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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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