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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:34 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

73superduperbeetle wrote:
Turns out the sliding door handle uses a different profile key so I'll have to figure out something else there.


sounds like you have a replacement handle. if you find an original cylinder, you may be able to install it. there is a post on here somewhere
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

73superduperbeetle wrote:
I finally get to post in this thread!

After discovering that the '84 GL I brought home yesterday had only one key that only fit the ignition and nothing else, I spent a few hours resetting the front doors and hatch to use the ignition key. Turns out the sliding door handle uses a different profile key so I'll have to figure out something else there.

One thing ticked off the to-do list, about a million to go! Laughing
Interesting, my ‘84 L allowed me to use the same key on all the doors once I swapped tumblers over to fit, slider included. Any chance someone put a replacement handle on that slider? Think Think Think
My key is the lollipop style one with the round head on it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finally installed the last piece of the front suspension puzzle!! HD end links from T3!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

vanis13 wrote:
73superduperbeetle wrote:
Turns out the sliding door handle uses a different profile key so I'll have to figure out something else there.


sounds like you have a replacement handle. if you find an original cylinder, you may be able to install it. there is a post on here somewhere


Here's my vid on swapping the lock core on a replacement handle with the original lock core that matches the rest. '80-'85 used a different handle than later years. Depending on what you have it may just be a matter of getting a N code lock core.


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Possibly helpful threads...
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=553954
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...mp;start=0
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 5:05 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

davlance01 wrote:
In tank fuel pump, lines and fpr.

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Wow! Shocked

Did I miss this thread somewhere...???

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I changed the fridge thermostat. Now 37F under ambient.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Replaced the missing screw that holds in the ignition switch. A previous owner (I assume the same one that hacked the dash wiring) didn't feel the need to have one and was using a couple of zip ties to hold the plastic switch in place. Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:32 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

^^^ Much improved! ...but I gotta ask, why torx?

Personally, I hate having to keep a special tool on hand for a couple screws that could just as easily match all the others...

<shrug>

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I ordered a custom German License plate (Kraftfahrzeug-Kennzeichen or Nummernschilder) for the front of our van that arrived today. It is a 1987 Syncro so I wanted a classic car (kraftfahrtechnisches Kulturgut) plate, which have a red border and letters/numbers. It is not 100% authentic as the plate number does not start with “07” or end with an “H”, but close enough for an American. I did include the HH city designation because we used to live in Hamburg and the city is part of our soul (Hamburg meine Perle!)

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We have a RMW front bumper with a 2“ receiver and I decided to make a front plate holder that would deter theft AND be stout enough to plow through snow/bushes/bison, etc... Drew it up in AutoCAD, and sent it to SendCutSend to laser cut the bits out of 0.188” steel. It will be welded onto a section of 2" square .250" tube and I designed the backing structure with weld-through tabs to beef up the structure and will weld it up with a 0.125” border all the way around it and paint it as soon as the parts arrive. I have never been accused of designing to the bare minimum of necessity...

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Today I got a small box from go westy. So I got to replace both upper ball joints (only 15000 mile old) I wish I could remember where I got them. I replaced the glove box’s straps that have been broken for thirty years. I replaced the widow cranks with go westy high off set window cranks. They are expensive but I have tried several less expensive options that I didn’t like. The go westy window cranks are really nice. A week ago I installed a 11inc hike crew vent fan. Also expensive but really nice. The fan draws .2 amps on low. It opens the vent and turns on the fan at 110 degrees if it rains it automatically closes the vent. Hopefully I will post pictures on the vent in a few days. John
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:12 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

dhaavers wrote:
^^^ Much improved! ...but I gotta ask, why torx?

Personally, I hate having to keep a special tool on hand for a couple screws that could just as easily match all the others...

<shrug>

- Dave


It was the only screw I could find that would fit. Had to scavenge it off of a bicycle part (syncros twin lock lever to be specific). Just in case, I'll add the little driver bit to my travel tool box.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Topped off tranny fluid

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2021 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Worked on straightening out the wiring including connecting the oil pressure sensor and water temp sensor and was rewarded with two more warning lights in the dash working like they're supposed to.


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Also pulled more defunct/non-working stuff. This aftermarket cruise control module was wedged behind the steering column with a pile of wires stuffed behind the fuse panel.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2021 7:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Painted the upper grill and mounted the new lower grill that was delivered along with a pile of new fuel lines and seals from gowesty. Also repaired a little more rust and started cleaning up the carpet that I'm not throwing out (not much as it turns out).
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2021 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Resealed the tank and installed gowesty’s filter relocation kit. An engine fuel line kit and plastic bulkhead fitting replacement kit are on standby for the next work session. If this pace keeps up, I should be driving it around next weekend. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:48 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

New wires, cap/roader, plugs, injectors, coil, gaskets, oil, filters. Waiting on some fuel line. Will probably change the fuel regulator.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2021 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Added a local ground for the starter after some starting issues on a recent trip. Since I am now using the Westy Ventures adapter with a new starter, the lower starter bolt is different than the stud used with the original starter.

I chose to use the upper starter bolt. There were enough threads to add a 4ga 19" wire from the FLAPS, using a M10 x 1.50 jam nut and a washer.

Careful placement of new ground point below the AFM, using self tapping screw.
I like that the additional ground connection is in the engine bay instead of exposed to the elements.

Also replaced the tranny ground strap for good measure.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2021 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finally finished the E-code project (it's only taken a month), including wiring up the city lights to the existing fog light switch (for DRL purposes, particularly on 2-lane highways):

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TerraPodz down below, 5 watt-equivalent LEDs for the city lights.

Now, to find a wall and 25 feet of flat ground to aim the suckers!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Is that your bra hanging down to show these??!!??
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:05 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finished replacing all the fuel lines from the tank to the engine and back, cleaned up some engine grounds and connectors, installed new mirrors, repaired the big rust hole next to the driver's seat, and fixed the broken speedometer cable (for now at least).
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