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tattooed_pariah July 3rd, 2013 05:07 PM

Effigy's history
 
So for as long as I've been a member here, I've liked that our "intro" threads are our own, no one can clutter them up with nonsense, but at the same time, I don't think they get viewed nearly as much as this section of the board, and anytime I have a question, I wind up making a new thread here anyway, so I decided to shift some of it here to open up the floor for questions I may have, or others may have..

Since there isn't a lot going on in my garage at this minute, I'm just gonna go for a complete run down of my ownership of this car.. (most dates will be vague because my memory sucks..)

I'll start with a quick explanation of the name.. my first car was this 1973 Super Beetle.. I loved that car.. it developed a split in the fuel line one day after driving on the freeway for about an hour and by the time dispatch got a fire truck to me, everything windshield back was about 10" flames.. :( So this being my second beetle, I named it Effigy..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.n..._7510770_n.jpg

2002 - purchased for $1800. 1972 standard with stock everything, except fiberglass flared fenders and WunderBug 1937 Ford Front end kit. The engine started and ran, and I drove it home, but it was running rough and my knowledge at the time was basic tune ups.. I wasn't even on the samba yet, let alone VR so I had no one to go to with dumb questions.. brought it to a local shop, turned out the flywheel was just about to separate from the crank (among other problems)

They rebuilt the 1600, but over tightened the gland nut, it sheared off and bounced around the housing a couple of times and did some other damage.. so since it was their fault, they made me a deal, they'd use what was still good, and build me a 1776cc with no charge for labor and 50% off parts. I took em up on it, towed the car home (they had minimal space) while they built the engine and when they called to say it was done, I opted to install it myself. Install went well, broke it in in the garage, then drove around for about 8 miles before it fully seized up. Turns out the oil pump was plugged or something, so it had no oil running through it..

It was determined that had I not forgotten to connect the oil idiot light, I would have seen that sooner, but had they not given me a used oil pump after charging me for a new one, the idiot light wouldn't have mattered.. After much arguing, they agreed to rebuild it again at 50% labor/75% parts..

A short time later, I came to realize I should have A) not gone back to them and B) had someone else check over their work...

I was charged for rebuilt heads with dual high rev springs... well, the stock single springs allowed the valves to float and one of them snapped off the stem and punched a hole in the piston.

At this point I found another shop and filed paperwork to take the first shop to small claims court to try to reclaim the money I lost having 3 engines built in 6 months, and bus fare going to/from work/school and everything.. lost the case because the judge was mad I didn't know what the bluebook value of the car was.. but whatever..

so by now it's about:

2003-2005: Finally have the 1776 sorted out, running great, it's my only car and I go everywhere. nothing really exciting for a couple of years.. One trip from San Jose, Ca to Bend, Oregon (about a 17 hour trip..) not a single issue. seriously, car was fantastic and engine was a beast!

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...igy/effigy.jpg

2005-2006: Joined the navy, was away at A-school in Maryland, left the car at my parents until March 2006 when I flew back and picked it up to drive it to San Diego to report for duty.

It looked something like this then:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...y/IMG_4826.jpg

I had gotten fed up with people asking for a ride and then complaining how small the back seat was.. so I folded the back down into the a package tray and put these in :P

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...y/IMG_4820.jpg

early 2007 I deployed and brought it back to my parents house for storage during deployment. By Mid deployment I was posting here about how I wanted to put a Ford I-Beam front on to match the hood, and PurpleMyth reccomended I talk to HotRodHeb since he lived in San Jose too..

After a few e-mails, I made arrangements with my parents and he swung by their house, hooked up a tow bar, and took my car to scrap heap and ran off with the profit..... hahaha, no, he took awesome care of me, but my Mom was a little upset when I later told her that I had never met him in person before, none of us thought to get Rob's info (other than phone number and e-mail address), so he could have done just that, but I trusted him, he's good peoples.

Anyway, while I was deployed, Rob (and Cobey and Matt IIRC), took my car apart. I had blown the transmission trying to get it back to my parents, so they swapped out my stock box for a freeway flier, installed a TinBeater 10" beam extender, welded headlight buckets to the beam, disc brakes all the way around, and put the new rims/tires on for me, among a ton of other things.. We had some shipping delays with my rear fenders, but eventually those arrived and we put them on with the '39 Ford teardrop tail lights.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3..._4335Small.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3..._4342Small.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3..._4355Small.jpg

Here's couple of shots of it before the new fenders had arriver... that TV was a PITA to get in and out of my bug.. 32" tube.. weighed about 130 lbs..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...y/ab1540d3.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...y/e3d2203d.jpg

At some point in late 2007 (October/November I think), I noticed that the damn bracket that holds the hideaway exhaust up kept falling off from road vibration and it was rubbing on the back of the rear brake:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...highlights.jpg

So on Thanksgiving day, I swapped out this:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...y/IMG_5034.jpg

For This:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...y/IMG_5035.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...y/IMG_5038.jpg

It looked at sounded SOOOO much better...

But alas, it was not to last.. That header was not made for heater boxes.. I ran it from Turkey Day '07 until about mid January '08 when the massive exhaust leak and back firing finally cracked the 1/2 side head..

Since then, I've had it running a handful of times, and swapped out a lot of parts:

2008: bought ceramic coated J-pipes and had flanges welded onto them and the header, old stock heads from I THINK a 1500 that I had, I dunno what they were, they were DP though.. had em bored out to 90.5, got it almost running before deployment..

2009: got it running poorly before deployment

2010: got it running well enough to get me about 80 miles a day round trip for 5 days (I had the Dodge at that point, but I left it at my parents.. for a week before I went to Iraq I had to go to an office about 40 miles away..).. at some point during all of that, I broke the second set of heads and lost one of the glasspacks on a San Diego freeway... :wacko:

2011: Finally got home and began tearing it down for a proper rebuild.

(Cont in next post.)

tattooed_pariah July 3rd, 2013 05:25 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
January 12, 2011 (At least that's what I named the folder in photobucket..)

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...1/IMGP0138.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...1/IMGP0148.jpg

Get the engine out and fully taken apart..

In March I took my angle grinder to the rear apron:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...p/IMGP0191.jpg

(All that Dynomatting is gone now by the by..)

anywho, at some point, I had the case cleaned up and line bored, bought new heads from Brother's VW, got a new cam/lifter set from I forget where.. small shop near Anaheim.., installed a DBug framehead brace:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...N12/photo1.jpg

(That's JJ's foot int he right side.. he's helped me out a shit ton!)

got that far and decided, "well shit, I have everything out.. and I have a friend who is trying to sell a bunch of -6AN hoses/fittings... let's run new fuel lines!"

Already had a handy rust hole on the passenger side:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps69fbc586.jpg

Set to work on that with a ballpeen hammer and a pry bar..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps6dbb6f40.jpg

Figured out the elbow on the left of the next pic is the heater channel:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps71437664.jpg

So a giant spike, a hammer, and some brute idioy opened it up to be a conduit :P

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps68fd20dd.jpg

Fuel comes out the tank, into an Earl's filter, into a Holley Red pump, into a regulator, down the heater channel, into a bulk head fitting, into a T fitting, into each carb :)

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psf703e30b.jpg

This was it at some point before I had replaced the lost glasspack.. all I had around the garage was that stupid stinger...

http://s23.photobucket.com/user/1kmi...e8134.mp4.html

Eventually I did replace that glasspack though:

http://s23.photobucket.com/user/1kmi...55cef.mp4.html

I had something screwy with the Cam or distributor or something though, so the engine has come back out..

Right now the case is at Steve/Greg Tims Performance Workshop, getting the oil galley plugs drilled out and tapped to make sure everything is clean..

When they're done, I'll begin rebuilding again. Only this time, instead of the 009 dizzy with bosch blue coil, it's getting the billet MSD dizzy, with Blaster 2 coil and 6AL box..

Hopefully I'll have an update about that within the next coupld of weeks..

V8Transporter July 3rd, 2013 08:09 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
That's it? Thats all? Just kidding...I loved chapter six.:clapping::clapping::clapping:

hotsauce July 3rd, 2013 08:34 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
That nose actually looks badass with the extended beam! Right on man.

tattooed_pariah July 4th, 2013 07:28 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 563304)
That's it? Thats all? Just kidding...I loved chapter six.:clapping::clapping::clapping:

haha for now :P

Quote:

Originally Posted by hotsauce (Post 563307)
That nose actually looks badass with the extended beam! Right on man.

For a second I thought you were talking about my face :blink: :funny:

Thanks! :grin:

V8Transporter July 4th, 2013 09:19 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Matt, she's a great looking ride. The extended axle really does make the nose look waaay more street rodder-ish than in the stock position..

tattooed_pariah July 4th, 2013 09:38 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 563338)
Matt, she's a great looking ride. The extended axle really does make the nose look waaay more street rodder-ish than in the stock position..

I agree, I'd like a little more rake, but if I do anything, I would raise the back a tiny bit. I don't like slowing down much over speed bumps and the front is already dropped 4.5" or so..

I also like how the rear fenders look, I've been told I should drop em and go full fenderless, but I kinda dig the way it makes the body flow.. plus I have 15x5 in front and 15x8 in the rear so the wider fenders help that too..

tattooed_pariah July 31st, 2013 09:26 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
copied and pasted from my intro thread.. I thought I was posting in this thread.. haha :wacko:

Well, I FINALLY got some more work done..

Not a lot, but hey, anything is a step in the right directions right?

Since the last time I posted, I got some -8 black vinyl covered AN lines and black AN fittings, re-did the oil lines from the external cooler, decided that since everything was fully apart, and my factory plugs had never been drilled out (The case is drilled and tapped for full flow, but not all the plugs were removed..) I'd have that done and have it fully cleaned, and I bought one of those shitty bugpack 36hp shrouds with no fresh air tubes or doghouse cooler. I know, stock is better, but I like how small the 36hp shrouds are, the engine just looks cleaner, and with an external filter/72fin cooler and 10" electric fan, I think I'll be fine heat wise..

I rattle canned the shroud and backing plate bright red, and it sat for a couple of weeks..

Tonight I put a "fast fab" oil cooler block off plate on. It has a trench so the oil will still flow in and out of the cooler holes on top of the case. I bought some gasket material and hand cut a gasket for it, then put some gasca cinch on the case top and one side of the gasket, let it dry, but it on, then more on the other side of the gasket and the block off, let it dry, and installed it.

Next up I put the crank back in and sat all the bearings fully, then put the lifters back, a dap of the red "break in oil" on each since they've all only been run for maybe 3 hours total..), then cam bearings, then lined up the dots and dropped the cam in.

Next I started looking at the MSD dizzy.. lost the instruction sheets so I booted up my shitty old laptop that's out there, fought with the wifi signal for a few minutes and finally downloaded the instruction sheet.

I'm going to run it with the black spacer and one small silver spring and one large silver spring.

Next I tried to install the distributor drive gear, and that's where I stopped for the night.

I forgot about the washers on it, so I think I'm either going to have to take the crank back out, slap some grease on those washers, install them then re-install everything.. or maybe put the other case half on, which will let me check to make sure everything is rotating fine, and I can put grease on the washers, put em on a screwdriver and try and drop em into place and hope they stay..

either way, it's gonna be a pain in the ass, so I decided to call it a night..

I'm also in contact to buy one of the sync link carb linkage kits.. I love how it looks and it seems to have nothing but good reviews.. friggin pricey, but I think it might be worth it. Plus, as much as I utterly HATE Jake Raby for his personality, he does seem to know a lot about engines, and he felt this was a good enough linkage that he backed it for a while when it first came out, hence why all the pics in the ad have a DTM Shroud ;P (http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifie...php?id=1381017)

anywho, hopefully I can get this damn thing running again soon.. I miss my VR..

V8Transporter August 1st, 2013 10:05 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
And now we're on to 'Chapter Nine'.... heh heh. :wink::grin: Any who, take your time and pretty soon you'll be bragging that the neighbors are calling the cops because of your nightly burnouts....:sawzall::clapping:

tattooed_pariah August 9th, 2013 06:07 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Next part of the story: another stupid mistake.. :hmm:

Last Saturday I came home from work and go to work in the garage...

I was talking on the phone for about an hour, but I spent 4 hours out there to accomplish NOTHING...

Well, that's not entirely true, let me elaborate: I spread from Permatex Ultimate Grey Gasket Maker on the case halves, triple checked the cam gear indexing, put some assembly lube on the sides of the lifters, put some of the red break in lube that came with the cam on the lifter faces, tried to put the 1/2 case half on top of the 3/4 side, two lifters fell out.. guess the assembly lube wasn't as sticky as I'd hoped..

Cut up a coat hanger, made two V-shaped spring type clips things to hold the lifters in place.. First attempt, one lifter fell out.. tried again, saw two slipping.. finally, on the fourth try, I got it! :dancing:

next up I put some permatex ultra black sealant on the washers AND the case nuts and started torquing them down, then I caught myself.. Oil pump needs to go in before case halves are torqued..

Spread some ultimate grey, carefully, on the back of the pump, then carefully painted the edges of the front and the edges of the cover with Gasca-Cinch.. torqued it into place, then torqued the case.

I had already installed the oil cooler block off plate, so I spun the engine around (It's on my stand..) so it was right side up instead of on it's side, and got to work on the distributor. Got the washers into place, then quadruple checked that I was on TDC for #1. I think last time I built it, I mistakenly put the dizzy gear in on TDC for #3.. :wacko:

Anyway, Got it lined up for #1, gear dropped right in, was damn near perfectly lined up (perpendicular) to the case halves. Great, so far so good! :grin::thumbsup: Grab my distributor and the directions for it.. follow the steps to figure out how many shims I need to use. Measure everything. put the shims, bracket, and O-rings in place. Get the dizzy in place and hand tighten it all down.

Next up I put my fuel pump block off plate/coil holder in place and tight it down..

At this point, it had been about 4 hours (Like I said, i was on the phone for a lot of that and just moving slow trying to check things and take my time..) so I crack open a beer, light a smoke, and lean against the car before I start tackling anything else..

I'm just sitting there enjoying my break and scanning over my workbench and what I have left to do when suddenly my shoulders drop and a string of profanity comes pouring out of my mouth. :yelling::yelling::yelling:

Sitting in the drip pan, right next to the pistons and cylinders, heads, and misc hardware, are the 1/2 side of my cam bearings :yelling::yelling::yelling:

So yea, I stopped right there and decided to get a ride to the bar and get drunk instead.

tattooed_pariah August 14th, 2013 07:31 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Ordered some stuff.. it all showed up on my doorstep monday.

Bought a case splitting tool so I can finally do it properly instead of yanking, wiggling and trying to carefully pry it apart.. Thought it might be tougher to split this time since I used that ultimate grey crap.. we'll find out..

also got some of this crap: http://vwparts.aircooled.net/Curil-K...il-k-125ml.htm to reseal it after i put my damn cam bearings in.. we'll see how well it works..

and I got the Sync Link linkage kit.. came in a little box full of bags with pieces, and pete e-mailed me a PDF with directions on how to put it all together.. god I hope I didn't bite off more than I can chew with this thing, it'll look killer if I can figure it out though!

gonna try and get out in the garage soon.. would love to say i'm going to work on it when I get home tonight, but I had trouble getting to sleep last night and only got about 2 and a half hours of rest..

tattooed_pariah September 1st, 2013 08:16 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Well, finally got off my ass and back into the garage tonight..

Cleaned off as much of the ultimate grey gasket maker as I could, then put a coat of Kuril on and put the case back together.

everything rotates smoothly, so I went ahead and put the pistons and cylinders back in, push rod tubes (split upwards) and heads torqued down.

it resembles an engine again! :P

I think all that's left now is to install the alternator stand, put the alternator in the new shroud, put all the tins on, the flywheel, hold the engine up in position so I can figure out where I want to install nut serts to mount the oil breather box and 6AL box..

tattooed_pariah September 6th, 2013 06:41 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
so someone on the Samba talking about MSD pointed something out that I had totally forgotten.. oil filled coils don't like laying on their side..

Guess I have to replace my fuel pump block off plate with horizontal coil holder with a plain plate, then find somewhere to mount the coil..

I'm thinking about nutserts on the firewall with a stock bracket..

tattooed_pariah October 1st, 2013 02:12 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
So Saturday after work I had my buddy Tom come over and hang out with me while i did some more work on the bug..

Got the push rods and rocker arm on the 1/2 side.. but while putting the rocker arm on the 3/4 side, I screwed up and tightened one side down before the other was fully seated.. it caused the shoulder on the stud to get screwed up, which made the rocker not want to seat properly, and while trying to remove it to figure out what was binding, I broke the clamp on my bolt together rocker :(

Since that ended forward progress on the block, I decided to do some more work on the new linkage.. got the brackets and wheels installed on both carbs :D

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps13a11e52.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps8e279aaa.jpg

tattooed_pariah October 11th, 2013 06:38 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
well, was content watching family guy and drinking beer.. but wifey called so while talking to her, i went out to the garage..

replaced the top 8 studs on my webers, the ones in there had shoulders on them to accommodate the plates for the hex bar linkage.. since I'm using the Sync Link, I took those plates off and had to buy studs without shoulders, basically, little threaded rods.. replaced all of them, a dab of red locktite on each.. then replaced the rocker arm stud i screwed up.. I'm a little concerned because it's a little shorter than the other.. but I won't know if that will be a problem until i fix my rocker arm.. that seemed like a bit more intensive of a job and i don't want to attempt it after 2 jack and cokes and 4 beers..

so i stopped for the night, going back to family guy now.. :P

tattooed_pariah November 15th, 2013 07:13 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Finally worked on the bug again last night..

Last time I worked on it, my pushrod tubes proved to be too long, so at least half the seals were smashed and pressed out and cut, the 3/4 side rocker didn't go on evenly, and crushed the shoulder of the rocker stud, thereby getting the rocker suck on the shaft, and i broke the clamp piece on the rocker, and I realized I forgot to put the little tin onder the 3/4 cylinders (above the push rod tubes..)

yeah, it was a clusterfuck of drunk mistakes. :wacko::stupid:

Last night I stopped at CarCraft on the way home, bought some stock pushrod tubes, some newfangled silicone seals that they claim can be reused many times if you're careful, a 30amp relay for my MSD box/ignition connection, and the rubber boot that the clutch and throttle cables pass through above the transaxle (new linkage needs a good boot to hold a transition piece in place..)

Got home, took apart the 3/4 side, put the tin in place, stretched the new tubes until they were just about as long as my old windage tubes, put some KurilK2 on the seals and put them in place. retorqued the heads, checking at each torque step to ensure the seals weren't being destroyed. found out the replacement stub I had bought about a month ago is about 1/2 inch shorter than the other stud, so I can't put the rocker back on yet.

Spun the engine on the stand and did the same with the 1/2 side (except the tin, I remembered that the first time I put it together..), put the rocker shaft back on but didn't adjust anythign yet, all the adjusters are backed out fully for now (have the flywheel locked so I could take the pulley off, figure I may as well leave it locked until I get the pulley back on..)

crawled under the car to try and put the transition piece in place and make some more progress on the linkage, but can't even tell if the original boot is still there or not, too much road grime and crap.. :/

Then piled up some crap to try and take some shots for if Steve gets desperate for the calendar :P

and because I know "pics or it didn't happen" here ya go:

Here's the new boot, the transition piece, and the picture from the instructions:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps701c3e94.jpg

and here's what mine currently looks like :/

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps6eedf03c.jpg

Those are really all the pics I took of the work, the other pics are in the calendar thread..

Paperweightnate November 15th, 2013 08:40 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Yeah those do look quite a bit different. I just read your whole intro thread last night. Glad I'm caught up!

tattooed_pariah November 15th, 2013 08:49 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paperweightnate (Post 568128)
Yeah those do look quite a bit different. I just read your whole intro thread last night. Glad I'm caught up!


I'm guessing that my car just has 40+ years of road grime and dirt and crap, and that the original rubber boot deteriorated years ago.. I dunno.. I e-mailed the guy who made the linkage kit since his instructions are a little vague to see what he thinks before I do any damage.

haha, pretty easy to catch up when the posts are all like 5 months apart and basically say, "i worked on the car for 20 minutes tonight.. " ;P someday I'll get it running again... :hmm: :funny:

1slo3 November 18th, 2013 10:40 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 568130)

haha, pretty easy to catch up when the posts are all like 5 months apart and basically say, "i worked on the car for 20 minutes tonight.. " ;P someday I'll get it running again... :hmm: :funny:

I think you and I have the same thread author :huh: :hmm: :rollingeyes:

tattooed_pariah November 18th, 2013 12:13 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by 1slo3 (Post 568200)
I think you and I have the same thread author :huh: :hmm: :rollingeyes:

:funny::funny:

slowly but surely, it'll happen :thumbsup:

1slo3 November 18th, 2013 12:20 PM

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I think we need a "Cut, weld, drive... someday" shirt!

tattooed_pariah November 18th, 2013 12:50 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 1slo3 (Post 568202)
I think we need a "Cut, weld, drive... someday" shirt!

haha or a "Cut, Weld, Drink, Bitch at Newbies." shirt :wink: :funny:

tattooed_pariah February 8th, 2014 08:56 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Well, a little out of character.. it's only been 3 months since last update :P

Done a lot of little things here and there over the last month or so and today I'm gonna try and get it running again :wacko:

I can't remember the order that all this has happened but I mentioned on the samba thread for the sync link kit about the problems I was having with that transition piece.. As it turned out, my body doesn't even have the oval hole that the grommet is supposed to attach to, the metal conduits for the clutch and throttle cables just stick straight out of the the body itself.. I tried JB welding the transition piece in place, but screwed up because I cut the end off a q-tip to make sure the hole stayed clear, applied JB Weld, stuck it in place for a couple of days, and then couldn't remove the q-tip because it was attached to the jb weld.. :wacko:

While trying to remove it, I pulled the transition piece free too.. which prompted me to think of a better idea.. Posted on the samba thread that I was going to take it to someone with a drill press and tapping tools and have them drill a small hole, thread it, and insert a set screw. Pete (the guy who designed the kit) told me to send him my mailing address and he'd send one to me :) I like to think that future kits will reflect this revision and so I've now become part of the R&D department ;)

So I got that attached, attached the new pedal piece and ran the cable through.

Engine is pretty much fully assembled and ready to go back in. I bought a quality nutsert installation tool (took me a few weeks to find a local industrial tool store and the kit cost me $90, but it's a good kit and I love excuses to buy tools :P ), and used it to mount my oil breather box and MSD Ignition to the firewall.

JJ came over and helped me figure out my relay idiocy. The MSD box has an internal relay, so we left it off of that, but put a 25amp fuse between the box and the hot side of my starter. We also had to redo the wires on my electric fan, as the power lead on it had ripped free of the connector at some point, who knows when :hmm:. Then we hooked a relay into the circuit for my fuel pump.

Today my list of tasks include:
* connecting throttle cable to pedal adapter
* remove factory styled wire shielding and electrical tape from harness in engine compartment
* connect MSD small red wire to ignition wire
* fix all the wires in that portion of the harness that either show fire damage, or have shitty connectors, or have multiple splices (I think the tach wire is the worst, it has like 3 different 5 inch sections of wire held together with butt splices.. :wacko:)
* apply spiral wrap wire conduit crap to harness to make it look pretty..
* install engine (attach to trans, connect wires, etc..)
* install intakes/carbs, reconnect fuel lines
* finish hooking up sync link linkage
* install exhaust
* check clearance for berg traction bar (I don't know if it will clear my exhaust or not..)
* triple check that I didn't forget anything
* put some sea foam in the gas tank
* pour in another couple gallons of CA 91 octane to mix with old gas and sea foam..
* reconnect battery
* pray
* disconnect coil wire from coil
* turn key for a few seconds
* reconnect coil
* pray again
* turn on fuel pump
* attempt to start

at this point one of two things will happen:

A) * celebrate and get to work tuning carbs and timing
* put engine lid back on so I have a license plate
* go up and down the street then maybe around the block
* celebrate more

or

B) * cry
* drink
* post in the drunk thread

I'm hoping for Option A.. and then I have to figure out how i'm going to reattach my rear apron because inthe meantime I've got some baling wire I'm going to wrap around my exhaust and hook onto the latch to hold the decklid shut.. ;P

sorry I haven't been taking many pictures..

this was before JJ came over to help me get it wired up properly..
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psynu0zg1u.jpg

and a shitty shot of the engine still on the stand
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psx6lpkhqm.jpg

SCOTTRODS February 8th, 2014 10:21 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 571296)

at this point one of two things will happen:

A) * celebrate and get to work tuning carbs and timing
* put engine lid back on so I have a license plate
* go up and down the street then maybe around the block
* celebrate more
* post in the drunk thread

or

B) * cry
* drink
* post in the drunk thread

Fixed that for ya... :sawzall::welder::sawzall::plasmacutter::welder:

tattooed_pariah February 8th, 2014 10:28 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SCOTTRODS (Post 571299)
Fixed that for ya... :sawzall::welder::sawzall::plasmacutter::welder:


lol, fair enough :P

Iunno though, I don't have any beer at home right now on purpose.. I want to be completely sober during it's maiden voyage since I haven't driven it in 5 years..

Although, I do pass by a Vons on the trip "around the block" (I live in a cul-de-sac thing, so "around the block" is more like a "circuitous route through my immediate neighborhood.."), maybe the maiden voyage will be a beer run :P

V8Transporter February 8th, 2014 11:08 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
"As it turned out, my body doesn't even have the oval hole that the grommet is supposed to attach to..."


:funny::funny: Um, sounds like a personal problem. :funny::funny:

tattooed_pariah February 8th, 2014 11:10 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 571305)
"As it turned out, my body doesn't even have the oval hole that the grommet is supposed to attach to..."


:funny::funny: Um, sounds like a personal problem. :funny::funny:


haha, yea, but i love you guys so much I gotta share everything! ;P

tattooed_pariah February 9th, 2014 12:25 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
alright, so accomplished everything EXCEPT getting to start it...

look at my clock at one point and it was about 630.. next time i looked at it, i was pulling on the doors of orielly's wondering why they were closed already and it was 902.. :(

I wound up being about a quart and a half low on oil to try and start it..

So gonna get out and buy more oil today and hopefully have a video to post tonight :P

tattooed_pariah February 9th, 2014 03:04 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
had to go to three different stores to find 30wt oil.. got some, poured it in with a bottle of Lucas break in oil, it cranks over but won't fire.. no idea why :/

tattooed_pariah February 9th, 2014 03:26 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by whozawhat (Post 571337)
is it getting spark?, Is the timing set correctly, fuel? check all of the basics

getting fuel, did static timing by getting to TDC for #1 and turning the distributor until the rotor and cap were lined up..

no idea if it's getting spark, kinda intimidated by the MSD and don't wanna zap the shit outta myself trying to find out.. :P

still tired and hungover from last night so i'm taking a break and having a pizza delivered.. :P

tattooed_pariah February 10th, 2014 12:47 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
just wanted to post a pic I took saturday night when almost everything was in.. I still need to plug the tops of the carbs, the stupid red cone filter is temporary but I only had one..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psvqj85ffx.jpg

I also apparently lost one of the hinge things.. they were both on my work bench, but one is gone now.. :hmm:

hotrodheb February 10th, 2014 01:46 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Is that pink or red???

tattooed_pariah February 10th, 2014 01:56 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hotrodheb (Post 571355)
Is that pink or red???

red, just weird flash bounce.. :P

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psn62yvhsg.jpg

better shot for color..

V8Transporter February 10th, 2014 07:34 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Looking good.:clapping::clapping:

d3ghia February 10th, 2014 08:41 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Check your carbs again. Check the idle jet for clogging, doublecheck your settings too.

tattooed_pariah February 10th, 2014 09:48 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by whozawhat (Post 571360)
hopefully that is an old picture and you do have the ignition system properly and completely wired up.


or is that why it won't fire??

haha yeah, it was still on the engine stand in that picture.. wiring is pretty straight forward, the three wires going tot he alternator, two wires to the oil pressure/temp module thing (took a picture when i disconnected them, so they are connected properly..) one wire to oil pressure idiot light sensor, ignition switch wire to small red wire on MSD box, MSD small black wire to neg side of coil, MSD orange wire to pos side of coil, MSD thirck red wire to 12v, MSD thick black to ground..

Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 571366)
Looking good.:clapping::clapping:

Thanks :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by d3ghia (Post 571371)
Check your carbs again. Check the idle jet for clogging, doublecheck your settings too.

They were rebuilt about a year and a half to two years ago, fully cleaned and cleared, they've ran for about 15 minutes since other than that been sitting on the passenger seat.. I set them up with the lean best idle process.. mixture screws lightly seated then backed out a full turn.. the idle screws don't do anything anymore because of the sync link linkage..

tequilla February 14th, 2014 09:17 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
The engine is pink! It's painted to match his Volksrods beanie :grin:

hotrodheb February 14th, 2014 09:24 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tequilla (Post 571494)
The engine is pink! It's painted to match his Volksrods beanie :grin:

My thoughts exactly! I'd call him a fag if he wasn't married!:funny:





:love: ya Matt!

bigguy February 14th, 2014 02:24 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Just a good cover being married.

tattooed_pariah February 18th, 2014 10:58 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hotrodheb (Post 571495)
My thoughts exactly! I'd call him a fag if he wasn't married!:funny:





:love: ya Matt!

you're just mad because I turned you down after Steve dumped you! :tongue: :funny:

tattooed_pariah February 20th, 2014 06:06 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
ok, so I got it to run tonight.. Timing was off, had to rotate the distributor about 1/2 an inch counter clockwise.. but it finally starts..

now I have to get the idle set.. My throttle cable MIGHT be a tiny bit too long, I have it adjusted almost as far as it will go to tighten it up but it still requires just the slightest bit of pressure on the gas pedal or it sputters out and dies..

once i get the idle set I can zero in the timing and then work on tuning the carbs.. but hey, baby steps :) it runs gain so I'm relatively happy for now..

edit: also have a good amount of white smoke coming out of one exhaust pipe.. I'm guessing it's because that glasspack is brand new so maybe there's shit inside that needs to burn away or something.. should i be concerned?

richie February 21st, 2014 02:47 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 571680)
ok, so I got it to run tonight.. Timing was off, had to rotate the distributor about 1/2 an inch counter clockwise.. but it finally starts..

now I have to get the idle set.. My throttle cable MIGHT be a tiny bit too long, I have it adjusted almost as far as it will go to tighten it up but it still requires just the slightest bit of pressure on the gas pedal or it sputters out and dies..

once i get the idle set I can zero in the timing and then work on tuning the carbs.. but hey, baby steps :) it runs gain so I'm relatively happy for now..

edit: also have a good amount of white smoke coming out of one exhaust pipe.. I'm guessing it's because that glasspack is brand new so maybe there's shit inside that needs to burn away or something.. should i be concerned?

Fer the cable issue......you shouldnt have to adjust the cable for idle speed........I wouldnt think anyway.....should just be a stop screw on the carb.....I see it in yer other pic.....its at the 12 oclock behind the wheels.

tattooed_pariah February 21st, 2014 05:45 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by richie (Post 571686)
Fer the cable issue......you shouldnt have to adjust the cable for idle speed........I wouldnt think anyway.....should just be a stop screw on the carb.....I see it in yer other pic.....its at the 12 oclock behind the wheels.


yeah the screws are still there but they don't actually interact with anything.. the way sync link is designed, when you connect the driver's side carb wheel to the pedal, you depress the pedal fully while someone else turns the wheel to WOT, measure the cable, cut and install the barrel thing on the end of it.. This way WOT is determined by the pedal being fuly depressed. This is a little room for adjustment there where the cable comes out of the sleeve before it connects to the wheel. but the pedal must have come up on me during my measuring because I've got that adjustment almost all the way backed out and the idle is still slightly low.. If i put just the tiniest bit of pressure on the pedal it stays running but as soon as I remove my foot, it sputters and dies..

edit: rechecked the photo you are talking about, that's the passenger side carb and the end of the throttle line.. adjusting that idle screw would ONLY adjust the passenger carb..

The sync link throttle cable goes from the pedal to the wheel on the driver's side carb, then a second cable goes from that wheel to the wheel on the passenger carb.. Basically, the pedal directly opens the driver's carb and the wheel on the driver's carb opens the passenger carb the same amount.. to sync you simply put the pedal to the floor and tighten/loosen the passenger carb throttle cable until both carbs are at WOT.. it's really kinda cool, no messing with geometry of those little rod things on the linkage, just looking down the barrels to ensure both butterflies are moving equally, takes less than a minute :)

V8Transporter February 21st, 2014 11:06 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Is it done yet? Burnouts to report, etc? :grin:

tattooed_pariah March 12th, 2014 07:09 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
So I took it on it's first trip outside my neighborhood last night! :D :dancing:

I have a routine on Mondays/Tuesdays... I go to the American Legion near my house for a couple hours, then to a Pool Hall for league play.. The Legion is just over 8 miles from my house and the pool hall is between the legion and my house, so I felt comfortable making that trip..

I need to adjust the valves again I think, I can hear a ticking that increases in frequency at higher speeds, so I'm guessing I've got a pushrod bouncing.. and it's running a bit fast at idle and rich because the carbs are set at lean best idle (adjustment screws lightly seated, then backed out one full turn..) but it runs! :)

I took the streets to the Legion and it backfires occasionally during shifts, but i think that's mostly just carb adjustment..

Leaving the Legion, I took it on the freeway for about 3/4 a mile, got up to about 60mph (traffic), and took the streets home from pool, no issues at all.. well except that I've driven modern cars since 2008 and forgot how hard it is to turn a wheel with no power steering or how stiff a brake pedal is with no power breaks :P

bottom line: I don't think I fucked up my engine rebuild or MSD install :dancing: :funny:

now I just have to figure out how I'm going to reattach my rear apron so I can re-install my decklid..

https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hpho...13393478_n.jpg

tattooed_pariah March 17th, 2014 11:42 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
dropped it off at Car Craft today to have them tune my carbs..

Currently it runs but the carbs at at "lean best idle" because I was never good at tuning em.. I'd rather just throw money at someone else to get it done right than to bang my head against the wall for a few days to get it done, mostly right :P

Assuming everything goes well and they get it running strong and proper, the next step is to figure out how I'm going to reattach my rear apron..

I took a grinder to the edges to remove it, instead of unbolting the fenders and drilling out the spot welds. When it was attached there were clearance issues with my exhaust.. The exhaust was touching it at all times and after driving for a bit,the whole rear apron would be hot to the touch.

I'm thinking of bolt on solutions because I still don't have a 220v plug for my welder. Best guess at an idea right now is a couple of small angle brackets.. bolt one side with the fender bolts, then drill holes in the apron to put some bolts through there too. It won't be pretty but it will work. I'm not going for show quality, just functional.

Since I know I have clearance issues, I think I'm going to try and make it stick out maybe 1/2 an inch or an inch so the exhaust clears, but not so far that it sticks out from the fenders a ton..

tattooed_pariah August 4th, 2014 01:22 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
wow, been a while since I posted in this thread..

car was running GREAT, was loving it, nice to be back in my VR again..

I wound up breaking a strap that supports one of the glass packs so I replaced that with the strap shit you use to secure water heaters.. but all was well..

In June I towed it behind a 26' UHaul up to the wife's place in Jackson, California.. drove a couple of days there before noticing a loud clicking sound during turns and feeling the steering "off".. turned out one of the two bolts that holds the steering box clamp had gone AWOL and the other was loose..

I bought a new bolt but couldn't get at it right to replace it, but luckily I found an awesome little single man shop up there who put it back in and tightened everything up for me on the same day for $50.. He actually eliminated ALL freeplay I had, like my steering went from 4-7 inches of freeplay to NONE.. I almost crashed a couple of times on the ride home because I was so used to the steering wheel moving and having to constantly correct my path.. :wacko:

anyway, had the cars shipped to Virginia.. drove it about a week or so out here.. doors are filling up with water due to messed up window scrapers (see other post..) and passenger floor gets wet due to the hole I punched in the firewall to run my fuel line through the heater channel.. :wacko: :hmm:

The last time I drove it, I checked my oil and saw it was a bit low, so I parked it thinking, "I changed my oil about 1400 miles after rebuild, but I hadn't changed my filter yet, so screw it, i'll change the oil again, change the filter, and be good.."

Well, yesterday I took a look and the water heater tape had broken in the same spot the original strap had broken, so I guess I'm having a vibration issue? oh and 3 out of 4 of my alternator backing plate bolts were gone.. so yeah, guess it's bouncing more than it should be.. :blink:

Gonna have to buy three more bolts for that, and i'll probably put some lock washers on them.. and replace that strap again, as well as change the oil/filter again..

been crazy busy with work though, and when I want to work on it, it's raining.. I have a garage, but haven't fully finished unpacking/throwing shit away/selling shit, so I can't fit a car in there yet.. :/

Also discovering that the car scene seems to suck out here.. I got spoiled by California.. I was hanging out with one group who met every wednesday at a parking lot, and another group who met every other saturday at a different parking lot.. here I can't find anyone who does meets like that..:Idunno:

Paperweightnate August 4th, 2014 04:14 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Good to hear you are well. Blue locktite is amazeballs btw.

tequilla August 4th, 2014 04:59 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Check the rubber trans mount thingy....... if one is broken the engine may be torquing over a lot and breaking the exhaust mount :Idunno:

tattooed_pariah August 4th, 2014 05:23 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paperweightnate (Post 576576)
Good to hear you are well. Blue locktite is amazeballs btw.

thanks! and yeah, i was thinking just lock washers, but maybe some loctite would be a good idea...

Quote:

Originally Posted by tequilla (Post 576581)
Check the rubber trans mount thingy....... if one is broken the engine may be torquing over a lot and breaking the exhaust mount :Idunno:

IIRC Rob and I (mostly Rob) replaced all my transmounts with yellow urethane back in 2007.. I know that was 7 years ago, but I thought the urethane shit was supposed to last damn near forever?

tattooed_pariah August 9th, 2014 12:49 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
alright, finally got out to the car today.. I looked at loctite tubes while at the store, and green is actually the recommended color for bolts that small, and I already had a brand new tube of it in my drawer, so I bought three new bolts, some external tooth lock washers and oil and a filter..

Went home and reinstalled the alternator backing plate, tried to drain the oil and discovered the oil pan I bought a few weeks ago is like an inch taller than the ground clearance under my exhaust..:hmm:

Drove the car up onto ramps in the front to make sure the front stayed higher than the rear, then rolled my motorcycle lift under the rear to jack it up some.. discovered then that the jack rails BARELY cleared the exhaust.. threw a small road sign between the rails and some pieces of wood on top of the road sign so I would be lifting the oil plate and not the exhaust..

Lifted the rear end up enough to throw some jack stands under the stock jacking points, gave me about 2-3" clearance between the oil pan and the drain plug :dancing:

drained out the oil, changed the filter, refilled with non detergent flat 30 and a bottle of Lucas zinc break in oil (lifters/cam only have about 1200 miles on em.. I'm sure it's fine, but I've never heard of extra zinc hurting..) and took it for a spin. :dancing:

tattooed_pariah September 17th, 2014 08:44 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
I haven't fired up the VR in a couple of weeks.. Right now I know my fuel pressure is a little too high (in-line gauge says about 4psi, should be 3.5..), and my carbs are running too rich, which is what I'm guessing is causing my mileage to be about 12-15mpg.. :hmm:

I've also got a problem now where it runs strong in all ranges in every gear, EXCEPT 2nd gear. In second, once I get to about 4200-4500RPMS it stutters like I'm only running on a couple of cylinders instead of all four.. My only speculation about this is maybe the rev limiter pill fell out of my 6AL box and it defaults to 4500? :Idunno: but it doesn't stutter in other gears so I don't know.. I keep forgetting to check to see if the pill is still there or not..

Anyway, I threw a bunch of money at AC.net, so I'm waiting on an order with two IDF rebuild kits, 50 exhaust gaskets, 50 intake gaskets, and something else that I forget right now..

I haven't found a vw shop really close to my house yet, so I figured I'd just stock up on shit that I will use eventually :P

1slo3 September 18th, 2014 07:47 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
If you don't get the fuel pressure down, you will still run rich with the new jets. The fuel will push past things. Are you running a mechanical pump? If so, add a second gasket as a spacer and see if the pressure drops. I have found that anything over 3psi for pressure in IDFs is too much.

Good luck.

tattooed_pariah September 18th, 2014 12:57 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 1slo3 (Post 577646)
If you don't get the fuel pressure down, you will still run rich with the new jets. The fuel will push past things. Are you running a mechanical pump? If so, add a second gasket as a spacer and see if the pressure drops. I have found that anything over 3psi for pressure in IDFs is too much.

Good luck.

Running a Holley Red electric pump through a petrol king regulator.. not planning on changing jets as I'm still at roughly sea level.. I think the fuel pressure is just pushing too much gas in combined with improper screw adjustments..

1slo3 September 18th, 2014 01:47 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
If you run a return line off the pressure reg, you will also drop some pressure. Remember, right now, the restriction is just above dead heading a pump.

tattooed_pariah September 27th, 2014 04:08 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
So, with the Challenger going away.. State Farm is giving me a check for $14k ($22k minus what I still owed because I was an idiot and didn't buy gap insurance..). We're going to use almost $10k to pay off the wife's Charger so we won't have car payments anymore, and save some of the rest, and I'm gonna use some for some VolksRod upgrades..

Been looking at the A-1 exhausts since even though I LOVE how my dual glasspacks sound, it's made with some shitty metal that is rusting with a quickness out here in Virginia..

I'm thinking of a stainless steel sidewinder system with either the straight cherry bomb style muffler, or the magna flow one.. anyone have any experience with either of those? or recommendations? :Idunno:

1slo3 October 2nd, 2014 07:46 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
I have had great luck with Magnaflow on my stuff. Good sound, flow and at idle they don't drive the neighbors crazy.

tattooed_pariah October 2nd, 2014 12:58 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
I'm leaning heavily towards this one:

http://vwparts.aircooled.net/A-1-Sid.../a-1-swblt.htm

http://vwparts.aircooled.net/v/vspfi...-1-SWBLT-2.jpg

V8Transporter October 2nd, 2014 05:41 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Oooooh.....chrome....shiny! :thumbsup: :dancing:

tattooed_pariah October 3rd, 2014 02:02 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by V8Transporter (Post 577932)
Oooooh.....chrome....shiny! :thumbsup: :dancing:

shiny chrome isn't why i want it.. being able to get it in stainless steel and the reputation that A-1 has for high quality is why i want it :P

tattooed_pariah October 26th, 2014 07:16 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Ordered the A-1 Sidewinder with that short "muffler", it should arrive mid-december..

Also bought some red JayCee pushrod tubes, and the hex idle jet holders..

Now when the exhaust gets here, I'll pull the exhaust, then carbs, rebuild the carbs and check my valve clearances (lots of clickity clackety right now..) then throw it all back together and cry for a few hours trying to tune the carbs again :P

metalmaster1766 October 28th, 2014 05:41 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Hafta let me know how those push rod tubes work out, they's expensive, but then again I haven't bought much over the last 16 - 18 years

I'll post a pic & description of the push rod tubes I started to make back in the early 90's in my VolksRod thread


Ron :dancing:

tattooed_pariah November 21st, 2014 02:01 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Guess it's finally time I change my oil choice.. In California, I've always used 30 weight, it was fine, but it was also almost always the same temperature there..

It's been almost a month since I last started the bug, last time it ran, it sounded like the valves needed adjusting.. went out last night to fire it up (it's been in the 30's and 40 here this week..), took some carb cleaner down the barrels to get it to fire, and when it did, something popped and i saw a lot of smoke, so i shut it down and looked, and it looked like someone parked the exxon valdez in my driveway. Shined a light under and the rubber o-ring on my new oil filter was squeezed out..

My guess is that the oil was too thick, pressure built up too high, the o-ring was cold and then suddenly being heated, and the weakest point failed (the o-ring). That sound right to anyone else?

Thinking of switching to a 10w-30, maybe even 5w-30 :Idunno:

tattooed_pariah November 21st, 2014 02:02 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by metalmaster1766 (Post 578425)
Hafta let me know how those push rod tubes work out, they's expensive, but then again I haven't bought much over the last 16 - 18 years

I'll post a pic & description of the push rod tubes I started to make back in the early 90's in my VolksRod thread


Ron :dancing:

I'll post here after i put em in, probably do it before adjusting the valves since it would have to be redone anyway..

metalmaster1766 November 22nd, 2014 04:31 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 578900)
Guess it's finally time I change my oil choice.. In California, I've always used 30 weight, it was fine, but it was also almost always the same temperature there..

It's been almost a month since I last started the bug, last time it ran, it sounded like the valves needed adjusting.. went out last night to fire it up (it's been in the 30's and 40 here this week..), took some carb cleaner down the barrels to get it to fire, and when it did, something popped and i saw a lot of smoke, so i shut it down and looked, and it looked like someone parked the exxon valdez in my driveway. Shined a light under and the rubber o-ring on my new oil filter was squeezed out..

My guess is that the oil was too thick, pressure built up too high, the o-ring was cold and then suddenly being heated, and the weakest point failed (the o-ring). That sound right to anyone else?

Thinking of switching to a 10w-30, maybe even 5w-30 :Idunno:

I've been running 30 weight oil year round in my VW's since around 1990, I've never had a problem, it was 12 degrees a few mornings ago, I have more trouble with the gear lube being thick

I'd also check the oil filter seal surface real carefully, a few years ago I bought a Scat oil filter mount, it was an 1/8" off from where the seal touched, I used the oil filter mount from one of my S 10 Blazer's, it has a pressure relief valve in it

Friday I finished a push rod tube, tomorrow I'm gonna try to get the other 3 finished, think I'm gonna modify them to take a 2 more o-rings just in case


Ron

1slo3 November 24th, 2014 07:03 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Once I switched from the Fram HP1 to Wix/Napa Gold with a plastic plunger, I never had another problem...

Daddy o's 67 November 24th, 2014 08:09 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
1slo3 what is the model/part number of the Wix/Napa filter your using? Thanks

tattooed_pariah November 24th, 2014 01:04 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
It was a Wix I just blew up.. so I bought a K&N HP3001 and some Royal Purple 5W-30 tonight.. we'll see how that fairs once I get the time to put it in..

1slo3 November 24th, 2014 07:58 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
I use the NAPA Gold myself because they are close by.

tattooed_pariah December 27th, 2014 01:06 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Going Stir crazy.. got a hand written note from AC.Net at the beginning of December, was a receipt for my order.. I'm guessing that means that A-1 started manufacturing my exhaust about 3 and a half weeks ago.. IIRC, it takes 8-9 weeks to build, so HOPEFULLY I get my exhaust (full system, j-pipes, header, merger, and "muffler") sometime in the next month or so..

I haven't touched anything on it because of the inevitable snowball.. I got a good sized list of things I want to do the next time I work on it, and I don't want to do twice as much work, so I'm basically twiddling my thumbs until the exhaust arrives..

Here's my plan:

1) remove old exhaust
2) drain what's left of the oil
3) remove rocker arms
4) remove pushrods/tubes one at a time to replace with JayCee Springloaded one
5) replace rocker arms and set valve lash
6) change oil filter
7) pull carbs and rebuild/deep clean
8) put carbs back
9) install new exhaust
10) profit! :D

Somewhere intermingled in there is going to be " cry" "scream" "throw shit" and "drink and call it a night and try again later" :wink::funny:

By that time, all the xmas decorations should be back in their bins, and the bins stacked nicely on the side of the garage instead of in a pile where my damn car should be..

so once I have a place to park it indoors, I'm gonna tackle replacing the window scrapers for both front windows, and then my hope is to design door/quarter panels.

I made my own panels for my '73 super back in 2000, but I went completely stock except I deleted the map pockets and quarter panel ash trays.. this time I want to mess with some kind of design, maybe more than one color or something..

Unkl Ian December 27th, 2014 04:25 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 1slo3 (Post 578924)
Once I switched from the Fram HP1 to Wix/Napa Gold with a plastic plunger, I never had another problem...


NEVER EVER use Fram filters.

They used to have a good name,
and made good products.
Somewhere along the line, they got
bought up by bean counters. Now they
make the cheapest crap on the market,
coasting on their reputation.:finger::finger::finger:

tattooed_pariah December 27th, 2014 05:17 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Unkl Ian (Post 579460)
NEVER EVER use Fram filters.

They used to have a good name,
and made good products.
Somewhere along the line, they got
bought up by bean counters. Now they
make the cheapest crap on the market,
coasting on their reputation.:finger::finger::finger:

yeah I used Frams for years, but this one I just busted was a Wix.. replacing it with a K&N..

lakerat December 28th, 2014 09:52 AM

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Nice article about your car pariah. I would like to see some pics of your car finished with the front fenders back on. I was wondering how it all came back together with the front end extension and front fender clearance mods you had to do. I'm building a 1973 bug truck with a '40 ford nose but it will have fenders.

tattooed_pariah December 28th, 2014 11:04 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Uh... it's not getting front fenders..

but yeah, I haven't posted an new pics recently, i'll try and snap a couple next time I go out..

tequilla December 28th, 2014 02:37 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 579456)

Here's my plan:

1) remove old exhaust
2) drain what's left of the oil
3) remove rocker arms
4) remove pushrods/tubes one at a time to replace with JayCee Springloaded one
5) replace rocker arms and set valve lash
6) change oil filter
7) pull carbs and rebuild/deep clean
8) put carbs back
9) install new exhaust
10) profit! :D

Somewhere intermingled in there is going to be " cry" "scream" "throw shit" and "drink and call it a night and try again later" :wink::funny:

I didn't see add oil anywhere in that list after drain oil & change oil filter........ I think that's when the " cry" "scream" "throw shit" and "drink and call it a night and try again later" is going to happen big time!!!

:funny: :funny: :funny:

tattooed_pariah December 28th, 2014 03:57 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tequilla (Post 579472)
I didn't see add oil anywhere in that list after drain oil & change oil filter........ I think that's when the " cry" "scream" "throw shit" and "drink and call it a night and try again later" is going to happen big time!!!

:funny: :funny: :funny:

bwahaha, good call! haha, i do actually have a big bottle of Royal Purple 5W-30 :P :finger:

RatRansom68 December 28th, 2014 07:32 PM

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http://youtu.be/PdB6e91stm0

tattooed_pariah December 31st, 2014 02:00 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Here's how it looks as of a couple of days ago..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psnswul3s1.jpg

also, song lyrics are usually used when a thread has gone on too long and you want it to stop.. tryin to tell me something RatRansom? ;P

tattooed_pariah January 19th, 2015 06:55 AM

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Well, Genia and I cleaned out my half of the garage last week and pushed the bug back inside, so I took out the driver's side window and vent wing.. judging by the number of clips and the screw holding the out side scraper in place, I have the original scrapers in the car..

The previous owner gave me a ton of new rubber (he never got around to replacing it..) and his scrapers are cheap aftermarket, but it's better than the rotted, dried, cracking, and mostly gone scrapers that I had..

I was able to get the old stuff out and the new scraper in without too much difficulty, but I can't see how to replace the vent wing seal without drilling out rivets on the vent wing. It's still pliable and solid though and I don't use the vent wings so I'm leaving the old shit on..

Now I just have to figure out a way to get the vent wing back in, it keeps snagging the metal on the scrapers and getting stuck, I think i'm going to make a small sleeve out of sheet metal to slip the vent in between the metal pieces.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...pshnqtrblr.jpg

still waiting for my exhaust to arrive, i'm hoping to have it within the next 3-4 weeks..

tattooed_pariah January 24th, 2015 12:50 PM

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finished the driver's door and 90% of the passenger door today.. All I have left is to trim the passenger side a little, and re-install my rain guard thingy..

passenger side was a LOT easier since I had done it once already and I had a wooden wedge to help spread the door and a piece of sheet metal to guide the vent wing in without snagging on the scraper trim..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psh3hs0lk3.jpg

driver's door back together

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psgozlbgyh.jpg

the ding in the chrome was there when I pulled it from the package.. these scrapers came from the previous owner.. They're cheap aftermarket with only 4 clips.. I pulled off German originals with 7 clips..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...pstvudluvb.jpg

much better..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...pssfhp1u1x.jpg

old scraper

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...pswgwebl76.jpg

missing most of the scraper portion..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps5sk0hsvf.jpg

best idea i had.. too bad i didn't think of it for the driver's door... spreading the door gap even just a 1/4 inch helped sooo much...

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...psehqcdcpr.jpg

new scraper in place, just gotta go back out and trim the little bit of extra rubber by the vent wing..

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...pspye92lim.jpg

should keep my doors from filling up with water..

next I think I'm gonna buy some of the "waterproof" door panel material. spray some adhesive and put plastic on the door itself, then cut new panels, and find a fabric/material I like to wrap em in..

The panels I have now are original I think..

tattooed_pariah March 9th, 2015 04:51 PM

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Got my new exhaust in the mail today :grin::thumbsup:

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...3b&oe=55BA3F71

that little foot long thing on the end.. yeah, it's my "muffler"

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...b0&oe=5570A60B

I'm sure the neighbors are going to LOVE it when I leave at 615 for work (when it's running of course.. :P )

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...b4&oe=55BD6189

Ran out to the garage and began taking stuff off..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...e38b5416a067e3

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...86&oe=5573AD63

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...8f&oe=55799D1D

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...35&oe=55902F4C

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.n...358b8d32ce4653

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...9bb491b81715fa

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...cf&oe=55834DDA

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...6daa983c17207d

The shitty metal of the old exhaust did not like the moisture in the air around here...

https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...1c&oe=55863783

I'm hoping to take the J-pipes off saturday, swap out the pushrod tubes with JayCee springloadeds.. and rebuild the carbs.

so glad to work on my VR again! :dancing:

tattooed_pariah March 16th, 2015 01:19 PM

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Saturday, I did one side at a time, pulled valve covers, rockers, push rods, push rod tubes, then installed JayCee spring loaded tubes and put everything back and set valve lash, changed NGK DCPR8E plugs for NGK DCPR6E's, then yanked the carbs to rebuild them.

Stripped the driver's side carb, let the body sit int he dip for about an hour total, then let the bits and pieces sit in the dip for about 40 minutes.. blew it all dry and began reassembly..

At this point, I had had 2 beers in about 4 hours (was working slow just hanging out in the garage with a friend..) so I know I wasn't drunk, I was just stupid.

I went ot put my new JayCee allen idle jet holders in and completely forgot that there is a rubber o-ring that goes on those..

snugged down the first one.. put the second one in and was using an allen wrench to "snug" it down when I guess I put some retard strength into it, because I sheared the threads off. :yelling: pulled out the other one, and my "snug" had crushed the idle jet.. :yelling:

So I called it quits for the day.

Spoke to a local guy who was recommended by a friend for being awesome with carbs. He gave me the name of a machine shop up the street that he says might be able to remove what's left of the idle jet screw, oversize the hole, re-thread and make me a plug. Otherwise I gotta buy another carb body, or buy venturis to turn my brand new 48IDF's into 40IDFs.. :wacko:

I swear, its like I subconsciously just don't want to drive it anymore :crybaby: Really bummed/pissed because my parents are visiting from California this week and I wanted to have it running for that, and a car show on the 11th that I was going to enter it in.. doesn't look like either of those will happen now..

oh, and the A-1 exhaust I just got in the mail.. yeah, I put the j-pipes on (left em a little loose), then tried to put the header on, the driver's side, I can manhandle into position, but the passenger side (#2) doesn't line up at all :hmm:)

I e-mailed ACN asking about it but haven't heard back yet.. After paying $1200 for a hand made exhaust, i expect the fucking thing to fit like a damn glove.

radiotrib March 17th, 2015 05:15 AM

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As Mike Beelzedub said to me when he handed over my hand-built 4->2->1->2 system ... don't tighten anything until you've slotted it all together then tighten everything a bit at a time :)

There again ... his exhausts have sliding joints and no goop ... so they can jiggle around a fair bit before you tighten them up.

tattooed_pariah March 17th, 2015 12:51 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by radiotrib (Post 580571)
As Mike Beelzedub said to me when he handed over my hand-built 4->2->1->2 system ... don't tighten anything until you've slotted it all together then tighten everything a bit at a time :)

There again ... his exhausts have sliding joints and no goop ... so they can jiggle around a fair bit before you tighten them up.

yeah, the sidewinders have the three slip fit joints, I left the passenger j-pipe loose because it pivots, but did tighten the driver's j-pipe..

I guess maybe that would prevent the other two exhaust ports from lining up? :Idunno: just not the design quality I expected for that much money..

DrHax March 17th, 2015 09:28 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 580575)
yeah, the sidewinders have the three slip fit joints, I left the passenger j-pipe loose because it pivots, but did tighten the driver's j-pipe..

I guess maybe that would prevent the other two exhaust ports from lining up? :Idunno: just not the design quality I expected for that much money..

Note to self If I ever tig up an exhaust to make sure it lines up perfectly :blink:

rodderdan March 24th, 2015 07:49 PM

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You're not alone I bought this setup for my 66.The flange on the left j-tube was welded on at an angle so it doesn't fit flush to the head.I can't tighten it more or the stud will pull from the head.The only solution is to heat/bend or cut/weld both of which will destroy the ceramic coating that was $100 extra.I now have a permanent exhaust leak.I should have known better than to buy something made by EMPI!!!

tattooed_pariah March 24th, 2015 08:58 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by rodderdan (Post 580707)
You're not alone I bought this setup for my 66.The flange on the left j-tube was welded on at an angle so it doesn't fit flush to the head.I can't tighten it more or the stud will pull from the head.The only solution is to heat/bend or cut/weld both of which will destroy the ceramic coating that was $100 extra.I now have a permanent exhaust leak.I should have known better than to buy something made by EMPI!!!

well, no offense, but i would expect that from empi.. I bought a stainless steel system made by A-1.. from what I know, they are about the damn top of the food chain for exhausts..

I looked at it again tonight, took the j-pipes off, and tried to mount the header. in order to make this work, I'd have to muscle the shit out of it to get it on, or heat and bend the #2 pipe inwards about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch.. not exactly the quality I expected for $1200. :hmm:

especially considering my $200, off the shelf, boxed made in china header I was running fit perfectly..

tattooed_pariah March 24th, 2015 09:12 PM

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here's the driver's side barely on:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...pshb8qkthw.jpg

which leaves the passenger side looking like this:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ps4f2aul8w.jpg

it's sooo close, but not right.. If I force it, it'll drag on the threads, and be insanely difficult to remove..

bigguy March 25th, 2015 05:10 PM

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Ratchet strap it but looks like during welding process it moved slightly. Might need to heat and tweak it from the looks of it though.

bigguy March 25th, 2015 05:13 PM

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Is there three slip joints on that header.

tattooed_pariah March 25th, 2015 06:19 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bigguy (Post 580718)
Ratchet strap it but looks like during welding process it moved slightly. Might need to heat and tweak it from the looks of it though.


might try a ratchet strap.. that could work, would just suck to have to do that everytime to get it on and off..

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigguy (Post 580719)
Is there three slip joints on that header.

yeah, there are three slip joints, but with how it isn't fitting, it's not a matter of it rotating, the #2 pipe needs to slip in further to the header, or needs to be bent a tiny bit more..

Quote:

Originally Posted by whozawhat (Post 580720)
Did they build that system to fit a stroker engine?
I have read they end up being wider.

my engine is normal width, I had an off the shelf merger and it fit perfectly with no adjustments..

DrHax March 26th, 2015 12:07 AM

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If you have a way to heat it up ( it isn't stainless right :blink: ) then just heat it up a bit a point and gently use a apply pressure to bend it (Ratchet strap works wonders!) I'm wondering what welding processes they used. Looks like mig on the parts that attach to the head the rest seems to be tig? Or is a mixture? :Idunno: I think heat is your only option. I'd refrain from beating on it with a hammer.

tattooed_pariah March 26th, 2015 04:59 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DrHax (Post 580722)
If you have a way to heat it up ( it isn't stainless right :blink: ) then just heat it up a bit a point and gently use a apply pressure to bend it (Ratchet strap works wonders!) I'm wondering what welding processes they used. Looks like mig on the parts that attach to the head the rest seems to be tig? Or is a mixture? :Idunno: I think heat is your only option. I'd refrain from beating on it with a hammer.

It is stainless, i didn't want it rusting to shit in a couple of years..

tattooed_pariah March 26th, 2015 04:26 PM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by whozawhat (Post 580728)
Exactly, what I was saying,
if they built that header to fit a stroker engine rather than a stock width engine then that is why it is too wide for you.
I would approach them with the question, Was this built for a stroker? because that's all it will fit.
I would not force it or modify it but I would send it back for proper fitting, after all it is what was paid for, they should make it right.
Sure ratchet straps and heat will move things, but what did you pay good money for?

true, i wasn't thinking about it like that..

I hda read about someone else who had fitment issues a few years back, andhe had ot pay shipping to send it back, get it back, send it AGAIN and get it back AGAIN..

I really don't want to pay shipping multiple times..

DrHax March 26th, 2015 08:19 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by tattooed_pariah (Post 580729)
true, i wasn't thinking about it like that..

I hda read about someone else who had fitment issues a few years back, andhe had ot pay shipping to send it back, get it back, send it AGAIN and get it back AGAIN..

I really don't want to pay shipping multiple times..

I'd talk to them directly. you have picture proof i doesn't fit. I'd refrain from f-ing around with stainless... Let them deal with that if they will honour it. :hmm:

tattooed_pariah March 27th, 2015 12:18 PM

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Wow,

ok, so, I've always loved AirCooled.net, been sending them my money for years and always been well taken care of.. John must be having a bad few weeks, but this kinda irritates me.

I asked about the fitment issue last Monday (16MAR) and got no response, so I inquired again on Wednesday (25MAR). and finally got a response late last night and this morning.

I expect these kind of results from China made crap that's mass produced, boxed and shipped bulk. I'm sorry, but if I pay more than a grand for a custom made product, I expect perfection. :finger:

so what's the preferred method for cutting stainless steel? should I go buy a hacksaw? or is my angle grinder good?enough? I know i'll have to deburr it and all, just never had to cut it before..

alykat March 27th, 2015 01:37 PM

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Cutting stainless with a hacksaw can be an all day and several blades kind of job. I would guess that a quailty disc on your grinder will be the best option. However I don't work with stainless very often, so there may well be a better method.

unclefargo March 27th, 2015 04:51 PM

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There is a skinny disc made for your 4" to cut stainless. They cut so fast they don't blue it up too much. I use them for everything now because not only are they fast but because they are only 1mm (that's 40/1000's of an inch to you guys) they are much more accurate.

tequilla March 28th, 2015 07:19 AM

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If you are going to use a high speed cutting disk make sure you are wearing the proper safety gear......... Gloves, Safety Glasses and a face shield too. If the disk gets on any kind of bind that shit will GRENADE :panic:

The thinner the disk the more likely it will explode......

tattooed_pariah March 28th, 2015 07:34 AM

Re: Effigy's history
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tequilla (Post 580738)
If you are going to use a high speed cutting disk make sure you are wearing the proper safety gear......... Gloves, Safety Glasses and a face shield too. If the disk gets on any kind of bind that shit will GRENADE :panic:

The thinner the disk the more likely it will explode......

yeah, i wear a lot of ppe these days.. (personal protective equipment) I still get scratches and scrapes, but no more big shit..:thumbsup:


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