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Old February 25th, 2008, 09:35 AM   #1
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So, I got this PM:
dude this ppl on the site will tear you a new one for posting first without posting an INTRO in members intro... GO DO IT NOW and save yourself from the fire...lol



I'm Kyle, 34, in Northern Ca. I have five cars, three classics (240Z, Tbird, Riviera) and two dailies (a Volvo wagon and a Miata track toy).

The search for a car begins after April 15th (I'm a CPA and busy as hell right now, go figure).
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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So much for waiting until 4/15 to start looking. The search started the day I joined, and culminated with this guy on 4/1. Funny thing - it seemed I'd been searching for two months, when in fact it was only one.

Either way, Happy April Fool's Day to me!
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Old April 7th, 2008, 09:43 AM   #3
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4/5 was spent trying to get it to fire up.
4/6 was spent tearing it down to determine why the valves weren't opening and closing.
Found the cam gear pins sheared and the gear chewed up.

Next step - rebuild or replace. Stay tuned.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 08:27 AM   #4
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The 1300(1200?) checked out fine for rebuild at the machine shop, but while waiting, I thought I'd post a wanted ad on Craigslist. Lo and behold, got a reply and picked up a 1600sp yesterday, with gen/reg/bat/starter... Was able to drive the car and check compression before pulling it, which was a treat. Drove great, compression was 120+ across the board.

With a bit of luck, I'll get this bastard moving under its own power this week.

Oh yeah, the pink slip showed up in the mail yesterday, so now I can RACE FOR PINKS! Yeah!
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Old May 9th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #5
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Engine went in on the 30th with crosseyed spark plug wires. Figured that out on the 6th, and ran it around the block with a dead generator.

Sorted the charging system today.

Brakes are up next - they are scary bad - first it pulls one way, then the other.
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Old May 10th, 2008, 01:31 PM   #6
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Adjusted the valves, tried to set idle with little success (3yr old gas), then took #1 son around the block... and down the road... and around the corner... and up the freeway.

Wife was pissed, no carseat, suspect brakes, but damn, it felt good to motor on.

Brakes were so bad, the driver's side rear looked like it'd spent 20 years in the deep blue sea. Drums pitted and corroded, shoes encrusted with rust and dust. Wire brushed the rust, bead blasted the pads, lubed the adjusters etc. Still have to bleed and adjust...

Before tearing it down, snapped a pic of my boy and the VW. He's getting the hang of it, but had trouble with the rear axle nuts
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Old May 19th, 2008, 03:44 PM   #7
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Sheesh, took NINE days to sort the brakes (admittedly, that's only about 10-15 hours of actual shop time).

On the bright side, six weeks into the project, I have a clean, complete, mostly original, running, driving, stopping car. Helps to look on the bright side.

Had two clogged rubber hoses, that was a new one to me. I was able to clear one, but the other had to be replaced. DAMMIT I HAD TO BUY A NEW PART!

Bled, adjusted, and tested. Sucker stops good! And man does it hustle, evidently a 1600 is a big engine for a little bug.

Up next: Elbow grease detail and ride height adjustment.
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 03:15 PM   #8
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Well, haven't done what I said I would (detail and lower) but I DID manage to get sick of the low hanging stinger in one short commute.

Solution? In my junk pile I had a turbo style muffler cobbled together when I de-turbo'd my turbo-added Volvo (the 242GT from whence I get my nom de net), so I took a 100* turn, a flange, and a couple hours (embarassingly long) and re-invented the fatboy.

I was SO proud of how tight I kept the muffler to the header and apron with almost no protrusion.

My wife's comment? "Is it supposed to stick out that far?" ARRGH WOMAN!

It's a little lower than I like, but doesn't hit the driveway or stick out two feet past the ass of the car, so I'm happy. I'll rig up an outboard hanger and tailpipe next chance I get. The flange is thick and the weld beefy, so it should hold for now.

Sounds good, not as booooomy inside, and way quieter outside. Victory.
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Old June 18th, 2008, 06:05 PM   #9
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Got started on narrowing the beam today. Didn't get as far as I'd hoped, but isn't that par for the course?
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 04:33 PM   #10
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Beam's narrowed and in... still have to do the tie rods and torsion leaves.

I took the link pin carriers, drop spindles, king and link pins to a local old school tech. Hoped to have them back sooner, but that's old school for ya.

Hope I have the adjusters indexed right.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 03:00 PM   #11
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After a few weeks for vacation and so forth, back at it. Put the spindle assemblies in today, dropped it on its nuts, and giggled like a schoolgirl.

The 4" narrow worked out perfectly, tucking just like I wanted to see. Up next - the rear. One click or two?
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 03:53 PM   #12
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Wound up with crazy bump steer. Two problems with that - it made setting the toe really hard (had to ballast it with my wife while adjusting) and created major toe changes in bump or rebound. The car more or less tried to drive itself all over the place. Sucked.

Decided it was really too gross to just live with, so turned to the samba for help. Got it sorted - turns out I wasn't low enough to run flipped tie rod ends. Put the stockers back in, and all is good.

Adjusting the rear was as simple as you've read - clicks up and down and so forth. No clue where I have it set versus stock, but the spring plates are at 10* driver and 9* passenger. That gets the axle centerline about 12.5" from the fender lip. I have 4* of camber left and right, and it looks pretty good. A trans raise would be nice, but I'm already low enough I'm dragging the muffler at home and can't get into the driveway at work.

If anyone cares, the parts for the beam ran $310, plus $30 for tie rod ends that I didn't use and $150 to get the kingpins set (included a replacement for a bent carrier). That makes the front lowering pretty pricey at nearly $500. Lowering the rear was free, though.

If I had to do it over, I'd wait for pre-assembled spindles to show up on the samba, or just buy the reamer and do it myself. Pretty frustrating having to wait three weeks on some random dude to put things together for me.

And on the bright side, I'm only in this car about $2000. Chicken feed.

-ps- it looks bitchin! You may hate it or love it, but it's just what I wanted, and it handles suh-weet. Maybe not as good as the track-prepped Miata, but I'm a happy man.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 05:00 PM   #13
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Gettin lots of random props from lots of random folks, evidently the stance is spot on... Maybe there's something to this veedub scene after all. Current plan is roll as-is and collect compliments until next year. We'll see how that holds up.
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Old August 10th, 2008, 01:20 PM   #14
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Funny thing about not running front shocks - the ride is okay, but the handling is sketchy - front end kinda skips over the pavement.

Tried my hand at plug welding for the first time. Harder than I expected. Other than that, not a big deal. The outer plate is about 1/8, the inner about 3/16.

The ride and handling is much improved!
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Old August 19th, 2008, 08:26 AM   #15
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Got sick of the fatboy muffler dragging everywhere, and since I hope to go lower soon, put a new muffler on - pretty slick, it has a semi-equal length header and a smallish stock style muffler. Sounds really good - got a little bit of that bug "ping" now, and it seems to make a little more power down low, guess the 2.5" muffler that was on there was killing exhaust velocity.

Got some 155/60s on order for the front, and will lower the rear some more... how much camber dare I run? Currently about 4*.
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 06:04 PM   #16
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Since I seem to be building a ratty hoodride sorta thing, gotta get the roof rack going on.

Seems like everyone has the flat-four style, and it's a little too rectilinear to me. After hemming and hawing for a while, knocked this together out of 1/2" EMT conduit.

I still have to get some wood slats on there, and a brace between the upper and lower side rails, but it's on and attached firmly.

Lots of wind noise. Is that normal?
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Old September 24th, 2008, 10:10 AM   #17
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http://www.volksrods.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22900
Got LOW! Actually as low as the adjusters will go now... Kinda want to go lower, so I'll see what I can work out. Rides great, though the rear camber kinda makes it squirm around.
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Old September 24th, 2008, 10:12 AM   #18
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http://www.volksrods.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23052
finished up the roof rack, I really love it.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #19
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Suppose I should bump this a bit... got distracted and neglected forum format!

Got tired of the rear camber and did a trans raise - hope to do a photo documented writeup when I'm done. If I'm EVER done, yow. If you've read up on it, you've seen people saying "it's a big job". Well, they aren't lying.

Here's the Cutting Board thread where I received a lot of excellent advice and posted some progress: CLICK IT YO

Upon getting the trans raise done enough to drive the car (hysterically low now, by the way - 1.5" to framehead, pretty level pan front to back - big baller status for no airbags!) I finally figured out the screwy handling wasn't the camber - it's the rear toe. I had about 3/4" of toe in. Whoops.

Got started on springplate extensions today, which will resolve the rear toe issue. Then, hopefully (fingers crossed!) I can start driving it daily. HOT THREAD ON THREAD ACTION

I haven't updated this thread lately because I bought a 72 Squareback a couple weeks ago and have been merrily trying to tease the thing back to life. Getting there... slowly like.
A lot of head-scratching and crank-but-no-start stuff. But hey, it's complete and rust free. SCORE!
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It's low, yo!
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Old January 1st, 2009, 03:15 PM   #21
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Now it's back up!

Ran into clearance problems with the springplates and shock mounts... will readdress that and get some rear shocks eventually. I needed to get the car assembled and drivable so I can dig back into the squareback.

Look ma! No camber!
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Sold it today. What's next?!!?!


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What's next???? I'll tell you what's next!

BAM!

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Old June 27th, 2009, 03:20 PM   #24
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Been playing with the ride height, got a set of decent front tires on it, adjusted the points, timing, and carbs.

Ya know what? This is a pretty damn cool little car. Nowhere near as rowdy and punchy as my bug, but I blame the T3 gearing.



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