interesting! i'm actually in the same situation. not exactly looking to take a combi back home to miami, but i bought a car here and i wanna take it back home with me.
the story basically is that i sold the car i had back home when i came here to Lima, and all the money went into the new (old) car and fixing it up. bought it, drove it for about 2 weeks. then i took it to the mecanic's shop to be completely taken apart, sandblasted, worked and fixed the chasis, painted it, put it back together, re did the interior in leather and added a couple of things.
why would i do this? first the car i bought is a bit rare even back home, although there are loads on the west coast, mostly california, our nation's race capital, pretty much
. most of them modified for drift, autocross, racing that sort of thing. the thing is, since it's an older car, rust is a problem and to do the entire restoration job with the sandblasting of the chasis and everything i've done to the car, it would've been too expensive to do in the states. i would've never been able to afford it with just my sold car fund.
second, my dad owned the same car back home. it was the first new car he bought in the states when he moved from peru to miami. his brother (my uncle) also had one (albeit a little different then me and my dad's, his was a coupe, ours was a hatchback).
third, toyota made me do it. since my dad and me are associated with toyota here in peru, importing my nissan from miami wasn't an option. the toyota people don't look too kindly on using other brands.
anyways, after having the car in the shop for something close to a year, while it was disassembled and put back together and all the money i put into it.... it's damn well coming back with me! all that time it was in the shop i was riding the combis and crap... that sucked! plus pretty much, during my entire time here working on that thing has kept me sane. you have no idea how much i miss home! and compared to miami, lima isn't all that great, if you know what i mean.
anyways, my aim is to have it garaged and be one of those cool car guys with a classic you hardly ever see, and maybe pass it on to my son IF he's worthy of it!
my only regret is that if i knew what i know now about mechanics and the car scene here in peru back when i first got it, the car would be in even better shape and it would've all been cheaper too!
anyways good luck with your combi! you're not alone dude.