New Owner, 70' Fasty

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Wed Jan 03, 2024 7:00 am

Colin, at some point need you back in NY for an Itinerant Call. Maybe we can sync up our timing with the Ticonderoga trip?

By the way aren't you the one telling me to stay with original parts when possible? My pictures are of the coverings I removed over 5 years ago, while dirty they are in reasonably good shape. If I can't clean them to a respectable degree I will then contemplate replacements, I see ISP West has now added these to their repertoire.

While the Fastback will look okay from the outside the nose area is still pretty beat up on the inside. At some point it will need another surgery but for now the damage is hidden from those who ever get under the hood (the spare tire will be my friend if I can squeeze it in).

My new FI harness will be delivered this week in NY, hopefully, when I get the car back from the painter (might be a while as we apparently have a couple of large snow storms coming to upstate NY), I am confident I will be able to get the engine running properly again. Replaced old leaking injectors, as mentioned new FI harness, and had the distributor rebuilt (several years ago) also bought an affordable Bosch rebuilt ECU just in case my existing one has issues. The MPS holds vacuum, fuel pressure holds at 28 psi and all potential vacuum leaks have been addressed, this engine should run like a top, but we'll know soon enough.

Since I haven't really driven this as of yet I still don't know the condition of the transmission. I did drain the oil from the case which looked remarkably good, no metal shavings on the plug and oil appeared not be contaminated. I replaced the real seal, put in a new throw out bearing, new clutch plate, the flywheel was fine other than some light filing in a few spots on the teeth. Also replaced the needle bearing and felt. When I reinstalled I also put in a new ground strap. Should be good to go but again, we'll know soon enough.

Happy New Year to All! Hopefully Ticonderoga is in my future.
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1972 Westy Bus
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1970 Fastback
1966 6V Beetle with Sunroof

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Jan 19, 2024 10:19 am

wdollie6 wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2024 7:00 am
Colin, at some point need you back in NY for an Itinerant Call. Maybe we can sync up our timing with the Ticonderoga trip?

By the way aren't you the one telling me to stay with original parts when possible? My pictures are of the coverings I removed over 5 years ago, while dirty they are in reasonably good shape. If I can't clean them to a respectable degree I will then contemplate replacements, I see ISP West has now added these to their repertoire.

While the Fastback will look okay from the outside the nose area is still pretty beat up on the inside. At some point it will need another surgery but for now the damage is hidden from those who ever get under the hood (the spare tire will be my friend if I can squeeze it in).

My new FI harness will be delivered this week in NY, hopefully, when I get the car back from the painter (might be a while as we apparently have a couple of large snow storms coming to upstate NY), I am confident I will be able to get the engine running properly again. Replaced old leaking injectors, as mentioned new FI harness, and had the distributor rebuilt (several years ago) also bought an affordable Bosch rebuilt ECU just in case my existing one has issues. The MPS holds vacuum, fuel pressure holds at 28 psi and all potential vacuum leaks have been addressed, this engine should run like a top, but we'll know soon enough.

Since I haven't really driven this as of yet I still don't know the condition of the transmission. I did drain the oil from the case which looked remarkably good, no metal shavings on the plug and oil appeared not be contaminated. I replaced the real seal, put in a new throw out bearing, new clutch plate, the flywheel was fine other than some light filing in a few spots on the teeth. Also replaced the needle bearing and felt. When I reinstalled I also put in a new ground strap. Should be good to go but again, we'll know soon enough.

Happy New Year to All! Hopefully Ticonderoga is in my future.
I look forward to visiting you and your Fastback, and your bus, and your bug ...

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Wed Jan 24, 2024 1:34 pm

A montage of updates, more to come! Now that paint is done I can move forward at my own pace, sometimes fast, other times not so much. As I said biggest part is finding parts in my garage after 5 years, good example is long trim on dashboard...aaaaahggg! Where did I put it for safe keeping, hmmm... A wrinkle free headliner has been a challenging quest that I have yet to meet, can't seem to get rid of the nuisances. For now I'll have to live with them, headliner wrinkles go with forehead wrinkles, right?

The re-pop plastic dash fits ok, had to do some dremel work in the forward, passenger side corner but other than that fit up ok.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Mon Jan 29, 2024 8:52 am

Fasty work continues slowly but surely. As I continued to mount the fenders, etc it became quite clear that the paint job has a lot to be desired, didn't get under the nose or rockers far enough, dust, and a few runs. I was planning on a cut and buff effort anyway so that will begin once I have the glass installed. My goal is to get all the large parts and pieces on the car before maple syrup season begins as then it gets a bit hectic and bumps/scratches are known to happen.

I am still searching for the hood release cable plastic guide/cover as my original had cracked and broken in a few places. Not sure the best place to locate a bicycle shop maybe? In my pictures you will not that my hood is not down all the way, can't latch as of yet.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Fri Feb 02, 2024 3:44 pm

Solved the hood release cable issue by remembering that I had an old drip irrigation kit that had the small black tubing (luckily same size as the original white tubing), unfortunately didn't have the stop surround piece that goes around the old tube at the bulkhead. Used a cable tie and then reinserted the slide washer, locking everything in place. Also took the latch mechanism apart (forgot to take pictures), cleaned it up and realized that it is in very, very rough shape, original slots for the moving pieces look like crosses.

I will need another at some point but for now re-greased and reinstalled and made the necessary adjustments (over and over), now the hood release works great. The many adjustments were mainly caused by a missing clamp that goes around the tubing at the shelf of the nose, prior to the latch. Found the information in the parts manual, actually found the part in one of my, slowly reducing number of bins, surprised myself.

Also have wired up the lights but am waiting on some self sealing butt splices to finish the effort for the headlights. Rear lights are assembled (the Tail Lights actually work) but still missing one bulb and can't get the brake lights to work, will dig into that this weekend. I have a guy who does auto glass locally who is going to stop by at some point in the next couple of days to help with the install of all glass. Hopefully we won't crack anything which is what happened on the bus.

Five years ago many of the items that I am addressing now were not working, so this is all new territory for this car.
1972 Superbeetle Convertible
1972 Westy Bus
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Tue Feb 06, 2024 10:36 am

Brake light mystery solved. Previous Owner had a wad of electrical tape over the wire junction between one brake switch plug to the other, guess what I found! The good news is that once I separated the mess and jumped one of the switches the brake lights worked fine, the bad news is that for some reason when the wiring is attached to the switch itself, no bueno. I had originally purchased these switches in 2018, along with a new master, installed late last year, bled at all wheels and the brakes are solid.

I have heard that there were a series of these screw in switches which were no good from the factory, can anyone confirm this? I connected my meter to one switch and there was no change between the before and after working of the pedal, assume resistance would change, but nothing. Anyone know of best way to test switch?
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Mon Feb 12, 2024 6:00 pm

Glass is in! A little problem with one of the pop outs as the pop out frame studs were in on the bottom but I missed on the top. Will have to pull the seal back out around the top and reposition, I hope... Glass makes it look very close to completed. Still working on brake switch wiring and the signal assembly but not show stoppers as of yet.

Getting closer.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by Amskeptic » Sun Feb 18, 2024 11:29 am

Man, you get so far ahead of me ... I have a great headliner trick, too late. Window rubber made it past the new headliner OK? I hated that part.
Brake light switches are a team, If one closes and the other stays open, that triggers the warning light.
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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,730 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 217,593 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 142,970 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,600 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 96,675 miles

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Mon Feb 19, 2024 9:17 am

All is good with the headliner. I used the contact adhesive that you told me about several years ago, Weldwood, good stuff. Unfortunately those wrinkles will not go away at this point but I continue to persevere over other challenges on the car. The drivers side pop out is fully installed, works great, but I still have to put the very small nuts on the studs. The passenger side, not so much, as I need to pull the top of the gasket back out (mentioned previously) and reposition the studs through the frame. Since I am currently in rainy/cold FL it may be a week or so until I get back to it.

At some point I am going to post my trials and tribulations with my signal assembly, much more complex than I thought. I now have all the parts and pieces but am struggling putting it back together. I found a ball bearing and small spring at ACE that may work okay but holding everything together while assembling is a daunting, frustrating task. I have watched the classifieds on the Samba for a replacement but nothing yet, apparently 1970 is a one year only. So now I am focused on methods of assembly that will keep everything in place while reinstalling in steering column.

On we go. The doors will go on once I get the rest of the insulation in place, followed by the carpeting. Soon will be back working on getting the engine to run consistently. I have had the distributor rebuilt, new FI harness, new injectors, new plug wires, and so on but still can't get the engine to run consistently. Will refocus my efforts on that once I get the interior all reinstalled.
1972 Superbeetle Convertible
1972 Westy Bus
1972 Beetle
1970 Fastback
1966 6V Beetle with Sunroof

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