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by BlackSmoke
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: External Oil Cooler with Fan/Thermostat - What temperature?!!
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: External Oil Cooler with Fan/Thermostat - What temperature?!!

Wow, thanks VW Jim, I didn't think of that. So of course the sump oil temp might be quite high but once it has passed the external cooler 80°c is a good temperature, any higher and it's a good idea to put the fan on. Of course, in my setup it passes from the external cooler to the standard oil coole...
by BlackSmoke
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: External Oil Cooler with Fan/Thermostat - What temperature?!!
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: External Oil Cooler with Fan/Thermostat - What temperature?!!

80°c sounds standard but isn't that a bit low ? Normal running with mine keeps the oil temp fine with no fan - just when I'm doing stupid things like driving up mountains causes the temps to get excessive. Just wondering, if given a choice, at what temperature would you put the fan on? I'm thinking ...
by BlackSmoke
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: External Oil Cooler with Fan/Thermostat - What temperature?!!
Replies: 4
Views: 261

External Oil Cooler with Fan/Thermostat - What temperature?!!

This year I had a hot run up a mountain (Col de Cenis - 30 km uphill, very hot) which prompted a question on facebook about what temp should the fan cut in? I have a comcept racing external oil cooler with spal fan - the thermostat, and thus the fan, cuts in at around 110°c which according to a lot ...
by BlackSmoke
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Edited - Pressure regulator - or yet more gaskets?
Replies: 18
Views: 1751

Re: Edited - Pressure regulator - or yet more gaskets?

So in my specific case I tried adjustment with many gaskets, the pushrod was well below the gaskets but I eventually got the pressure down ... everything fine until the fuel level in tank went down below 1/2 full and I ended up with fuel starvation problems. It was at then(over time) that I noticed ...
by BlackSmoke
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Edited - Pressure regulator - or yet more gaskets?
Replies: 18
Views: 1751

Re: Pressure regulator - mechanical pump

I had similar problem so found a 'holley' adjustable fuel pressure regulator 1-4psi like this one; http://www.jegs.com/images/photos/500/510/510-12-804.jpg . I added the correct barbed fittings to connect to fuel hose (Ideal because I have dual carbs so 1 bottom input from mechanical fuel pump and 2...
by BlackSmoke
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil Pressure - High when cold?
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Oil Pressure - High when cold?

No problems with relief valves - nothing sticking or shimmed. But the pressure relief spring (pulley side) seemed to be a new stronger type, so I replaced that with a standard long spring. Still with 20w50 the pressure started from cold is now around 60 at high idle but that soon drops within 1/2 mi...
by BlackSmoke
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil Pressure - High when cold?
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Oil Pressure - High when cold?

Thanks vwJim, I'll take a look later this week and then .... damn, probably another which oil is the best (but 10 or 15Wsomething) nightmare search :?
by BlackSmoke
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil Pressure - High when cold?
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Oil Pressure - High when cold?

Stock oil cooler/strainer on 1776 engine, using 20W50 oil. Everything running fine but when engine is cold the oil pressure guage is showing 71psi on high(ish) idle (whilst stationary with foot a bit on acc for a few mins until tickover has stabilised). When the engine is warm, pressure & temps seem...
by BlackSmoke
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Speedo issue
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Re: Speedo issue

My speedo reads a bit low so I looked to see what I could do to calibrate .... I decided it was a bit too complicated to just correct a slight reading error, however, this site (although related to beetle) seems like it might help with what you're looking for; http://dragonflypower.com/VWspeedometer...
by BlackSmoke
Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: VW Related Chat
Topic: Camping Awning/Chairs/Table/Bed
Replies: 5
Views: 1031

Re: Camping Awning/Chairs/Table/Bed

Well I guess a Canterbury Pitt has what I call the "jigsaw" bed so it can be set up to sleep without disturbing the stack above the engine - not so easy with the R&R bed which uses over the engine as part of the sleeping arrangements. Absolutely love the idea of the brake drum table base fitted to s...
by BlackSmoke
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: VW Related Chat
Topic: Camping Awning/Chairs/Table/Bed
Replies: 5
Views: 1031

Camping Awning/Chairs/Table/Bed

Hi All, So we're nearly ready with the van. Have a 3/4 r&r bed which I did a moveable extension to the length of one side with the Buddy seat for long people like me. Have a Just Kampers retro awning and thinking that will go inside for travel and be stored under the van if we're staying for one nig...
by BlackSmoke
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Doesn't seem to want to start on cranking
Replies: 2
Views: 556

Re: Doesn't seem to want to start on cranking

I suppose split screens have similar electrics! Putting tester across coil is probably not the best test because the negative side will pulse on and off as the engine turns. Better to test the + side against earth to see if the voltage drops too much when cranking, it should give a better clue. My "...
by BlackSmoke
Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Ongoing maintenance
Replies: 9
Views: 5142

Re: Ongoing maintenance

Lol - Have I really been in my garage for 3 years .. doesn't time fly when working on buses !!

Though maintenance schedules is a good topic (for me at the moment) and doesn't seem to have been covered a lot.
by BlackSmoke
Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Ongoing maintenance
Replies: 9
Views: 5142

Re: Ongoing maintenance

Welcome AGENTMORRIS, A lot depends on if you're going to do your own maintenance, or if you're going to pay and hive the work off to some local place. I too have a morecambeandwize built camper and I've opted to do my own maintenance - Great to get to know your bus and useful if you hit problems on ...
by BlackSmoke
Tue May 03, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: What front shock
Replies: 19
Views: 2734

Re: What front shock

Thanks Cleverchap,

A lot of reading in that link and it definately sounds like the gaz gp coilovers are the way for me. Just need to find some time to do a bit of measuring, though I think you've just saved me a lot of time already :D

Cheers.