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  Topic: Typical rust areas to look for
wolfej1

Replies: 11
Views: 1370

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:04 am   Subject: Typical rust areas to look for
You also need to crawl underneath and check the condition. If it is bad under there there is really no hope and you should run.
  Topic: 1982 Vanagon MPG on factory sticker
wolfej1

Replies: 3
Views: 1280

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:21 am   Subject: 1982 Vanagon MPG on factory sticker
Looking for the official MPG rating for the 1982 gasoline powered Westfalia - FED version. The actual numbers that were printed on the window sticker when the vehicle was new.

much obliged Very Happy
  Topic: Ah the old 82 Westy
wolfej1

Replies: 5
Views: 611

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:11 am   Subject: Ah the old 82 Westy
Have the AAA would not leave home without it. Don't have the luxury of time so that kills it.

I was tired yesterday when I started this thread. You can all disregard these blatherings of an old ma ...
  Topic: Ah the old 82 Westy
wolfej1

Replies: 5
Views: 611

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:31 pm   Subject: Ah the old 82 Westy
Have not posted in quite a while but have been checking in somewhat regularly. Have a trip planned to drive to Tucson AZ from Cleveland OH in a few weeks and am debating whether or not to take the We ...
  Topic: My 1982 Aircooled vanagon will not start!
wolfej1

Replies: 8
Views: 692

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:52 pm   Subject: My 1982 Aircooled vanagon will not start!
I think you need to get your rig to a qualified mechanic and have him give you the low down. How many miles?
  Topic: Adjusting valves on Air-cooled Vanagon, Help!
wolfej1

Replies: 7
Views: 2232

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:23 am   Subject: Re: Adjusting valves on Air-cooled Vanagon, Help!
Hi
Does anyone have a link to a site that goes through step by step instructions on how to adjust the valves on an aircooled vanagon?
I'd really appreciate some idiot-proof instructions.
Thank you ...
  Topic: 1981 Vanagon loss of power and over heating
wolfej1

Replies: 16
Views: 1858

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:10 pm   Subject: Re: CHT above 400 degrees
After temporarily installing a VDO CHT gauge and driving it up a 15 mile incline (Hwy 17 in Santa Cruz) the oil temp stayed consistent at about 215 and the CHT went from about 350 at idle/start of cli ...
  Topic: Is this rust to bad for me to purchase the Westfaila
wolfej1

Replies: 28
Views: 4143

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:33 am   Subject: Is this rust to bad for me to purchase the Westfaila
Well I must have been lucky then as mine is as clean as a whistle no different than the ones i have seen from the desert. Very Happy
  Topic: Oil Cooler - Any one tried this one?
wolfej1

Replies: 6
Views: 1050

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:16 am   Subject: Oil Cooler - Any one tried this one?
i'd have to say pass on it.
my wholesale cost for "brand name" T4 coolers is more than that.

you do have an air cooled van, right?

Yes an aircooled. I am going to test the current one ...
  Topic: Intermittent Starting
wolfej1

Replies: 5
Views: 610

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:00 am   Subject: Intermittent Starting
I am having an issue starting my 82 Westy. When I put the key in the ignition and try to start it one of the following things occurs:

1 - The engine will start normally with the starter turning the ...
  Topic: Oil Cooler - Any one tried this one?
wolfej1

Replies: 6
Views: 1050

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:40 am   Subject: Oil Cooler - Any one tried this one?
any opinions or feedback appreciated:

http://www.partsgeek.com/gbproducts/WC/7229-01168749.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ff&utm_content=YN&utm_campaign=PartsGeek+Google+Base&utm ...
  Topic: 81 automatic air-cooled... what have I got myself into.
wolfej1

Replies: 18
Views: 3331

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:17 am   Subject: 81 automatic air-cooled... what have I got myself into.
As far as your mileage figures go, take heart in the fact that the mileage is much worse around town than it is on the open road. My '81 manual tans gets the same dreadful 13 mpg in the city, but thi ...
  Topic: Is this rust to bad for me to purchase the Westfaila
wolfej1

Replies: 28
Views: 4143

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:12 am   Subject: Is this rust to bad for me to purchase the Westfaila
You people from the rust belt should always consider a western rust-free Westy. It's hard enough to mechanically maintain these vehicles. There are lots of cheap Westys with bad drivetrains/engines ...
  Topic: Is this rust to bad for me to purchase the Westfaila
wolfej1

Replies: 28
Views: 4143

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:31 am   Subject: Is this rust to bad for me to purchase the Westfaila
More importantly - what does the undercarriage look like? When looking for any vehicle in the rustbelt the first thing you need to do is crawl underneath and check it out. If it is bad under there th ...
  Topic: Shower with a floor drain
wolfej1

Replies: 41
Views: 13509

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:54 am   Subject: Shower with a floor drain
if you are thinking you want something that is not permenant maybe you could do a 6" deep plastic tub Maybe 3' x 3' with a drain with a hose that you could shower than crack the slider and let it ...
  Topic: Oil Cooler Leak
wolfej1

Replies: 4
Views: 673

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:03 am   Subject: Oil Cooler Leak
I am pretty sure you can do the cooler with the engine installed, but probably easier out and in an engine stand. Have you verifed the leak is not the oil pressure switch? On the aircooled, I am prett ...
  Topic: Oil Cooler Leak
wolfej1

Replies: 4
Views: 673

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:06 am   Subject: Oil Cooler Leak
82 Westy....

Leaking oil from the oil cooler area - engine is coming out to diagnose and fix, correct? Just want to confirm.

Any other words of wisdom? I hear that the actual units are pretty r ...
  Topic: Top Speed '85 Westy?
wolfej1

Replies: 18
Views: 2476

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:59 am   Subject: Top Speed '85 Westy?
I have to concur with the folks who mention that something is not right. If I chose to do so, I could cruise at 70 mph in 82 Westy fully loaded on the flat with a decent amount of pedal left. On a lo ...
  Topic: Intake Runner (air-cooled)
wolfej1

Replies: 12
Views: 1377

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:49 pm   Subject: Intake Runner (air-cooled)
Replaced the spacer/gaskets and used hylomar on the head and runner surfaces. What a difference in how the engine is running - much smoother and seems to have a bit more power especially in 4th gear. ...
  Topic: Intake Runner (air-cooled)
wolfej1

Replies: 12
Views: 1377

PostForum: Vanagon   Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:28 pm   Subject: Intake Runner (air-cooled)
That will be fine.

thanks for the reply Smile
 
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