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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:11 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Swapped out my ailing Automatic Transmission for rebuilt one from one of Samba’s vendors. I had discovered the 2nd brake band was not adjusted correctly earlier in the week after I had installed the rebuilt unit last Saturday and was unable to reverse off my rack or even roll backwards in Neutral and of course this had caused me some problems getting the trans to function correctly.... Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
So, I removed and installed it several times to iron out the bugs.
Not ideal, but pretty easy on a shop lift versus on the floor.
It helped having my original trans side by side with the new one to figure out what wasn’t right.


Finally got it dialed in on the bench and back it went in today .
Shifts well, smoother than my transmission ever was even after I had replaced the end play shims that had worn on my old unit.

Added the GoWesty Trans Cooler, replaced the Accelerator Cable with a new one from Van Cafe to complete the job.

Painted my exhaust with High Temp Paint to dress it up a bit for awhile.
( Have NOT tried the infamous Peanut Oil treatment, but the year is young....).. Wink Wink

Also replaced the plastic Evap Tanks with the metal ones from Van Cafe.
Fit was very good and I was able to fill the gas tank with no leaks on a full tank for the first time in months.
Corrected my error in routing the gas tank crossover hose as well while I was at it. I previously had it Above the Shifter rod but Below the metal coolant pipes and heater hoses. Seem to remember doing that when I installed the Stainless Steel pipe kit and never got back to rerouting the tank hose after those were installed.

So, long day but a great one. I have 3rd gear again , smoother trans operation, and a leak free gas tank system( so far).. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:21 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I finally Took the locker out of my spare trans to add front locker to my syncro. And made a super ugly tool!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:21 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Bath time. With inspection coming up I like it to be presentable, figuring it might sway the inspector if anything else is sketchy. And I like to show it off at the dealer.

Scrubbed the poptop to get off the oak tree residue that accumulates. That stuff is terrible. The finish is thinning also and you can see bare fiberglass up there so the plan is to sand, prime and repaint when the top comes off for canvas replacement and new gaskets. I'll also scrub the flocking on the inside.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Lengthened some of my wiring harness for my AHU TDI swap. Also pulled the carpet and power washed every piece to finally get rid of that wonderful mouse pee smell!!!! Sad Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Inspection. Passed with flying colors and the dealership charges $0 (state fee normally $20) after you've paid for inspection there on your first visit. We've been coasting on their generosity for nearly a decade now.

Tried to buy an oil filter to give back a little bit but they do not stock Vanagon filters. I had the VW number and everything, the recommended Mann/Mahle filter with the internal valve. I'd expect them to have to order other parts, but a filter?!?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Inspection. Passed with flying colors and the dealership charges $0 (state fee normally $20) after you've paid for inspection there on your first visit. We've been coasting on their generosity for nearly a decade now.

Tried to buy an oil filter to give back a little bit but they do not stock Vanagon filters. I had the VW number and everything, the recommended Mann/Mahle filter with the internal valve. I'd expect them to have to order other parts, but a filter?!?
Ah yes, what you and your technicians would LIKE to have stocked at the Parts Dept. often gets overruled on how long that part sat on the shelf, and how limited in total dollar amount the Dealer Principal is willing to let the parts guys build up inventory before they blow a gasket on cost.
Many dealer principals/owners are basically okay with having everyone wait for a fairly common part get shipped to the dealer versus having it on the shelf since they're not the ones waiting on the part.
Weird, but true.... They have become in love with Overnight shipments versus carrying over a large dollar amount of inventory month to month...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

That is so true! Not the dealership, but after work last PM I went to Napa to get a packet of CV grease. One of mine is in need of swapping. The one on there right now isn't making any noise, but I can feel it move when I wiggle it, so it WILL be making noise SOON.

Anyway, I asked the guy that I've seen at the counter for ~8 years for it, and he looked in the back, nothing to be seen.. Then he asked his boss about it, and the boss went and got a box off the shelf, opened it and indeed, there was one packet in there!! They both couldn't remember when the last one sold, so they looked it up: June of 2018. I doubt they will have another one in inventory, ever.

Maybe tonight will be my night to get another (newer, less worn) CV put on!!

(I do carry a spare end-to-end complete axle - not the stub axle tho, in my closet, I just didn't want to use that on this project. yet.)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Inspection. Passed with flying colors and the dealership charges $0 (state fee normally $20) after you've paid for inspection there on your first visit. We've been coasting on their generosity for nearly a decade now.

Tried to buy an oil filter to give back a little bit but they do not stock Vanagon filters. I had the VW number and everything, the recommended Mann/Mahle filter with the internal valve. I'd expect them to have to order other parts, but a filter?!?
Ah yes, what you and your technicians would LIKE to have stocked at the Parts Dept. often gets overruled on how long that part sat on the shelf, and how limited in total dollar amount the Dealer Principal is willing to let the parts guys build up inventory before they blow a gasket on cost.

I understand the realities of inventory, but I know the parts manager and the guy owns a damn Vanagon, or did.

In all fairness, last time I needed to replace a corroded bulb socket for a front turn signal he gave me one out of his own stash.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:50 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Camper wouldn't start yesterday..smelled gas but no fire. Same thing happened several weeks ago and it was wet & rainy both days. Decided to install new ignition wire set recently ordered and during the process found that the end of the coil wire was burned off at the coil. Removed the coil, got the old end out & cleaned out the cavity and polished all the contacts. With the coil out of the way it was easy to get to a small bundle of grounds mounted nearby so removed and cleaned those up. With everything back together it fired right up & during the test drive noted that an intermittent miss it'd had for sometime was gone. Headin to the N.C. coast tomorrow so hopefully it'll be smooth sailing all the way.
One more thing..when the van went for it's annual inspection recently, the inspector said the state did not require it to be inspected anymore...it's officially an antique in N. Carolina. Sure enough, I was able to renew the registration online with no inspection.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Removed the coil, got the old end out & cleaned out the cavity and polished all the contacts.

Such a simple line to describe that task. I found it extremely difficult to get to the fasteners. Not enough room for the two required hands.

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One more thing..when the van went for it's annual inspection recently, the inspector said the state did not require it to be inspected anymore...it's officially an antique in N. Carolina. Sure enough, I was able to renew the registration online with no inspection.

Interesting variation by state. In Virginia your old vehicle can be exempt from inspection only if you have Antique Vehicle tags on it. There are more restrictions than there are benefits if you actually follow the rules for AV tags but most people seem not to do that.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Removed the coil, got the old end out & cleaned out the cavity and polished all the contacts.

Such a simple line to describe that task. I found it extremely difficult to get to the fasteners. Not enough room for the two required hands.


True....so so true!! It was a pain in the ass and it's made even more so with the AC compressor in the way but I didn't think anyone really wanted to hear me bitchin' bout it. Fortunately I have several 'wobble' extensions for my 1/4 drive tools and was able to snake them in to remove the fasteners. Of course the real fun was trying to reassemble everything...to get the 1st bolt thru the brackets for the coil and the ignition module...hold them together while fishing for the hole all the while the tip of the screw holding the ignition module to it's bracket is digging into the back of the hand. Jezz what fun! Ending up removing the screw and module before any real damage to the hand. Finally when you get the screw lined with the hole, using the tips of 2 fingers to turn the screw to get it started. The 2nd hole is easier but found I needed to use a lineup tool to align the brackets with the hole and snug the upper bolt to keep the lower aligned. Then the 2 finger start the bolt trick again and tighten everything using the wobble extension again. I think the lesson here for me is to replace the ignition wires more often than every 10 years. Oh well...mama never said I was the sharpest knife in the drawer.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

After finding mouse nests during my interior work a couple weeks ago I decided to do some mouseproofing. Got two bars of the Irish Spring soap recommended in several threads and cut each into long strips, then put each strip into a ziploc bag and pierced each bag several times so the fumes...er, aroma could escape to permeate the interior, and I scattered these around the interior; glovebox, under rear seat, each cubby, sink cabinet, etc. Not a fan of the smell but neither are mouses, if the testimonials are to be believed.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:27 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Installed a WheelSkin Str Wheel Cover. Nice to have a soft grip on my manual wheel.

Installed CC’s/Intrepid Overland Basic Oil Cooler Kit. Nice fit and well thought out. Ran and ran my Vanagon afterwards in celebration and test driving.

My Vanagon put up some resistance though. The A/C hoses were right in the way of the support bracket for the Cooler Hoses.
So, my inop system got taken apart to make room for the cooler hose routing.
I need new barrier hoses and a receiver-drier , plus a parallel flow condenser, so that can wait for now.... Razz Razz
Then, the 2 Allen screws on the blanking plate that Chris wants you to remove to install his cooler support bracket refused to be moved at all.
So with that rusted roadblock, I tapped a hole in the top of the cylinder head that was already there near the blanking plate to mount the cooler hose bracket.
Problem solved...... Rolling Eyes
Other than that, everything else was easy.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:59 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Installed the gowesty foil replacement kit, coolant audible alarm, and the clock fix kit. Haven't put it in yet. A new master cylinder is going in tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finally took less than an hour to do the table modification so I can raise it and made the upper bed extension so the pillow doesn’t fall off Very Happy And.... posted here for the first time!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Congrats and welcome.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:09 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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After finding mouse nests during my interior work a couple weeks ago I decided to do some mouseproofing. Got two bars of the Irish Spring soap recommended in several threads and cut each into long strips, then put each strip into a ziploc bag and pierced each bag several times so the fumes...er, aroma could escape to permeate the interior, and I scattered these around the interior; glovebox, under rear seat, each cubby, sink cabinet, etc. Not a fan of the smell but neither are mouses, if the testimonials are to be believed.

Of course, not long after my little project I was reading up elsewhere on mouseproofing and saw this.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Of course, not long after my little project I was reading up elsewhere on mouseproofing and saw this.
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at least the poop will be squeaky clean!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Not effective on Irish mice. .. Made for a Woman, but Mice like it too Wink
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