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Post by aircooledaddicts on Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:13 pm

I would put new connectors on and double check the ground like Bryce said
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Post by dlandvw3 on Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:36 pm

I was gonna say sounded like a grounding problem too. But I don't know much
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Post by peregrine67 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:25 am

I already tried just clipping an alligator clip between the ground side of the pump and the frame. That didn't work.
I'm gonna buy a volt meter tomorrow to check the positive side. If I get 12V I'll put new connectors on both sides.
Thanks for the help.
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Post by peregrine67 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:00 pm

So moved the ground and checked the connectors. The connectors looked solid so I just cleaned them off real good. When you try to start the bus the fuel pump kicks for a second and then nothing. But each time you try it kicks just a little. I traced the red/black wire back to the fuel pump relay. That's where I am now. Any way to test that relay? Considering the hefty price tag on it I don't want to just buy one and replace it if that's no the problem.
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Post by peregrine67 on Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:17 am

the new fuel pump did the trick. She even turns over quicker than she used to.
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Post by ASBug on Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:23 am

peregrine67 wrote:the new fuel pump did the trick. She even turns over quicker than she used to.
Bummer, I know how expensive those are....
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Post by peregrine67 on Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:51 am

The old one seemed to quit after it warmed up. First time it left me stranded. Then I got her back home and she'd stop running after about 5 minutes of idling. I got under and checked the leads and it was still getting 12v, just not turning.
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Post by peregrine67 on Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:42 pm

New wiper assemble, fixed the turn signals, brake job(stopping on a dime), etc. Next is a tune-up, adjust the valves and reinstall the heater blower.
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Post by ASBug on Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:32 am

peregrine67 wrote:New wiper assemble, fixed the turn signals, brake job(stopping on a dime), etc. Next is a tune-up, adjust the valves and reinstall the heater blower.
Do not get excited about the blower....
Heat was never an option on a bus!!!
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Post by peregrine67 on Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:15 pm

ASBug wrote:Do not get excited about the blower....
Heat was never an option on a bus!!!
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Yeah I know. I'm just looking for enough across the windshield to keep it from fogging up too bad.
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Post by ASBug on Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:31 pm

peregrine67 wrote:
ASBug wrote:Do not get excited about the blower....
Heat was never an option on a bus!!!
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Yeah I know. I'm just looking for enough across the windshield to keep it from fogging up too bad.
Call me and I think I have a solution that can help you.
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Post by peregrine67 on Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:52 pm

So I just finished adjusting the valves. (my first time with the engine in the car) I was surprised how tight the exhaust valves on #3 and #4 had gotten. Is this normal? #1 and #2 were just fine.
I drove it around the block and it's running just fine but I do notice an awful lot of valve noise now. I'm guessing this is just normal since they were too tight before. Suggestion? Should I worry about it? or am I just being a little too picky?
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Post by peregrine67 on Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:06 pm

I got underneath Pippi today and noticed cracks on my CV boots. Is there a simple way to repair the boots without replacing the entire CV joints?
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Post by Grifspop on Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:23 pm

The main thing is making sure that dirt didn't get into the joint (it sticks to grease) and it will cause the joint to fail. If dirt didn't get in, seems like you could repack the joint and replace the boot. Not sure if the axle has to come out to replace the axle boot, though.
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Post by peregrine67 on Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:25 pm

Grifspop wrote:The main thing is making sure that dirt didn't get into the joint (it sticks to grease) and it will cause the joint to fail. If dirt didn't get in, seems like you could repack the joint and replace the boot. Not sure if the axle has to come out to replace the axle boot, though.
It looks like it just finally dry-rotted. They weren't cracked a last time I was under there. I don't see an easy way to fix the boots without pulling the axles. Looks like I have another project.
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Post by DOODLE BUGG on Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:48 pm

all you have to do is take out theaxels an there is a clip holding the joint on take it off replace boot an clean an install new greese an there you go
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Post by Grifspop on Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:16 pm

Sounds like a Tech Day in your future
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Post by peregrine67 on Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:54 am

Grifspop wrote:Sounds like a Tech Day in your future
Yup. Hopefully it'll be warm one evening this week.
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Post by peregrine67 on Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:41 pm

My gas mileage has dropped off to about 12 MPG. Looks like I'm gonna take Saturday to try to fix that along with the axle boots.
Any suggestions on why the mileage would be so bad?
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Post by DOODLE BUGG on Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:29 pm

well i dont no but i do no my wife sport trac went from 22mpg to 15 mpg from the great gas they are selling us now i tuned it up an no change i guess we were promised a change 2 years ago it must have been higher taxes an lower gas milage sorry but im just saying
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Post by vwkultur on Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:54 pm

DOODLE BUGG wrote:well i dont no but i do no my wife sport trac went from 22mpg to 15 mpg from the great gas they are selling us now i tuned it up an no change i guess we were promised a change 2 years ago it must have been higher taxes an lower gas milage sorry but im just saying
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Post by peregrine67 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:06 pm

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Just a quick shot to show the "new" curtains installed. Thanks dlandvw3.


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Post by peregrine67 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:09 pm

peregrine67 wrote:My gas mileage has dropped off to about 12 MPG.
I've been tinkering with the mixture screw on the throttle body, the one the manual says not to touch. The mileage has been getting a little better each fill-up. Hopefully I'll get it in the neighborhood of 20 soon.
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Post by dlandvw3 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:37 pm

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Just a quick shot to show the "new" curtains installed. Thanks dlandvw3.

Those look really good. Glad I could help. I'm still amazed at the shape the plaid was in....they almost look brand new. Pretty cool
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Post by peregrine67 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:46 pm

This is about half yours and half original. I washed both sets of curtians and then installed the best looking one for each location. Your bus must have been parked with the other side facing south. Without exception if mine had UV damage on that side yours was good, and vice versa. I think I'm gonna make some throw pillows or something with the extras.
I've already replaced the upper beds with the plaid I got from you. My fabric from up there is already cut up to redo the front seats. If there is enough left over I'm gonna redo the back seat. It's in pretty good shape but there is a little bit of fading near the windows.
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