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  Topic: Tutorial for (door buzzer) stereo switch FAQ
vwwestyman

Replies: 52
Views: 14085

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Today 6:59 am   Subject: Re: Tutorial for (door buzzer) stereo switch FAQ
For when you get the replacement ignition switch:

I tried bunches of them and most didn't really work well/very long in the crank position, though the other functions did work. I could start the B ...
  Topic: 74 Bus Door Buzzer
vwwestyman

Replies: 8
Views: 143

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Yesterday 10:09 pm   Subject: Re: 74 Bus Door Buzzer
If you can figure out how to do what this guy did, you will have advanced mankind.



Here's how some guy did it in his wife's Subaru. And it plays other songs too!

https://imgur.com/a/23ayG61
  Topic: Tutorial for (door buzzer) stereo switch FAQ
vwwestyman

Replies: 52
Views: 14085

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Yesterday 9:58 pm   Subject: Re: Tutorial for (door buzzer) stereo switch FAQ
I can't tell you which fuse is involved off the top of my head.

But, on a '78, I can tell you that the hot signal should be there any time that the key is inserted into the ignition switch. In fac ...
  Topic: DIY smoke machine found some vacuum leaks today
vwwestyman

Replies: 8
Views: 2610

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:37 am   Subject: Re: DIY smoke machine found some vacuum leaks today
That is much fancier than my version of sucking in a big drag off a cheap cigar, and blowing it into a hose hooked up to the intake!

I feel like I need to do this with my Bus engine. And good ca ...
  Topic: Pop top insulation. You can do it!
vwwestyman

Replies: 88
Views: 47144

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:31 am   Subject: Re: Pop top insulation. You can do it!
Yep, I just made panels out of a roll of the 48" Reflectix. If I recall correctly, I made my measurements on the outside with the top popped, which had the (intended) effect of making them sligh ...
  Topic: Stuartzickefoose a year MIA
vwwestyman

Replies: 37
Views: 1970

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:05 pm   Subject: Re: Stuartzickefoose a year MIA
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/2164015.jpg

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/2164016.jpg

Stuart and grandpa

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/2164014.jpg
  Topic: DIY mattress toppers for Westfalia
vwwestyman

Replies: 17
Views: 1300

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:31 am   Subject: Re: DIY mattress toppers for Westfalia
For our Bus, my wife and I also use a foam mattress topper (probably the same Target one!) It came with some kind of fitted thin cover that would go over the topper and mattress, but we just have it ...
  Topic: 74 Heater Booster Fan Wiring - SUCCESS
vwwestyman

Replies: 19
Views: 480

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:07 pm   Subject: Re: 74 Heater Booster Fan Wiring


Note that on later vans the fan was wired differently. A change like this usually indicated that VW was having some problem with the earlier wiring design.

I wonder if perhaps it has something ...
  Topic: VW Fun Challenge
vwwestyman

Replies: 2182
Views: 150704

PostForum: General/Chat   Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:59 pm   Subject: Re: VW Fun Challenge
I think this counts.

My folks live in Topeka, KS and I live in Manhattan. It's about an hour drive door to door. My parents used to take my foster sons for an occasional weekend to give me a brea ...
  Topic: Who makes the best aftermarket panels?
vwwestyman

Replies: 10
Views: 464

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:48 am   Subject: Re: Who makes the best aftermarket panels?
Merlin-I gotta commend you on spending what I can only imagine to be a pretty penny to get multiples of parts simply to compare the quality!

I'm still a long ways away from being able to do any res ...
  Topic: VW Fun Challenge
vwwestyman

Replies: 2182
Views: 150704

PostForum: General/Chat   Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:50 am   Subject: Re: VW Fun Challenge
I can get something tomorrow if nobody else does.

We're taking my parent's foster son for the weekend to give them a much needed break. I'll be driving to meet my mom halfway to do the handoff, ...
  Topic: Estate Planning and the Old VWs
vwwestyman

Replies: 34
Views: 909

PostForum: General/Chat   Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:38 am   Subject: Re: Estate Planning and the Old VWs
Some good advice in here. I certainly understand that he may not care that much about them. And when I'm dead, I guess I won't know.

For while he's a child, at least, I am mostly concerned about ...
  Topic: Estate Planning and the Old VWs
vwwestyman

Replies: 34
Views: 909

PostForum: General/Chat   Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:49 pm   Subject: Re: Estate Planning and the Old VWs
You are turning a very simple situation into a very complicated mess.

Have a will that states son gets VW. That is all you can do. Whatever happens after you have passed is beyond your control. You ...
  Topic: Estate Planning and the Old VWs
vwwestyman

Replies: 34
Views: 909

PostForum: General/Chat   Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:15 pm   Subject: Re: Estate Planning and the Old VWs
Think about putting it in a Living Trust (along with any other significant property like your home), to be transferred when he reaches a certain age, and with an executor to ensure these terms are fol ...
  Topic: Estate Planning and the Old VWs
vwwestyman

Replies: 34
Views: 909

PostForum: General/Chat   Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:33 pm   Subject: Estate Planning and the Old VWs
First son was born in October, so we're working on estate planning to make sure he's taken care of, should something happen to us.

Wife asked what I would want to happen with the old VWs. I said t ...
  Topic: The official Chinese Diesel Heater thread (Webasto Knockoff)
vwwestyman

Replies: 1073
Views: 99654

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:46 am   Subject: Re: The official Chinese Diesel Heater thread (Webasto Knockoff)
It has been a while since I've seen anything about them, but maybe a year ago I saw that at least one of these companies made a 2 in 1 heater that had the regular air heater function along with a wate ...
  Topic: Burglar Protection while sleeping
vwwestyman

Replies: 82
Views: 2950

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:40 pm   Subject: Re: Burglar Protection while sleeping
Vwwestyman,
I just noticed that your signature line has quotes from two people I know personally. I canít imagine either of them saying those things. I know there are at least a couple samba members ...
  Topic: Burglar Protection while sleeping
vwwestyman

Replies: 82
Views: 2950

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:50 pm   Subject: Re: Burglar Protection while sleeping
Your mind is your worst enemy. Put a picture of a binky under your pillow and you will sleep fine.

By binky, do you mean a .357 Magnum? While youíre certainly correct that our minds are often our ...
  Topic: Colorado Bay Owners?
vwwestyman

Replies: 586
Views: 30933

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:01 pm   Subject: Re: Colorado Bay Owners?
I replaced the beam in my '78 over the summer. It was rusted waaay beyond use. The only replacement beam I could find was from a '70, so I had to weld brackets on it.

Then there was cleaning up c ...
  Topic: project git R done - 1977
vwwestyman

Replies: 31
Views: 1272

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:57 pm   Subject: Re: project git R done - 1977
If you're installing a 1973 motor onto the original transmission (and it looks like it's probably the 6-rib from the pics) for your '77 Bus, the bellhousing is not a correct match for your engine; it ...
 
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