[Vwdiesel] Air cooled gas VW's versus Diesel VW's

Chuck Carnohan CCarnoha at itd.state.id.us
Tue Apr 6 16:36:54 EDT 2004

Gee Whiz!  What kind of question is this?  You are a brave and foolhardy
soul Andrew!  I agree with all that Harmon testified plus a big
detractant to the air cooled VW's is their sorry excuse for a heater!
They are downright dangerous in northern climes!  Defrost is just a hope
and functions least when needed most!  How did the German's ever make-do
with such a sorry excuse for a cabin heater?  Buses are the worst for
this.  I remember a trip from N. California to Texas one winter in a 69
Westfalia.  I do believe that it was warmer outside that in the box!
(fun trip though!  Gotta love the air-cooled).

-----Original Message-----
From: Harmon Seaver [mailto:hseaver at cybershamanix.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 1:49 PM
To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Air cooled gas VW's versus Diesel VW's

   It's not even remotely debatable -- aircooled engines of any brand or
type simply don't last at all compared to watercooled. My brand new '69
VW bus burnt out the valves at 25K, and it was maintained by the dealer
from the start with all oil changes, valve adjustments, etc. done right
on time. I ran aircooled VW's for many, many years -- and rebuilt many,
many engines as well. They just don't last. You'd be extremely lucky to
get 100K on one without a complete rebuild, at least in a bus. 
   Compare that to the 450K some people are getting on VW diesels. Not
to mention the fuel economy differences. Aircooled is great on my
chainsaw, not much else -- I wouldn't even own an aircooled lightplant
unless it was one of the tiny portable ones to use around a construction
site, aircooled lightplants are incredibly noisy compared to
watercooled, and having spent a long time living off grid, I can testify
as to how damn annoying they are -- 

On Tue, Apr 06, 2004 at 03:39:32PM -0400, Libbybapa at wmconnect.com wrote:
> Just thought I'd raise a little trouble.  Anyone care to post their 
> opinions?
>  Which is better and why, aircooled gas or diesel?  Probably not an
> group, but what the heck, just thought I'd ask?
> Andrew
> P.S. Try to keep it objective/civil.
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Harmon Seaver	
Hokay hey!

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