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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: The difference between Bug & Van transaxles Reply with quote

One of the best stories told to me during my one year in Denver (1970) was of a couple hippy dudes at the junk yard. They had an old van with a rapidly deteriorating transaxle, so decided to install one from the local recycle. They did the entire job in the parking lot .. pulled the old trans, changed over the axles, tubes, and reduction gears etc.

Yeah, you guessed it. They had installed a Bug trans without flipping the ring gear. The result was 4 gears reverse, and one very low forward gear. It was late in the evening, and they had to get home somehow ..

3rd gear, backwards, on the Freeway!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:20 am    Post subject: Re: The difference between Bug & Van transaxles Reply with quote

Too funny.

Similar story here. My first dealer job back in the early '70's and one of the mechanics was installing the bus axle's and reduction boxes onto his rear engine buggy. He failed to heed the warnings from the unit repair guy of the impending result. Didn't even check its function while still on the hoist.
Puts buggy onto the shop floor, starts it up, into 1st gear Very Happy , lets the clutch out and proceeds to back up into his tool box! Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:05 am    Post subject: Re: The difference between Bug & Van transaxles Reply with quote

I'm a noob to the air cooled world... why's the ring need to be flipped? I thought all the AC Trans were in the same way.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: The difference between Bug & Van transaxles Reply with quote

SOLiiD wrote:
I'm a noob to the air cooled world... why's the ring need to be flipped? I thought all the AC Trans were in the same way.



Five months later this guy deserves an answer dontcha think?????

Because reduction gears are stacked coming off drive axle to stub axle it reverses rotation. Therefore you can remove the ring gear and put it on other side. Havenít seen one in awhile but they used to make adapter to mount reduction gear boxes into bug and it gave a few inches more ground clearance.
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