I had the good fortune of finding a radio for my 1975 Bug during a recent swap meet at John’s Bug Shop (a sponsor of our club). It was a pretty cool period correct radio that I got for a real bargain. Continue reading “Review: Antenna for your Bug”
This weeks article is a rather short technical idea than a full fledged project. It’s about keeping your brakes adjusted on your Bug, Ghia, Thing, Buggy, etc. If you’ve ever adjusted your brakes before, you are aware the the issues of the brake adjustment stars. The stars typically corrode in place, so we remove them, clean them up in the wire wheel. We typically apply grease or anti-seize compound to ensure they remain free (for a while at least). The next step is to adjust the brakes so they just slightly drag on the drums. Take it for a test drive, feels great doesn’t it! But wait a minute, by the second time you drive it you need to adjust your brakes again – whats going on here!?
So – this weeks article is a pretty basic repair, but pretty much necessary these days on the older Standard Beetles and early Super Beetles. The original glove boxes are made with a paper fiber material that hasn’t held up well over the years. On my Beetle, staying original isn’t all that important. More important to me, is the car being functional.
Locks on your VW bug are pretty simple to work on. On my 1975, the door locks didn’t match the ignition lock. Since it was a used car, I only received one of each key for the vehicle. I had a blank for my ignition, but I had no blank for the door key. I needed to re-key the doors to match my ignition. Apparently, this is the way to do it, as you can not re-key the ignition even if you wanted to.
What’s in your toolbox? That’s probably a very personal question to some folks. Over the years people amass a pile of tools for working on modern cars. I know this to be true because I have a lot of fairly specialized tools for vehicles I own or have owned. Yes, I even own a cam belt tensioner adjustment tool for a MKIV vintage Jetta 2.0 Litre.
The beetle is different though. Elegant simplicity. Only a few hand tools are really required to work on them. I’m going to start a list below for those folks that are just getting started in the hobby, or want to do a spot check on their bug toolbox and mention some spare parts that you might like to have while traveling.
This is part 2 of an ongoing article on some work I’ve been doing on a replacement front end for my 1975 bug. In part 1 , about a month ago, I suggested we were having an early spring. That hasn’t really worked out well, but the rest of the project has been going ok, despite my poor weather prognostication skills.
Ok, this seems like this will be a simplistic article. It sort-of is, everything is basic, but you need to be very conscious and meticulous to prevent trouble from finding you. There are a few nuances about doing an oil change on your air-cooled engine that you may or not be aware of, things that I have noticed while working on the air cooled wonder. Perhaps I’m too picky about how to do simple things. The devil is usually in the details.
Most VW folk know who John Muir was. He has left us a legacy of knowledge, wisdom and several books that inspired this hobby. I think he called us all idiots. That’s ok – I’m a better man for reading that book cover to cover many times.
How I Chose a Motor Oil for My Classic/Collector Car
It is a certainty that every car I see at a cruise or car show is using some type of motor oil. Since becoming more interested in motor oils, I find the decision making process used by my peers, to be so very interesting. Some men have all their service and maintenance work performed by someone else and do not know the details of the oil used in their motors. At the other end of the spectrum are the very talented car guys that complete every bit of service on their cars including body work and paint. These later men, however, range all over the map with respect to their oil knowledge.
How do you start an engine that has no compression?
Intake, Compression, Ignition, Exhaust – that’s what four cycle internal combustion engines have been going for about the last 142 years.
But, what if you were missing one of those four steps – namely “compression”