Rich Kallenberger

  • kall replied to the topic Steering Vague in the forum Chevy/Ford Kits 1 week, 1 day ago

    Before tearing apart the steering, are your tires more than, say, 8 years old?  Even if they look fine internal tread separation will cause the symptoms you describe.  Been there.

    😳

  • kall replied to the topic Project Zella in the forum My Project 1 week, 3 days ago

    I experienced similar idle problems with my 70 bug TD.  I had not yet found this site but did get good advice through Samba.  Before connecting your nice new carb to the fuel system you really need to be sure the entire system is clean.  I did two carb cleanings and spent hours reaming and flushing the tank to engine compartment line before it pa…[Read more]

  • I’m reposting this in the hope of  shedding more light on the current discussion: 😕

    “<i>I came across a few bits of information which may help members evaluate LED replacement lamps.
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    <i>Since most LED replacement lamps are rated in lumens (a measure of light output) comparison to watts is best left to the engineers. A more useful…[Read more]

  • Sorry you are “short” of time to repair your “disconnect”.

    Troubleshooting thoughts:

    1. Goes on and off – can’t be a fuse, they only work once.

    2. Both headlights? – can’t be the bulb.

    3.  Both high and low beams – not the “dipper” switch on the floor.

    4. Does your car have the headlight “high/low” switch as part of the turn signal switch? -…[Read more]

  • kall replied to the topic Project Zella in the forum My Project 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Fyi. There are many suggestions for cleaning and improving the VW heat riser system on both Samba and utube.  You have already encountered several of the problems, both factory and aftermarket.  Might be good to watch someone else struggle for a while.

    😅

  • One thought about battery chargers.  The ” smart” chargers now on the market are a lot more complex than those of only a few years ago.  Those that sense battery condition may refuse to charge a battery that is outside of the charger’s working window; it acts as if the battery isn’t even there.  Problems like this may require (oh no) reading th…[Read more]

  • Too bad about you vehicle being lost to inflexable smog laws.  My hope is that some of these “non-compliant” but interesting cars can be saved by converting them to electric power.

    OK, we might also have to include some oil smell and prerecorded zoom zoom.  We have the technology.

    😀

  • Too bad about your vehicle being lost to inflexable smog laws.  My hope is that some of these “non-compliant” but interesting cars can be saved by converting them to electric power.

    OK, we might also have to include some oil smell and prerecorded zoom zoom.  We have the technology.

    😀

  • kall replied to the topic All Reds in the forum General Discussion 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    But realistically, how many of us could still make moves like that?

    😳

  • kall replied to the topic Taillight Wire Routing in the forum VW Based Kits 6 months ago

    I posted this three years ago when I was working on that stage of my TDr:

    “IMHO:A basic problem on my FF was that both front and rear lights wiring ran loose and unprotected on the underside of the fenders to the connection point with the lights. I decided that this was a potential problem because the connections could vibrate loose or in the…[Read more]

  • kall replied to the topic Taillight Wire Routing in the forum VW Based Kits 6 months ago

    I posted this three years ago when I was working on that stage of my TDr:

    “IMHO:A basic problem on my FF was that both front and rear lights wiring ran loose and unprotected on the underside of the fenders to the connection point with the lights. I decided that this was a potential problem because the connections could vibrate loose or in the…[Read more]

  • kall replied to the topic Dash Wiring in the forum VW Based Kits 7 months ago

    A wax string harness! That tells me that you are familiar with that traditional method of finishing electronic wiring. Good for you. It is labor intensive but looks sooo much better than plastic ties or spiral wrap. A well done strung harness is a craftsman’s touch for electrical work, comparable to an elegantly formed EMT array.   🙂

  • kall replied to the topic wiring nightmare in the forum VW Based Kits 8 months ago

    I strongly second peterjohn’s “minds eye” approach.  In addition to good labeling, try to visualize where the individual wires will run, where they will be anchored, how they can be neatly grouped, and how much service loop will be needed to faciliate the repair of each component the wires service.  You might also be able to anticipate wiring f…[Read more]

  • kall replied to the topic New Member Intro in the forum General Discussion 8 months, 1 week ago

    Great car and a great story.

    i think that the story points up that each of us is somewhere on a line between the deep-pockets craftsman intent on having a museum-quality restoration and the low-budget Romeo who drives a rare old-time beater because it helps him pick up girls.

    As one of our members says: “If you aren’t having fun, it’s your own fault.”

  • kall replied to the topic New Member Intro in the forum General Discussion 8 months, 1 week ago

    Great car and a great story.

    I think that the story points up that each of us is somewhere on a line between the deep-pockets craftsman intent on having a museum-quality restoration and the low-budget Romeo who drives a rare old-time beater because it helps him pick up girls.

    As one of our members says: “If you aren’t having fun, it’s your own fault.”

  • kall replied to the topic Fiberglass TDr top in the forum My Project 8 months, 1 week ago

    l added some photos of a few t-tops/hardtops to my media gallery.  What I am visualizing is a combination of those features, especially the incorporation of side windows as part of the swing up doors or snap-on panels.  Sadly, I don’t think I have the skills to create such a thing.

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