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curator
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1621 wrote:
installed a rear facing jump seat.

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Did your jump seat come with armrests? I have a gray one without the arms but I sure would like some.
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a great idea from Texxxxx to use ashtrays for 12v sockets, I grabbed a Dremel chopped up a few ashtrays.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally mounted the gray water tank that I've had sitting on the shelf for almost a year. I had to fabricate the three mounting brackets, but that was pretty easy. What I've discovered though, is that the drain tube coming through the floor of the van and the inlet opening on top of the tank don't line up. I'll need to do some fabricating and reconfiguring to get those to line up.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Semi on-topic Reply with quote

By way of inspiring myself to get busy and give the van some love - some of what my Vanagon's done for me since the last customization:

- transported a washer, dryer, sofa, futon, and full-size refrig (not all at once!)
- hauled tons of lumber, rebar, fencing, t-posts, tools, and hardware
- transported several goats
- parked in front of newly transplanted raspberries to block afternoon sun while they settle in
- hauled many bales of straw and hay
- kept buddy's kids occupied crawling around in it so we could have lunch in peace
- served as a rifle stand while we were out target shooting - one with tables, seats, tunes, and a frig full of pale ale
- towed my wife's Beetle about 8 miles when it broke down.
- jump-started my pickup, my wife's beetle, and several strangers' cars
- plus of course she's my daily driver =)
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Added a wheelskin the other day, looks and feels killer but man what a beatch to install! The instructions said to allow about 1 hour, yeah right. When it was all said and done it took me 3 hours. The whipping twine they give you works great but gets tangled very easy and the needle broke on me and I had to finish the job with a homemade needle made out of a paper clip
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Continued to work on my 'punch list' before the start of the trip in two weeks

Figured out why my dash lights were going out. Turns out the circuit tracks for the light over the tach were finally giving out so I used an old instrument cluster I had and patched in a good one. After I made sure the below was working, I used some 'liquid electrical tape' over all the connections and it works like a charm. Thanx to whoever posted this fix before
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Lastly, installed this upgrade compliments to a friend who's a woodworker. Its an ash surround with a maple cutting board insert on the right and a replaceable plastic cutting board on the left. All the wood on the top was finished with 'salad bowl' finish (food friendly) while the rest got 3 coats of MinWax Polycrylic. Nice have the top of the cabinet become a true working surface
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed a new muffler & tailpipe today...
I had exhaust leaks happening in the header>cat and cat>muffler connections. Originally I was just going to install new gaskets and hardware, but decided I might as well go for more. I bought the 2.1 muffler w/heatshield, made in denmark, from Van Cafe...and the heavy duty tailpipe from GoWesty, also made in denmark.

I've read some reports of the aftermarket mufflers breaking welds after only a year or a little more...so I'm a little skeptical, but am hoping for the best. So far, I like it. This combo sounds a little more throaty than my old rig, but is still mellow and nice.

Also installed high wattage bulbs in the headlights. 80/100's in the low beams and 100's in the high beams! Not as good as H4, but hopefully with the relays I installed last week, this will be a marked improvement.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed a GoWesty propane tank on the passenger side of my GL. Next weekend I'll install the Propex.

It has been a long process. I decided I wanted a Propex...but before that I had to have an aux bat and fuse box to ignite it (plus some 12v sockets for the heck of it) and a propane tank for igniter...but before the aux bat I had to install the swivel bases I bought. Almost there.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will like the Propex Tex, but it is a lot of work installing it.

I put a Fiamma bike rack on the rear hatch. I see why everyone recommends this thing, it is very well made and prefectly functional. Also replaced all the lines to and from the bottom of the fuel expansion tanks, no more smelly van after fillups.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not all in one day but, I just finished working-

Oil change + filter,
New fuel lines in the engine compartment
new tailpipe

Next up:

check for seam rust (not likely on my CA van but I want to be sure) and beginning prep for a full repaint.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far a weekend well spent...some overdue projects complete
1) oil change
2) New Fuel Filter
3) added a compacitor and grounded out my AFM
4) wood laminant flooring (thanks to all the Samba members for the inspiration)

my next projects> aux.battery, SA grill, replace sensors (awaiting order from Gowesty) hhhmmm i know theres something else..well theres always something...enjoy
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Changed the oil and replaced the slave cylinder. Did the slave without having to bleed it. Have driven it alot since replacing slave, and still have a great pedal and smooth shifting. LUCKY!!!!!

The bonding continues...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

- Installed a GW 2.5 (March)
- replaced the clutch (original)
- Sanded, Stained and oiled all the interior wood
- Added high power headlights and relays
- replaced the Odometer (died at 134,648)
- replaced the accelerator cable
- checked the coolant pipes (replaced in 99)
- rain-x'd the windshield
- Installed a Magnaflow muffler

That should get me through the summer...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sunday 6/1:

-Installed short shift kit (Van-cafe) It's OK, did shorten the throw but I'm not sure it's worth $50

-Replaced all fuel lines from the tank to the injectors - was WAY overdue and all of the engine fire threads had me nervous. I actually bought the Van-cafe kit a few months ago but just now got to the install.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:06 pm    Post subject: Soldered On... Reply with quote

Today I worried about the noise from Winston's fuel pump, plotted to do something about it, and spent most of the evening soldering connectors so that I could use my old VW cigarette lighter charger plug with the Harbor Freight 15W solar panel I haven't tried on Winston yet.

I've got a lot to do tomorrow, but I'll put the thing out in the sun and take a reading off of it with a multitester. There's a diode in the negative pole that screwed up my continuity testing, but I think it's all still good.

I hope that fuel pump doesn't go tomorrow. I'll hopefully be saying that for years.

Shocked

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed a new rear view mirror. I purchased one on ebay. It took about 60 seconds to install.

Very pleased.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Presently working on converting my my 1990 Westy into a Syncro Westy with Suby engine. I will post my progress soon.

Chester, I might have some questions for you.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday i changed the wasserpumpen on my 2.1 vanagon. Took about 3 1/2 hours.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished installing backup camera and monitor today. I usually keep my rear hatch curtain closed and have two bikes on my hatch rack. Some times it s really difficult to reverse the van in tight spaces because of the bikes hanging in the back. The camera was purchsed from costco for about 60 bucks. It s a wireless camera and a color monitor. It even has night vision ability to it. very nice~~ Now I am able to see what s behind my bikes. In order to see the end of the bike and approaching objects while backing up, I mounted the camera on the top portion of the pop top instead of on license plate. Vision from license plate would not work for me. From the top of the pop top, I am able to look downward the bikes and both corners (almost)of rear bumper. I carefully positioned and mounted the dash monitor so that power jack comes thru the instrument cluster cover and powers it. no dangling wires. It automatically powers on when I shift the stick reverse and turns off when shift forward. Very Happy
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Sad My van is so dusty Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed my jailbars.
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