Rebuild

A few months ago my big blue bus sprung an oil leak that was a warning of imminent mechanical death. The leak was coming from the main seal. I have had the bus for over a year, running on an engine that I knew little about. I pulled the motor (Broke my record!), pulled flywheel…

1973 super beetle vert.

Super beetles. They take a lot of flak in the vw community. Those drawn toward early model type 1s commonly scoff at supers. The super beetle is a far superior vehicle. IRS in the rear and McPherson struts in the front. The suspension on the super beetle took cues from the race track. When throwing…

Back on the road

There is no better feeling, then the first drive to a destination after a fresh rebuild. The new engine is running great and the new gearbox is silent. Time to roll down the AC, put my foot on the cruise control, and start getting my break in mileage in. My odometer read 24444, as I…

Transaxle upgrade

I have never had a vw transmission go out on me, but there is a first for everything. I was on day three of my engine break in, and a knocking started to develop faint at first, but got louder quickly. It sounded like a blown CV joint. Clicking loudly with each rotation of the…

Misfires and meteors

We left town in the evening, attempting to get through Phoenix under the cover of darkness. We beat the heat and started the hill climb into Flagstaff in around 2 AM. We were heading to the dark sky city of Flagstaff to observe the Perseids meteor shower. It was going to peek at 200 entries…