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  • #258316
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Still, you “drove it today”.  Congratulations, the finish line is within sight.

    #258317
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    You all must now refer to me as “The Scooby Dude.”

    #258318
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Ed. You mean instead of singing “Do be do be do” we have to sing “Sooby dooby do”?

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #258319
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Yo, Scooby Dude!! Congrauf@&*ulations. You hava accomplished what very few would ever consider. ????

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #258320
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Scooby?

    Not “Sooby”?

    I do believe, to be true to your Scandinavian roots, the proper name should be “Sooby Dudeson” (pronounced with a long “u” and three syllables, Dud-e-son)

    Congratulations!

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #258321
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Blog

    There is more video but I can’t upload it yet since Vimeo limits me to 500mb per week. Ain’t that grand?
    Paul: Scooby is the current name the kids use. Hip, “street” yo. But I think your idea is more in keeping with my style.
    Make it so.
    #258322
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Hey everyone! I’m closing in on this and maybe need some club help. Does anyone have any “dash bulb holders” and/or 1.2v bulbs for the original Beetle. The bulbs are these and the holders are these (except I want the spade connector if you got). I know, cheap and available but with shipping and all I just thought I’d beg for them from you guys first–especially since I could swear I bought a bunch extra of these 2 years ago when I did the dash rebuild but can’t locate now…

    FYI what I want them for is the “Check Engine” and/or “temp” indicators from the Suby ECU. Right now I have check engine glowing brightly on the center cluster but I’d like to remove it to the speedo–maybe where “GEN” is now next to the turn signal indicator. Smaller. Subtle. I’d put the oil or temp light on the cluster where it would likely never be seen. . . 
    Let me know if you got a spare to sell.
    #258323
    Royal
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    @royal

    Ed,  it sounds like you are in the nip and tuck phase of your swap.  I must say that I am impressed with your persistence and especially your ability to poke fun at yourself in admitting to simple and silly  mistakes that we all make.  

    As you wind down, I am going to miss reading your blog.  Thank you for allowing us to share in your exploits.  
    I’ve done a lot of major (as in sledge hammer, chainsaw, and saws-all) old home remodeling and have always said that remodeling is much harder than building from scratch.  The sound you hear is applause from New Bern, NC.

    #258324
    john barry
    Participant

    @jebarry

     right on !

    Thumbs Up
    #258325
    Dale Schumacher
    Participant

    @schu

    Ed

    I don’t have any of the above but have a local VW repair guy that does a lot of parting of old bugs etc. and I am sure he has the stuff you need. I can give him a call ( I can stop by on my way home most any day but today ) and see what he has laying on his shelves. Anything else you need?
    Also – just finishing up my ride – need to replace brake fluid and maybe front pads and I am back on the road. Looking for a day trip to verify all is good – may make a run to your place soon if you need some support.
    PM me 
    #258326
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Ha, thanks, guys. Yeah too, Roy. Done a bit of the house-remodel myself. I actually love that stuff. Or rather, I love being able to say I’ve done it, when I’m all done afterwards. I did granite floors, counters and back-splashes and a barreled tin (copper-painted) ceiling in my old condo kitchen a few years back. Refinished cabinets, made others. Did an old-tyme-looking brick veneer wall. Really came out cool and I think my out-of-pocket was in the $4-5k neighborhood, including appliances. 

    So here’s the latest on the sorting. She’s a-throwing codes now but not too badly.

    #258327
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Schu–for sure. And no rush on those lamps. If I never get them it won’t make a lot of difference. 

    I only could use one as my “temp” wire needs the Suby gauge to function. It won’t work with a light, Tom Sheils confirms. That means I only have one extra light wire to find a light for. And frankly if the “check engine” light doesn’t find a home on the dash–or if I ned to double-wire it to the oil lamp–life should probably progress.
    We’d love to see you. I think we’re booked at the next door neighbor’s place on Saturday, but I’m sure you’d be welcome. We’ve got some beer and a grill. They have the pool.
    #258328
    Peter C. King
    Participant

    @bdriver

    Ed,

     

    Have you don’t anything to your transmission to handle the increased torque?

     

    BDriver
    #258329
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    No, I just got rid of it. But I paid a professional VW trans rebuilder $1,100 to make me one with hardened keys, welded 3rd & 4th, Super Diff, HD side cover, all new hardware & synchros and a 3.44-to-1 ring and pinion.
    edsnova2014-08-02 08:28:39

    #258330
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Pretty long ride this morning trying to make her overheat. She did not go past 190 and the electric fan came on as designed. I cleared the old codes out & am about tio get back afer my punch list after doing a bunch of household chores.

    My current odds on having a setup that can make it to VA Beach in two months are 50-50.
    #258331
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    working on the fan shroud again. Gonna be a pain because I’m going to use the original Suby overflow bottle. Pondering things now. But in the mean time I made it official>

    #258332
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    I love it…that’s great Clap

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #258333
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Today was “drive your hotrod to work day” at my work.

    That’s Bridget on the 4th floor of the Baltimore Sun parking garage. My commute is 18 miles–farthest single swing yet since the engine went in. She is in no way ready for prime time (interior panels still missing, along with carpet, the top, side curtains, passenger seat…) but too nice a day to leave her home.
    I also wanted to test my fan shroud. The morning drive, with no traffic and ambient temps in the low 70s, was no test at all. She cruised in at 180 degrees steady.
    On the way home, in rush hour traffic and 80 degrees: trouble. Slow poking meant 190, then 200, then 210. When traffic opened up she was fine. 
    Figured the fan wasn’t turning on, and I was right. She topped 212 at the last jammed area. I ended up shutting the engine down at a stop light to keep the temp gauge from climbing higher.
    Got home, popped the hood, found one of my fan wires had slipped out of the spade end and shrink wrap. 
    Soldering them all back in after dinner.
    Then I think we’ll be OK, mostly. Just a lot of cosmetics and wood work and upholstery to do over the next couple weeks, with three caveats.
    1. the front main seal is dicey. She drips a little oil there. I’m gonna try to get the rest of the season out of her before getting the part and doing the job, if possible.
    2. the trans leaks out the reverse switch. I think I have a pipe plug for that though. Just a matter of reaching into a very tight space to get it socked in.
    3. Very possible she’s got a little exhaust leak at one or more of the welds. Got some burble on the downshift and a code from the ECU that suggests this possibility. Mike should be able to get that squared away though.
    So all-in-all I am relatively confident.
    I reserved a parking space at Lime Rock for the Historic Festival on Saturday, 8/30. Still hoping to see another TDr snuck in the “British” Corral.

    edsnova2014-08-14 19:26:38

    #258334
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Front seal is easy. Replace the oil pump o-ring and washer while you’re in there. Use the grey RTV on the pump when she goes back together.
    Congratulations on a job well done !!!

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #258335
    john barry
    Participant

    @jebarry

    Thumbs Up looking  good

    #258336
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Ed, I’m proud to say I know you. I even bragged to my super mechanic brother about your swap. He’s not easy to impress, but he was (impressed – that is).
    Thanks for the memories.

    #258337
    Mike
    Participant

    @mike-n-scarlett

    Very cool Ed. All I want to do is polish and drive mine. I have seen some very neat things on this forum.Good work man!

    #258338
    HappyJack
    Participant

    @happyjack

    Hey Ed,

    Hmm…..I wonder if I can find some symbol to put on Emma’s big-engined behind that would be half as impressive as your “Sooby” logo…..GREAT JOB!!!!  I’m betting that the odds for Va Beach are up way passed the 50-50 you predicted back on 2 August!!!!!!
    Well, it’s off to the garage to start  Emma, warm her up and adjust/sync her carbs……..and praying that the oil now stays in rather than on the engine……
    Hey fellow TDr’s — lets see how many TDrs we can get to the show in Va Beach this year!!!!!  I for one NEED to see the end result of Ed’s adventure in creating motoring history……..
    Happy Jack
    P.S.……..plus Ed, you always have “Plan B” a.k.a. “tow bar trip to Va Beach” — maybe not the best option, but still would “get you to the dance”

    Happy Jack
    "EMMA" Red BCW TDr on 1971 VW w/ rebuilt 1641cc
    Dual Kadron, mild street SCAT cam and lifters Hide away exhaust and headers
    "MANYPENNY" White CMC TDr '78 Ford Pinto components w/ 1988 Mustang II 4 cyl w/ Weber

    #258339
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Yeah Jack! I think VA Beach is a probable go. Tow bar a distinct possibility, depending on the weather forecast. We’ve been really lucky our first two years. Hope it holds but I do have a plan B.

    And I am very keen to see your car and the adjustments made for the huge mill.
    May all your oil stay in the engine and all your gas flow through the carbs.
    #258340
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    OK, so I got in a traffic jam on the way home today so I could not take B on her first Cruise as a Sooby. Got out to the garage around 9 to put the ground strap on the transmission. My theory was that lack of that ground is what’s making my turn signal lights hinky if I use them with the parking or headlights on. Turns out that was wrong. But I was proud of my using the strap–it’s a braided steel thing–as a sort of poor man’s torque strap. I screwed it to the set bolt I used to temporarily (before it got welded) hold the subframe I made for the trans mount to the frame horns, then found a trans bolt that stretched the thing just shy of its max. All on the passenger side, which I think wants to lift up under acceleration.

    No sign of it, and I have revved her in gear. But still I thought I was pretty slick.
    Noticed the welds are still bare, so I got out the rattle can for a bit of rust-proofing. SHook her up, crawled under and let ‘er rip.
    Then turned on the flash so I could show you-all my mad skillz with
    Chevy Orange Engine Paint?! DAMMIT! The cap on the can was black!

    edsnova2014-08-15 22:09:20

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