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Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby Splurt » 13 Mar 2018, 16:27

Hi there,

I've bitten the bullet and moved on from my well used, tired and rusty, unmodified 2wd to SA Syncro with all the gadgets and mods I could hope for.

Steep learning curve ahead, I have limited mechanical experience but want to learn as much as possible to be able to get by on extended trips.

Anyone in Ireland give me a shout, would appreciate being able to pick your brains on recommended mechanics etc. Plenty of summer touring in mind for getting to know the new van so would be all up for meeting up.

Don't think I'll be able to make Syncropendence this year, have a lot going on unfortunately but never say never.

Nice to meet you!

Ryan
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby bene » 13 Mar 2018, 16:38

Welcome!
Got any pictures? details?
I would definitely recommend Syncropendance... its a great meet up.
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby silverbullet » 13 Mar 2018, 19:53

You need to get to know Paul in Dublin, if you dont already!
SA buses have some unusual details when compared to Hannover/Graz built ones... I have a good contact in Germany who buys in a pallet of SA spares from Johannesburg once in a while ;)

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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby Winchweight » 13 Mar 2018, 21:14

Welcome to poverty chap! :rollin
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby Jim San » 13 Mar 2018, 21:52

Any list will just get longer and the balance in your bank will just get smaller,
Control what you can control and halve the hassle 'don't make the list!'
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby silverbullet » 14 Mar 2018, 08:36

Just make sure that its kept dry before you use it: remove all the trim panels inside and vacuum out al the dust, clean out all the red SA dirt and gravel from the chassis sections and then drown it in cavity wax!
SA steel really isnt the best...

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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby Splurt » 14 Mar 2018, 13:46

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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby Splurt » 14 Mar 2018, 14:36

It's Russels latest gold machine, I was very fortunate to have come by him at the right time. I have been poor ever since!! We have called it Tendai.

It has had a few thorough treatments of Dinatrol already so i'm hoping for a couple of years before it needs coated again. Most importantly I have a garage for it, a nice old shed that's watertight but draughty. I had to alter the curved tin roof and build new doors to allow for the hightop but its ready for its new lodger now! I didn't have this space available for my last van so after six years of all year round use and being exposed to the elements it showed. I don't plan to use the syncro during winter at all, fair weather trips about home when the salt has been well washed off the roads. The main goal is to spend 4-8weeks every year travelling Europe and beyond.

I had a list that was growing by the day and Ive scrapped it already!! Theres nice to have and need to have, nothing listed was the latter! Solar power is a priority. There's a 100ltr Waeco Fridge that I want to supplement as much as possible. We do like to stick around when we've found a really nice area and if your lucky enough to happen across perfect wildcamp spots only a few miles apart I can't resist cracking open a cold one, parking up for the day and bathing in the surroundings. It is a holiday after all and perfect spots can be very illusive. Basic tools and recovery equipment are also a priority. Other than that anything else can wait for the lotto win!

It's a coverted hightop camper with a 1.8T AGU, there's so much more info i dont really know where to start! I'll get around to starting a photobucket account for some more pics at some point.

Paul from Dublin drop me a PM and I'll send you my number, hopefully we can meet up during the summer at somepoint.
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby silverbullet » 14 Mar 2018, 15:06

If Russel built it, there's nothing more to say!
Try and get to syncropendance, its as easy or as hardcore as you like really and a great introduction to what a syncro can easily handle.
Think of it as a second family...

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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby R0B » 14 Mar 2018, 15:11

I like this van.but Not using it in winter is a waste of a syncro IMO.
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby Splurt » 14 Mar 2018, 21:02

Watch this space, i'm sure i can work something out. With the boat going to holyhead its fairly handy for me to get to. Better get the holiday request filled out, therein lies the complicated part...
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby irishkeet » 17 Mar 2018, 17:40

lovely van, welcome :mrgreen:
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby HarryMann » 18 Mar 2018, 20:44

Wow! What a machine...

"Anyone in Ireland give me a shout, would appreciate being able to pick your brains on recommended mechanics etc. Plenty of summer touring in mind for getting to know the new van so would be all up for meeting up"
That'll be Paul (Jebiga) and big Dave of Dublin (krankenwagen)
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby jebiga41 » 22 Mar 2018, 17:03

Found your post Splurt as I said in my pm give me a shout anytime just finishing a course in Dublin and will be a bit more freed up so I can feel a trip up north coming on I'm sure we can find a muddy field somewhere lol ;)
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Re: Hello to the Syncro Community

Postby Splurt » 23 Mar 2018, 10:52

Surely, there's no shortage of muddy fields, throw a farmer a bottle of whiskey and let rip! Will be another month or so before I'm free but I'll keep ye posted :mrgreen:
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