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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:26 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Replaced the rubber tubes on gas tank inlet - old ones reeked of fuel. Removed front seat stop latch assembly from tunnel, will be fabing up mounts for my new front junkyard seats ( from 2005 prius) Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:28 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

73slowbug, had to laugh at your post. Thanks for sharing, that's awesome.

We rebuilt, adjusted, and bled the front brakes (new drums, shoes, cylinders, etc). We did the rear ones a few weeks ago. Stops much better now, but only if I pump the brakes once first (need help figuring this out. PO had replaced the master cylinder, maybe we need to use pressurized bleeding rather than vacuum? suggestions, please PM or email me)

Also replaced all the gaskets on the 4 turn signals/brake lights as well as the license plate light. Repaired some wiring for the front turn signals along the way.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:51 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

CTK, the only thing that's ever worked for me to get a solid pedal with a single push is to
1.)tighten both adjusters on all 4 tires so that you can't turn the tires by hand; 2.)pump the brakes a couple of times between tightening of each wheel's adjusters.
3.) Bleed each wheel using the one person pump while you bleed method; follow the order of the Bentley manual for your model car;
4.) back of the adjusters a click at a time per wheel until the wheel drags but you can turn it w/out getting a hernia.

This worked for me on my two Supers over the last couple of months. I have great brakes now, no double-pumping needed.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

ctknecht wrote:
73slowbug, had to laugh at your post. Thanks for sharing, that's awesome.

We rebuilt, adjusted, and bled the front brakes (new drums, shoes, cylinders, etc). We did the rear ones a few weeks ago. Stops much better now, but only if I pump the brakes once first (need help figuring this out. PO had replaced the master cylinder, maybe we need to use pressurized bleeding rather than vacuum? suggestions, please PM or email me)

Also replaced all the gaskets on the 4 turn signals/brake lights as well as the license plate light. Repaired some wiring for the front turn signals along the way.

If you have to pump the pedal to make it come up, your brake shoes are too loose.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Installed 4 wheel disk brakes. The factory drum brakes were in good shape. Does anyone need the the old parts ? My 73 SB came from SanDiego California. Even the brakes lines are great (Short lines from Hose to Wheel cylinder)
I'm near Milwaukee Wisconsin Not interested in shipping
Hope its OK to post this Just don't want to throw away good parts.
PS I need a 73 SB dash
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:29 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

I have been using a locking engine lid lock on my VWs, had one that I'd had around for a long time; problem is that for some reason I had only one key.
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I tried Ace Hardware and locksmith/key shops I'd happen upon, one even tried twice to order a key blank for it after I told them my VW "SC" key for glove box fit into the lid lock, but hadn't come through.

Yesterday I stopped at a locksmith on Cave Creek Rd just north of Sweetwater in Phoenix, and the operator there had an Ilco 61VW blank which fit in, and he cut me a key that works (I had the lid lock with me to try). The Ilco key does not have the VW logo though.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:32 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

DogJack1 wrote:
Installed 4 wheel disk brakes. The factory drum brakes were in good shape. Does anyone need the the old parts ? My 73 SB came from SanDiego California. Even the brakes lines are great (Short lines from Hose to Wheel cylinder)
I'm near Milwaukee Wisconsin Not interested in shipping
Hope its OK to post this Just don't want to throw away good parts.
PS I need a 73 SB dash
Thanks DogJack


If you possibly can, hang onto the original stuff. At some point you or some future owner may want to go back to stock.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:24 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Not just today, but over the past two weeks or so:
Washed and waxed
Replaced turn signal switch with good German switch
New horn ring/signal cancel ring (horn works now!)
Got the transmission shifting nice and smooth:
-re-adjusted clutch pedal free play
-re-adjusted shift plate position
Painted interior/exterior of floor pans (mmmm....shiny)
Installed Procar/Scat Pro90 front seats (very comfy Cool )
re-installed refurbished rear seat
removed, sanded, repainted glovebox door
New rear shocks
Re-adjust headlight aim
New spark plug/fuel line holders
Made a new coil>cutoff solenoid>choke wire
LED brake light bulbs

Working on an in-line fresh air/heat booster fan set up too, still in the "dry run/mock-up" stages on that though.

Happy Bug'n
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:59 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

AlmostHeavenWV_VW wrote:
Not just today, but over the past two weeks or so:
Washed and waxed
Replaced turn signal switch with good German switch
New horn ring/signal cancel ring (horn works now!)
Got the transmission shifting nice and smooth:
-re-adjusted clutch pedal free play
-re-adjusted shift plate position
Painted interior/exterior of floor pans (mmmm....shiny)
Installed Procar/Scat Pro90 front seats (very comfy Cool )
re-installed refurbished rear seat
removed, sanded, repainted glovebox door
New rear shocks
Re-adjust headlight aim
New spark plug/fuel line holders
Made a new coil>cutoff solenoid>choke wire
LED brake light bulbs

Working on an in-line fresh air/heat booster fan set up too, still in the "dry run/mock-up" stages on that though.

Happy Bug'n


Busy little Bugger, eh?! Very Happy Post pics of that booster fan setup somewhere when it's done!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

vamram wrote:

Busy little Bugger, eh?! Very Happy Post pics of that booster fan setup somewhere when it's done!


Blue Bug *beep beep* Very Happy Gotta make up for the weeks the Bug was up at the transmission shop!! I've been itchin' to get my hands on the bug


And I'll share my set up once I get it in and functional (hopefully won't be too much longer)

...just a teaser for the set up:

No chopping the body, no cutting up stock parts, completely reversible, can both boost fresh-air & heated air, and will give drivers/passenger separation of fan control too Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

I'm a slacker, I did nothing to my vw today Laughing I did take her out for a spin yesterday, then remembered the dire warnings and sound advice about moving the fuel filter out of the engine bay because of a fire danger, and put her back in the garage till I get it fixed.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Went to paint the intakes and alt stand and other bits... Somehow managed to dump a gallon of paint on my garage floor.

Embarassed

I guess that isn't happening today...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:17 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Adjusted my brakes. You don't realize how far off they are until you adjust them. This was the first adjustment I've dont in around 6500 miles. I think it might be time for brake shoes soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:27 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

My idle has suddenly dropped to 800 or less. I checked the point gap, perfect, but timing was down to 7.0 BTDC at idle. I adjusted it up, checked for vacuum leaks, cleaned the idle port and re-adjusted the carb from scratch and rechecked the timing. Timing seems to be shifting w/the idle adjustment, I ended up leaving it a 8.0 BTDC. Doesn't seem right. I'll see how it drives tomorrow.

Oh, points have about 5,200 miles on them. Gap is good but they're looking worn/pitted. I used a penny to clean off some of the roughness.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Spend the $4 on a set of points. Grab a condenser while you're at it. I've seen some crazy issues when those get tired.

Or stash those and drop a Pertronix in there. Keep the old parts in the trunk in case the Pertronix fails.

You've been around long enough to know you can't trust modern parts like you once could. 5k miles is an eternity for some of the crap that we have available. Even if it *does* say Bosch on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:55 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

I have a spare set and will swap them out. But after this replacement set dies, I'm going back to an electronic module.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

My 1973 beetle project is nearing completion. Over the weekend I mounted the rear bumper with new grommets. I was lucky to find an original German bumper in good condition.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Installed the fresh air booster fan system I've been planning out and did the write up
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=705224

Installed the accessory fuse block for my add-on electricals

Installed the NOS "fresh air scoop" on the hood (bought it from the classifieds)- works nice to help bring in more fresh air flow while driving

Installed the transmission nose cone seal, slit on side so that I could slide it down over the nose cone without removing the transmission

Put in a new rubber valve for the rear chassis tunnel drain hole


Then took a drive Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:09 am    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

I drove my 1970 sedan to town to do errands, tightened up it's home-engineered engine lid hinge hardware, noticed that my engine (2016 home-assembly after machining, now with silicone oil strainer/cover gaskets) and MoFoCo April 2018 rebuilt transmission are leak free, a first for me !!!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you do to your Bug Today? Reply with quote

Installed seats from 2005 prius. Pulled driver seat back out and re-welded mount, then re-installed the seat. Old seat had broken springs. (Safely placed in the shed for now)
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