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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:27 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Had the flywheel seal replaced at an out-of-town shop a couple weeks ago. Started the van to drive home and heard alternator bearings making some noise. Got home and immediately ordered a new alternator through AutoZone (total waste of time). Got the new alternator, which had the wrong pulley installed. Long story short, the new A-Z alternator had to be returned. Rolling Eyes Ordered a Bosch rebuilt via AutohausAZ over the weekend, got it Tuesday, prettied-up the old pulley and fan, installed the alternator (along with a new Gates alt belt) Wednesday, fired the van up today and took it for a drive. Finally, no strange noises and no drips! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Autozone Ha ha ha Killing me there. Half the time I need to find my own parts there because the clerk is lost in la la land.

My alternator has been whistling at me for a month now. I would replace it but Ive been driving driving driving. And lovin it.

So what did I do w my van this weekend. Went camping of course. Dancing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

AZ Landshaper wrote:
Autozone Ha ha ha Killing me there. Half the time I need to find my own parts there because the clerk is lost in la la land.


Heck, I don't even walk into a VW dealer without part numbers in hand, let alone a FLAPS-type store. Popcorn

I went with A-Z because of the lifetime warranty. Instead, I've now got a 2-year warranty. Sad On the bright side, I won't be starting a 1500-mile journey in two weeks with funny-sounding alternators (grinding bearings on the "original", squeaking on the A-Z rebuild). Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:53 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

kamzcab86- I see a spec of dirt on your engine!



**Edit** My bad. It was on my computer screen.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:38 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

schenks13 wrote:
kamzcab86- I see a spec of dirt on your engine!



**Edit** My bad. It was on my computer screen.


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Actually, there is a bunch of dirt up towards the trans I haven't had a chance to clean off yet. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

No one believes you. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

OB Rat wrote:
Took it out on my home town dunes today, (Florence, OR). Why do so many leave their big lifted trucks in the staging parking lot...???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMqA2ib3kJo

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That is awesome! Have you ever taken your van to Michigan? Growing up there, I have vivid memories of people driving all kinds of vehicles on the Lake Michigan dunes, never a Vanagon that I can recall, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Not exactly today but while prepping for a few days up in the NC mountains, I noticed a leak at the water pump pulley. So I replaced the water pump (PITA) and removed the A/C compressor mounting bracket which also required rmoving the intake pipes (more PITA). All went well for the 500+ mile trip.

But I had gotten kind of stuck in the mud on the trip and wanted to check the underside which led to the discovery of a leak at the J-pipe combo flange on the exhaust. Happened to have a couple of appropriate gaskets (from the PO's stash) and fixed that.

I happened to see the thread on the O2 sensor shielding "fix" so, of course, that needed doing as well to perhaps mitigate those damp start issues. Couldn't hurt, right?

After all that, I decided it surely would need the timing adjusted so I dutifully hooked up my timing light to the #2 plug wire. Shocked (Yep, I did that) And in the process of attempting to adjust the now way crazy timing I forgot to tighten the distributor back down and, naturally, the shaft jumped the key. I realized what I had done a bit too late. And...no start.

I didn't know that in my efforts to reset the distributor, the splices on the hall effects wires, up under the wire covering of course, would be compromised. So, quality time on The Samba and with Mr. Bentley, and a new coil and Ignition Control Module later (it did test marginal), still no start.

Finally while attempting to retest the hall sensor, one of the wires came apart in my hand. Aha!. So I fixed them with some new, more weather resistant splices.

Now with everything back together and the distro roughed in, it started right up and I was able to reset the timing (per tencentlife) using the correct plug wire this time. BOB purrs once again! Unfortunately my gas mileage check was screwed up by a 2-mile construction back-up but I know in my heart it is better than it was. Wink

If you are new to Vanagon's, you will find that this kind of cascading fix and break scenario is probably more common than not.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:21 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

That's just humorous!

It isn't unlike fixing a simple drip on old galvanized water pipe in a house! Before you know it you've replumbed the entire house with copper!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:03 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

In the programming world that is often referred to as yak shaving.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

djkeev wrote:
It isn't unlike fixing a simple drip on old galvanized water pipe in a house! Before you know it you've replumbed the entire house with copper!

Dropping a ring down the drain will occasionally give the same result.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:56 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

SIM card arrived so I installed the GPS tracker. Ting.com supports 2G (or more accurately their partners still do so the device came online and was responsive. I set the admin password and the geofence, then installed it in the rig. So many options…


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Replaced the windshield with a new German seal from GoWesty. Used the Gowesty video for reference .It went smoothly once I figured out how to spread and palm the seal onto the glass. Install was a breeze - maybe the KY Jelly I used on the corners. Real slippy.A 101 uses for KY like the wrist seals on my drysuit among others. Laughing
Also fixed a few dents and rust spots on the nose and around the windshield,but my feathering and paint still need work. Also a new antenna after 17 years. Also repaired and painted front and rear bumpers on this job. Paint was a custom match - BMW(436) Mahagoni Met. and Toyota (6M3) Grayish Green Met.-1 for the bumpers.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

As my mom says, BlueBird flew out of the nest. I tucked Flossie back into her nice dry hole in the wall. Cosmo the BlueBird got legs: Oil pressure issue seems resolved, exhaust back in place, took a trip to town! Kids seem happy they got the job done. I'm happy I got to put Flossie back in the garage! I got a couple issues to look into before we head south for the eclipse!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

So this story isn't from today, but since we were out camping, I'll tell the story here because it was a cool campground fix.
On our way from Seattle to the lower Umpqua in OR the low coolant light started blinking around 11:00pm. Everyone was asleep and we were finally making good time. It would flicker so I deduced that it was an electrical issue rather than truly no coolant. Nevertheless I was terrified that I was going to break down along I5 in central Oregon every time I saw the little light flicker on and off until we arrived at the campground at 2:00 am.
Wise folks here have said that if something goes wrong, go back to the thing you last fixed. I had confirmed that the coolant level was full and stable on the drive down so after checking the wires at the coolant tank, I looked at the instrument cluster. In the spring I had rewired the instrument cluster a la Showa Braun and since then the fuel gauge had been slow to respond to fill ups and the temperature gauge had been reading a little low. Sure as you know what, when I took out the instrument cluster, all those little nuts were loose! Silly me! Now they're tightened and better than ever.
It was only a 900-mile trip, but everything ran so smoothly- at freeway speed, in the heat, over mountain passes, and through beautiful forest service roads (from Steamboat to Mackenzie Bridge). It's still a delicate antique, but it is becoming more solid little by little.
Happy trails!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

After developing the fabled grinding into 3rd & 4th, yet surviving our entire 500
mile road trip last weekend, I ordered our new transaxle yesterday. Should be
here next week, installed over the weekend & still time for some break-in miles
the following week before heading out to Nebraska to chase the moon.

(IOW...eclipse watching...) Cool

Wish us luck... Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Sold it Sad

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Good thing I still have another one. I didn't realize how much I would miss it until the new owner drove away. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into that van in the three years that I have owned it. On the plus side, I can now focus my energy on my Syncro.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finished install of new coat hooks & co-integrated "old fart" poptop ladder:

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Only ... ̶3̶ ̶ ... no ... ̶4̶ ̶ ... er, ... ̶5̶ ̶ ? ...wait... 6 criteria in mind:
- easier access to top bunk (especially for "older" members & guests... Rolling Eyes Wink )
- super stable/secure (hooks bolted w/rivnuts, wide platform & step)
- small as possible (rests on & completely within footprint of jump seat)
- lightweight (less than 3 pounds with back legs trimmed as shown)
- small (only 2 steps, folds & stows behind bench seat cushion)
- cheap (just $12 from Amazon with cosmetic damage [originally $45])

The 2 hooks are rated for 150# all by themselves; most of the weight rests on
the seat cushion; ladder itself is rated for 250#; velcro straps keep it securely
attached to the hooks so it'll stay in place all day & night w/no surprises... Very Happy

Wife, this month's "eclipse" guests & I are very happy with it! Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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