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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Thanks for the words of encouragement, guys! Very Happy

As promised, tins and tubes (I'm playing catch up with the updates)
My rockers didn't match so my buddy graciously swapped me parts so I have the correct rockers on each side. My tubes and tins aren't looking brand new, which I like. This is going to be a utilitarian vehicle, not a show pony. The survivalist look and patina really vibes with the rest of the car.

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For the sake of longevity and safety I replaced the gas tank hose with the famed sprinter hose, and bought a scary-cheap fuel elbow.


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This is the rust converter I've been using, it's so great for treating surface rust. My tank had some orange streaking and stuff so I took care of that while it was out.
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Convenient Fuel Elbow Access! Thanks, PO!
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Sprinter hose and cut tank straps, Thanks, PO!
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The pre-cut holes in my cheapy elbow did not line up with the screw holes.
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Thanks to Boesen for sending me these really nice luggage area panels a long time ago, they are finally installed!
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All I really have left is sorting out my remaining tin. Some needs cleaning still. I need to actually replace some bolts for the exhaust and whatnot. Finish up the fan shroud and make sure the alternator is all refreshed.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Dude, dropping an album and finishing the long block at the same time?


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My rockers didn't match so my buddy graciously swapped me parts so I have the correct rockers on each side.


Just to confirm- can you share a picture of your current rocker setups? T4 intake and exhaust rockers are tilted differently on purpose, and we want to make sure yours didn't get swapped without good reason.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

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Dude, dropping an album and finishing the long block at the same time?

That album is getting an addendum this fall!

LOL I'm working on a BITCHING new custom toy right now too Very Happy

I'm not with the engine at the moment but I'll snap pics of each head for you next time I'm over there.

The good reason for swapping - the 3/4 head had a spacer on the rockers. The 1/2 head had a spring spacer thing on the rockers. Hm..I may have that backwards..it's been a week or two. I made them match with the extra parts we had around.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Ooooooh gotcha. Yeah, the solid lifter Type 4 engines use the rocker shafts with the visible spring style. Hydraulic lifter rockers have a chunky spacer and a wavy/spring washer. I thought you swapped the tilted rockers around for some reason. Classic Robbie, thinking worst case scenario....

Speaking of worst case scenario... Off to play saxophone,
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

asiab3 wrote:
Ooooooh gotcha. Yeah, the solid lifter Type 4 engines use the rocker shafts with the visible spring style. Hydraulic lifter rockers have a chunky spacer and a wavy/spring washer. I thought you swapped the tilted rockers around for some reason. Classic Robbie, thinking worst case scenario....

Speaking of worst case scenario... Off to play saxophone,
Robbie


Confirmed, I have chunky spacer wavy washer set up.

How about a Bass and Sax duet?

Chunk Spacer & Wavy Washer

Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:46 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Last night was down in the mucky muck. Accounting for my tins and making note of what I have and what I need to find in my stuff to install the engine. If I can get a good inventory, then dressing the engine is happening this weekend.

My tins, some before cleaning, some after:
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I scraped and scrubbed last night, and everything is almost to my liking. Nothing is going to be perfectly clean, but for max cooling I wanted the thick oil+red dirt mixture off the nooks and crannies. When it all goes back together I'm aiming for a survivor look. I am putting some quick paint on some of the underside stuff as I convert surface rust here and there, as you can see by my air deflector things.

Heartbreak, moving everything to escape and then moving everything to grow, the loss, the turmoil, the hard work from these past two years. Yet the sun sets and rises on every day reminding me that my problems are so small. And this cat, Mr. Man Hamilton, just wants me to pet it. I've missed this view.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Great update and what a cool kitty!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:31 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Thanks kirk!

I've been busy with all kinds of stuff lately. I was missing the thermostat cable which put me hold, thanks to my friendly local vw parts store that was resolved quickly. Then I was missing the oil cooler tin seal. Found that in a box of parts - still very supple so I reused. I also found nuts, washers, bolts, and screws of all sizes in multiple...containers. Some were in my electrical parts, some were in two carb air filters, some were in ziploc baggies that were in various states of deterioration. So I rounded all of them up. With all of them in one place, it's pretty easy to get started. So I did.

Jake Raby says he usually replaces these...I laughed
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Sorry for the crappy quality photos, my potato was running out of battery life.

This brings us up to date, where I will now ask a few questions.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

The project was on hold for a few days...

I have not been eating my wheaties. I couldn't break the 80ft lb bolts on the flywheel to get to the rear main. My buddy came by and got them for me.

I will hopefully have this thing dressed up and ready for installation by the weekend. Then it's on to battery, tires, carb rebuild and axles.

I'm excited to get back to the car itself. The engine is fun but I want a new project. lol
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:30 am    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

make sure you put the engine hanger bar on before the exhaust.


been to texas lately? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Stuartzickefoose wrote:
make sure you put the engine hanger bar on before the exhaust.


been to texas lately? Wink


Thanks Stu. Lol.

My cousin is getting married there in March, hoping to see our boy Bala around then.
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