Odds and Ends

Raising MabelRaising Mabel2018 Dodge Challenger Fuel Filler2018 Dodge Challenger Fuel FillerTaking care of some odds and ends this evening. Had to raise Mabel a couple of inches in the front to keep her from scraping and leaving sparks down the highway. I’ve got her as high as I can with my current setup, hopefully no more scraping the ruts in the road. I also replaced the chrome fuel filler door on our 2018 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack. Wasn’t a fan of the chrome, decided that the matte blacked looked so much better.

1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle

1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels BeetlePulled the trigger and purchased this while it was still available. These move fast and to find one in excellent condition is rare. 1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle. I’ve been wanting one for a very long time and this one became available for a very nice price. Depending on condition and color, these usually range in price from $80 to $300. It’s a nice find and it’ll be a nice addition to the collection.

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.

Aussie Trim

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I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while, just never got around to it. I’ve always been a fan of the Australian trim on the vintage Beetles and I wanted to try and replicate it the best I could with my own spin. The idea was to use reworked metal trim, but after many failed attempts, I decided to go with the more modern ABS trim. It was easy enough to work with. I’m happy with the outcome, not perfect, but I like it. And if I don’t like it in a couple of years, I can always remove it. I won’t do a step by step, the pics pretty much speak for themselves, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You can do this project for less than 20 dollars. I did take this opportunity to order new door handle seals. I just installed these in March of this year and they have already deteriorated. I know it’s a cheap part, but nonetheless, nothing is made like it used to be. I believe I got these from Jbugs.com.

Set Timing On A Vintage VW

I’ve been wanting to put a video together about setting the timing on a vintage VW for some time, but recently came across this video by Chris Vallone that pretty much sums it up. Two of the most important things to remember are the type of distributor you have and the type of pulley you have. The circuit tester like the one used in this video can be picked up at most auto parts stores, I purchased mine at Amazon.

Just Some Pics

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Mabel Oil Change (repost)

Ready For Oil ChangeDirty EngineOil UsedOil Change KitClean EngineToday was the day for Mabel to get her oil changed. There’s always a huge argument about which kind of oil to use in these old cars, but we won’t get into a debate about that, I’ll just let you know what I use and what works for me. I always start with getting the car as level as possible, running the engine long enough to get the old oil nice and warm so it’ll drain easily. I remove the oil drain plate (10mm) and let the oil drain into the oil catcher. I’ll let the oil drain for at least 30 minutes or so. This is also a good opportunity to tidy up the bottom of the engine, removing any oil and dirt from the cooling fins. I also like to give the oil drain plate a fresh coat of paint, just to make it look nice. Oil changing kits are readily available and pretty cheap. Most will come with new copper washers, gaskets and a oil strainer. If you’re re-using your oil strainer, just clean it good with a degreaser and make sure there isn’t any sludge in it. I usually use the strainer twice before replacing it with a new one. When you put your oil drain plate back on, make sure you use the correct washers and have the gaskets in the correct place. Do not over tighten the nuts that hold the plate in place. Just hand tighten them. My engine requires 2.65 quarts of oil, your engine probably requires the same amount. I use 2.15 quarts of Rotella T 15w-40 and .5 of the STP oil additive. I use the oil additive for its zinc content. Your air cooled engine will love this combination!