Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Nashville

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Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Nashville

Post by Amskeptic » Wed May 23, 2007 1:56 pm

It is a classic summer day of lazy cumulus clouds and green hills and pastures under a strong sun. I love it. I live for it. Interstate 24 westbound slices through bucolic Tennessee countryside like it is supposed to be there.

The bus was awakened for this trip with no more than a bath and a tire pressure check. It is running flawlessly and I do like that sunshine reflecting off the concrete onto the headliner, gives a nice glow in counterpoint to the black window surrounds and green view through the windows (whassamattah HUH? you don't like pretty pitchers using woids?).

Fuel mileage thus far has been a middling 19 mpg, but I have been enjoying 70+. Perhaps if I could just chill a little, I could get 22-23mpg at 55 or whatever speed they used to determine the ratings. I changed the oil in Cumming GA at the Chevron station. My apologies for not discovering that I had left the drain cap a little loose on the drain container to allow for expansion as I drove from 48* Rochester NY to 86* Atlanta. . . thank goodness for the haz-mat rags I got from vwdeamBayb.

Replaced those wretched "new" fuel hoses in the Squareback and stuck it in a storage unit. Started right up after several weeks. I am considering using the Squareback for the West Coast trip in September, with these gas prices, it would help.

I am on my way to Missouri and Des Moines then Chicago.
Colin
(didja notice how pedestrian my writing has become? I am boring myself half to death. Please stand by, a few more days of open road should help)
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Re: Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Nashville

Post by chitwnvw » Wed May 23, 2007 2:43 pm

Amskeptic wrote: (didja notice how pedestrian my writing has become? I am boring myself half to death. Please stand by, a few more days of open road should help)
Nice spare prose. You said what you had to, without pretension.

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Post by Hippie » Wed May 23, 2007 6:43 pm

Booyah! It's underway! =D>


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Post by hambone » Fri May 25, 2007 8:10 am

Are you getting an early start this year?
Safe travels to you!
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Post by spiffy » Fri May 25, 2007 8:35 am

I always wonder how you get your bus to do 70mph....mine HATES going that fast.
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Post by hambone » Fri May 25, 2007 8:50 am

60 mph for me. Every time I push it at 65 it just sounds like I'm pushing the limits. You can just tell it doesn't like it.
Funny, the Beetle is smooth as silk at 70, but it's not hauling along all that Westy crap.
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Post by Amskeptic » Fri May 25, 2007 8:55 am

spiffy wrote:I always wonder how you get your bus to do 70mph....mine HATES going that fast.
With the tachometer hovering at 3,900 rpm at 70, and occasional downhills at 4,200 rpm at 75-77 mph, you are right at cooling nirvana and VW factory engineering design goal. . . cruising at the horsepower peak.
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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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