VW Restore ("SEN"-91 Westy) A Vehicle worth saving!
SEN as I've called my '91 WESTY is a solid GL model that I looked long and hard for. He needed some immediate attention after purchase in July of 2009 and a long list of items was devised, some that could wait until money and time allowed. The name SEN comes from the abbreviated letters of the date that I took possession. Sen spent most of his life in Japan from what I can gather so I have chosen the Japanese translation of SEN="Wizard" as the true meaning of the name. There are several meanings to the word SEN so Wizard seems to be the most fitting. I think he has some sort of Wizardly power to have avoided virtually any serious rust since her conception in 1991. Although the Vanagon is the farthest thing from it I think SHINKANSEN (Japanese Bullet train) is a worthy long version of the name SEN...

Monday, January 4, 2010

July Work

Items not working as of purchase date:

-speedometer (reading 108,800miles).
-cruise control (part of the speedo cable system).
-Air Conditioning (fan works but cold air is not).
-Main Propane tank is not hooked up, instead a small portable one has been rigged up under the sink in the cabinet).
-Inside Arm rests on both front seats broken.

July work included the following:

-Replaced suspect belts for Power Steering and Alternator.
-Cleaning up the Smog damage on the headliner, sidewalls, curtains, carpets, mattresses, Air Conditioning intake fins, etc.
-Replacing the passenger windshield washer arm bolt; What a bitch this job is! It took about four hours of frustrating work in a very small space behind the dash. Bruise forearms and fingers after this job was done!
-Transmission Fluid & Filter change.
-RPM hesitation occurring intermittently and more pronounced when turning right (van leaning left, indicating, perhaps a fuel delivery issue).
-Fuel Filter change (original still on van)
-Fuel Pump change (trying to diagnose RPM drop problem) -no joy!
-Fix Arm Rests.
-Change rear shocks as they were leaking.
-Multi purpose relay change (trying to diagnose RPM drop problem which has now proved to be more electronic than fuel related).
-Change Coil in attempt to fix RPM drop and it turns out to be the problem! -miraculously!!

-Master Brake Cylinder change (due to a FUBAR move on my part when thinking I was topping up Brake fluid reservoir...)
-Rebuilt Auto Transmission and Differential.
-Replaced Rear Wheel Cylinders (leaking).

Van wouldn't start after my shop replaced the wheel cylinders;
-Replaced the Digifant Computer with a barely used Bosch Computer and all worked well again... I was told by a very experienced VW Mechanic that the Digifant was the wrong unit to be in my van and my serial number required the Bosch one. I had to take his word for it as he convinced me that he did his research and was sure that the Digifant unit would cause further problems.

Missing items in Van replaced with used parts:
-Front table leg and table.
-Drivers door louvered vent
-Glove Compartment light bulb.
-Shock Cord for rear curtain.
-Water tank drain cap.

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