It took two full days of cleaning and tinkering to get everything back to ‘normal’ after our choice of roads to Sucre the other day.
There was filth – lots of it. We were refused service at a car wash. They even had a power sprayer and wouldn’t take the job. We went back to our campsite and scrubbed and scrubbed. Pulled everything out and scrubbed the inside too. How does road dust get in the closet? The engine compartment had to be cleaned just so I could work on it.
Windshield – 2 cracks – both on passenger side. They will stay for now.
Tires – 1 flat. We discovered the next day. It was a slow leak that turned out to be a blown out patch from the last time. $2 to have it repaired again.
Oil leaks – 2. One from the distributor and one from alternator stand. Maybe it was just time. I found the local VW parts store (Formula Uno) and they had a very cheap looking gasket kit even though they didn’t have a distributor cap. One benefit of the dual carbs is that I can replace the alternator stand gasket fairly easily.
Carburetors – 2 unhappy ones – they were filthy inside and out and I just couldn’t tune them. Finding carb cleaner in this town was a challenge and took hours. I spent half a day disassembling and cleaning them up. Now, they tune up. Good thing I have a sync tool. There was also a new broken choke part – a lever that connects to the throttle control. Another thing for the list.
Oil – how did that get so dirty? How much blacker could it be? “None more black.”
Interior bits – we found all the screws that rattled out and have screwed just about everything back in.
Underside – the front panel that protects the brake master and steering got the puddin’ beaten out of it. The steering linkage now scrapes against it when I turn. I’ll take it off and try to bang it back into shape when I get a chance.
Now, we’re (almost) ready for the next trip.