Nationals weekend and after

Well I was pleased I made the effort to attend on Sunday and Rick and
Phil made me very welcome and proved to be a mine of information, thanks
a lot guys. It was a great show, a real eye opener to what one can do to
a VeeDub if one has deep enough pockets. Pity now I didn't get there
earlier, there were a lot of cool VeeDubs I'd like to have checked out.
No doubt there are heaps more things I'll need to find out about this
complex T3 beast over the short and long term.

Phil, I've now got the answer to the question you raised about those
closed wheel nuts you saw on my Syncro. I met the 2nd owner of my Syncro
after the show that night and he explained that those nuts were
specially made to suit the set of 15" Mercedes steel rims he fitted on
the Syncro back in 1992. So somewhere along the way since, the original
wheel nuts that came with the 14" steel rims have been lost with
subsequent owners (with his help, figured I'm the 5th owner, not the 3rd
as I thought!) So I need to get a set of nuts again for the 14" and
only use the closed nuts when I put on the 15" rims.

Thanks Rick, you now have me worried my gearbox is gonna fail, probably
half way through the offroad Safari at the Batemans Bay meet in January
.... is profanity allowed in these posts? ... aaarrrggghhh!

Phil, can you or can someone else tell me a link to find out more info
and to source the air sensor mod you told me about? Thanks in
anticipation.

Rick, could you keep me posted if you get any more info about the mod
plate for the gearshift please. Thanks.

I missed asking about what anyone thought about having a CB radio fitted
and if so, any particular brand and should it be just the newer 40
channel UHF band only or should I also have a 40 channel AM band as
well. What aerial? Any ideas plz.

After the show I drove to the Blue Mountains and met the 2nd owner, we
got along famously and he was a big help telling me all about the Syncro
and he gave me a tailor-made storage box that fits to the floor between
the 2 front seats. It had carpet on the lid still, the same carpet that
they put into the Syncro in 1992. Fantastic addition ... how lucky was
I.

2 days later I was was up in the Newnes State Forest near Lithgow, did
about 40k's on gravelly corrugated roads and tracks trying out the
Syncro for the first time. Fortuitously, I had reason to stop and
noticed a strong burning smell, turned off the motor, hopped out the
drivers door thinking about the fire extinguisher, looked back toward
the rear wheel and noticed what I thought looked like a bit of whispy
smoke drifting up forward of the rear wheel. Panic stations! What to do?
Just then I was distracted by a couple of 4wd vehicles wanting to pass
me so I rolled the Syncro off the road a bit more. So then I took a
closer look around the Syncro, whatever was happening seemed to have
stopped, I couldn't source the problem. So I coasted down the hill for a
few k's out of the forest and into Lithgow before I tried the motor. It
started OK, nothing bad happened so somewhat mystified, I headed off
back home wishing I'd rejoined the NRMA earlier ... home was about
130k's away and no drama. So Dr. Syncro, please diagnose that one!? ...
phew!

During my time on the road I stopped and chatted to another guy in a T3
Trakka from WA. It was his opinion that so much rigidity in the
structure of the van is lost when most of the roof is cut out to fit the
Trakka poptop, making poptop vans unsuitable for offroading. I feel he
has a point. Could explain why so many body seams on mine are cracking.
Any thoughts guys?

Cheers all

Ken
Dear Ken,
Hope this isn't too simplistic but was the burning smell rubbery? If so check whether any of your tyres were fouling the wheel arches anywhere due to the greater wheel travel (worn bushes?) likely offroad- You may be able to see black marks on the inside of the wheel arch.My VW 16" wheels haven't given such problems so failing that look for anything else heating up or under  greater stress when "having fun." If an oily smell & blue smoke look for oil leaking particularly on the exhaust. Good luck.
Agree on the Trakka roof comments although I do like the neat way they keep the original roofline.Wonder if its possible to put a small brace back just behind the front seats at roof height as head room isn't really necessary there.Seem to remember some of the older Japanese vans had similar braces behind the front seats to try to stop the back windows cracking when the body flexed too much!
Sorry I can't make Narooma -I've been frustrated at not using my syncro much lately as I've been overseas, but am running it leisurely to Perth and back (from Melbourne) May/July with a bit of whale watching on the way back.Haven't we a member in Ceduna? Any particular "must see" suggestions/advice anyone? -plan to go down to Margaret River and Albany but not up the North West coast this time.Hardly dare think of what petrol prices might be away from the cities.
Cheers
Roger
92 T3 Campervan

Ken <unclekenz@yahoo.com> wrote:

........2 days later I was was up in the Newnes State Forest near Lithgow, did
about 40k's on gravelly corrugated roads and tracks trying out the
Syncro for the first time. Fortuitously, I had reason to stop and
noticed a strong burning smell, turned off the motor, hopped out the
drivers door thinking about the fire extinguisher, looked back toward
the rear wheel and noticed what I thought looked like a bit of whispy
smoke drifting up forward of the rear wheel. Panic stations! What to do?
Just then I was distracted by a couple of 4wd vehicles wanting to pass
me so I rolled the Syncro off the road a bit more. So then I took a
closer look around the Syncro, whatever was happening seemed to have
stopped, I couldn't source the problem. So I coasted down the hill for a
few k's out of the forest and into Lithgow before I tried the motor. It
started OK, nothing bad happened so somewhat mystified, I headed off
back home wishing I'd rejoined the NRMA earlier ... home was about
130k's away and no drama. So Dr. Syncro, please diagnose that one!? ...
phew!

During my time on the road I stopped and chatted to another guy in a T3
Trakka from WA. It was his opinion that so much rigidity in the
structure of the van is lost when most of the roof is cut out to fit the
Trakka poptop, making poptop vans unsuitable for offroading.  I feel he
has a point. Could explain why so many body seams on mine are cracking.
Any thoughts guys?

Cheers all

Ken







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> Phil, I've now got the answer to the question you raised about those
> closed wheel nuts you saw on my Syncro. I met the 2nd owner of my
Syncro
> after the show that night and he explained that those nuts were
> specially made to suit the set of 15" Mercedes steel rims he fitted on
> the Syncro back in 1992.

Don't lose those nuts as they are hard to get. The nuts that you should
have are part number "N 020 112 1" and are the same for vans 1971-1992
so should be easy to get new or s/h.



> Thanks Rick, you now have me worried my gearbox is gonna fail,
probably
> half way through the offroad Safari at the Batemans Bay meet in
January
> .... is profanity allowed in these posts? ... aaarrrggghhh!



I spoke to Steve Muller, (Kombi Rescue) who said that you usually get a
long warning before it fails.
>
> Phil, can you or can someone else tell me a link to find out more info
> and to source the air sensor mod you told me about? Thanks in
> anticipation.

Link has been added to links page.
Gday Roger, sorry for the belated reply ... I previously had almost
finished replying to you when all of a sudden, don't know what happened,
there was a flurry of activity by the PC and the almost completed post
disappeared ... aaaggghhh!!

I had on my standard 14"" road wheels at the time so clearances weren't
a problem for what I was doing. The smell was nondescript, I still have
no idea. Aside from electrical, I was thinking about overheated brakes
but I don't think so. Then driving home ... 130k's straight after
without an incident leaves me wondering what the heck happened.

Back in 1973 I was driving my trusty Datsun 1000 toward the opal mining
town of Lightning Ridge in outback NSW, after having stopped in at a pub
at Wilcannia ... turns out it wasn't the white mans pub so I was copping
some pretty ordinary stares ... lol. Anyway out on the dirt road, smoke
started billowing from the engine bay. Turns out the wiring harness
under the bonnet rubbed thru to the chassis and started burning .... so
I recognise THAT smell.

Roger, a WA trip is on my wish list too, but the way petrol prices are
going, I may have to see your photo album instead.


--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, Roger Bell <bellrmit@...>
wrote:
>
> Dear Ken,
> Hope this isn't too simplistic but was the burning smell rubbery? If
so check whether any of your tyres were fouling the wheel arches
anywhere due to the greater wheel travel (worn bushes?) likely offroad-
You may be able to see black marks on the inside of the wheel arch.My VW
16" wheels haven't given such problems so failing that look for anything
else heating up or under greater stress when "having fun." If an oily
smell & blue smoke look for oil leaking particularly on the exhaust.
Good luck.
> Agree on the Trakka roof comments although I do like the neat way they
keep the original roofline.Wonder if its possible to put a small brace
back just behind the front seats at roof height as head room isn't
really necessary there.Seem to remember some of the older Japanese vans
had similar braces behind the front seats to try to stop the back
windows cracking when the body flexed too much!
> Sorry I can't make Narooma -I've been frustrated at not using my
syncro much lately as I've been overseas, but am running it leisurely to
Perth and back (from Melbourne) May/July with a bit of whale watching on
the way back.Haven't we a member in Ceduna? Any particular "must see"
suggestions/advice anyone? -plan to go down to Margaret River and Albany
but not up the North West coast this time.Hardly dare think of what
petrol prices might be away from the cities.
> Cheers
> Roger
> 92 T3 Campervan
>
> Ken unclekenz@... wrote:
> ........2 days later I was was up in the Newnes State Forest near
Lithgow, did
> about 40k's on gravelly corrugated roads and tracks trying out the
> Syncro for the first time. Fortuitously, I had reason to stop and
> noticed a strong burning smell, turned off the motor, hopped out the
> drivers door thinking about the fire extinguisher, looked back toward
> the rear wheel and noticed what I thought looked like a bit of whispy
> smoke drifting up forward of the rear wheel. Panic stations! What to
do?
> Just then I was distracted by a couple of 4wd vehicles wanting to pass
> me so I rolled the Syncro off the road a bit more. So then I took a
> closer look around the Syncro, whatever was happening seemed to have
> stopped, I couldn't source the problem. So I coasted down the hill for
a
> few k's out of the forest and into Lithgow before I tried the motor.
It
> started OK, nothing bad happened so somewhat mystified, I headed off
> back home wishing I'd rejoined the NRMA earlier ... home was about
> 130k's away and no drama. So Dr. Syncro, please diagnose that one!?
...
> phew!
>
> During my time on the road I stopped and chatted to another guy in a
T3
> Trakka from WA. It was his opinion that so much rigidity in the
> structure of the van is lost when most of the roof is cut out to fit
the
> Trakka poptop, making poptop vans unsuitable for offroading. I feel he
> has a point. Could explain why so many body seams on mine are
cracking.
> Any thoughts guys?
>
> Cheers all
>
> Ken
>
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