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Technical Concerns / Re: Body work-seams
« on: April 30, 2006, 08:51:28 PM »
Jelane, You might want to mention the general area you live in and ask here on the forum if anyone knows a good VW body man in your area. It's always best to find someone with a good reputation.<br><br>Phil

Technical Concerns / Re: Starter for 86 Wolfsburg
« on: May 15, 2006, 08:44:57 AM »
I have an '84 Westy and it wouldn't start. I cleaned all the grounds and the connections at the starter, and yahoo! it started. The trick here is clean them no matter how they look. Mine looked fine, but they weren't. Good Luck

Technical Concerns / Re: aircooled burned up 5w-30 oil
« on: January 24, 2006, 11:43:52 PM »
John Reynolds posted some good advice here. Also, there is a club in your part of the woods appropriately called "Wet Westies". I'd try talking with those folks about good local mechanics<br>http://

Technical Concerns / Re: aircooled burned up 5w-30 oil
« on: January 21, 2006, 09:02:27 AM »
Don't get us wrong. We absolutely sympathize with you. Most of the VW lovers here in LiMBO trade good mechanics names with reverence. I only trust two guys to really know how to work on mine. Jim gave a good example about the lifters. <br>The thing is a lot of us have been burned by so called mechanics. So the first thing we do is cultivate a list of good mechanics by word of mouth and talking to other VW owners. Part of the price we pay for owning one of these vehicles is that you can't just take it to anyone, including VW dealers, to have work done on your Westy. So, my suggestion from this time forward is to do some research on a good VW mechanic in your area. Most folks would be glad to give you names, and if you have to drive a 100 miles and leave it for a few days, it is worth it. <br>Good Luck<br>Phil

Technical Concerns / Re: aircooled burned up 5w-30 oil
« on: January 17, 2006, 02:44:18 PM »
Let me add my two cents here just to give you something to think about.  In order for the cause to be oil, you would have to know the profile of the cam in question was within spec's in the first palce.  You would also have to know that the valve stem was within spec's and adjusted correctly. You would also have to know that the rockwell hardness of the cam was to spec's, as well as the surface finish of the cam.  All of these variables would affect cam wear. <br>The fact is, these parts touch one another. When parts touch, there is wear, even with proper lubrication. 5w-30 verses 40w oil over a period of 500 miles in a rebuilt volkswagen engine seems a bit of a stretch as to the sole cause of a flat cam. <br>If your rebuilt engine still has a warranty and the warranty spec's out oil, then perhaps you have a case that the VW dealer violated the warranty, thus causing you to lose money for the repair.  However, if your engine warranty has expired, you will have a very hard time indeed convincing anyone that the oil was the sole cause.

Technical Concerns / Re: idle cutoff switch for '84 Vanagon
« on: January 22, 2006, 09:45:22 AM »
If you haven't tried this yet,  the left hand column of the LiMBO links page has a lot of Westy vendors. Also, there is Johns Car Corner, he's got a pretty good junk yard. His address and email is on this old limbo link.<br>http://

Technical Concerns / Re: Trial Run for the forum
« on: April 12, 2005, 04:27:32 PM »
I take it you mean other choices for a FORUM.  I do too. I think the PHPBB is faster and more adaptable since it reads from a database. We will definitly explore that option. <br><br>Phil Pontiff

Modifications and Alterations / Re: Subwoofer amp - power takeoff
« on: April 13, 2006, 10:28:39 AM »
Thanks for the tip. I did check it out but I think I found a better way for where I am placing the amp. A friend of mine, Binns, sent me photos a long time ago of his setup which is more like mine. <br><br>In the left side of the engine compartment is a black box. There is "hot" wires there. <br><br><br>My wire is the copper looking one. I snaked it through an existing grommet. I squeezed a lug on the wire and attached it to the post and fastened the nut down. This is a very convenient location since I snaked the power wire into the closet and then up to the upper cabinet. I didn't have to drill a hole to get it in the closet, but I did have to drill a tiny hole from the closet into the upper cabinet. I like this way because it is a minimal and unseen mod. The ground wire went right to the engine block where there is other grounds. <br><br><br>In the upper cabinet is where my amp will be. I now have power to it. But, what about the signal to the amp from the cd player? Well, Volkswagen unknowingly already had supplied me with pre-wired means. From the radio up front there are 3 wires, a blue, gray, and red, that was meant to power the tiny speakers. There is only 3 wires because one was a common ground to both speakers back there.  Anyway, it works out perfect because I soldered two of the wires to an RCA plug going into the CD player and on the other end I soldered a RCA plug to go into the amp. That leaves one wire which I used for the remote (power antenna) to turn on the amp when I turn on the CD player.  Damn thoughtful of VW, don't you think? Now I got power, preamp in's, and remote turn-on. The only thing left is the speaker run. VW was thoughtful again. Where the three wires come into the cabinet is a hole where I snaked the speaker wires out. Then I ran them behind the curtain panel and down to the subwoofer under the seat.  This is the part I haven't worked out yet. I'd like to get the wire tight to the van body from the curtain down under the seat.  Anyway, I'm ready to go thumping along.  I can hear the kick drum and bass listening to ZZ Top as I tool on down the road. <br><br>P.S. Depending on your power amp, those little speakers don't have to go to waste. You can hook them right up to the power amp if you got the right attenuation. <br>

Modifications and Alterations / Subwoofer amp - power takeoff
« on: April 09, 2006, 09:33:54 AM »
I'm putting in a subwoofer. I already have the speaker mounted under the rear folding seat. I plan on putting the power amp above the seat in the cabinet up top. I've run the power wires to the engine compartment. Now I need to know where to attach the wires so I get continuous power.  I know I have a couple of options, but I wonder if somebody found a good safe way of doing this. <br> ???

The place was Cape Neddik. A good spot between York Beach and Wells. It was a pretty good place. Not far into Maine at all.

Last year at Buses by the Buoy Mike King mentioned that '07 was going to be way up there in Eastport Maine. So, a few of us were talking about getting together that same weekend, only down lower in Maine, maybe even at the same place we were last year, at Dixon's Campground.

Where do you like to go Camping? / Re: Limbo member bails me out
« on: January 25, 2006, 11:08:27 PM »
I wanna see the photo too!<br><br>P.S. Great story!<br><br>Phil<br><br>

Where do you like to go Camping? / Brennen Beach, Lake Ontario, NY
« on: August 18, 2003, 11:01:10 AM »
Brennen Beach Campground is a privately owned campground on Lake Ontario near Pulaski NY. It is a family oriented campground.  It is one of the largest RV parks in the northeast, but little known. It has a lot of permanent sites but they do have a good number of overnight sites with hook-ups. They have 3 pools in a "plaza" where there is a camp store. On weekends in the summer they run bands in the plaza every Saturday night. The beach is nice also. If you catch a warm windy day you can practically surf on the large waves rolling in on the beach from Lake Ontario. <br><br><br><br>

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