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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:09 PM
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My wife's new car..
last saturday, I went up and picked this little beauty up for my wife.. I've given it a pretty complete tune-up, but I'm still having a few problems getting it to idle right.. I think the fuel pump may be shot.. fortunately, we already have a basket case '71 we can pull parts off of..





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sazemisery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:15 PM
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1. I had a '71 sedan but it was white
Looked just like that. Loved that car. Friend of mine brought it back from Great Britain when he left the military.
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:25 PM
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6. I'm kind of developing a love/hate relationship with it..
So far, I've replaced the generator, plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, rotor, battery and intake manifold gaskets.. and it still isn't wanting to run quite right yet.. but we paid $1500 for it, and I've seen ones in worse shape go for 2 and 3 times that. There's a few VW clubs here in Western Washington, and they do day cruises all spring and summer long, so we'll be getting in on some of that action for sure.. especially this one: http://www.cruiseforthecure.net/
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:16 PM
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2. cool
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:31 PM
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21. thanks, JVS.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:19 PM
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3. That is cool, but...
what is it?
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:20 PM
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4. It's a 1972 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback..
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:21 PM
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5. Cool
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 09:22 PM by jasonc
thanks for the reply.

I would like an older car someday myself. I enjoy working on them.
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Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:27 PM
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7. How cool is that?
Classic style and I love the color! Have fun!
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:33 PM
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10. Thanks!.. I think finally, we found a smoking deal and were able to jump on it..
we're constantly having friends of ours finding just ridiculous deals on stuff, but as for us? Not so much..
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:29 PM
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8. that is so rad!
can i take it for a spin? :D
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:32 PM
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9. LOL.. as soon as I get it running right.
well, after my wife does first. :D
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:49 PM
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12. *happy dance*
:rofl:

oh yeah, btw, i love your sig line :D
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:22 PM
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14. I saw that episode of Family Guy and was like..
"Yup.. there be my new DU sig line!"
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:12 PM
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15. i bust that one out for grins sometimes
:D
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:48 PM
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11. Suh-WEET!
And you got it for $1,500? Man, that puppy looks cherry! :thumbsup:

I'd love to have a Beetle of that vintage, or a Karmann Ghia, and the know-how to trick it up.



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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:02 PM
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13. right on.. here's the site you'd want when you're ready to look for a bug or ghia..
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds /
But, holy hell, Ghias are expensive! I'm kinda hoping to get one for myself next year though.. here' a Ghia in 'Frisco for $2900. http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=54...




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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:16 PM
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16. Would love to pop the hood on that baby
:wtf:
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:22 PM
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17. LOL.. OK..
Here's the front:


and here's the back:


And he re's the back under the deck:
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:27 PM
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18. It is my understanding that the squareback models suffer from engine ventilation difficulty...
in ways that the beetle does not. Are you going to add anything to help prevent this?
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:30 PM
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19. Yep yep..
it's already got an extra layer of insulation over the deck lid, but we're going to go one further and get a new seal set for the deck lid, and put another fairly thick layer of rubber under the carpet back there.. then, I hope to find a battery operated CO monitor to keep inside the car to check and make sure it's not venting into the passenger compartment.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:35 PM
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23. But what about getting extra air to the engine as well?
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:38 PM
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24. ooooh.. THAT kind of venting..
I'll probably have to poke around some of the VW forums and see what some of the better options are...it's the first air-cooled car I've ever owned, so I'm a little skeptical about it's ability to keep cool.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:31 PM
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20. Hehe, I know
Growing up we had a VW 412. Like this one:

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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:32 PM
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22. sweet! Those are pretty rare now-a-days.
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lligrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:39 PM
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25. I Used To Have A Green One
Actually, it was my parents but it was what they used to let me drive. Brings back fond memories.
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:43 PM
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26. the other one we have is "extension cord orange".. ugly as hell..
but I wish we could have got it running..
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:46 PM
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27. I learned to drive in one of those, a blue one!
My folks bought a used blue VW wagon for my two sibs and I to drive. My brother started out with it, then went to college. Then it became mine, until I went to school. Then it was my sister's. I loved that car! Called it "The Blue Max". I think the reason I've always been partial to small cars is that I learned in that VW.

And we drove it to death. A great car!!

So, I approve!
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