I think that all VW buses, when they are built, are designed to burst into flames at least once in their long lifetimes. It seems to be a design flaw with the fuel filter being right over the distributor. Boy, those Germans have a sense of humor don’t they? I am not sure if that design is so that the guys out there can beat there chest, crawl down on their knees and prove that they really can rebuild an engine.
Everyone I have ever met has told me how easy VW’s are to work on. "Four bolts and you can drop the whole motor". Drop the motor? Where? On my head as I am trying to get out of the way? Then what the heck am I supposed to do with it. I can turn a wrench with the best of them. I can take things apart with no problem, it’s the getting them back together that is the problem. Spare parts are a bad thing I am pretty sure.
Recently I had two zip ties holding Lilly’s carburetor on the motor. Pretty sure that was not good. Like all VW owners I carry spare parts in the bus, which includes pulleys, white goo, coat hangers, zip ties, one wrench and a hammer in case the frustration gets to intense. My hope is that if I have a horrible breakdown some VW type guy will stop and get me back on the road. I know I am taking a chance but it is all I have.
Oh and then there is the fire extinguisher. I store it in the back of the bus. I am pretty sure that is not going to be of much help unless the heat and flames from the fire cause it to burst. I am not too sure how to use one anyways, but it can’t be rocket science right? I will need to move that up front near me for future use. I have gotten in the habit of checking in my rearview mirror for billowing smoke. That is a first for me.
Lilly burst into flames five years ago prior to me owning her. The guy that owned her told me that they had her out in a pasture, she backfired and caught the grass on fire, and then it spread to her motor. Really? First of all, what was she doing in the field? Secondly, if her motor was running why did they not get her out of the way? Something seems fishy. Why not just say, hey I was driving along, stopped at a stoplight and she burst into flames. Now that is believable. Well, sometimes truth is weirder then fiction.
Lilly’s paint was bubbled in the back so I took a spackle knife and spray paint to her so she is not looking too bad now. I am in the process of painting spots. She is red so she will look like a big ladybug when she is done. I already painted eyelashes on her so this is just the next step in her metamorphosis.
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