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Re: The Caravan
Posted by CraigB on April 18, 2021, 11:05 am, in reply to "Re: The Caravan
This story begins in Athens Ohio. My first wife Jane and I were studying for final exams at Ohio University. Jane majoring Art History, me English Literature. At the same time we were preparing for our escape from Ohio to California. My preparation was converting a VW van into a camper van by installing a folding bed, shelves, cooler, and most importantly rebuilding the engine. Spread across the living room floor of our small house were the parts from the completely disassembled VW motor. I would lay dreaming of sonnets and cylinder heads. Just days after exams, I assembled and installed the motor, poured in three quarts of 30 weight, Valvoline Racing Oil, started it up, set the dwell and timing and we were off to California or bust. I had loaded what I thought were essentials; my toolbox, a nice 16 gauge, side by side Grouse gun, and a couple of fishing rods. Jane had boxes of very heavy Art books. I slightly protested to no avail thinking of the climb over the Rockies with our as yet untested, 50 horsepower four cylinder.
It was a time of innocence and freedom. I am driving across America with a beautiful girlfriend, the smell of Patchouli and Michoacan filling the cabin. The plains went by filled with native grasses, Hungarian Partridge, Pheasants, and Sharptail Grouse. I am thinking to myself, I will be back for the birds. Then came the Rockies. As we climbed steadily, we began to see other VW buses along the road broken down like Conestoga wagons gone"bust". VW engines had a serious design flaw. They were air cooled and the internal oil cooler blocked air flow to number three cylinder. As a result, under heavy load and high temps at best the exhaust valve in number three would burn leading to no compression, at worst the number three cylinder would throw a rod. The ones with thrown rods had pools of oil running out behind. Having been brought up modifying motors I knew the solution was to remove the internal cooler and plumb in an external one on the rear side of the bus in clean air. As we climbed and climbed I watched the temp gauge stay in the green, looking out my side view mirror at the oil cooler passively doing its job. At least to get her to California, Jane instinctively chose wisely in a mate with certain skill sets.
The Caravan - david dagoli April 16, 2021, 4:59 pm
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