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Hey everyone! I've been lurking for a while and doing my homework on T4's in preparation for purchasing one...this forum is awesome for info!!! T:

Dad had a mint Kombi when I was growing up, so it's fair to say that I've had a particular weakness for VW vans ever since. I work for myself, and recently work has gotten to a point where I needed something bigger than our Subaru Liberty wagon, so it was a perfect excuse to go VW shopping hehe!

For the past few months I'd had my eye on a particular 2003 LWB T4 for $7500, and noticed that the price gradually kept going down a few hundred dollars at a time. The other day it got to the silly price of $6000, so I knew I just had to go look at it in person! What I saw impressed me, was a 1 country owner (a curtain shop), full service history, and all on-road costs were inclusive. After a thorough going over and long test-drive, I knew it was the one for me, and my Dad agreed too.

I managed to snag it for $5800 all inclusive, and now have to wait until next Tuesday to pick it up. To pass the Roadworthy Certificate (our version of an MOT), it's getting new discs and pads up front, new windscreen, new battery, wipers, plus whatever else they pickup. Absolute score!!! It's nearly mint in the cabin and pretty good in the back, plus there's no rust on it (yay for our weather), and it's clearly been garaged its whole life. :ILU:

It's going to be used as a work van, but will gradually be converted into a camper and have some upgrades along the way. The camper conversion is going to be rather different to the usual layouts and ideas, plus I used to be a mechanic so this is a dream-project for me. :D

Here's some pics of it from the test-drive, and a couple of internals from the ad listing (forgot to take some). I'll pop some more up once I take delivery of the beast.















***Are these seats for rear passengers (obviously not in place atm), or are they replacements for the front passenger seat?? I'm hoping the former!
 

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Lovely looking van mate, congrats on your purchase.

I bet your itching to get cracking with it....T:

Unfortunately the seat in the back looks like a double replacement for the front passenger seat as you mentioned...

Keep us posted mate.T:
 

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Lovely looking van mate, congrats on your purchase.

I bet your itching to get cracking with it....T:

Unfortunately the seat in the back looks like a double replacement for the front passenger seat as you mentioned...

Keep us posted mate.T:
The wait to pick it up is killing me, haha! I've already ordered the obligatory VW keyring, as well as a new set of centre-caps for the alloy wheels. I'm being a good boy and holding off on any other purchases until I take delivery! :eek:

Looking more carefully at the pics, the seat does look like a double-replacement due to the seatbelt positioning...ah well, now I can choose between 2 & 3 seats! :)
 

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I promised myself that I wouldn't buy anything for the van until I took delivery...so I'm blaming these purchases on two reasons. Firstly because they were on sale at an outrageously cheap price, and secondly I might have mild heat-stroke after today's epic job! LOL:

Now I have to figure out what the heck I'm doing in regards to a subwoofer. I'm leaning towards using the Nakamichi that's currently in my EK4 Civic as a short-term solution, as it never gets driven.

 

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I was hoping to pick up the van yesterday, but it's now looking like either Thursday or Friday. Being the new year, there was a backlog of work at their mechanics to do the Roadworthy Certificate which is understandable. The wait is absolutely killing me however!!!
 

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I finally got the van!!!! Just in time for the weekend too, so once it cools down I'll get cracking on stripping the rear shelving out and doing some general tidying/cleaning. Very excited!!!! :D
 

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Bearing in mind that I only got home mid-afternoon, I reckon pulling out all of the trades-racks was a huge success! They were custom made, and we so well built and secured, it was a fight to remove all of them. Given their weight, I reckon I should get a pretty good deal from the scrap metal merchants, and that ought to pay for my insulation. I'm knackered given it's 32degrees outside and been working in the sun.

Here's some progress pics:











I've also got this "long item loader thingy" on the roof-rack which is no good to me, and will be selling on Gumtree. If someone can tell me what this is called, that'd be amazing! :D



 

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Ladder rack/ loader I'd say...should sell pretty easily to trades I reckon!

Good work on starting the conversion T:
 

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This morning I pulled one of the interior panels off, cleaned behind it thoroughly, and have made a start with the insulation. It's tedious and sticky work, plus it's roasting hot outside...nothing will please me more than finishing this, haha!!





I also found some pretty awesome fabric which I reckon I'll use for curtains. It's only $5 p/m, and a friend has offered to make them for me, jackpot!! :D

 

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Hey mate! Sorry it's been ages between replies!

The van's been a proper beast, and has taken a great deal of thrown at it. No load to big or small, nor an interstate trip. All handled with ease!

Recently I've had a few dramas though. The gear shift bearing decided to die on me mid-job, and had to reverse up a hill, fully loaded, but some bush-mechanics got the job done using a simple dish cloth (only one go at it). It goes without saying that it has since been fixed.

It's just monstered through every job and task thrown at it, but I recently got the dreaded ignition fail. So for a while I was using a screwdriver to start it every time which looked super-dodgy. I just took it into a VW specialist, who fitted me with a new ignition system, full service, etc. It's like a whole new van!

I've given it a hammering with work, but after 400k klm's and about to study, have given it some TLC and a start to make it a camper van.
 

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I also thought it'd be fun to clean out the entire van of all filth and grime from the previous owner (things were icky), and decided to put in the 2/3rd seats. They bolted in just fine, but the passenger door wouldn't close. Trying to figure out how to post pics up! :)
 

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Here's the cabin area with the 3-seat configuration. As mentioned, after installing it, the door wouldn't close because of the massive door pocket (fail!). Had to swap it back to a 2-seater, and will now sell off the other seats.



Even though it's going to be a bit of a stuff-around, I've decided to remove the Nakamichi all-in one subwoofer from our Honda EK4 Civic VTi-R...we never drive it because it's so rare and don't want to put it at risk. The JVC head-unit and speakers I bought for the VW have really surprised me tbh, so adding the Nakamichi sub is going to be an amazing addition. It also fits perfectly underneath the passenger seat! :D



 

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Well it's been AGES since I've posted anything about my T4! It's been an amazing workhorse for me, but no longer need to be hauling stuff around...so it's been getting some major love and attention lately for its next phase in life as a daily personal vehicle, not a work vehicle!

There's been a few issues which I had neglectfully been putting off through a variety of laziness and being time-poor. The indicator stalk was being a bit pesky, so I have installed a new one, and there was an awful clunking noise emanating from what seemed to be underneath. The engine seemed a bit vibey also. I managed to get that seen to today, and it turns out the engine and transmission mounts were all shot...the transmission one especially! The difference that has made to the drive, noise, comfort, etc is just phenomenal, and I'm really kicking myself for not doing this sooner tbh.

I never did get around to installing the subwoofer either, so that's going in this Friday. I'm really looking forward to that! Other things that will be taken care of over the coming weeks is blackening the bumpers and trim. I'm waiting on a delivery of the Wurth bumper dye to arrive any day now so I can tackle that.

Hmmmm...what else? For the immediate future, I'm going to clean out the wheel arches and paint them with body-deadener, clean and paint the brake calipers blue, clean and paint the suspension components, oh and I'm pretty much due for new tyres, so will need to have a think about what my options are. There's a part of me seriously wanting to fit All-Terrain tyres (mostly for looks, but they'd be rather handy post-lockdown going camping and on dirt roads)...any thoughts or feedback on this would be much appreciated!

Anyway, I'll be sure to continue with updates on progress with pics. For now, enjoy some pics of the stuffed engine and transmission mounts! :)



 

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I've been busy today, and cleaned the exterior of the van to the best that I can get it. Just as the van had dried, the delivery with my Wurth products turned up, so the wheels got some tyre foam, the interior had a disinfectant/odour bomb, and I painstakingly dyed the bumpers and black trim. This was a pretty relaxed job, but certainly had the potential to be messy if I wasn't paying attention. The results are absolutely amazing already, but will wait until it cures properly before deciding whether a second application is necessary.

Enjoy some pictures of the dye application! :)









 

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Had another busy day on the van, moving onto the interior...it's amazing how much **** you can accumulate in the storage pockets and behind the seats! I used the Wurth interior cleaner to give every surface a comprehensive wipe-down, and the results have been great. Here's some pics of the interior.











As you can see, the drivers seat is looking a bit tired and the foam has collapsed through age/wear. This got me thinking about my options, looked on FB marketplace, and found some VW mk6 Golf seats for only $50!! Because we're in total lockdown and cannot travel more than 5klms from home atm (only for essential needs), I'm unable to pick them up for a couple of weeks, but the seller has kindly agreed to mark them as sold and hang onto them for me because of the situation. Champion! :)



The steering wheel is tired and looks/feels ratty and I really hate it atm. I've sent some pics to a few local auto upholsterers for some quotes to get that and the gear knob retrimmed in leather. I'm guessing it won't come cheaply, but will totally be worth it!



Asides from that, the subwoofer gets installed tomorrow, and I'm waiting on a few minor bits-n-bobs to arrive. My dad was kind enough to buy me a power-polisher today, so once the weather clears up for a day, I'll give the paint a really good buff. This van is the perfect iso-lockdown project haha!
 

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It was another productive day, and the Nakamichi subwoofer is finally installed! It's discreetly tucked away under the passenger seat completely hidden from view, but I'm still able to access the wiring and make adjustments to the sound if required.



There is a remote bass adjustment knob, and after much consideration, decided that under the centre-console was the ideal place, as it's easily reached, pretty much hidden from sight, and keeps the dash looking clean.



Lastly, here's where the power was routed through the firewall into the cab...not very exciting, but it's a clean and discreet install.

 
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