1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

A shout out to good mechanics!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by 68BUS, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,567
    Location:
    Brisbane
    As a lot of you, I know enough to get me out of trouble on the side of the road, but I am very far from being a proficient mechanic.
    Which is why when I needed an external oil fitted, although I understand the concept of the project, I lack the knowledge to execute it properly.
    So I took Evie to Custom Vee Dub for the service.
    And once again Pete went above and beyond to give me a good job.
    I did most the legwork, sourcing the best quality parts for the job that we knew about and he got the bits that we needed as they came up. It did not go smoothly at any time, the oil pump was fused in place, overcome with a borrowed pump pully. The fittings did not work that came with the kit. The large flow pump was too big for the space it has so tinware had to be modified and the pump back plate clearanced.
    But he pressed on and got it all sorted.
    I now have a external system fitted, it is neat and should be nice and solid for years to come (with maintenance like everything).
    If I had tried this at home based on info I could find online, it would probably still be sitting in parts on the floor for 3 weekends while I worked it all out.

    So thanks to the Custom Vee Dub's and the Ash Prestige's (my other mechanic) of the world.

    But, hopefully the next week of driving will be hassle free. And then it is off to Victoria!
    Just need to get the dual battery sorted and the fridge wired up, and the safaris's swapped out and... and... and....

    Anyway, I am a happy camper today.
    Evie now takes 6.5ltr of hopefully cool oil. So she should be a happy camper too!
     
  2. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    15,143
    Location:
    Newcastle NSW
    It makes such a difference when you find someone you can trust - good news and heres to a safe and easy trip South!
     
    68BUS and oldman like this.
  3. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    9,036
    Location:
    Avalon Beach NSW
    Glad to hear that the oil pump let go without further issue Brad.....:cool:
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
    68BUS likes this.
  4. Pisces

    Pisces Member

    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Hi Brad
    Thinking of doing the same task - do you mind sharing the details of the cooler etc and maybe a photo of the install - I have a 67 split so interested to see where I can fit it - did you do a full flow conversion to the motor?
    Cheers
    Peter
     
  5. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    20,621
    Location:
    Bracken Ridge, Qld
    Can just imagine Pete when things weren't going to plan :confused::eek:;)
     
    68BUS likes this.
  6. paul77

    paul77 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    980
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Hey Brad, will be keen to hear of your cool experience. Happy and safe travels to Vic. My experiences with Pete have also been positive.
     
    68BUS likes this.
  7. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,567
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Yes, I learnt long ago not to answer the phone to Pete on speaker when the kids and in the car.

    So far so good. Slight oil leak at the pump connection. Just more then misting, and less then a drip. So I will check connections there.
    City driving (Hard driving) has the oil only 50-60Degree's.
    I will do a freeway trip on the weekend and see how it goes.

    Peter, I am waiting for some photos to make it too my computer then I will try and upload.
    The cooler and fan sit in the left hand section of chassis frame to outer sill. Pretty much inline with the back of the two side doors.
    Ultimately I will weld up and powdercoat a protection frame, but for now they have protection from the side step. I am yet to catch the bodywork in this area anyway running stock height.

    Costs;
    96 Plate cooler and fan kit from Das Resto + Inline thermo swich = $700 ish.
    Upgraded (And longer) oil hose, solid clamp fittings, and rubnber mounting P clips = $140 from Powell Industries (Note, that was 10m of hose, 8m would be more then enough - but kit did not have enough hose).
    Mechanics - $1400. ( think Pete spent more time then this - and it was a pain in the arse - so very good price).
     
    David H likes this.
  8. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    9,036
    Location:
    Avalon Beach NSW
    I did the same to mine ages ago Brad......you will never regret the expense.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  9. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,567
    Location:
    Brisbane
    20190329_112617.jpg
    Oil Cooler Mounted onto plates welded between the floor cross members. Between Chassis Rail and Left Hand Outer Sill.



    20190329_112622.jpg
    In Line Thermo Switch to engage fan when oil reaches 80Degree's.
    Unfortunately the fam only works as a push through settup. My logic says that the fan would be better on top as a draw through system. When on the freeway the air cools the fins, When in traffic the fan keeps air moving over the fins.
    But it is what it is, maybe the protection cage I make can incorporate some form of scoop pushing the air over both faces. Maybe not? See how it preforms for now.




    20190329_112628.jpg

    Location along side of bus. Side step is about 100mm below the fan, so should take any hits first (Apart from road debris of course).
     
    KahunaKombi likes this.
  10. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,567
    Location:
    Brisbane
    20190329_112650.jpg
    Oil filter mounted to side of chassis rail under left battery tray compartment. Only time it will be a pain is when I need to change batteries.
    When do I need to do that you ask? This weekend..... I am great at making life difficult. HAHA.




    20190329_112656.jpg
    Rubber coated P Clamp visible here. And the hoses kept as far from the exhaust as possible. Not the best design for access with the exhaust, but I could possibly wrap the exhaust with Fibreglass wrap if the heat appears an issue.





    20190329_112707.jpg
    Larger oil pump then what came in the kit. It required some clearancing of the tinware and the pump rear face to fit.
    Barbs were also an odd size to find, but the Kombi gods smiled on me while I was driving around to find them. I was stuck in traffic behind an American Hot Rod hose specialist. Rang the number and he pulled up and had them.

    Note I have left the Deep Sump in place. Yet to hit it on anything and gives me an extra 1-2ltrs of oil in the system.
     
    Wayne murray and KahunaKombi like this.
  11. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    12,399
    Location:
    sunshine coast
    Recon some sheilding between muffler, header and hoses would be advantageous. ;)
     
  12. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,567
    Location:
    Brisbane
    An I right in thinking that wrapping this section of exhaust with fibreglass wrap (2 - 3 layers) would do the trick?
    I know that creates a moisture issue in the exhaust, but being stainless steel, by the time it rusts out I will be running electric anyway.
     
  13. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    20,621
    Location:
    Bracken Ridge, Qld
    Fibreglass wrap will keep some of the heat away - my vintage speed exhaust on the Type3 had the fibreglass "insulation" from VS which you can see in the 2nd picture system installed by Pete @ CVD as welded on flange plates for a more sealed mount - yup he swore as the cast header ends kept spitting @ him as he welded :confused: ..... was comical :D

    Paddy New Exhaust  (4).JPG

    Paddy New Exhaust  (3).JPG
     
    68BUS likes this.
  14. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    20,621
    Location:
    Bracken Ridge, Qld
    Agree with the oil cooler mounting that it is arse up - one of the few I've seen where the fan is not on the top, but space may have been an issue :rolleyes:
     
  15. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,567
    Location:
    Brisbane
    No, it was the way the kit was designed. Mind you I am taking their word for that. I will check if it can be switched around and the polarity reversed on the fan depending on how it goes. Mind you an added advantage, if I take a hit there the fan will face the brunt. Which could save the oil cooler. I would rather lose the fan on the side of the road that is for sure.
     
  16. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    20,621
    Location:
    Bracken Ridge, Qld
    Yeah Brad - here's a pic of Myfanwy - the Doc's daughters kombi with the oil cooler mounted ...

    [​IMG]
     
  17. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,567
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Same fan orientation. Makes me feel a bit better.
     
  18. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    9,036
    Location:
    Avalon Beach NSW
    Mine is the same.......absolutely no issue with it.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  19. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,567
    Location:
    Brisbane
    So far so good.
    Took it for a hard run 60-80km and lot of hard acceleration. Normally pushing 100degree.
    Today sustained about 60. So no thermo fan input yet.
     
    oldman likes this.
  20. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    9,036
    Location:
    Avalon Beach NSW
    Nice, a lot of folks do not realise that (classic) VW engines are as much oil cooled, as air cooled....
    Cheers,
    Mark
     

Share This Page