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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:30 pm    Post subject: Have become disillusioned with engine Reply with quote

Hello everyone. I have a '77 Riviera bus. My wife and I bought it in California and drove it up here without any concerns other than low, low gas mileage. We brought it in to a guy here to get it fixed. He showed us the old tank that had imploded... the reason for the low mileage. That was fixed. However, since we brought it into this 'mechanic', we have had nothing but problems with the valves holding for more than 30 miles. That's right...30. Power is lost and compression has been as low as 15 on cylinder 3, and 50 on 4. So far we've spent about $900 in two different places out of town when on roadtrips trying to get a fix for this. One VW company in Portland thought that the lifters were loose and not replaced when the engine was rebuilt. That could be, but I am also of the opinion now that the head is dead and needs to be rebored/rebuilt. But, I am not a mechanic...I am restoring the body...that's my thing. My wife and I cannot drive it anymore because it has no power and we do not trust the 'mechanic' we took it to in Metchosin since it has not run properly since he had our Sophia. Other than Speedway, are ther local magicians out there who you are familiar with that we can take this to? Thankin' you kndly in advance. pm me please if you know someone you trust.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are quite a few great aircooled shops in town.
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If you do end up going to victoria Volkswagen talk to Brent (he works in the shop) he started as a aircooled trained mechanic before moving onto the dealer. He's the guy I take my cars to.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you... I neglected to say that another mechanic felt that the fuel system was the problem. Too many dissenting opinions is part of the problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the motor runs lean, the engine will get very hot potentially causing your valve issues. You did 2000-2500km in the bus before fixing the fuel problem. The damage could have been done then and is now slowly coming to the surface.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes sense. In fact, that makes the most sense that anyone has said to us. We of course did not know about the tank problem. But that is over.
Then if it has run hot all that distance, and the head has been damaged, then this could be a relatively simple fix from here on. ?? Or should we be aware of other concerns?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neil at ellice, Dick at beetle auto and Brent at victoria VW all know there shit (From my experince). Daves auto in sidney and autospeil know their shit too, ive just never delt with them. If you dont want to touch it I highly recommend any of these shops. Take the bus to one of them and ask them to figure it out. they will be able to get it back to happy.



My personal recommendation would be to fully rebuild the motor if you intend on keeping it. Spend some money to have it done right. Atleast that way you will know you have a strong running motor for any adventure you want to do.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soob it
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how did you make out?

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