We decided to keep the old motor. Gene, my mentor says I need a learner motor to build. I agree and Il have a fresh motor ready. It has been slow getting parts, then I went and ordered the wong gasket for the pre-heater tubes. That was all I needed to begin putting the bus back together. Damn another 2 weeks to wait. As fate would have it, the wait would not be that long. I was summoned to San Diego to meet with one of our customers. I knew there had to be a place there I could find my gaskets. Sure enough the San Diego yellowpages yelded a establishment called The Volkswagen Repair Specialists, or BRU Automotive as they answered the phone. They are located at 5625 El Cajon Blvd (no website) and if I lived in San Diego they would be my one stop shop.They had new parts and used parts. It was so refreshing to walk into the store and get the part I needed . . . . . .
So Sunday morning it was putting the bus back together. The first thing was to derermine how to add the thermostat and air vanes . I figured out how to mount the thermostat and how to install the vanes. I used the reference from Rob and Dave’s Air-Cooled Volkswagen Pages I thought that I was missing a part and put it all back together without the thermostat. Then realized, I was wrong. Ill make sue it gets on the re-build.
Everything else was going good until it came to the Gland Nut. Muir shows a guy with a 6 ft poll torqueing the nut. I did too and ended up putting 600lbs on a 220lb nut. Took another week to get a new one. The motor is back together and in the bus. Got it all tuned up and ready to start. We all had our fingers crossed and when I turned the key . . . . . . nothing. Just a click. We bypassed the solenoid and the tried to start the bus. Still no go, but we have good compression and spark. Marilyn has been buggng me for a key to the bus, so I gave her the screw driver and told her that was her key. I expect her to get under the bus and start 🙂 for some reason she failed to see the humor in that.
What I did find out is that the starter is bad. I measured the voltage on the wire going to the solenoid and with the key turned on it read 12.5 vdc. When I reconnected the wire, the voltage dropped to 8.4 vdc. I also noticed that I blew a 25 am fuse when I hit the key. One more oddity. I didn’t realize that there were different color fuses for different amperage ratings. I thought they were like Buss fuses (no pun intended) with the rating stamped on the side of the fuse. Nope… in my fuse box I have all 16 amp fuses. Not sure what that will bring when I install the proper value . . . Oh well with any luck Kermit may be running this weekend.