Live Chat from Jan. 1st, 2004


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oldmcdfarm

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STOLEN WESTY
I posted a notice on Sept 22 that my 91 Westy had been stolen. It has been recovered. Apparently it has spent the last three weeks in a strip mall parking lot 5 blocks from where it had disappeared, until the mall manager had the police have it towed away. Fortunately, a mall
employee found our name and called us to alert us, and we retrieved it (from the towing compound), No thanks to the Reno PD, who had observed this but failed to run a computer check on the plate and reportedly cruise the lot nightly. The van had been stripped of valuables, food, clothing, bedding, cooking equipment, etc., but the vehicle was not stripped (broken wing window, punched out ignition, radio removed,) but papers, log books, personal info, mementos, were there, in
disarray. We are very grateful for the return of the vehicle, whatever conditon.
A lesson has been learned. Faith in the police department has been sorely tested. GLMCDonald
 

luke anderson

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In case I'm due some luck and someone sees it, my light blue 82 (bio)diesel westfalia was stolen on 10/26 in berkely. It has been my home for the last 2 years and so had most of my belongings in it. 1.9 l engine, lots of new parts etc. Luke pulnima@yahoo.com
 

icarus

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Another quick trans continental trip. Bellingham Wa, Thunder Bay, Ont. 4280 miles rt.
40 hours east bound, 38 west. 18.26 mpg eastbound, 16.85 west. I drive just at 70 mph, mostly all freeway this trip. I guess the wind must be the difference. 120,000 on the old syncro and still runs like new. (Sticking starter solinoid notwithstanding, crow bar at the ready to tap!) 3rd. trip in 12 months, and nary a miss. I often think I am on borrowed time, but each time I'm proved wrong. Still thinking that when the time comes, a tdi conversion is the way to go. I hope someone comes up with a good conversion kit by the time my wbx needs real help.

Icarus

[addendum November 03, 2004 03:45 PM]

I bought my 86 syncro a few years ago from the original owner in Ashville N.C. He had bought it new in Bozeman, Mt. I still keep in touch with the original owner via e-mail, sending pictures and stories.

This last trip, I saw the dealer had moved to the freeway as I wizzed by Bozeman. I quick stopped to take a picture of the van in front of the dealer to send to the p/o. Sales guy comes out, drooling over the syncro, telling me he wishes he could still sell westys and syncros. He sees the dealer sticker on the back of mine, turns out he sold it new in 1985. He gave me a new license plate frame for it so I could carry on the tradition. He was astounded when I told him that syncros were now worth $15-25k "More than I sold them new for!"
Darn right, VWoA could sell thousands set up just like mine. With a tdi I would buy one in a heart beat. (On the other hand I would be hard pressed to loose mine!0 Everyone who sees that it is 4wd asks where can they get one. No one believes that it is now 20 years old. Go figure

Icarus
 

petebouch

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Just came home from a trip from South of Spain to Florence, Italy and back (almost). Our '83 Westy only broke down twice first the distributor pick-up went (3 days and 300 euros to replace) and at the end of the trip looks like a cylinder head gasget or oil seal (not firing on all 4, white smoke in the exhaut and no oil on dip-stick). We'll see when our break-down service bring her home.

Anyway read the whole story at
homepage.mac.com/petebouch/westy/
 

ruthlea

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I and my 1984 Westfalia have just returned from two years on the European roads and I would like to correspond and trade trip and campsite stories. I like the dashboard compass as I am directionally challenged. Where did you get it? Ruth...a Canadian
 

petebouch

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Hi, We would be happy to swap notes. The compass is a RitchieSport X10-M intended for use in a small motorboat, you can buy them in most yacht chandlers. However Ritchie do make the same model specifically for car use - I think its model number is X10-A, I don't know what the difference is (it may have a different dampening oil). Anyway, the compass doesn't work well where its mounted, it tends to always point towads the windscreen wiper motor, so I'm going to move it into a position just below the rear-view mirror.

As for our Westy, it looks bad. Or mechanic has decided we need a reconditioned engine from the UK. When he refilled the oil and started her up she was knocking so badly it was painful to hear!
 

Capt. Mike

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OK, I'm pretty well caught up on the site. I was off from about November 21 due to a computer failure. I tried to update my Security package to McAfee Security Suite 2005 v7 and it was a complete disaster. The techs support people at McAfee (mistakenly) instructed me to uninstall the previous versions. This resulted in a total blockage of all Internet access. Then their techies had me make some registry entries that destroyed the rest of the computer beyond even the 'restore' program's ability. Then they GAVE UP.

Finally, Dell determined they had so badly corrupted the operating system I would have to reinstall, which meant losing everything. I had to reformat the HD and reinstall every program. You can imagine how long this has taken and is still far from finished.

I had saved my data files to a reserve HD but I lost a lot, including all my "favorites" to the many VW sites I had accumulated over the years.

Anyway, this is my first opportunity to catch up on the tech boards. I was pleasantly surprised at how many correct and valuable posts were added during my absence and thanks for some valuable responses for those that pitched in during my absence.

As usual, there still seems to be a large number -- mostly newbies -- that don't read the Guidelines and block their email so they had posts cut or moved without the usual courtesy notification. If you made a post that is missing, go to the "Disappearing Posts" topic in Just Conversations.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday where celebrated; mine was mostly on this dang computer trying to get it running again.
 

JWPATE

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I wonder if anyone has experience with the transmission rebuilt efforts from the Calif. firm of GOWesty. I am becomming confinced that the story of impending disaster awaits those of us without having replaced the 3/4 syncro hub. Could be that I am just unlucky, but the 84 Westy has had already had most things replaced. Just put in the second power steering rack. The brake drum/roters are new. The engine has been out twice, though to be honest, I have been amaized at the condition. Only the failed water o-rings, lifters, and valves have yet been changed, excepting bearings,rings and seals. Actually, I don't wonder so much about what to repalce the engine with..........but, more whenever it will astually wear out. At 250K there seems no end in sight.
Still, the transmission is a question. Tne tooling required is extensive, but not prohivitive. BUT, it would be only used once. Probably better to send the job out. I know about GoWesty and actually may just decide to do it myself.
Best wishes for the season,
James
 

Bluax5

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1990 2.1 Westy, automatic, owned for 5 years, new factory engine, 240,000 miles, everything original & MINT MINT (except the heater_
Let's see, I've read the Guidelines but they are confusing for a computer illiterate person, I've 'searched' and all the related answers to heater problems 'assume' one is already a Harvard Mechanical graduate, I've mulled thru the Bently marveling at the photos but don't understand Latin. Even more confusing to me is the simple physical aspects for removing the Heater air deflector cover/shroud. This is the cover directly behind the automatic floor gear shift. I don't want to break any obscure tabs, nor do I see any screws, etc. What is the secret of getting this shroud off?????

While I'm at it, maybe someone can help me with the problem. Even with the heat lever totally closed scorching heat still continuously blows on my leg 12 months out of the year; this problem is compounded because I live in Phoenix where 110 is normal in the summer. I explained the problem to the VW garage and said that I thought the flaps needed adjusting. They didn't agree; they lowered the spare tire, reached up and shut down the thermal valve. Didn't do a thing except cost me $30. While visiting out of state I stopped in at another VW specialist garage and explained the problem. Naaaaa, they said, flaps can't be your problem. Nor did they offer any explanation. Still another time and at a different VW garage I explained that when I was traveling on 2-lane highways and met large trucks I could hear my flaps slamming/clattering. Can't be, they said, there aren't any flaps (I don't know but Bently has all kinds of pretty flap pictures). Obviously, I'm going to have to do this project myself, ....... but first, I gotta get the cover off without breaking it so I can actually see how the internals function; I'm hoping there are cable adjustments and perhaps gaskets that need renewing!!!!! Any help will be appreciated and I'm also expecting to probably be chastised for entering this in a nontechnical section but truthfully, I don't consider a problem this simple of a technical nature.

Bluax
PS: Once I understand this site a little better I indeed have some Westy adventures to share. I truly enjoy everything that I've read.
 

Capt. Mike

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NO technical questions will be answered in the Chat Room per the header at the top of the index. The site is not that hard to navigate once becoming familiar with the Guidelines, especially #1-4. The site has a search engine when you can't find something in the index alone or may point to topics where information is combined with another post. Some aftermarket manuals may be a little more user friendly and not assume you have a basic knowledge of mechanics, but the Bentley is required because we have found too many errors in the aftermarket manuals.
 

Bluax5

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I apologize for the inconvenience, Capt Mike. My actual problem is the curse of 'old age and failing eyesight'. I put on a higher powered pair of glasses and removal of the panel became immediately apparent. I shall now try to navigate to the technical section of this site and see if there are any solutions.

Thanks n' happy holidays
Bluax
 

Capt. Mike

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Moderator Note:

I'll be doing some year-end housekeeping and John will no doubt be instituting some small changes for the site. It's a never-ending process to keep this site the best VW bus tech site on the 'Net'. This chat room topic will close out Dec. 31st; begin using the 2005 Chat Room starting Jan 1st.
 
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