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Old August 4th, 2015, 02:15 PM   #151
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On the subject of brighter lights. Back in '75 or so, I swapped a Corvair power train into my Single Cab. The original six volt lights had been nothing to write home about. So the first night with the 12 volt system in place I was really disappointed that the headlights seemed pretty much the same. Until I realized I hadn't pulled the switch all the way out and was driving with the 'Parking Lights'....
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Old August 7th, 2015, 05:25 PM   #152
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argh.. months ago, when i first started kicking around the idea of making a set of door panels/quarter panels again (last/first time I made a set was back in 1999 I think..), I found a site that sold rolls of shaped foam stuff for making accents..

I can't think of how to describe it.. if you looked at the cross section, it was a tear drop with one flat side.. you put the flat side on the panel, and the fabric over top, so you had this bulge type beading under the fabric, looked pretty good and would give a unique effect..

anyway.. I ordered some waterproof panel board from a boating upholstery place online, and now I can't for the life of me remember where I saw that foam shit or what I googled to find it..

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found it: http://www.haganauto.com/product_p/dobn.htm
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Old August 14th, 2015, 03:21 PM   #153
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gotthe panel board in last night.. decided to skip the urethane strip.. it's $60/8 feet, and I'd need about 10 feet...

So now I have fabric, foam, board, adhesive, and weatherproofing spray shit.. the board is supposed to e treated to be waterproof..

anyway, cut the fabric for the door panels tonight, will worry about the quarter panels later since I don't have the old quarter panels to use as a stencil so i'll have to create stencils for those.. :(

Of course as soon as I cut one side of the first panels from the fabric, I realized I should have shifted the fabric 90* so the design would be upright.. oh well... i MEANT to make it sideways, I swear! :P

Going to try something new/more complicated with this set. Last time I made some, they were simple panels like stock, wrapped in vinyl. They came out looking good and I loved em while I had them, but this time I want something "different"

The primary piece will be wrapped in this "tattoo flash" fabric, then I'm going to have a second piece wrapped in the leftover red crushed velvet from the steering wheel. I'm going to use Riv-Nuts to connect the two pieces.

I'm kinda lazy though, so i'll probably wind up using the original black door handles/arm rests..

the garage computer/wifi is being retarded, so i'll post pictures when I go back inside..
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Old August 14th, 2015, 03:40 PM   #154
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pics:

old door panel as a guide to cut the new fabric:



fabric cut and soaked in the waterproofing spray shit...



fucking goddamnit! cut it sideways.. didn't thinkg ot look until I had made one cut and one cut was too late, so now "I wanted it sideways! it's custom! fuck off!" :P

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'Looks like everything will be nice and upright when you're popping wheelies.
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Old August 16th, 2015, 06:17 AM   #156
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Looks good Matt, I can't wait to see them finished!






































By the way.......Did you know the material is sideways............
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So it's done this once or twice before, it goes back to normal operations about a mile down the road..

anyone know what the hell is going on here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqr3iEr7eW8
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So I had to get a tow home yesterday.. Was on my way to work and suddenly it went from just being a loud bug, to sounding like a loud fast Diesel with parts missing..

I'm gonna try and take a video later, but I don't want to run it too long because it sounds like it's doing damage..

might have blown my transaxle.. :/
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Old September 4th, 2015, 01:13 PM   #160
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Fired it up.. here's the first video:

https://youtu.be/5tH-XCpm3Io

Sorry the running portion is sideways, wasn't thinking about that when I started recording and then set my phone down..

Part 2:

https://youtu.be/TuHxUrs1X60

I checked the alternator with a DMM after, i've got about 12 volts on it, so it might still be good..

I did lose the driver's side fan shroud screw and the passenger side one is loose, so I'm guessing the fan shroud bouncing around and not supporting the alternator helped with the alternator front loosening up. Alt/Gen light still won't go out, so I've still got a fault somewhere..

Dunno where to go from here..
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Old September 4th, 2015, 02:10 PM   #161
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I can think of two quick things that might have made the bad sounds you described, though can't hear them in your vid. Loose flywheel and loose fan.
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I can think of two quick things that might have made the bad sounds you described, though can't hear them in your vid. Loose flywheel and loose fan.
yeah, i'm hoping it's not the flywheel.. I'm thinking when the alternator "face" loosened up, maybe the fan started wobbling.

I think my next step will be pulling the alternator/fan shroud, inspecting for damage and getting the alternator locally bench tested.. always wanted an excuse to buy a 90amp alternator :P
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I saw the belt jumping around abnormally in the first video... Thought that was the issue immediately... Especially since it sounded pretty good.

As far as "other" items... Maybe not a flywheel issue, but maybe a clutch throwout bearing has schrapnelled... They make horrible noises as well, when the explode... Once they come apart, they sometimes quit making noises and lay in the bell housing and cause intermittent noises that depend on the vibrations of the vehicle and maybe the position as well.
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Went to a VW parts garage sale today... guy is selling all his shit after 20 years because he's moving..


I picked up a starter holder (piece of an old transaxle) for $15

Think I'll pull the engine soon, check the clutch/throwout bearing, fix my fan shroud, check everything else, and now I can start the engine outside of the car :D
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Got a Picture of that Starter piece your'e describing? I made one once... Didn't work. Gotta have the most of the trans bell housing to get enough strength to keep the starter from binding up or completely moving away from the Flywheel. Just curious how yours is cut.
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Got a Picture of that Starter piece your'e describing? I made one once... Didn't work. Gotta have the most of the trans bell housing to get enough strength to keep the starter from binding up or completely moving away from the Flywheel. Just curious how yours is cut.
this one is pretty small, won't know if it works until i try i guess.. I'll snap a pic the next time i'm out in the garage..

been kinda avoiding that area of the house..
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Old September 13th, 2015, 07:54 AM   #167
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Snapped the pics a few days ago, but haven't had a chance to upload until today:

It was only $15, so if it doesn't work, oh well..






I might have a chance to yank my engine today and inspect for damages.. I think I'm gonna look closely at the area on the back of the fan shroud and the cylinder tins that meet it..

If I'm not mistaken, the only thing holding the fan shroud in place is the two screws (one on either side) on the sides.. I think I'm going to check into putting a latch on the back on each side. The front is held down by the tension of the fan belt and the alternator strap, but nothing holds the back down really..

I'm thinking something like this:



it's small and wouldn't interfere with anything, and I could reach around the shroud and latch/unlatch it with the engine in place.
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Hmm. I would say that's a upper edge of a Phoenician Amphora, from the 'sharp edge' period of around the 5th century B.C. The spout is missing of course, but the spout anchor holes appear to be intact. I'd say you got a pretty good deal.
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Hmm. I would say that's a upper edge of a Phoenician Amphora, from the 'sharp edge' period of around the 5th century B.C. The spout is missing of course, but the spout anchor holes appear to be intact. I'd say you got a pretty good deal.
huh?

haha, good deal? got it! :P

Got started getting the engine out..

looks like I'm losing a tiny bit of fluids.. it's been in the garage since last weekend..



Front left, driver's side head, front right, drain pan, rear right, tranny..

Drain pan has seen cleaner days..





Here's where crap is leaking out the tranny.. i'll have to check it's oil level when I get the engine out..



took off the rear apron, and started trying to remove the exhaust while the oil was draining.. Only got half of it off.

So far here is what I've learned:

1) a stainless steel A-1 system is expensive as shit
2) you will have to do some custom work to get it to fit properly
3) some kind of high temp anti-sieze would be a good idea because
4) the fit is so tight it's practically impossible to remove



I stopped here because I was getting pissed and worried about just breaking shit to get it off.
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Ya sure that's not motor oil on the trans??
My engine has been leaking a bit of oil lately, it appears to be coming from the oil cooler & it runs down onto the trans drain plug just like yours, just a thought, it only leaks about a half a pint in 500 miles
Also, does it move when in gear? I know you mentioned something about pieces in the trans case

Chances are it's your alternator, or something simple, I hope

A few weeks ago when I started my car it was making a horrible sound, I shut it off as fast as I could, did a visual check, then grabbed & wiggled a few things to make sure everything was tight, found nothing, got back in & fired it up again, same noise, went to shut it off, put my hand on the key, the key snapped back & the noise stopped but the engine stayed running, it was the ignition switch, the spring that makes the starter solenoid disengage must have broke on the switch & the starter gear was staying engaged with the flywheel, had me worried for a few minutes, turns out it wasn't WCS, I have another ignition switch I just need to find the time to put it in, until then I just flip the key back a little when it starts


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finally got around to working on the bug again..

Took the shroud off and discovered that I either bent the alternator shaft, or the fan..

https://youtu.be/cjcbifCVz8I

hard to see int he video, but there were some fine fibers on the fan blades that I couldn't identify, they didn't look like I left a rag or anything in it..

Then I looked at the top of the engine itself...

https://youtu.be/ThwmzEtD8do

got the engine out now, ready to go up on the engine stand.. the landlords decided to come by and get some of their shit, so I have to wait until they are done so I have enough room to get my stand out though..
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I've had a time or two of that very type of stuff. Shredded animals are no fun to remove.

On the flip side... You can pretty much bet the fan is bent, not the shaft. Another pain for some of us to remove... I've done a few so no big deal, but I've had a few people come to me to figure it out in the past... Watch for left handed threads... but I don't even remember if that was an issue, it's been so long. Just be aware there could be lefties.

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I've had a time or two of that very type of stuff. Shredded animals are no fun to remove.

On the flip side... You can pretty much bet the fan is bent, not the shaft. Another pain for some of us to remove... I've done a few so no big deal, but I've had a few people come to me to figure it out in the past... Watch for left handed threads... but I don't even remember if that was an issue, it's been so long. Just be aware there could be lefties.

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I was just telling my wife, it would probably be easier to replace the alternator than the fan.. the fan I have right now is an original german fan that has been welded on each fin and balanced.. not gonna find quality like that for a good price i imagine.. :/
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Aren't there some sources for welded fans around the interweb somewhere? If not, It would be worth the coin to get one done. Find one that's not out-o-round, and send it to a place that can do it...
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Aren't there some sources for welded fans around the interweb somewhere? If not, It would be worth the coin to get one done. Find one that's not out-o-round, and send it to a place that can do it...
no i know it's worth it, i just don't remember it being cheap..
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