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  • Derek replied to the topic Juneybug MG TD build in the forum My Project 5 years, 2 months ago

    If you’re not afraid to get dirty and do some glasswork then I would say glass is a piece of angle iron to bolt it to. That way it can spread out the stress across more of the firewall and will strengthen it at the same time?

  • Derek replied to the topic Narrowed Front Beam in the forum VW Based Kits 5 years, 2 months ago

    Alright, that’s good to hear. I have seen some more narrow, but they are definitely more expensive than the standard 2″. 

    My wheels are some cheapie aftermarket EMPI knockoff and I think the offset is a little different than a stock rim so that might be throwing it off as well as the tires being a bit low on air when I measured.

    I have some real…

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  • Well I don’t have any to put toward the cause but I would be happy to buy a set if they aren’t exorbitantly priced. Seems like he’ll have an easy time beating out the competition though!

  • I can help once I get home and get some more detailed info but for now this may help.

    This is the diagram and This is the key. You will have to ignore the other wiring for now and just trace the turn signals. 
    As for the ignition, I believe one should be ground, One should come from the battery and one go to the starter? Double check that on the…

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  • I can tell a difference of reverberated noise between top down and top up, the package shelf definitely amplifies some noise within the passenger compartment. I have something similar to dynamat that I got at a local auto audio place. It’s almost a dense rubbery tar type texture with the foil backing. I have it in the back of my squareback and it…[Read more]

  • Derek replied to the topic New Owner in the forum Car Registry 5 years, 3 months ago

    Welcome! For the engine side of things pick up a John Muir Idiots Guide to keeping your VW alive. That will be useful for the engine and most of the mechanical side of things.

  • Derek replied to the topic Fuel Pump Pressure. in the forum VW Based Kits 5 years, 3 months ago

    Well some improvement is better than none! I always hate when I am chasing a problem and replace things that don’t actually affect anything! 

    Ouch! Hope your hand heals quickly!!!
    With the float level, you may not have to adjust it, but make sure the little plastic retainer is in the right way. See this picture for how it should be. I put mine in…

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  • Well that’s good to hear, would have been no fun to do a rebuild all for a little brass tube eh?

    You can probably pick up a new one from the Samba classifieds, shouldn’t be too hard to find I wouldn’t think.
  • WOW! That is interesting, mine was seated pretty dang good and I would have to use pliers to pull it out whenever I cleaned the carb. How loose was yours?

  • Derek replied to the topic Conversion in the forum General Discussion 5 years, 3 months ago

    Well I have a type 3 Squareback and you would probably have to run a complete t3 motor, or at least get all the t3 cooling system. The way the intake manifolds run would interfere with the doghouse shroud I think. Plenty of options though including mega-squirt ECU and various throttle bodies. Lots to read up on and I hope to convert mine to FI one…[Read more]

  • Derek replied to the topic Fuel Pump Pressure. in the forum VW Based Kits 5 years, 3 months ago

    I’d try running with the new pressure for a while first. I’ve never had to mess with the float in mine.

  • Derek replied to the topic KYB GR-2 shocks in the forum VW Parts for sale 5 years, 4 months ago

    Dang, I just bought some of those new a couple weeks ago!

  • Derek replied to the topic New Shifter in the forum VW Based Kits 5 years, 4 months ago

    That there is perty! Approve Gotta check them out now!

  • Derek replied to the topic Overheating..Tins in the forum VW Based Kits 5 years, 4 months ago

    I would agree with Kent, you don’t want to seal up the firewall as these cars do not have the air intake like the original beetle has. I would make sure you have all engine tins though and also make sure your oil cooler is not clogged (both the inside where the oil is, and the outside incase there is a rats nest or something blocking…[Read more]

  • I say go for it, just make sure to measure lots and label all the wires. I had to completely rewire my car when I got it, I based it off a used beetle harness, but it’s not too difficult of a job if you take it wire by wire. When you do it you might want to do the loom in sections (so that it can disconnect in a few places) to make it easier to…[Read more]

  • I actually had a top made for mine locally. When I bought the car originally it had all the hardware but the original top was rotted and torn. I took it to a local small canvas shop. They did a pretty good job, rear window is a little off but unless you’re looking you’d never know. Cost about $300 so I’m happy with it.

    Spend a little time checking…

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  • I’ve got a Weber progressive on my 1600DP and I’m not getting any pinging. I got mine from ACN ( and had them jet it for me based on my altitude. My main circuit is leaner than the secondary. The reason for this is smooth cruising on the idle circuit but more power on the secondary. ACN has some good tech articles if you want to…[Read more]

  • Welcome!

    That is indeed an interesting engine you have, there is no way to tell if it is a 1600cc or not without a teardown but the top half definitely has some modifications. I would love to know what that carb intake is and why there seems to be an extra oil cooler.
  • Derek replied to the topic Ground Points in the forum VW Based Kits 5 years, 5 months ago

    Yes you need the ground strap, otherwise the current will have to find its way through things like throttle cables and various things not made to carry power.

  • I think Paul’s plan is brilliant. Spike is right, that seems to be how it goes whenever I can’t find something and buy a new one.

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