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    1. Senior Member Iroczgirl's Avatar
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      05-22-2020 09:38 PM #26
      Not the type of Westy I was expecting but I'm not disappointed.
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      05-22-2020 10:33 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      in!
      ....also, the obligatory - replace the fuel lines! post.
      Let me repeat this portion of your post: REPLACE THE FUEL LINES!

      To the OP:
      This will prevent your magnificent Vanagon from becoming a smoldering mass of plastic and steel. On my Vanagon, I replaced the fuel tank and connecting parts, plus I replaced every millimeter of fuel line on the vehicle. This is really important.

      Replacement Vanagon parts are very available. You may have to do a bit of hunting, but you should be able to find the parts you need. The internet is your friend. Vanagons are becoming more and more valuable, and people are restoring and maintaining them. Reproduction parts are available for many things.

      Congratulations on your new toy!

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      05-23-2020 12:57 AM #28
      Yeah, replace the fuel lines.

      It’s also the venting and the filler tubing that can rot out too, if I recall? A friends would leak from either the rotted venting or filler tube when it was brimmed.

    5. 05-23-2020 09:02 PM #29
      Thanks, everyone! Fortunately for me, the previous owner installed all new fuel lines, fuel filter, and fuel tank.
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      05-25-2020 09:15 AM #30
      What about the plastic coolant hoses going along the length of the van? As old as they are, it's not uncommon for them to break and end up taking head gaskets with them.

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      05-25-2020 09:29 AM #31
      that's ****ing rad op, keep us updated with the project

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      05-25-2020 12:46 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by benjaminobscene View Post
      Thanks, everyone! Fortunately for me, the previous owner installed all new fuel lines, fuel filter, and fuel tank.
      Awesome.

      I’ve seen too many sad tales of nice Vanagons going up in flames due to bad noses at the tank or (worse) in the engine bay.

      (This is pretty much the case on any 80’s vintage car that has high pressure FI hoses underhood at this point, though...)

    9. 05-26-2020 08:22 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      What about the plastic coolant hoses going along the length of the van? As old as they are, it's not uncommon for them to break and end up taking head gaskets with them.
      Still there, but stainless replacements are on the list at some point.
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    10. 05-29-2020 01:32 PM #34
      Not exactly part of the plan, but our big parts order has been delayed about a month. That being said, I have been able to crank out some progress on the van and released a new video yesterday:



      Other than that the van's just been an occasional nice change of scenery for my daily conference calls.

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      05-29-2020 02:25 PM #35
      Our Bus had that style mirror screwed to the driver door and it made a ton of wind noise including the same annoying whistle you hear on roof racks. Understandably the PO didn't care about all that noise because he was completely deaf but since we could hear it, we swapped it out for stock units and have enjoyed a much quieter ride ever since.
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      05-29-2020 02:36 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by chucchinchilla View Post
      Our Bus had that style mirror screwed to the driver door and it made a ton of wind noise including the same annoying whistle you hear on roof racks. Understandably the PO didn't care about all that noise because he was completely deaf but since we could hear it, we swapped it out for stock units and have enjoyed a much quieter ride ever since.
      the stock van units are floppy sad excuses for a mirror

      the truck mirrors are swanky! and really really expensive they do look great though!

      i went the middle of the road route on ours with defender 130 ones for <$100

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      05-29-2020 02:53 PM #37
      The "early" style non-power T3 mirrors were prone to being floppy, especially with age. The later-style, very similar looking power mirrors don't have that issue. Our '87 "Clifford the Westfalia" doesn't have a lot of stock parts to it these days, but the mirrors are still 100% operational and non-floppy!

      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      the stock van units are floppy sad excuses for a mirror

      the truck mirrors are swanky! and really really expensive they do look great though!

      i went the middle of the road route on ours with defender 130 ones for <$100

    14. 05-29-2020 03:18 PM #38
      wind noise means the van is still running and driving so I'll take it.
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      05-29-2020 03:44 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by benjaminobscene View Post
      wind noise means the van is still running and driving so I'll take it.


      That's the way I feel about valve noise. Your 911 is similar in that regard.
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      05-29-2020 03:59 PM #40


      kids do love these things.

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      05-29-2020 04:33 PM #41
      Awesome! We had a vw camper a long time ago when I was a kid.

    18. 06-01-2020 02:37 PM #42
      Good news: My parts order from Go Westy has finally shipped!

      Inspired by the en route box of goodies, I set about tackling what I thought would be small jobs around the bus.

      Fail #1: Replace rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders. Couldn't get the drums off.



      Fail #2: Fix the front turn signals. Not only were the bulbs completely missing, the sockets themselves were sourced from the titanic.



      Last chance: Install the ARB awning. Success!





      This thing is so nice. Install was a breeze, and I can open and set up the awning solo.

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      06-01-2020 02:42 PM #43


      Very nice.
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      06-01-2020 03:08 PM #44
      it took a lot of time with a 3/4" drive impact and a big compressor to get the rear axle nuts off the last westy i took apart... those things are on there

      and for the awning, totally changes the usable space when youre set up

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      06-01-2020 04:59 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by benjaminobscene View Post
      Good news: My parts order from Go Westy has finally shipped!

      Inspired by the en route box of goodies, I set about tackling what I thought would be small jobs around the bus.

      Fail #1: Replace rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders. Couldn't get the drums off.

      Fail #2: Fix the front turn signals. Not only were the bulbs completely missing, the sockets themselves were sourced from the titanic.
      Is the nut a 36 or like a later Bus at 46mm? If it's a 36 get a "Torque Meister" tool. It WILL come off. Of course with your bolt pattern you'd have to make an adapter to bolt it to the wheel studs, but it would be worth the effort. That is IF it's 36mm.



      If it's 46mm then you'll need the old school guy-hanging-on-a-cheater-pipe-while-you-use-a-3 lb.-hammer method and this kind of tool.



      It's designed to beat the snot out of it while a 1/2" breaker bar is installed. It works pretty well, but really stubborn ones tend to deform them quite a bit!



      As for fixing the electrical connections if there's enough extra wire I recommend a nice crimper specifically made for non-insulated terminals. If the wires are too short to do that you'll have to make a pigtail harness and hook it up. Life is easier if you use the same color of wires unless the hookup is short enough to make it obvious later. Mine looks like factory crimps and it has made fixing or modifying a few things a breeze.

      This is the type, but the one I got doesn't seem to be available any longer.
      https://smile.amazon.com/Fryic-Termi...2&s=hi&sr=1-12

      This kind of terminal is what you want. They simply don't pull off like the insulated ones do.

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      06-01-2020 05:27 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      If it's 46mm then you'll need the old school guy-hanging-on-a-cheater-pipe-while-you-use-a-3 lb.-hammer method and this kind of tool.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      It's designed to beat the snot out of it while a 1/2" breaker bar is installed. It works pretty well, but really stubborn ones tend to deform them quite a bit!
      Agreed - which is why I went to the beefy 3/4" drive breaker bar for it.

      Last edited by @McMike; 06-02-2020 at 10:03 AM.

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      06-01-2020 08:41 PM #47
      As far as I know, all Vanagons use a 46 mm rear axle nut. It is the largest socket in my toolbox.

      On the topic of axle nut removal, there are a number of techniques. Some of these techniques could result in serious injury, so please be careful.

      The method I use is as follows. I own a 46 mm impact socket that is 3/4 in drive. I also own a 3/4 in drive air-driven impact wrench (not cheap), which puts out about 1100 ft.-lbs. of torque to remove the nut. I must use the impact wrench sparingly, since it will run down the pressure put out by my air compressor. I wear safety goggles and work gloves. Nobody buys these tools the first time they remove the axle nuts; it is the second time, or the third time.....

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      06-01-2020 08:52 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
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      Quote Originally Posted by Alpinweiss2 View Post
      As far as I know, all Vanagons use a 46 mm rear axle nut. It is the largest socket in my toolbox.

      On the topic of axle nut removal, there are a number of techniques. Some of these techniques could result in serious injury, so please be careful.

      The method I use is as follows. I own a 46 mm impact socket that is 3/4 in drive. I also own a 3/4 in drive air-driven impact wrench (not cheap), which puts out about 1100 ft.-lbs. of torque to remove the nut. I must use the impact wrench sparingly, since it will run down the pressure put out by my air compressor. I wear safety goggles and work gloves. Nobody buys these tools the first time they remove the axle nuts; it is the second time, or the third time.....

      True, that.

      The only Type IIs I’ve had so far are early split screens, and I wasn’t sure if they were all 46mm after a certain point or if it might’ve gone back-and-forth a bit.

      I’m confident that it would be worth a tool maker’s investment to make a 46mm version of the Torquemeister.
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      06-01-2020 09:44 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      True, that.

      The only Type IIs I’ve had so far are early split screens, and I wasn’t sure if they were all 46mm after a certain point or if it might’ve gone back-and-forth a bit.

      I’m confident that it would be worth a tool maker’s investment to make a 46mm version of the Torquemeister.
      I was a technician many years ago at a VW/Porsche/Audi dealership. At that time, the dealership owned a large 3/4 in. drive impact wrench. It was specifically to be used for removing rear axle nuts.

      My memory is that all T3 and large engine T2 models used the 46 mm rear axle nuts. So in the US, this would be all Vanagons, and buses after about 1972 (with 1.8 or 2.0 flat engine).

      On prior models, such as T1 (split windshield) and small engine T2 (early bay windshield up to about 1971), I have seen both 36 mm and 46 mm axle nuts. This could have been factory original, or it could have been something retrofitted from a sedan drive train.

      Yes, I think a 46 mm Torquemeister would be a great idea. Not everyone wants to buy a 3/4 in impact wrench.

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