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Will there be a House of Ghia party Friday before Bug Run? If yes, where will it be located? I ask because I understand Mike is relocating the business.
"Got the body separated and the pan off. Working on getting the new pans on now. Worst thing I have found so far is a mammoth mouse nest throughout the entire tunnel. I am thinking about going with Eastwoods inside-the-frame system to make sure I don't have rust issues down the road from whatever the mice were doing in there."
I'm doing a body-off-the-pan Karmann Ghia resto. I had the same concern about rust. I used Waxoyl https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waxoyl
I bought this kit from Bus Depot. Material and spray system. http://www.busdepot.com/j11333
I doubt it is the distributor unless the shaft bushing is so worn that the radial runout causes the point gap to change significantly as the shaft turns and flops around.
More-likely causes are a vacuum leak or a blocked primary jet in the carb.
Is the carb mounting tight and well sealed? Are the manifolds tight to the head and well sealed? Are the rubber boots on the manifold joints sound? One test is to spray these areas with carb cleaner. If the engine smooths out you found a problem.
Also make sure all the vacuum outlets on the carb are capped -- there are lots of them on a 34 PICT.
Are the valves properly adjusted?
Last two times (My Bus and FIAT 124 Spider) I had this problem it was dirt in the primary jet.
If I had this situation (and I often have had), I would wire brush (not very aggressively), clean, and paint with Hammerite smooth. http://www.thepaintstore.com/Hammerite_Rust_Cap_Smooth_Enamel_Finish_Quart_p/442001.htm
The Maryhill Concours d'Elegance this year is featuring VW. Near Goldendale, WA, out the Columbia River Gorge. As I read it, admission to the event is free for spectators. Registering a car is $15. Here;s the scoop http://goldendalemotorsports.org/Concours_de_Maryhill.html
When do the gates really open? What's a good time to be there to be near the front of the line?
Are we doing D&D this month? Already did it? Been traveling, not paying attention.
Want one that is tightly contracted.
PM me if you have.
A 1955 Volkswagen (VLKAF) bus was recently sold for $235,000 by a German auction company, the the highest price ever paid at auction for one the iconic minibuses.
Keep fixin' up them split-window buses. One could be your IRA.
This sounds like typical battery drain from a short in the wiring, a switch, a relay or component. Get the wiring diagram. Disconnect the battery "+" cable. Pull all the fuses. Connect a voltmeter between battery cable and battery "+" . Put fuses back one at a time. Other than always-on circuits for components like radio and clock, there should be no voltage reading with ignition off and all components off. When you find a current flow that shouldn't be there, check all elements of that circuit to find the fault.
For always-on circuits, you need an ammeter of adequate capacity -- probably 0-20 would be good enough -- to determine if too much current is flowing. Clock, radio, and such things should only draw fractions of an amp, so anything higher would be sign of a problem.
It can be fiddly and time consuming.
Started to clean up my engine lid and found lots of rust under the polyester spray coat. Need the later lid that has open space under the vent openings and uses plastic rain tray (don't need the tray). Can live with mild, surface rust. Can't live with dents or rust along lower edge.
If you have one, or know where there is one, PM me.
Looks like that would work for me. I need just from one seat. How much? Where are you located?
I need the two, large, seat-back-adjuster knobs from a late-1960's to early-1970's Beetle. These are the ones at the bottom, rear sides of the seat, with the four flats to change the seat-back angle. Want ones in good shape; mine are decomposed through electrolsis.
Will consider junk seat if these parts are still very good.
Another parts source going away, unless someone else buys the business. Owner is retiring. Selling out inventory, tools, and fixtures.