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Old January 7th, 2019, 09:31 AM   #101
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With the 'hatch' you'd keep the VW profile and still have good access to the engine. The bulkhead, even with a rear window would keep the noise way down.
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Old January 25th, 2019, 08:59 AM   #102
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Wow! Just found this thread. Haven’t been on here in a long time. I’m also building a mid-engine beetle but using Passat/Audi 1.8t and 5 speed. Its PFM in the intro build section. I like the way your setup is working out. Will be reading all the way through this and checking out the tread on the samba!


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Old April 16th, 2019, 06:47 PM   #103
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Bought $200 worth of turbo stuff from ebay sellers and started putting together a system. There are other parts that i should be working on but this sounded more fun



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Old April 16th, 2019, 07:03 PM   #104
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Wow! Just found this thread. Haven’t been on here in a long time. I’m also building a mid-engine beetle but using Passat/Audi 1.8t and 5 speed. Its PFM in the intro build section. I like the way your setup is working out. Will be reading all the way through this and checking out the tread on the samba!


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Thanks! I read through your thread. Am I right in saying you've been at it for 11 years? Then again, there are no rules for this stuff and I read you've finished other projects in the mean time.

I couldn't seem to post in your thread but your project looks really cool
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Old April 17th, 2019, 11:00 AM   #105
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And besides being a fun part of the project, tinkering on the turbo should likely 'boost' your enthusiasm.
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Old September 8th, 2019, 06:23 PM   #106
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The car made noise today. I put a cheap eBay fuel pump in the tank with a modified Honda drop in. I ran 5/16 plastic fuel line up and back for supply and return. I hooked up the ecu and cranked it. Iím getting fuel to the rail but I think the injectors arenít injecting. I could get it to sputter on starting fluid so the ecu is doing something apparently. Charging the battery now for more messing around when I have time.







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Old September 8th, 2019, 06:23 PM   #107
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Oh yah I bought a couple 911/996 C4s also.
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Old September 11th, 2019, 06:23 AM   #108
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Looks like you got a co-driver as well !
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Old September 11th, 2019, 01:55 PM   #109
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haha not exactly
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Old September 14th, 2019, 06:51 PM   #110
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Started the engine today. I chased some grounds and power wires and it fired up.
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Old September 15th, 2019, 07:08 PM   #111
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I made some coolant lines today out of 1Ē EMT galvanized steel conduit. I researched the way Subie guys do it, thinking running it through the heater channel would be the elegant approach. It turns out thatís nearly impossible and you really hack up the channels. So I ran it underneath like those guys do

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Old September 28th, 2019, 07:03 PM   #112
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I mounted an early 2000s Accord AC condenser and hooked up all the coolant lines. Tomorrow I hope to put together the parking brake cables and start working on the throttle cable. I bought a 3700mm cable for a bus and a peddle cluster rebuild kit. I plan to add some cable housing left over from the parking brake.


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Old September 29th, 2019, 10:21 AM   #113
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Looking good! Not sure if you already have them, but I suggest adding some bleed fittings to the coolant lines back by the engine to help get the air out.
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Old October 6th, 2019, 05:46 PM   #114
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I appreciate that and I was thinking about it. Acura put a bleeder nipple by the thermostat housing. Hopefully that will be enough. I bought the longest Transporter throttle cable I could find that had the right pedal end, rebuilt the pedal cluster, hooked up the parking brake (required a little welding to make the cable ends compatible with the 944 parking brake), used pieces of the leftover handbrake cable housing for the lengthened throttle cable, painted the rear calipers and put in new pads. The pedal doesnít move as smoothly as Iíd like though.





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Old October 13th, 2019, 07:38 AM   #115
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I resurfaced the 928 front rotors and made new hard lines to connect the front Brembos to the super beetle hoses. I filled the reservoir with brake fluid and started bleeding. It took over an hour but I was astonished to find I actually had a somewhat firm pedal when I was done. I wouldnít be surprised if the master cylinder is original, as so many other things are on this low mileage chassis. Iím super excited about the monster brakes on this thing and I canít wait to outbrake a 930 at the end of the Mulsane straight 😃
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Old October 13th, 2019, 09:12 AM   #116
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Great job and those wheels will really show Ďem off.👍👍
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Old October 15th, 2019, 05:55 AM   #117
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Bit by bit, this one just keeps getting better and better.
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This is starting to get better and better
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Old December 7th, 2019, 07:25 PM   #119
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I bought this genuine wooden steering wheel a year ago for $10. New never mounted. I had an aftermarket hub laying around with the same splines and bolt pattern but the wheel didnít have any dish and hit the turn signal switch. So I bought some 1/4 ID copper tube and made these spacers. I used some Allen bolts I had laying around and painted the heads body color. I think it looks a little better in person. What do you think?


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Basic hot rod engineering ! Good job. You do what it takes sometimes just to make things work.
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Only concern is torsional torque.
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I love the craftsmanship and making something work, but i'd be worried about having to do a hard turn and twisting all those pipes..

Also, the wood wheels look really cool, but if you drive in the summer time, get a cover. It's no fun when you're cruising along and suddenly skin touches that metal that's sandwiched between the wood.. lol, i learned that one the hard way.. ;)
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Old December 10th, 2019, 07:50 PM   #123
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I agree with the torsional torque concern. However, I don't think I'll likely reach the torque limit. The 1/4 bolts are grade 8+. I don't think the copper spacers are doing too much. I suppose it will be one of the things I kind of get the feeling of during beta testing of the car.

But I'd hate to have the wheel come off in my hand when I'm trying to outbrake a 917K at the end of Mulsanne:)

I think the appearance in the photos do not do it justice. In the metal it looks a lot better I think. I was going for a jewelry/steam punk look. Maybe I'll paint the bolt heads black instead of orange. If I do, black will be the new orange, haha. Once the interior is cleaned up more it will look better too I think.
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Park next to a curb, turn the wheel so that the tire makes contact, pull hard and see what happens. Iíd guess all will be fine.👍👍 Thatís what I did when I swapped a Ďwood steering wheel w/adapter into my Ď47 Ford coupe back in the late Ď60s.
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Almost forgot. I like the subtly of the orange.🙄😁
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