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VW stuff Available / Parting Out A 1984 Wolfsburg Special Vanagon
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:34:39 PM »
Bulk sale of Vanagon parts ...

Selling most all parts for my metallic blue 1984 Wolfsburg Special Vanagon. While test driving the van, my mechanic rear ended another car which pushed the van nose on the driver side in, and trashed the left front door; the rest of the van was not affected. Prior to the accident, the van body was in very good shape; I had just had lots of body work done on it. The interior was in good shape, and both front seats were reupholstered.

After the insurance company declaring it totaled, I stripped everything out of the van including: the motor and transmission, back hatch, sliding door, right front door, all windows, all seats, power steering rack, shock absorbers/springs, exterior lights, all interior trim, radio and speakers, all wiring, dash board, gas tank, etc. I sold the transmission and motor soon after the accident. All remaining van parts have been stored in either my garage or basement.

I would like to sell everything I have in one bulk sale.

Serious buyers only.

$1,000 for all.  Price is negotiable.

Vanagon concerns / Odometer mileage gauge not working
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:41:25 AM »
1990 Vanagon GL

The mileage gauge has not worked for years; I'd like to get it fixed. 

Years ago, I resolved another problem where the gear shaft was 'walking' out of the side of the gear box.  I followed a forum fix and put a plastic stop on the side of the gear box to stop it from walking - problem resolved.

Shortly after, I found I had a second problem.  The odometer ONLY records mileage when it is cold outside, and even then for only a short number of miles until the front of the van is warmed up or ?

Cold means below 40 degrees F.  And if the van sits in the sun before driving it, then even at below 40 degrees, the odometer mileage gauge will not work.

It occurred to me the other day that possibly it is not the gears slipping on the gear shaft - what I have thought it was.   It could also be the odometer cable slipping (except when cold) at either the end where it goes through the left front wheel hub, or where the cable inserts into the rear of the odometer gear box.

Anyone have this problem, or a suggestion of how to fix it?


VW stuff Wanted / Fiamma or Paulchen Bike Rack
« on: May 21, 2015, 03:19:52 PM »
1990 Vanagon.

Looking for a used bike rack in good condition for the rear of the Van to hold 2 bikes.


Vanagon concerns / Transmission Oil Leak Question
« on: May 31, 2012, 03:46:01 PM »
1990 Vanagon GL, ~140,000 miles.

My transmission is leaking oil around the axle flange and possibly other places. On inspection, my mechanic noted that the shift rod boots to the transmission and to the shift linkage also need replacement. I plan to have him use dye to locate the actual leak spot(s).

In preparation for this work, I read various threads on this and other sites. One thread noted “Before attempting to fix any transmission oil leaks MAKE SURE THE ATMOSPHERIC BLEED IS NOT PLUGGED.”  This is the same as the transmission breather.

This is the original transmission, and I do not believe the CV joints have ever been replaced or worked on. What I was thinking was having him clean out the atmospheric bleed, and then put dye in and see if it still leaks.

But is it likely that just cleaning the atmospheric bleed could resolve my transmission leaks?

And how often should the CV joints be repacked?  Should they be dis-assembled and cleaned entirely, or just repack with new grease?


Vanagon concerns / Front Window Trim Pulling Off
« on: July 02, 2011, 06:06:15 PM »
Not sure how to describe this, but here goes ...

Where the driver side window winds up, there are 2 pieces of felt that the window goes between when all the way up.  The outer one is the inside part of the molding around the exterior window opening.

This felt has a rubber backing on it and was originally attached to the rest of the exterior rubber perimeter molding.  Now it has come loose and blows around/flaps when the window is down.  

It is only a matter of time until it tears off, and then the window will not fit snugly when up and will rattle.

The trim does not need to be replaced.  I tried gluing this (with something?) a while back, but it did not hold.

What type of adhesive (rubber to rubber?) will work here?


Bus Blog /
« on: September 06, 2009, 06:02:21 PM »
No luck; this email address got bounced back.  

Anyone know if they have a user name on limbobus?  I could try sending them private email.

thanks again

Bus Blog / Buses by the Buoy 2009
« on: September 04, 2009, 09:03:13 AM »
The campground is out of space for this event.  I would like to see if I can double up with someone; we do not need any hookups.  

Does anyone know how to contact the hosts for this event - Michael and Sheila King?   I want to ask them about the possibility of doing this.  

The BBTB announcement noted "for more information about the event, contact Michael and Sheila King".

But the email address given above for the King's does not work.  



Vanagon concerns /
« on: August 16, 2008, 05:14:27 PM »
No, the Van is not a Syncro.

The sound appears to be more of a scraping.  You can hear the sound when either driving straight (you hear it only slightly) or turning to the right (very noticeable), but not turning to the left.  

If I take my foot off the gas and slow down, I will hear the same sound, and it will get louder.

If I put on the brakes, I will hear the same sound; it will be loud.

To me it sounds like a scraping where as the wheel turns, you hear it, you don't, you hear it, you don't...  As if one part of possibly the brake shoe was touching the drum on every revolution.  Possibly the parking brake not releasing??

Not sure if you would then call this a ticking or thumping sound.

I notice you are in Southern NH.  I live in Merrimack just off the Nashua line.

Any chance of my driving the van over to where you are at so you can hear the sound?

thanks, Joe

Can try to help here. Is the Van a Syncro? Sounds like it could be a CV joint. They seem to be plaguing us lately. Do you hear a ticking or thumping sound when you drive. The brakes are a good possiblity. We had to replace the front spindle, and full brake job on one of ours already so we have been there.

Vanagon concerns / Newbie looking for a mentor
« on: August 16, 2008, 11:17:39 AM »
I have a 1990 Vanagon GL that I would like to start working on myself.

My first job is to determine what is causing the constant squeak from the left rear wheel (it seems to go away if I turn to the left). It really sounds bad when I apply the brakes.

While doing this, I also want to install new parking brake cables I purchased.

Is there anyone in the Southern NH (Nashua) area, or close by, who would be interested in being a mentor for me? Tackling a brake job for the first time is not something I want to do without someone looking over my shoulder.

Thanks, Joe

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