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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Going to do an oil change....though need a Nissan V6 3.0L oil filter.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:41 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Welcome! We need a wider angle view of that ^ engine compartment, and some details.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:45 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

1985 Westfalia

4 Speed (Stock)

Nissan VG30 V6 3.0L

Weddle Industries 4.13 Ring and Pinion

Porsche 944 Axles

Can cruise at around 90-95 KPH an easy 25-2600 RPM



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Did you do the swap or was it purchased in that configuration? That engine install is not unheard of, but the most notorious version belonged to a newlywed couple who managed to slide off a mountainside on their honeymoon, as I recall. They survived, but the van did not.

From an ad for a similar van:
"While I've heard stories of Japanese engines in Vanagons, I don't think I've seen one up for sale yet, until now. A cool $20k $18k down in San Diego will get you this 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper fitted with a 3.0L Nissan V6 from a 1992 Maxima. Not much is mentioned about the conversion, other than it's CA DMV certified, which means it was likely done by a professional. I can't seem to find a whole lot of info on these, however there is a crazy honemoon story(link) about an adventure with a 'MaxiWesty.'"
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:22 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I have read the article and the van that I drive has not been a let down what so ever. It pulls strong, engine is very reliable and is a great highway cruiser with its low revs after I had the Ring and Pinion installed. I will try and take some video this weekend of it running. I am just using an older phone as my new one broke but see what I can do.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Work continues on the1983- 1.6 diesel rebuild and conversion to turbo diesel JX spec. Decided to do a quick test of paint condition under the dirt and oxidation. Was very pleased to see that I'll be able to touch up and run the OG paint..at least for a while.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Today I discovered I won't be bleeding the rear brakes anytime soon. Found both sides like this, I guess the PO had some issues.
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Thankfully I can loosen the flare nut without issues. I gather my only real option is new wheel cylinders? Any brand suggestions/part no?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

If you need the van <NOW> just crack the nut & bleed from there.

This'll keep you on the road until you dig farther... Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

dhaavers wrote:
If you need the van <NOW> just crack the nut & bleed from there.

This'll keep you on the road until you dig farther... Cool

- Dave


That is a clever idea. Actually the system is fine as is, nothing wrong with it. I had a small leak in the clutch system that I fixed and had to bleed. The plan was to bleed the brakes as well because I already had the bleeder hooked up and opened up the fresh bottle of fluid......but no.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Since temps were finally above freezing around here, I turned on the garage heater to plumb in my
cheap Chinese heater...looks like this may be a game changer for early & late season trips! Very Happy

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Semi-hard wired w/plug to aux battery, easily removable with hose clamps on intake & exhaust
just below the floor & works just like it should. ONWARD! Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:21 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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- Dave


I always thought that putting the hot air exhaust into the B piller right there would provide nice distribution to the rear and the front.

(is there wax inside those cavities? if so, might melt off...still cool distribution)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:09 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

^^^ Not sure, but someone else will have to find out...this is all the farther I'm going with this project. Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:00 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

...(brief follow up from previous post)...

After-the-fact-late-to-the-party intake/exhaust pics...(running late, didn't get these before): Embarassed

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I know, I still need to fill the very small gap at the floor with rope/strip caulk (a/k/a "dum dum" to us old timers)...

FWIW: Bridged exhaust connection with 500° rated silicone hose & found that two (2) "straight-through" mufflers brought
outside noise down below 60db, especially when running on low (1.2 kWh) according to LCD display settings, plus found
this guy on YouTube, so you know it's gotta be true... (Fast forward to 7:30 for live test & final result)... Very Happy Cool


Link

Long story short, it works great & it's pretty [email protected] quiet! Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:50 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

old_man wrote:
Today I discovered I won't be bleeding the rear brakes anytime soon. Found both sides like this, I guess the PO had some issues.
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Thankfully I can loosen the flare nut without issues. I gather my only real option is new wheel cylinders? Any brand suggestions/part no?
. ATE with internal springs
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:59 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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dhaavers wrote:
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- Dave


I always thought that putting the hot air exhaust into the B piller right there would provide nice distribution to the rear and the front.

(is there wax inside those cavities? if so, might melt off...still cool distribution)
. Interesting.....
So , up to the rear passenger vents mounted in the roof and out the B pillar and into the R/F door and then out of the metal plenum on the interior behind the dash?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:08 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

^^^ Sounds like what HE'S talking about (vanis13) but yeah, that's not my project. I hope he'll chime in again...Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:12 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

dhaavers wrote:
^^^ Sounds like what HE'S talking about (vanis13) but yeah, that's not my project. I hope he'll chime in again...Cool

- Dave
. Right, got it, was going to post about wondering with possible plastic vent melting that’s in the B pillar and the seal at the edge of the door that mates with it, but wasn’t sure if the heated air was even hot enough to cause that issue .
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Spring is in the air....
I am instaling a 5 pot TDI and a Volvo M46 gearbox in my Karmann LT. Today i was working on the gearshift mekanism, outside, beside the camper, and i must say it is realy Nice to hear the sound of the Pisten Bully grooming the skislope 100m away, down the end of the road.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:27 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Been a busy 2 weeks for us:

Treated foot well areas for some light rust from window seal leak and then painted with new step pads.

Reinstalled a freshly cleaned front carpet/pad for season.
Bolted gas pedal down with SS HW.
New Antenna https://www.amazon.com/Jensen-JAN139-Heavy-Duty-Un...amp;sr=8-4
Uniwerks Design goodies installed: (radio spacer, hooks, clips, power pod levelers, dome light, outside temp gauge)
Fixed my emergency brake light switch finally!
944 fog light switch ($25 on ebay)
Eurovan steering wheel ($80 shipped on ebay)

Took out original spare clamshell and hinges/etc:
Wire wheeled and treated front frame and sub-frame with Rustoleum Rust Barrier Auto in matte black, looks so good! (CA van, so no issues)

Painted a new V.C. tire carrier with several coats of preventative clear rustoleum
Painted a new 15" SouthAfrican spare rim with several coats of clear rustoleum (spare tire mounting tomorrow)

T3 sway bar, HD links, and a bunch of urethane bushings for steering, trans, radius arms next...

944s CV with Rockford boots, V.C. axles and Swepco grease going in later this week too.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

jlrftype7 wrote:
dhaavers wrote:
^^^ Sounds like what HE'S talking about (vanis13) but yeah, that's not my project. I hope he'll chime in again...Cool

- Dave
. Right, got it, was going to post about wondering with possible plastic vent melting that’s in the B pillar and the seal at the edge of the door that mates with it, but wasn’t sure if the heated air was even hot enough to cause that issue .


yes, you got the idea correct re: distribution/plenum

I would not be worried about any plastic melting. I was wondering, since I have heard the inside of the cavities are wax coated for corrosion protection, if that wax would melt.
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