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Gregg Strain

  • Well, I went to my local shop that has done my tires, oil changes and light repairs for many years, for my alignment. Toe in was acceptable as is, but the “technician” and I had a discussion about the camber adjustment. He insisted that the car did not any eccentrics installed and showed me what they were supposed to look like. I informed him tha…[Read more]

  • ”Surprise surprise!”, said Gomer.  I never knew shims existed for castor adjustment. I thought that whatever you had, you were stuck with.

    Once again, proof that this site is made for VW rookies like me. Thanks Gregg

  • Thanks for your timely help. Normally, I would be a little apprehensive about accepting information from somebody with a screen name of Crash55, but since you recommended Jim’s Custom VW – I knew you were okay! LOL.
    I actually bought a complete new engine from them 3 years ago as well as other parts. I think Jim and Amy are great and caring p…[Read more]

  • My donor car is a 69 Type 1 with a ball joint front end. Handling is rather squirrelly around 60. Based on what I know so far, the ball joints are tight and the tie rod ends are good.  Tire pressure is 17/24 front to rear with radial tires. Steering damper looks good, but I have a new one on order.  I’d like to check the steering gear box and at…[Read more]

  • I have a FF TD with a newly assembled VW duel port that runs too hot.

    I have provided an air gap around the fake tire cover, changed the main jets to a much richer setting and added the rear apron tin. The last two were the most help. Has anybody installed “cool tins” under the cylinders to divert more air around the heads instead of the cyl…[Read more]

  • The VW instrument panel had a charging warning light, but with a generator charging system, it’s presence was not critical for the system to charge. Some generator cars did not have a warning light as they were equipped with an amp gauge as an upgrade. On an alternator equipped VW, the light must be working as it signals the alternator to c…[Read more]

  • Very, very nice on the dash! It looks like you did a lot of work and redoing until you got it the way you wanted. (I like the gold!)

    Just a question. I saw that you are changing the incandescent lights  to led’s. Is one of the two to be used for the charging light? If you’re using a VW alternator, that bulb must be an incandescent bulb for the…[Read more]

  • I’ve found going to a marine canvas shop is the best bet. These places are familiar with making custom tops because of the variety of boats on the market. I was quoted for a new top for mine with side curtains for $400. I will using my old bows, but they can make those too. All kinds and colors of material. Everything will be fitted to my e…[Read more]

  • There is a photo in my album of my dash before I added the labels. I’ll try to put a fresh one in this weekend.

  • When I bought my FF TD 3 years ago, the only circuit that worked was the brake lights. The dashboard was some sort of fiberglass panel that about 15 previous owners managed to modify in some manner. It was just a mess and absolutely no relays which caused most of the switches to fail. I did find a manual for FiberFab and I had the original wire…[Read more]

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  • Gregg Strain replied to the topic Fiberfab top in the forum Classifieds 1 year, 11 months ago

    One thing to consider is the snap placement on your vehicle. A custom made top may or may not be a good fit, even if it’s the same kit manufacturer. It may depend on the type of frame you both have for example – two bows or three and where they’re mounted. Even the MG Magic kit requires you to install the snaps on the top, because of where the ind…[Read more]

  • Gregg Strain replied to the topic Fiberfab top in the forum Classifieds 1 year, 11 months ago

    I agree with Crash55 about going to a marine cover maker. My car is in Port Clinton, Ohio (Lake Erie) and the number of businesses is very huge. I’m having a top done next week and they have good ideas on making it more convenient  than the original. The boat people are constantly making tops for an extreme  variety of marine craft and have a sel…[Read more]

  • I had a similar problem with my VW adapter.  I took it to a machine shop and they shortened it by two inches. Cost was $20. I also changed to the VW van turn signal assembly because the stalk sticks out straight and is not angled like other models. I felt the switch was going be too close to the wheel and I would hit it while turning.

    its all good! Gregg

  • David, I sent you a private message. We’re off the subject here!

  • David, Thanks for responding. In your opinion, is the MG Magic bracket close enough to your design? I have thought about fabricating a steel ring to bolt onto the opening and fastening the bracket to that. But I can see what you did to reinforce would work. I’m risking the hijacking of my own post, but I was concerned about running hotter than I w…[Read more]

  • Kall, I am aware of the fiberglass “hat”, but I think that was available after CMC took over FF. Apparently my edition is older and has no mention of the hat. I suspect that the engine cover is the same as yours, but the hat was available to you and not for my particular kit year.  Thanks for responding and if you want to sell your lid, let me k…[Read more]

  • I have a Fiberfab TD powered by VW with a fake spare tire on the engine cover. I guess it’s fitting that a fake car should have a fake tire! I like to carry a real spare on the rear cover. The subject is not covered in my Fiberfab manual. I know that MG Magic has a bracket that can be used on the rear engine cover – anyone using it?

    My question i…[Read more]

  • Gregg Strain replied to the topic Lights in the forum General Discussion 2 years ago

    David, I was lucky to find a marine panel that was divided into two 6 fuse sections plus an additional section for grounds. Biggest problem for me was the two speed wiper motor.  VW’s original wiper switch was unique Fiber Fab’s answer was to make it single speed and ignore the parking circuit. I figured something out to make it work corr…[Read more]

  • Gregg Strain replied to the topic Lights in the forum General Discussion 2 years ago

    I had so many issues with my original wiring I just had to gut it and start over!

    Some problems I’ve had with the headlights.

    1. Switch burnt out.  My original wiring did not use relays. So the headlights, which pull a significant amount of power was routed through the through the switch, causing it to fail in time.

    2.  The glass fuse hol…[Read more]

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