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Date:         Wed, 14 Oct 2009 19:47:40 -0700
Reply-To:     Scott Daniel - Turbovans <scottdaniel@TURBOVANS.COM>
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From:         Scott Daniel - Turbovans <scottdaniel@TURBOVANS.COM>
Subject:      Re: Coolant Low Level Light Useful?
Comments: To: Rocket J Squirrel <camping.elliott@GMAIL.COM>
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it's not all that hard, if someone is really into it.

- just taking stuff from one version of a vanagon and retrofitting it to an earlier version.

82 DV's even have the wires and plug there for the level sensor ..........already built into the van's wire harness. It's just not connected to anything , until the next year, 83, when it is. I guess they planned for it, but the price for the van was getting too high perhaps.

I have a near flawless 82 Sunroof Diesel Vanagon for sale ..... I have the original price and options window sticker for it. the sunroof was $ 600 I think, the whole van was 13,000 or so. I bet they thought that was too high already, and didn't squease the level sensor into the budget . that would be my guess why 82 DV's have the wires, but not the circuit. 82 DV is the first ever water-cooled vanagon of course. there are quite a few things that appear on that version only, and are changed the next year.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Rocket J Squirrel" <camping.elliott@GMAIL.COM> To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 5:57 PM Subject: Re: Coolant Low Level Light Useful?

> That's the kind of jury-rigging* that only someone who has a good > understanding of cause and effect and how these vehicles and engines work > could pull off. Me, I'd be reaching for the AAA card and the cell phone. I > bow to you. > > ========== > * Jerry-rigging? Gerry-rigging? I come down in favor of "jury-rig," viz: > > > -- > Mike "Rocket J Squirrel" Elliott > 84 Westfalia: Mellow Yellow ("The Electrical Banana") > 74 Westrailia: (Ladybug Trailer company, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) > Bend, OR > KG6RCR > > > > On 10/14/2009 2:35 PM Mike Collum wrote: > >> neil n wrote: >>> In the event of a sudden coolant loss, have others found that this >>> light gave enough warning so they could pull over in time to prevent >>> the engine from over heating? >> >> >> Years ago, I cracked the passenger side head, on my '84 7 passenger, (a >> story in itself) during a trip from Maine to Virginia. I continued the >> trip and the infusion of combustion gases into the coolant got worse. >> Before starting home (1200 miles) I found that I could loosen the >> radiator bleed screw and combustion gases (as well as some coolant) >> would escape without overpressurizing the system and without overheating >> the engine. I could go 27 miles before the low coolant light would come >> on at which time I could top up the coolant and proceed without having >> to worry about an overheated engine. Yeah, pulling over every 27 miles, >> during the winter, wasn't fun but it allowed me to get home without >> further damage where I could effect a proper repair at my leisure. >> >> Granted, the light didn't indicate a "Sudden" coolant loss, but I found >> it most useful just the same. >> >> Mike >>

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