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WouterMerwie
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New to aircooled

Post by WouterMerwie » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:55 pm

Hi everyone. I am new to the aircooled life. I just bought a 1600 twinport beetle. Didn't even see the year model I was so excited. My wife obviously thinks I am mad, my boys think I am the man and my neighbour says he's glad its not him. Lol. Image

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by Tony Z » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:57 pm

Welcome Wouter - I hope you have many happy miles in your bug.
Step 1 - close off those big holes in the lower rear engine tin, they let hot air from the exhaust into the engine bay and this increases the temperature of the air that cools the engine. Cool air comes from the top, hot air goes out the bottom, you need to keep these two apart!!!

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by AlanH » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:31 pm

Welcome Wouter, and also install a sealing rubber around the engine tin between the body and engine.

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by jolas » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:22 pm

My wife obviously thinks I am mad, my boys think I am the man and my neighbour says he's glad its not him. Lol.

:lol:

yeh man, this is sounding quite familiar :hangloose:

welcome to the madness :zhelp:

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by John Alves » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:29 pm

one picture is not enough, post more please
No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by WouterMerwie » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:53 pm

John Alves wrote:one picture is not enough, post more please
Ah. Will do. Its a fixer upper thats for sure. Just started work on the carb. I am replacing the gaskets and making sure the settings are right. I will post some pics as I go along.

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by Haans » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:00 pm

Wouter,.... do not take the advice lightly. These manne know what they are talking about,.......close that thing up before you travel anywhere!
Whilst you are the man back at the ranch,.......enjoy it with the boys,....and don't forget to smooch mommy over as often as possible,.......it will bite you in the rear and ear !
Trust me,....keeeping everybody happy is a juggle!

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by Dannyg » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:41 pm

Also just bought a ‘74 Beetle after I sold my Bay....who in Cape Town can lower this bug a bit?


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Re: New to aircooled

Post by WouterMerwie » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:18 am

Dannyg wrote:Also just bought a ‘74 Beetle after I sold my Bay....who in Cape Town can lower this bug a bit?


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I am also looking for someone in CT who can possibly help with lowering my beetle. So far I have Dave's at Flat Four Racing as a possible contact. I have a guy at work who has air suspension in his beemer so will find out from him as well.

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by WouterMerwie » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:21 am

Haans wrote:Wouter,.... do not take the advice lightly. These manne know what they are talking about,.......close that thing up before you travel anywhere!
Whilst you are the man back at the ranch,.......enjoy it with the boys,....and don't forget to smooch mommy over as often as possible,.......it will bite you in the rear and ear !
Trust me,....keeeping everybody happy is a juggle!

Regards Haans
Turns out my chassis at the back is bent. So my engine is sitting skew. So before I put in a seal I need that sorted.

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by WouterMerwie » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:29 am

So far I managed to get a new carb and new exhaust system. After a few issues with aligning the pieces and getting them to fit into each other, I managed to fit the exhaust. Hint... always get new studs and exhaust nuts with the kit and make sure u have a blow torch or something seriously hot to fit the pieces together... and I also needed a thread tapper because 1 of my stud holes on the engine was stripped.

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Re: New to aircooled

Post by Dannyg » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:10 am

Please let me know Wouter. I will also check and let you know when I find someone


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