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- mdubgParticipantJuly 18, 2019 at 7:18 pmPost count: 294
Dang, Dot3 I would crank it down tighter to seat it……maybe you already tried that.
Thanks on the DOT3. I gave it a tug a couple days ago. I might give it one more pull. See if it’s still weeps. If so, back it off and try to seat it again. If that doesn’t work, replace.mdubgParticipantJuly 18, 2019 at 7:01 pmPost count: 294
Loving the DC and getting a bunch of smiles on the streets (including my own)! I’m still doing some shake down rides around town. Couple questions for you guys. The rear passenger brake hardline is weeping a bit behind the fitting (red arrow in picture). Am I better off just getting a new hardline and replacing the whole piece or is there a quicker fix? Also what brake fluid type is in the system?mdubgParticipantJuly 12, 2019 at 1:39 pmPost count: 294
Franz…speaking of shifters…Driving around and dialing things in, I realized the bend in the Gene Berg shifter arm is leaning a little to much towards the driver. I gotta move my legs in order to get out of the way for reverse. I’d like to clock the stick at the base, so that it is more in line with the centerline of the truck (ie. the stick bends straight back). Before I open up that shifter to rotate toward the centerline, without a install manual, I just wanted to check if that rotation is do-able or are there any collars or pins that prevent rotation.mdubgParticipantJuly 12, 2019 at 9:23 amPost count: 294mdubgParticipantJuly 11, 2019 at 7:48 pmPost count: 294
I took the Double Cab to get Texas state inspection today. No problems, except the guys at the shop couldn’t figure out how to push the seat back (it doesn’t adjust), shift into reverse, and they didn’t know if it was a bus or a truck. Updating the registration tomorrow, then I’ll shoot some pics around here.mdubgParticipantJuly 7, 2019 at 10:10 amPost count: 294
I hope his trailer finding experience is better than mine. Turns out if you rent a Uhaul trailer in Dallas, drive it 2000 miles roundtrip, it is x6 cheaper than renting it in GJ and driving it only 1000 miles.
This is an amazing looking bus. Hopefully Kelly has an uneventful trip back here to Texas (except for the smiles and waves from bus fans on the road).mdubgParticipantJuly 7, 2019 at 9:52 amPost count: 294mdubgParticipantJuly 4, 2019 at 10:45 amPost count: 294mdubgParticipantJuly 4, 2019 at 10:29 amPost count: 294mdubgParticipantJuly 2, 2019 at 9:00 amPost count: 294
Yeah yeah yeah, I know everyone is nervous about having the fuel filter in the engine bay. Filters work best under pressure…not under vacuum. Installing a filter before the pump is asking for vapor-lock issues. With a mechanical fuel pump the only place a filter should be installed is in the engine bay…. We have also positioned it low and out of the way, so that if it does fail its not going to drip on any of the ignition components. Plus, its easier to look at and service in a place where you can see it.
I knew you all had a well thought out reason behind the placement. 👍mdubgParticipantJuly 2, 2019 at 7:59 amPost count: 294
Thanks John for the advice. Easy fix for sure.
Gretchen, it was great to hang out for a couple hours with you all. I pop in my garage all the time to just admire the amazing work KCW did. Can wait to get the registration updated and log some miles (or at least drive to work)mdubgParticipantJuly 1, 2019 at 8:33 pmPost count: 294
I’m definitely going to get a BlazeCut for the engine bay. It’s not pretty, but it could save my ass at some point. What do you think about relocating the filter out of the engine bay and a way from the engine heat? I’ve seen a few threads on TS about installing the filter under the vehicle. What do you think about this little set up?
A guys sells that bracket on TS for $40.mdubgParticipantJune 30, 2019 at 9:57 pmPost count: 294
What a weekend! Drove my ass off…literally. I can hardly sit after driving from Dallas to KCW and back. Made it into GJ on Saturday around 1pm. Inside the shop, there it was, my beautifully restored DC.
Then we all piled in a fleet of buses and headed to Roosters for some kick-ass wings and few pitchers of “Colorado Kool-aid”. On the way, I might have almost, inches away, taken out John’s recently reacquired bus. Thank god Franz, was on the gas and I finally saw him at the last second. Note to self, adjust those new mirrors better.
After only a few short hours, we loaded the Crew Cab on the trailer. This was also eventful, as the drivers side ramp squirted out from under the rear tire. Amazingly, the hub cab held the wheel and bus up. Only the hubcap sustained a minor wound, thanks for patching it up John (and sorry for the additional work). Here’s the bus moments before the loading SNAFU.
Finally, we headed out of town. We made it to Colorado Springs on Saturday night. I got almost no sleep as I was so excited about the rig and the hotel wasn’t in the greatest part of town, so I was stressed about thieves.
We made it back home this evening (Sunday) with one final scare. The fuel filter has a split at the seam and was pissing fuel all over the left side of the engine. Luckily, I noticed the growing puddle and shut it down. It’s an easy fix, but I almost torched the new bus. Now, the CrewCab is safely in the garage and I’m going to sleep. Good night!mdubgParticipantJune 28, 2019 at 3:19 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantJune 27, 2019 at 7:30 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantJune 27, 2019 at 1:41 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantJune 27, 2019 at 12:59 pmPost count: 294
I think that’s such a cool touch! You guys are such an important part of the history of the DC, I’m glad you did that. I hope you think it’s cool also.mdubgParticipantJune 26, 2019 at 10:42 pmPost count: 294
<p style=”text-align: left;”>What a build KCW!</p> <p style=”text-align: left;”>Mike if you roll this thing through Durango and need some road food I’ll have the crew run it out to you so you can keep on trucking!</p>
The build literally couldn’t have happened without your parts contributions. Thank you again!
The Google has me going through Gunnison on 50->25->87… I looked up heading to Durango to grab a bite and say thanks, but it says it’s over an hour and about 100 miles longer. Not sure what’s the local knowledge on roads, conditions, and traffic, but it doesn’t look like I’ll roll thru on this trip. I’ll still owe you a case of beer. Thanks again!mdubgParticipantJune 26, 2019 at 7:24 pmPost count: 294
Great job on getting this thing on the road. So stoked!
Based on this thread on TS (halfway down the page), the DC’s had sharp corners and a slightly different bumper the first couple years. (https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=545000&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=bumper&start=800) Might explain the fitment challenges. They solved it by trimming the bumpers, but I’m sure y’all found a solution.
How badly do you want those hubcap emblems painted? I just spent a minute brushing some white on the VW and wiped it off because I was not happy with the lines…I can do better if I concentrate harder, but it will take a few hours. I remember there was a guy who was selling a decal that fit perfectly.
Franz, don’t worry about the emblems on the hubcaps. I will either get those decals or paint them myself. It will give me a little project to do. Don’t spend the time.mdubgParticipantJune 26, 2019 at 11:33 amPost count: 294
John…I really appreciate the hospitality and I’d love to do the full KCW experience, but I’m gonna be hustling. I’m squeezing the pickup in between work and a family vacation for the 4th (Tahoe yeah!!!).
My tentative plans are to get about 7-8 hours of driving under my belt Friday afternoon/evening, stop in New Mex. Finish the remaining 8 hours in the early morning of Saturday. Arrive at KCW around midday on Saturday. Check out the rig and shop. Drive around a bit. Hit up Roosters. Load the rig on the trailer. Get a couple of hours of driving toward Texas under my belt on Saturday night (this might be ambitious). Complete the drive all day Sunday. I know this is a packed schedule, but that’s the best I could do given work and family vacation.
Gonna be a roller coaster ride, but I’m incredibly excited to get the truck and admire your team’s great work.