'76 Westy

Page 2 of 8 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:56 pm

When I bought this a friend of mine had a Green '76. That's a great color too. I was looking for a green one when I found this one. The yellow grew on me quickly. Once I get the mechanical problem's taken care of I'll repaint her the same yellow.

In spite of everything I've already done to clean the tank the fuel filter was just black with rust. Put a new one on and it ran much better. Didn't have time to take her around the block but I'll do that tomorrow. I'm optimistic that I can get her to stop smoking without having to rebuild it.
bounce
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by meinvw on Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:07 pm

Look and make sure you have stock lifters and not hydraulic ones then adjust those accordingly, then if you have a compression tester check that first. will kind of give you an idea where you stand. If you have one with bad compression might not want to drive it much and risk more damage. If hey are up and close then go for it, might just need to cycle out and seal itself.
Also is the smoke comming from the exhaust pipe or just engine in general? A leak can blow onto the exhaust and once it heats up put out a huge smoke screen!
avatar
meinvw
Complete Dub Addict

Number of posts : 894
Age : 48
Location : marietta ga
Registration date : 2008-11-22

View user profile http://bellsouthpwp2.net/j/e/jeromeeldreth/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:18 pm

meinvw wrote:Look and make sure you have stock lifters and not hydraulic ones then adjust those accordingly, then if you have a compression tester check that first. will kind of give you an idea where you stand.
I don't have a compression tester but I'd be happy to have somebody show me how to use one. How do I tell if they are hydraulic?

meinvw wrote: Also is the smoke comming from the exhaust pipe or just engine in general? A leak can blow onto the exhaust and once it heats up put out a huge smoke screen!
It's coming out of the holes in the muffler. That whole seam that faces the engine is rusted open and the smoke is coming out of that. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that the oil is just sitting in the heater boxes and muffler from sitting for 12 years and not blowing past the rings. I had the engine rebuilt just a few months before I had to park it.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by meinvw on Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:54 pm

can walk you thru using the compression tester over the phone if need be. With the valve covers off look at the push-rods. If they are fat and aluminum you have stock and if skinny steel ones you have hyd. It actually best to pull a rocker assembly off and pull a rod and look at the lifter to make sure it they are matched.
avatar
meinvw
Complete Dub Addict

Number of posts : 894
Age : 48
Location : marietta ga
Registration date : 2008-11-22

View user profile http://bellsouthpwp2.net/j/e/jeromeeldreth/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Wed May 26, 2010 10:55 pm

It's just a hunch but I think this might have something to do with my loss of power.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Wed May 26, 2010 11:02 pm

I'm p!$$ed at myself for not finding it earlier. I probably could have avoided pulling the motor. No worries. I've found a few other things I want to correct while it's out and having the motor out will allow me to better address my rust problem on the battery tray and pull the gas tank and clean it out.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by DiggerD on Thu May 27, 2010 11:25 am

Just look at it as a good thing, now you will know the condition of all the engine components, even those you couldn't check with the motor in. Now would be a good time to check the tranny since it is more accessable. And don't forget about the gas tank and all the fuel lines. ( I always clean up the sending unit grounds when the motor is out as well.)
avatar
DiggerD
Appointed Forum Smartass

Number of posts : 2522
Location : Dacula, GA
Registration date : 2009-01-18

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by zabo on Thu May 27, 2010 11:37 am

ye def get the fuel lines
avatar
zabo
Dub God

Number of posts : 2260
Location : decatur
Registration date : 2008-08-04

View user profile http://www.trustzabo.com

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Thu May 27, 2010 11:51 am

I don't have any regrets. I wanted to pull the tank anyway. The gas gauge doesn't work and I need to see why. Also I wanted to coat the tank to try to stop the rust form filling up my fuel filters.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Thu May 27, 2010 11:57 am

I just want to thanks everybody on here for their suggestions, tips and advice.
I have no idea how I rebuilt my first bug before the internet.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:26 pm

zabo wrote:ye def get the fuel lines
Good call guys. 24 was completely dry rotted and there's no way I'd have been able to get to it with the motor in place. I think I might have a bad sending unit or a short somewhere. It always show empty.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by zabo on Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:48 pm

if you didnt already put the engine in - change tht sending unit out now. Worth not having to pull the engine again to get at the tank
avatar
zabo
Dub God

Number of posts : 2260
Location : decatur
Registration date : 2008-08-04

View user profile http://www.trustzabo.com

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:39 pm

Woo Hoo! cheers Put the motor back in just as the thunderstorm hit. I'll reconnect everything as soon as the rain stops. Anybody wanna help me jack up my house about 6" so I can fit a Westy in my garage? Laughing
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by DiggerD on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:58 pm

Good deal!! You should have no problem with driving up to Starbucks and hanging out with us tomorrow night then...... Wink
avatar
DiggerD
Appointed Forum Smartass

Number of posts : 2522
Location : Dacula, GA
Registration date : 2009-01-18

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:40 am

DiggerD wrote:Good deal!! You should have no problem with driving up to Starbucks and hanging out with us tomorrow night then...... Wink
That's my goal.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:11 pm


Took her for a spin around the block. filled her up with gas and drove her about 15 miles. Then about a mile from the house she started sputtering like she was choking to death. Looks like I managed to completely clog yet another fuel filter with rust. How much does a brand new gas tank cost? I'm sick and tired of trying to get all the rust out of this one.

But it was fun to put a few miles on her.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by zabo on Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:47 pm

pull it and go get it dipped at sims radiator- they will dip it and seal it for ya
avatar
zabo
Dub God

Number of posts : 2260
Location : decatur
Registration date : 2008-08-04

View user profile http://www.trustzabo.com

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:53 pm

zabo wrote:pull it and go get it dipped at sims radiator- they will dip it and seal it for ya
How much with that set me back?
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by zabo on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:05 pm

i think mine was right around $90
avatar
zabo
Dub God

Number of posts : 2260
Location : decatur
Registration date : 2008-08-04

View user profile http://www.trustzabo.com

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:21 pm

zabo wrote:i think mine was right around $90
I can handle that.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by DiggerD on Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:53 pm

I was looking for ya tonight!!


x2 on Sims radiator, I know several people that have had them do their tanks and they do a good job!
avatar
DiggerD
Appointed Forum Smartass

Number of posts : 2522
Location : Dacula, GA
Registration date : 2009-01-18

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:58 am

I almost made it. Just didn't want to chance it. I'll pull the tank this weekend and see how fast Sims can get 'er back and see ya at Mellow Mushroom next week.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by 71_georgia_beetle on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:15 am

Sims can usually get it done within a week.
avatar
71_georgia_beetle
Dub Lieutenant General
Dub Lieutenant General

Number of posts : 1278
Age : 43
Location : Grayson, Ga
Registration date : 2008-07-22

View user profile http://www.burelphotography.com

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by peregrine67 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:46 pm

Sims wanted $150 plus they wouldn't even give me a ball park on when it would be completed.
So I went home and taped a wire brush to a long stick and scrubbed away for about an hour. Then I filled it with rice and vinegar, taped all the holes closed and shook it for a good 30 minutes. Took the hose to it and this really muddy colored rust water came out. Hosed it out until the water ran clear. Then put about a cup of gas in it a shook it up to dry up all the water. Cleaned all the contacts on the sending unit and then reinstalled the tank. Filled her with a few gallons of gas and drove her around the block.
avatar
peregrine67
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1343
Age : 50
Location : Lilburn, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-27

View user profile http://freephilosophicaldiscussions.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by buggin70 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:50 pm

did it quit on you again?
avatar
buggin70
Out of Control Dubber

Number of posts : 1956
Age : 25
Location : canton
Registration date : 2009-09-26

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: '76 Westy

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 2 of 8 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum