[Vwdiesel] '82 VW Westphalia diesel

Harmon Seaver hseaver at cybershamanix.com
Mon Jul 15 16:50:00 EDT 2002

   Well, just brought home a '82 diesel westy. Body in excellent shape, no rust
at all (came from Georgia supposedly), but a few minor dings here and
there. Even has the diesel heater. Starts good and seems to run okay, not much
smoke after warming up, power feels okay but speedo is broke so I couldn't
accurately tell top speed.
    One thing that does concern me is that the oil level is *WAY* over the max
mark, and after we got back from a test drive on the highway, there was a light
spatter of oil on the back.
     When my '73 westy and '81 aircooled gas vanagon did that, it was always a
sign of a blown rear oil seal, and there is some spotting on the ground after
the run -- could be just because of the too full crankcase, but the question is
why is it too full. So first thing I'll do is drain the oil and refill to
correct level and see what happens then.
    I figure either someone put too much oil in (not likely that much) or else
the injectors need rebuilding and unburnt fuel is getting into the crankcase.
I also notice that there is a electrical connector on the oil filter adaptor,
what looks like a pressure switch, with no wire on it, no loose wires nearby
that I can see. Any clues -- I don't have a manual yet for this one.

Harmon Seaver

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