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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:23 pm    Post subject: Secondary Amplifier & Speakers for The Toaster Reply with quote

Eric&Barb wrote:
Agreed about the OG brake drums, if you have a place you can just stack them away.

Abscate wrote:
Call up the guys and pull them out of the recycle bin, pronto..


Eric&Barb, Abscate; got it. Thanks. Great advice all around.

Oh, and back to the whole extra gas can thing; there's a high likelihood we won't even bring one. Staying diligent, I think (hope) we won't have any impossible distances to overcome.

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Peripherals:

We love our original radio. Thanks to the VW community, it works great (I've posts about it a few years back).
I use it all the time.

For our cross-country, I wanted to have access to some more volume, stereophonic sound, larger access to music and podcasts and such...

Naturally I did NOT want to alter the bus to achieve all that, and although the Retro-Sound (brand) stereos are nice, and you can get stereo speakers that fit in the original placement, I had no desire to remove the original set-up.

Thanks to forums here on The Samba, and some good advice, here's what I have come up with...

The system I have set up allows us to have either the original stereo, or the new amplifier.

Amplifier:
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Speakers (excuse the typo):
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Here's a quick video demonstrating it. I'm not a cinematographer.


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Tomorrow, on the way to the Kelly Park VW meet (San Jose, CA), I'll see how the Amplifier sounds when The Toaster is at highway speeds.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:19 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

I have trouble getting those suction cups to stick long term. Maybe a thin Schmear ( that's Brooklyn for smear) of Elmers Glue will help?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Looks like it works pretty well!

Think would go with three magnets per speaker in a triangle pattern to make those much more stable from popping loose from road bumps. Nice that the magnets mean less holes drilled and felt protecting surfaces.

The switch on the kick panel would be easier to reach and no hole in the kick panel by putting it up under the dash edge. Could use the stock dash switches mounting screw to also mount the new switch, or mount it below the speedo steering mount to one of those bolts under there.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

So nice to see all three of you at Kelley Park! The toaster looked great!

Safe travels home.

We'll give you a Minnesota welcome if you happen to go through our state on your cross country trip.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject: Kelly Park Meet. April 23rd, 2017 (Kelly Park, San Jose, CA) Reply with quote

nlorntson wrote:
So nice to see all three of you at Kelley Park!


Great to see you too! The bug looks fantastic, but man-o-man; the Double Cab!

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SO immaculate; so beautiful.

...we enjoyed seeing and talking with everyone. Was particularly pleased to talk at length with Kurt (Funky Truck), catch up with a lot of folks and meet plenty of new people too.

Where else but at a VW meet could you entertain a 25 minute conversation about SO-42 Jalousie windows and both of you are interested in the subject? Certainly not with family or non-VW friends.

Kelly Park was as wonderful as it always is. Of the meets that we have managed to go to semi-regularly over the past few years, I think my two top favorites are Kelly Park and the Camp & Shine (up at Clear Lake, CA Father's Day Weekend). There's plenty of other meets we haven't made (yet), but those are two that make my summer feel complete.

I always forget to check and see what the total number of VW is/was. I know that the pre-registration caps at 300 (and are snapped up quick when they are made available), but they let in additional day of. There's often also plenty of folks in the parking lot with Air-Cooled VWs who weren't able to make it in...

I took about 184 snapshots (I'm no photographer) which is less then last year, but I put many of them here, along with anyone/everyone else on The Samba posting photos of Kelly Park:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_search.php?search_keywords=Kelley+Park+2017

A few select ones, just for a taste though...

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...The Lego version of The Toaster was on display, and as Kathy was in the Toaster relaxing, groups of kids would check it out and then go get friends to see it.

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Spent $20 on raffle tickets, and won The Idiot's Guide ($30 value), so now Kathy's Ghia has a copy to have on-hand:

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...again; one of the things that makes this meet so fantastic is to not only see all the VWs of every shape/size/"patina"/creativity/individually too, but it's all the wonderful and kind people who make it out to the meet that make it great.
If we got to meet you this time around; glad to have.
If not; next time, next meet.

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:33 pm    Post subject: Medrea Spring Fling Meet in medrea, California, April 30th, 2017 Reply with quote

Another week, another meet...

Only 163 miles away from our home in the Bay Area of California, another VW meet.
This time in Madrea, Califronia, the; "Madrea Spring Fling"

Just north of Fresno, this meet attracts a lot of folks from both northern and southern California
(...and from beyond. Farthest traveled award of $100 went to a man who came up from Mexico City for the meet).

One of the nice things about this meet is that it is peer-adjudicated.
If you have paid the meet's registration to display your VW, you get to vote for your favorites in every category.

Kathy and I were up by 4am and on the road by 4:30am.
We left Kathy's Ghia behind, because Kathy wanted some more time behind the wheel of The Toaster in preparation for later this summer.

Many folks go a night or two early because camping is allowed.
We would have loved to, but had been invited to dinner Saturday night.
At the meet, we ran into several friends and folks that we knew, and met a great many new people too.

We were fortunate to have Kurt ("Funky Truck") pull up along side us at the meet:

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You can tell that spring is transitioning to summer when in the Central Valley of California; there was a high of 85 degrees.
For the Central Valley that is completely bearable, and beautiful.

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It seemed that there were almost more split-window buses in the camping and part-swap area of the meet then in the display area...

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...as often is the case, the show has a high ratio of bugs, beautiful, beautiful bugs in all shapes and styles...

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A lot of Bay Windows too, but back to Split Buses; this beautiful 1964 Double-Cab was also there:

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More, and more, and more buses...

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Besides having a great time being able to hang out with Kurt, it was a joy to witness his reaction when he got word
that he had been awarded 1st place by his peers in the category of all split windows buses at the meet:

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Kurt was naturally appreciative, but so fantastically humble too; "but, but, there's those other buses... and Funky Truck has rusty gates on it right now, and, and..."
Kurt and Funky Truck deserve the award and recognition. The amount of time, detail and caring that he puts into his work, and such a great guy too.
I believe the VW community at large at the meet saw/respect every bit of that.

We had a great time talking with and meeting folks as always.
Enjoyed our picnic lunch, but most of all seeing such a large variety of VWs.

I took a LOT of pictures of a lot (but far from all) of the VWs at the meet.
Here's a link to any/all of the pictures folks have been submitting to on TheSamba, it includes at least 85% of the snapshots I took yesterday.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_search.php?...ts=summary

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The next VW-related event we have is the Bus City 9th Annual Camping in the Redwoods in Guerneville, California, the weekend of May 19th - 21st, 2017.
Link:
http://vwcamperfamily.ning.com/events/bus-city-201...redwoods-g

Our list of what I'd like to complete/fix on the Bus before our cross-country trip this summer is getting shorter:

    Correctly wire, and/or fix the high/low beam switch
    Open the Fresh-Air flap area again and take millimeters off of the directional flaps again and again until it slides easily, but keeps its seal
    Figure out why the rear dome light no longer works, and fix it (could be the wiring, the front switch, wires between...)
    Create and install the missing/broken small wooden holder-rail for the jump-seat.
    Replace the cracked long square wood piece underneath the Z-bed's bottom seat (the wood that holds the seat in place when in seated position)
    Figure out if adding temporary (non-stock) door seal material to the cargo doors will prevent driving vibrations from "unlatching" the rear cargo door's handle
    Take a cm (or so) off the back of the ABS plastic headboards so that I can places the aluminum bow strip back up between it and the birch ceiling


I'm sure there must be other things, but these are some of the small projects I need to finish.

Beautiful weather out; I hope everyone is out enjoying their buses.
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 2:57 pm    Post subject: Spare Parts for our cross-country trip... Reply with quote

I'm a little hesitant to put this up (here on this thread) already, but as I am musing...

There are three major lists that I have developing for our cross-country trip this summer.

1) Packing list (camping/clothing/personal non-VW items for the trip)
2) Tools that I intend to bring
3) Spare parts (some needed for along-the-way tune-ups, others in case of breakdown)

I've gone through a few different threads on the Samba over time and the list I have put together is below (so far).

Much of this list I already have.
Some of it I plan to get/have prior to the trip.

Again; this is NOT a tool list!

The easiest tool/spare part list I saw was; Triple-A card, cell phone, and a joint.
The most sensible, yet damning list I read included the warning; the part (or tool) you didn't pack is the one you'll need.

We're doing all we can to have The Toaster ready, so all the "spare parts" are, we hope, just a precaution (ha ha).

We do have the "Premium" Triple-A Membership. We now also have the Hagerty Insurance "High-Octane Plus" plan.
("Hagerty Plus covers the first 150 Miles of guaranteed flatbed towing OR the first $100 of other roadside services like fuel delivery, battery jumps and lockouts.
This plan covers an unlimited number of service requests per year for all of your household vehicles not just your classics and trailers towing your classic vehicles.")


In the case of break-down above and beyond what we have with us to fix it, I imagine we are two-working days shipping distance for most parts.
...and/or some kind VW enthusiasts close to our stopping point might have a spare.
We have such a limited amount of time, that I hope NOT to be broken down anywhere for 2+ days, but that's a kind of "fail-safe" plan in my mind.

There are/were longer lists then the one I am about to present with included items like: "generator/alternator with a fan attached already," but again, I can't bring everything.

In the list below, the part numbers listed are from Wolfsburg West, and should always be referring specifically to parts for our 1967 stock 12-volt system bus with a 1600cc single-port engine.

Apologies if the list isn't grouped too well in any order.

Some Fluids:

    Oil ( 6+ quarts )
    Brake Cleaner
    Brake Fluid
    Carb Cleaner
    WD-40
    Liquid Wrench
    Gear oil (!?! Needed?)
    Hand Cleaner
    Wheel-Bearing Grease
    (Vinyl gloves, Rags)

Some Extra Parts:

    OIL STRAINER GASKET SET (qty. 2 or more) (113198031)
    VALVE COVER GASKET (qty. 2 to 4) (113101481F)
    FUEL FILTER (qty. 2 or more) (111209147)
    Fan Belt (qty. 1 or more)
    Tire Dust Valve Covers
    EXTRA FUSES, 8 amp, white (qty. 8 to 20) (N1712118)
    Working Carburetor (bringing my recently replaced old working carb)
    CARBURETOR TO MANIFOLD GASKET (111129707OK)
    Working Distributor and clamp (bringing my recently replaced old working dist.)
    Rear Axle SEAL KIT (qty. 2) (111598051A)
    OIL STRAINER (113115175)
    OIL STRAINER COVER (113115179)
    OIL DRAIN PLUG (113115193)
    OIL STRAINER CAP NUT (qty. 6+) (N110623)
    OIL SUMP PLATE STUD (qty. 6+) (N144512)
    COIL, 12V (113905115C)
    WHEEL BEARING THRUST WASHER (qty. 2) (111405661)
    VOLTAGE REGULATOR, 12V (111903803D)
    WIPER BLADE (qty. 2) (211955425C)
    WIPER ARM (qty. at least one) (211955407A)
    Spark Plug Wire set
    Points
    Condenser
    DISTRIBUTOR ROTOR (043905225)
    Distributor Cap
    5MM ID FUEL HOSE. CLOTH COVERED (qty. 6+ feet) (111209185)
    FUEL LINE CLAMP (qty. 8+) (111127537A)
    ACCELERATOR CABLE, 1965 -1967 Bus (211721555C)
    ACCELERATOR CABLE CLAMP (111129921)
    CLUTCH CABLE (211721335B)
    CLUTCH CABLE ADJUSTING NUT (131721349)
    BOOT, tip of bowden tube (111721365)
    CLUTCH CABLE SLEEVE, bowden tube (311721361)
    GEARSHIFT COUPLER (111711175B)
    GEARSHIFT COUPLER SCREW (qty. 3) (111711189)
    SHIFT ROD COUPLER (211711169A)
    FRESH AIR TUBES (Fan Shroud Hose) (028129087A)
    FRESH AIR TUBE CLAMP (qty. 2) (111501159B)
    FUEL PUMP, for all carbureted cars with alternator (113127025G)
    FUEL PUMP PUSHROD (113127307)
    FUEL PUMP GASKET (fuel pump to flange) (113127313)
    FUEL PUMP GASKET (pump flange to engine case) (113127311)
    FUEL PUMP SPACER (113127303)
    GENERATOR PULLEY (111903109)
    GENERATOR PULLEY NUT (111903181)
    GENERATOR WOODRUFF KEY (N127051)
    GENERATOR PULLEY SHIMS (111903131A)
    WHEEL BEARING NUT, front, left, 1964-1967 Bus (qty. 2) (211405671A)
    WHEEL BEARING NUT, front, right, 1964-1967 Bus, (qty. 2) (211405672A)
    WHEEL BEARING THRUST WASHER (qty. 2) (111405661)
    STEERING KNUCKLE LOCK PLATE (qty. 2) (111405681)
    REAR AXLE NUT COTTER PIN (qty. 2) (N125481)
    BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER, rear (qty. 1 to 2) (211611047C)
    BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER, left front (qty. 2) (211611069CGR)
    BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER, right front (qty. 2) (211611070CGR)
    WHEEL BEARING, front outer (qty. 2) (211405645D)
    U.S. PARKING LIGHT BULB (qty. 1 or 2) (N177182)
    TAILLIGHT BULB, 12 volt, 21/5 watt, dual filament (qty. 1 or 2) (N177372)
    TURN SIGNAL AND BACK-UP LIGHT BULB (qty. 1 or 2) (N177322)
    LICENSE LIGHT BULB (N177192)
    Spare Nuts, Bolts, Washers
    Spool of electrical wire
    Wire and terminal ends
    Kitchen Sink


So what do you think?
Are we missing things on this list?
Besides tools; that's another list.
Anything on our list just a waste of space for our cross-country trip?
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

I've gone through my bay buses mechanical and electrical systems. On my last 500 mile trip, I only carried a spare fuel pump, clutch and accelerator cable, points/cap/condenser, valve cover gaskets and oil and v-belt. And the tools to replace those parts. I didn't need any of it. The bus was flawless.

In 30+ years of driving VW's, the only thing that caused a breakdown for me were front wheel bearings and fuel pumps. I say these fuel pump failures were my fault. One, the engine had sat for 3 years and the fuel pump diaphragms are known to dry up and harden sitting that long. I thought about that before leaving. The second fuel pump failure was the pivot pin backed out on a new to me bus on a cheap fuel pump that I hadn't changed back to a rebuilt Pierburg pump. The wheel bearing failure was my fault as well. I was like 16 and massively over tightened the adjustment nut on one side and they burned up.

My opinion is you're taking up a lot of storage space carrying all those items. You stated the bus has just been gone through mechanically by a good shop. It appears to be running just fine since then as well. You can overnight parts in if you happened to breakdown w/out the needed part.

Anyway, my 2 cents. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

I'm going to raise Bills 2 cents and go all in.

You know your exact number but suppose we break trip into two legs of 3000 miles. Break out the recommended maintenance schedule and carry that stuff

All those chemicals can be bought on the road, carry 2 spare quarts of oil, leave the rest at home.

If your fuel tank is clean and fuel running clean, leave spare carb home.

Plugs point condensers fan belt

Perspective. If you drive 12000 miles a year, that's 3000 miles a season. Would you carry all that stuff anticipating failures over the next 12 weeks? Probably not.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

wcfvw69 wrote:
My opinion is you're taking up a lot of storage space carrying all those items...

Abscate wrote:
...If you drive 12000 miles a year, that's 3000 miles a season. Would you carry all that stuff anticipating failures over the next 12 weeks? Probably not.


wcfvw69, Abscate, thank you both for helping reign in my perspective.
It is difficult for me to turn off the Eagle Scout in me with its constant drive to; "Be Prepared!"

What I might do instead is clearly mark the ostentatiously unnecessary spare parts at home, and if/as needed have our friends who are house and cat sitting for us send us items IF needed.

wcfvw69 wrote:
... the engine had sat for 3 years and the fuel pump diaphragms are known to dry up and harden sitting that long.

wcfvw69 wrote:
The second fuel pump failure was the pivot pin backed out on a new to me bus on a cheap fuel pump that I hadn't changed back to a rebuilt Pierburg pump.


wcfvw69, both of these things have happened to me/The Toaster as well.
My worst break-down during college was when I allowed the third-cylinder to overheat and throw its self. This was ultimately due to the fuel pump's seals.
The pump's assembly was actually allowing gas to mix into the engine's oil.
My break-down was in King City, CA which was 300 miles from where I was headed.

...As to the pivot pin, I lent the bus to my best friend to take his wife and two young daughters camping (also during college) and the pivot pin fell out, and out of car.
Being the VW person he was, he shaved a pencil to the right thickness, stuck it into the pump's pivot-point, and the bus ran great.
I used the pencil in there for more than a month since I was a starving student and had to save money before I could buy another fuel pump.

Which just proves the point both of you made; if the bus is running well, I shouldn't need 1001 extra parts.
Might something happen in which I need parts? Sure, but I think that all of these stories illustrate that nothing is impossible with a VW.

Thanks for the helpful 2 cents!
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 10:15 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Instead of having every part that may fail just plan for getting stuck somewhere for a few days while parts get shipped in. You are traveling with your own home after all Smile The air cooled community seems to be everywhere so getting help on the road shouldn't be a problem.

So general maintenance stuff and maybe a fuel pump and distributer.

Have tools for general maintenance and a few hard to find on the road things... Like an axel nut socket. You can borrow the rest.

Anyway, that is what we are planning when we get on the road. It's all an adventure.

Edit: And also bring a pair of thin coveralls
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 10:54 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Odd this should come up. I was actually thinking about the toolbox yesterday. The best way I've found to have most of the "right" tools is to do a complete/thorough tune up away from the shop. Like an afternoon cruise to an isolated woodsy spot and take a hike. Once it's cool do the valves/timing/points/oil/brakes/lube axel etc.

You're kind of committed that way and nothing sneaks back into the shop toolbox afterwards.

As an aside: Two sets of feeler gauges are always nice to have. I feel like one is always rusty or gunked up after sitting for a while. I also carry a small jug of premixed antifreeze with me... cause I like to stop for 'average' people too.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Someone posted on here about a Van Alert phone app a week or 2 ago, it may be a handy tool for you guys during your journey.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 11:29 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

I'd just add that the internet has done a great job of enhancing the myth that these old VW's break down all the time. The fact is, the only VW's that break down are-

* VW's that are poorly maintained and serviced.
* VW's that are recently bought used. The fearless new owners then jump into it for an "epic" road trip without having the buses mechanicals and systems thoroughly inspected and gone through. They are then "shocked" when the old "POS" VW breaks down. Very Happy
* People cheaping and out any buying the least expensive (Chinese) parts they can find. Think cheap fuel pumps, carbs, distributors, cables etc..

OP, you grew up with these VW's like most of us "older" members. Folks that have owned and driven VW's for years know what leads to breakdowns. Once an old VW has been completely gone through mechanically while using quality parts, they are pretty darn bulletproof and reliable.
When I was a broke student driving a bug in school, my VW was not serviced well nor did it get much attention mechanically. It rarely let me down and if it did, it was my fault anyway.

There's ton of threads on this site w/folks who have restored their split screen or bay buses mechanicals and are rewarded with drama free trips all over the country.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 12:08 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

vwuberalles wrote:
Someone posted on here about a Van Alert phone app a week or 2 ago, it may be a handy tool for you guys during your journey.


Thanks. Yes, saw that and will be sure to have that app, as well as ones to help us find camping, etc. I also just checked in on the current status of the site: Air Cooled Rescue
https://www.aircooledrescue.com/
Still exists, and now I'm registered on it again. Kathy and I are happy to help if folks need help and are near us.

wcfvw69 wrote:
There's ton of threads on this site w/folks who have restored their split screen or bay buses mechanicals and are rewarded with drama free trips all over the country.


So very correct. We hope to be one of those success stories too...
With each milestone of repair or improvement, I've said that The Toaster feels better than ever before, but nowadays it's also a breeze to drive.
Quality German brakes all around and what Kombihaus feels are the highest quality drums you can currently get, new battery, new (rebuilt) starter, new(ish) tires, new(ish) shocks, the rebuilt carb, distributor, new bearings, complete grease job, etc. etc.... Really, it's just about set for the trip.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

DadaCheese wrote:
vwuberalles wrote:
Someone posted on here about a Van Alert phone app a week or 2 ago, it may be a handy tool for you guys during your journey.


Thanks. Yes, saw that and will be sure to have that app, as well as ones to help us find camping, etc. I also just checked in on the current status of the site: Air Cooled Rescue
https://www.aircooledrescue.com/
Still exists, and now I'm registered on it again. Kathy and I are happy to help if folks need help and are near us.

wcfvw69 wrote:
There's ton of threads on this site w/folks who have restored their split screen or bay buses mechanicals and are rewarded with drama free trips all over the country.


How old is your clutch cable, bowden tube and accelerator cables? They are so cheap, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a spare of good quality. You'll probably use them to help out someone else broken down. Laughing

So very correct. We hope to be one of those success stories too...
With each milestone of repair or improvement, I've said that The Toaster feels better than ever before, but nowadays it's also a breeze to drive.
Quality German brakes all around and what Kombihaus feels are the highest quality drums you can currently get, new battery, new (rebuilt) starter, new(ish) tires, new(ish) shocks, the rebuilt carb, distributor, new bearings, complete grease job, etc. etc.... Really, it's just about set for the trip.

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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

wcfvw69 wrote:
How old is your clutch cable, bowden tube and accelerator cables? They are so cheap, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a spare of good quality. You'll probably use them to help out someone else broken down. Laughing


Old enough...
Clutch cable: 20 years.
Accelerator Cable: 15 years.

Those are two spare parts, (plus the wing nut, and a bowden tube) that are always in The Toaster due to the fact that have broken in the past (20 and 15 years ago respectively).
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wcfvw69 wrote:
How old is your clutch cable, bowden tube and accelerator cables? They are so cheap, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a spare of good quality. You'll probably use them to help out someone else broken down. Laughing


Old enough...
Clutch cable: 20 years.
Accelerator Cable: 15 years.

Those are two spare parts, (plus the wing nut, and a bowden tube) that are always in The Toaster due to the fact that have broken in the past (20 and 15 years ago respectively).


If it was me, I'd get the best cables I could buy and change them now in the comfort of my garage or driveway. Change the clutch hook as well and then grease them up all nice. If the used ones are still in ok condition, they become your spares.

They always break in the worst locations on the road. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject: Re: Spare Parts for our cross-country trip... Reply with quote

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There are three major lists that I have developing for our cross-country trip this summer.

1) Packing list (camping/clothing/personal non-VW items for the trip)
2) Tools that I intend to bring
[b][size=18]3) Spare parts.

Are 1 and 2 listed somewhere?
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Grad a small container of miscellaneous bolts and nuts, and some cable, a bit of wiring stuff with a crimper. A pair of good pliers/vise grips and a screw driver. And you can "fix" most things on these buses enough to get you to an auto repair shop where you can actually fix it.

Remember when you're on the side of the highway, it doesn't matter if it is period correct. What matters is, does it work? Then you can use that piece of plastic in your back pocket to get whatever you need.

But a lot of that you have already recognized, so Happy Bussing! I'm sure toaster will serve you just fine.
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