When I bought my bug, I expected some electrical issues. I’ve had a few. From issues with my headlights to some issues with basic grounds. You can come to expect these kinds of things on cars approaching 45 or more years old.
Another issue I encountered on my own beetle was an intermittent starter issue. In this post, I’ll break down how the starter system works electrically and mechanically since this topic has come up a few times with a few friends in recent days.
Continue reading “It’s starting to be a problem…”
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.
Continue reading “DIY: Head Removal Tool”
VW – 6 or 12 Volt Battery Compartment Maintenance
In the ’66 beetle I own, the 6 volt battery sits on the metal floor pan under the rear seat, passenger side. Since I have owned the car (1971) I have performed a bi-annual maintenance on this area. The following describes the procedure.
Continue reading “Repair: Battery Service”
If you were a visitor at Bug Out or a sponsor of Bug Out – thank you for supporting us. We produce the event in association with the K-W Optimist Club. They are a fantastic supporter of youth in our community and it is a pleasure to host our event at their facility in beautiful Heidelberg, Ontario.
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Here are the results of Bug Out 37:
Continue reading “Bugout 37 Results – July 8th 2018”
“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.
Continue reading “Repair: A gentleman does not motor around after dark”
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.
Continue reading “Repair: It’s time for a oil change”
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.
Continue reading “Repair: Air Cooled Sounds”
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.
Continue reading “Review: Collector Automobile Motor Oil”