Screwing around with a VW Eurovan!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Xtremjeepn, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Well, I decided that since the stock Crack Pipe lasted 152k that there was little value in a $100 aftermarket one for me. So off to the dealer today to pick up a new factory one for $34!

    Somehow the 15 mile trip to the dealer took 60 miles....:clap

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    Then over the next 4 hours this happened!

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    When I did the timing chains I brand new O-ring for the thermostat housing. It's expanded to the point it doesn't fit. So that stopped me for the day. Once I get a new one there really isn't much left to do.

    Need to reassemble the CV shaft and install the front of the van!

    I also took the time today to add a nifty retrofit from my 1993 parts van!! Can any of you Eurovan experts identify it in the picture above?
  2. MasterMarine

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    I spy a transmission dipstick! :D

    I snagged one from a van in the wrecking yard and put it in my 2002.
  3. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Very good:clap

    I took it from the 1993 that I stole the Poptop parts from. Just kinda forgot about it when I assembled everything last time!

    Did you have to add your own mark to the dipstick? Or is the stock one right when warm?
  4. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    I filled the transmission as you are supposed to (overfill, warm up to proper temp, drain out excess), then checked it one the stick at that temp. I made a note of where it was at. Then I warmed it up to proper operating temp and checked it again. I made a note of it then. Then I let it cool down overnight and started it up and checked it again. I then took all the info and made a label and stuck it on the radiator core supports so I can check it hot, cold or at the proper transmission measuring temperature.

    I don't remember having to add any marks. TXpigeon on EVupdate sent me an email about there being more than one dipstick and tube used through the years. I will try to find it when I get home and post up the info.
  5. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Here is the relevant portion of what he wrote to me:

    Look to see if the dipstick stops at the end of the tube or about 1/4-3/8" in. There were a couple of lengths used and that's important for setting the level correctly. If it goes nearly to the end, the level is checked at 95-113°. If it's about 1/4-3/8" short, it should be checked at 140°. In either case the fluid should be half way between the dots. Once you've got that right, you may want to check it at a cold start and after a trip so you won't need to wait for an exact temperature in the future.

    Even the overflow method depends on what year you have. If the overflow tube is green, then it's checked at 95-113(target 104). If it's black (longer), it's checked at 140. I didn't realize this until recently after I found out there were different length dipsticks. Have fun!

    txpigeon
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    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    It runs!....now I'm off to have a margarita before assembling the rest of it! :lol3
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  9. Xtremjeepn

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    Well, I got distracted and did lower ball joints while I was in there today. But I did finally put it all together and take a drive. Runs SMOOTH. Gotta love the smell of assembly lube in a new engine! :lol3

    Only drove for about a mile and only up to about 45 just to make sure it all worked. (And it was starting to rain)

    Now it needs a bath and the fun parts can begin! :evil

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    love it!:clap
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    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    Impressive!

    Can't wait to go for a ride!
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    Way to go Cole :clap
  13. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Spectacular Cole...woo.. you da Man!:clap. Now can ya do mine :rofl.

    cheers...
  14. Xtremjeepn

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    :lol3

    Not really the task I choose to do, just a necessary evil to get to the good stuff.

    Drove it around a good portion of the day. Runs great so far. Just have a racked oil filter cap leaking. So off to the dealer tomorrow to pick up a new one. Friggin $80 silly part :huh
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    Hey Cole glad you got your Bus back on the road ,
    maybe grab and extra oil filter to swap it out after the first 50 or so miles.
    Good luck with your ride
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    Funny you should mention that Stan.:lol3 I just put on the second oil filter today:wink:

    Will probably change the oil after a few hundred more too!
  17. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    I'd like some of your thoughts on this.

    Part of my plan is to upgrade many of the interior materials. I've been thinking of using a Porsche or Audi Sport steering wheel for awhile now.

    One of my friends just upgraded his Porsche 993 steering wheel to a newer 3 spoke version and has his stock leather 4 spoke available, for purchase.

    It's almost an exact replacement for the stock wheel. Significant upgraded feel with the leather, but only a small, stockish upgrade in the looks.

    What do you think? Too close to the stock look? Better to do something more obviously upgraded?

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    i would be afraid to touch it because of that airbag sign... wouldn't that be a wake up call if it went off..
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    I've swapped a few air bag wheels out. It's no big deal. :lol3

    They don't just randomly explode:lol3
  20. Xtremjeepn

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    I test fit the wheel this morning. It could be made to work with a bit of fabrication.:huhI'll have to think about it a bit and decide if I want to mess with it or try a different route. It does feel MUCH better!!