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Gulfaholic Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:28 pm

Hello everyone. We are travelling the US in our 78 westy. Driving down the highway and heard a loud clatter in engine. We pulled over and turn of the engine. Wouldn't restart. I check compression today and #3 only had 40psi. I'm In need of somewhere we could work on the bus in the area. If anyone could help or get me in contact with some who could I would really appreciate it. Thank you. Dustin.

SGKent Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:33 pm

Dustin - talk with Avery's tomorrow. FWIW you might have dropped a valve seat.

https://www.averysaircooled.com/

Gulfaholic Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:38 pm

I talked with them today. He told me he wouldn't be able to look at it for a month. I was towed here yesterday and im camped out front on the street of he's shop now. I am unable to wait a month as I'm traveling right now. Any other suggestions?

Xevin Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:46 pm

What direction are you traveling?

Gulfaholic Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:58 pm

North to Seattle. Then across the top of the states to Minnesota.

Abscate Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:12 pm

If you dropped a seat, plan on about 1k part, 1k labor to deal with it - maybe save 500 or so if you get lucky and can do it with engine in car.

Tow to your final destination might be less and saves your time, of course.

Xevin Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:14 pm

Hmm. I sent a text to someone that might be able to help. But he might be out of town. Keep you posted. If you need parts/tools from Portland Iíll be driving past you Friday night or Saturday morning.

Thereís also an ACVW shop in Olympia.

http://www.olympiaautohaus.com/

Gulfaholic Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:15 pm

Can you pull the head on a type 4 with engine in the bus?

Gulfaholic Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:16 pm

Can you pull the head on a type 4 with engine in the bus? I'm fine with spending the money to have it fix. Or somewhere I can do it myself I'll pay to rent a space to do it.

Abscate Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:18 pm

Gulfaholic wrote: Can you pull the head on a type 4 with engine in the bus?

Yes, but keep a low profile about it, as it upsets the real gurus here.

(They are right, by the way, its that grey area between creative mechanics and hackery)

Get the valve covers off and have a look at the valves to see if you have a stinker. You will need someone with more experience than I on a 78 and mushy oily valve lifters.

A poor mans' s compression test, turning the engine over and listening for 'even-ness' can also point you to a bad cylinder.

Wildthings Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:23 pm

Considering how little time it takes to pull and engine and how much of a PITA it is to remove the tin with the engine in place, I would recommend pulling the engine. That way you can also do the clutch and the crank seals while you are at it. Pulling the exhaust before removing the engine can be a good idea, especially if you do not have an engine stand available.

Towing or shipping your rig home and getting a rental car to finish your trip may will be your best option.

Gulfaholic Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:46 pm

I agree on pulling the motor but I'm on the side of the road in a residential area. If I had a place or driveway to do it i wouldn't even think of removing the head with motor in the bus.

Wildthings Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:01 pm

Maybe post a Craigslist ad for a place to work? Check out the Air Cooled Interstate Rescue Squad

<www.type2.com/rescue>

and the Vanagon Rescue Squad

<http://www.vanagonauts.com/vanagon-rescue-squad74.htm>

Can't be all that hard to fine a place in VW Transporter Heaven., :-)

Xevin Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:09 pm

These guys have ACVW users too

http://vanalert.com/

busdaddy Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:33 pm

It all depends on how determined you are, and what skills and tools are available: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=362152 :shock:

[email protected] Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:16 pm

#type4

TomWesty Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:06 pm

busdaddy wrote: It all depends on how determined you are, and what skills and tools are available: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=362152 :shock: And in that case, blind luck as to where the valve stem broke..... 8)

Xevin Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:09 pm

Iíve contacted Robbie of Airschooled. He just happens to be in the middle of Oregon. I will PM you his private number. He canít get on the The Samba Currently. His service is spotty at this time. Give him a call

https://www.airschooled.com/

Wasted youth Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:28 pm

Xevin wrote: Iíve contacted Robbie of Airschooled. He just happens to be in the middle of Oregon. I will PM you his private number. He canít get on the The Samba Currently. His service is spotty at this time. Give him a call

https://www.airschooled.com/

Thatís probably a huge lift up!

busdaddy Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:47 pm

TomWesty wrote: busdaddy wrote: It all depends on how determined you are, and what skills and tools are available: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=362152 :shock: And in that case, blind luck as to where the valve stem broke..... 8)
Indeed, but a roadside head swap with the engine in place in a couple hours is rather epic don't you think?, not saying everyone is up to it, but it can be done.



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