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posted on February 28th, 2018 at 05:27 PM
Home Built Project Beetle (Full video build)


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I am new to the beetle world, but I have been busy restoring an old 911 for the past couple of years, so that sort of counts. I have just recently ventured into the world of Beetles and I have picked up a surprisingly rust free '71 Super.

I have a YouTube channel as an outlet for my love of restoring classic cars, and I am really excited to get stuck into this new project. I am only new to the Beetle world so I am keen for any advice you guys can give me.

Anyway, here is my first video to give you an intro to the car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCpUFBxuRv0 




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posted on February 28th, 2018 at 09:14 PM



That looks like a great project Jeff (and spelt correctly too). You should also share it on SBO - Super Beetles Only - http://www.superbeetlesonly.com/  A lot of Super owners world wide would be very interested in this.

Love the presentation of the video by the way




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posted on March 1st, 2018 at 07:02 AM



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That looks like a great project Jeff (and spelt correctly too). You should also share it on SBO - Super Beetles Only - http://www.superbeetlesonly.com/  A lot of Super owners world wide would be very interested in this.

Love the presentation of the video by the way


Thanks mate. Yep, definitely not a Gee-off.
I will go and check it out.




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posted on March 1st, 2018 at 08:05 AM



Great project, can't wait to see more, if you need any advice let me know
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posted on March 1st, 2018 at 08:21 AM



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Great project, can't wait to see more, if you need any advice let me know


Thanks mate. Progress should be pretty swift. I will post up new videos every Tuesday.




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posted on March 4th, 2018 at 07:12 PM



Mrs Jeff finally gets her first drive of the Beetle, but it doesn't exactly go as planned.

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posted on March 4th, 2018 at 09:15 PM



The cause of the cutting out when hot could be the coil on it's way out, and failing when it heats up. If it was hot and you stopped for a few minutes, it could be a vapour lock in the fuel line if it is too close to the heads and getting too hot.

The most likely cause of the vague 2nd gear is the bush in the tunnel for the gear shift, or the connection of the gear shaft to the front of the gear box. They are both quite in-expensive, and the connector is quite easy to fit. The bush is a bit more fiddly, but not too bad.

If you search this site, there is already a lot of answers to these questions, or there are a number of YouTube videos to show you how to do these things, especially the gear selector shaft bush etc. - look for ones by Joel - he really knows his stuff and explains it very well




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posted on March 5th, 2018 at 11:49 AM



I am going to look a bit further into the not starting when hot issue, and see how it goes. I have a few tips fo things to try.

The gear bushes are definitely need to get sorted soon.




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posted on March 6th, 2018 at 06:32 PM



This week my priority was to make the Beetle look a whole lot better, by lowering the front end.

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posted on March 13th, 2018 at 08:40 PM



This week I thought I would tackle the rust at the base of the A pillar on the Beetle, and of course there was more than I thought.

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posted on March 14th, 2018 at 09:04 AM



I love the new CAD anagram - Cardboard Aided Design. lol



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posted on March 15th, 2018 at 08:13 AM



Welcome Jeff.
Great to see another Super getting some Love.
Videos are cool. Yes I Subscribed!
Looking forward to seeing your progress.

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posted on March 16th, 2018 at 05:11 PM



I think that A pillar rust was caused by a poor fitting plug in the antenna hole.

I used Mk 1 Golf bump stop rubbers when I lowered Supers like that in the past, it gave a little more travel

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I can't take credit, I stole that off the Project Binky guys ;)




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I think that A pillar rust was caused by a poor fitting plug in the antenna hole.

I used Mk 1 Golf bump stop rubbers when I lowered Supers like that in the past, it gave a little more travel

great video btw


Good tip, thanks mate I will check it out and see how it is fitting.




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posted on March 21st, 2018 at 01:08 PM



I thought the best way to tackle my hot starting issues with the Beetle was to start by giving it a full service. So first up it is valves and timing.

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posted on March 25th, 2018 at 01:34 PM



Hi Jeff

Your learning quickly how to work on these oversize Meccano sets.

You can safely take the dizzy out by undoing the M8 nut that holds the clamp onto the motor, it has an offset drive so you cant get it back in wrong, you will find it much easier to work on. The bolt or male threaded section is welded to the clamp.

You have your timing marks mixed up as well. TDC is on the outer rim and looks like a grinder mark.

Looks like a thread was stripped in the head previously, get a new plug and leave like that unless you want start tearing the motor down.

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posted on March 26th, 2018 at 08:02 AM



forgot to say that your choke must still be on for the fast idle cam to be sitting where it is. The screw in the arm is used setting the throttle plate so that it doesn't jam when the throttle is released quickly, so it should just touch the fast idle cam
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posted on March 28th, 2018 at 11:27 AM



This week I finished off servicing the Bug, which included replacing the fluids, and relocating the fuel filter. I also got around to replacing the broken quarter window latch.

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posted on March 28th, 2018 at 09:15 PM



Good move to get that fuel filter out of the engine bay. :-)



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Cool video series, about time that oil was changed!
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posted on April 2nd, 2018 at 04:34 PM



Your Vids are good inspiration Jeff. I'm now working my way through the Porsche and 240Z ones as well.
I'm off to see if I can find my workshop again.




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posted on April 10th, 2018 at 07:53 PM



Thanks guys, I am glad you are enjoying them.

Another week working on the bug and this time I tackled repairing the dash where some moron bashed in the previous stereo and installed a new one.

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posted on April 18th, 2018 at 07:45 AM



This week I tackled the rusty drivers door on the Beetle, so we are getting there. Slowly but surely it is all coming together.

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posted on May 1st, 2018 at 09:23 PM



I am back into the Beetle and this week I repair the rust in the battery tray and then tidy up the engine bay.

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posted on May 2nd, 2018 at 07:39 PM
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I am back into the Beetle and this week I repair the rust in the battery tray and then tidy up the engine bay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27g8vK6xueU 


Hi,
Like you videos they are great and I just watched your battery box repair and painting the engine bay and noticed that you may want to fit a hose clamp on the top hose on your fuel pump which you may have done already.

I mention this because I purchased a 71 bug that a young guy who pent 3 years getting it restored by a company in Cromer and after having it for 12 months had a mechanic remove a relay off an electric fuel pump and 10 minutes down the road it caught on fire and as he had spent a bomb on it, how does $170,000 sound as he gave me all the receipts, he didn't want to spend any more on it and I was the lucky one to buy it.

He even had it investigated but to no avail they couldn't prove that the mechanic had done it, he also gave me the copies of the investigation.

Anyway that's the reason I mention the clamp om the fuel line.

The previous owner put the 3 year restoration on you Tube as 1971 Kameleon VW Beetle restoration there is about 12 pieces in it .

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posted on May 9th, 2018 at 09:21 AM



Thanks Darryl. I have clamps on the fuel line from the pump to the carby, but I need to go back and put some more on the line to the fuel pump. It is very tight, but it doesn't hurt to be over cautious.

This week the plan was to do the brakes, but first I had to replace the dodgy fuel pump that started leaking in last weeks episode.

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posted on May 16th, 2018 at 09:54 PM



This week my goals were to replace the rear brakes, but first I thought I would fix the dodgy fuel pump issue... Well there was a slight issue with that.

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posted on May 16th, 2018 at 11:13 PM



Jeff, to undo the axle nut without the wheel on, get a longish, heavy piece of steel angle (say 1m or more) with a hole in one end, and use one of the wheel nuts to bolt it to the drum. With the other end of the angle on the ground, let the drum rotate until the angle hits on the centre of the drum. This will then stop any movement at the nut as you try to undo it.

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posted on May 17th, 2018 at 12:39 PM



I will see how I go, I have a couple of options that I am going to try.



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