Re: Not bike related
Posted by Nigel B on September 11, 2020, 4:50 pm, in reply to "Not bike related"
You can see the VW heritage in that one, though noticable differences to the 1600 "Type 1" engine in the Late Bay camper than my employer recently purchased that has been the subject of my attentions for the last 3 weeks. |
Not the easiest of engines to work on while in situ - though not that difficult as such, just awkward access. I was suprised to find that they don't have oil filtration, just a mesh strainer. Runs a bit quieter with the correct 0.15mm valve clearances rather than the 0.45 it drove in with. The "garage" that reckoned to have serviced it had left the remainder of a tub of 15W40 oil in the cab - don't know what they did with the 2 litres that were missing, but they hadn't put it in the engine ! The stuff that came out was rank & had done a lot more than the 250 miles it took to drive it home. It took 2 1/5 litres to refill back to the same point on the dipstick as well.
The cab heating system now works - the "garage" had fitted an all new exhaust system to get through the MoT, but hadn't bothered to connect the heat exchangers to the ducting (missing hoses) , or the cables to the flap valves, or fit the hoses from the fan housing. With new cables, a correctly fitted exhaust system, new hoses between the heat exchangers & the main ducting and new hoses from the fan housing it now blows warm-ish air into the cab - but it was "interesting" getting it all fitted with the van on 4 axle stands & just crawling space underneath. It might have classed as "fun" when I was 25 - not so much so now I am 60 !
The really scary items, though, were the tyres - which passed the MoT as "they had plenty of tread". The newest pair on the front were 24 year old Avons, the rear & the spare Michelins were 34 & 40 years old - all having had the sidewalls painted to cover the cracking. 5 new tyres now fitted !
A very different vehicle - though I am not tempted to own one.