Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Michigan

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Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Michigan

Post by Amskeptic » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:31 pm

Yes, I actually have a couple of days to:

add inside flaps to the recently replaced vapor barriers to see if THAT stops the FLOOD of water that DRENCHED the seat areas. done!

change the oil (some brassy looking swirls and shards of aluminum, nice) done!

adjust the valves (painted the valve covers with real engine enamel) done!
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compression test ( 140/135/130/130 ) done!

no need to touch the points or timing

AGAIN take apart the exhaust system AGAIN to try to AGAIN cure the exhaust leak AGAIN, but this time I decided to leave the muffler in place and just pull the exchangers forward off the muffler. done?

THIS TIME, I used a Diet Coke can with a layer of ultraorange under it to shim the stupid exchanger repair end that they make waaay too small for the gaskets. If this doesn't work, there are not enough brain cells left to even care:
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LAST time, I used a new gasket kit from AlwaysVeedub in Portland. Repaired with HVAC tape to shim it up, I knew I had it licked this time!
But no, the HVAC tape blew out of there when the adhesive melted or burned away :pukeleft: .

Time before that, I used a serious quantity of Ultra Orange on the mesh gaskets and sealed the fresh air jackets after all of that California mountain driving was making me woozy with exhaust fumes. Man, I knew that was going to fix it for good this time! :shaking: :
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It was while performing the above repair at a park in Fairfield CA, that I saw the horrifying specter again of . . . a teenager Texting While Riding (poor horse!):
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Time before the time before that, I put new gaskets in I think it was October somewhere in Nevada not days after picking the bus up :scratch: :
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And of course, the time before the time before the time before that, Hambone and Ruckman101 were watching me slather ultra-orange on the split heat riser on the old muffler to get rid of any exhaust leaks . . . :geek:
October 7th or something, in Vancouver WA: Image

replace the ball joint boots
replace spring plate bushings and reduce rear camber a smidge
finish the undercoating job I started in Montana:
a) make holes in all weak areas
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b) look at the bewildering amount of sand and rusty junk that was inside the "sealed replaced rocker panels whose paint is already blistering:
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c) rust-catalyze prime all that exposed rust and spray rubberized undercoating at $7.97 a damn can X 12 cans, youch.

d) wax the poor thing.

The moonlit nights are beautiful, the countryside is gorgeous, the car is running exquisitely well except when it isn't, and I am being thrown out of here.

Wisconsin
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Tomorrow will be a big day at the abandoned Michigan factory rear parking lot next to the Great Ruins of Rooftop Air Handlers rusting on the ground beside me.
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Post by Elwood » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:33 am

Nice to read of your time with "This n' That". I would like more detail about the ball joint boot replacement please. :notworthy:

Be sure and blow a kiss to that full moon, you know why :thumbright:

and as always Safe travels.

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Post by drober23 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:01 am

More than a couple abandoned factories in Michigan nowadays. I'm sure the idea is the he is unlikely to be bothered there.

Should have good weather for it though!
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Post by Amskeptic » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:31 am

Below is the two-day work list between Indiana and Michigan from my original post
I have a couple of days to:

add inside flaps to vapor barriers. done!
change the oil. done!
adjust the valves. done!
compression test. done!
try to cure the exhaust leak. done!

replace the ball joint boots
replace spring plate bushings and reduce rear camber a smidge
finish the undercoating job

Tomorrow will be a big day at the abandoned Michigan factory rear parking lot next to the Great Ruins of Rooftop Air Handlers rusting on the ground beside me.
Colin
for example, the above "tomorrow" is now yesterday:
big day
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at the abandoned factory:
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It was no "wax the Konis" . . . :blackeye:
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 111,155 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,820 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 103,007 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,885 miles

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Post by Sylvester » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:27 am

Amskeptic wrote: for example, the above "tomorrow" is now yesterday:
big day
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So those are the famous Zerk nipples there? When did you put them on?
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Post by Elwood » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:28 am

Well ok then, El will just have to wait for stronger forces :pale:

Me thinks maybe I can "Hippie fix" by shooting some lube in there :geek:

I would be scared of that place---Colin you are one brave man :brave:

Thanks for picts

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Post by Amskeptic » Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:36 am

Elwood wrote:Well ok then, El will just have to wait for stronger forces :pale:

Me thinks maybe I can "Hippie fix" by shooting some lube in there :geek:

I would be scared of that place---Colin you are one brave man :brave:

Thanks for picts

B/E
Shall we do ball joint boots next time? It is a nice big nasty terrible job with hammers and banging releases of spindles and metallurgical limits exceeded.

Yes, zerk fittings really do help to keep the ball joints happy. Even with all of that desert sand and dust and rainy day grime blasting in through the most ripped-up boot, not an iota of damage was observed. Every ball joint stud on this car is easy to spin in circles yet has no play whatsoever.
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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 111,155 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,820 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 103,007 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,885 miles

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Post by hambone » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:00 am

Would you consider this lack of nipples a factory oversight?
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Post by Bleyseng » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:19 pm

I think they figured the ball joints had a life of 100K and then along with a lot of other stuff would need replacement.
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Post by RussellK » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:29 am

Bleyseng wrote:I think they figured the ball joints had a life of 100K and then along with a lot of other stuff would need replacement.
And they probably never considered the replacements would be so hideously out of spec

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Post by Amskeptic » Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:41 am

RussellK wrote:
Bleyseng wrote:I think they figured the ball joints had a life of 100K and then along with a lot of other stuff would need replacement.
And they probably never considered the replacements would be so hideously out of spec
Our Volkswagen DNA is getting more and more erroneous. The templates are getting more rare.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 111,155 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,820 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 103,007 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,885 miles

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