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Date:         Mon, 9 Jul 2001 12:28:51 -0400
Reply-To:     John Anderson <jander14@WVU.EDU>
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From:         John Anderson <jander14@WVU.EDU>
Subject:      Re: Clutch slave cyl. removal & more
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>The slave cylinder bracket is perfect example of Micky Mouse "engineering" that >went into many other areas of Vanagons...

Actually what a lot of you might not realize is the slave cylinder install on a waterboxer is a joke. I'd do em all day long. The real PITA is doing it on an aircooled van where the firewall stops you from using any wrench of any type whatsoever. The real keys in either case though are a 1/4" drive socket and a regular ole 10/13mm Hazet wrench out of a tool kit with the 10mm ground off to make a nice stubby little wrench. To make it really nice you can magnetize the resulting wrench.

But on a waterboxer it really is a joke folks you can reach that infernal rear bolt from inside the engine compartment, start it, go under to finish the job. One person. The air cooled van has to be one person done totally blind by feel alone from below (and the key on those is to pull the hot air accordion tube at least for better access.)

As to Mickey, well I think the Vanagon has proven to be a real solidly engineered car in the long run, but I will give it that the Germans weren't and still aren't much for ergonomics or industrial engineering, but that is pansy stuff for wimps anyway. Wait till you all try to get the slave out of an EV, talk about learning nothing... In both cases I wonder why they couldn't have just kept using a good ole reliable cable.


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