4 years, 5 months ago 0
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have the drums turned with wheels still attached. Bolting the wheel to the drum distorts the drum and can cause minor or major pulsation at the pedal (think of the effect a bent wheel on bicycle has on the brakes – you can feel it on the brake operating lever located on the handlebars).  Same effect on a car only it’s at the pedal. Out of round drums are often most noticeable when coming down a freeway off ramp at speed. You’ll […]

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4 years, 5 months ago 0
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This works for an (the best one available at this time) aftermarket mechanical type sending unit for bugs from 1962 through 1967. Whatever you do, don’t buy the white plastic one unless you like the depression on the top of your tank full of the gasoline that will inevitably leak through the white sending unit. Your gauge won’t read right either. It’s basically junk. I don’t even know why they make it in the first place. Maybe they never checked […]

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4 years, 8 months ago 0
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Prevention is the key. All studs in any aluminum engine part are installed with an interference fit. This means the hole the stud screws into is just a teensy bit smaller than the diameter of the stud itself. They’re not meant to unscrew ever. If you look at any air cooled VW engine, you’ll find there’s not a single bolt that screws into the engine, only studs. This is because aluminum is real soft and strips easily. It’s not meant […]

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4 years, 9 months ago 0
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Duct tape won’t work. Any kind of electrical tape won’t work. In fact, only one things works and it’s this …     The top dealy-bob is typical. The second one – this is the only one I’ve ever seen. The bottom one has a small blob of brazing material right were the little point is on the middle one but it’s bigger and it works. The braze engages with the steering column and results long term positive engagement. Positively […]

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4 years, 11 months ago 0
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Best thing to start off with is a good car in good running condition. Make sure the engine is in good condition. Make sure the clutch is in good condition and is adjusted properly and the cable is in good condition and DRENCHED IN GREASE. Oil leaks known to be at the oil cooler or in the flywheel area are things that need to be fixed before you leave. Massive oil leaks anywhere else can be dealt with with  diligent […]

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4 years, 11 months ago 0
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  This is applicable to all master cylinder reservoirs in that the same physical conditions apply but is specifically for buses that have the master cylinder reservoir in front of the steering column. The easiest way to successfully change this hose if your original plastic hose is damaged and MUST be replaced is start with  thinking of walking down a trail from the top of  a hill. It’s all downhill except it’s not – there will be places where the trail flattens, […]

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5 years ago 0
Posted in: Exhaust, Type 4

The first type 4 engines used oval, copper gaskets where the heater box/header pipe mates with the cylinder head, commonly known as round port exhaust. This was changed in 1978 to what’s called square port exhaust. The round port gasket looks like this … And square port gaskets look like this …   The common belief is that the square port variety is better than the round port because  lot of round port vehicles have exhaust sealing problems at the […]

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Victims of My Wrench
5 years, 2 months ago 0
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5 years, 2 months ago 0
Posted in: Engine

Rear always means back of vehicle, for instance, the rear of the engine is the part closest to the rear bumper. Right means passenger side, left means driver’s side, and front means front of car, no matter where you’re standing. There’s a lot of talk about how VW’s break down alot and need constant attention. Not so. These cars are very reliable and trouble-free and need little attention. Anyone can build an engine but the stuff that attaches to the […]

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