Didn’t have time for much today, mounted left hand door back on, sorted lower mounting for left electric door mirror and a couple of jobs at the back.
I could have just used the loom that came with the van but as some point in it’s previous life it has had a towbar fitted. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen what a mess the installers make when installing a towbar but it’s not pretty, It usually involves scotch locks (blergh) and copious amounts of tape.
Another thing I’ve never been happy with was how VW solved the problem of getting power to the number plate lamps, if you’ve not paid much attention it involves an excess of unprotected wire that’s badly routed and results in the wires dangling about when you open the rear flap.
So, I decided I would make my “dream” loom using fresh cable, new terminals, fresh PVC tubing and configure it how I like, next size up for the earths, dedicated earths for each consumer, reconfigured number plate lamp wiring, take offs for auxiliary reverse lamps and fog lamp cut out built into the metal towing socket.
Had a little issue on a customers van today, just thought this maybe useful to others in the same boat.
The front to rear coolant pipes on the early T3 syncro 1.9l DG engines have 32mm front to rear coolant pipes.
The syncro pipes that are available on the aftermarket only come in 38mm and they are a different shape.
There are some 32mm pipes available for early 2WD models but due to their shape they foul the fuel tank so they don’t fit either.
So, you have a van sat on your ramp, customer wants it repairing, what do you do?
Okay, pipes off.
We had to enlarge the hole in the chassis that the pipes pass through.
Change the front rubber radiator hoses to ones suitable for 38mm pipes.
We then had to make a flange piece the attach to the engine cooling pipes and then angle them downwards.
We then used some old coolant pipes to step up from 32 to 38mm.
All done, pretty pleased with the outcome.