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Offline DesertBob

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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2012, 09:45:50 AM »
I pulled the engines out of the Baja and the Super Beetle over the weekend.  While trying to remove the OEM muffler from the Super Beetle motor I broke off most of the Exhaust studs.  I soaked them in PB Blaster and used Heat but they were rusted solid.  The muffler was a rusty mess so I believe that it had been on there since 74.  Does any one know of a shop that can remove these stud and replace them?  I have the replacement studs already.  Everytime I use an easy out I break them off.  Or does anyone have some decent Stock Dual Port heads that they would like to sell me?

Here are some action photos.

Pulling the motor from the Baja is easy.  Using a motorcycle lift is the best way I have found to remove an engine from a VW.  Almost like it was made for this job.





Pulling the motor from the Super Beetle took a bit more time as I had to jack up the car at each little step.





Here are the broken studs.



« Last Edit: January 09, 2012, 12:14:14 PM by DesertBob »
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #31 on: January 09, 2012, 06:28:26 PM »
Pop them off, clean them up, and take a look at them. I did the studs in mine in my driveway, shouldn't take a pro too much time to put a helicoil or step stud in there.
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #32 on: January 09, 2012, 06:49:01 PM »
I have some a couple of 8mm heli-coil kits if you need some, but if you drill a small hole in the center and work your way up to thread size you may be able to get em out without having to heli-coil them.

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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2012, 07:22:03 PM »
Guess it is worth a try.  Nothing to lose at this point.
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2012, 10:06:24 AM »
Got the heads fixed.  Gary @ RidgeTop Auto drilled out all the broken studs and removed the rusty ones. Only had to use 1 step stud.  Got it all done for $100.  Not bad and I get to keep my German heads.  Sweet!

Took the 3M abrasive wheel to the SB sheet metal and it was more pitted than I expected.  Only surface rust so I will be using the Rattle Can to paint up the sheet metal.  Maybe when I go Type IV I will go all new and get it powder coated.  Should have more pictures this weekend.
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2012, 04:44:30 PM »
Looking good.  $100 not too bad either.  If you need some weekend help let me know.

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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2012, 10:18:28 AM »
Update:

finally got the 1776 motor from the Baja in the Super Beetle.  I put in all new seals in the engine compartment, cleaned up and painted all the sheet metal, put in flaps and thermostat and use the Samba to find any missing cooling tin pieces (even has the hover bit).  Mark Harney rebuild and rebushed the 34 PICT 3 stock carb.  I rejetted it for the 1776.  Runs awesome.  Still has a cold start rich issue but I am sure we will get that resolved.

I also pulled the transmission and replaced the mounts.  While I was at it I also replaced both CV \ axles with the new ones from AC Industries.

Went from this:



To this:



Now on to the front end.
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2012, 08:47:26 PM »
Lookin good!
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #38 on: May 03, 2012, 09:51:59 AM »
Cool stuff.  Looks great!
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #39 on: May 03, 2012, 10:06:12 AM »
Nice Transformation. Looking GooooooD!

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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #40 on: May 03, 2012, 10:56:07 AM »
Thank you.  Coming from Baja Bugs I was awestruck by how many pieced of tin make up the cooling system for our bugs. It was kind of like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  All I can say is that it better run cool.  I took pictures at every step so I might do a technical article.  Long Block to Complete Motor. Step by Step.
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #41 on: May 03, 2012, 01:15:25 PM »
I might need that...
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #42 on: May 03, 2012, 04:39:10 PM »
Excellent job Bob...clean looking bay

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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #43 on: May 04, 2012, 12:22:18 PM »
Forgot to add that I also put in a new Bosch starter (the one in the car was some odd looking chinese part and sounded like it was going to fail at any moment), redid a bunch of the wiring and because the transmission was out I replaced the Transmission to Shift rod coupler and the shift rod bushing.  I also replace the stock shifter with my vintage Hurst shifter.  Now it shifts better than new.
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Re: Offroad Guy going German Look Super Beetle
« Reply #44 on: May 04, 2012, 11:20:17 PM »
looks like an awesome start! And looks like your moving along nicely! I would consider my car mildly german look but what do i know. I can get you a few leads on some porsche wheels if your wanting to go that route or if you have any questions about lowering a super let me know.