VW KOMBI VAN, HISTORIC VEHICLE
All the bodyworks completed, the van was epoxy primed and 2-pack painted in white, as a base for a variety of uses. Such as a tour bus to campaign against ocean plastic waste.
Not directly connected with the generating history of Herstmonceux Museum, though rebuilt and restored in the workshop garage, as an example of the design genius of Professor Ferdinand Porsche. This van is officially a historic vehicle, being 45 years old, and still ticking.
Bought from a scrap yard for £70, the van was in a very bad way. The engine had a hole in a piston, and there were no wheels. This was the beginning of years of hard work, by a number of different engineers.
The Volkswagen Kombi van is a classic design, and very simple, in that the engine is air cooled, with four cylinders in a boxer configuration. The internal combustion engine (ICE) uses petrol and simple coil spark ignition, with mechanical contacts and a traditional distributor. They can be serviced at the roadside. Indeed, wheel bearings have been changed in this fashion. The engine comes out by undoing just four bolts and is light enough for a fit person to carry. Meaning a clutch change takes around twenty minutes.
Automotive art. The air cooled engine features a stainless steel quiet pack exhaust, additional cooling fins on the rocker covers and blue enameled on the fan housing, that cools the four boxer cylinders.
There are several innovative vehicles and vessels on permanent display at Herstmonceux Museum, including:
1. The fountain of youth, supplied from natural well water drawn on site
2. Adventure climbing frames for children (back to nature) Swiss Family Robinson
3. An Edwardian ice well, throwback to the days before refrigeration
4. A large underground condensation and water storage chamber
7. Three PV boat models, Navigator, SWATH & 2 cats + route map prior to Swiss PlanetSolar
9. AmphiMax, radio controlled (working) beach launching & recovery vehicle for SeaVax
13. Solar panel, sun tracking system
14. Second World War, 'Anderson,' bomb proof shelter constructed by Major Charles de Roemer
18. A complete mummified squirrel, found when re-roofing the Museum June 2017
21. Three sewing machines, including an antique Singer and a Brother industrial.
22. A hornet's nest found on site & preserved in 2016 (reported as [Asian] invasive species, to be safe)
23. Three sewing machines, including an antique Singer and a Brother industrial.
24. Adventure climbing frames for children (back to nature) Swiss Family Robinson
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