Been a long time since I have added anything to the blog. In fact it was Taylor’s birthday. Things have not been well and thought that Kermit would need to be sold. Between the divorce and lack of employment I was really concerned. The divorce came through without me having to sell the old boy. The employment situation isn’t much better, but the house has sold. Could be I’ll be living in the bus this summer. That might not be all bad. I have money from selling the house, so I could live for a few years. Kermit is once again in Michigan in the barn for the winter. The engine is still back firing with the new vacuum can. I did find a leak between the manifold and the carb that may be causing the problem. I’ll get that fixed before I get on the road. This year if I can raise the money, I would like to get the RGB rebuilt and wipers. I’ll finish with the windows and Dad will help me fix the interior and hopefully the windshield. Not sure how much Ill use it, I will try to make another OVT function. These are great people and realy enjoyed the company.
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This guy is nutz! Although it is kinda cool. I might be silly enough to try that.
I got the bus over to Dave Ellis on Monday and he got the electrical NAILED! He soldered the ground in the back and ran a new wire. He also adjusted the valves, which #2 AND #4 were sticking, adj the clutch, and brakes. He also gave me a laundry list of things that need to be resolved: Rear wheel cylinder is leaking, Need new axle boots and fill the RGB, Trans fluid, tightened the fan belt before vacation. I need the king pins on the passenger side and oil pressure switch. RGB and Sterring box maintenance Here is a pict out side his garage with a Ghia that matches the bus . . . . Too bad the camera on my phone blows 😦
It started with an intermittent right tail light, now things are back to where they were originally. I think Ill take Kermit to this guy in Evanston to get this straightened out once and for all. I have a suspicion that it may be the light switch. We’ll see. I also orderd a wheel and jack for a spare for our upcoming trips in August. Last weekend I went to the Bug-In at Fox Valley VW it seemed like it took for ever to get out there, but it was fun. I may enter Kermit next time, or maybe even Gonzo. Either one would have fared as good as any other. I have found this week I have become hooked on Karman Ghia’s. Maybe some day. They are still affordable. I saw this one at the Bug-In. Not really a Beatles fan, but I find this one unique.
I’m trying to dig deeper into this poor mileage thing I got going on. Last week I checked the tune-up and the Dwell was 26 and the timing was also correct. I checked the plugs and they were pretty black. I assume that was due to the fact the carb was running rich before it was rebuilt. I cleaned the plugs and reinstalled. I have been driving Kermit to work every Wednesday so I have a place to park when I get home. I filled up last Wednesday and my mileage was almost 15mpg, a 3 mpg increase. The next thing is to adjust the valves. I am very nervous about this since it is the first time doing this. I still have not decided if I will take it to Stanley or not. I need to minimally have him verify the work. I have not checked the compression as I’m afraid what it will tell me. The motor is running strong and I don’t have any money to rebuild a motor right now. I found some good articles on the CB Performance page they have a series of articles on how to build a 40mpg motor called PROJECT MILEAGE MOTOR. Of course it was a bug, but i”ll mark the page and see how it will apply to the bus.
We got into Battle Creek around 4:30PM on Saturday afternoon. Didn’t do much except cruise around and go to The Office, my favorite watering hole in Athens. Sunday was a pretty big day. Clay, Taylor and I assembled the Roof Rack
While we were doing that Dad was working on the windshields. I needed to change the drivers side because it leaks. We found that the drivers side was the original glass and went in in about 20 min.
The pinch well was in very good shape I was very happy to see that. We sealed the rubber between the body to ensure that it won’t leak.
This looks like a big mess, however it cleaned up very nicely with some mineral spirits.
The passenger side was a royal pain to change. First of all it was not the original glass and was thicker than the original. Finally after fighting the installation for most of the afternoon, we decided to take a 1/4 inch off the top of the glass, and it went right in bus.
Finally the trip back to Chicago. We took M60 to Sturgis then took US 12 west all the way to Burns Harbor, In. The speedo is ~ 7mph slow per my GPS. I kept it around 50 MPH as the speedo read and Kermit ran real strong. Probably could have went faster, but there wasn’t a real need. He did creep up to 55 mph but I backed off. I got around 16mpg. I would like to improve on that if I can. I’ll have to look into what I can do.
We were slightly delayed due to a Memorial Day parade. Fortunately, we found parking in a gas station and watched the parade. The boyz had a great time chasing candy in the street. At that point we got on the expressway to avoid the rougher neighborhoods and rolled right into Chicago.
Finally, I had to get this picture . . . . Kermit at the faux Nuclear Power plant in Michigan City Indiana . . . This cooling tower is actually for coal burning power plant.
Well I got a call and Kermit is ready to go. I got a call from Dad and it was only $40.00 to fix the issue, I was close, just a couple of wires were wrong. I guess me and the boys will take the train home this weekend and bring him home! Pete told me that I needed a new wiper motor since it is a 6v motor. I may just use it till it goes. At least Ill have some wipers. I need to adjust the valves next. I wish I had gaskets so I could have someone show me how to do it. Maybe I’ll try to do it and then take it to Stanley to check. I’m still paranoid about blowing another motor. I bought a tool on the Samba to make the job easier.
This will allow me to hold the feeler gauge and adjust the valve at the same time. I also found a movie
Courtesy of Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine Shop