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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:21 pm    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

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Damn boys! I didn't notice this thread had replies. Kirk, glad to see you're still kickin'! And You're taller than you look in pictures! LOL

Lately the bus has been driving really well. Lots of power in all gears, no complaints except my gas gauge is on and off working correctly.

ANYWAY- No period of high-bliss comes without a little issue popping up to say hello.

I have a question and I'm having a hard time narrowing my search.

I noticed while driving that my brakes feel kinda funky. I can push the pedal down about 1/3 of the way, and it kinda feels like I'm braking, but then I hit a "wall" - as in the pedal is not as easy to depress, and stopping becomes more effective at this point.

I bled brakes at the same time I replaced my rear shoes and brake hardware, it must have been 5 years ago, ish? In that time I've only put like, 100 miles on the car (because of rebuild and, and, and)

What does this sound like? Should I bleed the brakes again and see if that improves? I read in a thread that brakes should be bled every two years....not sure if that's accurate. I'm hoping my MC isn't starting to poop out on me, so some steps in the right direction would be super helpful.


Heeeyyyyy!!

(Did you mean to say "less effective" at the wall point? I assumed so.)

The owners manuals all say to flush the system every two years, but Oklahoma is pretty dry, so I really doubt that would create/solve the problem. Still a good thing to do as you drive the bus more and more…

Does a quick stab-and-hold of the brake pedal drop the engine RPM a bunch on a warmed up engine? A little RPM dip is ok, but a huge drop could be a leaky brake booster.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Hey Dude!
I will give that a try and report back. Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

secretsubmariner wrote:
Damn boys! I didn't notice this thread had replies. Kirk, glad to see you're still kickin'! And You're taller than you look in pictures! LOL

Lately the bus has been driving really well. Lots of power in all gears, no complaints except my gas gauge is on and off working correctly.

ANYWAY- No period of high-bliss comes without a little issue popping up to say hello.

I have a question and I'm having a hard time narrowing my search.

I noticed while driving that my brakes feel kinda funky. I can push the pedal down about 1/3 of the way, and it kinda feels like I'm braking, but then I hit a "wall" - as in the pedal is not as easy to depress, and stopping becomes more effective at this point.

I bled brakes at the same time I replaced my rear shoes and brake hardware, it must have been 5 years ago, ish? In that time I've only put like, 100 miles on the car (because of rebuild and, and, and)

What does this sound like? Should I bleed the brakes again and see if that improves? I read in a thread that brakes should be bled every two years....not sure if that's accurate. I'm hoping my MC isn't starting to poop out on me, so some steps in the right direction would be super helpful.


How are your rubber lines? Fluid? And what he said about the booster.


That interior is killer!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 1978 Champagne first bus Reply with quote

Thanks Kirk - I will definitely be giving the whole system a visual inspection and I'll check my fluid level lol.

And thanks! I've been slowly working on the interior. Gonna replace the last of the window seals and try to finally get all the final remnants of the old crappy tint off this summer Razz
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