Hand-somethings

Did two minor comfort/aesthetic additions recently. I’m not the kind that’s much concerned with how things look, within reason anyway. But to my eye, the stock Vanagon steering wheel has always been a kind of throwaway, uninspired, “bleah” design. But that alone...

Preview: Bomber Heater Valve with Auto-bleed

Here’s a preview of a new product, a high-quality brass ball valve as direct replacement for the aged plastic OEM valves that leak internally and don’t stop the heat, plus a feature that automatically and constantly purges the radiator of air. I have this one in...

Air Purging On 2.1 WBX Cooling System

A fellow on a forum had a question about making his own pressure tank like the one I showed off here. He linked to another welded aluminum box tank similar to the one I chose, and asked if I thought it would work. I only saw one opening for a hose connection. Some of...

Nice demo video of Cabin Air Control

Jeff of AutoventuresLLC in Wisconsin ordered the Cabin Air Control kit, and liked it enough to shoot a neat little video with a real good look at the fresh air inlet door working: . . View this post on Instagram Install on the Vanistan Cabin Air control kit. Pretty...
Dash Re-doo Dee-luxe

Dash Re-doo Dee-luxe

For most of the time I’ve been driving a Vanagon, I’ve been quite disappointedly aware of the cavernous empty volume inside the right half of the dashboard: Why wasn’t the dashtop there a hinged cover for a big storage bin? Now THAT would be a glove compartment! Not...