New Owner, 70' Fasty

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Sun Dec 05, 2021 12:19 pm

That makes me feel a little better. Here is some of the things I have been working on...

Pop Out window seals were shot, actually all seals, but pop outs were the first to get attention. Read all I could about getting the seals in place followed by chrome trim but nothing seemed to help keeping everything in place while 'thumbing' the trim in place. Trim is tough to begin with, a few years ago I gave up on the trim on my windshield glass for the super beetle convertible as I destroyed two pieces of chrome, wasn't interested in a third, but I digress...

Anyway after fighting the drivers side pop out before figuring out best way, the passengers went much easier. The answer turned out to be Gorilla Tape which I used to hold the fixed part of the seal and glass in place while inserting the trim, took 20 minutes to install the chrome vs. the multiple hours on the first window.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Sun Dec 05, 2021 12:46 pm

Some additional pictures, pop out removal. Note that I taped window in place as I was solo on the removal. Also there are four of these nuts to remove and two of the sheet metal pieces on the inside, two outside. Do not lose the little nuts, I used vice grips to grab and hold as I didn't want to drop one.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Sun Dec 05, 2021 12:57 pm

Also removed windshield and rear glass. Only rust spots were on the rear in the lower corners. Even though they were just pin holes I cut out and welded in patches. On the front there were toothed metal strips on the top and bottom, hadn't seen those before, should they go back in when I replace the windshield? Also, on the rear they had two small clips in the corners, what are these for?
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Tue Dec 07, 2021 12:02 pm

This morning improved the chrome trim process even further, allowing me to install both windshield and rear glass seal and chrome in less than an hour. By using a blunted angled pick and some tape was able to easily complete with minimal thumb damage. Warning, be very careful with the pick as it can, if your'e not careful, cause damage to the seal (I had none but could see it happening) more importantly your hands, that definitely happened! Also note the windshield is not installed just set in place for photography purposes, plus it looks great if only temporary.

Now that I have used this technique I feel like I should go back to my 72 Super Beetle and try the windshield again. Not sure I can remove it without damaging the seal though, will have to think about that.

Next I need to begin the sanding and metal clean up process as most is ready for next steps, i.e. welding and sheet metal work is pretty much complete. I attempted to remove old paint with paint remover, didn't even touch it. Next I will try shot blasting, hate the process but don't see myself wire wheel grinding all of it off, although if that is the only viable method it shall be done.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Tue Dec 07, 2021 12:09 pm

Note that the pick process is less about pulling along the seam, more about joggling the seal to come up over the lip of the chrome. While moving along the seam works as well it is challenging as you are also trying to guide/manipulate the chrome while pulling the pick, my experience was joggling at the intersection point was easier and just as fast. Also it is much easier to elevate the glass on the end you are working on, much better visibility, obvious I suppose.

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:41 am

After much hemming and hawing decided to start the body work process. Never done this before so it is all new. My first attempt on the drivers door, which is by far the worst of the two, required 3 coats as I am skimming the entire panel. I'm still working on it but the results of the sanded first coat are below. Clearly I applied the Rage product unevenly as I have low spots everywhere, only some related to the panel itself. With practice I am sure I will improve my process. Any suggestions?
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Sat Mar 05, 2022 7:14 am

So after removing engines from bugs and buses many, many times, I have determined that the Type III is a breeze comparatively. Finally pulled the engine in an effort to get to the paint prep in the engine bay, wasn't nearly as bad as expected, true for both the engine/transmission removal and the condition of the underneath. Couple of small patches to weld in and moving on with undercoating removal (not a favorite). In the meantime finished the base coat on the interior, not sure if I will finish with Master Series black or paint with the Deep Sea Green (once I find a supplier that is...).

Need to decide what depth to go to on the engine. Since it seemed to run well, with no leaks to be seen, am contemplating simply removing tins (rust removal and paint), making sure all nesting materials are out, checking oil cooler to be sure seals are good, and ensuring that cooling flaps are working properly. Obviously will separate the transmission and check all clutch related items, plate, throw out bearing, front seal, etc.. Thoughts on other steps to take? This may be short sighted but can always pull the engine again if need be. After four years would like to drive this for the first time.

Also noted that the rear engine support bracket was twisted on the drivers side, not sure what the cause was but will have to deal with that as well. I noted in the manual that the support rubbers for this have to be re-centered if removed (I have new ones). How is this accomplished, didn't mention the method. Is it a front to rear centering or side to side, I'm assuming the latter as the engine is positionally locked front to back.

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Tue Mar 08, 2022 9:48 am

NEED SOME HELP!


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First, as can be seen in the pic the holes in the casting for the oil cooler are two different sizes, as measured. The one on the left is 12mm+, the one on the right is 10mm exactly. Is this normal? If it is normal which oil seals do I use, as the holes on the oil cooler itself are 10 mm as well. The seals that were installed previously were 10mm/8mm but were plastered with some adhesive or sealant in an attempt to make them leak free (which apparently worked as during my short runs saw no leaks).

Also the gasket that was on the top of the oil cooler was in rough shape, what have others used in this location? Can be seen in the picture below:
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Again looking for help/input on these two issues, most important is the oil seal issue.

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Wed Mar 09, 2022 6:33 pm

Below you will find a quote from Colin from late 2019, early 2020, regarding my Fasty's inability to maintain idle and rough running. He references the intake plenum, the AAR, various hoses, all as possible air leak locations, but didn't mention the cold start valve. C'mon Colin!!!! To be fair he does say "Look extremely carefully for air leaks!"

After I pulled the engine I began the cleanup and today decided to pull the fore mentioned valve, turns out both screws were extremely loose creating a direct air pathway into the manifold. Since I have never touched this valve, other than to hook up a fuel hose, I can blame it on the PO (thats my story, sticking to it).

You say air leaks cause rich running, I'm surprised it ran at all. Unfortunately won't be able to validate this as the only leak point until engine is back in the car at some date in 2029!

"Rich! I bet you see black smoke when you rev engine and it breaks up.

Look extremely carefully for air leaks!

Air leaks cause rich running with D-jet.

A very subtle-but-nasty leak point is the intake plenum. It has a cap on the end, with a rubber seal, I think.
Also, make a careful check of the auxiliary air regulator which bolts in at what would be the fuel pump boss on a carbureted engine. No air leaks. All hoses! Especially the plenum-to-manifold sensor hose."

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