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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:32 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Buss Marius wrote:
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.

Sounds fun! Pics of all these rigs, please? Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:12 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Installed the quick shift kit from t3 technique today, rather than spending up for the fancy short shifter.

Not a revolutionary change, but a nice enough upgrade for the money, and it only took about 15 minutes to install.

I have replaced all of the bushings and soft parts in my shifter, and there’s still some minor slop in the ball at the pivot point unfortunately, so this shifter doesn’t cure that.

Anyway, this is a good option for folks who want to tighten up shifts a little bit
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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And I found this today, one of my plants that looks like it's been savored since I set it in place a couple of pages ago. On to Plan B, whatever that is.
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Plan B, the Bucket Of Death. I read on another forum about an interesting way to trap mice. I wanted something that would work continually with only occasional monitoring and no resetting/refilling required, and which would kill the little f***ers, and then keep on killing them without my assistance.

Get a bucket and a soda bottle and a wooden dowel. Drill as needed so the bottle spins freely. Ramp up to access hole for the mouse and peanut butter on the bottle as bait. Windshield washer fluid in the bottom of the bucket.
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Decided to try this and see if it works in the garage and it did. Mouse is attracted to the PB and enters, and must negotiate the bottle to the bait but the bottle spins easily, which dumps the mouse into the drink. I bagged these two overnight.
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So I made a smaller one today to keep in the Westy while parked. Testing the small one tonight.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:02 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finally installed my driver side grab handle on the A pillar. I don't know why I waited so long to do it. Makes getting in much easier and fun!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:08 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

My shifter had been feeling a little... well, terrible. I was worried it might be something large (which, it could). For now the shift linkage in the front failed and I had a floppy shifter.

Here it is after removal.
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Since I already did a quarantine garage cleaning I installed the replacement today.

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Feels better and might have been the only problem.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:28 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Cleaned out the engine compartment after blasting through a huge mud puddle out in Chaco.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:15 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I installed Frank Condelli's rear head rest kit. Was surprised at how easy it was.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:02 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Delightful sunny afternoon!!!

Alt belt started chirping when cold, so I wanted to tighten things up a bit. Well, I remembered the spark plugs I got and needed to do, and while I was doing that, I spotted 2 CV bolts that came loose. So, Sparks, belts, and CV bolts all back in spec!

These look gnarly!!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:17 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Installed a Rockville 8" subwoofer under my passenger seat, perfect fit and sounds awesome - especially for under $90.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:01 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I exercised some electrical demons.

The fuse position for the heater blower and wipers was fried and someone had installed a blade type fuse holder work around. The fuse would immediately fry when powered up and the rear wipers would not shut off. I'd seen evidence of mice and George ( pronounced Horhey) had been idle for some years. My guess was mouse nest in the blower so it could not turn resulting in overload and thus blown fuses.

I was right!

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You can see the little f2435er top right in this photo.


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Dash out, heater box out, blower removed, de-louse the whole thing and an opportunity to take a real close look at all the wiring. Fixed a few things, re-grounded everything including ground trees, a few drops of oil in the blower bearing and back together. It all works and I'm feeling a bit heroic. If I can do this so can you.

ezmass - thanks for sharing. I have a 10 incher of these in my other van and was hoping the 8 would work in the spot you've chosen. Time for some music in this little buggy Very Happy


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Completed a 4 day cycle of Ospho on all my seams, and chips. Soaked the Opsho into the seams repeatedly each afternoon. All of this followed up with 2 coats of 3M Mar-Hyde, which is curing at home right now. (Drove the Tundra to work today.) Hope the 'treatment' gets me another year to find my alternative Westy while the Kitchen Rot on Flossie is remedied. Full removal of Westy interior will be necessary, and I don't want to be without a spare, yes, I am a bit nuts. ONE Westy SHOULD be enough for anyone. But, for some reason, I want two for myself and one for each of my kids.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finished (I hope) cooling system upgrades. New stainless pipes, rear heater bypass, thermostat, and expansion tank. Cleaned and reused the level sensor. Hoses, clamps etc replaced where necessary.
A leaking hose and corroded fitting under the intake manifold were replaced. This may have been a source of the odd temp. fluctuations noted previously.
New coolant and bled system. Thanks, Adrian!
A short test drive discovered nothing unusual. Temp gage is now steady just under the LED.
So far, so good.

On to the next fiasco!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I fixed the cruise control. Well maybe not fixed as it turns out it wasn't broken. It was driving me nuts. I checked and rechecked every step in the Bentley. Followed the wiring diagram. Turns out it was the LED stop lights. Put the old incandescent bulbs back in and it magically works again. I don't understand it, but it wasn't coincidence. Put the LED's back in, no cruise control. Put the incandescent bulbs back all is well.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

AceTaylor wrote:
I fixed the cruise control. Well maybe not fixed as it turns out it wasn't broken. It was driving me nuts. I checked and rechecked every step in the Bentley. Followed the wiring diagram. Turns out it was the LED stop lights. Put the old incandescent bulbs back in and it magically works again. I don't understand it, but it wasn't coincidence. Put the LED's back in, no cruise control. Put the incandescent bulbs back all is well.

Without the low resistance of the incandescent bulbs, the brake signal going to the cruise control doesn't get properly grounded, but 'floats'. So the cruise won't work as it relies on that signal (among others) to know it's OK to engage.
You could add a parallel resistor to the LEDs to emulate the resistance of the OEM bulbs.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I did a 0 to 100 km/h (a 0 to 60 in medieval English Wink )

(drumroll)

22.5 seconds! WOOHOOOO ! Fast and Furious !

Stock 1990 Westy, 2.1 auto, driver plus some stuff.

Is there a thread for these? I'm sure this is one of the best results. Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:46 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Close.
There's a 30 to 50 challenge thread.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=306851&highlight=post+30+50
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:10 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Yuck. Drowning a sentient creature? Make it quick and painless please
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:37 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Took the rusty dirty engine carrier bar to a buddy's metal shop for a sandblast cleaning. This is my first time, really amazed at the quick good results.

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After a short bit of work:


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As a bonus find, there is a faint VW logo and date stamp on the underside of the bar near the center. Matches the year of this rig.


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After 10 years of ownership I still enjoy these little discoveries.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Front end work. GoWesty full bushing kit. New Stabilizer, Moog 5660 front springs, Rancho RS9000XL adjustable shocks front and rear

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Yesterday- replaced a tail light bulb, then ran some errands in the van.
Last night- neighbor advised me lights were still on. Embarassed
They were. Dimly.
This morning- deployed battery charger.
Reviewed recent posts at "Official Lazy Person's Stupid Questions" thread.
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