No love for the vw buses

It’s been probably 3 or 4 weeks now since I’ve paid any attention to Buster or Vandejo.  Guess that’s what happens when you have four kids :)  I have been driving Buster recently though.  With the kids going back to school, the wife needed the daily driver for dropping the kids off and since I get home after she takes them to school in the morning, I needed to find some other way to get to work.   Buster was the only option since Vandejo’s engine is still on the ground due to repairs that are in progress.  This was brought on after our trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park ended on a sour note.

Buster started right up after sitting for awhile, but still showed signs of what I think is a failed cold start valve.  He runs well for the first 10 seconds and then needs a little help for the next minute or so.  He got me to work for the next couple days though.  There is also a battery charge issue that I need to deal with.  I originally thought that the battery was draining down due to some auxilary power supplies I had feeding directly from the battery, but those have been removed, and it’s still draining quickly.  I need to pull it out and check the water levels etc.

As for Vandejo, I hope to have her running this next weekend.  I have the replacement flex plate (aka drive plate) in hand and with alot of the house work out of the way, I should be able to make some progress.

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