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Re: 1968 Beetle

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:24 pm

vw57drvr wrote:Syncros are gone. The flicker might be the location of the switch. But the owners manual says that it's common to flicker at idle. Might bump up the oil weight.

Yup that is my thought as well.....I am running 20-50 right now.....I am wondering if adapter seals were needed and if they were used when the doghouse conversion was done. When we pulled apart a buddies 40 horse a month or two ago someone installed the flanged seals and they were almost pinched off.....

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Post by vw57drvr on Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:04 pm

That is a good thought. Very possible. Might be worth connecting an inline pressure gauge and see what you are really getting. I'm not sure the seals being pinched off will cause low pressure. That's basically what the relief valves do anyway. But pinched seals could make it run hot.
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:13 pm

Yeah now that you say that pinch seals would just make it run hot as they would make the oil bypass the cooler. I am not too concerned with the oil light flicker as long as it goes right out. My two other beetles do that...

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Post by vw57drvr on Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:53 pm

Yeah, the flicker is annoying but usually harmless. Unless your cam bearings or something are slightly worn. And then there is still a lot of life left. Mine is getting a little warm now. I changed the shroud with a 36 horse style to access the carbs better. I use a tennis ball under the latch. I think I need a little more clearance. But I really want another 36 horse engine and put it back.
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Re: 1968 Beetle

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:57 pm

I replaced the 009 distributor with vacuum advance that was in the extra parts box that came with the car.  I pulled it apart and cleaned it and installed it with new bosch points and condensor.  It seems to just about eliminated my oil light flicker.  The car drives so much better now



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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:00 pm

I finally got a little work done on the car the past couple of days. I had a gas leak that I thought was in the main so I ran a new hard line inside the car similar to how the brake line runs but on the passenger side. Now I don't smell gas anymore! I also installed a set of three point seat belts that I picked up a while back and re-installed the rears. The fuel filler neck was just one long hose that someone cut a little too short so I grabbed a metal hose from the junkyard today and put two new rubber hoses to fix the filler. Also the car seems to be stiffer than I like and think it is the ball joints. The boots are torn on them and I think they have become rusty and very hard to move. I noticed when I backed the car up while turning, then passenger wheel was at an odd angle. I went ahead and ordered a set of moog ball joints and will install them when they get here.








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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:56 pm

Finally got around to installing some of the carpet that came with the car. I still have to do the rear piece that goes around the e-brake....I also picked up a solid non vented decklid for a buddy. I need to blast, prime and paint it before installing it.




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