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Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby VWNuts » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:15 pm

Well anyone who's been around VW's in Queensland as long as me will remember this Yellow & White Dual Cab Kombi that was built by Jon Tonges & John Alder. I used to drool over it back in the 90's, and was one of my main inspirations for building our Baja Bus.

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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby VWNuts » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:20 pm

Well i got sent a link for an ad on Gumtree for "one of those kombi utes you like" just before Australia Day. I had a quick look at the ad of a very sad looking ute, and didnt think much of it until I spotted the yellow tubular bumper.....

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Flicking through the rest of pics in the ad, yep it was definately "that" ute.....

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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby Matt » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:29 pm

You going to buy it and return it to its former glory ?
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby VWNuts » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:31 pm

The Ad said it need "some' rust work around the windscreen

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That is definately repairable, so I organised to look at the ute on the weekend of the big floods in Brisbane. The weather cleared a little on the public holiday Monday, so I drove down to have a look. There were numerous flooded roads on the way, so I zig-zagged all over Brisbanes Southside before I finally arrived at the property to have a look.

Well the pics in the Gumtree Ad didnt really do it any justice..... Its rusted just about everywhere are spending many years on the beach, but I was surprised to see it still had an engine and gearbox. Not the 2.5L Type 4 Monster that it used to have.....

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But it has a stock looking 2L type 4, which had 'recently been rebuilt", like all cars for sale have....... :roll:

Anyway, the price was higher than I was prepared to pay for a very rusted Ute, so I left the poor thing it the pooring rain.
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby VWNuts » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:45 pm

The next day at work I got numerous text messages from Dave about it, and I'd been thinking about the ute since I looked at it, and couldnt let such a special ute just rot away. So another call to the owner and we struck a deal to pick it up the following weekend. A car trailer was organised, fuel, battery and tools were all loaded up and we went to pick it up.

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The rear tyres were flat, and the front tyres werent on it. We pumped up the rears and they held air.

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But one of the things I hadnt noticed in the rain, was that it appeared that Tratty had been the last driver of this ute before it had been parked in the paddock...... Both tierods were bent into "L" shapes......
So we had to remove them both and straighten them so we could winch the ute onto the trailer.......

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We had a look at the engine, and with some new fuel, a set of points, and a bodgy repair to a vacuum line, we got the engine to fire on 3 cyls..... there was only 3 plug leads, dunno where the 4th one has gone to, but with the engine running, we were able to drive the ute onto the trailer..... how sweet is that..... :D

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Once we got the ute home I was able to drive it off the trailer as well which was great.

The paint scheme matched the tow car nicely.....

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And now i finally have the car to put on my numberplates that I bought about 15 years ago.....

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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby VWNuts » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:49 pm

Plans are to restore the ute back to its former glory and it will make a great touring and camping vehicle, but I've got a couple of buggies to build before this one, so it will be put into storage for a while to stop it rusting further.
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby Matt » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:09 pm

Great story so far.
Glad someone has picked it up that will show it some tlc.

Plus how good is it to pick up a car you once admired so much.
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby Huffypilot » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:30 pm

Good to see another VW saved. Whats the story behind the pic of the dual cab doing a wheel stand ?
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby VWNuts » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:10 pm

That pic was taken on Moreton Island, and it's jumping a sand dune like you see the buggies jumping at Stockton Dunes.

The Kombi runs dual shocks on all four corners
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby Tratty » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:33 pm

:D You would be surprised where I've been :D Will you have it ready for the Sydney drags :?:
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby VWNuts » Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:54 pm

Matt wrote:How good is it to pick up a car you once admired so much.



Really quite surreal actually
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby dbryar » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:59 pm

Did you check for encumbrances?

Given the 'special' paint job on the body I'd guess that a previous owner may have acquired a rather habitual use of a certain substance...


And, I reckon a certain enthusiasm might leak in to producing a couple of articles for this project for a certain magazine... nudge, nudge, :wink: :wink:
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby bajabone » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:51 pm

Great score Graham. Get it going and reg'ed and I'll swap my baja for it. (OH, I also want a ej22 in it ! )
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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby Smiley » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:09 pm

Very nice!!

Great to pick a ute up that has some local history. Can't wait to see what you do with it.



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Re: Baja Kombi Dual Cab

Postby VWNuts » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:11 pm

Don't hold your breath Smiley, I've got two buggies to build before the ute. But at least it's not rotting out in the paddock anymore

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