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  Topic: Been a few years...
bucko

Replies: 8
Views: 1145

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:52 pm   Subject: Been a few years...
I'ts been awhile (maybe two years) since I've last posted here. I don't see some of the usual member names I was used to. I see that mightyart is no longer the moderator. Hope all is well with him and ...
  Topic: carburated vanagon
bucko

Replies: 7
Views: 1387

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:51 pm   Subject: carburated vanagon
Why you'd want to step backwards in technology is beyond me. A foolish thing to do. Carbs were phased out years ago for a reason; inefficiant. If you think your gas mileage will improve, you're wrong ...
  Topic: Clock to tach - swap in progress
bucko

Replies: 32
Views: 4990

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:44 pm   Subject: Clock to tach - swap in progress
Your 85 is pre-wired for a tach. My guess is that your tach kaput, or that the "flexable" blue cluster wiring is bad.
  Topic: Vanagon Tach controls
bucko

Replies: 40
Views: 9701

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:49 am   Subject: Vanagon Tach controls
How can you tell the difference? I'm looking for a 86+ cluster.

The clusters that support the 2.1 liter "dual oil pressure senders" contain the buzzer circuit board on the speedometer ba ...
  Topic: Check out this cool new gadget!
bucko

Replies: 20
Views: 3409

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:44 am   Subject: Check out this cool new gadget!
OBDII? OBD? What are these?

At any rate I'm getting one for my Jeep YJ! Wink

On Board Diagnostics, second generation. All manufacturers were required to supply the "common software" ...
  Topic: engine temps - maybe i need a new thermostat?
bucko

Replies: 12
Views: 1716

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:17 am   Subject: engine temps - maybe i need a new thermostat?
During the hot summer days here in Dallas, my temp guage needle never got above the LED; it would hang just below it. This was with a new radiator, thermostat, and a flush of the system earlier this y ...
  Topic: New Vanagon owner looking for advice please
bucko

Replies: 32
Views: 4939

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:08 am   Subject: New Vanagon owner looking for advice please
I suppose you could have a higher temp rating thermostat than I do; my temp needle never rose above the LED, but rather always floated below it. I however put in a new radiator, lower temp thermostat, ...
  Topic: New Vanagon owner looking for advice please
bucko

Replies: 32
Views: 4939

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:29 am   Subject: New Vanagon owner looking for advice please
Welcome to the land of "wasserboxers". I can offer a bit of help by suggesting the search function. There is a wealth of data to be found on common water leaks, and fixes. Your temp gauge fo ...
  Topic: 1st gear grinding :-/
bucko

Replies: 22
Views: 4152

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:31 am   Subject: 1st gear grinding :-/
Ah heck, you got 3 other good gears left; who needs first gear?

We don't need no stinkin' first gear!

Kidding aside, I'd check the adjustment as well. I'll gander an opinion that one or more bus ...
  Topic: Advice Needed - FI or Carb replacement
bucko

Replies: 3
Views: 778

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:20 am   Subject: Advice Needed - FI or Carb replacement
You will probably get no one here telling you to replace the FI with carbs.
Carbs are the last resort for people who don't(or won't) understand a 25 year old Fuel injection system,
You had it runni ...
  Topic: brake pedal to the floor... in one day. help?
bucko

Replies: 40
Views: 5100

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:36 am   Subject: brake pedal to the floor... in one day. help?
I'll chime in one last time and mention I was only looking out in your behalf, as well as those around you. Here's the problem your missing; you still have a leak somewhere. Your brake resevior was em ...
  Topic: brake pedal to the floor... in one day. help?
bucko

Replies: 40
Views: 5100

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:34 am   Subject: brake pedal to the floor... in one day. help?
"You won't hurt your brake system by test driving your van, but you might damage your van if you can't stop."

Not to mention some inocent others that are sharing the road with you. The ab ...
  Topic: Update to the 89 Wolfsburg my dad just bought..
bucko

Replies: 14
Views: 1890

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:07 am   Subject: Update to the 89 Wolfsburg my dad just bought..
While I feel your pain, you have to admit that only you and your dad are to blame. If you knew nothing of what to look for in purchasing a Vanagon, you should have brought someone who did, or at the v ...
  Topic: brake pedal to the floor... in one day. help?
bucko

Replies: 40
Views: 5100

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:13 am   Subject: brake pedal to the floor... in one day. help?
Bleeding can be done at home, but it will require a partner, at the very least. There are several tricks and even tools to make it easier. I'm guessing by your questions you do not have a brake bleedi ...
  Topic: smoke (almost fire) from under dash on attempted ignition
bucko

Replies: 5
Views: 1080

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:26 am   Subject: smoke (almost fire) from under dash on attempted ignition
Here's a tip: grab the Bentley wire schematic and see what that wire does. My guess is when you routed the antenna wire in from the fender to the radio, you snagged another wire and caused a short on ...
  Topic: Bug motor into Syncro Vanagon?
bucko

Replies: 37
Views: 6607

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:55 am   Subject: Bug motor into Syncro Vanagon?
And folks thought the diesel was slow....putting in a 1600 would be just insanely slow....
  Topic: How long do they last? Exhausts
bucko

Replies: 13
Views: 1673

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:31 am   Subject: How long do they last? Exhausts
I've mentioned this before on threads pertaining to aftermarket exhausts (excluding TENCENTLIFE's system he'd designing); you get what you pay for. When folks start pricing a replacement for their 20 ...
  Topic: 83.5 to 86 instrument panel connection question
bucko

Replies: 9
Views: 2006

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:29 am   Subject: 83.5 to 86 instrument panel connection question
The search shall set you free; this conversion (swapping out a later cluster into an older Vanagon) has been discussed in the past with good writeups and "how to" steps.

You'll find your ...
  Topic: Turn Signals on Mirrors?
bucko

Replies: 26
Views: 2984

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:24 am   Subject: Turn Signals on Mirrors?
In my one years worth of driving in the Dallas Texas area, I have found the the use of a turn signal is not to indicate a polite request to enter a lane, but rather a "I'm coming over now; slow u ...
  Topic: Replacment Fuel pump
bucko

Replies: 4
Views: 898

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:30 am   Subject: Replacment Fuel pump
Use the search; there is a Ford electric fuel pump that is supposed to work.
 
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