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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:51 am    Post subject: New Dude with 1974 Super Beetle... Reply with quote

Hello all.
New to the forum, been lurking for a lil bit thought it was time to jump in...
Apologies if there is a better place for this kinda post.

Anyways, I am the "partial owner" of a 1974 Super Beetle, called Charlie.
Charlie was purchased new by my mother-in-law and for all intents and purposes is my wife's car. Charlie has not been "on the road" in ~12-years and really has been occupying space in my garage for 10-years.
I swore I'd never really get into Charlie, mostly due to lack of excitement over a VW, other priorities etc.
BUT here recently I have reorganized my garage, which gave me a real workable space and well... that leaves one giant unfinished task: Charlie.

So I have begun to dig into Charlie.
First things first is that there are NO brakes. So been doing all new brakes at the corners, master cylinder, lines etc. pretty much ALL brake components short of pedal and reservoir.

Not sure how far I will ultimately take Charlie, but goal numero uno is to get him at least drive-able.

Sure I will have lots of questions and such, though will search first... promise..

and here is Charlie (terrible pics), not really sure what all I have here... 1600 DP with 009 distributor, pretty sure but not sure on what carb I have, as of yet.
If anyone has advise, caution, pity etc to share I am all ears.

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Thanks for looking.

Ben
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:04 am    Post subject: Re: New Dude with 1974 Super Beetle... Reply with quote

Welcome. Charlie Iím sure will be a great beetle. I like the black and red paint job that was my school colors so I think that is cool. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:07 am    Post subject: Re: New Dude with 1974 Super Beetle... Reply with quote

Carb appears to be a Weber 32/36 progressive 2bbl. The carb is a good carb, but when used on a T1 engine you need lots of heat for the intake runners to keep the fuel from condensating inside the intake. Make sure the heat riser tubes running from the #2 & #4 exhaust ports are working well.

From your engine pics it looks like there was an oil or fuel leak (dark color of engine). Something you should look into before you start the engine. You may want to consider replacing all the fuel hoses with new and blow out the fuel lines with compressed air. You may also want to consider rebuilding the carb if it has been sitting for years. Other than the non-stock carb and distributor that engine looks pretty stock.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: New Dude with 1974 Super Beetle... Reply with quote

The intake manifold center section, carb and distributor have all been replaced aftermarket. if the hose on right side of the T on the breather goes to the valve cover that has been modified also.
IMO, after sitting so long replace all fuel lines from the gas tank to the carb and blow out the hard line. also vacuum lines on the fuel vapor canister and tank . before you even try to start it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:49 am    Post subject: Re: New Dude with 1974 Super Beetle... Reply with quote

Awesome info already thank you everyone...
So a Weber 32/36 progressive 2bbl carb, porbably ... interesting that it is aftermarket.
And will have to look more into the statement: "The carb is a good carb, but when used on a T1 engine you need lots of heat for the intake runners to keep the fuel from condensating inside the intake. Make sure the heat riser tubes running from the #2 & #4 exhaust ports are working well.

I do know that Charlie was "re-done" sometime in the early 90's, body on frame soda blast and re-paint (was originally all black)... and I am assuming an engine re-build at that time.

Kinda glad you all are recommending replacing fuel lines... I have been having an internal debate on removing the gas tank as I suspect it would make the brake master cylinder and brake line replacement easier... as well this would force me to address the fuel lines (maybe even clean/seal tank).

I did start the engine up ~2-years ago and did actually fire up and ran seemingly ok, but didn't run it long.... will now hold off starting again until fuel lines/tank are addressed.

Gotta admit, I have already learned my first lesson... was amazed at how "cheap" Beetle parts are, got the whole brake system setup for real cheap.
Definitely can see now there is a difference in "part quality" that equates to price...

Thanks again.
Ben
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: New Dude with 1974 Super Beetle... Reply with quote

Nice car, looks like a little work coming your way. As said you may need to replace hoses and do a little rebuilding but have fun and good luck.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: New Dude with 1974 Super Beetle... Reply with quote

Welcome. I'm in Lawrence so another Kansan, love the car, looks like a time capsule.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:31 pm    Post subject: Re: New Dude with 1974 Super Beetle... Reply with quote

Make it safe first (Brakes). Then work on getting it driving.
Yes all the rubber hoses. Brake lines, fuel lines, ect...

Here's an article from ACN on making a Progressive carb work on a T1 VW.
https://www.aircooled.net/making-weber-progressive-dfev-work-aircooled-vw-engine/

ACN is also a great place to get parts for your car. John (the owner posts here frequently) rates the quality of the parts he carries. So you are less likely to get junk that doesn't fit or function properly.

Get the above done. Give the car a bath. And drive it before doing major changes.
That way you and your wife can fall in love with the car and enjoy it Soooo much more.
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