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    Thread: First VW, Aircooled. Some advice please

    1. 08-05-2012 10:51 PM #1
      hey, im brand new to this forum and also to the VW community. I just purchased my very first VW and it happens to be a 1971 Beetle. its awesome but i need to know what im dealing with. I have a fair understanding of the aircooled engine and the beetle as a whole but because its so old i need to know what to change, what to look for, and what to upgrade. and little things this car does (ie: back seat catching on fire). i will be fixing up the car myself so anyone with any information would be greatly appreciated amd extremely helpful. thank you.

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      08-06-2012 02:48 AM #2
      Pick up the idiots guide and the Haynes manual. You can get good deals on amazon and eBay.

      Oil changes and adjust valves every 3k miles.

      Make sure you have timing and carb adjusted properly. Make sure on the carb the vacuum ports are capped and there is no air leaking.
      Check your axle boots make sure they are not leaking. Check for oil and gear oil leaks.
      Make sure you have all your cooling tin and engine compartment seal.
      Bleed and adjust your brakes.
      Lube your front end.
      Last edited by 6603; 08-07-2012 at 07:28 AM.
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    3. 08-06-2012 12:44 PM #3
      excellent.

    4. 08-06-2012 08:16 PM #4
      although i should also mention that the engine doesnt charge the battery, theres a hose on the engine thats not connected to anything. looks like its coming from the carb, and all the wiring in the entire car is an absolute mess. i have to rip it all out and replace it with new and figure out where it all goes and what it does. lol

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      08-07-2012 07:42 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by 71baja View Post
      although i should also mention that the engine doesnt charge the battery, theres a hose on the engine thats not connected to anything. looks like its coming from the carb, and all the wiring in the entire car is an absolute mess. i have to rip it all out and replace it with new and figure out where it all goes and what it does. lol
      Test your battery and generator/alternator. Check the wiring. Check your voltage regulator.

      What distributor are you running? 009? It has no vacuum canister. Pull the vacuum hose off the carb and cap the port.

      Take a pic of the engine bay.
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    8. 08-09-2012 06:08 PM #8
      i dont know why the pictures arent showing.. but if you right click open image in new tab.. all the pictures are there.

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      08-20-2012 01:52 AM #11
      put another topic on yout to-do list:
      1. wiring

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      08-20-2012 09:00 PM #12
      that green wire is melted because its not big enough AWG for whats needed

    13. 08-21-2012 02:17 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Hackintosh View Post
      that green wire is melted because its not big enough AWG for whats needed
      So what should I replace it with?

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      08-21-2012 10:01 AM #14
      I would replace that wire then check to make sure its grounded out properly. Ive seen some wires that turn out like that because a) its shorted b) the component isn't grounded or has a weak ground. Other than that some rewiring wouldnt kill that poor thing. Be glad these things are so simple to wire.

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      08-21-2012 10:55 AM #15
      Just a friendly reminder to always unhook they battery when working on the wiring. Looks as though p/o forgot or maybe the green wire was loose, either way that looks like the result of a dead short to me.That Wire needs to be replaced as well as most of the wiring in your pics. Have fun and do it right your first time.
      Smile it will get Worse!!

    16. 08-22-2012 12:02 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by JDII View Post
      Just a friendly reminder to always unhook they battery when working on the wiring. Looks as though p/o forgot or maybe the green wire was loose, either way that looks like the result of a dead short to me.That Wire needs to be replaced as well as most of the wiring in your pics. Have fun and do it right your first time.
      most definitely, thank you cheers

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