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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:41 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Installed the Go Westy Push Rod Shields, reinstalled the outer stock shields that go against the body and tie into the muffler heat shield.
Sprayed Stone Guard on my new VC Gas Tank that I had installed a few months ago.
Removed both drive axles, cleaned the CV Joints and replaced boots and grease with Van Cafe Rockford Boot Kit. Added Rust Converter to the inside of the Rear Trailing Arms while I had the axles out as well.
Really nice not to hear the tell-tale sound of CV knock on acceleration anymore.

Cool Cool Cool

And tracked down a new coolant leak , hose clamp needed a bit more tension on one of my new hoses. Was really glad it wasn’t anything more serious than that.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:22 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Van wouldn't start yesterday. This is the first failure since I got the Van in 2011...
I immediately suspected the battery- it's over 12 years old and I've been expecting its demise for a while now.
But it checked out OK, VOM says 12.44 V.
I'll get it up on a lift and check power to starter and solenoid to eliminate switch and wiring, and see what develops.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

If you find it's the starter, consider this a vote for the tdi starter with the adapter plate from Karl Mullendore.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:43 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

BCE56 wrote:
Van wouldn't start yesterday...suspected the battery...it checked out OK, VOM says 12.44 V...

Ummm...no. Your suspicions are correct, your battery is not in good shape at all...consider:

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Get out there again & jump start the van, then get it to your shop or FLAPS for a charging system check.
If no other trouble indicated, then "start" [ Laughing !!! Laughing !!! Laughing ] with a good battery & work from there.

Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Everything! Or at least some of all the stuff on the list:

Done!
- Empty bleached water
- Rinse/Fill water
- Trouble shoot water level indicator
- Fix drivers window
- Driver's side map pocket
- Relocate tweeter
- Indoor/outdoor thermometer
- Seat track anti-vibration fix
- Fuse for horn
- Replace horn
- Table magnet
- Kitchen sink light
- Trans temp gauge housing
- Driver's pull handle
- Buy a/c gauges
- Add trash picker to rear rack

Table retaining magnet...
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Driver’s side map pocket returned after the speaker displaced it...
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IR temp gun fits perfectly...
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Over-the-sink led light
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I like the magnetized knife rack…

All I did was replace the temp sender and then somehow render the motor inoperable. One step forward…
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:33 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

With more true off-road &/or backcountry travel in mind for this season, I've done a fair amount of googling and
came across this very cool no-major-modifications-required (but unfortunately $450) self-recovery system:


Link

Looks great, but being significantly over my budget (and me being not at all interested in investing in or mounting
a typical hard-wired winch system) I present my first working concept of the 90hp "Backwoods Wonder Winch":

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FWIW: Same basic idea worked for these guys:


Link

Still in development, although I've already invested almost $70, with another $10-12 budgeted...stay tuned for updates!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I Wonder if that could fit CLK wheels?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

You aren't wrapping the line fast enough. You need a larger circle. If you have a welder, a trashed donut isn't too hard to find for free.

Anyone have any experience with durability/longevity of 3M Mar-Hyde? I was complaining about how most "rust converter paints" like rusteoleum don't do much and you'll find rust after 1 rain. A friend with a BMW 2002 recommended it after coating a lot of his 2002 with it. It's a little pricey at $45/quart. I have to say I am initially really impressed. I painted it on, 2 coats 25 minutes apart. It starts out looking like milk and turns rust this dark black/purple color that has a smooth surface. It almost feels a bit plasticky, like an epoxy. In the 2nd picture you can see a small stud and another spot of surface rust that is brown but the coated areas are black.

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I'm pretty sure I am going to end up painting my whole underside with this stuff. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

beach_creature wrote:
I Wonder if that could fit CLK wheels?
Absolutely...no reason it couldn't, just need 3 sockets to fit the lug nuts... Cool

4Gears4Tires wrote:
You aren't wrapping the line fast enough...
Ummm..."fast enough" for what...??? If/when stuck, I absolutely intend to be slow and careful. Embarassed Wink
YouTube is full of young whippersnappers being all fast & reckless... Laughing Rolling Eyes Laughing

4Gears4Tires wrote:
You need a larger circle...
Again, this doesn't fit with my goals. Larger "circle" would also require much more structure, more mass,
more weight & more storage space. This WILL work in the simplest way possible and I foresee it all
fitting in a small tool bag about the size of a loaf of bread... Very Happy

4Gears4Tires wrote:
If you have a welder, a trashed donut isn't too hard to find for free...
Unfortunately I don't, but I'll have a buddy tack a few things together for the beta version.

4Gears, I appreciate your comments & look forward to what you come up with along these lines...
There are certainly many many ways to make it work, so I say go for it & post 'em up!

Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:52 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Years ago, I saw a logger do this sort of thing with his dual wheel logging truck. He attached a cable between the two left rear wheels with the other end attached to a tree to help pull the truck (partially loaded) along a very narrow road immediately adjacent to a bank next to a stream. The road was very narrow. He had tried to follow along but got into a compromising situation where it was dangerous to go on or backup.

Anyway, the cable certainly helped him on thru the danger!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Busy past couple days fixing the broken plastic in the instrument panel/gauge cluster. The speedo housing corners were broken, as was a piece behind the tachometer where the instrument harness connects. Fixed the upper instrument panel mounting tabs while I was at it. I detailed the repair here:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9052841#9052841

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I also replaced the capacitor in the temp gauge to fix the "coolant level blinking light" issue. I used the John Meeks method ( http://www.vanagonauts.com/Warning-Light-Fix241.htm )which worked great. Fiddly and delicate, but worth it to fix the problem.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Got it running again. Duff coil and some learning experiences into the bargain.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I have been chasing wiring harness gremlins that have prevented the engine from idling. I could start it and if i kept the throttle open, the engine would stay running, no throttle, the engine cut out immediately.

was texting with Dave (djkeev) about it and he asked about power steering and if the wires were grounded. the concern being shorting out the Idle Stabilization unit. i had connected them and put a cable tie around the bundle as per the photo documenting the engine pull. both wires were seeing low resistance to ground. i removed the cable tie and now the one side was open to ground... guess which one

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the engine started and stayed running, success (thanks Dave!)

of course while i was chasing wiring gremlins around, i discovered a failed coolant gasket. upon inspection, self-inflicted. they only happen in the difficult to reach spots, right?

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notice the discoloration on the gasket? that's anti-seize. sloppy work Steve, sloppy.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:26 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Slow progress as I wait for parts to arrive. Removed the coil today, looks like it might be OG. That site lists a 1987 date for the one they are selling. Maybe the date is coded into the part number.

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The 10mm screws (!) that hold the bracket are not reliable, only one came out. But I was able to loosen the 8mm bolt that tightens the bracket and liberate this fossil. New coil arrives tomorrow and then I can get back to figuring out the issues with overheating.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:42 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

chased down more wiring woes - the engine was only running on #3 and #4. after about an hour of troubleshooting, #1 is alive. the new plug wires are a stretch. tested and it seemed fine, until i moved the plug end around... went to open connection on the meter. gave it a tug and it came out of the connector!

swapped the old wires back in and #1 is alive, but no joy on #2. did a bunch of troubleshooting there but ran out of time. maybe today is the day!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:43 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

At 398000 miles I put the 3rd Power steering rack in 89 Syncro Tristar. The last one was a Maval crappy rebuild, which lasted just 2 years.
I had an NOS rack I had bought a few years ago from a member here on Samba.
I started the job at 9:30 at night and went to bed at 2:00, along the way I found bad boots as well as a bad inner tie rod and bad CV boots which I new about.
The truck had to roll this morning and I did not notice it leaking until I was home at about 7:30.
Luckily Rite Aid id open and late and they carry PS fluid.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Put a new driveline in on my Syncro from GoWesty. Sooo much better than my worn out one that hummed and clanked.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Tach Mod and Temp gauge mod for EJ22.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:50 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Washing the Westy pop-top canvas for spring. Would have loved to put the whole Westy in the tub for a good scrub, but believe it or not a Westfalia will NOT fit through a standard bathroom door opening. Yes - tried it sideways, kitty-corner, made sure the pop-top was down, etc. - it simply won't go. Later models may fit though, I'm not sure.

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