New beetle project

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New beetle project

Post by Bug_zee » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:32 pm

Hi all
New to the forum . I bought a 71 beetle recently. I have a list of things I want to do...but not sure where to start . I haven't driven on the road yet,except the day I brought it home when I bought it

Ultimately want to change the color (will post pics soon).
Things I need to do
1. Change tyres
2. Are brakes a DYI job ?
3. She starts ...but idle is erratic and sometimes cuts out
4.do I need to get it checked over by an expert for mechanical issues ....any suggestions who I can use ....based in Jhb
I can help myself mechanically but to an extent :D ....can do oil service and change brake pads ...but haven't ventured further than that



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Re: New beetle project

Post by Tony Z » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:55 pm

buy yourself the Haynes Manual and start reading. Then you can begin to tackle the small jobs - start with a full service and work your way up from there.
Brakes can be done DIY, but without the correct tools to size the pads to the drum, you wont have a good result and you'll end up with a care which is less than safe.

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Re: New beetle project

Post by 73type2 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:34 am

The disassembly and assembly of the brakes can be done DIY. Just follow the manual.I take my brake drums and shoes to a brake shop and the guy skims the drums and re-line the shoes for R500. I'd suggest you do the same.

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Re: New beetle project

Post by Bug_zee » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:31 pm

Thanks ....will.get the book .... Is it available locally

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Re: New beetle project

Post by Tony Z » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:17 pm

yes it is. I bought mine originally at CNA, many years ago, but I've seen them on takealot

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Re: New beetle project

Post by Bug_zee » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:45 pm

Thanks Tony ...only found the 1200 book on Takealot ....will check CNA and other book shops

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Re: New beetle project

Post by coenraade » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:00 am

http://www.autobooks.co.za/index.php?ro ... ct_id=2100

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Re: New beetle project

Post by Bug_zee » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:18 pm

Thanks for the lead.... ordered book and already have it ..

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Re: New beetle project

Post by Bug_zee » Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:56 am

Hi guys
How would I know if i had a twinport engine or not ??
I have this carb in my 71 beetle and is this a Standard carb
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Re: New beetle project

Post by retrovan » Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:17 pm

Look where your inlet manifold goes into the heads, if it has a single entry, you have a single post, and if it splits into two pipes, then you have a twin port.

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Re: New beetle project

Post by 73type2 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:23 am

You could also do Google searches like "differences between Beetle single port and twin port". You'll get more info than you would want.

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Re: New beetle project

Post by Bug_zee » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:00 pm

Need some advice please....i jacked up my beetle to put the back end on jack stands ...strangely as I was jacking up and when the vehicle tilted slightly left she started to leak oil from the gearbox ....definitely gearbox as it had a different colour and smell to engine oil.....what could have gone wrong ...as I had to put a drip pan under to control leak....it still leaked while I had it on the stands

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Re: New beetle project

Post by Tony Z » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:56 pm

axle boots are probably torn

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Re: New beetle project

Post by Bug_zee » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:32 pm

Thanks Tony

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Re: New beetle project

Post by John Alves » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:01 pm

73type2 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:34 am
The disassembly and assembly of the brakes can be done DIY. Just follow the manual.I take my brake drums and shoes to a brake shop and the guy skims the drums and re-line the shoes for R500. I'd suggest you do the same.
name of shop please
No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.

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