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  Topic: Chasing up vibrations in the drive train - Syncro
stormforge

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:57 am   Subject: Re: Chasing up vibrations in the drive train - Syncro
Frustrating! I fought with similar problems but eventually sorted it out with new transmission mounts and a careful driveshaft alignment.

(Is your "tail shaft" what we yanks call a driv ...
  Topic: Prices these days? What should I be asking?
stormforge

Replies: 5
Views: 374

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:52 am   Subject: Re: Prices these days? What should I be asking?
Where did you get that accessory power panel with the Syncro light? Very nice!

I put it together -- it shows outside temp, battery volts, and barometric pressure.

Thanks,
-Bill
  Topic: Prices these days? What should I be asking?
stormforge

Replies: 5
Views: 374

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:26 am   Subject: Re: Prices these days? What should I be asking?
Whoops -- thanks -- fixed I think!
  Topic: Prices these days? What should I be asking?
stormforge

Replies: 5
Views: 374

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:06 am   Subject: Prices these days? What should I be asking?
Hi All! I've lost track of what reasonable Vanagon prices are. It seems like they are down a bit from a few years ago? If I put my reasonably nice tin-top Syncro on the market, where should I start ...
  Topic: GVM upgrade Payload
stormforge

Replies: 3
Views: 184

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 4:42 am   Subject: Re: GVM upgrade
Not quite sure what you're asking? Are you talking about suspension upgrades to increase payload capacity?
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 4:54 am   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
For me, it's certainly something to do with the shaft. The van is smooth as silk without it.

I'm not (yet) convinced about your idea on the flange heights. I'm thinking that all the driveshaft ca ...
  Topic: Humidity levels - what is the max humidity for storing parts?
stormforge

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Views: 613

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 8:26 am   Subject: Re: Humidity levels - what is the max humidity for storing parts?
Generally you want to store steel/iron at 45% relative humidity or less.

On the other hand, I don't think an old engine is going to be hurt much if you hose it down with your favorite rust prevente ...
  Topic: Good deals on Nice Vans
stormforge

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PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:00 am   Subject: Re: Good deals on Nice Vans
Hmmm... Not a nice van and no idea if it's a deal or not -- but might be of interest to some folks since it looks like an original turbo diesel. 2WD full Westy in pretty weathered shape. About 5 mi ...
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:55 am   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
Thanks Alistair! For my laser I used a cheapo laser bore sight (which is a laser pointer that you load into a gun and it shines through the barrel to show you where to set your sights). These thing ...
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:00 pm   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
Nice! Thanks for the math. I threw the original together in a big hurry and it solved my vibration problems a couple of years ago so I didn't think about it too much. I'll update my target when I g ...
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:14 pm   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
I actually went back and checked runout on the driveshaft tube rather than the u-joint flange and I saw surprisingly little -- something like 4-6 thou at both ends. Much better than I would have gues ...
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:45 pm   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
FYI -- here are links to the scaled SVG image of my alignment target and the spreadsheet that I used to produce the target. The target takes into account the length of my laser. If your laser is a d ...
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:33 pm   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
I'd certainly be concerned about the fluid and the play from your front transaxle input shaft -- neither of those things sound right. Maybe a bad seal and/or bearing on that input shaft?

-Bill
...
  Topic: Sealing exterior seams
stormforge

Replies: 12
Views: 696

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:27 am   Subject: Re: Sealing exterior seams
I've had really good luck with the 3M 8310 seam sealer:

https://www.amazon.com/3M-08310-Beige-Bare-Metal-Sealer/dp/B003IA9G2W

-Bill
'89 Syncro
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:24 pm   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
Thanks Dave! Very interesting pictures! My rubber bushings look surprisingly nice for 30 years -- but now I wonder if they are all misshapen?

Did the new front bushings solve your driveshaft pro ...
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:32 am   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
I started this saga by replacing the 4 rubber mounts on the mustache bar with OEM-style ones.

My rubber sandwich transmission mounts are older (maybe original?) but really look pretty good. I do n ...
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:39 am   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
So, folks who have rebuilt your driveshafts with new u-joints and guibo -- did you get the shaft balanced? Was it out of balance after the rebuild?

Thanks!
-Bill
'89 Syncro
  Topic: Funky Idle...
stormforge

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Views: 560

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:32 am   Subject: Re: Funky Idle...
It certainly could be the valve! Give it a long/overnight soak and then get in there with a flashlight and some Q-tips.

-Bill
'89 Syncro
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:14 pm   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
I haven't had the shaft balanced and the nearest place with a machine is 2-3 hours away. I've been hoping that nothing I've done to it would change the balance significantly -- but who can say? Confused ...
  Topic: Syncro driveshaft runout?
stormforge

Replies: 34
Views: 1512

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:46 pm   Subject: Re: Syncro driveshaft runout?
Thanks for the reply! Yeah, the flange recesses do ensure that the shaft runout isn't going to be too bad -- but, I could have screwed up the u-joint replacement or something like that which the runo ...
 
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