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Ron Domeck
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You do know that your left intake and manifold are beetle. The heat riser tubes are larger on a Thing and Things don't use a center mount. Also thing has a mount for the EGR valve. Don't think this matters.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured they were, with that vacuum line and lack of EGR. Must have been swapped for beetle parts when the motor blew on a moving trip back in the day..
I'm hoping that indent on the center portion helps with clearing my Alternator! Can't imagine what else it'd be for.
I'll try and find a different Left intake end, as to eliminate the Vacuum port.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so it's been a while. Life has been cray, money too tight, and well.... It's been HOT! Anyway, all whining aside, it's time to update on Our Thing!
Carb swap, AGAIN!!! Went back to the 34 pict 3, with a fresh rebuild and the DVDA(rear port blocked).
Got the install done and realized my belt was crap and had to order a new one. I attempted the intial startup with the old 009 installed and she fired and idled straight away(once fuel got back there). I then yanked the 009 and dropped in the DVDA. I'll need to gap the points, and install the new belt then she'll be ready for tuning adjustments, and most likely jetting up-sizing.
Turns out the Pertronix from a 009 won't work in the dvda... bummer. i guess it's Ol' school points for me for a while! lol
So here we are at the end of July! She's itching to run, hasn't been driven in 6 wks??? Sad
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Dizzy will get fresh paint once I get her tuned/running! That rusty can is killin me!! LOL
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be interesting to heat how much of a performance drop you can feel with that tiny carb! Hopefully this carb setup runs better for you.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: 34Pict-3 on a 1915!!! Reply with quote

She's Running again!!!! Alright, so I have been taking every bit of work I can get right now and haven't had much free time. So I bit the bullet and towed Our Thing to Larrys Speed Shop in Harriman, TN.. Dropped it to him at 0930 and he said he should get to it that day. He called me at 1330, and said she was done!
He took care of the tuning/jetting of the carb, set the timing for the 009(I put it back in before taking it to him), installed a new Alt belt and got her all squared away.
What I am working with.. Stock 34 pict 3 installed and running smooth on a
1915, 100 Engle cam, stock heads, aluminium pushrods, stock pulleys, 009 with pertronix.
Initial report....
There is less Top end for sure(shocker there), BUT, I can get in, kick the pedal and tap the key and she's starts! Chokes operates as it should, She idles smooth, has a Lot of torque to get moving, moves right along with traffic and can still pull hills in 4th gear with room for acceleration. On the 30 mins drive back from the shop there is a little town in the mountains that drops to 45mph, from 55 on a 2-lane highway. Stayed in 4th gear the whole time and when clear, just accelerated back to 55mph with no problem. A LOT less quieter now as well, without those 4 barrels suckin shoving air through that little exhaust pipe.
It's now Hot Rod now, for sure, But I can get in and GO when I want to, and go smoothly.

I will update after I run a few tanks of fuel through and report on mileage.
At this point, I am Ecstatic to have her back on the road!! Now we can enjoy her a Lot more!!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

glad to hear you are running i still like my 34 carb with my 1776. Ron will be in seviersville tenn maybe you can make it to that show
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, time for a post Summer update...
It's been busy this Summer with life and finding income opportunities, but alas I have made some accomplishments on Our Thing! Got the first oil change done Finally and then....
I removed the Empi "tri mill" style muffler and installed the Thing Shop stainless divided system.
Install was smooth and aside from too short upper stud on #3(no room to hang the mount bracket for the TTS system) everything fit Very nicely.
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This upgrade caused me to have to relocate my oil filter, seen partly in the above pic. I simply moved it a bit further towards the DS and ended up mounting it to the lower 1/4 panel, Under the bumper. Not my first choice, but it will work great right there, giving easy access for service as well as fresh airflow to help cool.
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And lastly, with the weather turning cooler, I HAD to figure out the cause of my lack or heat/air flow... I suspected mud daubers in the heat boxes(they'd been sitting in an open box in the garage in OH for 25+yrs)...
So, I reversed the shop vac flow and stuck the hose on the heat box intake!! Figured out pretty quick that it wasn't blocked up, but that I had not adjusted the heat control lines properly during resto and was getting less than 25% opening at full pull on the "heat" knob. I also trimmed the openings of the defrost ducts to allow more airflow up front. I was moving streamers pretty good when all was said and done today. That should be indicative of flow when I install the heat Booster system fans, someday! We'll see how she does this winter and if they're really needed.
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All in all, a full day in the garage and some Much needed work completed on Our Thing!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more shots of the finished product. Last thing I'll do here is get 45* nipples from the oil pump and shorten those lines to the oil filter a bit.

I LOVE this exhaust!!! The sound is awesome, it is SO much more quiet inside the Thing and the tone is complimentary to the boxer 4cyl!! Build quality is Top notch, as with all TTS products!!!
Highly recommended!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking good GI Joe Glad to see the thing back on the road hope it runs good now. I also installed one of the thing shop exhaust systems on a customers thing fit good and had a good sound. Also did you go back with the 009 i thought you was trying the dual vaccum dist?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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looking good GI Joe Glad to see the thing back on the road hope it runs good now. I also installed one of the thing shop exhaust systems on a customers thing fit good and had a good sound. Also did you go back with the 009 i thought you was trying the dual vaccum dist?


She runs Great Dennis!! Certainly not the hot rod it was with the dual webers, but a much more comfortable drive now! Still has the oomph to keep up with traffic and to merge on an uphill acceleration lane into a posted 55mph(realistic 65mph) parkway!
Best combo I have found yet!!
Did stick with the 009. I tried a little trick I found online and it seems to be working, haven't paid too much attention to it though, as I've been just enjoyin the drive every time!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree i dont care what other people say i still like the 009 it works for me. it is nice to turn the key on and drive and enjoy the thing like it was made to do.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loving the TTS exhuast with single 34 PICT on my 1915!!!! I've found my combo for life!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

been driving mine for over 2 years and speedo just turned to 11111 today i started it at 0 when i build it 1775 100 cam 34 pict 009 hemi cut stock heads and bugpack dual quite headers love it just hit the gas and go winter and summer. Glad you are enjoying your thing joe.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I promised a couple of you some more shots of the flanges on My TTS divided exhaust. Her are a few that I have.i
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Muffler removed-
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Bracing at flange-
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I tried to get a vid of the sound, but my straight cut gears overpower the exhaust.. If you're looking for attention getting loud, or meager beetle quiet, this isn't the system for you. It really is a nice mid range "tuned" sounding system.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where did you get this steering wheel? What brand is it? Great looking Thing by the way, and great story. Thanks for sharing.



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!! Wink
I got that wheel from my '73 Euro bug in Okinawa in 1997.
I was told that it was an Empi Gt wheel, from the 60/70's..... Haven't confirmed it, but plenty of vdubbers have "verified" it.... When I bought the bug, the Japanese man said....."if you ever get rid of this car, either keep the steering wheel, or bring it back to me and I'll buy it from you..."

I kept it, and love it!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GI joe,

what does that tube coming right off the the top of the exhaust near #4 cylinder connect to?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That small tube is the preheat tube that connects to the intake.
It's to help keep the fuel atomized while it travels that long stretch before the heads!
Not totally necessary for warm climates and arguable for colder climates.
I just installed a single IDF Weber 40, and I will be connecting the preheat tubes in short order/... I'll be trying a new configuration though, with more of a "draft" tube effect....
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I meant the one to the right of that. Is that an O2 bung ?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh, yes.. I beleive you are corrct on the O2 bung..

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