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Modifications and Alterations /
« on: June 09, 2010, 10:11:12 PM »
I just noticed an entry on Limbo's Facebook page related to Vanagon cooling systems. Take a look, to see how hard it is to keep an existing system in working order. John Reynolds's entry on June 4th

Modifications and Alterations /
« on: June 09, 2010, 09:30:16 PM »
I would think twice before doing a 2.1 in your rig. It would be a real mutt, and the 2.1 is an expensive engine to keep going. I have an 88 with a 2.1. VW went through great hoops to plumb a complicated cooling system that really is a pain. If your present engine works well, how about a propex heater instead?

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews /
« on: May 17, 2010, 05:00:04 PM »
I was there! Look at the video 7:33 min. That's our Alpine white Vanagon with the solar panel trying to splash those poor helpless kids tied to the cross walk!

Bay window concerns /
« on: March 26, 2010, 01:38:11 PM »
Oh, another thought. If this is carburetor engine, did you go through the choke? I have had one that did not close well when only marginally cool. It ran crappy until the engine warmed up more.

Bay window concerns /
« on: March 26, 2010, 01:32:21 PM »
Please follow up on your results. You have my interest! If it were a vapor lock problem, I don't think letting it cool would make allot of difference. Once the gas boils, the vapors would have still displaced the fuel. Of course this assumes vapor lock is the problem. Did you replace the condenser along with the points? Just another piece.
Good luck.

Bay window concerns /
« on: March 21, 2010, 07:37:54 PM »
Sounds like a possible vapor lock problem to me. If so, it's caused by parts in the fuel delivery system getting to to boiling point of gas. I am no familiar with this vintage to know if is a common problem. Is the motor overheating? Dipstick too hot to handle?

Where do you like to go Camping? /
« on: March 05, 2010, 06:59:02 PM »
Thanks Andrea! Anyone else want to weigh in as well? I'm all ears!

I am getting closer to making the journey West to see Yellowstone and other National parks. Can anyone fill be in on Bears, Food Storage, and Grey Water? I know there are restrictions on how food is handled in areas with Bear. Tenting can require keeping food in special containers outside of the tent. I also have heard you need grey water containment other than an open bucket. I would appreciate personal info from Westy campers on these subjects. The soft sides of the pop up give me concern. I really would like to be able to use my campers fridge, and kitchen. I presently do not have grey water storage other than a bucket.  Thanks for your input! Guy

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews /
« on: March 05, 2010, 12:50:58 PM »
We are thinking of hitting Yellowstone and other National Parks this year. I know there are restrictions with food, and tents or soft side campers because of Bears. The permanent high top sounds attractive in Bear country.

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews /
« on: March 02, 2010, 09:30:36 PM »
Here is a high top that gets my attention. It does not have the high door, but having a diesel makes it pretty cool! Could use a couple of windows in the top. ... ?id=898936

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews /
« on: March 01, 2010, 01:59:56 PM »
I like the hard top campers. Before buying my Westy, I nearly got one myself. It was just a little too rough a condition. I like the fact you can sleep in it without calling attention to the fact your camping. Good feature for a quick overnight on the street side.

Vanagon concerns /
« on: December 30, 2009, 11:34:16 PM »
I have the beginnings of a fan noise. Hopefully you post the details of your replacement steps for us to learn from. If it's anything like my old Audi, the service manual steps can be shortcut-ted with an easier alternative method.

Vanagon concerns /
« on: December 30, 2009, 11:28:15 PM »
I had mine out. It's a fair sized job. Looking at others, some have allot of rust and rotten hoses. If that's the case you are into a pretty huge job to get it right. Chances are good the exhaust will need work as well. I detailed mine with every seal possible short of splitting the cases. One thing for me is I would never consider a used engine unless I was damned sure it is in great shape. The labor is too significant to want to got at it twice. I'm getting too old to risk re-visiting that level of repair. I have already decided if I ever go for a replacement I will spend the big bucks to get as good a rebuild as possible. Go Westy engines look good by their description, but are pricey. I did buy an automatic tranny from them and found their service and product excellent. For what it's worth, good luck!

Bay window concerns /
« on: November 10, 2009, 06:47:33 PM »
I completed my "Frank Condelli" Solar panel install. It is awesome.
It is a great way to extend the stays without a power cord to plug in. The one thing that changes it the need to camp in the open to get sunshine when possible.

Vanagon concerns /
« on: July 29, 2009, 01:57:12 PM »
Your gut is correct. In my opinion don't even think of trying it in the car. It is a big job. Be prepared for multiple other issues related to the general job. They can range for cracked rubber intake tubes, deteriorated fuel distribution lines, coolant lines, rotted exhaust. broken exhaust studs... the list goes on. Once you open the can of worms it can get messy. There is event the risk of disrupting the o-rings that seal the cylinders to the engine cases. Then the job becomes huge. This is not a job for the inexperienced mechanic without potential pitfalls.

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