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SGKent Wed May 23, 2018 3:30 pm

do a cylinder balance test to see if one cylinder drops RPM less than the others and is weaker. Also in the dark look at the engine and plug wires, cap etc., see if any show signs of sparks in the dark where a wire might be arcing to ground. Watch the belt etc., not to touch it in the dark.

aeromech Wed May 23, 2018 3:42 pm

Solid or hydraulic lifters?

t-hardwick Wed May 23, 2018 4:10 pm

aeromech wrote: Solid or hydraulic lifters?


Target Wed May 23, 2018 4:14 pm

I've had issues with electronic ignition in other vintage non-VWs. If you really can't pinpoint the issue and it seems like it's electrical, Coils can be super finicky and electronic ignition can just crap out without notice. These things don't slowly go bad. It'll be fine and then unreconcilable problems.

Tcash Wed May 23, 2018 5:42 pm

Next time it dies.
Cranks Won't Start Test

Mispeld Wed May 23, 2018 6:19 pm

I recently did work on a 63 F100 that had a pertronix kit. It had very similar symptoms for fuel starvation. I pulled the carb and it was full. Cleaned it anyway. Problem was still there. Everything was working. Ended up being a bad pertronix kit.

danfromsyr Thu May 24, 2018 6:44 am

the vanagon fuel tank certainly does/should have an internal screen.

also the plastic hose internal to the fuel supply can split and suck air when low..
not usually a problem with a new tank, or with 40l.
I did once have a cheap aftermarket replacement tank that would starve on turns when it still had a few gallons of gas..

t-hardwick wrote: SGKent wrote: Does the engine have a catalytic converter on it?

No cat converter. The spout on the tank is not removable. Is there still a screen inside the tank?

davideric9 wrote: Just for the record I was having trouble with my van (2wd 1987) running well and it would sputter out and try to die. I would pull over and then it would seem fine and I drove it to work and home again. It did the same thing the next day, pull over near the house as it lost power, waited a few moments and then was able to drive to work with no problem, until I had to have it towed home when if wouldn't stay started.

I decided that the tank was the problem after replacing many parts. It ran great after the tank was replaced, so to be sure I really had this solved I needed to look inside the tank to see the problem, and I found it. The supply hose was no longer securely attached to the tank, so at half a tank the pump was sucking more air than fuel as the pump was not sucking fuel from the bottom of the sump.

Tank cut open with sawzall

filters at the center of the tank, in case you were wondering

The supply hose as I found it no longer making a seal to the hose (not great focus)

and to show it up close and pulled apart

otiswesty Thu May 24, 2018 6:59 am

I had some thing similar on my 78 Bus. I pulled these pieces of rubber filler neck out of the bottom of the tank.

SGKent Fri May 25, 2018 10:32 am

Did you find the cause?

t-hardwick Fri May 25, 2018 12:05 pm

SGKent wrote: Did you find the cause?

I have found this when checking one of the carbs. Not sure if this would cause my problem. I have also been in contact with Alex from the samba who is really nice bloke and helping me out with a spare carb he has. Going to try it tomorrow and see how I fair.

Do you think from the pic that would be at fault?

Thanks for all the advice and help.

SGKent Fri May 25, 2018 5:20 pm

missing accelerator pump nozzle? Yes, especially if it is stuffed between a valve and seat, or it mangled a spark plug.

Volswagon Fri May 25, 2018 6:45 pm

The "buy a Bus, drive it around Europe, then ship it back home" dream was much more charming when the Bus was actually new. My mother did it with an Oval Beetle.

busdaddy Fri May 25, 2018 7:01 pm

That's one odd looking Kadron :?

Volswagon Fri May 25, 2018 7:17 pm

Not a Kadron, when I went out back to look at my old Solexes, I didn't want to disturb the black snake that was guarding them. :shock:

t-hardwick Fri May 25, 2018 10:13 pm

Volswagon wrote: The "buy a Bus, drive it around Europe, then ship it back home" dream was much more charming when the Bus was actually new. My mother did it with an Oval Beetle.

Itís my brothers bus. Heís only on mobile so Iím doing the speaking for him. I thought they were kadrons but theyíre solex I forgot to edit that.

Stuartzickefoose Fri May 25, 2018 10:19 pm

Did you check for vacuum leaks yet?

t-hardwick Sat May 26, 2018 11:16 am

Good morning everyone.

Update: after meeting with Alex from the samba he has provided me with a replacement solex and now I am back on the road running great. Thanks everyone for your input and advice. If I hadnít relied directly too you all your suggestions were noted and checked.

Feels great to be back on the road.


aeromech Sat May 26, 2018 11:20 am

Another samba success story

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