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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Loaded my Mother- In-Law in the Vanagon to take her to the Hospital....yes, I know there are a few jokes just in that one sentence .... Razz Flame Away pranksters..... Wink
Although the portable Wheelchair Ramp was a bit pricey when we bought it to use with the Vanagon, it gets better and better for ease of usage as time goes by when we compare the struggles we had transferring her from the chair to a carsí front seat and back again.

Nothing dire on this trip thankfully, most likely a UTI or similar low level infection. Awaiting her to get admitted while I cruise The Samba tonight... Cool

Not posting any pictures since the ER is resembling a scene out of Contagion or other Health Scare with all the people wearing masks...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Took me on a 6200 mile trip from South Jersey up to Canada to Jasper, Banff, Glacier NP and on home. Phenomenal scenery and not a single hiccup. I sure do have Westy envy after this trip.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:07 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Worked at the Indy Car Races in Portland, Oregon. Since I had to cross the track to get to infield parking I thought I'd do a "long" crossing. I didn't get a trophy or anything, the timing and scoring people had given up on me by the time I got to the finish line. I don't think their clock goes that high.
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Maybe if I had let the Minion drive we would have done better.
But it was fun crashing the party.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Windansea Beach for Labor Day Celebration!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Turned 300,000 miles today. I was able to pull into my driveway so it's sitting there with 300K on it.

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The last three years/45K miles have been with the Bostig. It's a good van.

Thanks, van...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Took the family and friends to the pumpkin patch today. Ran great.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:44 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

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Turned 300,000 miles today. I was able to pull into my driveway so it's sitting there with 300K on it.


The last three years/45K miles have been with the Bostig. It's a good van.

Thanks, van...


Well done! Good Van, good vancaregiver!!

Applause

I'm at 296,348.. had a busted speedo cable for ~800 miles so I'm off but oh well. So, you still hit the big 3 well before me, even with that transmission issue that took you out for a few weeks. Its about to be salt season for me, so you may pull further ahead now, too!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Itís permitted to disconnect the odometer to go get money shots at 300k
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Friendly reminder from the original, first post:

(Moderator Warning: Any "What I did TO my van" posts will be deleted! This thread is about what your VAN did today, not what work YOU did TO it.)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

bobbyblack wrote:
jimf909 wrote:
Turned 300,000 miles today. I was able to pull into my driveway so it's sitting there with 300K on it.


The last three years/45K miles have been with the Bostig. It's a good van.

Thanks, van...


Well done! Good Van, good vancaregiver!!

Applause

I'm at 296,348.. had a busted speedo cable for ~800 miles so I'm off but oh well. So, you still hit the big 3 well before me, even with that transmission issue that took you out for a few weeks. Its about to be salt season for me, so you may pull further ahead now, too!


It's a journey, not a race. Very Happy What a bunch of fun we get to have!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:03 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

jimf909 wrote:

It's a journey, not a race. Very Happy What a bunch of fun we get to have!

So true; a delightful journey! Dixie's hanging tough at 336,756 miles. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:30 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Jake, Sweeeeet!!!

3 days ago, Floss had a slight sweet smell in the cabin. Yesterday, more so. Today, definitely time to look under the rear bench .. AGAIN. I think this is 3 years in a row. Admittedly, the first year, I decided to just try the valve, which was for sure leaky. I tested the core wiht the new valve, an dit held 15 pounds. Last year, I went for the VC replacement, and, admittedly, messed that job up slightly. So, now I get to see if my workaround to my mess up is the reason for the newly sniffed surprise (not actually surprising).

Certainly could be yet another $60 for another heater core.. Will report back!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

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Jake, Sweeeeet!!!

3 days ago, Floss had a slight sweet smell in the cabin. Yesterday, more so. Today, definitely time to look under the rear bench .. AGAIN. I think this is 3 years in a row. Admittedly, the first year, I decided to just try the valve, which was for sure leaky. I tested the core wiht the new valve, an dit held 15 pounds. Last year, I went for the VC replacement, and, admittedly, messed that job up slightly. So, now I get to see if my workaround to my mess up is the reason for the newly sniffed surprise (not actually surprising).

Certainly could be yet another $60 for another heater core.. Will report back!

-bobby

That's a bummer. I have a replacement rear heater core on the shelf - but the Subaru Coolant Conditioner stopped the leak!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:38 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

My vanagon decided to completely blow its head gasket yesterday. I'm kind of not happy. I used a pressure bleeder to add coolant to the system but maybe there was an air bubble somewhere. I previously drove it around the block and idled it for quite a bit and it was stable. I replaced the FPR and it was finally idling and running ok and thought, "this is it! I can finally go camping!"

Jokes on me. Temp went from 190 to 230+ degrees in about 30 seconds and coolant started pouring out of the coolant/head gasket. Like a hose. I guess this engine is coming out and then going back. Something I said I'd never do. The universe sure has a sense of humor.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

4Gears4Tires wrote:
My vanagon decided to completely blow its head gasket yesterday.
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I guess this engine is coming out and then going back. Something I said I'd never do. The universe sure has a sense of humor.



Sorry to hear it! What a disappointment!

I also said that if I took my engine out, it was getting a transplant. Well, to that end, I did my top end rebuild with the engine left in. It was not easy, and I was tempted many times to get my 12 gauge and blast it a few times... Ended well eventually.

THEN, I got a few hundred miles in, and WHAMMY! the clutch went to pieces.. Soooo, I took the transaxle out.

I'd say that your idea of just forgoing the mental anguish of 'never out then back in' is a far better solution than mine.

Hope the heads pop off easy for ya!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Thanks. It will be a bit before I can get to it unfortunately. I am helping a friend swap an M20 into a BMW 2002 right now so that's taking up the lift. Hopefully he'll be done by the end of November.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:39 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

My wife and I were in need of more freedom on the ocean. These escape craft fit neatly inside our '84 tin top. It's as though the van was made for them. After use, they prop up perfectly for fresh water rinse, air dry and slide back inside for safe storage and immediate re-use. I never imagined this use for our van....
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:42 am    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

That^^^ looks incredibly cool... Cool


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Lift. Uses a bluetooth handheld controller, 25kts possible on foil. 5'& 5'6.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Things your van did recently Reply with quote

Dont those things cost as much as some vans lol?
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