I have ordered a touch up pot from Amazon to test the Florida theory.
The other priority is to change the accelerator cable - I can't believe the dreadful Danbury LHD to RHD conversion technique for the throttle cable, which defies all the laws of physics and basic engineering!  Thanks to this forum, I discovered the RJES one piece throttle cable kit which has now arrived and will be installed asap.

The other oddity is underneath (waxoiled form new, so no major nasties lurking there, I hope) there are two plasticky covers, some bolts missing, dangling from mountings on the left and right cylinder heads, presumably to protect the pushrods etc from road dirt and damage. I have searched on the usual suppliers' websites but can find no evidence of such protectors. Was wondering if anyone knows more? 
Also should there be some tinware down there to help airflow and cooling? The engine and gearbox (now a cogbox IRS) were replaced a few years ago, so it might be that the setup is a bit of a mixture of different vintages. 

Anyway, I apologise if these technical questions should be in a different place on the forum (which has been a great resource of information, knowledge  and advice so far) but just wanted to say hello!

Can't wait for the adventures to begin!

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:47 pm

Hi McMurdo - it's great to have you onboard.

Can you upload some photos of the bits around the cylinder heads that you're referring to - would help to ascertain what you're after?

Good luck with the paint matching!

I'm pleased the forum has proved so useful to you already. Basketball

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:57 am

Hello and welcome to the forum mcmurdo and the world of Brazilian ownership. There are companies who will spectrum scan your van paint and make up aerosols for you. When you buy a van from Danburys they mix the paint and spray it themselves, so you can get any colour and shade you want. This can make future paint matching hard.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:49 am

Hi and welcome get a pic and we will see what we can do .with steering to fight it just go with it .as for your cog gearbox you have the best rebuilt box you can get . Hope paint match is good if not get to a car paint supplier and have a long look at paint cards Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:37 am

Welcome to the forum mcmurdo

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:43 am

Hello, and welcome. Love to see more more pictures of your Kombi. From your avatar it looks as if you have an interesting roof.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:47 am

Hi! We are just down the road from you in Wooburn Green, bought our kombi in November & also bought from Brighton! Would be great to meet up for a cuppa in our campers one day Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:07 pm

Hi Mcmurdo,

so ...... the steering No definitely look into Litesteer. Bumble had litesteer fitted two weeks ago and this weekend was our first long trip (to DITF), so a good chance to try it out. cheers cheers

Sorted out the random nature of the steering, plus also the ease of being able to do a three point turn sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:53 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:06 pm

Thanks all for the good wishes and warm welcome!

As for the mystery colour, it doesn't seem to be Florida Green...so a visit to a body shop with colour analyser seems the best idea. 

I will get some photos of the underneath cylinder protectors at the weekend when I'll have time to get the backend up on some ramps. 

Bumble, thanks for the Litesteer tip - we had considered that but there is so much we need to spend at the moment getting the bus straight.  Litesteer might have to wait for the future!

And Harryhornet, yes the roof certainly isn't the stock Danbury pop top version - again, as with the paint code,  the Danbury original invoice is economical with the description - it just says 'elevating roof'  I'll have to do some research, as one day the fabric will need replacing, it's in fairly okay condition at the moment but a bit grubby and dull, so we think some nice green stripy material would smarten things up!

Thanks again, one and all!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:10 pm

The roof is what we here describe as the 'prototype' Danbury poptop. Essentially it's the first one to be fitted when the company was Beetles UK. There are a number of them out there.

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PostSubject: Thanks TimV   Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:14 pm

Brilliant, that cleared the roof question up quickly! Thanks TimV.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:17 pm

There's a company in Poole, Dorset that'll sort the roof fabric out. They did an excellent job with the interior of my Kombi.

Website - http://conceptpoptops.com/

All in good time though..... Very Happy
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PostSubject: conceptpoptops   Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:29 pm

Thanks harryhornet, they look just the job!  I did see their website while researching, so your recommendation really helps. And they do re-upholstery - both the rock and roll bed and front seats need recovering (and probably new foam) so they could do everything at once in matching fabric!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:03 pm

Hello and welcome!
Looks like you have a fair wee to-do list after a week of ownership.......be warned the list never gets any shorter but the smiles get bigger Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:12 pm

If you ever need new curtains we can recommend sarah braddon at vw camper curtains.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:18 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:27 am

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:34 am

Hi and welcome!

Silly question, but have you checked for a paint code on the inside of the cabin, passenger side on or above the inside of the headlight? Some owners have been lucky and the sticker is still there.

I was born and grew up in Marlow, moved out in '96 aged 24. My sister and her family still live there so we visit quite often, hope to see you around!

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:24 am

As Tallulah says, you may be lucky and find a sticker, I did. It will be a hand written label with something like LA6M in marker pen. (In my case I just googled the four characters and it came back with a full description of the paint colour etc)

Another silly question,.... as you know it is an original Danbury, have you asked them to look through their records. I would have thought as they are a main dealer, it would be basic that they kept a record of the paint code in case it had to go back for any body repairs in the future.
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PostSubject: Thanks to dizzy lizard and Tallulah   Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:26 am

Thanks for the ideas!  Yes, I have searched for a Danbury paint code but hadn't thought about inside the headlight - will look there straight away.

 I did email Danbury asking for paint code help, giving them the exact date of purchase etc but no response...I might try phoning! With the Kombi, I inherited all the original documents including a photo of what purports to be the bus as it arrived off the boat from Brazil - they all came in white! So the VW vin number won't help - except for the upper half.  

Hope to see you around in Marlow someday, Tallulah. We love living here and have been here for 12 years now.

Again, many thanks for all the welcomes and advice - makes us glad we bought a Brazil Bay!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:55 am

I'm sure Danbury will be able to help. I suggest you give them a ring and ask them to check their records.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Marlow   Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:39 pm

mcmurdo wrote:
Thanks for the ideas!  Yes, I have searched for a Danbury paint code but hadn't thought about inside the headlight - will look there straight away.

Often located on the front bulkhead, passenger (left) side between the dash and the rear of the headlight.

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