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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2022 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

should i post the photos of all the duct tape "upgrades" i found on my Westy when i bought it?

my favorite adhoc Westy problem solving moment was this... why wait for a nice mounting bracket when you can send it with cardboard?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2022 3:02 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2022 4:49 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

vwwestyman wrote:
… Usually my "flywheel lock" involves some amount of cursing and then some amount of doing something like drilling holes in a piece of angle iron. Last one was welding a couple bolts to a piece of flat bar to be "studs" to engage two bolt holes on the flex plate of an auto Vanagon.

^^^ Too much work, man…simplify, simplify… Wink

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PS: A couple more from my archives, may even have shared elsewhere recently … Cool

Pilot bearing puller:

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- Simple stove bolt, head filed to oval shape, put it in & pull the sucker out…cheap & effective.

DIY lock-in-place rear hatch ventilator:

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- Total cost, new: $0.37

Carry on, see you on the road! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2022 10:32 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

Does utilizing the wife to push start us all the way home from Syncrofest with a dead starter count? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2022 12:50 am    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

In the first year on the first long trip I lost a front outer wheel bearing. In Albania, in the middle of nowhere.
The rollers just shattered and the whole wheel was wobbling.
Cleaned the debris, put in in reverse order so the big washer was making contact with the outer race. Filled with grease and was able to slowly get to the next town (~15kms) to a mechanic who put in new bearings.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2022 8:37 am    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

Christopholi wrote:
Does utilizing the wife to push start us all the way home from Syncrofest with a dead starter count? Very Happy


Not that high on the MacGyver scale...but definitely the top prize in the
Vanagon Wife of the Year Award ! Laughing Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2022 9:14 am    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

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DIY lock-in-place rear hatch ventilator:
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How exactly does that fit, and do you get any exhaust into the cab because of the station wagon effect?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2022 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2022 10:08 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

I had the studs for the Alternator strip in the case. While waiting for the GW repair kit (which is excellent) I needed to keep driving my truck. So to keep the alternator in place I braced a 1x6 Between the Alternator and the body and it worked so well I almost didn't fix it.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2022 7:28 am    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

DuncanS wrote:
dhaavers wrote:

DIY lock-in-place rear hatch ventilator:
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How exactly does that fit, and do you get any exhaust into the cab because of the station wagon effect?

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It is used to prop the rear hatch open a bit for air flow while sleeping.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2022 11:22 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

The Van didn't have a propane tank or regulator for the stove or a water tank, pump or faucet. For the sink, I bought a Shur-Flo faucet, a stainless steel submersible pump and some tubing made my own:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2022 6:42 am    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

That's not MacGyvering. That's a great completion to an unfinished project.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2023 1:19 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

djkeev wrote:
DuncanS wrote:
dhaavers wrote:

DIY lock-in-place rear hatch ventilator:
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How exactly does that fit, and do you get any exhaust into the cab because of the station wagon effect?

Duncan

It is used to prop the rear hatch open a bit for air flow while sleeping.

Yes, use only when parked, but actually I use this most on warm weather driving
days when I HAVE to park in full sun…I also crack front windows & skylight vent.

Any amount of ventilation helps keep the van from excess solar gain & closer to
ambient, making it much more tolerable to climb back in to continue the trip…

Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2023 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

Among others, there are these two solutions. Rear dropdown opening window which has a screen. Because it's on the side opposite the exhaust--maybe--it doesn't get any into the car from the station wagon effect. Screened for night time sleeping.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2023 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

I haven’t posted here in a while, but I have two from our trip down to South America:

In Panama I was having the engine intermittently cut off, in what seemed an electrical issue. The van would sometimes start again, some times not. Eventually I found that the mount for the hall sensor next to the distributor had cracked and there was a short against the metal housing.

I had a spare distributor but no way to do timing and no confidence to eye ball it. So I fixed it with a latex glove and some zip ties. The fix worked with zero issues for over a month until I found a mechanic with a timing gun in Colombia.

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The other one was more of a quality of life thing. We were carrying this heavy photo tripod with a quick release. In Mexico I had a welder build a plate that I could use to mount the front table to the tripod. Instant beach table that fits in the cutlery drawer 🙂

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2023 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

DuncanS wrote:
Among others, there are these two solutions. Rear dropdown opening window which has a screen. Because it's on the side opposite the exhaust--maybe--it doesn't get any into the car from the station wagon effect. Screened for night time sleeping.
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Duncan



Details on the first one?!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2023 10:03 pm    Post subject: Re: The things we MacGyver on our vans Reply with quote

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