Joined: March 27, 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
|Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:32 am Post subject: Re: What did you do for your Bay recently?
|After, oh, two-ish+ years of not being used AT ALL I finally started her yesterday
She sat in front of our [well] pump house and I had a big tarp over her so the only thing that was exposed were the lower half of the tires. Pulled the tarp off and she looked great. Jacked up the rear to put some boards under the left rear tire as it was the only one not resting on asphalt so it sank a couple inched into the earth. There was very little gas in the tank and I added some gas drier (I initially stored her with gas stabilizer, too) then a 1/2 gallon of fresh gas. The batteries were long dead (starter and camping) but I put them on a charger for over 5 hours. During that wait I filled the tires to 40psi just to make it easier to push her. Ya know, after that many years of just sitting the lowest pressure of the four tires was 15psi, the rest were about 20psi-ish. She runs with the Hankook truck tires and they are great!
I tried pushing her from her spot but it was too much for my bad back. So I put the key in the ignition and turned it to the ACC position and everything lit up -- good. I then turned the key to START and she cranked -- good. As she was cranking I heard a cylinder or two fire Whut? So I started cranking again and she tried to fire again. Third or fourth attempt and she fired! You could hear the air crack from my wife whipping her head around when she heard our Bus come to life We were both surprised. I should mention that this was a FI engine but I put carbs on it since the FI was being too #$%!ing unreliable and causing me too much time trouble-shooting and fixing (and I actually LOVE FI...old age is making grumpy and less patient). The engine compartment looks just like the day I stored her, you would never know she sat unused for that long.
Drove her down the driveway, around on the street, and back into her parking spot -- but with all four tires on asphalt this time Now that she's moveable she will be taking up the spot where our '76 Apache trailer was in my shop. The reason? I plan on putting my '95 OBD-I VW Jetta engine in her It will take time cuz my Jetta (with Peloquin LSD) is a kick to drive and I will need a replacement daily driver...
[ Aug. 16th - Correction: I actually looked at the license plate tags, the month was 8 and the year was 12 So the Bus went untouched for 5 years but one would never know it ]
Did I mention that I'm an original Darksider?
'72 VW Squareback, 2007cc, GB 5-speed, rag top; '76 VW Riviera Sundowner 2.0L; '95 VW Jetta GL 2.0L, Solo II EP; '06 Ducati Sport Classic 1000; '14 Ducati Diavel Strada
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