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Old 07-15-2011, 06:37 PM
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Air cooled Beetle info

I just traded my 300D for an air cooled beetle. Any members own one? I'm looking for a forum like this one where I can study up and shoot the breeze on these cars.

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Old 07-15-2011, 07:18 PM
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There's always the samba.

http://www.thesamba.com/

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Old 07-15-2011, 08:50 PM
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I think there are a lot of us here with air cooled VW and then also Subaru experience...
why not here on the open forum ?
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:37 PM
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I'm open to using the open forum
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:08 PM
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TheSamba is probably your best bet. I'm an ACVW fan and wish I had one, at least a pre '67
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:09 PM
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Thanks guys, I've signed up to the samba.
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:11 PM
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just stay out of OD there..

Tram, a member on that forum is a Mercedes/ACVW nut. He has some pretty sweet rides.
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:41 PM
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No idea, In all honesty, I did not spend any time looking at the car and i did not even drive it. I just took one look at it and knew that it was a very nice car so I spent my time showing the owner my 300D as my car was a diesel driver and certainly not perfect. I felt that it was important to explain all of it's problems so that the fellow could make a good decision.

He did say that he rebuilt it and just installed it this morning prior to heading down.

Once we shook hands, I locked up and got out of there as it was 100+ degrees and I was in a steel building.
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http://www.w108.org

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Old 07-16-2011, 12:10 AM
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Probably a Type 1. Check out Rabys Air Cooled Technologies. They have a lot of stuff for all the flat 4 motors. One specialty is hopped up Type 4 motors (914) but it looks like they do them all.

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No idea, In all honesty, I did not spend any time looking at the car and i did not even drive it. I just took one look at it and knew that it was a very nice car so I spent my time showing the owner my 300D as my car was a diesel driver and certainly not perfect. I felt that it was important to explain all of it's problems so that the fellow could make a good decision.

He did say that he rebuilt it and just installed it this morning prior to heading down.

Once we shook hands, I locked up and got out of there as it was 100+ degrees and I was in a steel building.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:39 AM
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Since you are dependent on ambient air temperature for cooling.. there are some things here in Texas that you really need to pay attention to..
So when you can get the specs on your engine we can discuss those...
One of the first things to check is the tolerance of the fan blade to the housing .. .this is not able to be seen normally... it is next to the firewall... and is critical for cooling... as is making sure your insulation on the firewall next to it is well connected to the firewall...if it sags and covers the air intake..you can imagine how fast that can kill your engine..
You need to note whether you have alternator or generator..
Fortunately, with a little practice and getting your tools set up right.. you can drop that engine out onto the ground in less than 30 minutes with no problem.... much less with practice...
If you are lucky... not likely.... you will have the 1500 cc engine with single port heads....
If you get tired of not having the power to run an air conditioner... there is an adapter to bolt an 1800 cc pushrod Subaru engine into your car... the same bullet proof engine that experimental aircraft builders love... 80 hp..... quiet water cooled, electronic ignition, 15,000 miles between valve adjustments.... etc...
Check out ' KEP Engineering '.....

http://kennedyenginc.com/ENGINEOPTIONLIST.aspx
THIS IS THE ENGINE YOU WANT....

4500 Subaru 1800cc. '81-'86 OHV (pushrod). A light economical opposed engine. Good feed back from bus owners. 72 HP or 110 HP Turbo. WEIGHT: 188 lbs. ; LENGTH: 14"; HEIGHT: 15"

Twice the HP of your engine...80 hp... and you do not want a hopped up VW air cooled engine in Texas heat...
smaller in size due to not needing all the air ducting...
Has actual normal screw on filter... as opposed to the wire screen your car has...

Then, Redline makes an adapter to put the Weber Carb... the 32/36 which is cheap and was used by many sportscars ... it makes it into a reliable screamer of a sleeper... quietly....

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Old 07-17-2011, 05:08 PM
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I took some more pictures of the Beetle.



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Old 07-17-2011, 05:12 PM
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I think you did good man. I've many VW's in my time and they are a lot of fun to drive. A VW will out run anything in the first 50 ft.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:15 PM
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Is it a Super? Looks like a flat windshield but the first Supers might have had flat windshields.

What are those disks on the manifold Y's?

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Old 07-17-2011, 05:16 PM
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Wow that's clean!
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