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PostSubject: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:50 am

Hi Everyone! Smile

I dont actually know what a baywindow is, im assuming it refers to kombis that have the large side windows.

If this is the case, my Kombi might not be a baywindow but it is definately Brazilian Smile

I just bought it yesterday, and it has been sitting around for a year without any use.
The owner tells me its a 1979 Micro Deluxe. It's still in good nick, minor things to do besides get the engine started as far as i can tell, the doors might need some realignment etc.


I'd really like to know a bit more about my bus, for instance, the way there are no rear side windows similar to a split etc - is that how it left the factory in Brazil?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can shed some light on my bus called Maya.


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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:51 am

By the way!! Greetings from Bali, Indonesia!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:17 am

Hi you have some bay parts and some split screen parts back end split except rear light front doors and front are bay looks in very nice condition Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:46 am

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Hi you have some bay parts and some split screen parts back end split except rear light front doors and front are bay looks in very nice condition Smile

Thanks dazdub, thats really interesting.. and yeah so far it seems in really good condition, pretty much rust free. I cant wait to get it on the road and see how it drives Smile Would you or anyone know if these parts were assembled like that from the factory in Brazil? I'm aware the Brazilian buses were produced with sometimes an odd mix of different parts.. Is this the case with my one?

I'm really happy with the look of it really, and if it did come from factory like this, i haven't seen one like it before, so to me it's pretty special
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:21 am

Hi,

This type of bus was produced by VW Brazil and also Mexico. Not sure of the exact years of production but they are before our Brazil bays.

Here are some sales brochures of them.









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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:37 am

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Hi,

This type of bus was produced by VW Brazil and also Mexico. Not sure of the exact years of production but they are before our Brazil bays.

Here are some sales brochures of them.

Thanks sparkysteve, But none of the kombi's in any of those sales brochures have a rear end similar to my one - mine is like a split except with bay rear lights - has a smaller split rear window and no wrap around rear windows - and only 3 square side windows. I've seen alot of brazilian and mexican kombi's around that look like the ones in the sales brochures but none like mine?

I'd be really keen to see another one like it! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:45 am

Hi Jim - welcome - that's a real combo Kombi you've got there! The factory really pulled out all the stops on your BraziBay didn't they!? Basketball

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:49 am

Is it left hand drive as side doors on left side.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:56 am

@Dennis wrote:
Is it left hand drive as side doors on left side.

Thanks Dennis, Actually no its RHD.. hmmmm
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:02 am

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Hi Jim - welcome - that's a real combo Kombi you've got there! The factory really pulled out all the stops on your BraziBay didn't they!? Basketball

Hi TimV, Thanks its great to be here! Yep it sure is Smile Yeah so it must be from factory then! I was a bit concerned it might be some custom work by the local panelbeaters here in Indonesia! The more I research Brazilian Kombi's the more im starting to realise it's very likely factory spec.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:29 am

Love the interior

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:33 am

Hi. I think this might be a south African kombi!

They where right hand drive and could have been shipped to Indonesia.

Might explain things.

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:35 am

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Love the interior

Cheers timmm, the whole bus is in urgent urgent need of a serious wash. Especially the interior. I've never been this excited to wash and scrub anything in my life Cool
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:40 am

unfortunately I have the same urges... what you doing in Indonesia? are you Indonesian, or just an expat working there?

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:42 am

@sparkysteve wrote:
Hi. I think this might be a south African kombi!

They where right hand drive and could have been shipped to Indonesia.

Might explain things.

That could explain things for sure! Attached is the chassis number plate I found behind the passenger seat. VOLKSWAGEN DO BRASIL S/A <--
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:47 am

Does it have a VIN number?

You can find out and decode the VIN and it will explain everything. It tells you what factory and model information.

Try:

http://www.dubnetworks.net/vw-vin-decoder.htm

http://vindecoder.eu/volkswagen


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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:50 am

@timmm wrote:
unfortunately I have the same urges... what you doing in Indonesia? are you Indonesian, or just an expat working there?

I'm an Australian working in Bali, Indonesia. I help run a company that sells amazing all-inclusive sailing expeditions around the Indonesian Archipelago. We also sell expeditions in the Greek Islands and from Perth to Broome, Western Australia. If anyones keen to go sailing check out www austsailing dot com:) I'll pick you up in my kombi at the airport!! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:53 am

you might have watched the bunnies win the GF at the weekend then?

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:57 am

Does it have a VIN number?

You can find out and decode the VIN and it will explain everything. It tells you what factory and model information.

Try:

http://www.dubnetworks.net/vw-vin-decoder.htm

http://vindecoder.eu/volkswagen

I also believe that some VW made by Volkswagen Do Brasil S/A shipped in kit form the kombi to south Africa as RHD models.

I think you might have a German designed made in Brazil and shipped to south africa RHD kombi now living in Indonesia.


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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:57 am

@sparkysteve wrote:
Does it have a VIN number?

You can find out and decode the VIN and it will explain everything. It tells you what factory and model information.


Ahh of course. Thanks sparkysteve good idea. Silly question tho, where would i find the vin plate usually?
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:01 am

@timmm wrote:
you might have watched the bunnies win the GF at the weekend then?

haha no timm i didn't actually but i know people who did! Yeah i dont watch the NRL!! I used to play rugby union tho! dont mind watching a bledisloe cup now and again Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:01 am

Here we go.

http://www.ssvc.org.uk/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9901

Basically Brazil exported to South Africa a Bus called the VW Fleetline.

Do a google image search for "vw fleetline south africa" and you get some odd looking bays / splitscreens.

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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:08 am

@sparkysteve wrote:
Here we go.

Basically Brazil exported to South Africa a Bus called the VW Fleetline.

Do a google image search for "vw fleetline south africa" and you get some odd looking bays / splitscreens.

Wow you totally nailed it mate!

I quote the website..

''In April 1976 the Fleetline was replaced by the fugly bay/split hybrid, which
had baywindow front bodywork grafted onto the split rear bodywork. The
bay/splits were known simply as "1600" or "Brasilia" (as I have seen it on
some aftermarket parts lists). These were sold until 1978. The
Commercial Vehicle Data Digest lists 1976 sales at 3,446. It is not clear if
that refers to both Fleetlines and bay/splits, so there may have been as
many as 6,000 Fleetlines sold in total.''


Well thats awesome. Explains everything. Although I wouldn't say its fugly haha, I think its the best of both worlds! Smile Cheers sparkysteve.
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:16 am

Thanks Everyone for your help.. seems I have a German designed RHD Volkswagen that was made in Brazil and shipped to South Africa and is now somehow in Indonesia! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: 1979 VW Kombi Micro Deluxe?   Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:22 am

Its what films are made of....reminds me of one called The Yellow Rolls Royce.

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