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Vanagon Cooling System Overview

New owners often find themselves mystified by the cooling system of the Vanagon. Which is understandable, considering that it’s kind of an oddball setup. A little historical context and a quick tour should help ‘splain things. Most water-cooled cars, including the one you probably use as a grocery-getter, has the engine up front, right behind […]

Diesel Vanagon Coolant Expansion Tank Bracket

The mounting bracket for the stock coolant expansion tank on a 1983 diesel Vanagon is prone to forming stress cracks and leaks in the plastic tank, due to the way it attaches to the bulkhead just forward of the battery platform. During the course of an engine replacement, I upgraded to a complete set of […]