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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Riverside66,
That is a HUGE improvement from the offered/available replacement.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

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Riverside66,
That is a HUGE improvement from the offered/available replacement.


You know what....now that you mention it, I do remember ordering another one that was worse than this. It was all shabby looking and malformed. I think I just threw it out it was so bad! Shocked

For what it's worth, you might want to give these guys a shot:

https://www.customandcommercial.com/vw-baywindow/b...74-79_838/

I know...it's a crap-shoot, buuut I did just order their steering coupler a few weeks ago, and can vouch for it. It's much better than the other couplers you find out there.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Dude just the picture, looks 10x better than what is being sold here domestically.
Nice find.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:17 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

So I've discovered a bubbling or hissing sound of what seems to be hot gases in the passenger side air intake, or better yet with the rear deck lid popped open, I can hear vividly a hot "steamy" gas sound coming from either the battery tray or the tubing of the evap system.
Is there a hose connecting the hard lines of the evaporative system on the passenger side?
If it is indeed the battery (scary) what would cause the water to get hot within the battery, a bad battery, a bad voltage regulator?
I do have a video clip, I'll share later today when I get a chance to post it.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Does the battery have a warm or hot feel? Is the battery fluid level over the tops of the cells? Hard to see without an inspection mirror and flashlight, or pull the battery for service and inspection.

I was pleasantly surprised the the Harbor Freight battery load tester actually works pretty well.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:45 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

then release the gas cap- it may be leaking pressure- you should be able to tell right away-
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:17 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Does this sound occur all the time?, just after a drive?, in the morning?, after sitting for days?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:23 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Just after a drive. Battery doesn't seem warm, and the terminals aren't nasty or corroded looking. The battery is fairly new (10 months or so). I do have the dual battery setup with a Hella relay, which is isolating correctly via multimeter.
I recently purchased a new OEM non-venting gas cap. Hmmm...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

How clean are your heat exchangers?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Honestly, internally the don't seem that bad, heat works really well when the blower decides to work.
I do sometimes think the troubling fuel smell was coming through the heat tubes, but I filled up yesterday and since haven't dealt with much of a fuel smell. I every now and then get an exhaust smell.
Ideas?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Long shot, weird thought...

Did you replace all the rubber gas tank vapor lines? There are two metal tubes up in the air intake plenums, one each side. Could there be trapped gasoline in there somehow? Kinda screwy idea, I guess.

As previously posted, did you see if when removing the gas cap you hear a pressure/ vacuum?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

If it was the battery you would smell something like sulfur or rotten eggs.not that many people have smelt rotten eggs,
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Well cruised a good ways today, got back to the house, hopped out and walked to the rear, hissing and gas pressure sounds again. Popped fuel cap off and.....nothing. Left it off thinking maybe it'd take a minute or two, but nothing changed, sounds continued.
Battery doesn't feel hot or smell.
Perhaps some corrosion in the Evap systems' hard lines? There isn't a hose connection on the passenger side, so I'm curious what's the verdict.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

You're hearing this sound with the engine off,how long does it continue,could it be your fuel pressure regulator.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:45 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

lil-jinx wrote:
You're hearing this sound with the engine off,how long does it continue,could it be your fuel pressure regulator.

When engine is off, I haven't walked around while the bus is running to see if it does it then as well.
Can't be a regulator, I have the mechanical pump. Seems like gas pressure leaking out of something.
Continues until the motor cools down a bit, as far as I can tell, haven't sat there and read a book or anything, but it lasts a while Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:20 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Just throwing darts,maybe engine vent,try removing oil cap.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

lil-jinx wrote:
Just throwing darts,maybe engine vent,try removing oil cap.

I'm grateful for you doing so, a couple knuckleheads are better than one, at least it goes something like that Laughing
I've tried the oil cap as well.
Right now, I'm solely believing it to be corrosion in the evap lines or hoses not being tight enough, and with hot pressured gases they are expanding the hoses and escaping. Criminal gases, shall not be contained!
Here's the video I promised and forgot about:
https://youtu.be/NXMVR7knfAo
Ideas gents?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Finally got around to washing the bus for insurance photos, looks like a million bucks, right?! Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:41 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

And not a penny less! Bus is lookin good man!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:14 am    Post subject: Re: Should I buy this bus?!? '74 Campmobile Reply with quote

Your bus has gone thru an amazing transformation in the relatively short time you've had it. It will be interesting to hear what the insurance value is versus the price you paid for it.
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