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MayorMcCheese
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pulled my fridge out to give it a once over and to remove the fiberglass insulation behind it. No rust!

Would it be a good idea to remove the rubber plug that's in the floor so that any water that gets back there will drain out or will it end up letting more moisture in Question
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got down under the back and yes I have those grill holes too but mine don't look any where near as good as yours. Actually they are filthy. Will wash when I wash van. I'm thinking of painting the bottom section black. That's not a priority for sure.

Well today I STRUGGLED but got the dash back in by myself. I really did need help but no one was available. What a tough job. Then getting the dash between the 2 brackets and the steering column was a PITA. Pushing lifting with my shoulder and prying with a flat head. But I came out victorious. In the beginning I wanted to quit but knew I couldn't. I'm sure finding the tough me some days.

Rewiring all 4 gauges and 1 meter, well was a mess! I labelled but most of the labelling meant not much. gggggrrrrrr Oh well I did it and I had to deal with it. Have 1 female connector left over! Embarassed Going to take a pic of mess.

Tomorrow will do cluster and heating controls. Radio can wait until I'm driving it.

After getting that glow plug thingie straightened out last week, I knocked one of the wires off so have to figure out again how I did it Rolling Eyes Brick wall

You know I enjoyed driving the van last fall, well this year I am REALLY going to enjoy it because I did this work!!!! I know y'all told me so Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Applause
well deserved in such a huge task
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curtsying a thank you Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, people still curtsy?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had the propane tank filled for the first time in two years... found out it was empty! Shocked Laughing

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Wow, people still curtsy?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well for the first time in 8 mths Scooby is being towed to Oscars (he's a master auto wirer) to get the mess up front (some I made) straightened out. He's the fellow who rewired all the engine compartment for me more than a year ago. Nelson is very busy and he has seen it without the dash and doesn't want to touch it. Same reaction to old messy motor.

I told Oscar my Tercel insurance expires on May 7th so that's his timeline and that will get me to Fergus G & G. The hard part is not having diagrams to follow and I didn't do a very good job marking. He is VERY busy but will fit me in. Love that Spanish fellow!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last week I reinstalled the transmission after a AA rebuild (popping out of first and second) and added a couple cutting board spacers. Noted that the Left rear was harder to turn, so last night I pulled the drums and saw what a rusty mess the hardware was. The parking brake lever was stuck to the shoe and wasn't releasing. Oiled and greased the mess and got it working better. Now I noticed it clicking back there when I making turns.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took the opportunity given by the awful whether we've had here the last few days to remove the carpet and put a 2-colour bamboo flooring (now, the rest of the van looks a little sad, but well... on thing at a time) :
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Nice, I like how you carried it forward. I have blonde laminate in main salon, I like the darker or the ''honey & teak sole" look. Had it in my last sailboat. I have some dark laminate now, perhaps sometime way in the future when I have nothing to do, I'll honey & teak Scooby. I also covered my fridge door as the blue laminate had fallen off.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAIZEE wrote:
Well for the first time in 8 mths Scooby is being towed to Oscars (he's a master auto wirer) to get the mess up front (some I made) straightened out. He's the fellow who rewired all the engine compartment for me more than a year ago.


Hi Daizee:

Can you tell me where Oscars is located? Since I am quite near to you he may be the answer to my electrical troubles with my Beetle.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beltran Electric, 111 Millwood, Unit 1 (around back) East off Islington, South of Steeles 416 749 9484. Spanish family business with wife and 2 sons. He is good, really good. Tell him Scooby referred you Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished up my doors today. More then pleased!!! One day I might actually drive a Vanagon.

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I also removed a years worth of outdoor grime and 150k miles off my new engine... I call it a base prep Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice ! Are those skateboard wheels you're using for your window crank ?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! They are actually anti-rocker aggressive Inline skate (or whatever it's called now a days... man I just felt old) wheels. Senate Roadhouse Crayolas 47mm circa 1995, to be exact Smile

I was tossing a set of skates I still had laying around and gutted all the hardware and wheels. Made these and I still have the other 2 crayolas in orange and yellow too, and I made a set for 2 of my friends, and a shift-knob with the other wheels, Senate Lowriders. It brings me back.

So yeah anyway, Inline skate wheels work better because they are flush with the bearing and thinner. Also this up with the top on my custom mods list! The window action is sooo smooth now.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smokey, how about some window crank mod details with pics? I realize it's probably a long bolt to hold it in place, with a washer between wheel and crank, but it's very creative!....looks like cool factor and function!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put in a new speedo cable from van cafe. Cut in and added a passenger side dome light, location matches driver side. Put a warm white 6 led bulb in it, swapped out the older cool white leds I was running with warm white to match. (superbrightleds.com). Like it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fixed spade end of temp sender wire and found another(!) failed coolant hose.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Added this to the back window:
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and this past weekend was at TX VW Classic showing the beast...
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