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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:28 pm    Post subject: Broke down in Longview WA. (engine rebuild in progress) Reply with quote

Hello everyone. We are travelling the US in our 78 westy. Driving down the highway and heard a loud clatter in engine. We pulled over and turn of the engine. Wouldn't restart. I check compression today and #3 only had 40psi. I'm In need of somewhere we could work on the bus in the area. If anyone could help or get me in contact with some who could I would really appreciate it. Thank you. Dustin.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

Dustin - talk with Avery's tomorrow. FWIW you might have dropped a valve seat.

https://www.averysaircooled.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

I talked with them today. He told me he wouldn't be able to look at it for a month. I was towed here yesterday and im camped out front on the street of he's shop now. I am unable to wait a month as I'm traveling right now. Any other suggestions?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

What direction are you traveling?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

North to Seattle. Then across the top of the states to Minnesota.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

If you dropped a seat, plan on about 1k part, 1k labor to deal with it - maybe save 500 or so if you get lucky and can do it with engine in car.

Tow to your final destination might be less and saves your time, of course.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

Hmm. I sent a text to someone that might be able to help. But he might be out of town. Keep you posted. If you need parts/tools from Portland Iíll be driving past you Friday night or Saturday morning.

Thereís also an ACVW shop in Olympia.

http://www.olympiaautohaus.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

Can you pull the head on a type 4 with engine in the bus?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

Can you pull the head on a type 4 with engine in the bus? I'm fine with spending the money to have it fix. Or somewhere I can do it myself I'll pay to rent a space to do it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

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Can you pull the head on a type 4 with engine in the bus?


Yes, but keep a low profile about it, as it upsets the real gurus here.

(They are right, by the way, its that grey area between creative mechanics and hackery)

Get the valve covers off and have a look at the valves to see if you have a stinker. You will need someone with more experience than I on a 78 and mushy oily valve lifters.

A poor mans' s compression test, turning the engine over and listening for 'even-ness' can also point you to a bad cylinder.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

Considering how little time it takes to pull and engine and how much of a PITA it is to remove the tin with the engine in place, I would recommend pulling the engine. That way you can also do the clutch and the crank seals while you are at it. Pulling the exhaust before removing the engine can be a good idea, especially if you do not have an engine stand available.

Towing or shipping your rig home and getting a rental car to finish your trip may will be your best option.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

I agree on pulling the motor but I'm on the side of the road in a residential area. If I had a place or driveway to do it i wouldn't even think of removing the head with motor in the bus.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

Maybe post a Craigslist ad for a place to work? Check out the Air Cooled Interstate Rescue Squad

<www.type2.com/rescue>

and the Vanagon Rescue Squad

<http://www.vanagonauts.com/vanagon-rescue-squad74.htm>

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

These guys have ACVW users too

http://vanalert.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

It all depends on how determined you are, and what skills and tools are available: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=362152 Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

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It all depends on how determined you are, and what skills and tools are available: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=362152 Shocked
And in that case, blind luck as to where the valve stem broke..... Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

Iíve contacted Robbie of Airschooled. He just happens to be in the middle of Oregon. I will PM you his private number. He canít get on the The Samba Currently. His service is spotty at this time. Give him a call

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Mayday!! Broke down in Longview WA. Reply with quote

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It all depends on how determined you are, and what skills and tools are available: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=362152 Shocked
And in that case, blind luck as to where the valve stem broke..... Cool

Indeed, but a roadside head swap with the engine in place in a couple hours is rather epic don't you think?, not saying everyone is up to it, but it can be done.
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