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PostPosted: Yesterday 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

I didn't do anything today but, I noticed my first thumbs up as well as a head nod by people passing by or stopped at redlights so I figured that may be worth noting...

Tomorrow I'll finally get the oil strainer gaskets and, shift rod bushing so they'll be done tomorrow..
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Replaced my non-functional thermostat (left) with a good one (right):

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Installed and adjusted on engine:

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Thermostat flap arm now properly pushed to the left with engine cold:

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and warm air flap in air cleaner snorkel pushed closed:

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:50 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Adjusted the PSI on my tires. They were 32 in the front and 36 in the back. Changed it to the 21/29 recommendation. It feels so weird cause Iím used to running 32 all around on my daily driver Honda. At first it felt like the front tires were flat at only 21 PSI. But the ride does feel less bumpy.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:31 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Adjusted my valves. Advanced my SVDa a little further, to the higher end of spec. Filled up with some premium.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Changed the transmission oil with Lucas 80w90 and I could feel the difference the first time I shifted from 1st to 2nd!

Oil change, shift rod bushing and, valve adjustment are next when jbugs finally delivers the bushing and oil strainer gasket!

Just bought the 70' bug on 05-05-18 and, want to get the services on my own schedule!

Thanks for all the shared knowledge thus far!

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

If this was a stock style installation, I would agree. It isn't. With an aftermarket fan shroud and no lower sled tins, I suspect these will actually improve the cooling. Hell, even Bob Hoover liked them though he bitched about the quality of the aftermarket ones too.

I could be wrong too. I'm willing to accept that. I'll evaluate these on the Baja, and decide if I want to keep them or switch when I move it to the 64. Which *will* have all the cooling tins in place.

Worst thing that happens? I end up with warped cylinders or a sunken valve. Both things are (relatively) easily resolved when I move it to the 64.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:20 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

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Pulled the heads off, installed "cool tin". Reassembled.

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Cool tins are no good. Use the stock type1 tins.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Pulled the heads off, installed "cool tin". Reassembled.

https://youtu.be/k4D4rugND78
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Good starting work with the '73's revival, hippie. A day spent with a cleaner wax, and painting the rims silver will make it look spiffy.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

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I bought this a week ago it's sat in this driveway for five and a half years. Today I installed an electric fuel pump changed out the carburetor flushed out the gas tank and replaced the starter. Today for the first time in five and a half years it's running.

I sold my other Volkswagens 8 years ago and always regretted it, now I'm getting back into it this one will be my daily driver soon.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Finished up 2 weeks' of refurbishing the rear drum brake backing plates on my '77 Std Beetle. Removed due to a leaking rear wheel cylinder on one side, symptom was an intermittent low brake pedal during my last drive last year.

Degreased the plates, used an angle grinder wire wheel cup brush to remove the worst of the rust, soaked them in Evapo-Rust for a full day. Result was not as impressive as others have reported. I think good ol' white vinegar would'vbe been just as effective per previous experience, but I wanted to try the E-R anyway. Had to spray one of the plates with Permatex Rust Treatment spray as a follow-up with which I';ve had excellent results. Spray-painted the plates with 2 coats of Rust-O-Leum rusty metal primer, and finally 2 coats of ROL semi-gloss black. There was lots of rust pitting on the back surface of the plates and I was strongly considering painting them with 2 coats of silver MAsterSeries for rust protection and pit-filling. But I did not have any more at home and wanted to progress. I will use an upcoming order of MS on the freshly beadblasted brake drums.

Also degreased all the brake shoe mounting hardware, so that reassembly is imminent.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

In the past week, my son and I did quite a few things...

-Adjusted the valves for the first time, replaced valve cover gaskets of course.

-Finished changing out the fuel line to the proper one (PO had a flex line all the way from fuel pump to hard fuel line at frame.) See pics here: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...highlight=

-Changed oil and screen for the first time

-Adjusted timing (about 30 BTDC) on the centrifugal advance dist (planning to change this to the proper vacuum advance soon).

-Tuned Carb H30/31 PICT

(Man, the engine runs great now, I can actually feel it pull and not sputter. Very Happy )

-Installed correct gas tank vent line hose clamps and tightened up other connections, since I still smelled gas when I opened hood...seems to be better now.

-Replaced door seals

-Replaced a couple small fresh air vent hoses.

-Repaired horn mount and horn wiring (splices were bad, was working intermittently, and usually only if engine was running) and also repaired and re-routed a few of the other wires while I was in there...firmed up connections.

-Replaced Rearview mirror

-Replaced Glovebox

-Replaced Running Boards (OMG this was terrible...buy good ones, pay the extra money, cheap ones are terrible)

I am sure there was some other tid bits along the way that I missed, but now I feel a little better about my son driving it on small errands around town.

Happy Driving!
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:42 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

On my 1970 sedan:
I glued a piece of carpet back onto the floor, had removed it to replace the pedal hook and clutch cable a few months ago.

I set the total advance to 32 BTDC on my German 009 (had been at 34 BTDC).

I replaced some of the fuel tank vacuum tubing, have been fighting a small gas smell while driving.

I changed the oil for first time since the engine rebuild, and the filter on my Maxi2.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 10:48 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

removed the egr and spent some time tuning the carb... i think ill replace it soon its the 1974 carb. going to do my electric fuel pump later this weekend tired of the mechanical one giving me trouble. also going to use isolated fuel line and relocation under the bonnet. Wait is the vw motor under the bonnet or the boot? its a boot if you think trunk and hood but its a bonnet for bug! Idea EMPI gt exhaust. and i think the rear engine cowling would helo the heat alot...
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Just checked shipping from Cip 1--parts should get here by Monday, maybe tomorrow?
My teen son and I are going to take the carburator off the bug and replace the diaphram on the accelerator pump--I'm sure there'll a post for that lol
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 6:25 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Yesterday I
Took her for front end alignment and new tires for front and spare wheels
Drove around aimlessly for about an hour, taking some pictures of cool things I found
Installed my fresh air hose-to-tin seals (PO never had these installed)
Re-ran fuel pump-to-carb hose (didn't like how it was routed the first time)
Measured the fuel filler neck (planning for replacing with the one piece filler hose I bought)
Found/fixed a small vaccum leak (I had left one of the caps off the carb Rolling Eyes )
Re-greased the shift road
Measured and planned for my new accessory fuse block I'll be installing this summer to run all extra add-on equipment I've done (rather than have a bunch of 'piggyback' things on the OEM fusebox)

...then hightailed it back to the garage just in time to get the Bug away before it rained

Successful day Cool
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

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Washed and waxed the car today

Then went in the house, came back out a couple hours later and the windshield had cracked!!! Confused
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WTF???!! Mad


Another reason that I don't wax my vehicles hardly ever !!! I could believe that cold water on a hot Arizona windshield could crack a windshield, but not AFTER the vehicle had been rinsed and dried off for the waxing. BUMMER of the first degree !!! Don't know if there's an acronym for that.

Anyway, today, at the advice (OK: nagging) of Mrs. Cusser, I removed the discolored old window film from the front windows and vent windows of my 1970 sedan.

After looking on Google and YouTube, and not having a "clothes steamer" (you kidding - with MY wardrobe???) and little success with Mrs. Cusser's hair dryer to warm the film, I decided to use my trusty single edge razor blade held in a little plastic holder, which I clamped in a Vise-Grips for safety. I also wore work gloves and safety glasses, in case the blade (I only had ONE blade here) broke.

So the manual labor with the single-single edge razor blade worked pretty well, then I used a little steel wool to remove any remaining glue, and also used some Windex-clone spray. So now the 43-year old window tint film is gone from those windows, we'll see if I feel up to doing the rear side and rear window someday.

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Then I drove into town to pick up a few things, including more single edge razor blades. I still smelled gas from when I filled the tank fully, from the area of those two small fuel filler hoses in the trunk. So I removed those and removed the little rubber seals that look like strips of bicycle tires and were ripped anyway, and just will try using the hoses and the 4 hose clamps tightened fully. A quick trip around the corral making sharp turns intentionally did not show any gas leakage so far.

The fill hose inner diameter is 48mm (1 and 7/8 inch) - Dayco #80305 runs about $30 for a three foot piece; Gates 23930 is more expensive for 1 foot and sold by the foot. I think if I need to replace the hose I'll get the Dayco and run a single piece of hose rather than getting 1 foot of Gates and using the black plastic VW elbow. And I'd try that without those separate rubber seals, seems like a redundancy.

An 8.5 inch piece of this hose sells for $17.95 at JBugs.com #311201219A https://www.jbugs.com/product/311201219A.html
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 5:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Finished cleaning the underside of my '72 Super of winter's junk. Yesterday, used prep & etch to treat the surface rust on the heat exchangers and frame horns. Today, primed and re-painted them and the lower engine tins. Adjusted the valves, changed the oil and filter (Maxi-2 oil pump w/external filter) from winter's QS 5W-30 to QS 10W-40 for high mileage engines.

Took 'im for a 20-mile highway run!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:14 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Washed and waxed the car today;

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Then went in the house, came back out a couple hours later and the windshield had cracked!!! Confused

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WTF???!! Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:04 pm    Post subject: bug died and did not want to idle hot Reply with quote

Was driving it home today itís been hard starting when itís hot noticed that the fuel filter bubbles air when it parked did today getting off freeway. Gotmit home and decided to move the fuel filter to the outlet of the tank and not under the boot. Anyone have suggestions or problems with that location.
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