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tattooed_pariah December 13th, 2019 09:21 AM

Daily Drivers
 
This week my daily driver went into the shop for some warranty repairs, and I've been driving my VR instead.

Man, I've missed this car! although outside temps in the 30's and no heater kinda sucks, it's still so much fun!

Judging by CHT's, I think I'm only running on 3 cylinders at the moment, but I can still get up to 75-80mph, and it's not making any horrendous sounds or feels, so I know I'm being an asshole to my car and should stop and fix it, but don't have the time or motivation right now (we're moving in 2 months, maybe i'll fix it when I get back to sunny california and make some time :P)

anyway, who else is driving their VR regularly in the winter time? What do you do to combat freezing?

I wear a pair of "mechanix" style gloves and a beanie. I've put duct tape over the defroster holes in the dash, and I have this shitty made in china seat pad/warmer that plugs into a cigarette lighter. It works, but since I'm also wearing a ton of layers, it's hard to feel the heat..

Timbo December 13th, 2019 02:29 PM

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I usually do but they have been working on the roads and parking lot at work and didnt want to drag the bottom through the rough stuff.
Tim

1slo3 December 13th, 2019 07:33 PM

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I drove my lowered stocker squaRe daily right now. I have good heat. My VR is still getting updates.

tattooed_pariah December 13th, 2019 08:00 PM

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yeah, on the east coast i'm constantly dodging potholes..

I have this grand plan that when I retire from the Navy, I'm gonna tear my VR apart, strip it down to the pan, and fix everything and rebuild it. Not like a trailer queen trophy car, it's still gonna be rough, but I want to start from scratch with the electrical, replace the pan halves that are 50 years old and dented/rusted/mangled, same with the body..

I got at least 6 years til I retire though, in the meantime I've been procrastinating trying to teach myself fiberglassing so i can make a custom center console.. ultimately, I want to make my own dash, but i thought starting with the center section would be a good beginner thing..

metalmaster1766 December 13th, 2019 08:23 PM

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This will probably be the first winter I won't be driving my Volksrod, and it isn't even cold out yet, but that's only because I'm planning some long over due work to it

I too duct tape the defrost vent holes on the dash as well as any other holes air comes thru (I pull it off in the spring) I wear lots of layers, usually 3 or 4 coats and thick gloves, I tried those mechanic type gloves but when the temp gets below 20 degrees my fingers get uncomfortably cold

I've tried a few of those heaters you plug into a lighter but they only work when above 30 degrees, I did have heated seats, but it made my back and butt sweat which froze my ass off when I got out

A few nights ago it was about 19 degrees out and I had to gas up my wife's car, I got in and didn't even turn on the heat, after I got home I wondered how I ever drove any of my VW's in the winter in single digit temps, and it doesn't have any air leaks

I miss driving my Volksrod, I hope to have everything ready by April, don't hold your breath tho, I'm getting lazy


Ron

tattooed_pariah December 13th, 2019 08:50 PM

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haha i know the feeling.. procrastination and laziness have delayed me a LOT in the last 10 years or so..

flatheadgary December 14th, 2019 06:10 PM

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i don't understand why no heater. all it takes is cables and heater duct hose and heater boxes on the exhaust pipes.

purplemyth December 15th, 2019 04:15 AM

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I'd rather drive Dragon all the time except in pouring rain. Heater works great. Regular heater boxes, duct work tubes for the Hoses and cables work fine. I let it run at least 5 mins before I leave. It takes 15 miles to get hot inside because the door seals suck after 13yrs, by then I'm 3/4 way to work. Same with the other vehicles, just cheaper on gas and, more fun.

I'm still working in the greenhouses so layers are my thing anyway. I wear dbl sweat pants and an old Walls hunting suit. I have a knit hat over the hurst shifter handle and the steering wheel is covered with one of those old fashion lace up covers so it's not too cold but I do wear gloves. He stays under cover at night so frost isn't an issue. I also stuff a moving blanket up in the nose to plug cover any air leaks, that alone helped alot. Cold air around the radio and coming thru vents, and just where ever, brrr.



I stopped driving him for 2 mos, my left knee actually got clicky, since I'm back to at least 3 times a week now, my knee isn't as bad anymore, lol!

tattooed_pariah December 15th, 2019 08:10 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by flatheadgary (Post 591158)
i don't understand why no heater. all it takes is cables and heater duct hose and heater boxes on the exhaust pipes.

all it takes is making sure that every part of the simple system is in functioning order.. haha, not all parts of my car's body are still in good, shape, it's a lot harder than you might think to re-install the entire heating system in a car that had it stripped out by an excited teenager..

metalmaster1766 December 16th, 2019 09:37 PM

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First thing I do when I get a VW is pull the exhaust off and put a header on

Usually the heater boxes are rusted beyond use around here, altho I do have a decent set or 2 laying around, I just don't bother with them, good music and warm thoughts is all I ever needed

I too stuff blankets up front to help keep air from blowing in, but all the seals on mine are shot, this is the only Bug I have ever had that has good heater channels, I put them in 9 years ago

I keep mine under the carport so the windows don't frost up unless I leave it parked out in the open for a long time


Ron

V8Transporter December 17th, 2019 08:29 AM

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I’ve had really good luck running an old Fiat heater core and housing and Mazda fan. 🤔😲😃

tattooed_pariah December 18th, 2019 06:27 AM

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still on my "someday" list.. rear window defroster... I have plain glass back there, and the ice didn't clear enough for me to see out of it until I got to work this morning.. lol

Bugula December 18th, 2019 10:29 AM

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How about a Mr Heater buddy heater? Mount it well and keep a window cracked.

SCOTTRODS December 18th, 2019 03:59 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 591207)
still on my "someday" list.. rear window defroster... I have plain glass back there, and the ice didn't clear enough for me to see out of it until I got to work this morning.. lol

https://www.frostfighter.com/clear-v...yABEgJd6vD_BwE

marnat3 December 18th, 2019 06:15 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by SCOTTRODS (Post 591213)




Good to know. Thanks.

Bugula December 20th, 2019 12:57 PM

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My buddy had a daily driven 69 bug with a glass nose and no heater boxes. Super cool car. He used Rain X antifog on the inside. Worked great. But he used to bitch cuz I talked too much and could still manage to fog the glass up.

V8Transporter December 20th, 2019 01:44 PM

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But you helped keep the car warm.😁😁

Bugula December 20th, 2019 02:02 PM

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The demise of this car sucked. He got rearended and the last thing remembered was a bunch of people holding him back from punching the guy out through his side window. He was a big guy. A true full custom daily driver.

tattooed_pariah December 21st, 2019 04:28 AM

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I use rain-x on the outside cause my wipers suck, and fog-x on the inside..

one nice thing about these being small cars is that typically my body heat alone makes it bearable after about 30 minutes, not comfortable, but i stop shivering at least...

last year i drove to work one day when it was in the teens and i must have looked like a hobo.. i was wearing a hoodie, a craftsman jacket, wool gloves, a beanie, and i had a wool ship blanket wrapped around me.. lol

Bugula December 21st, 2019 01:10 PM

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I thought the only guys with their black hoodies up and driving in Maryland drove Cavaliers or Colbolts. Lol

tattooed_pariah December 21st, 2019 05:12 PM

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hahahaha :P

metalmaster1766 December 21st, 2019 06:29 PM

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After 80 mile to pick my son up, I think it was about 6 years ago, 8 inches of snow and none of the highways were plowed, well I cleared the top 6 inches away

https://i.vgy.me/1RJeb5.jpg

I had fun, the cold didn't bother me a bit, I was more worried about keeping the car on the road when the big trucks went past me, I couldn't see them coming from behind, I found it easier to go faster than them

V8Transporter December 27th, 2019 01:01 PM

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I hope you sent someone a bill for your hard work.

I’m up in the VWS carport replacing the last five feet of fuel line. All the ‘rubber fuel line is in pretty bad shape, though it’s less than two years old. We’ve got 10 percent Ethanol out here and I run Stabil and Lucas fuel treatment. Sigh. It’s currently a balmy 42 degrees out and we’re in the shade of the hill to our south. Yeah, I know, t-shirt weather for a bunch of you.

tattooed_pariah December 28th, 2019 06:40 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 591254)
I hope you sent someone a bill for your hard work.

I’m up in the VWS carport replacing the last five feet of fuel line. All the ‘rubber fuel line is in pretty bad shape, though it’s less than two years old. We’ve got 10 percent Ethanol out here and I run Stabil and Lucas fuel treatment. Sigh. It’s currently a balmy 42 degrees out and we’re in the shade of the hill to our south. Yeah, I know, t-shirt weather for a bunch of you.

haha, about a year after I spent around $200 for SS braided -6 hoses and AN fittings, they started advertising hoses meant for the ethanol crap.. :yelling:

that's on my "someday list, is upgrading so i don't have to worry as much about hose rot..

V8Transporter December 28th, 2019 09:36 PM

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Most of the fuel line is now steel. The rubber line is only short pieces at connecting points. With the carb clean, she fired right and after a few minutes warming up, some futzing with the idle mixture screws, all is well. Gas in the clear inline fuel filter looks good.
Now on to the wiring. There seems to be a problem with the new turn signal switch. Plus last year the modified 60’s Ford air cleaner had to be ‘notched to clear the new MSD distributor. So today some time went into swapping out some soda can aluminum and duct tape for a welded in steel piece.

V8Transporter January 1st, 2020 02:48 PM

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Got the contacts on the t/s switch cleaned. Then did a check at the old style fuses. All was fine, except at the one powering the flashing unit. A quick cleaning of the contact points where the fuse connects and, viola, turn signals! Gotta’ make certain there are brake lights and then we’re back on the road. Next I bring down the Ron Francis wiring harness, cause messing with the old system in getting, well, old.

tattooed_pariah January 2nd, 2020 11:08 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 591267)
Got the contacts on the t/s switch cleaned. Then did a check at the old style fuses. All was fine, except at the one powering the flashing unit. A quick cleaning of the contact points where the fuse connects and, viola, turn signals! Gotta’ make certain there are brake lights and then we’re back on the road. Next I bring down the Ron Francis wiring harness, cause messing with the old system in getting, well, old.

Wiring is on my "to-do" list for my retirement.. I'm 15 years into my service now, but because I switched jobs in October, I have to commit to some extra time.. So now I got 7 years til I can retire..

Been telling the wife for years that when I retire, our "forever home" MUST have a large garage because I'm gonna gut my bug and rebuild it from the ground up.

Pull it inside, yank the engine, trans, and everything else, pull the body, redo floor pans, chop the top, install roll cage (I wanna drag for fun someday...), gut the electrical entirely and build a harness custom to suit what I want to install. custom seats (thinking buckets from an old fox body, but may change my mind if I find something I like better..) build custom storage where the back seat is. Gonna need a pro-street tranny cause I'm gonna finally build the 2276cc I've been collecting parts for since 2008.. still on the fence about doing it NA or turbo, I have a brand new set of Spanish 48IDFs, but turbo just sounds like both a nightmare and more fun :P make a custom fiberglass dash/console, etc, etc, etc, etc..

I figure if I plan it to take like 3 or 4 years to do everything I want to do, in Volksrodder fashion, I should have it done in just under 10 years.. :funny:

Bugula January 3rd, 2020 02:30 AM

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We will be house shopping this summer for our forever home. Let a few slip away, but that’s what I get for looking when I’m not ready. I hope the perfect house comes along, again. Big garage is first on my list and a big kitchen is on hers.

SCOTTRODS January 3rd, 2020 06:46 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Bugula (Post 591270)
We will be house shopping this summer for our forever home. Let a few slip away, but that’s what I get for looking when I’m not ready. I hope the perfect house comes along, again. Big targe is first on my list and a big kitchen is on hers.

That's a very typical... My wife as well... Gotta have a big kitchen... and wants me to have a large work area/shop/garage and some major storage areas.
Sounds like you got a keeper too.

V8Transporter January 3rd, 2020 07:12 AM

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With the T/S switch apart I found some corrosion. Contact cleaner helped a bit, but working the switch and a lot of good old WD-40 and all is well.

metalmaster1766 January 10th, 2020 07:56 PM

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I toom mine for a drive Friday afternoon, front brakes need something, I also need to rebuild a steering box, still need to do something about the starter as well

I did buy some parts last month, new pushrod tubes, and a wiring harness, I just need some more wire and crimp connecters

I'm gonna have my wife practice welding sheet metal and have her weld all the fender nut holes closed, I can't see good enough to weld, I wanna pull the body off but I don't know if I can get enough help to lift it, all my friends are broken

I also need to fix my wipers, I now remember why I never put new wiper blades on, they quit working about a year ago, I finally replaced them, when I turned them on my headlights went out, I turned the switch off and the lights came back on

Either way I need to finish everything by the end of May


Ron

horshak January 15th, 2020 03:37 PM

Re: Daily Drivers
 
I have had several bugs so when I built my '63 with a 1600 single port with a later model doghouse fan housing. I got new heater boxes and took a leaf blower hooked to the back and blew out all the crap out of the heater channels. It filled the car and there was some stuff in there I don't know how it got in. It has a good heater just don't get stuck in stop and go traffic or you can't see thru the windshield. Thats a good tip about RainX antifog I'm going to try that. Temperature doesn't scare me, but the 22 years I've owned it it has never been in the snow. Salted roads in Mo. destroys VW's. Bought a '73 Thing new in '73 it had a gas heater but it was the coldest car I ever owned.

V8Transporter January 15th, 2020 04:30 PM

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That’s a good one about using the ‘leaf blower.’😄😄

V8Transporter January 15th, 2020 05:03 PM

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That’s a good one about using the ‘leaf blower.’😄😄

alykat January 16th, 2020 07:11 AM

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Leaf blower is a great tip !

V8Transporter January 19th, 2020 01:42 PM

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Anyone else getting an idea for an ‘electric supercharger?’🤔😲😃

Bugula January 21st, 2020 02:22 AM

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Yeah, they don’t work. Lol
We all saw the leaf blower Monza episode on Roadkill, right?

tattooed_pariah January 21st, 2020 05:26 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Bugula (Post 591298)
Yeah, they don’t work. Lol
We all saw the leaf blower Monza episode on Roadkill, right?

hey, they made like 90 hp with 5 leaf blowers! :funny::funny:

V8Transporter January 21st, 2020 07:24 AM

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Oops. I thought that I was being funny...😲🤪

Bugula January 21st, 2020 09:43 AM

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Back to back tests show no improvement. But at first it looked promising. I would think it would work. Maybe on our smaller engines.

alykat January 26th, 2020 06:07 AM

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An electric set up would be constant speed, I would think.Both super charger and turbo are set up to operate based on engine RPM. The more you wind up the engine, the more air is pushed through and that results in more power. A limited air increase might help a bit on the bottom end, but would probably loose effectiveness very quickly as RPM goes up. Now, I may be very wrong about this as I don't have a degree in engineering. Just 60 plus years of cheap ass back yard auto hacks, so many of which didn't work as well as hoped.

SCOTTRODS January 26th, 2020 01:33 PM

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Some of the major manufacturers have been experimenting with Electric Turbochargers for years... I don't remember which one, but one of them had a promising version of it floating around out there a couple of years back... Maybe Mitsubishi or Subaru or somebody like that... If I remember right, wasn't;t too long ago Garrett was romancing this stuff with a weird kind of electrically assisted turbo to remove Turbo Lag... Been a while since I read this stuff but this is the stuff I took away from the readings...

metalmaster1766 February 4th, 2020 09:40 AM

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I'm going to need the leaf blower to clean out the interior of my Volksrod

As long as the windows are clean I'm good,

It gets dustier sitting still than when I drove it all the time


Ron

d3ghia February 24th, 2020 01:29 PM

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Still driving Vivian every day!


http://volksrods.com/forum/picture.p...pictureid=9729

V8Transporter February 26th, 2020 08:52 AM

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She’s looking great! Nice tan too.

metalmaster1766 February 26th, 2020 10:20 AM

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Keith, I like that color :thumbsup:

alykat March 1st, 2020 05:39 AM

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Color is spot on !

V8Transporter March 24th, 2020 08:55 AM

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A coupe of days ago I finally installed the new fuel gauge that ‘partners with the sender in the replacement fuel tank. It works great. In true ‘Shelter In Place form, I have the single cab in my ‘enclosed metal carport, safe and dry from the occasional passing rain cloud. Next comes some adjusting of the steering box, some panel welding ‘n such. Each time I inside I wash my hands. My nails haven’t been this clean in years!

metalmaster1766 March 24th, 2020 01:49 PM

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Getting everything done since you aren't going anywhere :funny:my hands are extra clean as well :thumbsup:

Nothing new for me, I'm always quarantined at home :funny:
I did adjust the valves on my Volksrod yesterday, or I should say I checked them, took all of 15 minutes, took longer to pull the exhaust off so I could get the valve covers off, I have a real disadvantage, Shmitty wants to lick and bite my ears and feet when I'm laying on the ground, it is entertaining :funny:

Next I'm gonna pull the carbs off and clean, adjust them, I also pulled my welder out, the next dry day :welder:


Stay safe everyone
Ron


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