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Vanagon concerns / Winterizing Vanagon With No Garage
« Last post by jdbs3 on September 20, 2020, 05:55:49 PM »
1990 Vanagon GL, 2nd owner

For the last 17 years, the van has never been used in Winter.  At the first sign of snow (mid to late November) it was stored in a garage until April or May.  This kept the rust on the exterior and underbody to virtually zero; the exterior is in great shape. 

Or as my mechanic noted the other day, looking at the underside of the van, "it does not look like a New England van, rather more like a California or Florida van."

But now we have moved to a house still in NE, but with no garage and a driveway that is 100 yards from the mouth of a river leading to the ocean.  Again, I will not use the van once the first snow arrives.  It will sit on a driveway covered with pavers, with a 4' fence on one side, and the house on the other side, now exposed to the elements year round.

What would folks recommend I do to minimize the effects of the weather on the van in winter? 

- Should it be parked on a trap to mitigate the effects of ground moisture effecting the underside?

- Should some added level of protection/undercoating be used to deter any rust buildup on the underside?  And if so what?

- What would be the best protection for the exterior body of the van, possible a cover for it over the winter months?  And one that would not nick the paint with constant flapping from the wind?

Any and all feedback will be appreciated. 

Where do you like to go Camping? / Bulli Summer Festival 2020
« Last post by freiluft on January 23, 2020, 09:20:18 AM »
Bulli Summer Festival
We found a perfect area directly on a beautiful Lake close to the river Rhine - the AUesee close to Wesel in Germany. This area allows 900 cars to camp right at the lake. We have live music, show & shine, a convoy as well as kids corner, parts and dealer tents. You will find everything from T1-T7, LT, Crafter. Its all about the freedom of going nice places in nice cars and share the spirit. Come and join us:
Event/Show/Campout news and reviews / EVENT 2020
« Last post by freiluft on January 23, 2020, 09:08:24 AM »
Midsummer Bulli Festival
Just in time for Midsummer-Night, the island "Fehmarn"  hosts more then 2000 Bully's directly by the sea. An Event for all Bulli-Fans and leisure lovers! We have Show & Shine, Konvoi, Live-Music, Parts, as well as Industry and Kids corner. Come and join us at:
VW stuff Wanted / Looking for mechanic near Reading PA 19605
« Last post by svskitsxx on December 27, 2019, 03:39:00 AM »
Does anyone know of a reliable Mechanic to do routine maintenance on a 1984 water-boxer w/Gowesty 2.1 gas engine. Within a 50 mile radius of Reading, PA 19605 would be nice further if necessary. Thanks for your help
VW stuff Available / 1984 Vanagon L - Westfalia For Sale
« Last post by Thille on December 23, 2019, 06:19:42 AM »
A friend of a friend offered to sell me his 1984 Westy. I already have a 1985 with a new engine swap, and donít need to take on another project.  I am new to this site, and only see this forum as a place to post ads.  I have photos, and will try to post, or will send upon request. 

The van has not been on the road for 4 years.  After significant work to make it road worthy, after the first 500 milers, it developed a coolant leak near the head, and the owner got disalusioned and parked it.  It has new rear brakes, decent tires, full set of factory mud flap.  Looks like the left rocker was replaced.  Interior is in decent shaft with some signfican wear on the drive seat cushions.  Reportedly has 230k ish miles on the clock, and has some spots of body rust and seam rust.

He is entertaining offers, and I just want to see to back in action, and not setting and deteriorating. 

Contact me via this post if you have any interest, I think this will go for short money.

Events 2019 / 2020 Events
« Last post by Thille on December 19, 2019, 06:58:02 AM »
Where can we begin the topic of events for 2020?  I am a new member and not familiar with your protocols for posts.  I want to learn about the annual events, and have an event I would like to share with the group.
Eurovan concerns / 2002 Eurovan poptop latch
« Last post by Michebay on November 23, 2019, 03:45:46 PM »

I have a 2002 Eurovan and the poptop latch seems to have broken.  I have found a new one on EBay since VW no longer makes it.  According to it is a latch for the hood of a Jetta, which I have purchased. 

Has anyone installed this? 

Vanagon concerns / Looking for Vanagon Westy diesel expert
« Last post by grindragon1 on November 18, 2019, 08:31:34 PM »
I have an 82 Vanagon Westy diesel which has been in the family since new.  Do my own minor maintenance and improvements but lack the space for major work.  Getting older, too.  Looking for a good mechanic or shop that is truly expert with Vanagons and specifically diesel Vanagons.  Would help if they also know Westy camper stuff too.  I'm in the north Los Angeles area but will travel if necessary.
VW stuff Wanted / Water pump shims needed
« Last post by grindragon1 on November 18, 2019, 08:21:53 PM »
I need the shims that adjust the V-belt tension for the water pump in my 82 Vanagon diesel.  Look like large, very thin fender washers.  VW part # 068121185A.  Need about a half dozen.
Vanagon concerns / Re: 1.9 AAZ/JX hybrid engine in 82 Westy
« Last post by limpingwrench on August 21, 2019, 04:44:26 PM »
it has become clear i will never have the resources to get my camper back on the road. if there is anyone out there interested in taking it on as a project, or paying what the components are worth, please contact me.
i would rather have the lot sent to the crusher than deal with low balling vultures, so anyone thinking of paying pennies on the dollar should stay away.
i have a rebuilt (4200 miles) 5 speed Diesel transmission, rebuilt JX turbo-diesel injector pump, another JX pump (missing the aneroid capsule), a brand new VW replacement panel still in the box for the side behind the sliding door, one whole trubo and a bunch of turbo parts, custom JX style intake manifold to fit AAZ head.
other stuff.
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