Archive for April, 2010

Guide to fuse replacement

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Circuit diagram



Battery info

Nice little document with lots of good stuff on lead acid batteries and simple chargers (with schematics).

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Weekend trip in April

Went on a quick overnight trip with my son. Ended up on a logging spur road between Cayacuse and Port Renfrew.

Then on to Port Renfrew and back around to home. Snaps below, note: roads were steeper, and snow deeper than they appear in the pics 🙂
The big Sitka Spruce (Harris Creeks spruce, and Harris creek also shown in the rocky sided gorge pics, taken at different points on the creek) is bigger than it appears. Base of tree as wide as the Vanagon is long.
Hey you trendy modern free heel skiers, don’t laugh at my mismatched poles and 80’s vintage TUAs with those wimpy bindings.
Oh and one more thing, skeleton pic… we found this just off a logging road. Looks like 2 skeletons in that pic, a third was a few feet away. No legs or skulls.
Update: looking at skeletons again, I’m guessing Black Bear. Lack of feet and skull good clues too.


Request for viscous coupling

If anyone has an old clapped out viscous coupling they would like to donate, please leave me a message in the comments. I’d like to take one apart, look at the seals, the plates etc.

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Auxiliary fuse panel

I found this handy little fellow on 2002 model year New Beetle ( I believe they are in Golfs/Jettas too). I used it on my 82 I4 engine westy, attached right on top of starting battery as an auxiliary fuse panel. I had it wired to an automatic charging relay (Blue Sea systems #7600) and “house battery”.
Its handy to have those 4 fusible links (2 X 110 A, 2 X 50 A) and 3 spade fuses to connect various accessories.

Addendum: I now have it installed in my ’86 syncro, mounted under driver’s seat. Instead of using the stock pigtail I’v introduced power from the Blue Seas ACR (which is mounted under passenger seat) into the box via the connection to the fusible link on the right. My auxiliary battery positive is connected to the next fusible link. I have tapped power via the 3 spade connection (with the spade type fuses) on the left:

-one to the kitchen unit for the water pump, fridge (not 12 V cooling function though), and indicator lights.

– one to my stereo head unit

– one to connection E3 on back of fuse panel (see this post)

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Syncro running gear layouts

Nice to see it all laid out like this. First we have an overview of viscous coupling installed driveline. This has both rear and front differential locks.

Another view of same.

And here we have the much much rarer version. No viscous coupling, where it was is now a straight shaft. Power to front is now controlled by a de-coupler housed in nose cone of transmission.

And here is cross section of the front differential, showing viscous coupling install.

And a cross section of the rear differential and transmission.

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