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Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by jrdunn96 on Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:36 pm

If you need help while you are here in central OK, let me know. I am supposed to work tomorrow morning but should be around tomorrow evening, Saturday & Sunday. PM me if need help or something. Welcome!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by uante on Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:40 am

While on our trip, Amy and I were lucky enough to be able to meet Tice and Robin since we probably wouldn't be in Arizona when they pass through. Although we only had a short visit before getting back on the road, it was Great to see their new van and how they cleverly fixed it up for their Camping Adventure!



It was nice to meet you Tice and Robin, Hope you have safe and memorable travels! Maybe catch you in Arizona if you hang out there long enough!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:04 am

So we had to wait a few days for the radiator, they messed up shipping so it did take longer then we hoped. But now the new radiator is installed it is a lot more fun to drive!

I got a Champion 6065LD aluminum one, it fits perfect, but it is a bit of a challenge to get it in with the doghouse being more narrow at the top. And I had to bend a bracket a little to get it past the connection rod that goes to the carb.

We met Brent and Amy in Red Rock Canyon, which is a beautiful place close to the I-40, also close to the Route 66. Here's a nice pic of the van at Lucilles Service Station

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:59 am

Sounds like you're having fun now. Thanks for the pics and I hope the rest of the trip goes smoothly for you.


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by RodStRace on Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:02 pm

I had the great pleasure to meet and spend some time with Thijs and Robin today. They regaled me with tales of their great adventure and I bored them with the histories of some of the vans in the backyard. I wish them well on the journey. The Econoline was up to the task of traversing the area despite the heat (100 F or 37.8 C) and elevation (4600' or 1400 meters).
What a great pair of vanners and what fun they are having.



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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:54 pm

Great news Rod! They are getting to do what a Lot of us here would love to do. Getting to meet some great people from this site and tour around in a Vintage Van! You always have the best clips. If Tommy gives them the thumbs up, they must be good people! cheers lol!


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by whalemstr on Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:06 am

i'm in northern california if you make it up this way...
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Post by RodStRace on Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:51 pm

vanny wrote: You always have the best clips. If Tommy gives them the thumbs up, they must be good people! cheers lol!

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:13 pm

It's been a while since my last post. Rod posted something about our visit in nothern Arizona. It's was great to meet him and see the Dodges, really had a good time.

From the point we put the radiator in, we could really pick up the pace on our travels. Although we still do max about 60mph ofcourse, haha. We got to see Arizona in the Tucson area including the WW2 planes collection of the Pima Air & Space museum, had a quick stop at the Heard museum in Phoenix and then went north to see Rod. Camped in the Sedona area, went to see the Grand Canyon from different spots, which was breathtaking. Spent a night at Lake Powel and went to see Antilope Canyon, which is spectacular.

From there we set of to Colorado. First stop was Mesa Verde where we had a tour at Balcony House. Then we got up the mountains near Durango, swimming in lakes and hot springs. Dragged the van over a 10900ft pass to Ouray. Although it isn't going fast uphill, the van is doing great in the mountains. Went in the direction of Aspen and hiked on different sides of the Maroon Bells. And saw some bears! I do really like the mountains, it's so beautiful!

From Aspen we spent some days crossing over to California, making stops at the Colorado River and Great Basin NP. We spent a day visiting Yosemite, which was very crowded but very beautiful. The last weekend we spend with a friend in San Francisco, because it is a great city to visit, but also because everybody told us getting a campspot would be hard around 4th of July.

So now where starting the second leg of our travels, going up North. Really looking forward to it!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:18 pm




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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by uante on Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:48 pm

NICE!!! Good to hear the van is doing well! Makes me wanna road trip mine further than to Safeway for groceries! Razz
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:04 pm

Sounds exciting! Glad to hear all is going smooth for you...Enjoy and Thanks for keeping us posted. Would love to see some pics later when you have time. Wink


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Big W on Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:24 pm

Glad to hear all is well. Keep those pics coming. cheers
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:02 pm

Top to bottom: California Coast; Meeting a Minnasota family who where traveling with 5 in a VW van, somewhere in Utah; Camping at Valecito Lake; The Graaaaaand Canyon!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:41 pm

Did the deer have any doe? Yah, two bucks!!! Sorry, old 3 Stooges gag...

Beautiful scenery! Very Happy


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:40 pm

Since my last post we spend sometime in Nothern California, but is was cold for a few days, so we decided to go more inland when we got to Oregon. But we went to see the Red Woods, which are beautiful when it's a bit rainy. Also, we now know an Econoline while just barely fit through the Drive Thru Tree!

Next up was Crater Lake, cold and beautiful. The color of the water is amazing. We drove up to Portland, where we stayed at family of Robin's, which was nice. Got to see some of Portland and went up the river to see the waterfalls. Pretty big!

Now we went up to Washingon, currently at the San Juan Islands. Although there was no possibility to get campsite reservations, we tried our luck, got the 6.25am ferry and found a campsite later that day. Today we are lucky to, someone decided to leave early and we could take the spot. It's great to hang out on the island, really nice. Although we didn't really see any whales yet.

The van was doing well untill a few days ago. A part of the exhaust manifold gasket came out, so it is making quite some noise now. Next to that, coolant started leaking at the thermostat housing. Aaaaand, the engine is puffing out oil through the filler cap. Duane helpt me figure out it might be the pcv valve, so I replaced it. But it seems now it doesn't help. This morning I had the engine running for only a minute, and directly the hot oilsmoke came up at the filler cap. Anyone has a clue what might be the problem? Maybe broken piston rings?
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by RodStRace on Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:24 pm


you might be?
How about instead, try

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by uante on Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:54 pm

While Tice and Robin work on their van's engine, I volunteered to crop and post the picture of the drive through the tree with his message...

"The tree only 'kissed' the roof at one point a little, haha. Quite some experience, but Robin drove it very good through it!"



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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by savage on Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:25 am

Hope they can find & fix problem soon(& cheeply) Anybody from site close,and have vac gauge?
Wow that was a tight fit
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by donivan65 on Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:50 am

if you have pressure coming out of the oil filler cap, its compression coming from the piston,,,,,,you could take a compression test to see if there is a hole in a piston,,,,,,
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:54 pm

So I am at Seth G's now in Anacortes. We did a compression test and checked under the valve cover. Valves where all working, we hoped it was a stuck valve or so. All cilinders are over 120 psi, except for number 6: 20 psi so it is dead.

I think the best thing for us to do now is to find a replacement engine, because fixing it up would be to time consuming and too expensive....

If anyone has anything on a reasonable 170 or 200 for sale in the area, please let me know!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Seth G on Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:07 am

We're going to put a scope in the plug hole tomorrow and look for a hole.... Compression is nil on #6
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:25 am

It's nice to see the Vanning family pitching in to help out! Hope someone can find an engine for them.


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