Projekt Uber Geizig 1972 VW Bus Deluxe 9 Passenger

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Re: Projekt Uber Geizig 1972 VW Bus Deluxe 9 Passenger

Post by vegas2017 » Mar Fri 23, 2012 5:04 pm

had that same starting problem on the s4...new battery and bingo! so which vehicle are you gonna bring out to the GTG's this year?
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Post by Mikewire » Mar Fri 23, 2012 5:07 pm

Locally, the Bus until I finish up the Caddy. Out of town I'm still gonna roll the Audi.

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Post by YASHA7FOLD » Mar Fri 23, 2012 6:26 pm

Air cooled love.


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Post by vegas2017 » Mar Fri 23, 2012 9:33 pm

cant wait for the show in billings then....
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Post by Mikewire » Apr Sun 08, 2012 12:47 am

Made some progress today and over the last couple of weeks. I was in Vegas all last week, so I was really ready to get back home a do some work to get the bus going.

Before we left, I was able to get a few things done. First, I had a turn switch that needed replaced - that was a pretty straightforward swap. I used a switch from a 68-71 bus and just used the wires needed to make everything work.

Then I also needed to get the cluster lights etc. working properly. I also had a donor cluster housing that had a working brake warning light and no extra holes drilled by the PO. I also picked up some new bulbs and bulb housings

Swapping cluster housings - just swapped out gauges:

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After that I wired the cluster correctly, and now I have all gauges and lights working :thumbsup:

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Next up was to tackle the problem with the bus not engaging the starter. I had first replaced the battery thinking it was a voltage or charge problem, but that didn't fix the problem.

So my next task was to pull the starter and clean/lube the solenoid. Not too hard, just tedious.

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Get that hard to reach nut in the engine bay, right behind the intake plenum...

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Then the lower nut, and carefully pull the starter straight out

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Unscrew the two screws holding the solenoid in the assembly and pull the solenoid out. I didn't notice any real problem with my solenoid, but I could tell it needed to be cleaned out and lubed. So I took some WD40 and used it to clean the plunger while pushing the plunger in and out, then used a bit of lithium grease to continue to clean it out. When I was sure it was clean I wiped it down and then used just a bit of synthetic grease as a final lube. I also made sure to clean and lube the linkage - just a light film of syn grease.

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After getting back from our Vegas vacation, I had a package waiting from Werksberg - ABS kick panels. So I was able to get the inside vacuumed and cleaned up, windows cleaned and Rain-X'd (Yes, that's my toe).

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After getting it all back together, I have no issues with it starting. We (my wife and I) took it out on it's first real maiden voyage to lunch in town. We were both a bit nervous, but had no issues at all. :thumbsup:

Next up, TMI seat cover replacements :beer:

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Post by MT-Getto » Apr Sun 08, 2012 9:01 am

Holy post! Nice work :)
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Re: Projekt Uber Geizig 1972 VW Bus Deluxe 9 Passenger

Post by Rennwagen1 » Apr Sun 08, 2012 8:35 pm

I do enjoy the fire extinguisher on the seat. That was her idea, right?

And it looks more like Frodo Baggins' toe.
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Post by Mikewire » Apr Sun 08, 2012 8:53 pm

Haha, yeah it's a permanent fixture in the aircooled. Oh, that was my toe after 4 days of walking the Vegas strip :unibrow:

Not THAT kind of walking :laughing:

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Post by YASHA7FOLD » Apr Sun 08, 2012 9:06 pm

That is a ton of stuff off the to do list. And yes the toe does look like its got the funk. ;)


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Post by Mikewire » May Wed 29, 2013 11:33 am

Drove it around all day on Sunday - hauled the family around and 25 cubic feet of garden soil and plants for the garden. The kids love riding in it and it ran great, a true utilitarian vehicle :heart:

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