Tempted by a 1979 convertible

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Post by chitwnvw » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:30 pm

dtrumbo wrote:cooled cup holders
That would be nice. :drunken:

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Post by covelo » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:37 pm

dtrumbo wrote:So Covelo, didja buy it? Didja, didja didja?
I'm planning to go see it this Friday or Saturday. I asked some questions and they were a little vague about rust, so I'm not getting my hopes up until I get a good look at the bottom and the front wheel wells (which I hear are critical on these super beetles). By the way, it has cup holders (I'm not sure if they're heated):

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Post by dtrumbo » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:23 am

covelo wrote:By the way, it has cup holders (I'm not sure if they're heated)
I have those exact same cup holders in my '79. I like 'em! BTW, in the summer, they're heated, and in the winter, they're cooled.

Good luck, and I hope she's rust free!
- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by Bleyseng » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:19 am

I have those cup holders in my 77 and hate em. They block the gauges!! I will be installing something else and giving those away.
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70 Ghia vert, black, stock 1600SP,- 139,000 miles,
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Post by dtrumbo » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:43 am

Bleyseng wrote:I will be installing something else and giving those away.
I'll take 'em off your hands if you like.
- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by Gypsie » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:07 am

Bidding war for the cup holders....

I'll give you double what Dick just offered for em... :pirate:
So it all started when I wanted to get better gas mileage....

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Post by chitwnvw » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:15 am

I'll take a cup holder over gauges any day.

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Post by dtrumbo » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:01 pm

chitwnvw wrote:I'll take a cup holder over gauges any day.
I suppose if you've dropped 4k+ on a Raby Special you might want gauges. I've read where he gets really pissed when folks run around with one of his engines and don't monitor it with gauges.

I'm with you though. I'm fine with cup holders.
- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by chitwnvw » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:06 pm

dtrumbo wrote:
chitwnvw wrote:I'll take a cup holder over gauges any day.
Not if you've dropped 4k+ on a Raby Special. I hear you go to an all new level of hell if you run one of his engines without gauges to monitor it.
I was thinking of going Raby next build and let him take care of all the balancing, tolerances, etc. But if it is just going to be something I worry about and obsess over, I might have to rethink. I had become a fan of checking the oil level, looking in the valve covers now and again, and keeping my ears open to what the engine tells me.

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Post by Manfred » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:26 pm

chitwnvw wrote: I was thinking of going Raby next build and let him take care of all the balancing, tolerances, etc. But if it is just going to be something I worry about and obsess over, I might have to rethink. I had become a fan of checking the oil level, looking in the valve covers now and again, and keeping my ears open to what the engine tells me.
Think about your bike and the first time you put a speedo on it...then remember the first time you didn't give a crap how far you were going or how fast you did it.

If I dropped that much on an engine, I would want to know what was going on with it. But as blyseng said, that was part of the problem.

I love my couple holders. But I don't have any gauges to block.

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Post by hambone » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:32 pm

What? Do it yourself you have the skillz. Can you afford Raby anyway? Top top dollar.
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Post by chitwnvw » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:43 pm

Manfred wrote: Think about your bike and the first time you put a speedo on it...then remember the first time you didn't give a crap how far you were going or how fast you did it.
Which is why I am riding a 'vintage' Trek. No worries.

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Post by chitwnvw » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:44 pm

hambone wrote:Can you afford Raby anyway?
No. But you did it yourself also and know how much it costs. Raby doesn't really seem like a whole lot more, especially if you do your own assembly.

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Post by hambone » Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:13 pm

But I did it 90% new, you probably don't have to. I wanted to see if it was still possible.
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Post by Bleyseng » Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:02 pm

The Raby kit has as much new parts as you can source for it...the rest are as new.....

The gauges are for other drivers more than me as I listen to the engine and feel it and watch the tach. When others drive I just say not to let the CHT hit over 400F, oil temps over 240F and let to oil pressure below 20 psi..The tach has a redline at 5000...
Then I go to sleep or sit in the back while they drive and enjoy the view out the windows... Monique likes em as then she knows how much she can push it as she does like to go 75mph in the Westy.. She says "It drives nice at that speed"..and I say we get better gas milege if you stay at 70!

Ok, Dick is closer so he can have the effin cup holder.... :cheers:

Nowdays I am driving the Ghia with no gas gauge, tach, oil lite or oil pressure or CHT gauge AND I am driving it like I stole it.. It does have new 10/40w Brad Penn oil in it...its fun but its no 914. :pale:
Geoff
77 Sage Green Westy- CS 2.0L-160,000 miles
70 Ghia vert, black, stock 1600SP,- 139,000 miles,
76 914 2.1L-Nepal Orange- 160,000+ miles
http://bleysengaway.blogspot.com/

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