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One of my options is Re-Manufactured Engines for my Westy. I have been advised to stay away from GEX or ATK....does anyone have any suggestions for me

You may have seen my post Stuck in Amerillo...well we were plagued with fuel problem the whole trip...heat was high 90's 100's every day with more hills than I can shake a stick out and the engine compartment definitely got to hot on more than one occasion with that "burning rubber" smell, and finally having made it to Fayteville, NC from LA she decided to stop all together to unfortunately find out there is no compression in the number 2 cylinder. I had to leave her at a VW dealership that purports to have a mechanic that can work on her and now I need to look at my options and would like your input. First off she is relatively clean in and out. Windows, doors atc. should all be re-gasketed, roof is very pouus as a a Califonrnia vehicle having lived in the sun and pop up tent needs to be relaced.....
MY CONCERN is putting more money into this aircooled van which seems woefully underpowered and very sensitive to over heating especially when under load....TO DO THIS RIGHT WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Helpless in fayetville

Hey everyone you may remeber that I posted earlier my trip to LA to pick up an '82 Westy well I picked it up and am currently driving her back to Rockport MA..I am in Amirello, TX now needing to trouble shoot a problem before I proceed on the van will loose power to a dead stop not start and after 5 minutes start up and you are on your way. Usually happens after filling right up, but not sure. I have replaced fuel filter when it first did it in Kingman Arizona but since ran tank dry and may have picked up some started doing it again this morning and we decidied to turn around and stay in Amerillo before getting back on our way.
I deffinitely am going to change fuel filter, being Saturday and expecting 102 degree weather I need to find someone Local that can help...any suggestions call me....this is a hotel computer and have to get off...508-240-4129. I will try and check posts later.....

Vanagon concerns / 1982 Westy - Maintenance tips
« on: April 20, 2010, 03:25:16 PM »
I am looking to pick up a 1982 Westy and bring it home over 3k mile road trip. I am looking to the pro's to tell me what to look out for, bring along as a precaution, spare parts, please advise away...

So excited, heading to LA to pick up a Westy just purchased on
Ebay..looks mint, interior and out 179k on Van 20k on rebuilt engine.

Any heads up mechanical/driving tips, extra items I might bring allowing for a 4k trip in an air cooled van, avg driving speed, etc, etc given its an"82, oil that should be in her...other fluids I may need to top off that are particular to the vw...Do I need to stop periodically? with this van? I am taking my AAA card:)

I am in my mid 50's and my son(age23) wants to join me, which get's me into route places too see, we are all about camping, photography, fly fishing, bird hunting(not this trip) catching some sights..he's 23 ;) brewery's, etc. a bit of each the above would be great....10 days to 2 weeks which is not a lot of time so I will have to pick spots/events...(1) route is 40 across (2) the southerly route around the gulf through New Orleans and up the East Coast...One thing I should mention is that there is a mandatory surprise stop in Ft. Bragg North Carolina where my son is finishing up his Special Forces training..soooo damn proud of him. Need to try and create a memorable, scenic, historic, fun filled trip (Not spent in a garage, we hope) trip...Please forward as many links and ideas as you can..a dad doesn't have too many opportunities like this and I don't want to Blow it :roll:

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