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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:23 am    Post subject: 1971 Volkswagen Kombi Sopru Camper Reply with quote

Hi Guys,

I'm new here and thought that I would get started on a build thread for a car that I just bought for a school project, yep you heard me right. Ps: yet to make the 3-hour drive to get the car!

What we have is a 1971 Sopru Camper converted kombi, the frame and body are fairly straight with rust on the front lower door sills and around windscreen...
(So far)
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So being the inexperienced student I am, I was wondering what you experts think that I should go over first before I try and fire her up for the first time.

This thread will be used to document everything I do to make this car driving again as a mental backup, as well as a good way for me to find out what I'm doing!
Since I have limited mechanical knowledge and resources besides at school this will be slow going, however, I will be sure to update it whenever I do any maintenance or repairs. All help will be much appreciated!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:23 am    Post subject: Re: 1971 Volkswagen Kombi Sopru Camper Reply with quote

I would read through other restoration threads. Here is a pretty comprehensive list with links: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=537187

I would suggest reading through this thread too, it's probably the best one I've seen to date: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=545030&highlight=funky+truck

That will give you a good idea of what you're dealing with and the older repair approaches (much better than new approaches when dealing with these old steel bodies). Once you are done reading some of those and have an idea of what you're into, you'll be much more equipped to ask good questions, and pose them well so we can all help you out in a timely manner. WELCOME!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: 1971 Volkswagen Kombi Sopru Camper Reply with quote

nice. looks very similar to the penthouse tops that came on sportsmobiles and a handful of other conversions here in the US. It appears you have a scissor lift in the rear as well as the sides. (looking at Soprus online) It also reads as if the company is still operational. I wonder if they still make the canvas for the upper, and if the have awnings for the side like some of the pics? hmmmm..... shipping would prob hurt pretty bad for us over here.
enjoy the trip!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:50 am    Post subject: Re: 1971 Volkswagen Kombi Sopru Camper Reply with quote

Spike0180 wrote:
I would read through other restoration threads. Here is a pretty comprehensive list with links: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=537187

I would suggest reading through this thread too, it's probably the best one I've seen to date: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=545030&highlight=funky+truck

That will give you a good idea of what you're dealing with and the older repair approaches (much better than new approaches when dealing with these old steel bodies). Once you are done reading some of those and have an idea of what you're into, you'll be much more equipped to ask good questions, and pose them well so we can all help you out in a timely manner. WELCOME!


Tcash wrote:
Welcome to TheSamba, Bay Window Bus Forum!

69-71 NEWBIE

Here is a little information. Good Luck

Pictures would be cool.
How to post photos/How to post a photo in the Forums

Pronunciation (Samba) English

I am thinking of buying a VW van
Cleaning+Rodents+Hantavirus
Up in smoke... Bus fires... don't let it happen to you!
M-Plate Location
Type 2 M-Plate decoder
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Bus VIN / Chassis Numbers
Type 2/Bus Owner's Manuals
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Bus parts manuals
Early Baywindow Bus Parts Book
Late Baywindow Bus Parts Fiche
Type 2 Wiring Diagrams
Model and Year Variations
Type 4: Secrets Revealed
Distributor Parts & Specifications
PARTS INTERCHANGE MANUAL
Youtube Videos

There is a ton of information located at the top of the Forum section.
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Thank you for that information!

I have had a look through some of the links and I have found out that there are a lot more things to look out for when I eventually get to everything!
My Dad and one of his mates are going to pick up the car on Monday, so I should have some more photos that can better detail what I have gotten myself into!

Will post more as soon as I can!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:00 am    Post subject: Re: 1971 Volkswagen Kombi Sopru Camper Reply with quote

alman72 wrote:
nice. looks very similar to the penthouse tops that came on sportsmobiles and a handful of other conversions here in the US. It appears you have a scissor lift in the rear as well as the sides. (looking at Soprus online) It also reads as if the company is still operational. I wonder if they still make the canvas for the upper, and if the have awnings for the side like some of the pics? hmmmm..... shipping would prob hurt pretty bad for us over here.
enjoy the trip!


Yes, the pop top style is very odd and probably one of the uglier shapes (In my opinion)

But that said from my knowledge it is quite a rare Sopru camper (I believe they also built camper tops for VW Australia under another name).

I will have to look into the company and ask around to see if they still make the canvas however that is some way down the line from now. I'll be sure to check the top and canvas in the unlikely case that it is still functioning and un-torn. Will post soon!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:53 pm    Post subject: Re: 1971 Volkswagen Kombi Sopru Camper Reply with quote

1971 is my favorite year bus. Iíve owned 3.

Time takes its toll and buses hate to be parked. Hereís a quick list of things to do.

1) drain the fuel tank. Remove the finger strainer from the tank outlet and replace it. Flush the tank with fresh gas while the strainer it out but be sure to disconnect the battery first.
2) change the brake fluid by bleeding the system
3) check the power brake booster vacuum line. If itís old, replace it.
4) check all your fuel lines and replace if necessary. Install a new filter near the tank outlet instead if inside the engine bay.
5) change the engine oil and clean the screen. Inspect it for metal.
6) check the tires. Check the date code and replace if old. Be sure to install light truck tires if you replace them. Hankook RA18 are good
7) lube the front beam. There are five ports for grease
Cool lube all door locks and hinges.
9) check operation of the sliding door. If it isnít smooth ask for help.
10) raise the front and spin the wheels. Listen to the bearings. Grab the tires at 6 and 12 and wiggle them. There shouldnít be much play. If so adjust front bearing pre-load.
11) drainand replace the transmission gear oil. Inspect the shift couple in the back as well as the front shift rod bushing for wear. Best to clean and lubricate as required
12) adjust clutch pedal so it has roughly 3/4 inch of free play
13) do a light check with the help of a buddy.
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