I absolutely agree. The water boxer should have never been.
Why VW didn't install the inline gas engines the moment that they set the Vanagon up to run the inline diesel engine is beyond me.
The eight valve VW 4 cylinders are arguably the most robust and reliable engines that VW ever made and...
I suppose I should clarify that I have no intentions of carrying enough water to supply a large group (or small group for that matter) with showers for a week.
I might be inclined to let them use the restroom occasionally but overall this trailer would be considered more of a private...
Obviously we would not be taking hotel room style showers.
It would be a water on, water off, soap up, water on, rinse off, water off type of affair.
I would be building a composting toilet so no water for that and no black water tank.
I assumed at least 30 gallons of water or maybe 50...
HA! Is it?
Yes that was pretty much the plan.
Not if my bathroom and van is air conditioned.
Well I don't know about you but I don't have a button or anything that I can push to make the process go any faster than normal.
I suspect you have not done much camping anywhere east of Colorado...
This may sound silly but I have been tossing around the idea of building a small collapsible trailer to pull behind my van that would have a toilet and shower set up in it.
By "collapsible" I mean it would be about 4 feet tall in on-the-road mode and would pop up to 7 or 8 feet in camp mode.
Yeah things are moving along pretty good so more updates are on the way.
Might even get around to a 4x4 van update sometime soon.
For anyone brave enough to get into the Vanagon please allow me to inform you that they tend to be a bit of work.
I love the layout and the platform but most of...
Couple more updates.
Built some brackets for my new air box.
I also built an adapter to mount the MAF to the air box but I apparently did not get any pics of that.
It's not terribly complex or cool but I will get some pics and post that up next time.
After the box mount I could finally...
I looked at some of the ex-military rigs of the cab over variety but decided that I just don't need a giant 30,000 lb truck that can only go 55 or 60mph.
I wanted something smaller, faster and more maneuverable.
This got me thinking about using a Vanagon as a cab on a bigger (than a Vanagon)...
Tiny update on a big project.
This part of the build took a minute.
I have done exhausts before but typically only cat back stuff and never really in any kind of confined space.
Just for the record I am running a tubular 4 into 2 exhaust manifold that could be found on many MK4 VWs (AEG engine...
Back at it.
I managed to get my throttle cable and brackets all fabbed up and everything seems to work as it should.
I totally spaced on the fact that my engine and trans has been lowered by 2 inches so the stock accelerator cable bracket was at a hard angle.
I had to adjust the brackets...
A few more baby steps.
There were several things that needed reworks and finished on my front control arms.
Finally got the anti-roll bar end link lower mounts welded on.
Since we are talking about the lower control arm I decided that I was not happy with the lower shock mount.
It had a...
Turns out that my one inch trans spacer was about half as tall as it needed to be.
After a little trial and error with some wood blocks I determined that the spacer needed to be 2 inches.
With that in mind I set out to build a proper spacer and get it all mounted up.
This finally allowed...
It always boils down to me juggling 5 things at once with this project while I wait on parts.
I have sorted out most of my suspension stuff and it's just a matter of doing a little more fab work and bolting it all together.
As such I decided to do some more important stuff.
The day has...
Another little update.
Wrapped up design work on the rear disk set up.
Finalized the caliper bracket design and sent the drawing to the laser cutter.
Yes I know I have the wrong caliper on this side in the last pic.
It's just the one I had out and had pads in so I bolted it on.
I wish I could say there were updates but I have none.
Been working on my 2wd van and the 4x4 has been pushed to the side.
The good news is that the 2wd is nearly finished and I have gathered a few more of the good parts for the 4x4 build.
I do need to build a motorcycle sometime soon but...