now dont quote me.... but that looks an awful lot like a 16v dist.... if you have one of those handy or know someone who might, id try that out. good luck though
So I recently picked up a 77' 4 door Euro Golf, and it's got a European small block in it. Either 1.1 or a 1.3, I've yet to figure it out. Anyways It needs a new distributor, completely different from the distributor used in the big block used in the N/A market. Anyone know where I can source one?
Last edited by Dr.Frag; 11-25-2012 at 05:33 PM.
only 77 and 78 were panama braun
sorry cant help with your distributor, you might need to contact the euro vendors & forums
maybe canada got some 1.1, 1.3 engines
USA only got 1.5 and up
points are not at all hard to install
just make sure you "adjust" them correctly according to the manual
you turn the crank/cam/distributor to the set point, insert a feeler gauge to set the gap, hold its position and lock it down
then rotate a few times and measure the gap...and its set
Last edited by rabbitnothopper; 10-07-2012 at 01:27 AM.
The car is a "76", so at first I thought it was a faded down Chrome Yellow. I ran the vin on www.mk1vw.info and not much information came out other than the car was a 77, european golf, so I wouldn't doubt it got titled as a 76 when they originally imported it. The previous owner of the car was an older gentleman in Alabama who ran a dealer, he din't know much about the car so the previous history is unknown to me, trying to piece together as much as I can.
I can tell you this much though, the car is as base as they come. No cigarette lighter, single cluster, no dimmer switch, rubber carpet, no knee bar, and a cubby rather than a glovebox. The interior is a mint as they come with the exception of the drivers door card. Trying to find one at the moment. Headliner is great just needs some cleaning, both front seats need to be redone. As far as paint goes, front fenders are held on with bondo, so is the front apron, there is patina everywhere and the only "rust" I can find so far is under the gas pedal, a hole about the size of a quarter. So everything is pretty much straight and true. Trying to get it running before I start tackling paint, interior, and trim. Also need to find out which motor it really is, as I can't find any markings other than part numbers, and they don't seem to reveal much.
Here's some pics of the car.
Last edited by Dr.Frag; 11-21-2012 at 11:51 AM.
Guy ran a small time dealer in his front yard on the boonies of northern Alabama, posted the car on craigslist, and some one found it and put it on the classifieds. I called within a couple of minutes of the post and set everything for the day after. He knew absolutely nothing about the car other than it was VW and it was German and what some one had told him could have been directly imported from Europe. Seeing the ad, the euro bumpers and third party fender markers gave it away, he confirmed the gauges were in kph. He claimed the car had some carb issues and needed some body work. What he didn't mention was the excessive bondo/filler used on the front end. When I got there he was set on the price we had agreed on over the phone as apparently someone had already offered him his original asking price. When I got there he started the car, he drove it out into the road, down the hill 300 feet and it died. I've yet to drive it.
I rented a trailer and drove up 14 hours and 14 hours back in one shot with my old man. We kept switching and slept maybe 3 hours or so on a rest stop on the way back. About 200 miles from home (Miami), the idler on the tensioner of the truck went out. We made a makeshift rope belt and drove 4 miles to a rest stop where we waited for my uncle to bring us a new tensioner. When he got there we swapped the idler in maybe 5 minutes, tops. All in all, we left Friday night at about 11:30 and got back Sunday around 4pm. A total just shy of 1600 miles.
Looking back now, I should have just gotten her shipped. The drive was a great experience, but it took a toll on us, the truck, and our weekend. Not to mention 11mpg didn't help much. Great bonding experience though.
Last edited by Dr.Frag; 10-08-2012 at 08:17 PM.
I've made some progress on the car. Fitted a new Brosol H30/31 Pict, to replace the old Solex, tossed in a new ignition coil, and changed the points on the original distributor, ended up not having to change it. Still waiting on some parts from across the pond, gaskets, filters, belts and the like. Currently awaiting to buy a new fuel tank as the old tank and sender are very crusty. I have sourced more than enough tanks, but I've run into some problems getting a new fuel sender, all of the ones I find online show no fuel lines going in.
As opposed to this:
The last one is from an ad on the samba, which I just contacted, let's hope I can get ahold of it. It just intrigues me how the other sender might work.
Last edited by Dr.Frag; 11-29-2012 at 11:08 AM.
carb'd engines have a mechanical fuel pump
so...although i dont know for sure
it looks like your second picture has sending line and return line on it
with a sealed tank
look at your fuel tank
if you dont have hose fittings from the rear passenger wheel then it is definately different
If you haven't got the loose shaft in the Dist fixed yet, most machine shops can fit new bronze bushings to make things right again. My son owned a 76 rabbit in 1980 and I had a machine shop in Phoenix install a upper and lower bushing in the dist for it.
I've made some progress on the car, should be posting up soon. Been keeping busy.
Last edited by Dr.Frag; 03-08-2013 at 08:41 PM.
This is how the car currently sits,
Sorry for the cell phone picture. I haven't had time to get proper pictures. I'm rocking US bumpers for the mean time until I either refinish the OG Euro bumpers or find a nice set.