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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:14 am    Post subject: This week I.... Reply with quote

Remounted fiberglass cladding after repairs and paint.

Mounted Magnaflow stainless exhaust and tip from GoWesty. (Despite having
been sent one wrong saddle...ugh. Love those guys, gotta' shoot them an email.) I mean, I won a washboard in their music giveaway, so I gotta' cut them some slack, haha.

As for the muffler - I like the sound... a little bit deeper.

Changed belts.

Changed plugs. (Checked wires, cap and rotor.)

Changed Fuel Filter.

Noticed oil cooler o-ring leak... next change is gonna be a bit messy Laughing

Took it to Navarro Beach along the Mendocino coast... not too shabby! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:22 am    Post subject: I may stalk your posts Dave, haha. Reply with quote

You sir are the handiest.
Just glancing over your posts and I am in awe. You take on any project regardless of content...

Fabric, metal, you name it. Rock on man.

~ Your new fan, Jenn Laughing

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Recovered Dash Pad........

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=578357

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What it started out looking like.....
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:28 am    Post subject: Re: flashing coolant light Reply with quote

The coolant level sensor is in the expansion tank. Not where you fill, the other container. If the prongs of the sensor are not submerged, the light will flash. Check the level, fill the expansion tank when it is cold and clean the contacts and prongs. (If the expansion tank level is LOW, you need to investigate the cause.)
You could replace the sensor as a preventative, I snagged one for 11 bucks at a FLAPS and it tested at install within specs of OEM unit.

Good Luck!
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after a nice w/e camping, our '85 decided to falsh the RED COOLANT light on the way home .... stopped, checked for leaks (none) and coolant looked fine at the back, so made it home ok - it stopped flashing on restart.

that means coolant was low somehwere right - yes there were hills.

H.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:53 am    Post subject: Re: I may stalk your posts Dave, haha. Reply with quote

jaggedline wrote:
You sir are the handiest.
Just glancing over your posts and I am in awe. You take on any project regardless of content...

Fabric, metal, you name it. Rock on man.

~ Your new fan, Jenn Laughing

djkeev wrote:
Recovered Dash Pad........

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=578357

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What it started out looking like.....
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Dave


Ha! Can you convince my wife of that!?

After 44 years she has come to expect that I can fix it!

The awe and appreciation are long gone! Now it's just business as usual......... "Of course you fixed that.......... Why wouldn't you?"
Wink

Seriously, thanks for the kind words!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fixed the full throttle switch on my 83 that was missing its tabs. i found wires hanging in the engine compartment that weren't attached to anything and it led me to realize that they didn't have anywhere to connect to. i guess people had broke them off inadvertently while fooling with the air cleaner box and air boot. VW jambed a bunch of stuff together right there...silly germans.
I was wary of soldering the old connection points for fear of melting the internal parts of the switch. I got lucky and found a tap and two screws to match from one of my screw hordes. I needed to file the screw down so that it wouldn't bottom out in the switch but I was stoked to find there is about a 1/4 inch of brass rivet there to tap and it held the screw well. I flattened a male connector crimp end and drilled a hole in it for the screw.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Washt my syncro today
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a good weekend on the syncro. We retro fitted a custom bumper (from previous owner) with a 2" tow hitch to haul bikes, a scooter hauler and such. Pulled it off, scuffed it, cut the 2" receiver to size, welded it on and painted it. I also replaced the stereo-to-amp cable so I could actually hear my jams.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henning wrote:
Washt my syncro today


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I guess you donít have old aged people at home.Smile Van will stand out in any parking lot. Van has Cool Cool & tough looks.
Can you please share some pic of F/R suspension . Thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rotated the tires the other day and noticed my left front was wearing more on the inside edge. I took it in and had the camber and toe in adjusted today.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I guess you donít have old aged people at home.Smile Van will stand out in any parking lot. Van has Cool Cool & tough looks.
Can you please share some pic of F/R suspension . Thanks



Cool that you like my Syncro Very Happy
Here are some suspension pictures that you asked for Wink

The setup is: GoWesty springs and Fox shocks and a 4cm spacer at the top of the rear springs Smile with 255/70-16" wheels Smile

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here are the build thread of it Smile
http://vwbus.no/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=30632
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took some time but I've finally got a paint that nearly matches my dash board plastic Brown color family.

I had to mix it myself starting with a basic brown experimenting with pigments until it is about as close as I can hope for.......

Various dash plastic parts with the sample.......
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I decided to take out the windshield to see what was going on in the lower passenger corner where I was seeing rust. I wish I had left it alone for the moment, because it took over the last few days! I had to half ass the repair, as I don't weld, but this should hold me over for a year or two...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:28 am    Post subject: Fixed my Window Rocking problem Reply with quote

Finally took my driver door apart to poke around. Turns out that the fiber pad was missing (later found it down below in the drain area in the bottom of the door).

Issue: Driver window was rocking back and forth making a clunking sound when stoping, accelerating, or putting your arm down on it. (rather annoying)

Fix: While some of this could be related to the whole window armature, in my case it was a simple matter of replacing the felt pad in the door frame.

Here are some pictures:

reference picture. the pad is *not* the white one, it's above that.
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Here is a closeup of the felt pad in place. It is above the white styrofoam pad.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woke up my '85 Westy yesterday from it's slumber on the street. A quick battery charge (came up to 100%... good battery) and she woke up with authority.

Did a few tasks that have been bothering me for a long time.

Repaired the vent window on the Driver's side. Simple. Figured out why the OEM Blaupunkt speaker on the driver side didn't work - the speaker wire was snipped in two.

And the best thing - added sound deadening to both drivers and passengers doors. Now when you close them, not more tinny "clink" when you close the doors, but a more authoritative Benz like "thunk".

It should really help with road noise - not that it is a big problem...

Now to fix that pesky oil leak... it is always something.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got Scooby back on the road today after nearly 2 mths. The specialists fixed it by adding 2 one way valves into the fuel injection line. The pump itself was fine, it was just that the fuel was draining backward. I don't understand it so I might not be explaining it correctly. The bill was reasonable too. Now have to get used to driving that monolith again and different shifting patterns. Happiness is having it functional again.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took delivery on a vanagon today, she has been making her way across the US on the back of a truck for the last week.
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87 syncro, tin top that was converted to a pop top.
Oh so much to do, but for now just need to get familiar with her squeaks and groans and get her to pass CA smog.

The list:
1.8T over at Stephans and all the bells and whistles that go with it.
Better brakes!!!
A/C (cause it is hot out here in CA I am learning)
Propex heater for the mountains in winter
And everything else that comes up as those are completed.
Oh the fun is only beginning!!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ultra_rnr wrote:
Took delivery on a vanagon today, she has been making her way across the US on the back of a truck for the last week.
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87 syncro, tin top that was converted to a pop top.
Oh so much to do, but for now just need to get familiar with her squeaks and groans and get her to pass CA smog.

The list:
1.8T over at Stephans and all the bells and whistles that go with it.
Better brakes!!!
A/C (cause it is hot out here in CA I am learning)
Propex heater for the mountains in winter
And everything else that comes up as those are completed.
Oh the fun is only beginning!!

let the pocket-book pain begin Smile
nice rims+tires, any specs/info available?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New rear floor is in, seats are going back in, soon the camper section will be finished and on to reinstalling the heater box and dashboard!
LONG time coming!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go, Dave, go!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ledogboy wrote:
I decided to take out the windshield to see what was going on in the lower passenger corner where I was seeing rust. I wish I had left it alone for the moment, because it took over the last few days! I had to half ass the repair, as I don't weld, but this should hold me over for a year or two...


yep...did the same to the passenger side rear window changing to the "vented window". Found some cancer that was not visible...destroyed a Sunday Afternoon and a night waiting for the paint to dry properly to put the window back in by myself. What sucks is I started a new job Monday morning and trying to stay awake was a challenge! What sucks even more is I just sold off some window frames which I could have used to do the repair!
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