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D Clymer
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Bring on the Project Builds! Reply with quote

The recent thread on whether or not the forum is going south got me thinking. What seems to be lacking on this forum lately are the project threads. I know it takes time to photograph and do write-ups on our Vanagon projects, but to me these are the best part of this forum.

What are others' thoughts here? Am I imagining things, or are we experiencing somewhat of a drought in terms of technical builds?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those threads are my faves. I honestly don't care what the nature of the project, I just thoroughly enjoy seeing how folks problem solve their way to the conclusion of whatever challenges they face.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody else post that i would chortle.

Okay How about I do a crowdfunding thing for my project and i will post it.
I have come to understand guys when projects stall, they csn be expensive and some things take priority.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree David, the project builds are the best. And yes, there does seem to be fewer recently. Not to dangle the carrot, but I'm working on one now, at least taking pictures and documenting. As those of you who've written good solid build threads know (and as I'm learning) it's a lot of work to document and put together. Not to mention the r&d and fabrication time. What I'm doing is playing around with adapting a throttle body for the 2.1. I think I've finally found one that will work, be inexpensive, and easy to construct. It will require the VSM upgrade however. (Well one could probably adapt the old throttle switch, but I've decided to upgrade.) I'm going on a 3 day vacation this weekend so I'll be able to do some testing. Either way I'll do a write up when I get back and let you guys know how things went.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will you settle for a before and after pic? I'll leave out all the blood, sweat, and tears story.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dylan is doing a great job with Corter's rebuild thread.
gears has my full attention with his Syncro trans rebuild.
Andrew with the reversed 1.8T, jesus... and now the Quattro Syncro!

there's been some great project threads lately that inspire and entertain me.

thanks fellas!

yeah Casey, problem solving is a distinguishing character trait, pretty cool to watch how folks think through things...

and thanks for stoking the coals David!
I'll try to start a project thread in the near future. They are my favorite to read here.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

projects, please more projects Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been slacking with mine, but have a lot of good stuff to share when I do update it Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hans j wrote:
I've been slacking with mine, but have a lot of good stuff to share when I do update it Wink


Ya big tease. Don't bogart that joint!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I will start a new build this weekend of my Syncro. It’s on jack stands half striped, yet the thing all ready has interesting history. Look for the "Left for dead, a Resurrection Story” thread coming soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FNGRUVN wrote:
Will you settle for a before and after pic? I'll leave out all the blood, sweat, and tears story.

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Honestly, it's complete change over type builds that are awesome to see.. Documenting a tin top to pop top conversion is really a thing that I'd love to see more of. I know there are a few topics of this nature but sadly just before and after pics of a conversion like that kinda makes me sad.

As a side note, I'm kinda at a stand still on my syncro ATM, but once I can Start the build, I'll make a topic.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am just waiting for my Tencentlife Vanistan engine to get here(NOV 15th)and then I am gonna get my rebuild back on track. While that one is going on, I am rebuilding my 2.1 WBX and thragging out my 86 SyncTintop and will start a thread on that one too. I love the build threads!!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

carterzest wrote:
I am just waiting for my Tencentlife Vanistan engine to get here(NOV 15th)and then I am gonna get my rebuild back on track. While that one is going on, I am rebuilding my 2.1 WBX and thragging out my 86 SyncTintop and will start a thread on that one too. I love the build threads!!

nov 15, rubbachickens birthday Smile enjoy your new engine Cool Cool

did you buy the oil cooler also
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will begin one in a few days...2wd to Syncro.
Be patient on progress reports though.
I owe it to this Forum membership for the numerous critical threads making mine successful...my transition from regular "no mechanical expertise" in the first 330,000 miles of 2wd use into "substantial mechanical expertise" aquired in planning this for three years and one year for execution...soon leading to whole new future as a Syncro owner.
Living 3 hour's from Burley helps too!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, I find build threads inspiring.
Honestly, it's what keeps me going, that and the threads showing your van off camping and being used!

It is good to see how they did "that" and learn fom it.

Sadly build threads often open up the poster to unwanted criticism as well, which is probably why people hold back from making them!

Sadly.......
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few from my first attempt.... Smile
when i first picked it up. my god, the color!
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the windshield rust....
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mrs. rubbachicken wrote:
carterzest wrote:
I am just waiting for my Tencentlife Vanistan engine to get here(NOV 15th)and then I am gonna get my rebuild back on track. While that one is going on, I am rebuilding my 2.1 WBX and thragging out my 86 SyncTintop and will start a thread on that one too. I love the build threads!!

nov 15, rubbachickens birthday Smile enjoy your new engine Cool Cool

did you buy the oil cooler also
YES! I got the full meal deal baby!!!
It doubles the warranty so it is a no brainer, plus, I have been progressively flogging my ride harder and harder and I just felt it would be money well spent.
I will promise to think of Rubbachicken on Nov 15th if you all promise to think of me on Halloween Wink
My love to you and the Mister. Hope we get to meet up again soon. You guys are a HOOT!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAV!D wrote:
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Honestly, it's complete change over type builds that are awesome to see.. Documenting a tin top to pop top conversion is really a thing that I'd love to see more of. I know there are a few topics of this nature but sadly just before and after pics of a conversion like that kinda makes me sad.



Here's the whole story, Dav!d.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=502828&highlight=conversion
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FNGRUVN wrote:
DAV!D wrote:
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Honestly, it's complete change over type builds that are awesome to see.. Documenting a tin top to pop top conversion is really a thing that I'd love to see more of. I know there are a few topics of this nature but sadly just before and after pics of a conversion like that kinda makes me sad.



Here's the whole story, Dav!d.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=502828&highlight=conversion


Awesome, I'll have to read through it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love me a good build thread as much as the next guy (or gal). Bring on the builds.
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