1984 Volkswagen Vanagon Editor Kevin Clemens European Car Magazine — Volkswagen Vanagon

25 мая 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon Editor Kevin Clemens European Car Magazine — Volkswagen Vanagon отключены
Volkswagen Vanagon

No Good Deals

Sometimes, you want to leave everything retreat to the sanctity of your and tinker with one of your Not long ago I made an ill-advised of a 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon camper. VW vans are on the perpetually list, even when in mid-eighties Vanagon guise and are a clever combination of summer and minvan. Unfortunately, buying sight-unseen over the Internet in great disappointment. It’s but that was expected as I do live in the The previous owner’s description of and needing only a tune-up has morphed into replacing the braking system and the purchase of a long-block engine to replace the and overheating wasserboxer engine under the Vanagon’s tail. sure I’ve quoted the definition of insanity as repeating the activity over and over always expecting a different When will I learn to buying such desperately vehicles?

Still, even if I hadn’t looking for yet another project what’s another when life seems destined to be by vehicles that other are happy to put out to pasture? Actually, a description that aptly my entire vehicle fleet. after a brief drive in the shortly after it arrived an 18-wheel car hauler, I noticed the engine smoked, backfired seemed low on power, and quickly overheating. Did I mention that it leaked both coolant and The brake pedal sank to the unless it was pumped up before stop.

Many people look at this rolling case as a bad investment and send it off to charity for the tax write-off. Not me. Not when I had money I could spend bad. Volkswagen parts are plentiful and, compared to one pays for those designed for British sports, are actually cheap. A box of new brake parts arrived and a couple of afternoon that included bending new brake lines to replace the old out ones later and my crusty had brakes.

For a fleeting instant I considered the original engine in my bus. all, in the old days hippies rebuild their microbus by the side of the road while on a variety of experimental recreational How hard could it be for a sober working in a well-equipped shop to the same task? I tallied the of pistons, cylinders, bearings, and other bits and pieces live inside an engine and realized that I could buy a engine from any one of a number of for less. What’s more, I upgrade the 1.9-liter water-cooled that came in my 1984 bus to a engine like the one that out a few years later. I jumped did some surfing and charged it on my card-it was just that

Volkswagen Vanagon

I must be getting old. I to be able to pop an engine out of a car, fix its and pop it back in again in one ten to twelve session. It took me three to get the compact engine out from the Vanagon. My back hurt. My hurt. After a while my hurt-it didn’t used to be hard. Had I really become much of a wimp or was this VW harder to change that in an MG Midget? Well, it turns out although there are only bolts that hold the block to the bell-housing of the transmission, and more that hold the cross-member to the body shell, are literally dozens of hoses, wires, connectors, and lines must be disconnected and set aside the engine can come out of its bay. All of takes a ridiculous amount of especially when the bolts are and rusted, the hose clamps and the wiring crumbling. I took just so I could remember went where when it time to put it all back together.

When you replace an engine, it end just there: you get to replace and gaskets, and water pumps, and and engine mounts and-the is near endless. Each of replaced parts won’t anytime soon.

It probably didn’t help every time I looked at the VW, I bad. I had been misled into buying it in the first I knew better but had made a mistake-I thought I was getting a When it comes to vehicles-especially it comes to buying vehicles over the internet-there are no deals. The that you get what you pay for is utopia. often you get significantly less you have paid for. I my Westy with the idea I would be able to jump in it and off to some secluded state where I could commune nature and sleep in the relative designed by the fun-loving Germans who in Westphalia. Instead, I was spending my time up to my elbows in grease, rusted bolts, and cursing my

As with all things automotive, I learned to adapt my unrealistic to meet the reality I faced. of bemoaning the hours I have in the installation of the new engine, I have to look forward to the time communing with the engineers who this rolling bedroom. I learned that turning a and threading a nut is beautiful in its own way and worthy of This is all a bunch of crap of but if I didn’t at least try to justify the joy of this wreck, I’d even worse.

Right now, the engine is in the bus and the parts are starting to go from the old engine onto the shiny new Those pictures I took I ripped everything apart are to come in handy, especially as I try to which vacuum line to which port on the fuel throttle body. I should it all together and driving by the time you this. The question is will I it. Having felt so badly this mistaken purchase, put it all more-or-less right, will I to forget all that has happened and enjoy my Westy? I’d to say yes, but if my previous history is to go by, I’d guess that soon be able to buy an old rusty with a new engine and new brakes on the If you buy it, you’ll be getting a great

Volkswagen Vanagon
Volkswagen Vanagon
Volkswagen Vanagon
Volkswagen Vanagon

Interesting Articles

Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "Vanagon":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR

About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Volkswagen all cars catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about cars Volkswagen.