On the classic VW air-cooled engine, a few things typically go wrong. Since there were so many Beetles, we have a pretty big sample set of potential issues. One thing that commonly goes wrong – engine fires. Continue reading “DIY: Engine Fire Prevention”
I’ve started a new project for my bug this winter. I think I’ve committed to building a new engine. It’s a costly project, and to save some money where I can, I’d like to be able to re-use some parts from an engine that I acquired.
“A gentleman does not motor around after dark.’
I used to think that quote from Joseph Lucas was reserved for Lucas automotive electrics – but I nearly experienced it myself. I could have been my very own prince of darkness.
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!?
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.