Mabel Maintenance

Mabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceThe other day when I updated Mabel’s fuel lines and performed an overall maintenance inspection, I noticed that most of her vacuum plugs were beginning to dry rot a bit. Nothing major, but something that still needed to be addressed. I also noticed that her drivers side low beam head light wasn’t working properly as well. A quick trip to Amazon, I found the necessary caps for all of the vacuum ports and placed the order. 11 dollars and 2 days later, the vacuum ports are fixed. As for the low beam on the drivers side headlight, a quick spray for contact cleaner on the back of the fuse box took care of that. She’s now road worthy and ready to put on some miles.

Updating Mabel’s Fuel Delivery For Safety

Fuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeThere seems to have been a rash of engine fires lately that really grabbed my attention. Common causes seem to be bad/wrong fuel lines, fuel inlet to the carb and fuel filter location. I’ve had 9 vintage VW’s over the years and I’ve always placed my fuel filter in between the fuel inlet on the carb and the fuel pump. Considering the amount of loss that I’ve read about recently, I’ve decided to make Mabel a little safer. New and proper fuel lines (hers were just replaced a couple of years ago), relocation of the fuel filter, new clamps and new threaded barb for the fuel inlet on the carb. The video is pretty much self explanatory, though my video skills aren’t the best. I’ve also provided a list and link to everything that I used. Hope you find the video beneficial.


Inlet that I used:

Inlet that I considered, but didn’t use:

Drill bit for tap, size C:

Tap that I used:

Fuel filter that I use:

Clamps for the fuel lines:

Fuel hose:

New Die Cast and Mabel

Getting Mabel Ready For SpringMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionWe picked up a few new Hot Wheels to add to the collection that we didn’t already have. Been looking for the 50th Anniversary Camaro and Mustang for a while, but only recently found them on the pegs at our local Walmart. I really love the detail on these cars. Also picked up a Delorean that I’ve been wanting, but my favorite find is this Matchbox 50th Anniversary VW Bus. The detail on the bus is second to none, it really is a great casting. I was also able to get our own ’68 Beetle “Mabel” out and about for an early spring drive. After sitting for most of the winter, it was great to get her out for a drive. She’s still driving like a top! We’re looking forward to many more miles with her this spring and summer!

Getting Mabel Ready For Spring

It was nice enough today to give Mabel the once over, check fluids, air and give her a nice cold start to get her ready for spring. All systems are go!

Mabel’s January Cold Start

Time to get her out on the road again.

Car Wash Day, Updated Pics

MabelMabelMabelMabelMabelMabelConsidering that today is November 18th, the weather was awesome! Especially since we’ve had nothing but rain for the past month and even a little snow. However, when it’s 60+ degrees outside, it’s time to wash the cars! Also took the opportunity to get Mabel out and drive her around town a few times. With the Thanksgiving break coming up in just a few days, I plan to get her out more. I never really put her away for winter, when it’s nice outside, she comes out to play, even if it’s cold. But if it’s snowy and the roads are salty, she stays in the garage.

Mabel Gets A New Battery

New Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelNew Battery For MabelI noticed a few months ago that if Mabel sat for a week or so without being started, the starter struggled a bit to turn the motor. I installed a hard start relay to see if this made any difference. The battery I was using was a Autocraft Silver 42-1 which is perfect for these cars, it has the protective cap over the positive terminal to keep from accidentally grounding out the battery if somebody is sitting in the back seat. Anyhow, I’d throw the charger on the battery for an hour or so and it’d be fine for a couple of weeks, then after she sat for a few days, I’d have the same issue. Voltage out of the battery without the car running was 10.8 volts, that’s low. Should be around 12.6. With the car running, I was getting right at 14 volts, so I knew the generator was working properly. That battery just wasn’t holding a charge like it should. I also tested for parasitic battery drain and everything checked out ok. The battery is almost 5 years old, time for a new one. This time, I decided to go with a Interstate MT-47. It got good reviews even though it cost a bit more compared to other batteries. It doesn’t have the protective cap over the positive terminal, but the case is built to prevent any accidental grounding. For added protection, you can always throw a piece of rubber, such as an old floor mat, over top of the battery as well. [Read more…]

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