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posted on February 17th, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Workshop pics.......


He steered it in himself. A very proud 5 yr old.......
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/MovingWerWer005_zpsc5eea1e2.jpg

Barrels on the bench. 85.5s out here only last for 50K km then they're dead. 50*C and under 10% humidity together with highway running will do that I guess! For this build I found some 83mm barrels off a stock 1500 motor.
This is why.
85.5 barrels........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/855mm.jpg

83mm barrels........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/83mm.jpg

This is the 3rd VW I've bought at a fire sale........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/bug4.jpg

Can we fix it?
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/bob001_zpsd681d3a8.jpg

Yes we can!
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/2014BikesVW005_zps4a87ad8d.jpg

Well, uhmmm, I think so. :lol:
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/bob003_zps97d5ea7a.jpg

Have a great week everyone! Share some pics to get all fired up. The weekend is getting closer by the minute.
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posted on February 17th, 2014 at 06:47 PM



It's good your flying the air cooled flag out west, hope to get out that way one day.
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posted on February 17th, 2014 at 09:48 PM



It's not for everyone, but I love it, all the red dirt you can eat, and whispering Wandoos everywhere.

Bring a drink and a hat.
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posted on March 9th, 2014 at 05:07 AM



Shed time after work hours, WOO!HOO! Lets face it, TV is crap, especially out here.

Sump plate. The car had been sitting for over a year or two, and poorly maintained before that. You wouldn't believe the sludgy eco-systems squeaking at me as I cleaned it up.........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/VWDave008_zps42c129a0.jpg

How about a pic of a few tools for the job? Power tools and lathes/mills are great, but they don't give that certain something.........or blisters! :lol:
Can't have the fun stopping too quickly. That big chunk of alloy is scrap from under the bench, used to be part of a telescope mounting plate.
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/VWDave009_zps17c4685a.jpg

And all for this.......
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/VWDave011_zpsf5a57828.jpg

A sump extender. This means I won't get a flickering oil light 1/2 second after launching the 1600 big block off the line.
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Draw-filed flat while humming away to the spiders and flies. It's all good.
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posted on March 19th, 2014 at 11:42 AM
SOLEX 34PICT3


Steel wool burnished. Stock for now, mods later perhaps.
Mmmmmmm, shiny!
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/solex1_zpsf555d27a.jpg

Final QC.........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/50th008_zps388f510d.jpg

Last little check on this bit........
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posted on April 1st, 2014 at 06:26 PM



My all time favourite tool ever...........
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http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/Firemanampnewvalves025_zpsc590e1ac.jpg

Out with the old.......
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/Firemanampnewvalves024_zpsbdf10621.jpg

.....and getting ready for the new.
Mmmmm, shiny! :lol:
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posted on July 1st, 2014 at 03:36 PM



I was discussing with Matt Berry this morning the merits of T3 Transporters and their MV 2.1 motors vs Scooby Doo stuff. It has sort of reinforced to me the benefits of QUALITY parts making your life easier in the long run.
Oh yeah, and one day maybe hopefully eventually getting the Beetle going so I can pile the family in and head to the desert for a few overnighters with a tent. That'll make getting a Kombi MUCH easier I rekn! :yes:

Anyway, apart from building chook sheds.........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VWparts003_zpscf418f50.jpg

......I have been collecting decent parts for the rebuild.
Here's a few.
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/VWparts006_zpsda8e0c21.jpg
OEM genuine Mitsi valvetrain direct from Japan.
SI race valves and custom ground cam from the US.
Spring checker from Melbourne.
OEM genuine stalk assemblies from Mexico.
Good quality VW steering wheel from, believe it or not, Croatia! :lol:
It's a very small world now.

Finally, steel wheels. GOOD ones that don't have 6mm runout off the showroom floor.
Here's a pic of my apprentice pointing them out. Brand spanking new, fitted with my new rear tyres, and quickly stuck on to check offset.
Just the look I'm chasing. :cool:
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/VWparts005_zpscdb2ca91.jpg

I WILL get this thing done one day, but in the meantime, back to the cement mixer again.
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posted on July 19th, 2014 at 09:39 PM



It took 15 mins to get here.......

http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/VWbits028_zps05bb8563.jpg

......then a full 30 minutes to get the thing off the jack onto a plywood sheet and dragged under a workbench until I can get to it.

It's easy to see why the rear apron and bumper removal makes things easier.
Yes. It's on the list. :lol:
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posted on July 19th, 2014 at 10:02 PM



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smile.gif posted on July 20th, 2014 at 01:02 PM



Quote:
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I'm enjoying finally getting into it.

Parte' Deux....
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/Gearbox002_zpsc468aa61.jpg

and how on earth did THIS get THERE?!?!?!?!?!
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posted on July 20th, 2014 at 02:55 PM



That would be where the 'fowl' smell would be coming from. lol



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posted on July 20th, 2014 at 03:50 PM



Did you drive through the chook shed?

Good to get into a project finally, don't forget to show us some of those Solex mods....

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posted on July 20th, 2014 at 03:58 PM



Yep, a few pics is the plan. Although I've had a 1.7/16" throttle plate on backorder now for months, so might have to pinch/fabricate/rabbit something up instead.
SSOOOOO much easier to just use the brand spankers NOS Stromberg BX in the shed I bought for it, but we'll see. Spluttering around left handers is annoying. :lol:
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posted on July 20th, 2014 at 04:15 PM



Quote:
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Spluttering around left handers is annoying. :lol:

'Feathering' the throttle can cause that.....check the L/H heater duct. :lol:




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posted on July 20th, 2014 at 08:17 PM



Hehehehe!
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posted on August 2nd, 2014 at 05:56 PM
Check Ovality and Taper


Most people would use one of these.......
http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_odkw=bore+micrometer&_osacat=0&_fr...
........but to be honest, there are other ways just as accurate or better. That $100+ will buy a lot of gaskets.

These are in the shed, but you really have to hold your mouth right and have a bit of practise in to be accurate.
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/Micrometers_zps125e44b4.jpg

Or, you can wander over to see a mate with a lathe on a Friday with a beer or few, hunt around the workshop for something round and close (like an old pulley), spin it up to an exact mm measurement, then use the feeler gauge set that goes in .001"increments to measure the rest.
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/OvalityandTaper_zps8c6e5983.jpg

Like this, all the way down the cylinder........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/CylinderMeasure_zpsbceed8e3.jpg
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posted on September 26th, 2014 at 08:01 PM



85.5mm old pistons. Much lighter than I expected, dunno what brand. This old engine was built in the mid-70s complete with period parts, these 85.5s have BRAS M57 cast, and P865.
Anyone know? Just curious really.........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/855BrazilM57_zps1dacd71d.jpg


PS: Sideways! Huh?:crazy:


New hypereutectic 83mm pistons, with Hastings moly rings, YAY!!!!! Weight will be 30-35g less than this, due to piston pin mods and machining for circlips. The piston on it's own weighs 352g. Significant weight savings.......http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/Hypereutectic83mm_zpsd4b80ed1.jpg

Engine stand can also be used for test running. It uses an old bellhousing to hold the engine, so then bolt a starter in, then brace the frame temporarily, and tune it up before fitment...........
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/Enginestand_zps23bebf8f.jpg

Big Block! :lol:
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posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 06:44 PM



What were the 2 biggest VW trends in VW's biggest market (California) in the late 60s and early 70s?
Taking off the front bumpers, and turning them into "Baja" bugs.

TADA!
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/Bajafront_zps2c7f8d6e.jpg

And everyone wonders why VW made the Supers with such a rounded nose. I like big curves!
Easiest Baja I ever made! :smilegrin:
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posted on October 15th, 2014 at 10:11 PM



As stamped in 1973........

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posted on November 1st, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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A friend down the street helped me lug the engine onto the stand. Funny, I don't remember them being quite that heavy! :lol:

http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/Engineonstand_zps86926bef.jpg

Then another neighbour and his wife wandered up to the open shed doors, so the 4 of us talked old Volksy stories for the next 1/2 hour, grins all round.

Good for fostering community spirit these Dak-daks. :cool:
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posted on November 4th, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Before and After........


Mmmm! Shiny!

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posted on November 16th, 2014 at 01:49 PM



Close enough for Govt work.........
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10T press to get the pitman arm off :crazy:
http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/SteeringBoxrepair001_zps5137b636.jpg

Disassemble Stephanie..........:lol:
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posted on December 7th, 2014 at 08:44 AM



This is looking great...and helping me to get through another boring weekend of shift work.
Please keep it coming......
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posted on December 12th, 2014 at 12:32 PM



Quote:
Originally posted by bugmaniaar...and helping me to get through another boring weekend of shift work.


Yeah, I have a job a bit like that too!

For my latest cunning performance plan (Baldrick :lol: ), I figured I'd save 20kg of weight, AND almost half the aero resistance all at the same time.

Yep! Take out all the glass!
Dunno why the OEMs haven't thought of it yet, it simple really...........

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posted on January 1st, 2015 at 03:06 PM



HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Woo!Hoo!
YEEEEHARRR!!!!!
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posted on January 11th, 2015 at 08:55 PM



Huh!?!?!?!

http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/VWgatelatch1_zps209b3677.jpg

Aaahhh!
Gate latch for the carport...........
:)

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Hahah... Great work keep us updated!! :tu: :tu:
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posted on January 25th, 2015 at 01:09 PM
UNDER BONNET PLAN


*sigh*
I had all of December off almost, but didn't get much done. Did spend a heap of time with the family though, so well worth it! :cool:

I did get a few bits ready under the bonnet though.
I moved the brake fluid container from the LHS over to the right (drivers side). I made the start of some spring strut braces (you can just see it). Made plans to move the washer bottle to mount over RH strut plate. I've also started on custom bonnet hinges, the OEM ones wobble and bend and scrape everything.

http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/P1020642_zpstatlm1zy.jpg

All of this is to create a fair bit of extra space for "CARGO", oh, and to free up the passenger side with a bit of room.
In this case. room enough to move the battery here I hope, which means easy access to cut-off switches, fuse and cct brk panels, and also more storage under the back seat inside.
There's now a bit gaping empty space over there. :)

http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc458/MODNROD/VW/P1020643_zpsl720weed.jpg

Tackling the little bit of seam rust in the air plenum is next here.
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