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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

May need to use a screwdriver and pop the latch open.
Make sure the pin in the Oval hole (red arrow) is all the way against the end.
Once you do get it open. Pull out the latch release and look in the opening and make sure the pin is retracting all the way. If it is not, pull the latch apart and repair. You may need to file the pin down a little and make it shorter.
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Be sure to Push on the cross bar as you are lifting.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

Pull out on the knob and take another picture of this. You may need to pull down on the handle to get the latch to release.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

Your latch looks normal from here. The latch pulls straight back. Sometimes pulling the handle down while pulling the latch out helps.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

the knob isn't pulling at all thus the pin isn't moving, i think we have to take the latch off to repair.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:19 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

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the knob isn't pulling at all thus the pin isn't moving, i think we have to take the latch off to repair.

Did you try pulling down on the black top handle while pulling the knob?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

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the knob isn't pulling at all thus the pin isn't moving, i think we have to take the latch off to repair.

Did you try pulling down on the black top handle while pulling the knob?


Yeah, sometimes they can get tight if there is some upward pressure on the pop top-perhaps from new gaskets or something being a little out of adjustment. I definitely have to pull down on the black handle on mine when I have the assist struts installed.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:15 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

I sometimes have to hang on the big black handle with all of my weight to get the pin to pop out/back..

Also looks like you might have pinched some top material in the latch?
That'll make it harder for sure..

The top doesn't just 'go down'.
Spend a bunch of time rolling it up and tucking it away from everything as it goes down.
Make doubly sure it gets free of the hinges and latch, etc. before clipping it down that last bit..!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

So husband said he had tried pulling it down but we tried with me pulling down with all my height while he pulled the knob and it worked!!!! We will be taking a lot more time to put the top down this time.

Getting closer to our first camping trip! Which is scheduled in two weeks!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

Was the fabric caught in the latch or something?

Glad you got it figured out though! Does seem like something is a little off for it to be that tight.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

No fabric seemed to be caught... eventually we are going to put on a new pop top canvas so hopefully we can get it looked at it then
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

Here are some pics of the engine!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

Ok that is a VW Type IV engine with Fuel Injection.
First thing you guys want to do is replace the Fuel Hoses.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:26 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

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Here are some pics of the engine!

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Looks like you've got the upgraded 70 amp alternator or at least the pully from one.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:48 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

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Getting closer to our first camping trip! Which is scheduled in two weeks!


So where are you going to camp?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:01 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

Pop top fabric... I do not have experience with the Baywindow pop tops, but have many excellent camping trips in our 1987 Westfalia and support Clatter's practice of taking time to "roll" the fabric up as the top comes down... doing this keeps it from hanging out from under the pop top and getting wind-whipped, as well as allowing the top to seal properly, and keeping it from binding up the whole process. Mine has a small hole where I was careless and let it get pinched by the pop top latch... the thing you and your husband were just dealing with. Be mindful of this. Be a smart sailor! Laughing

Engine looks unusually well-cared for. Cool You definitely want to change the fuel lines with ethanol-rated fuel injection hose. Tcash provided you some info on that. Whatever you do, keep in mind your gasoline supply is under 30-35 PSI. Choose your hose and fittings wisely.

http://www.gates.com/products/automotive/powerspor...n-hose-mpi

Use these types of clamps, available at most auto parts stores:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/vpe-12235?seid=...UAQAvD_BwE

DON'T use this crap on fuel injection:

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/7200290?utm_term=%...uMQAvD_BwE
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:10 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

OB Bus wrote:
Mell22B wrote:

Getting closer to our first camping trip! Which is scheduled in two weeks!


So where are you going to camp?


We are going to San Onofre! I see you are in OB! I used to live there and love it so much! A VW hotspot! Now in Bay Park so I still get there quite a bit. Do you have any fav localish camping spots? Especially ones that don't require booking 6 months in advance?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

San O is nice. My fave this year was Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach. South Carlsbad is awesome! But these all need reservations way early on. You can get some spots near Julian for this month.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:41 am    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

We had an amazing first camping trip this past weekend! Malibu and Encinitas booked for the coming months!

Only issue we had really was the smell of gas. I was reading and I am going to look into my fuel filler liner. Is that something that can easily be replaced by myself? My fuel lines have already been replaced.

Also the lock on my back bench sit is missing so I need to look into a fix for that since I don't like that it can lift up with my son's seat in there. It has the bottom piece but not the top.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

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Only issue we had really was the smell of gas. I was reading and I am going to look into my fuel filler liner. Is that something that can easily be replaced by myself? My fuel lines have already been replaced.



If the rubber fuel filler hose is original going from the fill spout to the tank along with all the vent hoses, they need to be changed. They dry out. The smaller vent lines crack.

There's many threads including in the "stickies" that show how it's done.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: So Cal Fam's New 1978 Westfalia Reply with quote

Try a salvage yard for the seat lock
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