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I should probably start by saying I've just sold my "never let me down" reliable Pug 306 diesel daily. It's just the bus was running fine and I can't really afford 2 lots of insurance/tax etc...plus it's more "fun"...

So I head off to meet a new club for a cruise to Dubs At The Park - and break down at the start ! Eventually find a (still as yet untraced!) short had blown the ignition fuse. So get there very late just in time to sit in a leaky van all day in the pissing rain with 2 very bored kids...

Then I get a local exhaust centre to fit my new exhaust, as no amount of plusgas, blowtorch heating and liberal use of the trusty BFH will remove the bolts. Pick it up - find they have "forgotten" to replace all the tinware ("didn't know it was important, mate" as they pull it out of the scrap metal bin!!!), plus they decided it was running a bit rich and as a "favour" - adjusted the carb. It now runs like a dog and stalls at every junction. Decent mechanic has a look and it's booked in for a serious overhaul on Friday. Shit, I'm broke...

Then take the kids camping for the weekend in Trowbridge, stall approximately 37 times on the way there. Pisses down all weekend. On the way home, accelerator pedal breaks whilst stuck in heavy traffic on M25. It's raining v hard as we all wait behind the barrier for the RAC man to get through the traffic and tow us off to Redhill to get the pedal welded back together. Get home 5 hours later than I'd hoped...

Take the kids back to their mothers today - indicator stalk breaks off in my hand as I use the main beam to flash another dub! Journey is mostly on v wet motorways, loads of spray - no visibility - no indicators and the main beam is stuck on! Not much fun.

Meet up with their mother at the services, go to open sliding door to get kids out - handle breaks off in my hand. Literally snaps off! Another of my busses new security measures (passenger door also now refuses to open from inside or out whether locked or not!).

But on a plus point, I did join the RAC a month ago after driving without breakdown cover for 12 months. Used 2 out of my 5 annual call outs already!

Don't worry, I'm keeping the faith! Just not sure where the bread to pay for these unfortunate incidents is going to come from just yet!
 

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Welcome to our world Dude
A world filled with bits falling off and biting you on the Bits when you least need it to happen
Just keep persuading yourself its just a phase and it will be perfect soon ........thats what i keep saying
Im probably deluding myself mind
 

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It never rains but it pours eh? Still its nice to know there are people out there in a worse mood than me ;)
 

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strummerbus said:
I should probably start by saying I've just sold my "never let me down" reliable Pug 306 diesel daily. It's just the bus was running fine and I can't really afford 2 lots of insurance/tax etc...plus it's more "fun"...

So I head off to meet a new club for a cruise to Dubs At The Park - and break down at the start ! Eventually find a (still as yet untraced!) short had blown the ignition fuse. So get there very late just in time to sit in a leaky van all day in the pissing rain with 2 very bored kids...

Then I get a local exhaust centre to fit my new exhaust, as no amount of plusgas, blowtorch heating and liberal use of the trusty BFH will remove the bolts. Pick it up - find they have "forgotten" to replace all the tinware ("didn't know it was important, mate" as they pull it out of the scrap metal bin!!!), plus they decided it was running a bit rich and as a "favour" - adjusted the carb. It now runs like a dog and stalls at every junction. Decent mechanic has a look and it's booked in for a serious overhaul on Friday. Shit, I'm broke...

Then take the kids camping for the weekend in Trowbridge, stall approximately 37 times on the way there. Pisses down all weekend. On the way home, accelerator pedal breaks whilst stuck in heavy traffic on M25. It's raining v hard as we all wait behind the barrier for the RAC man to get through the traffic and tow us off to Redhill to get the pedal welded back together. Get home 5 hours later than I'd hoped...

Take the kids back to their mothers today - indicator stalk breaks off in my hand as I use the main beam to flash another dub! Journey is mostly on v wet motorways, loads of spray - no visibility - no indicators and the main beam is stuck on! Not much fun.

Meet up with their mother at the services, go to open sliding door to get kids out - handle breaks off in my hand. Literally snaps off! Another of my busses new security measures (passenger door also now refuses to open from inside or out whether locked or not!).

But on a plus point, I did join the RAC a month ago after driving without breakdown cover for 12 months. Used 2 out of my 5 annual call outs already!

Don't worry, I'm keeping the faith! Just not sure where the bread to pay for these unfortunate incidents is going to come from just yet!
You've just listed the BEST parts of owning a VW! :D

The indicator stalk on my van decided to disintegrate the day before Biggar Volksfling, luckily lots of gaffa tape managed to hold it together for the weekend. I'm currently trying to decide what to do with it as I'm considering doing away with the stock VW indicator stalk and using a universal one like this:
http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.co.uk/VWPweb2000/switch-1/photo/325400.jpg

Just as well I rewired my van too as I needed the wipers and headlights as that was by far the worst weather ever at Biggar Volksfling!
 

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heres mine if it makes you feel better,

BUy a camper nowing nowt about them,

First time i select reverse the stick spins in a big circle cant get any gears!


Accelerator cable snaps rac out crimp a bit on it to get me home, look in the van find an "accelelrator cable" looks an easy job to do three hours later its truly stuck so get it towed to a dub specialist he informs me ive got a heater cable stuck in the accelerator conduit! so over £100 quid later its fixed. have it serviced drive for a few hours oil all over the back looks like its blown every seal on the engine back to the garage.

OK so im wiser do my own oil change and set tappets etc carry a correct cable for accelerator going to work to do overtime 5am pedel drops to floor like cable has snapped easy ten min road side job! no the linkage under the cab floor has snapped!
 

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M-A-D said:
Dude, that is pretty damn unlucky!

Keep the faith, matey. :)
Yep. Pretty unlucky. But I did move my little plastic fuel filter away from the electrics when I bought this bus... :hug:
 

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strummerbus said:
Yep. Pretty unlucky. But I did move my little plastic fuel filter away from the electrics when I bought this bus... :hug:
Hmmmmm...Good point.

Seriously, I think it was the hose though.
 

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M-A-D said:
Hmmmmm...Good point.

Seriously, I think it was the hose though.
I should have realised as soon as I posted that what's going to happen next. Going out to have another look at my fuel hoses, clips, filter etc right now. Haven't done it for...oooh...about 24 hours... :D

Anyone got a sliding door handle rhd spare?
 

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and here was me thinking of selling my diesel 306 to use the money for my van... :eek: :lol:
 

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I should have realised as soon as I posted that what's going to happen next. Going out to have another look at my fuel hoses, clips, filter etc right now. Haven't done it for...oooh...about 24 hours... :D

Anyone got a sliding door handle rhd spare?
The best bit is when the little arm at the bottom of your sliding door snaps in half as you are trying to close the door.
 

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The best bit is when the little arm at the bottom of your sliding door snaps in half as you are trying to close the door.
I know that from experience. Though to be fair, I told him not to lie on the floor and do that when I'm shutting the door. He's learnt his lesson and I doubt he'll do it again with his remaining arm. Poor lad, but the wonders of modern medicine and all that, he'll be ok. Prob get a better job as a result.
 

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AngelVenomous said:
I'm currently trying to decide what to do with it as I'm considering doing away with the stock VW indicator stalk and using a universal one like this:
http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.co.uk/VWPweb2000/switch-1/photo/325400.jpg

How would it work? Can't figure how it would attach?

I've now discovered a new switch for a 73 bay is:
1. Gonna cost about £90 and
2. No-one has got any in stock anywhere

I'm stuffed! Gonna go and try some gaffa - much cheaper, easier to get hold of but prob not MOT friendly

and a new sliding door handle - £35

I'm broke!

any generous people got a handle off an old rusty sliding door they'd be happy to freecycle?
 

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How would it work? Can't figure how it would attach?

I've now discovered a new switch for a 73 bay is:
1. Gonna cost about £90 and
2. No-one has got any in stock anywhere

I'm stuffed! Gonna go and try some gaffa - much cheaper, easier to get hold of but prob not MOT friendly
You'd need to dismantle the assembly of the old indicator switch in order for it to fit. There's a small tube within the assembly the steering column comes through that you should be able to attach it to. However I should point out that I haven't tried this yet.

There is also the problem of the headlight dip switch being part of the stock indicator switch mechanism. My possible solution was to install a very small switch in the end of the indicator stalk (it's hollow) so it can be operated from there.

And to further complicate matters, my Bay is a mish-mash of various years (it was built mostly from the best bits of two scrap vans) so the dashboard, steering column and pedal assembly are from a post '76 van but the body shell is from a very late '72.
 

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There is also the problem of the headlight dip switch being part of the stock indicator switch mechanism. My possible solution was to install a very small switch in the end of the indicator stalk (it's hollow) so it can be operated from there.
Interesting thought.

But re above - is it "MOT friendly" to simply use a dash mounted on/off switch for headlight dip?

EDIT: in fact, though obv far from perfect, but cheap - could you not just mount a 3 way switch for the indicators - up left, centre off, down right etc - mount a second 2 way switch for headlight dip?

or replace the whole assembly (and even steering wheel?) with that of a later model - either later bay or even T25 - which you can still find in scrap yards? gonna look into this

meanwhile, just done a fix with some gaffa!
 

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Interesting thought.

But re above - is it "MOT friendly" to simply use a dash mounted on/off switch for headlight dip?
Yes it's fine - did this to a friend's van for the MOT as again the indicator switch was a bit dodgy (I'm seeing a pattern emerging here!) It used to be quite common to have foot-operated headlight dip switches. I'm sure the '63 Splitty I rewired many moons ago originally had a floor mounted dip switch.

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EDIT: in fact, though obv far from perfect, but cheap - could you not just mount a 3 way switch for the indicators - up left, centre off, down right etc - mount a second 2 way switch for headlight dip?
You could - all semaphore-equipped VWs had a switch on the dash. There's even an illuminated switch available specifically for this purpose:


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or replace the whole assembly (and even steering wheel?) with that of a later model - either later bay or even T25 - which you can still find in scrap yards? gonna look into this
I was having another look at the indicator switch in my Bay - I don't think it's the switch that's disintegrated, I think it's the bracket it screws into (from a post '76 Bay) and it's quite a flimsy cast aluminium thing so I'm wondering if using the steering assembly from a later van was such a good idea :(
(the post '76 dash does use the later fuel gauge and sender which is a huge improvement over the old style though)
 

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Well, that's rounded the week off as it started.

2 spark plus are stuck! Last C*nting mechanic to work on my van used plugs that were too long. Consequently 2 of them have coked and can't be removed. :mad:

Oh, and I need to start saving as my carb has had it.


But on a plus side - running much better after tune up, not stalling, but still running a bit rich.

I'm going down the pub.
 

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Well, that's rounded the week off as it started.

2 spark plus are stuck! Last C*nting mechanic to work on my van used plugs that were too long. Consequently 2 of them have coked and can't be removed. :mad:
Just as well cylinder heads are so easy to remove then! Just drop them in some decoking stuff or similar cleaner overnight.

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Oh, and I need to start saving as my carb has had it.
I'd just like to point out that I do not agree with subliminal persuasion because

I think it's totally imorral.
 

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That is quite a bit of shitty luck buddy - and you know, i put it down to selling a Diesel Pug 306.... Ive had a pretty shitty run of luck with my Bug since i sold my diesel pug 306, and that run is still going as you know!

But, im sure you will overcome all this - if you need more gaffa tape, i shipped in a container full for fixing mine, so i got plenty :D :hangloose
 
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