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slammed sickness Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:04 pm

Like the title says im 14 years old. A friend of mine had an old bug that he wasnt doing anything with and told me that if i helped clean up his shop every few days, he would give it to me. I tore down an old motor that he had laying around so ill be posting pictures of my progress from time to time.

slammed sickness Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:14 pm

picture of me working on my motor

slammed sickness Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:17 pm

now im gonna start looking for some rebuilt dual port heads.

TheRustySuper Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:18 pm

Congrats on the free Bug, and welcome to the site. I'm 16 and I'm working on a '72 Super. What year is the Beetle you've got?

connella08 Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:20 pm

1500 or 1600 singleport? is it a complete motor? i saw in the first pic you have a nicely cleaned and repainted fan housing. lots more pics are needed!

btw, i am 19 and currently restoring a 70 ghia.

slammed sickness Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:28 pm

my bug is a 68 standard the tin is for my friends 1776 and im not sure what cc the motor is i got it without heads so not sure but i think its a 1600cc the cilinders measure 3 and 1/4th inch

Machinegunnjo Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:31 pm

cool, it will make a nice first car for you.

LeviMan2001 Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:53 pm

There should be numbers on the pistons that tell you diameter. I think 85.5 is 1600? I'm probably wrong though. I'm 16 btw and doin a '73 Super. 8)

slammed sickness Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:58 pm

thx for the tip much appreciated

connella08 Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:59 pm

i recommend you buy this manual. it is the best investment i have ever made so far on my restoration. pretty much the idiots guide to tearing down and rebuilding the engine

a.graham52 Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:01 pm

LeviMan2001 wrote: There should be numbers on the pistons that tell you diameter. I think 85.5 is 1600? I'm probably wrong though. I'm 16 btw and doin a '73 Super. 8)

85/85.5 sounds about right

slammed sickness Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:03 pm

yea it says 85.45 so im thinking its a 1600

slammed sickness Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:46 pm

looking for and fitting engine tin

69VWTYPE1 Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:51 pm

all i can say is it will be fun and interesting and sometimes a pain in the @$$ 18 and have been doing my 69 sunroof for 3 years now and its almost complete...if you can get ahold of a 1776 or 1915 that will be enough power for ya....have fun!!!!

vierfalcon Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:55 pm

Good luck, it's a great hobby. Learn from the guys on this site and by the time you are 20 you'll be an expert. Get the manuals and read everything you can get your hands on. Do as many repairs as you can yourself so you get to know the car well. These cars are fun and are very forgiving. Don't be afraid to try something. With the availability of parts and folks willing to help you can undo most damage and will learn from mistakes you make along the way.

saulverde Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:54 am

85.5 is a 1600 that is correct. 87 is a 1641. As long as your crank is stock. Grats on the car.

drscope Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:10 am

Poor Kid! Shouldn't you be playing video games or riding a skate board? Why would you want to waste your younger years messing with this stuff?

You are going to get your fingers dirty and smell like parts washing fluid!

And you are going to enjoy almost every long hard minute of it!

If you don't yet have Muir's Idiot book, I would suggest you get it and READ it. It will help you to understand how and why things work. Plus it gives you a lot of the information you will need to get this thing going.

So work hard, pay attention to what the older more knowledgeable guys are telling you and have a blast!

Just stay away from the axe murderers and the grease monkeys who take short cuts!

The machine you have is a well thought out machine! There were a lot of big brains that worked on designing and building this thing. There isnít much you can do to make improvements, but you can sure make a mess out of it in a hurry!

Keep us posted! This is inspiration to the rest of us to get our projects done!

olson1955 Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:35 am

looks like your motivated to get er done!

any pics of the car?

iam 16 and doin a 70 std

wompninja Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:46 pm

I bought 2 '70 beetles when I was 15 by the time I got my driver's license at 16 I had pieced the 2 together into one running bug. A year later I cracked the case so I found a used engine in the classifieds for 700 bucks. I drove that thing all through college. Its been 12 years since I bought it and I still have that second engine (it's on its last leg) I love the thing. I've thought about selling it many times but I just can't do it. The car has been built pretty much from the ground up, it's my car. It was a light blue rust bucket to begin with and now it's getting there... 12 years later.

perrycody16 Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:22 pm

Nice job on getting the Bug! Congrats! I'm 16 and I got a 72 SB for $15. Total restore project...But I LOVE it anyway. You are going to hate it and love it at the same time. And when it's done, Post some pics or a video of you getting it started or something.

And to wompninja, Nice job on the paint. What did you use?

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