Salvage to saved

Post locations of Air-Cooled VW's that need to be saved from destruction. Post pics if possible.

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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by busboytom » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:28 pm

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I'd gather many of you do this stuff in your sleep but for me much of this is first time /learning kind of stuff. My point is I thank you all for sharing tips, pointers, experiences and encouragement here and elsewhere.
CV's are locked and loaded. Ball joints and tie rods?
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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by Amskeptic » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:04 pm

busboytom wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:28 pm
I'd gather many of you do this stuff in your sleep but for me much of this is first time /learning kind of stuff. My point is I thank you all for sharing tips, pointers, experiences and encouragement here and elsewhere.
CV's are locked and loaded. Ball joints and tie rods?

Only if necessary. You LIKE slightly loose steering, not from poor adjustments or worn center pin bushings, but low friction ball joints and tie rod joints. Then you have easy return-to-center which makes windy days half as stressful.
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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 94,615 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,990 miles

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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by busboytom » Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:12 pm

Oh, it's necessary. All 4 are split wide for all the gooey goodness the escape. But we did manage a short trip to town for some fresh petrol. Got the attention of the dude behind the counter who controls the pumps..."pump 15, you have an awesome van" :scratch: The local Constable also
wanted a word with us as our cardboard rear window display warranted closer inspection. I flashed the title as he pulled along side...."cool ride, man....yeah, you're good". She'll be sporting blue collector plates shortly.
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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by Amskeptic » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:29 am

busboytom wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:12 pm
Oh, it's necessary. All 4 are split wide
I get that the boots are split. So replace them. But keep the ball joints if they have less than .020" play.
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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 94,615 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,990 miles

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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by asiab3 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:49 pm

Those look like the factory early early bay joints with holes for M6 zerk fittings ready to go! The joints themselves are likely fine if they are original; this bus didn't seem to be too worn out anywhere except for the window seals and lichen on the paint…

Just did two buses worth of ball joint boots this morning before lunch… Start hitting the joint nuts and base of the boots with PB'laster NOW if you plan on tackling the boots this fall; It turns a grueling job into a slightly dirty puzzle.

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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by skip » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:39 am

I may have to do this next year so what is a good brand / product of replacement ball joint boots?
This task will be on 2019 to do list..Colin let's plan for a whole day in the urban utopia that you despise.
Complexity is the enemy of reliability.

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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by busboytom » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:59 am

Sweet baby Jesus....50 yr old ball joints ready for another go around. Already tapped..did not know they did this back then. Removed new boots from new joints (my mistake in rushing to replace what was there) and installed boots on old, very nice joints.
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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by asiab3 » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:36 am

Yeehaww glad you have that "coated aspirin" for the pain of having beautifully easy steering… :)

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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by Amskeptic » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:52 pm

busboytom wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:59 am
Sweet baby Jesus....50 yr old ball joints ready for another go around. Already tapped..did not know they did this back then. Removed new boots from new joints (my mistake in rushing to replace what was there) and installed boots on old, very nice joints.

Well Tom, you sure do wade in and git er dun. How did you get the blue retainer wires on the large diameter ends?
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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 94,615 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,990 miles

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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by busboytom » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:40 pm

How did you get the blue retainer wires on the large diameter ends?
Actually reused the old ones....way more flexible and much easier to push into place. New retainer wires will work well on key rings :joker:
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Re: Salvage to saved

Post by Amskeptic » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:06 pm

busboytom wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:40 pm
How did you get the blue retainer wires on the large diameter ends?
Actually reused the old ones....way more flexible and much easier to push into place. New retainer wires will work well on key rings :joker:
That's what I did too .... using the nifty spring retainer special tool that only works on tie rods and drag links.

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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 94,615 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,990 miles

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