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Albert the 1976 microbus

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by TeeBee, May 7, 2019.

  1. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Ends up with a pool of water in the passenger side, front footwell. The windscreen has a (relatively) new seal, so I don't think it's leaking there. It might be the seal on the passenger side door?
    Also, I don't have the exterior side-strips, so there's a whole lot of little holes, all the way down each side, for water to run into the panels.
     
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  2. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    That's a maybe. How are the window outer scrapers? At least it goes out when you open the passenger door;). So long as it's not on the floor just go for a drive & enjoy:cool:.
    If it's on the front mat it's easy to track down.
    Cheers
     
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  3. TeeBee

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    The indicators were working ok before the visit to the mechanic. I do suspect that there may be an issue with that particular fuse though. It was the newest one in the fuse box and I found 2 other dead ones in the ashtray (from the previous owner) that were the same colour. There's also a spare indicator relay switch in the glove box. Maybe an ongoing issue?
     
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  4. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Yep, it's on the floor. And doesn't run out when I open the door. :(
     
  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    So a wild guess from an old Kombi driver. Water on Left Hand Side mid passenger position?
    That just says a bad 'earth' that has been there for a while. The 'earth' is where all the brown wires find contact to the metal of the body. Looks like you could push all the front earths around a bit to get a new contact;). Follow the brown wires up to the front panel & find the 'block' they go onto & take them off & put them back on.
    Cheers
     
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  6. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha - ok now we're getting exact! I would say it would make the front passenger's left foot very wet!
     
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  7. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    While you are playing around with fuses, and earth wires........

    Get some fine wet & dry sandpaper, or ‘0000” steel wool, and a can of this:

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    Or this:

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    That way, each time you play, you only have to do it once. ;)
     
  8. David H

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    So that can't be a door leak! My best guess is LH wiper base seal as this leak gets to a flat area above fuse box & loves to leak onto the RHS of fuse box which has blinker relay under & fuel gauge fuse on the same side.
    I've got a new seal on mine & the first time I've had this trouble but Old Boy now has some chewing gum under the LHS wiper seal;).
    Cheers
     
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  9. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Part of the problem Grantus is that they painted the bus before they earthed the contacts:mad:. They just slid the contact wire onto the painted contact plate (& hoped for a contact!) & not all lasted over time. Better to get some emery paper to clean off the factory paint;).
    Cheers
     
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  10. TeeBee

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    Ok, brown wires, emery paper and some chewing gum. I have some homework to do. :D
     
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  11. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Thus why I suggested some fine wet & dry for such surfaces, or “0000” wire wool for cleaning dirty contacts...depending upon what you find.;)
     
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  12. David H

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    Agreed it's about the earth contact;). Now just about how it's done.
    Cheers
     
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  13. David H

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    Start with the chewing gum...it be the easy part TeeBee;). But that moisture over time will have challenged the earths & caused issues. Stop the leak then reinstate the earths.
    Cheers
     
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  14. melissa

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    Even with a new seal, your windscreen could still be the cause - it might need someone to take it out and put it back in.
     
  15. tintop

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    or tape up the windscreen and hose the car to see if you can rule it out
     
  16. cbus

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    Agree with tintop.
    Except I run hose and trace leak to source.
     
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  17. TeeBee

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    What about the water that ends up in my engine bay? On the two side shelves (battery on one of them). Where would that be coming from? I have to sponge water from everywhere after I wash my bus!!
     
  18. cbus

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    Don't worry about it.
    The trays have drain holes.
    Can check from underneath to clear them.
    Won't do any harm under normal conditions.

    Two possible issues.
    If you have a cardboard hose leading to your filter box, ensure it doesn't have a low spot that could collect water . Not much will get in but zip tie hose up as a precaution if you wish.

    Other is moisture in the engine bay MAY? create dampness in distributor.
    If you have any starting issues check dissy cap for moisture.
    Internally and externally.
    WD40 is a suitable spray as is the electrical cleaner Grant mentioned in the fuse thread.
     
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  19. Wayne murray

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    The air vents on the side are in line with the battery trays on both sides,water in from there does lead to the battery tray area,like leaving your window down water will get in if you put a hose on it;)
     
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  20. TeeBee

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    Hmmmm... there's no drain holes, on the left side at least. There's a bit of bog in that corner. I think someone has bogged up the hole. Might have to get my drill out. :)
     
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