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I suspect you are right about the Jake. We don't have the kind of mountains there are in the Rockies. I attached a couple of photos, maybe it's possible to tell from them.

Found the ID plate, thanks. I'll see about those manuals.

Also here's a module that doesn't look like it was original, if anyone might recognize it.

Going forward I'll try to curtail my unnecessary posts as they don't seem to be appreciated and just ask about things that I have already researched and haven't been able to find answers for. BTW, BW you are the one who convinced me that the D series was the way to go. But I'll not blame you when things don't go right. :D

Jim
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  The 5-speed manual transmissions that have been around for over 20 years don't get lube at the rear bearing when towed.  The older 4-speeds and 3-speeds do get lube when towed. 

       One tech letter from VW says that the oil pump is driven off the input drive shaft from the engine so if it's being towed, there is no pressure.  One recommendation (since the pump is providing oil to all of the pressure-fed bearings) is to idle the engine for 5 minutes of every hour while you're towing.  That works but it would drive me insane.  Most people just tow them and hope for the best.  I've never heard of anyone who had genuine trouble, even after towing a Jetta/Golf/Cabrio 5-speed for thousands of miles. 
       I guess another way that would "work" would be to leave it in 5th gear and block the clutch pedal down. THAT would make me crazier than fartin about with sporadic idling. 
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For small quantities it might make sense for a repair shop instead of having inventory, but it seems that stamping them out with a die would still be the way for large quantities. The Cricut is similar to the 3D modelers that can fashion parts out of plastic, and then be used to make sand molds to pour metal. Things are changing.  ???
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Tom I use Resbond 907 on all the connections apply it tighten the clamp let set over night and no more leaks on a turbo system, it is not cheap though but works

I've used their (Cotronics Corp.) Aluminum Putty to repair aluminum castings, it dries hard enough to machine or file. They have other products as well such Stainless Steel putty, in addition to Resbond 907.
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I like the Urban Dictionary definition: "This isn't luck at all, but more of an attitude, a positive look at a bad situation". That seems to fit Scott's experiences with his buses, things keep breaking and falling off, but he keeps rolling on.
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Performance shops for cars sell gasket material for exhaust to withstand the high temperatures.
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Tom I use Resbond 907 on all the connections apply it tighten the clamp let set over night and no more leaks on a turbo system, it is not cheap though but works
Thanks Clifford. It's got to be cheaper then having my wife mad at me because the coach smells like diesel.

There's no gasket, but the trick is to loosen the manifold, tighten the clamps, then tighten the manifold back up.
Thanks Geoff but that's too much work! LOL! Getting to the manifold bolts is a job for Mighty Mouse on my coach. I'll try gooping it up first!

TOM
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"Luck of the Irish" means being fortunate.
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The 5-speed manual transmissions that have been around for over 20 years don't get lube at the rear bearing when towed.  The older 4-speeds and 3-speeds do get lube when towed. 
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There's no gasket, but the trick is to loosen the manifold, tighten the clamps, then tighten the manifold back up.
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