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Old 10-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #166
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SpeedoJosh, did you change the springs for this? I plan to build a new rear bumper for my '85 Weekender but I was curious what it would take to integrate bike-carrying ability. Thanks

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No, kept the same springs. I have the airlift bags in the springs that help with the load. I am planning on coming up with a different set-up though. Either syncro.org springs with a spacer, or a full airbag suspension in the rear. Couple guys at samba are running them with good results.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:23 PM   #167
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Very nice work Hodakaguy.



You know, Subaru makes a really nice diesel that might be pretty cool in your next van

http://boxeer.com/ee20_parts


Thanks for sharing all of the details!
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:45 PM   #168
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That would be great...but it's to tall for the garage . Trying to get as much done as I can before the really cold weather sets in. This week is still in the lower 80's during the day, hope this warm fall hangs around a while .

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Too tall! Crap!! By how much.........buy a cheap set of rims and roll her in there on the rims only! Light, heat, no rain, no wind, no leaves, and I'm guessing here, a beer fridge!
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:18 PM   #169
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Very nice work Hodakaguy.



You know, Subaru makes a really nice diesel that might be pretty cool in your next van

http://boxeer.com/ee20_parts


Thanks for sharing all of the details!

Yeah a few guys have done that. Not a lot of parts or support for that engine in the US though.

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Old 10-01-2012, 09:20 PM   #170
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Too tall! Crap!! By how much.........buy a cheap set of rims and roll her in there on the rims only! Light, heat, no rain, no wind, no leaves, and I'm guessing here, a beer fridge!
I was planning on giving that a try once it's able to move under its own power again...wish me luck It would sure help keep things moving along through the winter months.

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Old 10-01-2012, 09:21 PM   #171
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A little work on the fuel tank today.

Removed the sending unit from the tank...crusty!




Inside the fuel tank I found the rubber return line disintegrating and leaving chunks of rubber everywhere.








The old sender next to the new unit




One last piece of rubber clinging to the return hose.




The seal on the roll over float valve is toast.




The fuel sending unit bracket was actually in good cond, I was figuring on much worse so I already had a replacement Stainless Steel unit on hand. Since I have the SS unit I will install it.




So time to find a replacement piece of hose for the return line in the tank. Easy you might say? Well it needs to have a 30R10 rating on the hose for submerged service, most of the fuel line you find at the auto store is 30R9 rated for fuel injection but won't hold up to submerged service since the outer layer of rubber is different than the internal rubber compound, it would look like my old hose after a short while. Many calls later I finally located some Gates 30R10 hose :-) Now to get the proper fuel line clamps.




More work tomorrow.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:41 PM   #172
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I need to give you an advice! Don't buy the plastic cross over tube. I should have bought the metal x-over kit myself.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:03 PM   #173
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I need to give you an advice! Don't buy the plastic cross over tube. I should have bought the metal x-over kit myself.
Well I'm lucky there...no cross over tube on the Syncro models . But.....if you have to do anything to the tank the engine and transmission need to be removed to get to it! . Been helping a friend with his 2wd Vanagon the last couple days....man EVERYTHING is sooooo much easier to get to on the 2wd version!

I'm starting to get back to mine now...hopefully there will be a good amount of progress in the next few days.

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Old 10-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #174
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Been helping out a friend the last couple days with his bus....now it's time to get going on mine again.

I ordered a fuel tank Re-seal kit from Van-Cafe but it came with all carbon steel screw style hose clamps. I would prefer to install the new hose with OEM crimp style clamps....now to find some!

After calling around to a dozen auto supply stores, industrial supply stores etc I finally hit on the idea to call the local BMW car dealer....no way they would re-install a customers fuel hose with a screw style hose clamp. Bingo...they had exactly what I was after :-)




Installing the 30R10 internal fuel return line on the new sending unit.






Time to install the new backing plates and gaskets.




And the new Sending unit




I didn't care for the vapor return line that was included with the kit either. To me it felt like soft vacuum hose with a cloth braided exterior, It might be good stuff but seemed like it might deteriorate to quickly. Off to the auto store to get some Gates vapor return hose.

Gates on the left, VanCafe on the right.






I couldn't find the correct size crimp clamps for the vapor return line so I ended up using the supplied screw clamps.

New hose in place




Time to sand blast and powder coat the fuel tank hose retainer




Before....




And After. I also installed larger washers than the kit was supplied with to help even the pressure out on the sender/gasket and hopefully get a better seal.




I re-installed the original firewall insulation/retainers that go behind the fuel tank. It was in really good cond so I'll re-use it :-)




Hopefully there will be a bunch of progress in the next few days :-)

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Old 10-02-2012, 07:43 PM   #175
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Awesome professional job you're doing. In case you haven't found these guys yet, might give you some ideas.

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Old 10-02-2012, 07:51 PM   #176
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I forgot you have the Syncro... Cheers! Looking good!
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:06 PM   #177
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Where did you find the crimper? Does it work with a range of diameters or is it specialized to one size?



I would like to be able to replace those type of clamps. In a pinch I have heard that the fuel injection clamps are much better than the stainless screw type clamps and they are more easily serviceable...

You are doing a great job...
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:20 PM   #178
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Awesome professional job you're doing. In case you haven't found these guys yet, might give you some ideas.

Rockymountainwesty.com
Thanks, yeah I'm actually using quite a bit of their parts in my build .

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:21 PM   #179
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Where did you find the crimper? Does it work with a range of diameters or is it specialized to one size?



I would like to be able to replace those type of clamps. In a pinch I have heard that the fuel injection clamps are much better than the stainless screw type clamps and they are more easily serviceable...

You are doing a great job...
They are usually sold as CV Boot pliers, They will work with any size clamp. Here's a link to a set on Ebay: LINK HERE. Yeah the fuel injection clamps are better than the screw clamps...unfortunately I couldn't find any fuel injection clamps small enough for the vapor line.

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:52 PM   #180
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Yeah the fuel injection clamps are better than the screw clamps...unfortunately I couldn't find any fuel injection clamps small enough for the vapor line.

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I've used a shitty pair of end cutters in a pinch. Just knock down the sharp edges.
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