The fuel tank vent line tee that connects to the charcoal canister is very important; if it is broken or disconnected, you have fuel tank vapors filling your engine compartment!
Of course, mine was severely cracked, and the chunk that connects the charcoal canister hose was almost gone.
This part, 211 201 405, is, unfortunately, almost NLA. Luckily, Golden Gate VW in Daly City happened to have one sitting on the shelf. Bought it and installed it today.
Now my fuel tank vent lines are completely renewed!
Installed a VDO tach today. Used a 3 1/8'' mounted in the instrument cluster's clock hole using the mounting ring available from Bus Boys. Looks almost stock!
Sure is nice to have the tach -- it is sometimes hard to hear the engine while on the road.
Had a torn fuel tank vent line coupler that was causing spillage when the tank was filled. Buslab took care of this since they had just done the tank repair.
Pod's maiden voyage!
Friday, March 19, Heather and I drove down to Campbell meet up with Larry Edson (who I had met on the type2 mailing list) and his wife Mary. We started out with a nice breakfast at Hobee's. After breakfast, we popped over to a military surplus store to pick up some last minute camping supplies. I scored a cool German field light. Perfect for a VW camper!
The trip down to Los Osos started out a little scary ... I had a nasty smell of gas after filling the tank. I suspected a torn vent line coupler. I had to be very conservative about filling up for the remainder of the trip to avoid the issue.
Once beyond that problem, we had a pleasant drive down to Los Osos. Larry's '71 Adventurewagon high-roof led the way for the first half, and we traded spots after a grocery/lunch break.
Despite leaving about 2 hours later than we'd planned, we got to Los Osos and Go Westy! in plenty of time to do some shopping. What an operation! Lots of Vanagons there, including a cool Syncro Adventurewagon! I picked up some new footman's loops for Pod's luggage rack, as well as an order for Richard Atwell.
From there, we proceeded to San Simeon State Park. We landed a couple of adjacent spots and set up camp. Aaaah, beer and a camp fire. Lots of Bus and Karmann Ghia talk, of course.
The next day, Heather and I headed up to see Hearst San Simeon. Quite a place. Larry and Mary had already been there, so they headed into the town of Cambria. Afterward, we met back up at camp and shared a pot of chili that Mary made for the trip. Next time we need to bring a pot of Heather's split pea soup :-)
Drove back along CA-1. The new tires handled great even on the really curvy bits.
All in all a really fun trip. Can't wait to do another one!
Took Pod in to Buslab to have the fuel tank unclogged a few days ago, got it back today (one day before the maiden voyage).
Tank was removed, boiled out, and relined. Better than new! Also had a new filler elbow installed, since the old one's birds-beak is what broke off to clog the tank.
While it was there, went ahead and did the 300 mile break-in oil change. All ready for the trip!
Here is a picture of what came out of the tank!