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My new big window Syncro
04-11-2013, 03:32 PM
Post: #11
Re: My new big window Syncro
Hi Bernhard, looks really great, i'm kinda jealous now, I shoulda put the 2.6 you sold me into that vehicle from Stuart, not my old one! Enjoy it!

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07-12-2013, 01:51 AM (This post was last modified: 02-09-2014 09:02 PM by BHM.)
Post: #12
Re: My new big window Syncro
So work has kept me pretty busy the past 3 months but I had some R&R the past 2 weeks and did some work on the bus in preparation for our Botswana excursion in September.

To date I have added 2x 43 liter long range tanks. This gives me around 155 liters capacity.
Thanks to Ian Fairley for the brilliant kit he puts together. Everything is included to install the tanks, down to the nuts & bolts, and the installation manual makes it breeze to install.

I have also added a roof rack. It's a 2.8m x 1.4m unit from a Land Rover. I wanted to buy a Front Runner rack which is 3.15m x 1.4m, but I got this one for a bargain and it's basically brand new. It was only used on one trip to the Kgalagadi. It will mainly be used to mount the awning on and for the roof top tent, as my daughter refuses to sleep on a stretcher under the awning, even though it's fully enclosed from all sides. Big Grin She will now sleep on the fold-down rear seat in the bus and mom and me in the RTT.

Some pics of what the bus looks like now.
   

   

   

The TDI conversion has also started with buying the engine and mechanical pump and the engine should be at the diesel guy to setup the pump. The engine swop will hopefully be finished by the time I get back again for R&R.

One of the next jobs I need to finish is to design & build a storage system inside the bus since the roofrack will be used for sleeping. I basically have 2 spaces for this, i.e. the space behind the front seats, with the middle bench removed, up to the start of the rear bench. The other is the part in the back of the bus behind the rear bench seat, over the engine bay. The designs will be finalised over the next 4 weeks until I'm back to build them.

An idea of the spaces available for storage.
   

   

The list of things I still want/need to do keeps on growing. :roll:
1. Replace CVs and CV boots
2. Off road shocks
3. Auxiliary battery
4. Water tank
5. Dual spare wheel carriers
6. Spot lights
7. Solar panel
8. ....

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07-21-2013, 11:13 PM (This post was last modified: 02-09-2014 08:37 PM by BHM.)
Post: #13
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So the RTT has been ordered for the kombi, since my daughter does not want to sleep outside of the bus. This created some headaches for storage as most of the roof rack will be used for the RTT. We decided to go for a hardshell, clam type as it's much easier and quicker to open and close than a conventional RTT. I also think it would be nicer to wake up on top off the bus with a beautiful view while touring. My daughter will be using the inside bed.
This is the type of RTT we are going for.
   

Some sketches of the packing system. Only ideas and it will probably change. The red items are 2x 55liter water tanks. Second battery and some other heavy items will probably go under the rear seat. The engine can be accessed through the opening at the back as I plan to store the toolbox and spares box there and maybe some big items that can be quickly removed if you need to access the engine compartment.

Fridge inside.
   

Fridge outside and working area attached.
   

Still a lot to do before our Botswana trip.

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07-22-2013, 07:10 AM
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looking good, Bernie

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07-22-2013, 07:11 PM
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Thanks Stu. Lots to do before it's finished.

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12-18-2013, 06:22 PM
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RE: My new big window Syncro
Bernie's syncro's new motor busy going in , AHF 1.9 tdi with a mechanical pump fitted


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12-18-2013, 07:55 PM
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Can't wait to drive it.

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12-18-2013, 09:23 PM
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Why can we not see the Pictures ?
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12-18-2013, 09:33 PM
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I see them fine. Weird.

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12-21-2013, 11:08 AM
Post: #20
RE: My new big window Syncro
Hi Bernie, I cant see them either? It tries to open them and then says no preview availible. Love to see what you have done

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