New Owner, 70' Fasty

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New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:25 am

This week went to NE PA to pick up a red 70' Fastback (at least on the outside) for $200 that used to be what I believe to be a 'deep sea green' at least based on 1970 brochure. While the outside is somewhat rough the inside is in fairly good shape. Cleaned/vacuumed out trunk/engine bay (saved original vinyl covering and insulation as it was perfect although wet :pale: ) to evaluate interior rust and was pleasantly surprised, minimal surface rust on visible surfaces. Moved to interior, removed rear seat bottom, old/dead Diehard battery and wet carpeting along with tar-board and found fairly immaculate floorboards, surface rust only. A first for me as I have replaced pans on every beetle, I own two (2). Unfortunately the rockers need replacement but pillars and floors look great.

The PO (for one year) had removed it from a dry barn, where it had been since 1985, into the environment without covering, hence the water intrusion, all glass seals had long ago dried out. The good news is that he saved anything he found and provided me with a box of parts and pieces that I will need to go through as most appear to be from engine; air cleaner and associated parts, shroud from fan housing to intake, lenses for lights, headlight housings, and misc. valves which appear to be for FI, etc..

A couple of early questions, sure there will be plenty more as I know nothing about FI. First and foremost need help opening the front hood as the PO apparently slammed it in an attempt to keep it closed. The vertical slider on the drivers side A pillar does nothing, assume at some point was attached to a cable that activates the latch, anyone have any thoughts as to how to resolve? Since the hood is in great shape don't want to destroy it by being too aggressive. When I first looked at the car several weeks ago the hood was open so won't be surprised by what is underneath, small rust hole under brake reservoir only issue i was able to see on my first visit (hole size will probably grow, nothing a patch and a welder won't fix).

Second question, how do I remove drivers and passenger seat? In a bug there is a spring tab which by simply depressing allows the seat to fully release, couldn't find that on the Fastback. By the way these seats slide back and forth with ease, adjustment knobs work as designed. Once I was able to sit in one, seat all the way back, I was very impressed with the space and comfort, something I can't say for my 72 or 66 beetle, at 6'2", 270 the bugs are a little tight, the bus on the other hand...
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:32 am

Third question, what would be the best way to remove the red paint, while keeping the below green intact?

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:47 am

Never mind on the hood opening question, I am an idiot, simply read manual and it explains release is in the glove box, just like 72 bug. Apparently I was sliding the knob for the foot well heater, never saw this type of fancy contraption before, doh. As embarrassing as installing by force and subsequently bending/jamming in engine wrong size fuel pump rod, Colin found this issue.

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by tristessa » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:34 pm

Another Deep Sea Green/white interior '70 Fasty! I really, REALLY need to get cracking on mine...

For the red paint, try oven cleaner. The OE paint is tough stuff, re-sprays usually not as much. I've had it work wonders for getting off crappy rattle-can spray paint jobs.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by Amskeptic » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:21 am

wdollie6 wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:47 am
Never mind on the hood opening question, I am an idiot, simply read manual and it explains release is in the glove box, just like 72 bug. Apparently I was sliding the knob for the foot well heater, never saw this type of fancy contraption before, doh. As embarrassing as installing by force and subsequently bending/jamming in engine wrong size fuel pump rod, Colin found this issue.
Oh my GOD, really?? You were trying to open the front trunk with the footwell lever?
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(great car, I'd love to see original color scheme again, but in Hunter Green small metallic with a proper "biscuit tan" interior with a white white white headliner, yummmm)
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 81,366 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,113 miles

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:20 pm

At least I looked for a non-destructive approach, i.e. reading the manual, my 94 year old father suggested a pry bar! By the way no one answered the question with regards to removing the front seats, hmmmph, thank you very much found that answer myself as well. In all reality another stupid question simply had to find the tabs next to the tunnel and wallah out they came, not even a smidgen of rust on the rails. The pans were also in great shape, the rockers/heater tubes not so much.

Found the two air cleaner pieces that were missing, elbow and fresh air connector, should have those in a few days. The keys I should have tomorrow, had them made based on matching door codes, crossing fingers that the ignition hasn't been changed. When I get back from my business trip will drain/pull the tank and see what lies inside and beneath. The tank has fuel (turpentine smell) in it so will be interesting to see the gunk that comes out. I will then move to changing all fuel lines and vacuum lines, followed by checking electrical connections, grounds, etc.. I did note that they had cut&spliced the three wires that come from the pickups below the distributor, with the twisted copper still visible, hmmm not sure that bodes well. Also they had piped a permanent fuel pressure gauge off the 3-4 side which definitely does not show up in the typical Type III engine photos...

I'll update as I dig in further. Should be able to hook a battery up next week at some point, which might prove to be interesting.

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:25 pm

Actually can see the spliced wires in the top picture, just above distributor with green tape on them...

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