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  Topic: Boston Mechanic?
Marshj

Replies: 20
Views: 1431

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:27 pm   Subject: Re: Boston Mechanic?
Floodwood I have to do the same task this week... let me know if you want to head out and we can do it in North Jersey before you go

Jeff
  Topic: Going for my first Westfalia
Marshj

Replies: 22
Views: 684

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:27 am   Subject: Re: Going for my first Wesfalia
As a general rule of thumb the major wear items on these vans and replacement items for reliability as related to expense / cost for the item and or repair - again these are reliability and safety ite ...
  Topic: Going for my first Westfalia
Marshj

Replies: 22
Views: 684

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:17 am   Subject: Re: Going for my first Wesfalia
What budget range are you shopping in? This will significantly vary the “things to look out for”

Vans that need work - $6500-15,000 ( anything goes ... )
Vans that mechanically should be solid - ...
  Topic: 1984 camper won't start
Marshj

Replies: 17
Views: 336

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:43 pm   Subject: Re: 1984 camper won't start
I had a very similar issue on my ‘86 passenger van.

Turned out I cracked a small section of the distributor cap where the center wire goes in. It was arcing under the cap and grounding out. It woul ...
  Topic: Avoiding being taken advantage of by mechanics
Marshj

Replies: 33
Views: 1161

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:13 am   Subject: Re: Avoiding being taken advantage of by mechanics
I would only take your van to someone who specializes in Vanagons. I have done extensive mechanical work on my vans myself, and anytime I take it to a “good” regular mechanic who doesn’t specialize in ...
  Topic: Must stop the mold!
Marshj

Replies: 39
Views: 1111

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:45 pm   Subject: Re: Must stop the mold!
#1 thing I’d get a dehumidifier running in that van for the next 48 hours, with the windows sealed up. It will put off passive heat and dry out all the nooks and crannies. I have had several vehicles ...
  Topic: Drum Brake Adjuster in Half?
Marshj

Replies: 12
Views: 322

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:01 pm   Subject: Re: Drum Brake Adjuster in Half?
Threaded right on. Good to go. Thanks Fellas.
  Topic: Drum Brake Adjuster in Half?
Marshj

Replies: 12
Views: 322

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:58 am   Subject: Re: Drum Brake Adjuster in Half?
Thanks Mark. This picture is Gold
  Topic: Drum Brake Adjuster in Half?
Marshj

Replies: 12
Views: 322

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:55 am   Subject: Re: Drum Brake Adjuster in Half?
That pictured adjuster is designed to come apart as they just screw together. Be sure you spend some time researching how the adjuster is mounted. It is very common for them to be improperly mounted ...
  Topic: Drum Brake Adjuster in Half?
Marshj

Replies: 12
Views: 322

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:42 am   Subject: Drum Brake Adjuster in Half?
Had my parking brake cable come loose and knocked the spring for the adjuster lever off and then the adjuster came loose and I got a soft pedal. Upon taking the drum off I found the adjuster in the bo ...
  Topic: Passat wheels on a Westy
Marshj

Replies: 3
Views: 231

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:34 am   Subject: Re: Passat wheels on a Westy
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1989756.jpg

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1987704.jpg

Indeed they will. But it’s not bolt on and be done.

I have 5mm spacers on this set tha ...
  Topic: Insulation and Sounds Dampening - 1990 Multivan
Marshj

Replies: 21
Views: 785

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:55 am   Subject: Re: Insulation and Sounds Dampening - 1990 Multivan
To actually answer your question which no one above decided was important-

You need a sound deadening layer and an insulation layer. Two separate things. That should be addressed I digitally.

T ...
  Topic: Pimped my 1990 Vanagon weekender, what's the value now?
Marshj

Replies: 18
Views: 706

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:03 am   Subject: Re: Pimped my 1990 Vanagon weekender, what's the value now?
I agree calling this van only a Weekender understates it’s uniqueness. Dave’s van is a rare factory Multivan with factory pop-top in Orly Blue and all the options available from VW in 1990. It has ver ...
  Topic: Cold starting is rough
Marshj

Replies: 7
Views: 216

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:03 pm   Subject: Re: Cold starting is rough
I actually have the same issue and have narrowed it down to being too rich on startup. I have to troubleshoot this week as well. Did much the same of what you listed but no luck. ICU trouble shooting ...
  Topic: Tandem Bicycle Owners please share your hauling solution
Marshj

Replies: 26
Views: 1816

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:44 pm   Subject: Re: Tandem Bicycle Owners please share your hauling solution
We use a normal frame mount center rack. Take front and back wheels off.
  Topic: Pain in the Gas
Marshj

Replies: 13
Views: 770

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:02 pm   Subject: Re: Pain in the Gas
Both of my vans came with this leak. An almost stock feature! They would only leak when I topped them off so the pump handle auto stopped. Both I drove 2,000 miles till I got to fixing it or getting i ...
  Topic: Pain in the Gas
Marshj

Replies: 13
Views: 770

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:57 pm   Subject: Re: Pain in the Gas
You are way over thinking this.

1. These vans catch a flame from the fuel lines in the engine compartment being brittle. Not from tank reseal leaks ( not as often at least )

2. Just order the r ...
  Topic: Cannot select gear (4 speed) while engine running
Marshj

Replies: 9
Views: 452

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:51 pm   Subject: Re: Cannot select gear (4 speed) while engine running
Looser clutch feel and this symptom is exactly what I had happen last year. My clutch slave was letting air in. I got away with bleeding the slave cylinder every 2 weeks for about 3 months. Then I rep ...
  Topic: You Know #VanLife Is a THING When...
Marshj

Replies: 109
Views: 6888

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:47 am   Subject: Re: You Know #VanLife Is a THING When...
Sanchius,

That is an awesome real life insight in A how remote work can work for the right person ( motivated and intelligent ) and B provides true insight from someone having hired an early retire ...
  Topic: 1991 Multivan TDI build
Marshj

Replies: 962
Views: 83160

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:16 pm   Subject: Re: 1991 Multivan TDI build
I also had my van estimated by my neighbor who owns a fantastic body shop. He said to shoot the top right installed, he would need to build a scaffolding around it to shoot the right angle. Also would ...
 
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