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Looks Like I have found a work-around on the ongoing belt-slip issues. When the Zig is switched to On-Site thus disconnecting the LB from the MB the alternator puts out 14.4volts without a problem. I did around 230 trouble free miles last weekend, stopped for fuel, moved the van around the site on various occasions each without a problem. This is because the resistance on the 63A alternator when it is under load i.e trying to charge a big leisure battery is to much for the belt to cope with, the original alt in the 60s was only 37amp but are no longer available new, so I will keep an eye open for a chevvy 37amp Delco alt but in the meantime will continue to trickle charge the battery at home.
 
Looks Like I have found a work-around on the ongoing belt-slip issues. When the Zig is switched to On-Site thus disconnecting the LB from the MB the alternator puts out 14.4volts without a problem. I did around 230 trouble free miles last weekend, stopped for fuel, moved the van around the site on various occasions each without a problem. This is because the resistance on the 63A alternator when it is under load i.e trying to charge a big leisure battery is to much for the belt to cope with, the original alt in the 60s was only 37amp but are no longer available new, so I will keep an eye open for a chevvy 37amp Delco alt but in the meantime will continue to trickle charge the battery at home.
Ozziedog,,,,,,,,,glad you’ve put that saga to bed. :)
 
I will get the van out this weekend and go for a drive and test my theory some more. The annual trip to Cornwall is looming and it will be a much more enjoyable trip knowing I have put this to bed :cool:
 
Charging is still working so I am confident that it is now under control and feel much happier about jumping in the bus and driving it anywhere.

Decided to swap the Red9 new (2021 purchased) bevel box over the weekend, unbolted everything then remembered why I didn't change it before :mad: There is a flange coupling that attaches to the rubber coupler that is bespoke to the Red9 kit and my last attempt to hit it off the old box with a hammer failed, as did this weekends attempt! I will need to get another or take the bevel box to a workshop and use a bearing puller, so that's a job for another time (again!).

New bevel box v old design
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The flange that needs to be removed is circled. Will get damaged if hit to hard…
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Whilst I was there I changed the rubber coupling, its been on there a number of years so I fully expected the worse, but no, in fact it was perfect! It was identical to the new one other than it had VW stamped on it. I changed it anyway whilst I was there and wished I never bothered as now the steering wheel isn't straight :LOL:
Whilst the front end was jacked up I noticed that the front NS wheel had some movement in it, the ball joints were good so nipped up the locking nut holding the hub on, the manual says don't do it to tight and that the washer should be able to move with the help of a screwdriver so will give it a week and check again.
Another thing I noticed is that one coilover had lowered itself presumably due to vibration, I had to raise it a full inch on the passenger side to level it up, and whilst I was there I put the dampers on their softest setting, I had in my mind that having them set to firm would stop the tyre hitting the arch on fast undulating roads but recently rethought it and concluded that was the springs job! The ride is now much better!
I will jack up the rear end this week and check the engine/gearbox connecting bolts for tightness, if you remember this time last year they were all loose (one missing) and I have terrible judder in reverse and the box was jumping out of 4th! Will be checking engine mounts and fuel lines at the same time!
 
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I just think you don’t hit it hard enough. I’ve a rather vast selection of hitting things nicely implements at mine should you ever decide to stop faffing about with it and give him a proper nudge.

Ozziedog,,,,,,,,,,hope this rain stops soon. :)
 

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