This blog is dedicated to my daily driver, a 1967 VW Camper. It's a conversion done by Riviera Motors in Oregon back in the 60s. I'll update this with pictures, video, and stories of the work I do to it and the adventures I have in it.Ask Me Stuff!
I was five minutes into my morning commute today (blessedly not on the freeway yet) and my oil pressure light flickers on!
I pull into the parking lot of a computer company, shut down the engine, and get out to check the oil.
Out comes the 20W-50 and a rag. Polish off the remnants of one bottle and a good chunk of another bottle. It’s at least enough to get me to the train station where I can park, let it cool down all day, and then check it again this evening.
But my engine’s become an oil eater and that’s not cool. I’ve been saying for a while it’s been time to freshen it up, but this might definitely be the cloister bell that rings it in!
As if my friend radioing me on the Shasta Trip to say that I was blowing a little smoke on the downhills (compression braking) wasn’t alert enough!
Light/transparent blue smoke while you are accelerating = oil is being burned, can be caused by a lot of things. Thick heavy blue smoke while you are accelerating = oil is rapidly entering the combustion chamber and being burned, usually caused by a bad head gasket or blown piston rings. Again, pull the plugs and do a compression test, may be hard to diagnose without an expert opinion on your particular engine. Light gray smoke while decelerating = usually caused by bad valve seals or worn out valve guides, fairly easy to fix but requires a lot of work and time.
So I am going to have to suss out which it is and repair accordingly. And if the engine’s coming out, it might just be time to do the clutch and install the new carbs.
Until then, I need to watch my oil consumption like a hawk…if a hawk ever owned an old VW.