Monday, April 30, 2018
Leaner and meaner
In other news: Knowing that I have a remedial level of knowledge of carburetor tuning, I dug up some information about how to do a basic tune on 40 IDF carbs. After some trial and error, I was able to get them to run pretty nicely (albeit a bit rich). I took it out for a quick drive and once off the line, it runs strong. The 'off the line' part stumbles because it's running rich. I may try to lean them out a bit tomorrow if I have time. I think I've learned a little about carburetor tuning and accomplished a little along the way. It'll be nice if I am successful at getting these to work better.
The steering on the car still feels super loose on the front end. The fuel tank is near empty and the spare tire wasn't in the trunk but it still felt loose for what was there...I may just be biased due to the very flat feeling in my daily driver with AWD and fairly wide tires.
Soon, it'll be time to tackle the doors...I've got 24 days before we move and probably half that before the car is picked up. The pick up date will be determined in the next day or two.
Friday, April 20, 2018
...it's not worth it anymore
I haven't closed any of the lock plates because I'm convinced that something is going to have to come apart again before long.
What a giant fucking waste of time...
I took the car out for a very short drive - the carburetors are adjusted well enough to get it to run but the car is seriously lacking power. It's on four tires, it runs and the brakes work...time to leave it the fuck alone and go do something else.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
I didn't come this far to only come this far
I tested the ground at the steering column head on the connection plate to the negative terminal on the battery and found that I've got an issue with the column grounding to the body. First order of business was to drop the column so it's not attached to the dash by the two mounting bolts to see if it's the mount/bolts or something else. Once the column was dropped from the dash and the screws removed - the resistance dropped to near zero. So somewhere in the handful of pieces holding the column head to the dash the column is grounding and causing the problem with my horn relay. I didn't have enough time to dig into the details of the mount but I should be able to get to it tomorrow and hopefully get it resolved.
Once that's done, I'll probably circle back to the carburetors and see if I can get them dialed in a little bit more. The local VW mechanic hasn't returned my call so it might be time for me to learn how to fix them myself. I can't really do much with the doors because the window felt isn't yet in stock so there's little sense in taking it apart again. I would like to get the doors back together before the move. I also found an additional distraction today - the rear seat lower panels. I'm going to pull them out and clean them if/when I get stuck while working on something else.
I'm down to just over 4 weeks before the move...and who knows if the car will stick around until the end. I'm still working out the transportation piece for Nigel.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Does it count if I made a solid effort?
With the help of someone who's been down this path previously, I have a few more things to test out tomorrow when I can get back into this again.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Up and running (bonus: wipers work too)
He's a runner again. I pulled both carb tops, filled the bowls with gas, swapped to a later style fuel pump (with the check valve) and the car angrily started up. Took a few minutes to warm up but ran and idled okay. I do need to get the carbs tuned better and snug up a few front end parts before I can call it done though. I have a call into the local carb master - hoping that I can get into his shop soon. I'd heard from another local guy that he's going to retire soon...fingers crossed, I'll get it in before that!
If I can't get the car over to the carburetor dude this week, I may take another crack at the doors...if I don't distract myself with installing relays for the headlights, horn and fog lights before I can get into the doors. I'll at least dig into the horn relay because it would be nice to have a functional horn.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
You'll have no idea how far you can walk until you spread your wings
This leads me to believe that it's either the fuel pumps are bad (both of them), the bakelite stand is too thick and affecting the operation of the fuel pumps, the fuel pump rod is too short (I'm only aware of one length) or...yeah, that's about all I've got. If I can't figure it out at the next 'go round' on Monday, I'll probably just swap the electric fuel pump back into the car so I can get it running, change gears and work on the doors a bit...then circle back to the rear torsions being reindexed and tweaking a few other things before the trip back to Illinois. I'm am still hopeful that I can drive the car a little before it goes back to Illinois. We'll see how that goes.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Blind squirrel?, meet 'nut'
Today, I followed up with more work to get this car rolling...
I need to adjust the track/alignment a bit before I tighten the tie rods. I'm also going to try to get the car to turn over with the mechanical fuel pump and see how that goes. I am eager to hear this car fire up again after so much time sitting idle in the garage. Once I'm confident that those things are good - I'll move forward to the doors. I've got 40 days to get this thing done.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
...like being nibbled to death by a duck
Somehow, the ground wire from the front beam to the steering box is about 1/2" too short. Not sure how this is possible since it was made specifically for that spot but now I'll have to figure out WTF is going on there.
I didn't get to use the newly powder coated pitman arm because I haven't quite figured out how to get the bushing installed. Instead of being stalled by something that I'm not likely to work out quickly, I decided to use the old pitman arm to get back on track. Oh well, shit happens...it's time to just get moving.
As far as the front end goes - I think the two sides are even but I guess I won't know until I get it all snugged up and loaded up...it's not that tough to fix if it's uneven. It looks even when I'm standing in front of it and looking at it.
I'm probably going to be trading my NOS dual circuit master cylinder for some Weber DCNF carbs and manifolds. It's a good deal so I decided to go for it. If I get tired of fucking with the IDFs, I'll swap over to the DCNFs which are smaller in size. If not, I can use them to trade for other parts. They're a slightly more flexible currency in my opinion so it's hard to lose.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Back on four tires
I think I may have found the right height for the left side...the steering box and tie rods are not installed, no shocks and the fuel tank/fuel are also absent. With that weight, the front should settle down about another inch...which should be the right height for the car.
I also discovered that I have a bad bearing on the left side that I'll need to get swapped out so it's coming off again. The right side sounds good (no sound) so that's one less thing to worry about for now.
Monday, April 9, 2018
On the right is the pan boot that's typically sold 'to fit a Type 3'. It doesn't fit the early car without severe modification.
When I get in to reindex the rear torsions, I'm going to swap out the hacked up Type 1 pan boot with the NOS piece with cracking - just to see how it fits.
Admittedly, the progress is not impressive...but I'm finding that my desire to work on the car is at what I'd describe as an 'all time low'. I'm on 'auto pilot' right now because the car has to be running/driving by the time we move back to Illinois. If that deadline wasn't looming out there - I would just let the car sit because I have very little interest in it right now.
Friday, April 6, 2018
Even salt looks like sugar
I did get a few things done and I'm looking forward to getting the front end back on the ground (maybe next week?).
The shop that I use does really nice work but they're horribly slow - and the lead time they provide progresses slowly into 'wild guess' area of accuracy. They used to be off by a few days but it's now nearing a process akin to throwing a dart at the wall and then communicating a completely different number.
I may install everything except the steering bits to get the height straightened out before concerning myself with installing this thing. There's plenty to do before I get too excited about this, honestly.
Next step is to put the brake rotors back together with newly packed bearings.
I'm fairly confident that I'm going to have to reindex the rear spring plates to correct the camber issue and hopefully steady the driving dynamic.
I am less confident that I'll get to address the door windows before the move, however...who knows, I've got about 6 weeks left - maybe I'll pull that rabbit out of my ass too.
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