From 4 wheel, to 2 wheel, back to 4 wheel

For 4x4 owners, you must register to post but anyone can read.

Moderators: User administrators, Moderators

Forum rules
You can find further syncro specific information on the Syncronauts website.

From 4 wheel, to 2 wheel, back to 4 wheel

Postby Rdav1s » 06 Apr 2019, 21:39

Hi all,

I have been told :lol: to introduce my bus.

After a bizarre weekend of eBay haggling and brexit type bluffing, I ended up with a high top JX syncro. I have to admit, I know nothing at all about this type let alone the jewel in the crown. So any advice/information would be most welcome.
First, as my wife pointed out, it’s not a syncro. The prop is missing, fair point.
Shopping list.... Prop :D

I’m really interested in finding out about the camper conversion and whether it’s a proper job, as it appears, or someone has transplanted a salvaged one.
Also, why has it got just the single round headlamps and not square? Where is the spare supposed to be stored? Why is the earth flat??

By the way the bus is registered a syncro panel van, it’s reg date is Feb 89, it was originally white.

I’m really excited about the possibilities with this bus, really excited.
Last edited by Rdav1s on 26 Jan 2020, 20:43, edited 1 time in total.
Rdav1s
 
Posts: 51
Joined: 01 Apr 2019, 20:42
80-90 Mem No: 16963

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby clift_d » 06 Apr 2019, 22:11

Pics please.
1988 LHD T25 1.6TD Westfalia Club Joker Hightop syncro
User avatar
clift_d
 
Posts: 2595
Joined: 04 Oct 2012, 23:51
Location: Hackney innit
80-90 Mem No: 11695

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Winchweight » 06 Apr 2019, 22:47

Prop missing, likely to indicate knackered Viscous Coupling - the 4x4 genius piece. About £1k for replacement, although Ian Silverbullet does refills if the casing is good enough.

Transplanted interior, likely to indicate it started out as a Caravelle minibus or similar.

JX 1.6TD engine. Good torquey little engine, but pretty slow. A good JX will run and run though.

Welcome to the club though, come to Syncropendence at end of June.

Oh, and pics required.
www.thelittleredbus.com

VW 2.1 WBX DJ Syncro Doka
VW 1.9 TDi AHU Syncro Camper
User avatar
Winchweight
 
Posts: 1498
Joined: 26 Jul 2013, 17:19
Location: Shrewsbury / Brize Norton
80-90 Mem No: 12697

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby jebiga41 » 07 Apr 2019, 02:58

put up some pics maybe folks here may recognise it, look at the wiki on here lots of info, you can pick up a new prop from brickwerks https://www.brickwerks.co.uk/t3-parts/t3-syncro/drivetrain/drive-shafts/prop-shaft.html Best for parts: ok and dont forget to sign up for a discount as youll be spending some cash with them.
Yep VC is probably knackered take it out and send to Ian (and money goes to cancer research)http://forum.club8090.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=128744 or VW Kearns.
The vans came with both single round headlights and squares depending on year my 1989 came with rounds ( they are much cheaper to replace if you break one off-roading :) and rounds can also be replaced with 7" LED units if you so desire.
The spare wheel was meant to be stored upright inside the back just inside the tailgate on the left or some had a drop down spare wheel carrier. Swing out spare wheel carriers are availble from lots of places depending on how much you want to pay ranging from Ortecs, Rocky Mountain Westy, Gary Lee and VW 16" copies or originals each have their appeal and price tag take your pic.
Is the earth flat??? :rollin
BUT :!: :!: :!:
Before you spend all your money on bling apart from the propshaft which you need, I would recommend buying the Bentley manual available from a variety of sources and also as a pdf https://www.google.com/search?q=Bentley+vw+t3+Syncro&rlz=1C1HLDY_enIE715IE715&oq=Bentley+vw+t3+Syncro+&aqs=chrome..69i57.12456j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 read it and then read as much as you can on the wiki.
Give the van a thorough service, brakes, all fluids including the brake fluid and gearbox oil http://vantopia.ie/vw-t25-t3-syncro-gearbox-drain-plugs/#comment-8
( most parts can be found from yes you guessed it brickwerks :) and maybe get someone who knows the vans, to give it a once over and go from there and or go to Syncropendence or one of the many other events and talk to fellow owners. Also make sure your credit/debit card works properly :wink: and enjoy Paul
VW T3/T25 and Syncro Gearbox rebuilds
http://vantopia.ie
User avatar
jebiga41
Trader
 
Posts: 633
Joined: 15 Mar 2008, 15:50
Location: dublin ireland
80-90 Mem No: 5654

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby silverbullet » 07 Apr 2019, 07:38

Welcome to the rest of your life!

Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
'85 syncro Caravelle twin slider, '90 SA Microbus project

http://www.025motorsport.com
User avatar
silverbullet
Trader
 
Posts: 12763
Joined: 08 Jun 2009, 09:51
Location: Surrey Syncronaut #156
80-90 Mem No: 6908

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Jim San » 07 Apr 2019, 10:30

How long had the seller owned the van? Did they give you any back story on the reason the prop shaft is off/missing - I'm gathering they didn't know the whereabouts of the prop - but are all the bash guards in place on the underside (front bash plate, prop bars and engine sump guard) - hopefully they where put back when the prop was removed.

Bring it to Syncropendance, it's a great chance to meet other Syncro owners and you'll get to know a lot more about your vehicle - you'll probably eat great food, drink and drink and meet lots a great people at the same time . It's the perfect chance to take it off road and if you are totally new to it then an experienced owner will be able to provide an induction to show you what's what.

Does it have front and rear diff locks - or just rear? Make sure your rear lockers are working (not on tarmac) - my first trip out with the Syncronauts was when I discovered my lockers didn't engage!!! We all start out knowing nothing about them :rofl
1991 Syncro kombi 1.9MTDi Passat 1Z Landy fuel pump 215/70/16

Life's to short to drink s@@t beer.
User avatar
Jim San
 
Posts: 1613
Joined: 21 Jan 2014, 20:01
Location: Shropshire syncronaut 244
80-90 Mem No: 13133

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby silverbullet » 07 Apr 2019, 13:50

PS uploading pics is (arguably) easiest done from the Tapatalk app if you have an Android phone

Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
'85 syncro Caravelle twin slider, '90 SA Microbus project

http://www.025motorsport.com
User avatar
silverbullet
Trader
 
Posts: 12763
Joined: 08 Jun 2009, 09:51
Location: Surrey Syncronaut #156
80-90 Mem No: 6908

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Rdav1s » 07 Apr 2019, 16:41

Thanks for all the info everyone. Im trying to upload pics now, but as Silverbullet said, maybe I try a different way...… standby
Rdav1s
 
Posts: 51
Joined: 01 Apr 2019, 20:42
80-90 Mem No: 16963

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Rdav1s » 07 Apr 2019, 16:56

Here is FAG, name change pending after she shows her character. Actually, gender also pending :-)ImageImage

Sent from my SM-G390F using Tapatalk
Rdav1s
 
Posts: 51
Joined: 01 Apr 2019, 20:42
80-90 Mem No: 16963

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Rdav1s » 07 Apr 2019, 16:59

Interior looks genuine conversion, unlike the horrible paint job. The last pic maybe the builders plaque that was obliterated by the "painter"ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Sent from my SM-G390F using Tapatalk
Rdav1s
 
Posts: 51
Joined: 01 Apr 2019, 20:42
80-90 Mem No: 16963

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Rdav1s » 07 Apr 2019, 17:01

Am I missing something???ImageImage

Sent from my SM-G390F using Tapatalk
Rdav1s
 
Posts: 51
Joined: 01 Apr 2019, 20:42
80-90 Mem No: 16963

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Rdav1s » 07 Apr 2019, 17:03

Looks like so shiny bits, still jumps out of 4th tho. The wife drove it back and said " I loved it, it feels like your really driving " hahaImage

Sent from my SM-G390F using Tapatalk
Rdav1s
 
Posts: 51
Joined: 01 Apr 2019, 20:42
80-90 Mem No: 16963

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Rdav1s » 07 Apr 2019, 17:04

It looks like the heart of the beast has been cared for, the coolant is clear as is the oil. It sat happily at 70mph on M6 on way back and no smoke.Image

Sent from my SM-G390F using Tapatalk
Rdav1s
 
Posts: 51
Joined: 01 Apr 2019, 20:42
80-90 Mem No: 16963

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Rdav1s » 07 Apr 2019, 17:07

I'm over the moon with this little lot,
The propex kicks in and out
The hook-up works
The fridge works on all 3 ways
The tap kick the water pump off
The grill and hob work
Massive result Image

Sent from my SM-G390F using Tapatalk
Rdav1s
 
Posts: 51
Joined: 01 Apr 2019, 20:42
80-90 Mem No: 16963

Re: Introducing “FAG”

Postby Jim San » 07 Apr 2019, 17:44

Looks ready to go :) chuck some beers in fridge and go and use it for a couple of nights away.

Paint job looks a bit 'on a budget' - hopefully the seams beneath are ok - ones in pics look ok but the tailgate lip is sprouting.

Is there a water tank beneath the back seat - spotted a filler cap - or is it a hook up socket. Is there leisure batteries - or is it all being taken from the starter battery?

It has two locker knobs on the dash so it could have twin lockers. :ok

Get the VC sorted, there were a couple of prop shafts being offered on facebook earlier so should be easy enough to source while your waiting for the VC to come back.
1991 Syncro kombi 1.9MTDi Passat 1Z Landy fuel pump 215/70/16

Life's to short to drink s@@t beer.
User avatar
Jim San
 
Posts: 1613
Joined: 21 Jan 2014, 20:01
Location: Shropshire syncronaut 244
80-90 Mem No: 13133

Next

Return to Syncro

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests