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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

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The GL added other equipment making it closer to $20k.


I know... I'd pick non GL Syncro with locker for sure versus the 2WD GL for almost the same price.... i'ts way easier to add GL options later than convert a 2WD to Syncro... yes? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

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Did your family get to tour the westfalia factory?


Sadly no tour. I remember picking it up at the Westfalia location. Imagine two parents with their 1, 7, and 9 year old and their luggage. Iím sure my dad just wanted to sign for it and hit the road. I do have pictures somewhere but theyíre not with my paper file. We basically arrived with duffels that had backpack straps. We had no camper equipment obviously so it was basically a treasure hunt across various German department stores piecing together flatware and pots and pans and cups etc. All in red naturally. For the first week driving I remember how baffled my father was that their was only one turn signal indicator on the dash. He just couldnít get over that the Germans couldnít include both direction indicators. I canít believe I still remember that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

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The GL added other equipment making it closer to $20k.


I know... I'd pick non GL Syncro with locker for sure versus the 2WD GL for almost the same price.... i'ts way easier to add GL options later than convert a 2WD to Syncro... yes? Very Happy


Right!! If Iím reading the options chart correctly the difference between GL and non is only power steering and tweed vs velour trim. Thatís it!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

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I remember how baffled my father was that their was only one turn signal indicator on the dash. He just couldnít get over that the Germans couldnít include both direction indicators. I canít believe I still remember that.


Thatís funny. Of course, he just bought a premium priced van and the GL trim no less! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:39 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

Great story! Thanks for sharing it.

Have come across any photos of that Euro trip 30 some years ago?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:11 am    Post subject: Thule Mount Roof Box done. Reply with quote

Alaskaberrys wrote:
Great story! Thanks for sharing it.

Have come across any photos of that Euro trip 30 some years ago?


I do need to find them, as I also want to show my boys the trip, especially my older one who can now understand that kind of stuff. It will be fun to see. tay tuned...

And now, my major accomplishment of the weekend, finally getting a roof rack installed! I know it seems minor, and most likely many of the things I'll be doing will probably be considered basic here, but our Van was unaccessorized for so long that I have much ground to make up. I'll say this, reviewing the dozens of threads about pop top struts, racks, awnings etc., prepared me for how cumbersome mounting the ARGs was going to be. I had to make the decision that I wasn't going to co-locate and then also that I wanted to retain the Thule lock knobs, which meant mounting the brackets up pretty high on the top to clear the Fiamma. It was a one-man show so I did the best I could to get it all square. In the end, I'm pleased it turned out, and that one project is done!



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:35 pm    Post subject: Powerflex Steering Rack Bushings Reply with quote

I spent an exciting evening stuffed under my van last night. The Vineyard Van got it's first dose of Powerflex bushings for the steering rack. Because I can never find time on weekends, I'm generally forced to do projects when the kiddos are asleep, which generally means in the dark! Earlier I had taken preparatory steps of getting all the tools assembled and van on stands.

I then spent from 7-9:30 laying on my back in the cold and dark of a Napa winter evening. Took about one full hour and a half to remove the four bolts and four bushings, then probably the next hour to assemble the new bushes and get the rack lined up, which took longer than it should have.

I used needle nose vice grips and PbBlaster to lube the original bushes and then sort of yanked and twisted until they popped out. Jesus it was like delivering a baby! Turns out my bushes were actually newer, having been replaced already in 2016. I think this made it harder to get out.

Anyhow, got the Powerflex in and new rack hardware on c/o Chris at T3. Took for a drive today and what a difference. Firmer for sure. I was surprised it was so noticeable. So, one item off the list. Next up, MOOG Upper Ball Joints...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:48 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

The steering rack bushings are really surprising! I could not believe it made such a difference either. The upper ball joints will be rewarding too. It's a nice satisfying job to do. be glad you don't have to deal with the lowers. That's a pain.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:48 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

This week I attempted banging out the Trans Mount and doing the Powerflex.
In thinking about it, I decided it made sense to buy a whole new mount from Burley to use as a donor and hammer out that bushing using the techniques from those gearbox/trans mount threads. Wow. I DO NOT want to do that again. In the end I was successful but it took way longer than I expected but I also did it without a vise. My technique was also a little off as I didnít get the inner ring properly cut all the way through. Grrr. Lots and lots of banging a 2lb sledge and hitting my hand a few times.

I had the inner ring nearly folded in half before it finally budged. It was pretty mutilated in there after using Thorís Hammer and some screwdrivers and chisels so I went back with a Dremel to smooth and polish out the gouges. Time for some Vitamin I and a bourbon.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:05 pm    Post subject: Upper Ball Joint Day with Moog Reply with quote

Alright got some dry weather to tackle upper ball joints and a long overdue oil change on the 1.8T. I ended up using the fancy new Molygen from Lubro-Moly. Supposed to be hot stuff...
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And on to the ball joint. Not sure if mine had ever been changed. Was surprised to see 17mm hex heads on top. There was very little to no room for the wall of a socket to fully sit on the head. But I was able to get enough on there to break it free. Fortunately the Moogs use a hex cap. Much better design.
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From there I got after the 24mm nut on the bottom. What I learned from the other side was that it was much better to use a ball joint separator than to try and hammer it off. I tried that per a YouTube method but to no avail. So I fulled removed the ball joint to get the separator on. Cranked down till it popped, but I had forgotten to fully remove the 24mm bottom nut. That meant it would just spin, so I had to reattache the top screws temporarily in order to put enough tension on the ball to get the nut off. Came off, then install new one. You can see my blue pry bar method here leveraging down again to allow me to torque the new nut back on. Much better!!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:28 am    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

What a great story!

I lived in Germany for a year when my kids were 2 and 5. We did a trip in a rented T6. I think thatís what it was... in 2009. I realized how great the trip was, and on my return to California i bought a 1987 Westfalia. Weíve done a few trips up coast 1 and many trips to the mountains and desserts. It is definitely a way to make memories with the family!

I found the van getting less use the last year. My daughter is 15 now and her friends are the priority. My son is 11 and when I talked about selling the van he freaked out. The van is in great shape, but I decided to add a couple of projects to reconnect with the van. I just added propex and Iíve opened up winter camping! We went out to the mountains this weekend and made even more memories. My son was able to help me in working on the van now... which is new and equally amazing.

Thanks for your story! This forum has been so valuable to me to keep the van running. Iíve had trouble on the road and although I can work through things, Iím no mechanic. The people here have saved me!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:48 am    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

Fantastic family history youíve recorded. Great writing, very entertaining and proof that these machines are memory makers. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:42 am    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

Thanks for taking a read! I'm going to keep my updates/mods/repairs going in this thread. I don't want to jinx it, but I've got a line on some CLKs but it's a 2 hour drive each way...will report back later today on the adventure!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:06 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

And SCORE!

3.5 hour roundtrip and $350 later and I got a pretty pristine set off a 1999 CLK!
Excited. Next call to T3.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

Successful trip last week up to Plumas for four nights. Weather was perfect but cold enough at night for Mrs. to comment and have me start thinking it's time for a Propex. My two boys had an absolute blast exploring, camping, digging, eating s'mores, and just being boys. They are a handful.

We're still getting the hang of camping with kids. While def not what I prefer, we learned we just need to make our life easy and do disposable everything. No one wants to have to do dishes in the dark when kids asleep in ice cold camp water. That was a biggie. Otherwise, we seemed set for food between the truckfridge and cooler, although I did lose some beers in the recesses of the Westy at one point LOL. Packing up camp, I discovered the four hefeweizens we desperately needed were hiding in the small cubby beside the bench. Duh.

Only down side was I waited too long before leaving to test faucet and pump. Turns out something was up and ordered a new pump. Got home, installed new pump after trip, now it seems the Shurflo is the issue. Connected the wires and pump runs, ordered new Shurflo...

Only real gremlin giving me concern now is that somehow on the way out, it felt as though the van lost boost. I posted about it in the 1.8T section, but after van sat overnight, the drive home from Truckee was flawless. All the boost was back. Very weird. Everything I ended up reading about seems to point to perhaps something called the N75 boost controller. The piece is about $100 so it may be something I just have on hand in case.... Anyways, you've all seen camp pics before.

We spotted a few other Westy's out and about. Great to see us all keeping up these special rigs.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:19 pm    Post subject: LED Awning Lights Reply with quote

LED Upgrade for next trip to bring a little light to the party. I simply followed the great write-up from Texas Vanagons @ http://texasvanagons.com/fiamma-awning-led-lighting/

Turned out great. Took my time with the silicone and painter's tape getting it on and secure to allow it to dry. Otherwise I have an aux batter under the bench so I ran wire down the vent, through the engine bay, and into the bench seat using one of the heater coolant line grommets.

Will see how it holds up. Next Iím awaiting some power panels from Chris at Uniwerks and will be rewiring my aux electrical under the bench to a proper fuse panel. Not sure yet how all the wiring will run up to the air duct but have some ideas. Hope I can run up the channel at rear of sliding door and itíll come out. I may have to disassemble the air duct to gain access. Anyone installed one of his panels in that upper vent?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:02 am    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

Wow, what a great story! I made it to this part

ďThe boys are the 3rd generation with the Van and my son, before learning to speak, would sing the door open chime which he loved. We would all laugh. When he learned to speak he called the Van ďdoo dooĒ

before I started to tear up. I have the day off work, I think Iíll go for a drive.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:45 am    Post subject: Uniwerks Power Pods Reply with quote

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Wow, what a great story! I made it to this part

ďThe boys are the 3rd generation with the Van and my son, before learning to speak, would sing the door open chime which he loved. We would all laugh. When he learned to speak he called the Van ďdoo dooĒ

before I started to tear up. I have the day off work, I think Iíll go for a drive.


Cool thanks. Hope you had a great drive!
Now with the awning done, I decided to give Chris at Uniwerks design a shot with his Power Pods. I ordered the upper bunk pod with all the trimmings and the rear ashtray pod. I decided to start with the ashtray because I could see the wiring would be easier. So here's how it's coming together. I'm really liking the utility the rear ashtray pod will bring. I've already got a few sockets in the bench seat panel but failed to take into account those USBs would not be readily accessible with the seat flat, so the ashtray pod is an awesome solution!

Below are some pics of me test fitting it in the rear panel, some shots of the pods, and then getting it test wired and hooking to a 9V battery to check my work. I also took the opportunity to rewire under my bench and add a Blue Sea 6 circuit panel off my Aux battery which also serves the fridge. Blue Sea has a great pic of how to wire a super clean panel with a switch and two sockets so I copied that and it turned out great I think!

For the ashtray, I purchased a neat-looking red anodized USB socket with integrated voltage display and paired it to a Blue Sea temperature sensor.



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:16 am    Post subject: Re: The Life and Times of Vineyard Van! Reply with quote

This must be a unique tale, well told. Thanks for sharing! I did not inherit a Westy but my kids will get mine. I found a weekender for my son and last year we enjoyed an adventure together to Syncro Solstice where we camped side by side. Thanks for inspiring with some "when I get around to it" project ideas.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:00 pm    Post subject: Uniwerks Reply with quote

More progress on the pods.Got the ashtray unit in and connected after getting initial wiring run for the upper bunk. Tried to find a way up the C-pillar at rear of sliding door to get up to air duct, but the path was blocked somewhere at the top and I couldn't get through. Ended up running the wiring towards the back by the A/C, then down the panels and back to the bench seat battery. Pics of the pre-wiring to tie all the sockets and switches together.

Otherwise, here's the ashtray with a Blue Sea temp gauge I thought would be handy to have when camping...

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