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3 years, 6 months ago 0
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Lot’s of 6 volt VW’s out there have been converted to 12 volts. If you require a voltage regulator for the 12 volt generator, put it under the back seat where VW put it starting in 1967. You’ll need a couple holes to mount it. Don’t use a drill. A drill will remove the metal. Best way to mount it is to use an ice pick or something similar. This will not remove any metal and you’ll end up with […]

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3 years, 6 months ago 0
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The only special tools you need are a Sawzall  and a press or access to one. But first, here’s some real important information you won’t find in the Bentley book … VW puts a new ball joint in the brand new VW bus on the assembly line long ago. One day, may years later, someone puts another one in the same hole. Realize, every time the ball joint gets removed, it takes a little metal from the trailing arm with […]

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3 years, 7 months ago 0
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Installing a 4 inch narrower front axle beam on your air-cooled Volkswagen with the original springs cut 4 inches shorter to fit … A. Makes the vehicle more stable, corner better, makes it harder to flip over, and it makes fancy wheels fit. B. Makes the vehicle less stable  and it makes your spine tingle when it feels like the vehicle is going to tip over when unaggressivly changing lanes on the freeway at 50 mph (especially in a bus) and […]

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3 years, 7 months ago 0
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And if you wanna lock it, use search on this site using “latch” and read it all. There’s more useful stuff regarding latch repair but they often need nothing more than lube, then maybe a spring, then … read. You’ll find it. It’s just than I needed a spring today, had no more used ones and found this at Fastenal. It works. You may find this spring is broken (missing since it likely broke long ago and fell away).  With […]

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3 years, 10 months ago 0
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The generator turns about 75 percent faster than the engine. At 4000 rpm at the engine, the generator is turning at 7000 rpm. That’s real fast. And since the generator is the cooling system, it has to be as reliable as the engine. Engine bearings are lubricated by a constant supply of oil pumped to them. The generator has permanently sealed ball bearings. It’s amazing how long they  last. To check them, remove the belt and spin the generator with […]

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3 years, 11 months ago 0
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Wow.  Those VW engineers – every time they improve something, they create another problem. They add lights so they add wires. They add cookies, you don’t get any milk. And sometimes they drill a new hole in the engine case and you get more oil light on. I don’t know what they were drinking that night.   I built an engine for a 1977 bus. I put the engine in the bus. I drove it. It ran great. 50 mile […]

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4 years ago 0
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The first thing to do is take the shift coupling access cover off from under the back seat on bugs and Ghias, and under the vehicle on buses and type 3. After you do this, put the vehicle in neutral, grab the coupling with your hand and rotate. It’ll rotate the shift rod (leads to the front of the car) 20 degrees (I’ve never measured it). This is what happens when you move the shift lever (the thing you pull […]

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4 years, 2 months ago 0
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This post has nothing to do with battery or starter related problems. It’s only pertinent to fuel injected buses (mainly, but it in general, is applicable to virtually every single internal combustion reciprocating engine, including all VW’s) with intermittent starting problems where the car starts fine, runs fine, then you turn it off, run into a store or buy gas, come out and it won’t start, but it cranks and cranks and cranks – just won’t start. Then after 30 […]

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4 years, 3 months ago 0
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The key will work.

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4 years, 3 months ago 0
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You’ve  probably read in some manual for VW’s about how to adjust the clutch. It goes something like “Turn the nut on the end of the cable to achieve 10 or 20 millimeters of free movement (play) at the clutch pedal.” WRONG!! The result you’re really trying to achieve is to obtain the smallest possible distance between the release bearing and the clutch pressure plate. When the engine is running, the pressure plate is turning. In a properly adjusted clutch, […]

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