We have finally managed to the van painted . . .
We have finally managed to the van painted . . .
Camper & Bus show at Eastnor Castle
The Junkyard has been a fantastic workhorse taking us to shows, camping trips and alike but after our last adventure was getting a tad noisy so time for some investigation.
Suspecting a leaking carburettor or exhaust, I removed the carburettors and the gaskets looked shot but after further investigation discovered the J Tube is leaking on the rear near number 1, I have ordered up a new exhaust and replacement gaskets. so have ordered some replacements.
I removed the J Tubes and refitted with new gaskets, then fitted the replacement EMPI single pack and header exhaust system which all went on without a hitch. I then set about replacing the gaskets and refitting the carburettors and linkage. Run it up and tuned it by hand best I could get it and it is running fine again.
I had also picked up my new roof rack and ladder fabricated by Keith a member of our local VW club and what a fantastic job he’s done. Never been the greatest fan of roof racks but with a family it becomes a bit of a necessity with all the gear you end up bringing with you and this metal rack suited the bill.
Last but not least gave the van a fresh coat of collinite wax to preserve the patina as they say our next stop will be Camper & Bus show at Eastnor Castle so till then.
We had a summer trip down to Purbeck in the Junkyard it gave us a bit of grief on the way down cutting out on us just outside of Salisbury causing an almighty bang as the unspent fuel exploded in the carburetor. The ignition lights all come on and I could not immediately find the issue but after checking all the wires it started again sounding a little worse for wear but got us there and around our holiday without further issues.
We stayed at Wareham Tourist Park which is located in the Wareham Forrest, lovely quiet park with good facilities, although the ablutions are a little way from the camping area we found. Thank fully we enjoyed great weather during the week visiting Weymouth, The Sealife Centre, Monkey World, Swanage, Corfe Castle via the Swanage Steam Railway Park & Ride so plenty of things to keep us and little Ceara occupied.
Friday night before we were ready to go home we had a wild thunder storm and heavy rain the campsite was sodden but everything but the weather was calm enough for us to have breakfast and pack everything away before it all started again. the trip home was eventful couldn’t see anything roads were like rivers and water was pouring in everywhere I was soaked by the time we got home and took days to dry everything but that’s the UK for you.
Split screen vans as you may know come with drums all round, and if they are looked after they are more than adequate for the job however there are things you can improve.
Firstly make sure that all your brakes / shoes etc are serviceable. and adjusted correctly. As a matter of safety and something all splitty owners should consider is replacing the single circuit master cylinder, with a dual circuit one. It insures if you loose one half of your brakes you can still stop. as it splits the front and rear brake circuits. We were fortunate enough to have standard dual circuit brakes on the Junkyard as it is a late bus, that was that was until it started crumbling in our hands literally. So having to rob the CSP dual circuit kit already fitted to the Firetruck to get us back on the road it was time to get another one, but rather than forking out for all singing and dancing CSP kit again I sourced the parts individually which saves a little bit of cash. So what do you need.
1 x 20mm Spacer (alternatively cut down the brake rod)
1 x Dual Master Cylinder (652VG0130)
2 x 12mm/22mm servo grommets
2 x M8 50mm nuts bolts and washers.
4 x M8 washers
2 x M8 nylock nuts.
1 x Brake fluid reservoir (VWHeritage sell this, unless you can source an alternative (have been told fiat panda, early golf, volvo B20 / 140 should fit.)
Changing your rubber brake pipes to braided one’s will help increase the pressure slightly and as a side note by accident after having to change all the old metal brake lines on the Junkyard with new copper pipe it has appeared to increase the brake pressure a little, the only thing we could put it down to is that maybe the copper is slightly smaller in diameter either that or it is really just a coincidence. Anyway the drum brakes on the Junkyard are now the best they have ever been and no disc brakes in site.
Now if you really want to improve braking performance upgrading to a servo should be on your list. It is not something I have needed to do as of yet but I have heard nothing but good things about them. This is how modern car braking systems generally work and it uses induction vacuum to increase brake pressure.
Disc brake kits will arguably give you a modern more maintenance free braking system but do not believe all the hype they will not make your brakes work any better, not without fitting a brake servo. The most popular is the CSP brake kit, there are a number of other alternatives out there but none of them are particularly cheap. If you are looking for the cheapest option then using pre 86 Porsche 944 hubs and calipers onto your bus spindles and an adapter kit is the way to go.
This year we thought we would give Arthurs Field a go, so we booked up a few weeks before and were excitedly waiting to set off. The day we did was scorching hot and we were presented with a horrendous 6 hour journey thanks to a mixture of traffic and a bit of engine trouble, the right hand carburettor coming out of balance probably as a result of an exhaust leak making the engine run very hot but it got us there and we ended up going over the King Harry Ferry which was very nice breather.
Anyway the campsite was well worth it, the owners were really friendly and the views out to sea were fantastic. We set up camp and to our surprise Ceara started her first unaided steps and at her no found ability to walk she decided she had to walk everywhere including introducing herself to everyone on the campsite if they like it or not, fortunately the general atmosphere and friendliness around the camp was very good. The shower and toilet facilities are very basic but more than adequate and there is a fish and chip night which is very popular which was received greatly but you have to get there early or miss out.
Due to the van being a bit of a pig we decided to use it as less as possible which was generally a good thing forcing us to walk everywhere. The hardest of all was the ferry trip across to St Mawes wasn’t particularly far away but pushing a buggy up and down hilly footpaths in scorching heat made it hard going. The ferry trip across was well worth it and we did have a good time. Along the week we visited some of the local beaches and villages and generally had a relaxing time would recommend it and hopefully we will return one day.
Reluctantly due to needing to raise some funds my 2165cc VW aircooled longblock built in the states by Roy @ Mofoco http://www.mofoco.com is up for grabs. Engine has done less than 500 miles before it was removed and I started a restoration on my van which is taking longer thant I would have liked. Specifiation is as follows;