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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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    I thought that might be the case. Makes sense! :rolleyes:
     
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  2. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi TeeBee,
    I went sliders & had 3 spares before I took another 3 out of my bus. I just checked & I've got one good surround & 3 glass grippers. I've also got new surround rubber that I ordered whilst I was making the same indecision as you are in now:(.
    You're welcome to what you need so the dollar doesn't change the decision you'd like to make:rolleyes:.
    Cheers
     
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  3. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @David H, I will message you about the spares. :)
     
  4. tintop

    tintop Well-Known Member

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    yep, kombis can do with some extra well placed holes...also good to park them pointing downhill, then the water can run down and out of the drain holes in the lower section of the doors...if you are keen you can get a bit of wire and make sure all the drain holes in the sills aren't blocked - then spray fish oil (get the odourless one) up into the sills.
     
  5. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I get it. It's ok if the water runs in, as long as it can run out (except if it's near the fuse box!). My carport slopes upwards :( and I'm fairly sure there's no obvious drain holes in the doors, but (like you've said) maybe they're just clogged up. It's lucky that the door cards are half falling off, because I can throw a sponge into the door cavity to soak up the excess water. :)
     
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  6. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Need to reverse in so the water runs to the front;) & into the footwells:p.
    Cheers
     
  7. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    No.

    No water should come in the front .
    Likely sites are windscreen seal, indicator seals, aerial, down A pillars due to rust at roof line or upper windscreen under seal.

    Any water entering via front grill should drain via a tube .
    Water that may enter due to any of above failing will drain via hole in cavity between front panel and inner kick cards.
    Ensure such is clear.
    Douse the area with lanolin ( my choice over fish oil or any other materials in that situation )

    The cab doors DO have water run through them.
    Scrapers should be in place to limit it tho.

    The reason you have stuffed front door cards is because the water has wrecked them .
    This is due to the dust/ moisture seals missing.
    These are the plastic film that covers the door opening under the door cards.
    Replace.
    Also seal any new door cards with any waterproof product.
    Lacquer or epoxy are good.
    This is a second line of defence.

    Hose out the inside of doors and dry thoroughly .
    Compressed air or metho helps.
    Rustproof seams and in particular under the chanel that runs lengthwise at lower level of window when it's rolled down.
    There is a small gap between the bottom of this chanel and the outer skin .
    Essential to clean and rustproof this area.
    It's where rust commonly develops.
    Again , lanolin the best option as it stops existing rust , penetrates, gives long term protection.
    Check that the drain hole at lowest point of door is clear.
    Leave door open while it drains.
    Lanolin will not hurt paint or rubber.

    While you are at it, unscrew things like striker plates or any point that gives access inside A and B pillars and douse with lanolin using aerosol cans and the plastic extension tubes.

    That's just a start :)
     
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  8. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    I have to reverse in. The corner is too tight to go in front ways. It's after reversing in that the front is pitched up. :eek:

    Oh dear @cbus, more homework for me!! :confused:
     
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  9. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Went for a drive in the bus today, as I had to get the paperwork filled in for renewing my Club Permit. On the way home, the fuse for my indicators blew again. :confused: Only a few weeks after putting the new one in. And... right in the middle of the school - pickup, road congestion chaos. I managed to get back home with no indicators and without being eaten alive by the school pickup crew. I haven't been out while it's been raining and all the brown wires look like they're on metal (as opposed to paint). I was just consulting the Bentley manual (thanks @wombatventures :)) and it said to try out the hazards. Just tried that, they flashed for maybe 3 seconds, then... nothing... another fuse blown. Argh! Anyway, the Bentley manual advised to check the indicator globes, as they might have corroded contacts. I will have to try that in the morning...
     
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  10. tintop

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    yeah, clean all the contacts but also follow the wires for as far as you can to see if one of the positive wires has rubbed through it's insulation onto some metal
     
  11. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Ok thanks! I'll give it a go.
     
  12. tintop

    tintop Well-Known Member

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    oh, and a dodgy flasher unit could do it too
     
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  13. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Probably had water thru indicator assy on front panel.
    Classic gold fish bowl effect.
     
  14. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Ahhhh... Is that the 'sloshing' sound I heard when going around corners? :D Joke ;)
     
  15. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Have seen replacement water if yours is empty.:D
    Will chase up part number.
     
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