New Exhaust Installation Part I

Preparing To Replace MufflerPreparing To Replace MufflerPreparing To Replace MufflerPreparing To Replace MufflerPreparing To Replace MufflerI still have a few days before the new OEM exhaust arrives, but since I was catching up on a couple other projects in the garage, I decided to get a head start on removing the existing exhaust. I wanted to video this process, but the battery in my GoPro is dead and I didn’t want to wait for it to charge. So for now, pictures will have to do. The first concern any time you do this is the condition of the head studs and nuts that secure the muffler. I had already taken a peek at mine when I replaced the intake year before last and was happy to discover the the previous owner had used brass nuts to secure the muffler to the heads. Brass won’t rust and less likely to seize to the studs. Usually, the first step would be to raise the rear of the Beetle for easy access, but since I’m only removing the tin to take a better look, I skipped raising the rear for now. I removed all of the piping for heat first, this differs a bit from year to year, but it’s pretty much self explanatory. Remove them gently so you can re-use them. I’m running J pipes, but I still keep everything plumbed just in case I want to put heat exchangers back on. The outlet on the dog house shroud is capped to keep the air flowing over the engine. If I ever do put heat exchangers back on, I’ll just remove the caps. Next step is to remove the rear tin. For me, this was a total of twelve 6x12mm 6mm shroud screws and washers. Shroud Screws If you’re missing these screws or want to replace them to dress up your engine bay, most VW vendors sell them for about 5 dollars for a set of 12. This is a good time to put your Titan Magnetic Parts Tray to use. Helps to keep your nuts and bolts from being lost or kicked across the garage. Once all of the screws are removed, all you need to do is to remove the rear tin. If your engine bay seal is in really good condition, it will take some maneuvering to get the tin out, but it’s a fairly easy process. Once the tin is removed, you’ll have easy access to the nuts that secure the muffler to the head (the bottom nuts are easier to remove from beneath the car) and the heat riser screws. [Read more…]

Next Project, New Exhaust

1967 Reverse LightsNew Exhaust ProjectThe Beetle has had a Abarth exhaust on it ever since I bought it. They’re a great exhaust and they look good, but I’ve never been a fan of the sound. I’m also pretty sure that the tubes to the heat risers are clogged with carbon. One of things that make Beetles unique is the bubbly exhaust. So, I’ve decided the next project will be to remove the Abarth exhaust and replace it with a stock exhaust. I put in the order to CIP1.com today. After a quick inspection of the current exhaust, I noticed that the person who installed it did it right. Looks like the heads have new studs and they also used brass nuts to secure the exhaust to the heads. This area can be a real problem if steel nuts had been used, you can easily snap the studs a part if the nut is rusted to the stud. I’ll still give each nut a good soaking with PB Blaster and take my time when it comes to removing the nuts from the studs. This is one step that you don’t want to get into a rush. So hopefully, the new exhaust will be delivered in the next week or so and I’ll put together a “how to” on replacing the exhaust.

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Product Review & Planning Ahead

There are many necessary tools needed for the repair and/or regular maintenance of your vintage VW. I thought it’d be a good idea to share some information on those tools from time to time that may help others out.

Titan Magnetic Parts TrayTitan Magnetic Parts Tray

This first is a must have for working on any car. There’s nothing worse than losing nuts and bolts when it’s time to put everything back together. I use this Titan Magnetic Parts Tray that I believe I bought on Amazon for a little over 7 dollars. It has a magnetic base that allows it to hang securely from your toolbox, car hood, etc. They come in various shapes and sizes and they’re a great to keep your parts organized while you work.

 

13mm Half Moon WrenchNext is a Half Moon Wrench, size 13mm and 11mm. If you’ve ever tried to remove your carburetor or generator stand without one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Yes, it can be done with a regular open face or boxed wrench, but this 6 dollar investment makes things so much easier. I picked this one up on Summit Racing for about $3.50. It’s a must have!

 

Carb Rebuild KitNew Fuel LinesI had planned on doing some regular maintenance on my carburetor before it got too cold outside, but since the Beetle is running fine, I think I’ll wait til spring. I had it apart last fall to replace the float, but I didn’t clean or replace the jets as I had planned. I also think my accelerator pump diaphragm isn’t working as well as it should. Ethanol in today’s fuel is hard on the diaphragm and it’s probably a good idea to change them every couple of years or so. I’m also going to relocate the fuel filter to underneath the car and away from the engine bay. I know that there’s much debate on this, but I still feel that it’s a good idea. I picked up this rebuild kit and new fuel line from the Dune Buggy Warehouse a while back, it has everything I need for the carb rebuild. I believe the rebuild kit was around 12 dollars and 1 meter for fuel line (the good stuff) was around 13 dollars. You can never have too much spare laying around.

New Door Handle Seals

For Christmas last year, Lenora got me all new seals for the doors, door windows, etc. She ordered the kit from Jbugs.com, all German rubber except for one thing, the door handle seals. I couldn’t be more pleased with everything we received from Jbugs.com. The new door window rubber was spot on, fit perfectly and was fairly easy to install. The only thing I was disappointed in was the door handle seals. The seals that came with the set were a hard plastic instead of a hard rubber. I installed them in March of this year and by September, they were already deteriorated and falling apart. Everything else has held up well. When I decided to install the Aussie trim and removed the defective door handle seals, I ordered new ones. I ordered them from Ebay user scorpion562. They were described as hard rubber, not hard plastic. They were only $4.85 so I decided to take a chance and ordered them. When I received them, I knew they were so much better than the ones that I received for Jbugs.com. They were flexible, fit the door handles so much better and fit perfectly. As you can see from the video above, they were a much better quality than the ones that we received from Jbugs.com. I installed them this evening and couldn’t be happier. They look so much better.

New Door Handle SealsNew Door Handle SealsNew Door Handle SealsNew Door Handle Seals

 

 

 

 

After the install, I did quick walk around of Mabel. Very pleased with the results.