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ohlott
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the past few days. I painted the pop top and luggage rack. With new seals all the way around. Ordered some stainless steel bolts for the top to give it that extra bling.
Installed new seat belt out of a 91.
After the led lights write up. I had to do that. Put in 2 3 ft strips.
One over the bench seat and another over the sink.
Instaled a magnetic knife bar inside the lid of the sink..great idea!
Waiting on new window seal for all windows.
When I removed the luggage rack on the top drivers side was some rust. I thought it was a little surface but turned out to be a big hole. Took it to some body shop and they want 1000 to fix it..that's CRAZY.
The saga continues......pic to come
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Dan you mustn't trust my advice. Essence of peppermint oil, baby food jar with metal lid and holes punched in it and cotton/synthetic balls? pity. No mouse invasions and van smells fresh Cool but I did take your advice and added the welded mesh to the front heater air intake opening.

What I did FOR Scooby today, Went out and bought more electrical connectors and found a "stunning" tarp. It's a bright fall leaf pattern with vivid reds, oranges, etc...Talked them out of $7.00 as 6 mths to new season!!! Got some Great deals on tools (a special flash sale) at Princess Auto. Oh yeh I'm going to use the tarp (12 X 16) over top of Scooby and one sided canopy. I'm finding the collapsable canopy too heavy and awkward for me to deal with and it takes up too much space.. Also bought a 12V or 110 Air purifier/ionizer, like for $8.00! and bought a square Army First Aid box (empty) to store my spare parts on the shelf below Column D in the engine compartment (passenger side). Withstands temps of 75 to 130 C and won't rust, good seal too.

Finished www set up and cut a new carpet piece for over the engine compartment back end. I'm going to use the original brown matching carpet for bare spots in front (cut & glue them in). Did work around Auto Shop as I'm going to need a bit of help to lift the dash back in. When I get my order from BD then I can put the clamps on the flapper cables and get the front end FINISHED. Cool. Then I think I'll drive it for a week before taking on the fuel tank. It's full of fuel anyway. I'm probably going to give some diesel away as its full from putting it into storage).
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got my Westy out today.

I have to comment that the peppermint oil and cotton ball method of keeping the mice away did not work for me. Mice defecated all over the cotton balls! (I would post some pix if I hadn't cleaned up already). Back to moth balls next winter! I get complaints about the mothball smell all summer from the significant other that is why I tried the peppermint oil.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peppermint Oil (not fragrance) is on the soaked cotton balls locked into the glass jar with metal lid with nail holes punched in it. How could they defecate on the cotton balls? Did you leave all your cupboards open and take as much off the dash and front as you could so they wouldn't have any dark places?

At the garage, they are always overrun with mice who have made holes of entry. I put a set up at each hole and where ever i found nests and droppings, including the washroom, kitchenette and lunch room and not one turd!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put drops of the peppermint oil on cotton balls and put them throughout the van, drawers, cabinets etc. As always everything that could be a problem was removed, no food items what so ever! These were instructions I picked up somewhere. Definitely mouse poop everywhere!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found a box of tongue and groove bamboo flooring left over from when the house was built. Had literally just enough to make a floor for my new 1981 Vanagon. Literally only 12 inches of flooring left over. Took 30 minutes.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:41 pm    Post subject: Installed in line blower to heater system Reply with quote

Went through the heating system on my 82 Westy today. I discovered that one valve wasn't connected. Adjusted the other side to ensure the valve opens completly. Adjusted the control cables in the dash. Installed a new switch and fan.
Wow what a difference the fan makes. Leaving on a trip to the coast next weekend. It will be nice to have heat.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed my new Das Mule rock sliders. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My daughter and I replaced the felt channels and scrapers on driver's and passenger's windows. The old soap and water trick is a must. We have an icy fog this morning, and the seals look guttentite. Another wee item on the honey do list is done!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished installing the deep cycle battery, Truckfridge, Inverter and Charger... Westy Ventures style. Thanks for the help Karl!! Next up, wiring it all up. Complete Syncro before/after photos coming to a new post this week.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday: Installed new hook-ups, center floor mat, and new AZ Centennial license plate. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shoveled the snow from around Clem, car cover removed and battery back in to charge.....found a few exploded water bottles from winter freeze ....and a little mold - Day one of van life for 2012 felt good
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

more wire connections, put new seal on front signal lights, mounted 2 new(er) visors and missing hardware, oh right and put the 2 steering column brackets back on. Laughing Looked all over for my rear lights, couldn't find them so looked at the rear of the van and there they were, where they are supposed to be Embarassed Laughing I'm using the spray silicone to create new seals where the rotted gasket was. Been getting water in my lights. Also going to drill minute draining holes at lowest level.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took a ride in our Westy for the first time in 4 or 5 months today. Over the winter I rebuilt the engine, resealed the transaxle, all new CV joints, complete new cooling system from the radiator back, all new fuel lines and gas tank, new Koni shocks, new rear bushings, new wheels and tires and some other stuff I 'm forgetting about. Next is to redo the A/C system, add an inverter and a new radio. Whew! Runs great, very happy to have it back again! I missed my baby! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drove it Saturday, battery is 100% dead on Sunday, can't determine why. The primary battery won't hold a charge and neither will the secondary Sad Guess I'll be buying a battery very soon. - They were old anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went by the storage facility to have a look at her. Still too cold out and too much residual salt on the road. Will have another look after the Easter Weekend. My have it towed to the house so i can do a bit of work in the driveway. Getting excited for the 2012 driving/camping season.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Changed the manual trans gear oil. After much reading here, switched from Redline MT-90 to Swepco 210.

Broke two Flaps hand pumps--bad batch? In any case, simple proved better for me--funnel and tube through the wheel well worked a charm.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: One more mystery solved. Spade connector corrosion Reply with quote

I have already had my fridge out and cleaned, and it was working until recently. The fridge LED would light up when running the motor, with the fridge source selector in Battery position.

A few days ago, the LED stopped lighting. So I went to Radio Shack and bought the Blue LED #276-0311 and soldered it in. Still no light.

I went to VanCafe and asked if there were any fuses to the fridge, they said to check the ones in the black plastic box by the driver door. The fuses were good.

Then Chris at VC, my hero for today, asked if possibly any of my fridge electric connectors under the sink might have come loose, so I checked.. no, they were all tight..

but I decided to unplug and reconnect them.. After unplugging the single black wire junction, and plugging it back in, I started the engine with the Fridge in Battery mode, and the Fridge light now Works!

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Moral of the story, spade connectors corrode with time and make poor contact..

Now Im ready for Death Valley, with more than just canned food.. I get to bring some burgers and sausage for the grill..
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tune up time,
Changed fuel filter...air filter..plugs...dizzy cap..rotor.

I cut open the fuel filter and removed the paper filter to check how dirty it was, which would indicate the condition of the fuel tank, it was possible to roll it out on the floor, like a toilet paper roll and see that it was stained in the center, but no rust particles.

Also removed the A/C compressor off the engine as I never used the A/C,
and it never worked anyhow..boy was it heavy, been carrying around a load of dead weight for 4 years, maybe the fuel economy will improve?

Roll on Spring!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ordered up my power steering unit from bus depot... getting set to tow it to a mechanic who's gonna help do the tranny, fuel lines and install the new PS unit.

CAN NOT WAIT! Surprised Razz
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