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.

Avon Beetles

Avon Beetles

Shauna and Lenora have managed to get me 2 of the 3 Avon Beetles that were released in the 1970’s. Oddly enough, both of these are full of cologne and sort of smell like Old Spice…..I’m only missing the blue one, but I’m sure in time, we’ll find it. Shauna was also able to get me the VW Rabbit that is also full of the same cologne. They’re a nice addition to the collection.

Diorama Lighting

Lighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaLighting The DioramaI finished wiring and management of the lighting system for the diorama. I’m very pleased with the way that it turned out. Best part of the lighting system is that it’s controlled remotely. The LED’s, remote control w/remote and battery pack cost less than 10 dollars. Once I had everything in place, it was just a matter of doing a little wire management and tucking everything out of site. I also finished the detail on the Rat Rod Beetle, but still have to finish the detail on the VW flatbed. Now I can concentrate on the details and button this project up, it’s gone on way too long now. I’m sure I’ll add to it from time to time and switch things up, but so far I’m happy with the direction I’m going with it. Great way to pass time and relieve stress.

10 Degree Cold Start

3rd Brake Light

Third Brake Light ModThird Brake Light ModThird Brake Light ModPlaying around with the 3rd brake light to make it look more vintage. May keep it this way, may not, still undecided. Click here to see how this project started a couple of years ago. I’d eventually like to find an authentic vintage light, but they’re really hard to find and if you do find one in decent shape, they’re very expensive. I believe I purchased this light from Speedway Motors for around 12 dollars. It was originally clear.

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.

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

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