4 Important Things to Check to Buy a Perfect Brazilian Kombi

The VW Kombi was manufactured in Brazil from 1976 to 2013 and was at first available with a conventional air-cooled engine till it was changed to a water-cooled engine in 2005. Here are a few useful tips to buy the best Brazilian Kombi.

To start with, keep in mind that every Kombi is different; thus, you will find certain traits in a particular VW Bus T1 for sale which won’t be found in others. Doing your homework and observing as many as possible can eventually help you choose the right one for you.

1. Bodywork

Based on the vehicle’s age, how well it has been maintained and where it has been stored, some of its areas are prone to rust. Common among them are edges of bumpers and roof gutters, spots where the front wheel arches meet the B-pillar in the corner and their top. The rear arches can also be rusted along the centre line because the metal stays damp there.

None of these damages may be deal breakers but certainly affect the price of the vehicle. If you find the vehicle is resprayed, find out why. Has it gone through any remedial work and if it has, has the work been done correctly?

2. Engines

Whether the engine is air-cooled or water-cooled, it should fire up fairly upon the turn of the key and idle consistently. The best part of the modern wiring is that even the air-cooled engine ticks over at a uniform idle.

3. Steering

Kombi’s steering has been much discussed. The vehicle is left-hand drive and equipped with a steering box resembling more to a splitscreen than a classic Bay from the Volkswagen factory. Even if the vehicle is relatively new, you can expect some play. Danbury inverts and swaps the factory-fitted steering box to the other side of the vehicle and converts their Kombis to right-hand drive.

Wear in the steering box can be seen in the form of overly play, inability to turn correctly in either way or both. Take the vehicle to a large park and drive in alternating rounds to ensure this. However, avoid a windy day as you will be confused over the steering as all BrazilBays swing in wind.

4. Brakes

The brake system of the Kombi is pretty basic with drums at the back and discs up in front. The vehicle should stop in a straight line upon the application of brakes. If it doesn’t, there may be a seized caliper. You can find the brake fluid reservoir to the bottom right of the front seat. There is an oval hole on the front through which you can check if it’s full.

Checking these things will help you get your hands on a perfect Brazilian Kombi.

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