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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Made some curtains that snap-in.


I did something similar. Curtains are made of USMC desert digital cloth and backed with fleece blanket material for added insulation. (Thanks, Mom!)
I leave them off the rear and slider windows when driving, they can be attached in a jiffy when necessary. Pretty happy with this setup.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Started on my spring spacer project to cure the Westy lean. Once I knew the specs I searched for a board that would give me enough material and found one at W*****t for about $12. Used a jigsaw to cut them out and a hole saw for the center holes. Pieces are 5/16" thick so I made three to go on the left-rear, which is about an inch lower than the other corners. I'll tweak as required and have enough material for two more spacers if I need them. Might get them installed tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Started on my spring spacer project to cure the Westy lean. Once I knew the specs I searched for a board that would give me enough material and found one at W*****t for about $12. Used a jigsaw to cut them out and a hole saw for the center holes. Pieces are 5/16" thick so I made three to go on the left-rear, which is about an inch lower than the other corners. I'll tweak as required and have enough material for two more spacers if I need them. Might get them installed tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

What? Did I miss something?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

drove my Vanagon around Philadelphia today. it was glorious.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:53 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Went camping and decided to also take care of replacing my speedometer cable. The last one was pure junk compared to the one I got with van cafe. Still a little jumpy between 30-40mph, but overall dramatically better.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Started cleaning up and inspecting the underside of the engine. I've had a nuisance oil drip ever since I owner the van and I'm trying to determine where its coming from. Took off the push rod shields and scrubbed the underside.


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Push rods are ok, and it looks as if a have a drip coming from under the crank pully and where the transaxle meets the engine.


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Could be galley plugs or seals, both require major engine/trans removal so for this year Ill monitor. its only a teaspoon of oil every couple months so i think Ill be OK if I monitor it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Got my spacers installed, 15/16" total for the three pieces that boosted that corner by a significant amount while simultaneously adjusting the other corners as well, giving an overall improved stance that is slightly higher at the rear.

Before

LF=16 5/8" RF=16 7/8"

LR=15 1/2" RR=16 1/2"

After

LF=16 3/8" RF=16 1/2" Actually lowered the front a little and did so evenly.

LR=17" RR=16 3/4" Raising the left side also raised the right a bit.

I did have to loosen the CV joint to get the trailing arm to drop enough to get the spring out and everything back in and that was the hardest part. Getting the joint to break loose was a pain and when it did a lovely thick grey goop dribbled out onto the floor...and onto me. Got no pix of the underneath but everyone knows what that looks like.

One pic I did get was of my new overhead clearance. I used to have about 3" above the skylight but no longer; probably 1.25" now but some of that reduction is due to taller tires installed a couple of years ago. I backed out very carefully until I knew. I might consider a single spacer on the right side to try evening things up but that might be risky. Maybe no more lift for me until I get some garage surgery done.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Thought I might take the newly worked-on van out for a spin today and mentioned it to the bride, who suggested instead that I remove all the curtains so she could wash them. Little does she know how much cursing is involved in such a task.

My cheap little ratcheting right-angle screwdriver is essential for the task, especially for the screw behind the sink cabinet. Others can be reached with a normal tool but this one is a lifesaver when nothing else will reach.
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That done, I figured what the hell and unloaded all our resident gear for a thorough cleaning. Found a couple of mouse nests in the van that pretty has much been parked for a year while we attended to more pressing things; one in the rearmost cabinet and one in one of the cubbies. Dragged out everything for evaluation and cleaning, and will reload as required.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:10 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

campism, ughs so sorry on the mouses houses. The 'bad boy' of mouse houses is the front airbox/heater blower area. super annoying to get flying mouse house in your face and hair.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:28 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

campism wrote:
Got my spacers installed, 15/16" total for the three pieces that boosted that corner by a significant amount while simultaneously adjusting the other corners as well, giving an overall improved stance that is slightly higher at the rear.

Before

LF=16 5/8" RF=16 7/8"

LR=15 1/2" RR=16 1/2"

After

LF=16 3/8" RF=16 1/2" Actually lowered the front a little and did so evenly.

LR=17" RR=16 3/4" Raising the left side also raised the right a bit.

I did have to loosen the CV joint to get the trailing arm to drop enough to get the spring out and everything back in and that was the hardest part. Getting the joint to break loose was a pain and when it did a lovely thick grey goop dribbled out onto the floor...and onto me. Got no pix of the underneath but everyone knows what that looks like.

One pic I did get was of my new overhead clearance. I used to have about 3" above the skylight but no longer; probably 1.25" now but some of that reduction is due to taller tires installed a couple of years ago. I backed out very carefully until I knew. I might consider a single spacer on the right side to try evening things up but that might be risky. Maybe no more lift for me until I get some garage surgery done.

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At least you had the sense to check the clearance before just backing on out.... Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

It occurred to me that if clearance was an issue the interference would probably be so slight that I could probably get out with a partial deflation on all four. Turned out to be unnecessary but I'm sure another goof awaits me somewhere.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:39 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

campism,

So, the next thing is when you get even larger diameter tires Wink

I've gone up a little on diameter, and did just exactly like you, and worried about it, etc. I use a piece of wood or such to push the door back/up a bit further out of the way. I have only forgotten once, and it was in-bound, so I heard it touch a little and stopped and pushed it up and stilted it so I could proceed.. But I too fear the day I try going the other direction after having forgotten Sad

Also, I hope to find a used set of Carat springs, which would lower my bus a bit. Chris Schimke recommended Carat springs to both lower AND bring better control to the suspension (in addition to the other parts I have found excellent from T3technique). I was asking him about the nose dive of Vanagons, and that was in his list of what his most demanding customer had found to be best help in the suspension. Lower, progressive springs.

I guess I've put off a WTB classified, as I have been just watching and waiting. I missed a set about 2 years ago for like $50.. Oh well. I know another fellow that has a set, but seems pretty busy, and I haven't followed up with him on the springs in a while. Maybe Summer will be a better time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:49 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I gave up on trying to get into the garage when I put the x bars and solar ontop.

I replaced the shifter tabs last year and the passenger side broke off. I replaced that piece.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:59 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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I've been putting off any height additions like solar, bars, etc. for a long time. My idea would be to do a solar install that would go under the bars, if anything, and both bars and solar would need to have 'quick release' options on ARGs if I do add them. Can't let the (better) Vanagon sit outside all winter. Since I am going to drill at least a set of holes in my top for the JackBombay poptop shocks, may as well get the ARGs ready and put them on, too.

I once saw a thread with a solar install that used a huge aluminum sheet with holes that were maybe an inch or two drilled out in a precise grid with two flexible solar panels attached to that. From memory, it looked to have been only about as tall as the skylight after install.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:10 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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The problem with mounting under the bars is that you will block the cells. Even if the bars align exactly on the panels frame, depending on the angle of the sun, the shadow of the bar will block the sun.

I added the jack bombay assists. I had it share a bolt with the ARGs. Honestly if I could do it all over again, I would not have shared a bolt. I dont like the placement of my bars. It sits too high. And the shortest yakima towers are still too tall.

I used yakima load stops to mount the panels. I was a little worried that the rubber wouldn't be strong enough, but it is incredibly sturdy up there.

yakima.com/loadstop

I honestly didn't need a permanent solar mount on top. I have the gowesty solar hook up and a flexible panel. Aux battery charges off the alternator as well. So wherever I end up I could just hook up the flexible panel when stationary. I don't know. I did a lot of stuff that didn't make sense and didn't really think things out. But, since its up there I will leave it for now.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Another 'problem' I've been kicking around is where to put batteries. My under seat is where my 2 tool boxes and wrench rolls go, along with spare things like ECU, axle/CVs and such.

I have been looking at the pictures of SyncroJael's diesel tank on his underside, saying to myself, "wouldn't a box like that be a good place for batteries and a chinese parking heater?" Or, since I have a manual trans, there is some room above the transaxle. However, dropping the trans to change my batteries would be a joke on me.

Anyway, it is funny how precious every nook and cranny inside my Westy is, packed with stuff like tow bar, jack stands, spare parts, odd wire, belts, and other various emergency resolution inventories.

Once I met a retired couple who drove a nice White '89 with a GW 2.3, Gillian and Pete. When they drove up to my camp site and showed me their rig, I exclaimed "your Westy is so clean and tidy" with not a bit of fluff or throw blanket in sight. Clean clean clean. Made me feel very inadequate. My crap goes everywhere when I go camping. They had their 2 Marine batteries under the slider in the optional PS LP tank location. Looked lower than I would want to have 2 big batts but maybe it was the same low as the LP tank on mine? I hope to meet them again some day Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:44 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I got an inexpensive 12V shower setup for the van. It was only $15 on AliExpress. In the past, I've always used the solar showers in a bag, which work fine but have a very weak gravity-fed stream for showering. This new unit has an adjustable stream and at full, it's fairly impressive. Powerful enough to wash mud off the van, dog, boots, etc. I'll still use the solar showers to heat the water (I have two of them), but will transfer the heated water to a big collapsible bucket for the new shower setup which has a submersible pump. I always have the Westy stove to augment the solar bags if needed on cloudy or winter days, or the wood stove's water heater if I have it setup (see picture below). I already installed a 12V outlet at the back of the van in anticipation of this purchase. I also recently purchased the Bus Depot "Add a Room" for the back of the Westy, so I think I'll now have a pretty sweet privacy shower solution in case there are people around. I can put my port-a-potty in there, too, for a full-on bathroom... an En Suite if you will, Laughing .

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:28 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

^ Glamping!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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^ Glamping!

I still have baby wipes for when I'm lazy!
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