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Post by ridikas on Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:48 am

There is a wire behind the drivers side rear seat. If it is disconnected your car will not start. Sometimes they wiggle loose
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Post by vw57drvr on Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:25 am

There is no wire on early beetles, except for the battery cable. You said it almost fired. That is progress, so we know it is getting fire sometimes. I am going to go back through this post to see if I missed something. The center electrode didnt fall out of the distributor cap did it?
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Post by DiggerD on Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:48 pm

My guess is that the new condenser is bad. I would put the old one back on and see what happens....
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Post by bumblebuggy on Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:30 pm

Can't help you with points and a condenser because I've never needed them in the 15 years I've been daily driving my cars.
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Post by Brooks424 on Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:39 pm

So in case I missed something, why did you waste the time to comment? Just curious.
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Post by zabo on Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:06 pm

bumblebuggy wrote:Can't help you with points and a condenser because I've never needed them in the 15 years I've been daily driving my cars.
Brooks424 wrote:So in case I missed something, why did you waste the time to comment? Just curious.

hes telling you to get electronic ignition
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Post by fluxcap on Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:12 pm

Yeah, like Peter said, Glenn's not wasting time, he's a believer in electronic ignition units like the Pertronix. It's an alternative to using the points/condenser setup.  

You put the unit in, set the timing once, and don't have to adjust it again. Only drawback is if they die, they die completely (no limping the car back home). I've only had one Pertronix die on me, and it was my fault cause I left the key on to long and fried it.

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Post by Brooks424 on Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:32 pm

Oh. Well sorry. I missed that. I have no clue what that involves either ha! I know I couldn't manage that. How much are those $?
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Post by vw57drvr on Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:41 am

Yeah, I would get an understanding of the points and how all of that works before moving to electronic. Reason being is if that pertronix goes bad, your backup is points and condenser.
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Post by jim conner on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:44 pm

Brooks424 wrote:Reset the timing? Oh hell, no one said anything about that. Now I know I'm screwed. Ha!

Fayetteville - not sure on that.
You might consider buying this set of DVDs which is I believe a set of ten vedios. I bought #9 which covers wiring. You can some times find them on Fle-bay or I got his card when in Sieverville,Tnn. His phone # is 1 800 6620071. They cover about anything you would want to do to your Bug. Hope this helps. Regards, Jim   ..slimjim Very Happy
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Post by Jon65 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:36 pm

jim conner wrote:
Brooks424 wrote:Reset the timing? Oh hell, no one said anything about that. Now I know I'm screwed. Ha!

Fayetteville - not sure on that.
You might consider buying this set of DVDs which is I believe a set of ten vedios. I bought #9 which covers wiring. You can some times find them on Fle-bay or I got his card when in Sieverville,Tnn. His phone # is 1 800 6620071. They cover about anything you would want to do to your Bug. Hope this helps. Regards, Jim   ..slimjim Very Happy

Yeah, if you're referring to the Bug Me video sets, the one that would be most useful in this situation is the general maintenance one, (#1). This shows how to replace and adjust the points, replace the condensor, and set the timing.

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Post by ggaagg57 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:48 pm

points are simple , this is not that hard . coils and points, they work or they don't , just take it to a shop and have it fixed or buy a cheap new oo9 from clyed and  be done with it.
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Post by bumblebuggy on Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:43 am

Yea. I've been using a Pertronix since the first day I started driving VWs. I've completely rebuilt 2 different cars and never adjusted points ever. People talk about having spare points and condenser. Guess what I have? A spare electronic dizzy. So if my Pertronix ever does fail (one in 15 years of true daily driving) I have a spare. You either love 'em or hate 'em. Yes they cost more than mechanical points but they are easy to install, they don't foul, they don't need adjusting, and they'll out last several sets of points if you don't try and static time them or leave your ignition on without the engine running.
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Post by bakertim2 on Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:21 am

I may have some time this weekend to come out and take a look at it. Give me a call and we'll go from there. I believe you have my number.
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Post by type4revolution on Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:51 am

Likewise x2
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Post by DOODLE BUGG on Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:25 am

im like glenn iv been runing pertronix since 95 an still going no hiccups or farts they are awsome garry has some i have installed by empi that also work great just set your timing an ride
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Post by vw57drvr on Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:03 pm

Did you get this sorted out?
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