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  Topic: Help for a first-timer!
Slimvest

Replies: 40
Views: 800

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:56 am   Subject: Re: Help for a first-timer!
IF I was looking for a new van, I'd definitely talk to my favorite vw mechanics in the area. Often there can be unadvertised vans or owners in distress that need to offload cheap because of repair co ...
  Topic: Mechanic wanted for presale inspection in or near Raleigh, NC
Slimvest

Replies: 17
Views: 249

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:27 am   Subject: Re: Mechanic wanted for presale inspection in or near Raleigh, NC
Buying and old vanagon is like buying an outboard boat used in salt water. You are basically buying a hull.


Epically true.

X2. Love this! Laughing
  Topic: What do you like - Eurovan or Weekender seats?
Slimvest

Replies: 20
Views: 360

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:36 pm   Subject: Re: What do you like - Eurovan or Weekender seats?
I have EV seats that replaced my original tintop seats after about 190K miles. They're fine, but the change didn't blow me away. Initial comfort is definitely nicer, but I'm still not interested in ...
  Topic: A long time Vanagon and Busman has died: Bob Peak
Slimvest

Replies: 14
Views: 666

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:40 am   Subject: Re: A long time Vanagon and Busman has died: Bob Peak
This is a bummer. I think I got the chance to meet Bob once and he talked about his sweet van collection.

He wasn't "WestyBob" on the Samba, was he?
  Topic: Passenger Van Window Screens?
Slimvest

Replies: 6
Views: 173

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:38 am   Subject: Re: Passenger Van Window Screens?
This guy? Not sure if he's back up and running though.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=602392&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
  Topic: This can't be legit -- questionable sway bar bushing
Slimvest

Replies: 28
Views: 1167

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:05 pm   Subject: Re: This can't be legit -- questionable sway bar bushing
Any update? This bothered me all weekend.

#metoo

i sent yet another email this morning and haven't heard back yet.

meanwhile the box of polly bushings is sitting on my tool box while i whit ...
  Topic: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Slimvest

Replies: 24
Views: 558

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:31 pm   Subject: Re: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
I think you probably need to pressure test your coolant system to make sure that coolant cap isn't milkshake of death. I would be draining and filling your coolant system with distilled water until th ...
  Topic: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Slimvest

Replies: 24
Views: 558

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:42 am   Subject: Re: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
A few variables seemed to be the culprit here.

1) Bad "flush" job done by the mechanic that did the water pump a couple years back lead to some funky coolant and/or sludge building up i ...
  Topic: Oregon Coast- Whiskey Run??
Slimvest

Replies: 5
Views: 242

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:04 am   Subject: Re: Oregon Coast- Whiskey Run??
You're in a good zone. There are other waysides where one might sneak a free night, but who really knows these days with the covid crowds. Driving onto the sand may prove challenging.

RV park i ...
  Topic: HERE WE GO!! .... 1990 Tintop!
Slimvest

Replies: 520
Views: 16961

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:42 pm   Subject: Re: HERE WE GO!! .... 1990 Tintop!
I've never driven a tintop before.

What I find is that my power is greatly increased not pushing all of that cabinetry around.

Plus, the view out the rear view mirror!
No cabinet, no A/C ... ...
  Topic: Best Folding Camp Chair
Slimvest

Replies: 103
Views: 8473

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:41 am   Subject: Re: Best Folding Camp Chair
https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/us/front-runner-expander-chair.html

STEEL frame. Heavy (for a chair) but I bought them as a nice compromise between full size director chair and micro back ...
  Topic: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Slimvest

Replies: 24
Views: 558

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:58 am   Subject: Re: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Took some IR Temp readings in the engine bay after a drive around town and the fan cycled a couple times idling in the driveway. Range from 160F on the driver side of the block to 200F at the coolant ...
  Topic: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Slimvest

Replies: 24
Views: 558

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:54 pm   Subject: Re: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Thanks, Mark. So what should I understand causes this random blinking light? Bad connection at the instrument cluster harness?

I may still pull the tank sensor as Dan suggests. Easy enough task.
  Topic: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Slimvest

Replies: 24
Views: 558

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:16 pm   Subject: Re: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Purchase your infrared yet?

Dave

I'm just building suspense. Wink
  Topic: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Slimvest

Replies: 24
Views: 558

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:49 pm   Subject: Re: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Well, just did a hot lap around the Portland area freeways and I'm still a little stumped. Ambient temp is in the upper 40s and drizzle (spring break week weather). Gauge mostly was dead on or just ...
  Topic: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Slimvest

Replies: 24
Views: 558

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:49 pm   Subject: Re: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Just pulled a radiator out of a 90. I could not believe how much dirt was in the fins even with an AC condenser in front of it.

You know, I was honestly looking for an excuse to just swap the radia ...
  Topic: Temp Gauge testing at home
Slimvest

Replies: 73
Views: 31153

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:37 pm   Subject: Re: Temp Gauge testing at home
I wanted to add my gauge's readings for others to reference.

Confirmed 10 volts (9.8 actual) from the temp gauge wire at the thermostat to the cluster.
I think the gauge is functioning as it shoul ...
  Topic: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
Slimvest

Replies: 24
Views: 558

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:22 pm   Subject: Re: Temp gauge creep - Thermostat?
5 months later...I pulled the van out of winter hibernation to get back to this issue. I may have solved it, finding debris/road grime on the t'stat sensor connection. I pulled and cleaned both the ...
  Topic: My '86
Slimvest

Replies: 25
Views: 784

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:51 am   Subject: Re: My '86
Good looking starting point on the van. I like the Caddy too. Always wanted one of those in a diesel 5spd. Yours looks like it's a bit quicker.

Keep the updates coming!
  Topic: PDX/SW WA New to Area . .
Slimvest

Replies: 19
Views: 495

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:08 am   Subject: Re: PDX/SW WA New to Area . .
I'm not on FB, so I don't have those "friends" in the PDX Vanagons scene, but I am a Wet Westies follower. They've had almost zero events this year due to Covid and that a lot of the member ...
 
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