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Snowy the Unloved T3 Caravelle

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Syncro27, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Yes Brendan,

    I was amazed that they still fit too and the centre bore is ample.

    Not a big fan of mercedes so I will be getting Nils and his 3D printer up and running again after I get some new tyres.

    They have a few scratches and some gutter rash but otherwise they look really good for the price I paid and they seem to clear everything
     
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  2. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Phil and I managed to extract the donk and gearbox from Phil's parts caravelle yesterday and we realised it needs some love to get it safely back on the road.

    Hence its still in the trailer and awaiting Tony (my mechanics) ok to bring it down for some love.

    Needs a drivers side head gasket, rear main seal and some shimming to the flywheel side to get it right before it goes in Snowy. Hence I have decided to replace the one remaining (drivers side) head with a newer head from the dead motor. I removed it today and cleaned it and it looks crack free - all good.

    This is the before extraction photo:

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    Have to clean it up a bit before it goes in too.
     
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  3. peter1000

    peter1000 Active Member

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  4. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Scott,Had a similar end float issue and it turned out the flywheel was worn at the shim face was over 2 mm so I sourced a second hand flywheel and the tolerance was spot on. A vw guy said he cam across that wear regularly and he has been doing the odd rebuild for 30 yrs.
    You may be able to get your fw machined to spec?
    Good work that playing with old combis certainly a good mix of swearing and laughing just did the same thing
    Cheers peter

    Thanks Peter.

    I will let the mechanic know.

    Cheers,
     
  5. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Here is the leaking head we found along with a weeping rear main seal.


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    The full donk:
     
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  6. vannin

    vannin Member

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    It's looking good Scott :)
     
  7. fred

    fred Member

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    Big job, congratulations !

    One question, the vents are in the middle of the dashboard, is it original?

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    Bye.

    Fred.
     
  8. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    No Fred, not original VW vents.

    They were put in by some installers in Australia, to fit air conditioning.......;)
     
  9. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    And much neater than the horrendous on dash box that some systems used. I ended up having to replace the dashboard so as to get rid of it!
     
  10. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Yes as Grant and Greg noted above, they are not factory but bearable. They seem to work with the dash mat which is neat and well moulded.

    Unfortunately my mechanic hasn't even touched my motor in the last 2 weeks as he is too busy - he has a piece of junk Nissan ute up on his second hoist which came in broken down and as it requires an injector pump it will cost the Owner more than the rusty lump of crap is worth - but he hasnt even had time to touch that - it was there before my engine turned up.

    But Id rather it be right than break again - although I think the back packer killed the previous engine before I got hold of it judging by all the dodgy coolant repairs it had.
     
  11. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Some good progress today.

    Got new 215 x 60 x 16 tyres on my Merc wheels and checked in at the mechanic to find my leaking head gasket off and anew JK gasket kit ready to install.

    All the head studs looked good and not corroded - bonus!

    Now he just has to find time to do the rest.
     
  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Non corroded head studs? - Excellent bonus! :)
     
  13. peter1000

    peter1000 Active Member

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    While you have it out and at the shop do the other head gasket I would ???
    Cheers
     
  14. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Excellent advice, also rear main seal, check flywheel seal and O ring
     
  15. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Mechanic is doing that as well - so all should be good.

    Just take him twice as long!
     
  16. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Phil,

    The kit he got from JK was very extensive and covers lots of seals so it will take him a while to install them all.

    Rear main seal is a definite must along with cleaning the oil gallery down to the sump.

    He said he replaced one on another t3 and within an hour he was back - pulled out the seal and could see the oil gallery drain was totally clogged.

    Took him a while to clean it out but new seal in and the seal has not failed since.

    Worth doing that clean by anyone replacing the rear main.
     
  17. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Here are Snowys new tyres/ shoes on the reconditioned Merc alloys:


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    They look great for how cheap they were!

    Also, here is the "progress" on the engine:

    Head and pots are off and ready to clean up and put new gasket and seal kits on:
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    Here is the JK seal kit:
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  18. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Hope you got 2 kits as that one in the pic is only one side, as the barrels are off as well why not wack in some new rings.
     
  19. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Yes Phil,

    He had another kit on the bench - its just there for the photo opportunity....
     
  20. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Barrels and heads cleaned up ready for new sealant/ gaskets:

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    At least some progress - maybe I will get it back just before Christmas - another Christmas project - I know I'm not going away this holiday season!
     
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