I had the pure joy of working on a vehicle I call the grease blob. This picture will show you why I call it such a name. I did a tune up on it and it left it's mark on my garage floor. I told Dixie that if I had waited any longer I wouldn't of had to pull the drain plug because it would have leaked all it's oil out. I changed the oil, fuel filter, pcv valve, air cleaner, spark plugs and spark plug wires.
I then turned my attention to Ed the bugs engine. I removed the sheet metal and checked things out. I pulled the engine to fix the oil leaks. I did a leak down test on it and quickly became discouraged. I new beforehand that I had 1 cylinder that was low on compression. It has been puffing out more smoke lately so that's why I decided to do the leak down test. I had 40% leak down on 3 cylinders and 18% on 1 cylinder. That really sucks. I had all my leakage from the rings. I heard no air coming from the intake or the exhaust so I am fairly sure the heads and valves are good. That has forced me to make some decisions. I could just fix some of the leaks and install it back in the car so I can make my deadline, I can send the heads off to be rebuilt and put new pistons and jugs in it, I can just install new pistons and jugs and leave the heads alone or I can rebuild the whole engine. I thought about it a lot on Saturday.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
It has been awhile since I posted any pictures on my "Enjoying the drive" posts so I figured it was time. I had a couple friends send me pictures of some bugs they had seen while driving on the road. Both of these pictures came from California where you can drive your cool cars all year long. That is really the only reason I would like to live in California. Ha Ha. Anyways here they are. This is a nice clean bug. Hard to find ones like this here in Utah.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I didn't really feel like it but I forced myself to go in the garage and pull the engine out of my bug. Luckily it didn't take very long and it came out easily. I am pulling the engine out so I can replace the leaking push rod tubes and change out some gaskets. Hopefully this will be worth it and I can have a VW that does not leak. Here are some pictures of the engine removal.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I have been going back and forth on how I want to paint my bug. When I first brought it home, I wanted to lower it, put older style fenders and bumpers on it and paint very subtle (ghost) flames on the hood and fenders. I have always wanted to keep it white. Well, over time I have gone back and forth on painting flames on it. I had finally decided that I would put older rear fenders on it, 67 front fenders (so I could still use the headlights that I have on it right now) and run older bumpers. I also decided not to paint flames on it. That was until I saw this picture!