dune buggies and hotVWs April 2019

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2019 vintage vw events

Are you ready for the 2019 VW show season? Did you make a list of the events to attend? Did you plan a road trip to another state? How about your beloved Volkswagen? Checked the brakes? Is the fan belt good and tight? Is the engine oil clean and topped? Did you buy some spare parts to keep your ride healthy? Ultimately, is your VW ready to roll and have some fun? It looks like there will be many VW events all over the states and the world waiting for you. Just looking at the coming events alone is fun and exciting! If you are a hardcore Volkswagen enthusiast with a penchant for the vintage scene, 2019 will be a “big year”, as you will have the opportunity to witness major vintage-oriented…

flywheels, dry sumps &’73s

Flywheels Recently, you ran an article on flywheels, and really did not define the differences and interchangeability of O-ring and stepped flywheels. One of the vendors recently told me: Just change the flywheel to 12 volts; grind the bellhousing and all is good. Many run the 6-volt starter on 12 volts without an issue! I have replaced a lot of those non-issues. There are starters available at the click of a mouse that are 12V, with 6V gears. I guess these are custom made. Others have said: Just send out your 6V and it will come back with a 12V gear; then you can start grinding the bellhousing and install the 12V adapter bushing or a stub starter. How can the O-ring flywheel be used on a 40HP? Please don’t tell me to grind the…

2019 naias auto show report

Once again, it’s time for our annual update from NAIAS, the North American International Auto Show here in Detroit, one of the greatest auto shows in the world. Volkswagen has been known to display vintage vehicles here alongside their modern counterparts, and this year was no exception. An homage to the last production year of the Beetle, they gave us Max, the black 1963 Beetle from the ad campaign of ten years ago, “It’s What The People Want”. Talk about sending off the Beetle in style – Max was getting more attention than the Final Editions on the floor! Volkswagen is scheduled to stop making Beetles later this year after an impressive 21 year run, the longest of any retro car. The Beetles shared the floor with several Golf Rs in an…

fuel lines

In the hot ass town of Redding, Taxafornia (Did I say that?), I see more engine fires caused by American fuel lines than any other reason. Why’s that? First of all, it’s the wrong size. A German hose is 5mm or 7mm. An American fuel line is 1/4- or 5/16-inch. Granted, it’s easy to put on. So, I see guys put it on and crank down a hose clamp. Does that work? Kind of, but let it get hot then see if you can pull it off. More than likely, you can with ease. Secondly, if you look at the German line it has a braided cloth on the outside. American line has a braid but it’s in the middle of the hose. “So what?” you ask. When rubber gets…

back in 1961

So, 1961 was an interesting year in Bus production. But before we talk about that model year, we need to back up a bit. Starting on August 1st, 1955, VW introduced the model year. Prior to that, any VW was simply the year which it was built. The first ‘56 models were no different from the 1955 models, but in the coming years, VW would save more and more of their changes for the model year change. The easiest one for VW was the color changes. This made no difference to the performance of the car, so it didn’t really matter when it happened. Other changes, like mechanical improvements, would happen in the middle of a model year if VW believed it was too important to wait for the model…

auctions: a buyer’s market?

At the beginning of every year, the collector car scene sets their sights on the auctions in Scottsdale to test the waters and see the first glimpse of what the market might bring for the year. Like it or not, the investment values of the cars are something that matters in our world today. As the values climb, the more these cars become a commodity and the focus of ownership can change. There are many out there that see this as a bad thing for the hobby, but I truly think from a “bigger picture” view it is something that helps the hobby greatly. On a personal level, the rising value of your collector car can mean a lot for you and your family. I can recall several instances where…