Friday, 10 April 2015

The light at the end of the tunnel? + Andy's 62

It's been a long time since I updated this blog. It's largely because despite serious effort, I don't feel like I have a lot to show for my efforts thus far. Sure, the car has been up on jack stands since January, but it's April now and it looks like very little has happened. Still I'll throw a few pics up...

So, as you can see, the fuel system is about 70% finished. The tank is now baffled, fixed and lined and I've got a kafer bar setup and various other bits. But it's all taken AGES... and ages... *sigh.

I'm still trying to decide if I'm making progress or just throwing cash at a hole in the road.

So, by way of an offering to those feeling ripped in the "drivin" department, here's my brother's car.

Andy's 62' beetle

The car was bought some time back as a runaround for him and his wife. It's an original paint car that was mostly stock aside of dropped spindles, adjuster and a slightly narrowed beam (IIRC). It was running a stock 1300. That motor lunched itself after the car jumped out of 4th gear on the freeway. OUCH!

Just recently it scored a single port 1600 from a generator set. Between the 1600 and the tuckaway exhaust, it's a very fun little car. The single port has lots of torque and the exhaust makes it sound like an old fiat or renault. Euro cool.

We took it out on the freeway for the first time and it goes really nice. As it should too. The motor had done less than 50hours work on the generator set! It is however way too low.

The pan scrapes everywhere and it's pretty awful to ride rough roads in. As it is, it's getting a new gearbox soon along with some linkpins and adjustable spring plates. At the same time it will go up a little.

Then it's time for more drivin'.

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