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Posted on 11 September 2008 by

I am currently working on my 1974 Campmobile.

1974 VW Camper

The goes like this:

I the Camper in Minnesota. When I it the paint was extremely dull and I was expecting a possible repaint but God for Laquer. After 8 compound jobs and a final wax she shined up. I repainted the wheels and bumpers in and bleach-cleaned the fiberglass poptop getting bleach on the camper or The engine felt strong and leak any oil that I could The rear tires were The original canvas was extremely I threw some new rear on it. The shifter bushings were gone. Literally, they had out!

I have found with Porsche and VW vehicles the rear shift bushings go bad one of the is only being able to two gears (one forward and one back). This is because you move the shifter across or to side the gear selector isn’t grabbing/spinning due to the loose or missing or the set-bolt in the rear tunnel is I have had two Porsche 912′s and now my VW this same symptom.  I had to the VW from Minnesota to Florida this and rigged up some grommets to suffice for the trip. I it!

I arrived home late at and parked the VW in my garage. The next I woke up and opened the garage to the sweet and intoxicating smell of WOW was it strong! I quickly shut the door to the house because of the cool Air and HOT garage the fumes flowed into the house with the I opened all the windows and shut off the for safetly reasons. I manually the garage door being not to create spark or static. My was out of town so that saved me of the potential risk. Once the air I got under the old VW to see why she was so angry. Turns out she have much of an appetite for blended fuel. The old diaphragm in the pump had disentegrated. On my particular the 1.8 engine there is a small bypass drain for this reason. If the diaphragm fails the will drain out of this bypass to avoid getting the case, which was possible on style VW fuel pump So my not-so-happy-camper was spraying fuel all as I merrily drove down the I was still maintaining 23-25mpg her.

I decided to go with a block-off over the old fuel pump and put an electric fuel pump in. back, a new mechanical factory pump probably would been just fine for 20 years but they are somewhat to find and getting expensive. The fuel pump was a hassle to up as it was my first time doing My plan is to travel with my all over in the VW so it MUST be safe. I it to start pumping off the starter and run off the voltage regulator. The way I wired it is so it off if the engine is not running.

Once I got the fuel pump fixed she was running awesome. I the valves, changed the oil and adjusted the slightly in the carbs. The engine is it’s original Solex which can be a bit finicky. I have about switching over to .

I also installed a new Canvas. I did of reading on this before Most sources say this be done with 2 or more and you must remove the top. I did it in about 6 hours, without the top! First off you need to the top about 2 feet. This you enough space to remove the old while leaving a little For the most part you can stand in the bus and most of the canvas area to pop the old out. Notice that the plastic has the canvas folded the top then stapled… Save the strips if possible so you can reuse Once you have the entire loose you should remove the on the lifting mechanism. I tied around the mechanism to hold it in This assured me that it was not to spring open. A rope to be tied to each side, and passenger of the spring to hold it.


After this I was able to the old canvas over and pull it Boy was it brittle. I wanted to save just because I like all original equipment from my when I can. To install the canvas I lifted the poptop opened. I held up the canvas in positions, taking measurements to see center on each of the 4 sides. I a pencil to mark center on the as well as the poptop. To reinstall the I opted NOT to use staples. They are to use and don’t sink very into the wood strip. I self tapping sheet screws because they a tiny hole as they in. If done right this ensure that the canvas not spin and wrap around the I tacked the canvas on each side couple feet and then worked my way around keeping and tight all the way around. Once you the top done you should grap drink of your choice, sit and take a look at it. The next will be fastening the bottom. you determine where your

corners will end up you should them. I cut a small apx 1cm throughout the turn/bend. allows the canvas to make a turn and not bunch aluminum strips screw on easily. I got everything layed out and put enough screws in to allow me to a look from the outside to see everything was nice and straight. you are certain things are centered and good you can finish fastening the strips in place. You can see how it turned out in the below.

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