Hasta Luego, Buenos Aires!

The oil pump caused a 2 day delay in getting the bus prepared for the next leg of the trip. Jason and Rody were finally able to get the oil pump machined into something that would work.  If you need to put an Argentinean oil pump into a ‘German’ (Brazilian, actually) case, you will need to put your oil pump on a lathe and take off 2.5 mm from the inside.  You’ll also need to press out the shaft on one of the pump gears just a bit. Since the Argentinean bloque isn’t as thick as ours, the pump inlet and outlet ports don’t quite line up and the pump just won’t generate any pressure otherwise. It’s close, but just won’t work. Now, you know.

We did manage to completely go through the front end – a messy all-day affair complete with welding. Fortunately, there were no broken springs (a suspicion) but we did flip the springs around and regained 5 cm in suspension travel!  Before, the tren delantero was cansado, as they say.  Now, it’s more awake. And, we found out that all 4 ball joints (rotulas!) are shot, along with one tie rod. Again, these are different on the Argentinean models. We now have a date with a parts shop in Montevideo, Uruguay where we hope to find replacements.

There were lots of other small projects, and we didn’t even finish them all before we decided it was just time to get moving – there will always be something…. Rody and the gang had a final asada for us and we were finally off –  onward and upward!

5 thoughts on “Hasta Luego, Buenos Aires!

  • October 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM
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    Not missing the no meat meals!

  • October 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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    Was the spring flip a tough job? My front end seems to be cansado as well. It’s sad when you don’t have the saggy bus butt syndrome, but the saggy front end syndrome.

    Another question – I assume you built the continental bed. Did you find plans or just wing it? Did you build your hardware or find it somewhere?

  • October 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    James – the spring flip wasn’t too bad. You can do it in a few hours if there are no other issues. We had a broken weld on one end of the torsion bars and re-welded it. This took some time, as they have to be aligned really well. And, while you’re in there, you may as well inspect everything else. No telling what will need replacing.

    The bed up top was my own creation. More details on it here: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=403097

  • October 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM
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    Good luck my friends!

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