Caravelle Trakka

Guys

Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets with Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats, and so on.

It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.

Regards
Mark.



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Mark,

I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the top of the dash.  Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting or is it after-market?

Great pics!

Les

 


From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 

 

Guys

 

Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets with Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats, and so on.

 

It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.

 

Regards

Mark.
_

Les,I have AC mounted on the dash.As far as I am aware it is after market.I have a 89 Multi van.

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Les Harris" <leslieharris@...> wrote:
>
> Mark,
>
> I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the top
> of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting or
> is it after-market?
>
> Great pics!
>
> Les
>
>
>
> _____
>
> From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
>
>
>
>
>
> Guys
>
>
>
> Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets with
> Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats, and
> so on.
>
>
>
> It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
>
>
>
> Regards
>
> Mark.
> _
>
Very good vehicle.There is only a few around here in that condition.
Les,Re AC.My dash mount AC is different to this one.I have horizontal slots for air ducts.

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Les Harris" <leslieharris@...> wrote:
>
> Mark,
>
> I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the top
> of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting or
> is it after-market?
>
> Great pics!
>
> Les
>
>
>
> _____
>
> From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
>
>
>
>
>
> Guys
>
>
>
> Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets with
> Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats, and
> so on.
>
>
>
> It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
>
>
>
> Regards
>
> Mark.
> _
>
I think that they were all roof mounted Les.

Phill


> Les Harris <leslieharris@optusnet.com.au> wrote:
>
> Mark,
>
> I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the
> top
> of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting
> or
> is it after-market?
>
> Great pics!
>
> Les
>
>
>
> _____
>
> From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
>
>
>
>
>
> Guys
>
>
>
> Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets
> with
> Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats,
> and
> so on.
>
>
>
> It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
>
>
>
> Regards
>
> Mark.
> _
Les

The one depicted is definitely not standard. All Aircon in Australia was 'optional' on the spec sheets. This meant dealer fit. Prestige Air Conditioning were the commonly fitted aircon units at least in NSW. The PAC vents were a lower profile with effectively a flat shelf on top and four vents underneath running the length of the unit.

Mark.

On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 5:32 PM, Les Harris <leslieharris@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

Mark,

I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the top of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting or is it after-market?

Great pics!

Les


From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

Guys

Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets with Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats, and so on.

It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.

Regards

Mark.
_


Mark and all,
 
Given the magnificence and rarity of this particular Trakka syncro, there is something Peter said to me early in the piece I will now never forget, nor let him forget!
 
Having notified Peter overseas asap of its availability for sale, he replied to me in part ...
 
"I may be interested, so long as it has power steering".
 
Little did he know then what he surely knows now!
 
Onya Pete.
 
Cheers.
 
Ken 
 

To: syncro_t3_australia@yahoogroups.com
From: markkofahl@gmail.com
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 17:23:27 +1100
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 
Guys

Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets with Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats, and so on.

It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.

Regards
Mark.



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Hi Les,
My Caravelle has a full lenght roof mount but it is an after market one.  It similar to the VW ones with the unit up over the engine bay.  I have also got two dash mount units but there really clutter up under the dash.  I havefinaly recived my roof mount unit out on my early (82) Canadian ccaravelle, it's mounted abouve the driver and passanger seat and runs forward towards and is ducted back onto the drives from the roof.  Basicly 1/3 the full lenght set up.
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Roberts 


From: "plander@optusnet.com.au" <plander@optusnet.com.au>
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thu, December 9, 2010 9:36:02 PM
Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 


I think that they were all roof mounted Les.

Phill

> Les Harris <leslieharris@optusnet.com.au> wrote:
>
> Mark,
>
> I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the
> top
> of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting
> or
> is it after-market?
>
> Great pics!
>
> Les
>
>
>
> _____
>
> From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:
ymailto="mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia%40yahoogroups.com">Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
>
>
>
>
>
> Guys
>
>
>
> Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets
> with
> Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats,
> and
> so on.
>
>
>
> It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
>
>
>
> Regards
>
> Mark.
> _


That is certainly one impressive Syncro. Two things I am particularly jealous of: proper air-conditioning and that reversing camera. Happy driving and camping!

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Michael Roberts <type500@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi Les,
My Caravelle has a full lenght roof mount but it is an after market one. It similar to the VW ones with the unit up over the engine bay. I have also got two dash mount units but there really clutter up under the dash. I havefinaly recived my roof mount unit out on my early (82) Canadian ccaravelle, it's mounted abouve the driver and passanger seat and runs forward towards and is ducted back onto the drives from the roof. Basicly 1/3 the full lenght set up.
Cheers,
Michael Roberts


From: "plander@optusnet.com.au" <plander@optusnet.com.au>Sent: Thu, December 9, 2010 9:36:02 PM
Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka


I think that they were all roof mounted Les.

Phill

> Les Harris <leslieharris@optusnet.com.au> wrote:
>
> Mark,
>
> I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the
> top
> of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting
> or
> is it after-market?
>
> Great pics!
>
> Les
>
>
>
> _____
>
> From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
>
>
>
>
>
> Guys
>
>
>
> Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets
> with
> Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats,
> and
> so on.
>
>
>
> It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
>
>
>
> Regards
>
> Mark.
> _



On the subject of proper air-conditioning, do those with the prestige style a/c find it effective? I have an Australian in dash unit which,while having a vent temp of about 3 degrees, does not circulate enough are to keep the cabin cool. What  do you lot up north do? Should I screw that horrid blue fan back onto the dash board? Greg E

--- On Sat, 11/12/10, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 11:43 AM

 
That is certainly one impressive Syncro. Two things I am particularly jealous of: proper air-conditioning and that reversing camera. Happy driving and camping!

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Michael Roberts <type500@yahoo.com> wrote:
 
Hi Les,
My Caravelle has a full lenght roof mount but it is an after market one.  It similar to the VW ones with the unit up over the engine bay.  I have also got two dash mount units but there really clutter up under the dash.  I havefinaly recived my roof mount unit out on my early (82) Canadian ccaravelle, it's mounted abouve the driver and passanger seat and runs forward towards and is ducted back onto the drives from the roof.  Basicly 1/3 the full lenght set up.
 
Cheers,
 
Michael Roberts 


From: "plander@optusnet.com.au" <plander@optusnet.com.au> Sent: Thu, December 9, 2010 9:36:02 PM
Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 

I think that they were all roof mounted Les.

Phill

> Les Harris <leslieharris@optusnet.com.au> wrote:
>
> Mark,
>
> I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the
> top
> of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting
> or
> is it after-market?
>
> Great pics!
>
> Les
>
>
>
> _____
>
> From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
>
>
>
>
>
> Guys
>
>
>
> Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets
> with
> Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats,
> and
> so on.
>
>
>
> It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
>
>
>
> Regards
>
> Mark.
> _



 

Greg. I also have the in dash unit. My previous T3 had the prestige on top dash unit and it was much more effective, although it looked terrible.

 

I have had the A/C in my Syncro serviced and it is doing the right thing temp wise but anyone in the back would not feel a thing. One suggestion the service guy said was to try and get into the area where the fan is as he reckons that there is a lot of leakage of air that should be coming out the vents. I have added this job to my list.

 

Cheers, Peter from Port M

 

 

Greg,  mine is a in-dash , meaning the blower is in dash and the evaporator on top, Peter checked it out an hour ago and thought it was better then his. These things never cool  the whole cabin and that stands for the majority of cars  unless you have a split system for front and rear. Also our standard (old) compressors  where too small at the time, but possibly sufficient , they now have to battle with that terrible gas 134a, which is not as efficient as the good old Panther P.ss was,( R12/22). I have charged mine with  R12. When we lived in Africa we used LPG when R12 was not available. Most farmers used LPG for their milk coolers.....DONT.

 

My only problem, I  will need to get a new compressor, has anybody bought one lately?? Any ideas where I could find one ? It is the one with screw connections coming out on top of the rear back plate. The newer types have different connections for the 2 hoses (low/high pressure), using one allen screw to hold both hoses in place..

 

Ciao  Hartis  Port Macq

 

 

Greg. I also have the in dash unit. My previous T3 had the prestige on top dash unit and it was much more effective, although it looked terrible.

 

I have had the A/C in my Syncro serviced and it is doing the right thing temp wise but anyone in the back would not feel a thing. One suggestion the service guy said was to try and get into the area where the fan is as he reckons that there is a lot of leakage of air that should be coming out the vents. I have added this job to my list.

 

Cheers, Peter from Port M

 

I think that the t3 suffers from poor, or next to zero insulation from the radiator and engine .In the hot weather the aircon has got a huge battle on its hands.I,m currently trying to address this problem with some thermal & accoustic insulation on my 2wd and will let you know how It goes in coming weeks.BTW I also think that the old gas was way better than the new stuff.

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, greg esposito <gregespo73@...> wrote:
>
> On the subject of proper air-conditioning, do those with the prestige style a/c find it effective? I have an Australian in dash unit which,while having a vent temp of about 3 degrees, does not circulate enough are to keep the cabin cool. What do you lot up north do? Should I screw that horrid blue fan back onto the dash board? Greg E
>
> --- On Sat, 11/12/10, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@...> wrote:
>
>
> From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@...>
> Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 11:43 AM
>
>
> Â
>
>
>
> That is certainly one impressive Syncro. Two things I am particularly jealous of: proper air-conditioning and that reversing camera. Happy driving and camping!
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Michael Roberts <type500@...> wrote:
>
>
> Â
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi Les,
> My Caravelle has a full lenght roof mount but it is an after market one. It similar to the VW ones with the unit up over the engine bay. I have also got two dash mount units but there really clutter up under the dash. I havefinaly recived my roof mount unit out on my early (82) Canadian ccaravelle, it's mounted abouve the driver and passanger seat and runs forward towards and is ducted back onto the drives from the roof. Basicly 1/3 the full lenght set up.
> Â
> Cheers,
> Â
> Michael RobertsÂ
>
>
>
>
>
> From: "plander@..." <plander@...>
>
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Thu, December 9, 2010 9:36:02 PM
> Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
>
>
>
>
> Â
>
>
> I think that they were all roof mounted Les.
>
> Phill
>
> > Les Harris <leslieharris@...> wrote:
> >
> > Mark,
> >
> > I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the
> > top
> > of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting
> > or
> > is it after-market?
> >
> > Great pics!
> >
> > Les
> >
> >
> >
> > _____
> >
> > From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> > Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> > To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Guys
> >
> >
> >
> > Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets
> > with
> > Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats,
> > and
> > so on.
> >
> >
> >
> > It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
> >
> >
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Mark.
> > _
>
Hey Eddie, are you using rattle trap extreme or something else.  I want to strip the interior and fit this mostly for the sound deadening rather than the heat. If yours is any early one you could fit the hot floor kit which makes a big difference. I also need to stop the cold air from escaping from the constant flow roof vent and fridge vent. Let us know if you go ahead with the insulation fit. Greg E

--- On Sat, 11/12/10, bergodaz <bergodaz@ozemail.com.au> wrote:

From: bergodaz <bergodaz@ozemail.com.au>
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 6:26 PM

 
I think that the t3 suffers from poor, or next to zero insulation from the radiator and engine .In the hot weather the aircon has got a huge battle on its hands.I,m currently trying to address this problem with some thermal & accoustic insulation on my 2wd and will let you know how It goes in coming weeks.BTW I also think that the old gas was way better than the new stuff.

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, greg esposito <gregespo73@...> wrote:
>
> On the subject of proper air-conditioning, do those with the prestige style a/c find it effective? I have an Australian in dash unit which,while having a vent temp of about 3 degrees, does not circulate enough are to keep the cabin cool. What  do you lot up north do? Should I screw that horrid blue fan back onto the dash board? Greg E
>
> --- On Sat, 11/12/10, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@...> wrote:
>
>
> From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@...>
> Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 11:43 AM
>
>
>  
>
>
>
> That is certainly one impressive Syncro. Two things I am particularly jealous of: proper air-conditioning and that reversing camera. Happy driving and camping!
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Michael Roberts <type500@...> wrote:
>
>
>  
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi Les,
> My Caravelle has a full lenght roof mount but it is an after market one.  It similar to the VW ones with the unit up over the engine bay.  I have also got two dash mount units but there really clutter up under the dash.  I havefinaly recived my roof mount unit out on my early (82) Canadian ccaravelle, it's mounted abouve the driver and passanger seat and runs forward towards and is ducted back onto the drives from the roof.  Basicly 1/3 the full lenght set up.
>  
> Cheers,
>  
> Michael Roberts 
>
>
>
>
>
> From: "plander@..." <plander@...>
>
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Thu, December 9, 2010 9:36:02 PM
> Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
>
>
>
>
>  
>
>
> I think that they were all roof mounted Les.
>
> Phill
>
> > Les Harris <leslieharris@...> wrote:
> >
> > Mark,
> >
> > I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the
> > top
> > of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting
> > or
> > is it after-market?
> >
> > Great pics!
> >
> > Les
> >
> >
> >
> > _____
> >
> > From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> > Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> > To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Guys
> >
> >
> >
> > Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets
> > with
> > Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats,
> > and
> > so on.
> >
> >
> >
> > It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
> >
> >
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Mark.
> > _
>


 
Hart, is this on the twin cab? If so you have confirmed my worst fears. If yours charged with r12 and cooling a cabin half the size of mine does not cope than I am fighting a loosing battle. Mine has been converted to r134a by the previous owner so next chance I will get you the compressor number. Re r12 YES it was the bomb. When I was an apprentice they used to line up 6 bottles of beer and blast them with r12 and presto instant coldie!!! Wrong I know but no one had a clue of the harm it was doing. I once saw a camper with a vinyl curtain behind the front seats. This probably works but if I do it I think DOCS will be knocking on my door. Greg E

--- On Sat, 11/12/10, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au> wrote:

From: Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au>
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 5:03 PM

 

 

Greg,  mine is a in-dash , meaning the blower is in dash and the evaporator on top, Peter checked it out an hour ago and thought it was better then his. These things never cool  the whole cabin and that stands for the majority of cars  unless you have a split system for front and rear. Also our standard (old) compressors  where too small at the time, but possibly sufficient , they now have to battle with that terrible gas 134a, which is not as efficient as the good old Panther P.ss was,( R12/22). I have charged mine with  R12. When we lived in Africa we used LPG when R12 was not available. Most farmers used LPG for their milk coolers.....DONT.

 

My only problem, I  will need to get a new compressor, has anybody bought one lately?? Any ideas where I could find one ? It is the one with screw connections coming out on top of the rear back plate. The newer types have different connections for the 2 hoses (low/high pressure), using one allen screw to hold both hoses in place..

 

Ciao  Hartis  Port Macq

 

 

Greg. I also have the in dash unit. My previous T3 had the prestige on top dash unit and it was much more effective, although it looked terrible.

 

I have had the A/C in my Syncro serviced and it is doing the right thing temp wise but anyone in the back would not feel a thing. One suggestion the service guy said was to try and get into the area where the fan is as he reckons that there is a lot of leakage of air that should be coming out the vents. I have added this job to my list.

 

Cheers, Peter from Port M

 


 
Hey Guys,
Home safe with the new Syncro Tracker and what a beautiful machine she is.
The cruise control is fantastic on the highway. The ride height is low on the front compared with my empty telstra van and i will be getting that fixed with some new springs & shocks in the new year.
The sound proofing in the caravell is very good and the kit for this includes some extra rubbers on the front door so its like, silent! at any speed in any gear.
The canvas has been replaced in the pop top and looks great however im not sure how waterproof it will be?
The motor goes well and has heaps of power almost sounds like an electric one.
The VC needs replacing as its tight so now i have to get two.
The body is very good with small scrapes and dints but very good for a 20 year old 4x4,
Plenty of red dust in all places outside the vehicle so she has been used but i would say with great care considering the overall condition of the van.
Everard did about 10000 klms so the previous owner was very much the best owner a syncro could wish for.

The steering wheel has been replaced with a standard 2 wd type so when you see it on someones vw <in our group> you will know he is the dingo who had no respect for this vehicles unique package.
Everard should have refused his offer but thats life, and time wounds all heels.
Anyway the vehicle is now safe and i am very happy to have it. Will keep it in my shed untill i can sort out some little things that need fixing VC etc.
By the way how do you get the tool to work that removes the alloy plate on the mag wheels. Tried the spanner thing but the nut plug thing would not budge? Lucky no flat on the trip but i would have got it off somehow
Thanks Hart for the kind conversation we had on the phone and i look foward to catching up in the new year.

Regards Pete


--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "Hartmut Kiehn" <hartis@...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Greg, mine is a in-dash , meaning the blower is in dash and the evaporator
> on top, Peter checked it out an hour ago and thought it was better then his.
> These things never cool the whole cabin and that stands for the majority of
> cars unless you have a split system for front and rear. Also our standard
> (old) compressors where too small at the time, but possibly sufficient ,
> they now have to battle with that terrible gas 134a, which is not as
> efficient as the good old Panther P.ss was,( R12/22). I have charged mine
> with R12. When we lived in Africa we used LPG when R12 was not available.
> Most farmers used LPG for their milk coolers.....DONT.
>
>
>
> My only problem, I will need to get a new compressor, has anybody bought
> one lately?? Any ideas where I could find one ? It is the one with screw
> connections coming out on top of the rear back plate. The newer types have
> different connections for the 2 hoses (low/high pressure), using one allen
> screw to hold both hoses in place..
>
>
>
> Ciao Hartis Port Macq
>
>
>
>
>
> Greg. I also have the in dash unit. My previous T3 had the prestige on top
> dash unit and it was much more effective, although it looked terrible.
>
>
>
> I have had the A/C in my Syncro serviced and it is doing the right thing
> temp wise but anyone in the back would not feel a thing. One suggestion the
> service guy said was to try and get into the area where the fan is as he
> reckons that there is a lot of leakage of air that should be coming out the
> vents. I have added this job to my list.
>
>
>
> Cheers, Peter from Port M
>
Greg,I've got a combo of accoustic foam,loaded vinyl barrier, loaded vinyl barrier bonded to accoustic foam & backed with aluminium foil and a product called "dynamat".I will be using different materials in different areas.I've done a bit of online research on this topic but I think there'll still be a bit of experimenting going on.-just one of my many holiday projects.Cheers, Eddie.

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, greg esposito <gregespo73@...> wrote:
>
> Hey Eddie, are you using rattle trap extreme or something else. I want to strip the interior and fit this mostly for the sound deadening rather than the heat. If yours is any early one you could fit the hot floor kit which makes a big difference. I also need to stop the cold air from escaping from the constant flow roof vent and fridge vent. Let us know if you go ahead with the insulation fit. Greg E
>
> --- On Sat, 11/12/10, bergodaz <bergodaz@...> wrote:
>
>
> From: bergodaz <bergodaz@...>
> Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 6:26 PM
>
>
> Â
>
>
>
> I think that the t3 suffers from poor, or next to zero insulation from the radiator and engine .In the hot weather the aircon has got a huge battle on its hands.I,m currently trying to address this problem with some thermal & accoustic insulation on my 2wd and will let you know how It goes in coming weeks.BTW I also think that the old gas was way better than the new stuff.
>
> --- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, greg esposito <gregespo73@> wrote:
> >
> > On the subject of proper air-conditioning, do those with the prestige style a/c find it effective? I have an Australian in dash unit which,while having a vent temp of about 3 degrees, does not circulate enough are to keep the cabin cool. What do you lot up north do? Should I screw that horrid blue fan back onto the dash board? Greg E
> >
> > --- On Sat, 11/12/10, Francesca Coles <fcoles6@> wrote:
> >
> >
> > From: Francesca Coles <fcoles6@>
> > Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
> > To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 11:43 AM
> >
> >
> > ÂÂ
> >
> >
> >
> > That is certainly one impressive Syncro. Two things I am particularly jealous of: proper air-conditioning and that reversing camera. Happy driving and camping!
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Michael Roberts <type500@> wrote:
> >
> >
> > ÂÂ
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Hi Les,
> > My Caravelle has a full lenght roof mount but it is an after market one. It similar to the VW ones with the unit up over the engine bay. I have also got two dash mount units but there really clutter up under the dash. I havefinaly recived my roof mount unit out on my early (82) Canadian ccaravelle, it's mounted abouve the driver and passanger seat and runs forward towards and is ducted back onto the drives from the roof. Basicly 1/3 the full lenght set up.
> > ÂÂ
> > Cheers,
> > ÂÂ
> > Michael RobertsÂÂ
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > From: "plander@" <plander@>
> >
> > To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > Sent: Thu, December 9, 2010 9:36:02 PM
> > Subject: Re: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ÂÂ
> >
> >
> > I think that they were all roof mounted Les.
> >
> > Phill
> >
> > > Les Harris <leslieharris@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Mark,
> > >
> > > I am particularly interested in the air conditioner distributor on the
> > > top
> > > of the dash. Does anyone know if this was a standard Caravelle fitting
> > > or
> > > is it after-market?
> > >
> > > Great pics!
> > >
> > > Les
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > _____
> > >
> > > From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > > [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mark Kofahl
> > > Sent: 09 December 2010 17:23
> > > To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> > > Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Guys
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Here are some pics - note Factory Cruise Control, Kamei Door Pockets
> > > with
> > > Drink Holders, further upgraded Steering Wheel, lumbar control on seats,
> > > and
> > > so on.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > It is a very nice and rare Caravelle Syncro Camper.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Regards
> > >
> > > Mark.
> > > _
> >
>

Greg, it’s not the Twin, no , it’s the Trakka and surprisingly it gets pretty cool. Main thing so it blows into your face, that’s where I want it. My compressor is sort of singing, not what I like anyway.

You know a bit about refrigeration gases, it seems. The old gases R11,R12,R22,and R502 had a patent on and hence were protected from manufacture without a license by the patent holder.

The largest American chemical manufacturer, it’s name has escaped me for a minute, anyway, the patent came to the end of its life, and what they did was very clever. The gases were declared Ozone depleting and new gases were patented, you make up your own mind if they proven to be more environmentally friendly or if it was maybe a marketing stunt. Not on me to judge here.

 

I can say without prejudice that the Golf TDI get’s icy cool whilst the Caddy didn’t get cool at all , despite being brand-new. The Golf is 15 yrs young.

 

Over & out Hartis

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of greg esposito
Sent: Saturday, 11 December 2010 7:22 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 

 

Hart, is this on the twin cab? If so you have confirmed my worst fears. If yours charged with r12 and cooling a cabin half the size of mine does not cope than I am fighting a loosing battle. Mine has been converted to r134a by the previous owner so next chance I will get you the compressor number. Re r12 YES it was the bomb. When I was an apprentice they used to line up 6 bottles of beer and blast them with r12 and presto instant coldie!!! Wrong I know but no one had a clue of the harm it was doing. I once saw a camper with a vinyl curtain behind the front seats. This probably works but if I do it I think DOCS will be knocking on my door. Greg E

--- On Sat, 11/12/10, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au> wrote:


From: Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au>
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 5:03 PM

 

 

Greg,  mine is a in-dash , meaning the blower is in dash and the evaporator on top, Peter checked it out an hour ago and thought it was better then his. These things never cool  the whole cabin and that stands for the majority of cars  unless you have a split system for front and rear. Also our standard (old) compressors  where too small at the time, but possibly sufficient , they now have to battle with that terrible gas 134a, which is not as efficient as the good old Panther P.ss was,( R12/22). I have charged mine with  R12. When we lived in Africa we used LPG when R12 was not available. Most farmers used LPG for their milk coolers.....DONT.

 

My only problem, I  will need to get a new compressor, has anybody bought one lately?? Any ideas where I could find one ? It is the one with screw connections coming out on top of the rear back plate. The newer types have different connections for the 2 hoses (low/high pressure), using one allen screw to hold both hoses in place..

 

Ciao  Hartis  Port Macq

 

 

Greg. I also have the in dash unit. My previous T3 had the prestige on top dash unit and it was much more effective, although it looked terrible.

 

I have had the A/C in my Syncro serviced and it is doing the right thing temp wise but anyone in the back would not feel a thing. One suggestion the service guy said was to try and get into the area where the fan is as he reckons that there is a lot of leakage of air that should be coming out the vents. I have added this job to my list.

 

Cheers, Peter from Port M

 


 

Hartmut,
My research some time ago for an A/C upgrade found the old screw capilliary fitting type compressors were NLA, forcing one into also having to do an upgrade/mod of the hose connections as well to accept the newer O ring type fitting compressors. So I bought a newer type compressor way back then but it's still sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

It also seems to me the volume of cool air you get from the Oz sourced Prestige A/C  systems that were installed in our vans is directly equivalent to the generated heat radiating into the cabin through the front floors, effectively nullifying any benefit. These vans work best in cold climates that's for sure. So I just open the window now and imagine its global warming.
 
Ken

To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
From: hartis@live.com.au
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 21:57:30 +1100
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 

Greg,  it’s not the Twin, no , it’s the Trakka and surprisingly it gets pretty cool. Main thing so it blows into your face, that’s where I want it. My compressor is sort of singing, not what I  like anyway.

You know a bit about refrigeration gases, it seems. The old gases  R11,R12,R22,and R502 had a patent on and hence were protected from manufacture without a license by the patent holder.

The largest American chemical  manufacturer, it’s name has escaped me for a minute, anyway, the patent came to the end of its life, and what they did was very clever. The gases were declared Ozone depleting and new gases were patented, you make up your own mind if they proven to be more environmentally friendly or if it was maybe a marketing stunt. Not on me to judge here.

 

I can say without prejudice that the Golf TDI get’s icy cool whilst the Caddy didn’t get cool at all , despite being brand-new. The Golf is 15 yrs young.

 

Over & out  Hartis

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of greg esposito
Sent: Saturday, 11 December 2010 7:22 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 

 

Hart, is this on the twin cab? If so you have confirmed my worst fears. If yours charged with r12 and cooling a cabin half the size of mine does not cope than I am fighting a loosing battle. Mine has been converted to r134a by the previous owner so next chance I will get you the compressor number. Re r12 YES it was the bomb. When I was an apprentice they used to line up 6 bottles of beer and blast them with r12 and presto instant coldie!!! Wrong I know but no one had a clue of the harm it was doing. I once saw a camper with a vinyl curtain behind the front seats. This probably works but if I do it I think DOCS will be knocking on my door. Greg E

--- On Sat, 11/12/10, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au> wrote:


From: Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au>
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 5:03 PM

 

 

Greg,  mine is a in-dash , meaning the blower is in dash and the evaporator on top, Peter checked it out an hour ago and thought it was better then his. These things never cool  the whole cabin and that stands for the majority of cars  unless you have a split system for front and rear. Also our standard (old) compressors  where too small at the time, but possibly sufficient , they now have to battle with that terrible gas 134a, which is not as efficient as the good old Panther P.ss was,( R12/22). I have charged mine with  R12. When we lived in Africa we used LPG when R12 was not available. Most farmers used LPG for their milk coolers.....DONT.

 

My only problem, I  will need to get a new compressor, has anybody bought one lately?? Any ideas where I could find one ? It is the one with screw connections coming out on top of the rear back plate. The newer types have different connections for the 2 hoses (low/high pressure), using one allen screw to hold both hoses in place..

 

Ciao  Hartis  Port Macq

 

 

Greg. I also have the in dash unit. My previous T3 had the prestige on top dash unit and it was much more effective, although it looked terrible.

 

I have had the A/C in my Syncro serviced and it is doing the right thing temp wise but anyone in the back would not feel a thing. One suggestion the service guy said was to try and get into the area where the fan is as he reckons that there is a lot of leakage of air that should be coming out the vents. I have added this job to my list.

 

Cheers, Peter from Port M

 


 


Ken,    yes, I too was made to believe by our local aircon shop that the type of compressor I am after, is NLA . So, when mine goes that’s it. I  won’t spend hundreds of $$  just buying parts and still have to do the work...I just fixed it, because it was installed and it intrigued me why it wouldn’t go...so I fixed it.

 

You are right when you say that the radiated heat from the road surface entering the cabin is much higher then the BTUs generated by our little compressors can put against this, however it is nice to get a little cool air blown into your face. Would be enlightening to find out from Phill how much power is required to cool train carriages ....

 

Hartmut

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ken Garratt
Sent: Saturday, 11 December 2010 11:04 PM
To: Syncro _T3_Australia forum
Subject: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 

 

Hartmut,
My research some time ago for an A/C upgrade found the old screw capilliary fitting type compressors were NLA, forcing one into also having to do an upgrade/mod of the hose connections as well to accept the newer O ring type fitting compressors. So I bought a newer type compressor way back then but it's still sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

It also seems to me the volume of cool air you get from the Oz sourced Prestige A/C  systems that were installed in our vans is directly equivalent to the generated heat radiating into the cabin through the front floors, effectively nullifying any benefit. These vans work best in cold climates that's for sure. So I just open the window now and imagine its global warming.
 
Ken


To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
From: hartis@live.com.au
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 21:57:30 +1100
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 

Greg,  it’s not the Twin, no , it’s the Trakka and surprisingly it gets pretty cool. Main thing so it blows into your face, that’s where I want it. My compressor is sort of singing, not what I  like anyway.

You know a bit about refrigeration gases, it seems. The old gases  R11,R12,R22,and R502 had a patent on and hence were protected from manufacture without a license by the patent holder.

The largest American chemical  manufacturer, it’s name has escaped me for a minute, anyway, the patent came to the end of its life, and what they did was very clever. The gases were declared Ozone depleting and new gases were patented, you make up your own mind if they proven to be more environmentally friendly or if it was maybe a marketing stunt. Not on me to judge here.

 

I can say without prejudice that the Golf TDI get’s icy cool whilst the Caddy didn’t get cool at all , despite being brand-new. The Golf is 15 yrs young.

 

Over & out  Hartis

 

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of greg esposito
Sent: Saturday, 11 December 2010 7:22 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka

 

 

Hart, is this on the twin cab? If so you have confirmed my worst fears. If yours charged with r12 and cooling a cabin half the size of mine does not cope than I am fighting a loosing battle. Mine has been converted to r134a by the previous owner so next chance I will get you the compressor number. Re r12 YES it was the bomb. When I was an apprentice they used to line up 6 bottles of beer and blast them with r12 and presto instant coldie!!! Wrong I know but no one had a clue of the harm it was doing. I once saw a camper with a vinyl curtain behind the front seats. This probably works but if I do it I think DOCS will be knocking on my door. Greg E

--- On Sat, 11/12/10, Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au> wrote:


From: Hartmut Kiehn <hartis@live.com.au>
Subject: RE: RE: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Caravelle Trakka
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Received: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 5:03 PM

 

 

Greg,  mine is a in-dash , meaning the blower is in dash and the evaporator on top, Peter checked it out an hour ago and thought it was better then his. These things never cool  the whole cabin and that stands for the majority of cars  unless you have a split system for front and rear. Also our standard (old) compressors  where too small at the time, but possibly sufficient , they now have to battle with that terrible gas 134a, which is not as efficient as the good old Panther P.ss was,( R12/22). I have charged mine with  R12. When we lived in Africa we used LPG when R12 was not available. Most farmers used LPG for their milk coolers.....DONT.

 

My only problem, I  will need to get a new compressor, has anybody bought one lately?? Any ideas where I could find one ? It is the one with screw connections coming out on top of the rear back plate. The newer types have different connections for the 2 hoses (low/high pressure), using one allen screw to hold both hoses in place..

 

Ciao  Hartis  Port Macq

 

 

Greg. I also have the in dash unit. My previous T3 had the prestige on top dash unit and it was much more effective, although it looked terrible.

 

I have had the A/C in my Syncro serviced and it is doing the right thing temp wise but anyone in the back would not feel a thing. One suggestion the service guy said was to try and get into the area where the fan is as he reckons that there is a lot of leakage of air that should be coming out the vents. I have added this job to my list.

 

Cheers, Peter from Port M