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Bus Stop - 2018
04/06/18 at 17:37:11
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After a number of years procrastination we decided to take our 1974 bay window VW Kombi to the "bus stop" gathering - this year it was in the town of Stanthorpe in southern Queensland.

We made it, and the only casualty of the 4,000km drive was the speedo cable - a problem that was quickly remedied by visiting the Google App store.

To our great surprise our journey from Cairns very nearly won us the longest distance traveled award, it was 1,820km for us to get there, but a chap from Adelaide traveled 1,834km which does show how damn big Queensland is. Anyway, the organizers felt sorry for us losing out by 14km so they created a special "longest distance traveled in QLD" award and awarded that to us.

More than 120 old Kombis attended, the photo of the marshaling in the showgrounds prior to doing a city tour was taken prior to all the participating Kombis (104) arriving, but you get the idea.

We had to dodge weather systems going South (we got out of Cairns only a few hours before the roads closed for several days, and again coming home - although to be truthful the media somewhat over-hyped the weather this week and whilst we diid drive in more or less constant rain  for 700km, it was never heavy enough to pose a risk of road closures.

Now to count the cost - the old girl drinks  98 Octane fuel which averages around $1.52 per litre and gets around 7km per litre...... a total of $868.00 worth of fuel. Next engine rebuild it is getting less compression, will accept the loss of power in order to allow it to drink 91 Octane.
  

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Re: Bus Stop - 2018
Reply #1 - 04/06/18 at 21:35:35
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Damn, Tony, everybody's drivin' on the wrong side of the road!
  

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Reply #2 - 04/06/18 at 22:47:42
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How are the brakes on it, we delivered bricketes in one in 1970 and stopping it was a bit of a task.
  
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Re: Bus Stop - 2018
Reply #3 - 04/07/18 at 02:01:37
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skippyc wrote on 04/06/18 at 22:47:42:
How are the brakes on it, we delivered bricketes in one in 1970 and stopping it was a bit of a task.


You must have had a crook one as all the Bay window Kombis (in Australia at any rate) are usually noted for their excellent brakes.

the story goes like this:-

In 1968 the Australian Government gave notice to all manufacturers of vehicles over a certain weight that from mid 1971 they would be required to pass a brake testing regime designed by the Government in order to be allowed to sell this vehicles in Australia.

The test was biased in a way that made it all but impossible for a vehicle to pass if fitted with drum brakes - except that indigenous manufacturers Ford and Holden were exempted (for who knows what reason) until 1975.

VW Australia urgently requested that Wolfsburg make a disc brake kit available for the very popular in Australia Kombi. Not having one in stock Wolfsburg went to their brake maker of  choice, ATE, and said "Oui, we need a disc brake for our Kombi vehicle - knock one up for us please."

But, ATE didn't actually have a suitable brake on their books, so they turned to their technology partner Girling of England and purchased the right to manufacture a Girling twin opposed brake caliper suitable to run on a 11~12" disc and in due course Wolfsburg decided it was such a good idea that all Kombis got them, (and the rest of the world can thank Australia)

And Dear reader, that is how the  VW Kombi came to be fitted with the same front brakes as fitted to the British Jaguar XJ6 and XJ12 vehicles - cars which you may know were renowned for the goodness of their braking ability.
  

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Reply #4 - 04/07/18 at 04:31:30
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Justin B. wrote on 04/06/18 at 21:35:35:
Damn, Tony, everybody's drivin' on the wrong side of the road!


And youse are all upside down!
  

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Reply #5 - 04/07/18 at 15:07:07
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Well, never thought of it that way before...  Cheesy
  

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