Posts Tagged With: repairs

Longblock Engine Disassembly

A few days ago my friend Dwayne helped me lift the engine up onto the engine stand I purchased. This made it much easier to start working on the engine disassembly. Today I disassembled the engine down to the short block. I found a few surprises in the process. First off, the push rod tubes … Continue reading »

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Engine Removal

Today I removed the engine from the car. It took a lot longer than I anticipated, partially due to my inexperience, partially due to it being a long time since the car was last worked on, and partially due to the extractor, which caused serious problems when I was trying to lower the engine out … Continue reading »

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Engine Parts Arrive

My new engine parts are finally here! I ordered these parts through Central Texas Autowerks, where I got a great deal. I ordered AA brand 94mm cylinders and pistons. I ordered a 74mm crankshaft from CB Performance along with a crankcase breather and a new camshaft gear. I also ordered Los Bandito cylinder heads from … Continue reading »

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First Tune Up

Today I went out to tune up the bug. After replacing the points, condenser, rotor, distributor cap, and spark plug wires I found that I could no longer turn the engine past bottom dead center (BDC). Turning it over by hand results in a hard stop right before BDC. I removed the valve covers but … Continue reading »

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Carburetor Assembly and Installation

Today I reassembled my Weber Progressive 32/36 DFEV carburetor.  I ordered new gaskets on eBay that fit perfectly.  The only problem I ran into was that I installed the choke element incorrectly, preventing it from closing the butterfly values.  I then had to remove the carburetor once again from the manifold, adjust the choke, and … Continue reading »

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Carburetor Teardown

The gasket kit I had ordered for my carburetor arrived in the mail today.  I spent an hour or two removing the carb from the engine and dismantling it to discover that the gaskets I ordered don’t fit my carburetor!  (The kit was for a 32/36 DGAV carburetor and I have a 32/36 DFAV carburetor.) … Continue reading »

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Turn Signal Lens Replacement

The front turn signal lenses that were on the car when I got it appeared to be the original Hella lenses.  The left one was in much better condition than the right one, but they both needed replacing.  This was expedited when the right front turn signal lens shattered when I was washing the car!  I picked … Continue reading »

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Speedometer Woes Resolved!

When I bought the bug the speedometer didn’t work.  The previous owner said that it had never worked for him, and I found receipts in the glove box from 5 years ago that mention the exact same odometer reading as what is currently displayed on the speedometer.  When I was at Central Texas Autowerks for … Continue reading »

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Accelerator Cable Repair

I tried to replace my accelerator cable with the one I got from Central Texas Autowerks but I realized that I would need to jack up the car and put it on jack stands to do so.  With the help of my neighbors we were able to push the bug up the driveway and into … Continue reading »

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Carburetor Woes

Ever since I got the bug, it has had a hard time idling unless the temperature is above 65 degrees or so.  I hooked up my tachometer to the engine while it was idling nicely and discovered that it idles at 1600RPM instead of a normal 800RPM or so.  This means that the idle adjustment … Continue reading »

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