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wv181 Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:24 pm

Well it's been a while but I have done a little more work getting my Thing apart.

The pan is ready to go to the blaster and be repaired.


Still need to get that beam taken apart


Everything in the rear came apart nicely. Nothing visibly broken or bent.


All the parts carefully cataloged, tagged and sorted. ( NOT )


Here is over an hours worth of work. I think I'm going to have some questions about clean and reuse VS buy new CV's, but I'll do a search first and see if I can answer some.

BeetleBobby Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:37 pm

Any pictures of progress?
Any progress? :lol:

wv181 Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:36 pm

I have made some progress! I will post pics shortly. Not quite as far along as I hoped but these Things do take time.

JayC Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:58 am

It looks just like where I was a bit over a year ago :)

Yea, it takes lots of time and patience to get everything apart, clean it up, and put it back together. Of course if you are like me, you will put it together once, realize you did something wrong and have to take it back apart again to do it right.

I was able to reuse my CVs, just cleaned and re-greased. I did use new boots. There are a ton of threads around here on which ones. I used the TTS.

Good luck! It all looks great when it is back together again.

jay

wv181 Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:37 pm

Well it is time to get off my rear end and finish my car. The pan is being prepped and spayed with POR 15 as I write this. I will post a pic when I get it back.
I was also wondering what carb setup I should go with. I have a 1915 with no fancy cam or anything. Was going to put back my 34 pict 3 that was rejetted. The guy who built the motor said it would work fine but I don't want to have to replace it later. I was looking at a single 44IDF weber with the low rise manifold. Any thoughts, comments?

wv181 Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:08 am

Just got my pan back. It is a thing of beauty! Sprayed with POR 15 came out nice and shiney.



JBall8019 Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:54 am

wow! the work looks great and your project is coming along nicely! as far as the fuel setup question you asked, you will have to consider how fast you want to go. I regret not taking up an offer from the person who sold me my 181 to upgrade the power. I really don't drive my 181 on the interstates because of how the trucks whip it all over when they pass me. keep up the great work

wv181 Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:33 am

After getting a lot of feedback from different sources I think I'm leaning toward dual 40's on the motor. I just need to decide between the Empi's and the Weber's. At this point whats another $800?

JayC Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:10 am

I'm sure you have gotten a lot of advice on the carb setup. The only piece I will add:

I built my own 1915 for my 73 restoration. Stock crank / stock cam / stock heads. Just bigger jugs and pistons. I stuck with the original 34-pict 3 carb completely rebuilt by Tim (find his add on the Samba, can't say enough about his work). I have more than enough power to cruise on the interstate and accelerate from a stop.

My reasoning was simple. It came down to two key things:
1) I wanted it to look as stock as possible, but have a bit more power. I use the original oil bath filter and plumbing.

2) I didn't want to spend half my time trying to get the carbs synched and working properly. I have enough other things to deal with :)

As I said, my own two cents. To each his own.

jay

Bashr52 Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:28 am

The EMPI weber knockoffs are pretty good, but they still need some work out of the box. Nothing beats a good set of Webers or even DRLA's if you can find them. Buy them from a reputable place who has rebuilt/gone through them and you will be in good shape. Once you get them synced and setup, your are good, no further adjustments needed. May just want to check them once a year or so, but you should not have to mess with them on a regular basis like some people think.

Blackline racing are good to work with, and experts at what they do as far as carb work.

wv181 Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:24 pm

JayC wrote: I'm sure you have gotten a lot of advice on the carb setup. The only piece I will add:

I built my own 1915 for my 73 restoration. Stock crank / stock cam / stock heads. Just bigger jugs and pistons. I stuck with the original 34-pict 3 carb completely rebuilt by Tim (find his add on the Samba, can't say enough about his work). I have more than enough power to cruise on the interstate and accelerate from a stop.

My reasoning was simple. It came down to two key things:
1) I wanted it to look as stock as possible, but have a bit more power. I use the original oil bath filter and plumbing.

2) I didn't want to spend half my time trying to get the carbs synched and working properly. I have enough other things to deal with :)

As I said, my own two cents. To each his own.

jay

That was my exact original reasoning for going back with my stock carb. I have it sitting completely rebuilt with bigger jets already. I think i will save my cash and start there and if I dont
't like it i can spend more later. I think I have been too side tracked on getting opinions and not sticking with my original idea.

911pickup Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:01 pm

It's a good plan to try the stock carb with bigger jets first.
I have a new set of 40 Webers I bought from John at Aircooled.net for my dune buggy and I was tempted, when I had my carb and intake manifold off, to install the Webers, which John jetted for a stock 1600 setup.
In the end I took the stock carb apart, gave it a good cleaning, and reinstalled it.
It runs okay, but I may still install the Webers this winter.

wv181 Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:31 pm

A little more work done. Stripped and painted front beam, trans bolted in, 1 rear disc brake put together but needs a little adjusting. Slow but steady progress. Also bought a shop press at Harbor Freight on sale for $150. Pressed out the old ball joints and saved myself $50 over what a local shop wanted to press them out.




wv181 Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:15 pm

Have made some more progress. the body is still out getting prepped for paint. Got the spring plates re installed in the beam.

New CV's, axles and disc brakes installed on rear.

And a nice little photo I call how not to press in a ball joint.
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iltis74 Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:16 am

I think build threads with years between posts are the best. This is awesome.

Years ago I had a pan powder coated, then became nervous and hit the bottom with 3M undercoating. Not sure if it's made any difference whatsoever, but it's still there and looking good.

wv181 Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:18 pm

Back to work on the project. Body is being prepped for paint, actually has been painted now these are older pics. More pics to follow on the pan work.



wv181 Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:50 am

Just a quick little video of the first test run of the new motor.

https://youtu.be/07FY4Z1FigM

Still needs some card and timing adjustment but its the first run in 5 years!
More pics to follow.

Wildthings Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:57 am

Is that a power pulley?

wv181 Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:41 pm

Not a power pulley, just a regular degree marked billet pulley and a billet black anodized pulley on the alternator.


Here's a pic of the completed front with new disc brakes.


Rear with discs also.


BTR's all around with 225/70/15 BFG Long Trails.

63ziggy Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:24 pm

Looking really good. Thanks for sharing build



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