Sleeping Beauties

8 03 2015

Last weekend I went over to the garage where our two kombis are asleep. Taiga Lily (sage green and white) just for her winter break, the Old Lady (red and white) taken off the road permanently and waiting for better times and a full-blown restoration job. I had placed some dehumidifier bags into each bus some 4 weeks ago. Luckily they had hardly changed (i.e. were not dripping with water) so the place is indeed quite dry. I finally got myself a flexible spanner (can be adjusted to size 31) to start a new tradition of turning the engine manually once per month. For the 1600 ccm (50 h.p.) AS engine in the Old Lady this is quite easily done by turning the central screw on the crankshaft clockwise, with gearbox in neutral (see photo below). Some 4 years ago I was told that the best way to keep such a VW bus engine happy in storage is to take out the ignition sparks, fill a tea spoon of engine oil into each cylinder, put the sparks in again and then turn over the engine manually once per month, to make sure that all parts are permanently covered in oil and rust is not starting anywhere within the engine block. I last started the Old Lady’s engine when I relocated her into this garage on a tow truck which is almost three-and-ahalf years ago. To my relief, the engine still turns over easily, no obvious signs of rust. Will take care of this job more regularly from now on.