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Re: syncro resto to conversion

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davidoft1 wrote:
However it’s appears not all vans have the pipe run this way, some go through the chassis , anyone got one like this ?

Mine doesn't have a little tag like that, plastic clutch pipe at the back end and it snakes around the swingarm bolt and efi fuel pump. Through the crossmember might be an early thing?



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silverbullet wrote:
davidoft1 wrote:
However it’s appears not all vans have the pipe run this way, some go through the chassis , anyone got one like this ?

Mine doesn't have a little tag like that, plastic clutch pipe at the back end and it snakes around the swingarm bolt and efi fuel pump. Through the crossmember might be an early thing?



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It’s F plate so not super early, I’m wondering if I’m better off going through the chassis, perhaps it’s because it’s diesel as brickwerks offer a petrol or diesel pipe

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My 85 2wd is through the chassis and the 89syncro shell I have is also through the chassis , one is diesel one is petrol.

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Factory diesel syncros use the clutch pipe mounting bracket for the flex pipe that then goes to a hard line on the side of the gearbox. Petrol syncro's use the nylon pipe from just in front of the chassi crossmember all the way to the clutch cylinder. 2WD went through the chassi.

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4x4 Bus wrote:Factory diesel syncros use the clutch pipe mounting bracket for the flex pipe that then goes to a hard line on the side of the gearbox. Petrol syncro's use the nylon pipe from just in front of the chassi crossmember all the way to the clutch cylinder. 2WD went through the chassi.


Cheers, that was the conclusion I was beginning to reach :D

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the petrol syncro chassis I have has a metal pipe from front to back and goes through the chassis, looks original to me
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More Filler neck , small bit of rot cut out , may as well weld that too :)

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Bonded in the filler neck box , may change it if a cut comes up

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Though it looks pretty good I think like this

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and possibly less prone to rot than the original pressed and welded lip, it's a common fail point on the top edge of the box probably because they don't get much if any paint on the inside there, it wasn't brazed was it ?
Plus water that runs down the body sits in there

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Aidan wrote:and possibly less prone to rot than the original pressed and welded lip, it's a common fail point on the top edge of the box probably because they don't get much if any paint on the inside there, it wasn't brazed was it ?
Plus water that runs down the body sits in there


3 spot welds top and bottom, 3 stitch welds either side, the design lends itself to moisture sitting on the top edge on the inside, presumably it comes through the vent , I’ll waxoyl it copiously :)

The top of this was rotted out which is part of the reason for the re-engineering , but I also like the look 8)

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Welded and painted , sealer after the paint dries then stone chip to finish off

Was tricky welding in here :(

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Cleaned up and etch primed

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Painted with some very old ( 35-40 years) paint , but not a bad colour match for its job

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whilst I was under the rear arch welding, another small details to be addressed are that syncro bump stops are slightly longer, the syncro ones were half rotten so I cut off what I needed to extent the stock ones

toilet roll holder improvisation for a quick way to make the cut square :D

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marked up perfectly :D

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original bump stop length

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extention piece

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bit of welding

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cleaned up

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so the fuel tank bracket etc is in the way for the prop, plus a few minor details

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from the syncro

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I don't really want or need to pull the interior out just to weld this to the cargo floor so im going to graft it to the one in there , bit of trimming to begin with

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bit of stitch welding to keep the heat down, still plenty of waxoyl to burn, smokey smokey :o

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welded in and ground up, think I may be finished with the welding, but ill have a poke around just in case

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first coat of paint

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fuel tank to fuel filler neck breather pipe holes

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donor diesel rear engine hanger mounts, gotta pull these off

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diesel battery tray gotta pull this off too

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be aware the larger breather original semi hard grommet for the hole you've cut won't take the VW supplied new hose as the hose is now slightly bigger

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