Year(s): 1980 - 1985(early)
From: John Meeks
Symptom(s): Rusty Coolant pipes
Here is a report on the Bus Depot stainless replacement pipes. I ordered these 2 piece pipes to replace the steel (rust) pipes that run from the engine to the radiator on the Vanagon up to early 1985.
The pipes appear to be of high quality with smooth ends and nicely formed hose clamp ridges. They came with no instructions, but if you take note of which side your old pipes occupied then lay out the new pipes next to them it will be obvious which goes where.
I installed these pipes with the fuel tank removed, but their two piece design would make it easier to do the installation with the tank in place. I would think it would be more difficult to remove the old pipes than to install the new ones with the tank in.
When I fitted the pipes up to their new position it was evident that the pipes were correctly bent and sized and there was no problem aligning them with the hoses at each end. No modifications were needed to fit them through the hole in the cross-member as you would if using the plastic pipes or heater hose for replacement and they snugged right into the existing fore and aft heater hose/coolant pipe brackets..
With both front and back ends clamped into their respective engine and radiator hoses, I was left with about a 3 1/2" space between these 2 piece pipes. Since BD had the heater hose for this hookup on backorder, I sourced the hose locally. Two 8" pieces of 1 1/4" I.D heater hose did the trick perfectly.
One tip: be sure the hose clamps on the engine hose to pipe connection are positioned so the clamp screws will not rub into the heater hose.
Another tip: Tie wraps are a wonderful thing.
I'd call this an easy and durable replacement for anyone with rusty coolant pipes.
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