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SCOTTRODS January 31st, 2018 09:23 AM

And a president who is not looking to get rid of military pensioners... for that whole 7 years ... dealio

tattooed_pariah July 19th, 2018 03:44 AM

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well holy shit... it's been almost half a year since I updated...

We moved to Maryland in June, got our Virginia house on the market now, hopefully someone buys it son, two mortgages on one income sucks.. wife is looking for work, but everyone requires a degree, she's got tons of experience but no degrees.. I've been driving the bug regularly again. it seems to be running really god right now. But I think maybe my o2 sensor is either bad or not reading correctly.. by my guesstimates, I've got both carbs jetted crazy rich (I forget exactly what's in there, but I know I have 60 idles in, I want to say 200ACs and 115 Mains..) but the wideband guage says "AIR" probably 90% of the time, "Lean" about 8% and somewhere between 13 and 15 AFR the other 2%.. those random readings tell me it's jetted right, but for some reason it doesn't read consistently.. going to be checking over the exhaust when I get a chance to see if something isn't tightened down at the exhaust ports maybe, allowing fresh air to be sucked into the flow and screwing with the numbers. The rest of the pipes are slip fit, and tighter than a mother fucker, so I know there's no leaking at the joints.

I've also noticed my oil temp stays between 120 and 180, so I'm not overheating oil. and my cylinder temps are all between 150 and 290F. I'm guessing it has something to do with the missing engine tin, but cylinders 1 and 4 seem to run hotter than 2 and 3 most of the time.. which struck me as odd because they are opposite corners.. normally 1 and 4 are in the 250-270 range while 2 and 3 are around 180-220.. I know having that big of a temp disparity can't be healthy, but it sounds great, runs hard, and is too much fun to stress out now.. i'll do that when it explodes :P

anyway, I gotta get to work.. I'll try and update more later.

tattooed_pariah December 2nd, 2018 11:12 AM

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Had it running and was driving daily for about a month..

One day I had a road rage incident, and shifted a bit too fast from 2nd to 3rd while trying to pass someone going uphill.. threw my belt.

Put a new one on, but didn't double check the backspacing, and threw it a few days later. Adjusted the spacing the best I could at the time and put a 3rd belt on. drove another couple of weeks before finally getting shims and time to do it properly, and when i pulled the alternator pulley off, found that it had been eating my alternator faceplate.

But I did buy the wife a new iPad last month for a combination birthday/christmas gift (her old one if a Gen 1 iPad.. it was dying a bad death haha..), so she just greenlit me to buy a new alternator for my own christmas (I'm using the $300 Compu-Fire 90amp one...)

so once i get that, I'll swap em out and hopefully get back on the road.

V8Transporter December 2nd, 2018 11:24 AM

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:huh:Until I read what you've written, I thought you'd spent a lot of time polishing a alternator pulley. :wink::grin:

tattooed_pariah December 2nd, 2018 04:26 PM

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Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 590282)
:huh:Until I read what you've written, I thought you'd spent a lot of time polishing a alternator pulley. :wink::grin:

lol no, but before i saw the alternator damage, i did use "hmm, my current pulley is an OG german one, maybe it's warped" as an excuse to spend $110 on a JayCee billet pulley.... :P

d3ghia December 3rd, 2018 07:04 PM

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Howdy Folks!

How goes it Matt? Kim?

Bugula December 5th, 2018 04:26 AM

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That sucks. As long as that damn key way is ok.

tattooed_pariah December 8th, 2018 08:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Bugula (Post 590298)
That sucks. As long as that damn key way is ok.

the keyway itself looks a little wider than it should and you can see on the key where it was wobbling a tiny bit..

new alternator should arrive soon, i'll probably throw this one somewhere in the garage under the pretense of an emergency spare and then throw it int he trash 10 years from now.. lol

tattooed_pariah December 9th, 2018 12:32 PM

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new alternator in.

combination of the woodruff key on the pulley and being a little mangled, the slot being a little widened, and the small piece of the pulley that locks it all in place being worn down probably did it all in..

It's been parked for like a month, so it's on the trickle charger right now.. may need a gallon or two of fresh gas, but we'll see if it starts with a charged battery first..

tattooed_pariah July 15th, 2019 04:56 AM

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So I finally wrangled some time together Saturday morning and did some work on the bug again..

I bought the CB billet filter bases/tops months ago, but have been procrastinating installing them and the weber jet doctors.. so I did that..

Turns out it's a good damn thing I did, BOTH of my shitty filter bases had broken, so part of them was laying inside the filter area, partially obscuring things and moving freely.. luckily they didn't do any damage..

before shot (sorry it's sideways, I have no idea why my phone won't auto rotate when i take a wide shot and post to facebook and i'm too lazy to fix it.. :P )

After photo:

Also found something interesting.. I bought a jet gauge last year too, and this is the first time I've used it... it seems like ALL my jets are labelled wrong :blink:

my 60's were all reading 55, so I grabbed my jet box and my 55's were all reading 50... is this common or is my shit fucked up? :Idunno:

anyway, ended the day by driving it down to the local saturday meet up. I did readjust the air/fuel screws, but it popped out the exhaust a bit more than I like.. so I took about 2 degrees of timing out of it Sunday..

Before the jet doctors, I was consistently running "Lean/Air" on the wideband, with occassional spurts of 13-16 at about 2/3's throttle and between 2400-3200rpms..

After the jet doctors, fuel/air adjustments and bringing all in advance to about 30* instead of 32*, I'm still running lean/air most of the time, but spending a lot more time in the 12-15 range now.. So I'm getting closer to actually having it tuned properly, but it's not there yet, and with the outside temps being what they are, i don't know when i'm gonna wanna sit on the driveway and screw with it next, so back on the road it goes until then :P

(pic from the show)

tequilla July 15th, 2019 05:04 PM

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Great to hear you have it back on the road again!

tattooed_pariah July 16th, 2019 03:33 AM

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Originally Posted by tequilla (Post 590755)
Great to hear you have it back on the road again!

for now anyway.. haha

I've fallen victim to information overload now..

I have a tach, a speedo, a fuel gauge, the generator light, the oil light, oil pressure, oil temp, wideband, and 4 channel gauge for CHT on each spark plug..

If I just look out the windshield, I enjoy the ride and everything feels fine, but if i'm doing 75mph down the freeway and my gaze wanders down to the instruments, I start trying to analyze all the shit i'm seeing and figure out if there is something wrong or not.. :wacko:

I'm pretty sure right now i'm just in bad need of proper tuning.. wideband still reads lean/air at least half the time, and now my #2 cylinder gets about 5-10 degrees hotter than #3.. 1 and 4 are pretty mellow. The only thing I can think of is I have an A-1 header which connects to a small bullet "muffler" behind the passenger rear tire, so maybe the exhaust heat is affecting #2? It doesn't seem likely, but that's the only thing outside of the engine that would have heat and it is on the only corner of the engine that has temps that are above "norm"

Was thinking of trying to rig some kind of heat shield out of sheet metal and see if it helps..

tattooed_pariah December 16th, 2019 08:03 AM

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Been a while. honestly haven't done much.

modern daily driver has spent the last week in the shop getting warranty repairs done so i've been driving my VR. forgot how much I love this car, even if it is freezing with no heat in Maryland winter weather :P

It's been starting and running strong, but I suspect it's only on 3 cylinders right now.. Can't really feel a drop in power, but #1 CHT is significantly lower than the other 3, so i'm thinking that cylinder is only heating up from #2 residual heat transferred through the head. I know I need to pull the plug and figure it out, just been too cold and I've been too lazy to do it..

Maybe I will in a couple of months. As of October 3rd, I'm no longer a Mass Communication Specialist for the Navy, now I'm a Machinist's Mate. I've been given orders to a ship out in San Diego and we are moving there in February. Back to warmer climates and being able to work on the car almost year round so long as i don't procrastinate..

Anyway, hope you all are well!

tequilla December 16th, 2019 12:51 PM

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Hey at leas California has a year round car culture............ :grin:

tattooed_pariah December 16th, 2019 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by tequilla (Post 591189)
Hey at leas California has a year round car culture............ :grin:

hell yeah! and more than one vw group per every 400 miles! haha

tattooed_pariah January 31st, 2020 03:32 AM

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So I drove the bug to get a haircut yesterday morning.. judging by how slow the temp rose on #2, I'm guessing I'm running on 3 cylinders right now..

Hoping to get a chance to pull the spark plug this weekend.. next week all four cars get shipped to california, and next weekend we start driving that was in a rented motorhome..

All our household stuff got packed up, loaded, and taken away this week, so i'm without my desktop computer at home.. Today is my last day at work.

see you all on the other side!

SCOTTRODS January 31st, 2020 04:48 AM

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Wow... My Car never needs a haircut... But glad you took care of yours... Hairy shaggy cars are kinda out of style right now...

V8Transporter January 31st, 2020 07:28 AM

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Not only got a haircut, but it sounds like getting back home may have been a ‘close shave.’ 🙄😲😄

Bugula January 31st, 2020 07:30 AM

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Changing state, again?

tequilla January 31st, 2020 01:29 PM

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Be safe on your way back to California. We need to do another Pomona Swap Meet sometime :thumbsup:

metalmaster1766 February 4th, 2020 08:32 AM

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That's one hell of a move, I moved 4 times all within 5 miles of where I grew up, 5 times if I count when we moved back in this house after the fire, IF I ever moved a long distance (like more than 10 miles) I would hate to think of all the stuff I would never find again
Moving sucks regardless


tattooed_pariah February 25th, 2020 10:46 AM

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quick update:

we arrived in El Cajon, Ca last sunday, household goods were dropped off thursday and friday, we've spent the last fewdays unpacking and getting situated. Hope to be back online more regularly soon, but still a LOT going on right now. :)

d3ghia February 28th, 2020 08:57 AM

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Welcome back to the west! Gonna have to meet up sometime!

tattooed_pariah February 28th, 2020 10:56 AM

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Thanks! It'd be cool to try and set up some kind of Southwest VR meet.. but I'm far from having time to do that right now.. I should be here for like 6 years though, so it's not impossible :)

tequilla February 28th, 2020 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 591395)
Thanks! It'd be cool to try and set up some kind of Southwest VR meet.. but I'm far from having time to do that right now.. I should be here for like 6 years though, so it's not impossible :)

:thumbsup: Sounds like fun hopefully it won't take 6 years!

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