1990 Vanagon window sticker

  1. #1 by Old Fussbudget on August 19, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Nice to see they’re using telescopic shock absorbers. My 1963 Sunbeam Series II Alpine had lever-action dampers. Talk about a dealer-only item. Of course the dealer was Chrysler and the prices weren’t that bad — but you had to wait three weeks for any part at all.

    It also came with a hand-starting crank, and I actually used it — once, to see if it worked. It did.

    The neatest thing it had, barring the constant stream of oil smoke through the cabin and the allegedly convertible top, was a little knob on the distributor, calibrated in degrees, with which to change the timing ad libitem.

    Perhaps the next was that since the water pump was coaxial with the fan, a broken belt merely meant that you had to keep the speed >/= 85 mph and she’d cool just fine from the fan windmilling. Below that speed you had three or four minutes for all purposes.

    Great car in its way, and the only one I’ve ever seen where I thought the fins looked both fitting and attractive.

  2. #2 by Old Fussbudget on August 19, 2010 - 2:43 pm

    PS — all talk of the Prince of Darkness aside, I never had the slightest trouble with the electrics or instruments except for the time the starting solenoid stuck closed. A rap on the side with a hammer cured that for the instant, and I put in a US replacement.

    OTOH the seat padding somehow got soaked with water and froze solid as soon as the car saw a northern winter. Had to use one of those hunter’s Hot Seats to drive it.

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