I also have a plethora of questions on this forum I’d love some help with as you seem to have some experience in the matter!
Cheers, happy driving!
As a mad camper owner here down under, I like to congratulate you on your being bitten by the Kombi bug. Down here the old busses are either somthing loved and looked after, left in the middle of a paddock to slowly rust away, or scorned… (“There’s always a VW Kombi in the way of a good hill!!”)
However, I’ve always stated that those who don’t like them have never driven one. After departing from a VW Type three sedan ten years ago, I was without a VW in my life. I had a fairly flash Japanese Buzz Box (a 1993 Mazda Astina(Familia)SP) , but as soon as I sat behind the wheel of my 79 Kombi Campmobile, I had a grin from ear to ear.. Nothing compares to the feeling of driving a real (although large) classic.
For the owners of kombis here, there is an unspoken brotherhood. If your bus is in trouble, then you can usually count on another kombi driver to help out.
If you ever get down here and get to experience the outback (150 kms to the next petrol station) (No bends for 300kms) take a kombi and relish the experience!
If you have some spare time, check out http://www.kombiclub.com, which is the Australian Kombi owners website.