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Mid November, but still warm enough to get Mabel out and enjoy her. Actually, it was warm enough to give her a final bath for the year. Also gave Ruby (our Camaro) a bath as well. I usually don’t push products, but I have to admit, this Blue Magic tire shine is the best I’ve ever used. I’ve been using it on all of my cars since this past spring and I’m super impressed by it. Unlike others, it doesn’t wash off in the rain and keeps the tires black and shiny, love this stuff. Also got the Mabels valve cover gaskets in the mail today. This was the last item of her “tune up” that I wanted to replace, so I got those installed as well. Unfortunately, you can feel winter in the air and our days of 60 and 70 degree weather is coming to a slow end. I plan to get Mabel out and drive her as much as I can, she’s running better than ever!
So the carb kit that I ordered from Carb Junky arrived in the mail today. After work, I decided to throw in the float, new gasket and give her a try. As always, she fired right up and the anticipation mounted as I waited for the choke to release. Once it released, to continued to idle like her old self. I let her run for about 15 minutes, throttle was responsive and no more rich smelling exhaust. I still need to adjust the mix as she’s idling a little high, but I also need to get the oil changed again since so much fuel had seeped into the case. I’ll get around to that on Friday evening. So for now, she starts right up, cold or hot and idles like her old self. Thanks to everybody who chimed in with advice, especially the folks at thesamba.com.
Still having some issues with Mabel that I’m struggling to figure out. Hope to get some input from somebody reading this. I’ll do a quick recap then explain everything I’ve done up to now. About a month ago, I was out for a ride, nothing out of the ordinary. About 10 minutes into the trip, I stopped at a red light and the engine died. I fired it back up only to realize that the car would not idle, it’d just bog down and die. So I finished my trip with one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake. When I got to my destination, I opened the deck lid and heard a percolating sound from the carb and the base of the carb was very, very cold to the touch. Almost freezing cold. The car sat for about 30 minutes before I returned home, so it was fairly cool. It started right up and initially idled fine until a few minutes into the return trip, the began to do the same thing. Got home and discovered the same percolating sound and cold base of the carb. I did discover that the wire to the idle shut off valve was in bad shape, so I replaced it hoping that it was the cause of the problem. Unfortunately, that did not fix the issue and the car continued to do the same thing. It was fine as long it was a cold start, but that would only last for a few minutes. On another note, this car has always seemed to have a very rich smelling black exhaust. So a couple of weeks ago, I started digging a little deeper. Thinking that the heat risers were clogged with carbon, I ordered a new intake and also decided to do a tune up. Over the last couple of days, I replaced the intake and completed the tune up, but I’m still having some issues. When the car is cold, it starts right up and runs fine for a minute or so, then it’s all down hill from there. I’ve made a video to show exactly what it’s doing, I’m hoping somebody can help shed some light on the issue. Any input is greatly appreciated.
What has been replaced…
1. new intake
2. new spark plugs (gap .025)
3. new condenser
4. new rotor
5. new distributor cap
6. adjusted valves (.006 clearance)
Note: when I shot the video, the car had just been running for a while and was hot. If it were cold, it would’ve started right away. It really struggled to start this time.
Installed the skid plate this afternoon that I ordered from vdubparts.com. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m very pleased with the quality and fit of the plate. Had it installed in just a few minutes. Just an extra layer of protection against road rash. If you’re looking for a good, quality, piece that’s priced right, check out vdubparts.com.
Got the skid plate in the mail today that I ordered from vdubparts.com. Very fast shipping, quality of the part is excellent. It came in raw steel just as advertised, so I cleaned it and gave it a fresh coat of paint just for rust prevention. I’m sure I’ll wear the paint off the bottom soon enough. I hope to get it installed this week, more pics to follow.
Lenora Boyd and Shauna Kristine Boyd got me some awesome Fathers Day gifts….a lot of them are for our ’68 Beetle Mabel…Lenora got an awesome vintage cooler and authentic luggage straps!!! Thanks to Darin Allen and Nicole Wuerffel Allen for helping her pick a great cooler! And the straps came from Foreign Concepts VW in California…great quality and great fit….Shauna knows all of my vices….sunflower seeds and pop art…an awesome Hot Wheels Beatles VW van and Hula Girl for Mabel…..couldn’t be happier.