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These things are like Rabbits!

Posted in 1961 Ragtop Beetle with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by thrownhammer

Somehow when I wasn’t looking I ended up with multiple Beetle engines. I only have one car, but I have four engines? It’s almost like the car dropped some acorns. I suppose I will check the numbers on them and see what I actually have. I know for sure one of them is a dual port. The other two are single ports but, there are two different size single ports (physical size not displacement) so I will have to dig into it a little. You can never have too much vintage VW iron laying around. I reckon with all four engines I may have close to 150 HP sitting out there! My garage is getting pretty small. Hopefully the VW engine growing season is coming to an end. I may take a couple of them apart just for something to do. I hardly ever have anything to do. I will probably keep the dual port aside so my good Friend Gary Davis at Davis Racing can build a turbo charged fire breathing monster for me some day.

I can quit any time...

I can quit any time...

Three Car Garage!

Posted in 1961 Ragtop Beetle with tags , , , , , , on October 4, 2008 by thrownhammer

Well ever since I drug the Beetle pan home and stuck it in the garage my Jeep has been acting like a baby. The Jeep even insinuated I wasn’t patriotic because I only let German cars into the garage, while I let the American stuff sit outside. I had to remind the Jeep that the Japanese SUV sits outside all year and has never complained. The Jeep ignored this logic and continued to point out that he was entitled to a spot in the garage.

Today I just got sick of all the pouting so I rearranged the garage and stuck the Beetle pan up front sideways. I suppose since the Beetle body is still out in the barn this is really a two and a half car garage.

The Jeep seems happy now.

P.S. If anyone that can tell me the dual meanings of the photo caption I will tell Bec she should give you a dollar.

3.0 or 2.5?

3.0 or 2.5?

We are back to the longblock.

Posted in 1961 Ragtop Beetle with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2008 by thrownhammer

I spent the entire day today taking apart the drivers side of the engine. Flash hung out for a little while. He layed under the Jeep and came out every now and then for a drink from the hose. Eventually he got bored and had to go back into the house though. Few living things can hang with me when it comes to tinkering with cars out in the garage. I did figure out the front bumper on my Jeep is the perfect size for a piece of wet sand paper to clean up the piston tops. Once I had the whole thing cleaned painted and reassembled I noticed a small piece of engine tin sitting on the trans.

This cute little unassuming piece of tin has become my Bane! For you see this cannot be put in it’s place after you are all done. It MUST be installed before you put on the heads… That’s right sports fans, time for a redo. I was THRILLED! Really I was. I love to do things over and over, especially when I have been out in the glaring sun for hours.

Lucky for me Jake showed up with his shop apron on and safety goggles. He helped me get everything back together and he got introduced to the torque wrench. I let him torque the head on. He was amazed with the clicking. It was magic. Now I am ready to start scouring the Earth to find the OG thermostat assembly. For some reason everyone thought you should just throw all that stuff away.

Back to the start.

Back to the start.

Get your head on straight.

Posted in 1961 Ragtop Beetle with tags , , , , , , , on September 22, 2008 by thrownhammer

Okay, I got to hone out my cylinders with an ancient hone I borrowed from a guy named “Dog”. No, I am not making this up. Actually to be completely honest “Dog” borrowed it from his Dad first. I don’t know “Dog’s” Dad’s name. Truthfully I am only about 50% sure I know “Dog’s” name. I put my new rings in using hose clamps, because I am cheap like that. I reassembled everything following along in a book. I just realized if I can read a book, I can rebuild engines! I wonder what else I can do? I am going to go buy some more books. Anyway I replaced all the seals and gaskets. I painted the cylinders flat black to help dissipate heat. i think they look pretty sweet. What think ye?

I like!

I like!

Pretty...

Pretty...

Tractor chassis paint will not come off.

Posted in 1961 Ragtop Beetle with tags , , , on September 17, 2008 by thrownhammer

Tonight I prepped the drivers side pan on the Beetle. I am sorry to say the rear portion is not going to make it. I can get a patch panel for it but it is from Austria and not the Motherland. I suppose it’s close enough, kinda like getting Georgia peaches from Florida. It’s still a peach, and Florida makes some pretty mean fruit. I mean I would eat a peach from Florida. I don’t really prefer peaches but that’s beside the point.

I had to cut some rust out along the edge where the pan meets the body. I can make up some patches and weld them in. I have contacts deep within the sheet metal industry. I really can’t talk about it so don’t ask. Sorry that is just the way it has to be.

I painted the front half of the pan with John Deere blitz black. It is a semi gloss tractor chassis paint. I have contacts deep within the Deere industry…you know the drill. Tractor chassis paint is very durable stuff. When you get it on your hands and feet it is there until you shed skin. I have it on my feet because I prefer to work on the Beetle in flip flops. It makes the whole experience more hippy like. I am not much for hippies but the car seems more calm.

Black is the new black.

Black is the new black.

Plugging away on the Bug.

Posted in 1961 Ragtop Beetle with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2008 by thrownhammer

Awhile ago I was attempting to remove the distributor from the old 40 Horsepower beetle engine. The dizzy did protest vehemently. (From now on Dizzy=distributor.) After consulting with some experts in the field I was advised to use huge channel locks and a dead blow hammer. After two days of PB Blaster and dead blow persuasion the Dizzy reluctantly gave up and came out of it’s hole. As I removed the old crusty o-ring to replace with a really nice new o-ring I noticed the Dizzy had cracked all the way around the groove.

Great. Now I need to find a 47 year old Dizzy. Apparently they don’t make them anymore. Lucky for me thru my searching a fellow enthusiast offered a core Dizzy for the cost of shipping! We are back in the game.

When it showed up I noticed my Dizzy had much better “guts”, so I decided to switch all the parts out of my broken Dizzy into the good case of the replacement Dizzy. Did you know there are approximately 945,312 parts in a Distributor?

This is what I started with. Grime and crud.

Old and broken.

Old and broken.

I layed all the parts out on the pan. It was shock and awe. I am in deep…

Oh Boy....

Oh Boy....

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth I finally overcame the most insidious three dimensional jig saw puzzle of modern times.

Mmmmm Shiny.

Mmmmm Shiny.

One step closer to the goal.