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    Posted: 18 Jan 10 at 19:29
After owning a 25 westy for the last 3 years and using it for weekends away with the family I've upgraded this year to this.

It's a 2.1 Aussie import with LPG and I'm wondering if there's anything I can add to it to make it a bit more ecconomic or low maintenance...was wondering if a de-coupler would be a good start?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote green manalishi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 10 at 19:42
Should be economical enough on LPG.

A decouper is a peace of mind thing, and depends on your mileage on motorway type roads. Equally a good VC will do nearly the same job.

I would just start going over everything, as everything will benefit from a good clean and re-grease. Do you gearbox oils and re grease your CV and that will help. Get the 2.1 tuned up properly, and learn to do as much your self as you can. Reliability is only a real problem if you cant fix it at the road side.

By the way, nice looking syncro, what is the history and spec. Like the winch.

It's not cornish petes van is it, that was a trakka.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rogerthecat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 10 at 19:50
Welcome on board chap. I trust you, like the rest of us, have taken the Syncro vows?

  1. Poverty - if you own one you will remain skint irrespective of how much you spend trying to put it right.
  2. Chastity - you be laying under this more than you'll be laying on your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend or under husband/boyfriend/girlfriend* think that covers everyone except Jason K LOL baaa!
  3. Modesty - you have the greatest 4x4 vehicle in the world but you will not be able to say so for fear of retribution by the LROC
  4. Silence - if you drive it with MTs on you will be deaf in a fortnight, what?
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Edited by rogerthecat - 18 Jan 10 at 19:51
T3 Westy, T3 Syncro (the ScoobyVelle), New Beetle Cab, 2 x Polos - I have too many projects
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Yes, it's Cornish Petes.  I picked it up on Sunday and promised to keep it well, it's had a good life so far.  History is 2 owners from new, both ownered it for 10 years, just over the 100K Km, 2.1 with LPG fitted and a Trakka conversion with all the awnings etc still present.

As for the Syncro vows - I'm familiar with the way of life. So far I've had around 15 Beetles (it's hard to keep count nowadays but still use one for work), 3 Bay window campers, 3 Karmann ghias, currently rebuilding a Volksrod Buggy and have a T3 Westy and a 2.6 SA Multivan...realy need to sell the later two as the Dilligaf replaces them both - lol.  So, poverty - yes, Chastity - tick, Modesty - I'll try to help the LROC out of the ditch when I can, Silence - sounds like my old 1914 JMR Beetle :-)
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Get out and use it, you will find a thing or two to spend your dosh on soon enough like Wink 

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Good on ya fella, welcome to the club, get the drinks in quick while you still have the £!!! Thumbs Up
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Hiya Cliff,
I still think we're over due a beer or so with Duxford Andy, St Ives Andy aren't we?..while I still have the ££.  Although there is a Splitters meet at the Lazy Otter this Thursday if you're interested?
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I'll try and get there, i'll be in the syncro so keep an eye out for me, will you be in the new beast?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote vlux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 10 at 23:24
If it wasnt a genuine Trakka id say get that monstrosity off it that's hanging off the front, should help with your MPG. LOL

In all seriousness though, what a great, individual van. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ghia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jan 10 at 08:29
Good looking van with some individual touches.
Wheels are fairly cool.

Could you give us all a rundown on what a Trakka is?

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Originally posted by rogerthecat rogerthecat wrote:

  1. think that covers everyone except Jason K LOL baaa!

your still a twat!!

 
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Originally posted by jason k jason k wrote:

your still a twat!! 
and getting further and further towards "special" camping all the timeWink


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Enjoy! I am totally gutted to be having to sell mine Cry
 
 
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Trakka is an Australian camper conversion company who made specific camper conversions for import T3's

http://www.trakka.com.au/
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Thanks for the link vlux, I've also joinded the T3 Syncro club in Austrailia seeing as they live with this style conversion already;

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Syncro_T3_Australia/

Proven very usefull so far as they have all the updated wiring diagrams as the original conversion uses a standart car battery charger in the cupboard to charge the auxillary battery when conected to the mains !

Cliff - yep, looking at taking the new aquasition and planning to be there about 8.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rusty Dubnuts Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jan 10 at 17:55
Trakka ia an Ausi conversion company who did the T3s a few years back.  Mine was bought brand new by a Brit, taken for a drive round while he was on holiday then he liked it so much he shipped it back.  It's first yearly service was done in Exeter, UK.  It doesn't look like it's been off-road since and I think it's possibly the only one in the UK, anyone know of any others out there?

Had the chance to take a few phots today :-)
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In travel mode;

Buddy seat fitted.

Dash mounted air-con.

 

Camping mode.

With rear mounted shower J

Cupboard space.

Front and rear awnings with side skirt to stop drafts.

Winch Kit.

 

Just realised I completely failed to get shots of the roof raised L Must do this when I get chance to put test the awnings as well.


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It looks brilliantly campable.
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Trakka made a camping conversion in Australia (Sydney, New South Wales) during the life of the T3.  It was available in several levels.  This one would have been the Bronco (conversion name) Gold (level), which was the top level.  Even this came with further extras, solar panels for example.  It was very good but ferociously expensive at the time.  Trakka makes conversions for the T4 and T5, still good and still ferociously expensive.
I have a T3 Syncro with this same conversion.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Syncro up Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 10 at 12:54
Love that buddy seat up front. Often wondered about doing this. it would be a great addition my set up for our family of three.
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