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Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
7/5/19 8:36 p.m.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
7/6/19 7:48 a.m.

In reply to Patrick :

Great pic!  Glad you could make it out there.  Sounded like the Lemons people were happy to hear the Wartburg is still around and getting some attention.

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
7/6/19 8:47 a.m.
eastsideTim said:

In reply to Patrick :

Great pic!  Glad you could make it out there.  Sounded like the Lemons people were happy to hear the Wartburg is still around and getting some attention.

They instagrammed and twittered their excitement so that’s cool.  Until last year I purposely fed into the fact that everyone just thought it fell off the face of the earth 

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
7/8/19 10:06 a.m.

EastsideWife and her dad made it home from the rally yesterday.  The Beetle had very few problems during the event, though it appears to be having a bit of light throttle driveability issue, could be carburetion, could be timing, I’ll get it squared away eventually.  

Only went through 1.5 quarts of oil in about 3000 miles of driving.  Not bad for a $200 junkyard engine.  Will be changing the oil before it goes anywhere, since it is now at 3 times the recommended interval.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
8/16/19 7:50 p.m.

Took a bit of a hiatus of working on the Beetle, between work and some frustration changing the oil (it's resolved now, but involved multiple hardware store trips and some time with my tap and die set).  Work was rougher than usual today, so I felt the need to get away from computers for a bit.

The engine was running bad at lower RPMs when they got back from the rally.  First thing I noticed was the belt was pretty loose, so I tightened it up a bit.  I figured timing was the most likely culprit, so pulled the distributor cap.  Timing wasn't the main problem.  The rotor came apart when I pulled it (as a matter of fact there is still at least one piece in the bottom of the distributor I couldn't get to).  I went to check the points gap, and there was none.  That could be a problem.  I'm guessing the only reason it was running better at higher RPM is the cam lobe on the distributor was providing more force than the spring that holds the points together, and bouncing it open.  That's properly gapped now, but I still need to do the timing.  It was getting dark, and the mosquitos were coming out, so that'll be done later.

wae
wae SuperDork
8/16/19 8:18 p.m.

Will we see it a week from tomorrow?  Puh-lease!

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
8/16/19 10:02 p.m.
wae said:

Will we see it a week from tomorrow?  Puh-lease!

Not planning on racing, but I do intend to drive it out there to spectate.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
8/17/19 9:24 a.m.

Got it timed, and took it for a spin.  Back to running as good as it was before the rally!  I did have a few drops of brake fluid on the floor of the garage under the front, but a quick inspection didn't reveal anywhere they could have come from.  I'll look into it in more detail later.

 

Before it goes rallycrossing, I need to install a battery box, and presumably get a smaller battery, as the one I'm using is probably too big.  I still have a tractor battery laying around that might do the job, at least for a while.  I'd also like to get a new oil pressure sender, so I can actually use the VDO gauge in the car, rather the depend on the oil light, but that isn't as critical.

 

For now, i'm taking advantage of it being out of the garage by doing a little clean up and organizing.  Mostly by packing 20 lbs of E36 M3 in a 10 lb bag.  I really need to declutter.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
8/17/19 9:26 a.m.

In reply to eastsideTim :

No such thing as too big a battery.  That extra 10lb or whatever pays for itself when you need to start the engine in a hurry and it doesn't really feel like starting.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
8/17/19 9:49 p.m.
Knurled. said:

In reply to eastsideTim :

No such thing as too big a battery.  That extra 10lb or whatever pays for itself when you need to start the engine in a hurry and it doesn't really feel like starting.

It’s more a matter of what will fit in a cheap marine battery box...

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
8/23/19 7:34 p.m.

Took it to the cruise in tonight as a quick shakedown before driving out to the rallycross tomorrow.  Shifted weird, and felt and heard some banging occasionally, too.  When I got home, I checked the linkage, and it was pressed against the top of the center tunnel.  A little bit of checking underneath, and it appears the bolts to hold the transmission to the trans mount are either lost or sheared.  Hopefully, they just fell out somewhere, but the front trans mount is urethane, since it’s a conversion mount, and the rear mounts are rubber, since at the time I could not find poly rear mounts.  It’s possible that could contribute to breaking the mounting bolts.  

I’m not willing to mess with it this weekend, as I want to get more work done on the S10.  Maybe during the week or over Labor Day weekend I’ll tear into it.

EvanB
EvanB MegaDork
8/23/19 8:58 p.m.

Just drive the s10 to the rallycross instead.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
8/24/19 5:34 a.m.
EvanB said:

Just drive the s10 to the rallycross instead.

Alignment is bad enough I’m afraid of major uneven tire wear, and too much is loose under the hood.  Fortunately, wae is picking us up on the way.

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
8/25/19 11:02 a.m.
eastsideTim said:
EvanB said:

Just drive the s10 to the rallycross instead.

Alignment is bad enough I’m afraid of major uneven tire wear, and too much is loose under the hood.  Fortunately, wae is picking us up on the way.

You missed the chance to say “Bill is picking us up on the Wae”

wae
wae SuperDork
8/25/19 12:25 p.m.
Patrick said:
eastsideTim said:
EvanB said:

Just drive the s10 to the rallycross instead.

Alignment is bad enough I’m afraid of major uneven tire wear, and too much is loose under the hood.  Fortunately, wae is picking us up on the way.

You missed the chance to say “Bill is picking us up on the Wae”

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UberDork
9/8/19 10:45 a.m.

Finally got back to the working on the Beetle.  Once it was up on jack stands, and I had placed a jack under the engine, I went after the front transmission mount.  Ended up having to disassemble it under the car to get it out.

Final score, one bolt missing, and a bushing missing from the mount itself.  The other bolt that attached to the transmission was loose, and had pulled the bushing out of the mount.  In all, I think there were two issues:

  1. We assembled the mount wrong when we put it on.  It was used, came with no instructions, and was probably assembled the way we put it on the car.  But still, should have been more careful.  When putting it back in, I made sure to reverse a set of bolts and nuts, so the bolts are now captured by the mount instead of the nuts.
  2. We reused the nylock nuts that came with the mount.  Should have bought new ones, and that is what I did this time around.

In addition to the above, I picked up some more bushing material, and cut it to length to replace the missing one, and added washers in a few places where it looked like the urethane in the mount was getting beat up.  Haven't had a chance to drive the car yet, but the shift rod is no longer dragging on the top of the tunnel, even when shifting through all the gears.

Remains to be seen if it'll be ready to rallycross in October, but at least now we should be able to drive it to the event to spectate.

 

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