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Old 11-19-2009, 11:30 PM   #41
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i have been a bit under the weather so not much progress
we purchased a night latch lock for the back emergency door and installed it


i f'ed it up a bit but i will "fix" that soon



and a lot of cutting out rust with the angle grinder and a metal hole saw left over from the back door lock





got to wear a respirator now..... didnt at first now i cant stop coughing mmmmmmmmm rusty lungs

we will bust ass and move on to windows this weekend..... the plan is remove all the skoolie windows and replace with more efficient rv and transit windows
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:17 PM   #42
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Then what do you consider a fair price for a pair of oars???


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Hey Gov. I once paid $500.00 for a pair-o-oars. Did'nt think that was to bad. but I could'nt walk the next day. Cheerie-o
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:41 PM   #43
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...I once paid $500.00 for a pair-o-oars...
For that price they oughtta row themselves! No wonder you couldn't walk the next day...
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:43 AM   #44
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So just when we thought things couldn't get anymore crazy...we got Westfalia Vanagon kicked down to us by some friends of my wife's family. Just like everything we get, it's an old mess but is in great condition otherwise. I guess you could say Blunder is a mom now (not that she was ready for it or anything...she had goals you know?) Now we have another project, fortunately it is a much easier/cheaper one that we can do when things on the bus are slow. We are planning one getting it running but mainly towing it when were on the road (although we heard they get about 30mpg) for extra storage/sleeping space. So that is where our weekend went....
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:40 PM   #45
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Yeah it would be great if we could get it running on diesel and then on VWO.....
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:25 PM   #46
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oohh I'd kiss a toad for a toad that does 90mpg.

HELL I'd do it for a skoolie that got 90mpg
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:08 AM   #47
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I am relieved to hear that the vanagon is not going to end up on top of Blunderbus! What year is the Westie? It likely has the 1.8 4cyl engine in it that was the absolute workhorse of the VW line for the better part of 25 years, properly tuned 30MPG is about the top end of fuel economy in a gasoline Westie, but not uncommon (You can get better, but you will likely burn up the engine trying to do so.). I had a friend in college that swapped the gasoline engine in his Westie with a Diesel out of a Golf/Rabbit and was averaging 45MPG. Last time I checked that was about what a Prius gets and a diesel doesn't have a $4500 battery to crap out on you.... Besides, try camping in a Prius!
sorry to dissapoint but a westys not gonna get 30mpg on an origanal motor which is most likely a 2.0 being westy. its the opposite of aerodynamic and very underpowered to handle any kind of real weight, so in most cases needs to work twice as hard buring more fuel. I drove a 74 standerd bus for quite a while with the 2.0 and i got around 14mpg. my first suggestion would be to remove the fuel injection and get dual carbs if it already hasn't been done, it will solve a lot of problems. good luck with i still miss my bus and all its problems.


ps. mine had a problem with randomly bursting into flames so... watch out for that and carry a fire extinguisher.
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Old 11-26-2009, 06:20 PM   #48
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The engine in it was actually replaced....not too sure about the exact specs on it though. Were still just tinkering, plus we found out that a new battery for it costs as much as our bus battery did. Needless to say our jaws hit the floor of the Autozone (didnt taste too good either) and we left to start pricing around town.
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:16 PM   #49
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well today was a landmark day for our crew and our bus...... the last patch was put into place and the rustolem paint was put on

last night sumbody spilt beer on our camera so i will post a pic and gab more later
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:13 PM   #50
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Cant wait to see what you have done man. been waiting for updates. sucks about the camera.
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