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vanarover
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:46 pm    Post subject: DONE. Reply with quote

Ok so I am finally finished with my 85 Westie top end rebuild. A LOT OF work..

So I drove it for the first time in 2 years 2 months and let me tell you... It was FANTASTIC.

Thanks to all who helped along the way seriously you guys are awesome.


So now I have to ask: Does anyone have the Brown Westfalia stickers for the pop-top? I have the grey ones that I'd be willing to trade (just thought I'd throw it out there)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:00 pm    Post subject: Salud! Reply with quote

Congratulations! Sheer determination, the final weapon of the Vanagonizers!

How proud you must feel!

Best!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to go! I was down for 8 months doing the top end. I know the feeling you have.

Congratulations on being mobile again!

We're heading to Blissfest and then the Canadian shore of Lake Superior this week. I love having a good motor again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all. Yeah determination for sure. I literally started the rebuild 3 weeks ago and managed to finish today.

I bought the van... it died... and life got in the way of me being able to fix it. But I can tell you this much I am HAPPY as hell to be driving it! WOOT WOOT
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried West Coast Metrics for the Brown Westy Sticker ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.busdepot.com/details.jsp?partnumber=255070732
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Done? DONE? DONE?
You just haven't found the next upgrade/tweak/mod yet! Laughing


Does it feel good to be done?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the links. I know where to buy them, I just figured I would see if anyone had any to trade. I bought the grey ones a few years ago, and no longer have the van for those thought maybe someone might be in my boat and stuck with brown ones Wink



As for the DONE.. Done with engine for now, Ohh this baby needs a paint job, having lived its whole life in the Arizona desert--the clear coat is peeling off.

So that is the next step hopefully end of the month first part of August.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As for the DONE.. Done with engine for now, Ohh this baby needs a paint job, having lived its whole life in the Arizona desert--the clear coat is peeling off.

So that is the next step hopefully end of the month first part of August.


yep. they are never done... just when you think they are done... they are as far from done as you can be Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that's what I love so much about Vanagons and Land Rovers... It's a continuous project that can be upgraded to the hilt, and always needs fixing so I never get bored with them Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

they are on of those special breeds where inflating the tire becomes a suspension rebuild

or... changing the oil becomes an engine rebuild.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vanarover wrote:
As for the DONE.. Done with engine for now, Ohh this baby needs a paint job, having lived its whole life in the Arizona desert--the clear coat is peeling off.

So that is the next step hopefully end of the month first part of August.


Any thoughts on how much a paint job will cost? I am tossing around the idea of paint, but haven't taken it in to see if it is anywhere in my price range.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

motelvw wrote:
Way to go! I was down for 8 months doing the top end. I know the feeling you have.

Congratulations on being mobile again!

We're heading to Blissfest and then the Canadian shore of Lake Superior this week. I love having a good motor again.


North of Superior. Beautiful up there. I remember driving through there once in April going from 70 degrees to a snow storm in the same day. Gotta love it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats lets see some pics, if you got any.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reyes: Im think around 2K for what I want. The cost of paint has gone up quite a bit. I have a friend who owns a paint shop in Virginia and he has the ability to bake it on like a factory job. But if you shop around you can get good deals on paint.


I will post pics when I get the chance Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know how happy you are! Mine was down for 2 years doing the VR6 conversion. Then as soon as I got it on the road I immediately grenaded the stock transmission. So I pulled it out and saved up for 6 months and had german transaxle of america build mine so that it could handle all the horsepower and torque.
In the last 3 years it has been down for more than 2 1/2 years!
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