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    Thanks for posting. We had a Westy years ago,...

    Thanks for posting. We had a Westy years ago, great for road trips! Looking forward to your next story:)
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    Installed some HD rear brake caliper brackets and...

    Installed some HD rear brake caliper brackets and fixed a slight gear oil leak:
    http://i63.tinypic.com/2hewx9f.jpg

    Still using the original bearings. They're lubricated with gear oil that seeps...
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    I decided to change the rear discs to studs,...

    I decided to change the rear discs to studs, instead of carrying multiple types of lug bolts. Stock VW's use a radius/ball lug bolt, while my CMS aluminum race wheels use cone bolts. It's a pain...
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    CSP Wasp Exhaust

    Got the CSP Wasp exhaust finished. It took a bit of experimenting to adjust and fit the muffler behind the brake caliper, between the valve cover and traction bar mounts and also clear the 6"-wide...
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    Just received a new pair of M&H street-strip...

    Just received a new pair of M&H street-strip tires. These fit nicely on my 6" CMS wheels and have excellent grip at the track. They test as being very similar to slicks, but they are street legal...
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    CSP parts has finally produced a tuned pipe and...

    CSP parts has finally produced a tuned pipe and muffler to match their Stage 2 stepped header. Since my old Magnaflow muffler has seen better days, I decided to order the matching pipe from...
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    Got the spoiler installed tonight without too...

    Got the spoiler installed tonight without too much difficulty. Had to drill four 5 mm holes into the bottom of the bumper. That 60's German steel sure is solid...I dulled one drill bit before...
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    Picked up a fibreglass reproduction of the Kamei...

    Picked up a fibreglass reproduction of the Kamei front air dam/spoiler that was sold for Beetles back in the 70's. This should help reduce lift at the front and improve stability at higher speeds...
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    Herrod Helper

    On windy days, I was finding that the Beetle was getting a bit wobbly on the drag strip at around 100 mph. Did some investigating and it seems the California drag racers and Bonnyville Salt Flats...
  10. Saturday, July 23rd - European Car Meet & Das Volks Show

    Saturday, July 23rd, Calgary, AB.
    Two great shows sharing the green space of beautiful Stanley Park:

    25th European Classic Car Meet:
    http://www.vsccc.ca/europe/eccm.htm

    Das Volks Show &...
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    Castrol Raceway

    Went up to Castrol Raceway for the Street Legals last night. On the very first race, a lash cap broke while shifting into 4th. I didn't have any spares with me, as this has never happened before. ...
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    Mid-Town Service: http://www.midtownservice.com/

    Mid-Town Service: http://www.midtownservice.com/
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    The aluminum oil cooler has six rows of tubing...

    The aluminum oil cooler has six rows of tubing inside with fins that direct the cooling air to pull heat out of the oil. This is the new later doghouse aluminum oil cooler that was required once...
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    Installed the stainless steel Wasp stepped...

    Installed the stainless steel Wasp stepped header. Here's #1 cylinder exhaust pipe starting out at 41 mm, then stepping up to 44 mm and then 48 mm:

    http://i64.tinypic.com/35he1jp.jpg

    #3 header...
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    I measured and cut the Logmech dual-tapered...

    I measured and cut the Logmech dual-tapered aluminum pushrods and re-installed the Scat rocker arms. Lash caps are used to protect the valve tips:

    http://i63.tinypic.com/2ufamv8.jpg
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    Here's a photo with the previous camshaft, which...

    Here's a photo with the previous camshaft, which shows the straight-cut cam gears. The oil pump (top left) is driven directly off a slot in the end of the camshaft. The distributor is driven off...
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    Oil pickup tube extension was made by brazing...

    Oil pickup tube extension was made by brazing pipe, to reach down into the bottom of the bolt-on deep sump:

    http://i64.tinypic.com/2n0ps9y.jpg

    The #3/4 cylinder bank has the oil galleries...
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    Here's the JPM Raptor camshaft with 10.8 mm lobe...

    Here's the JPM Raptor camshaft with 10.8 mm lobe lift (0.425") which combines with the Scat 1.4 ratio rockers to produce 15.1 mm valve lift (0.599"). The cam lobes clear the lifters just enough to...
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    The stock Beetle engine only use 2.5 litres of...

    The stock Beetle engine only use 2.5 litres of oil, which is sufficient for it's intended low rpm economy heritage. For high rpm racing, an aftermarket deep sump is required, and I'm using the Gene...
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    Shortblock

    Pulled off the pistons & cylinders to check the rods, lifters, camshaft, etc. Everything looked good with no excessive clearances anywhere.

    Inexpensive Mahle 94 mm aluminum pistons made in...
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    Porsche 356

    I look through thesamba listings periodically, but there aren't many 356's available at affordable prices . As mentioned above, your best hope is to find one from a widow or family that needs to...
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    Weber IDA

    Did some more research on jetting for the Weber IDA carbs, to improve 1/4-mile performance but still remain streetable. Next step is to change the emulsion tubes from F2 to F4. You can see the...
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    Porsche 356

    Ken King of Calgary is knowledgeable about Porsches and his company Concept 1 is located in Calgary. They carry various Porsche parts in their website listings. Ken knows what is involved in...
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    2016 Update

    After leaving the engine together for a couple years, I decided to remove the cylinder heads and check the valve train for wear and geometry. So far, everything looks pretty good. I wll probably...
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    Drag racing

    Made the trip to Mission Raceway, as part of the 24th Annual Great Canadian VW Show weekend. Managed to get four races on the drag strip, including a couple of 12.5-second ET's...best ever for the...
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    Update: replaced the old Weber IDA velocity...

    Update: replaced the old Weber IDA velocity stacks with a newer design from JPM. These are their Raptor stacks that create a smoother entry for the air flow, and also add a few cfm.

    The Raptor...
  27. Saturday, July 18th: Stanley Park, Calgary - European Classic Car Meet & Das Volks

    Stanley Park in Calgary will once again be the scene of these twin shows, with European cars & motorcycles of all types:

    http://www.vsccc.ca/europe/eccm.htm

    www.clubveedub.ca
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    Close To Home VW Show-May 3rd

    The annual "Close To Home" VW Show will be held tomorrow: May 3rd at Fifth Avenue Autohaus:

    http://i59.tinypic.com/22yttw.jpg
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    I've been using Manton chromoly pushrods in order...

    I've been using Manton chromoly pushrods in order to have sufficient strength at high valve spring pressure and rpms. However, in an air-cooled engine, the problem is that the aluminum heads and...
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    2332 cc engine

    Finally got around to installing the new stepped header. Had to do some cutting and welding to get the Magnaflow muffler setup to fit, and will also have to cut & weld the traction bar to fit. ...
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    Exhaust

    Had a lot of fun racing Street Legals at Medicine Hat, Rimbey (CAR) and Castrol Racway this summer. However, the Beetle is stuck in the high 12-second range for the 1/4-mile. Decided to upgrade the...
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    VW/Audi

    I've been a customer of Mid-Town Service for over 30 years. Honest mechanics, very reasonable prices, and top quality work on my current 1.8T Passat & 2.0 Golf, as well as previous Rabbits and...
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    Update

    Had the Beetle on the Dynojet at Concept 1 for some carb tuning. We experimented with different Weber IDA jets and ignition timing. Came up with a best jetting combo of F2 emulsion tubes, 2.10 mm...
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    Wheel Alignment

    Thanks. I'll give them a call. No luck so far, finding a shop that is willing to work on a small wheelbase, lowered front suspension on a 45-year-old vehicle!
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    Wheel Alignment

    Rather than start a new thread, I'll tag along on this one.

    I have a '68 Beetle with dropped spindles. Can anyone suggest a shop for a wheel alignment? I know Beetles are fairly simple to align,...
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    Weber IDA venturies

    Here's a comparison of the stock Weber IDA venturies and the aftermarket JPM Raptor vents. The new vents replace both the stock venturi and the auxiliary stack:

    http://i43.tinypic.com/2uokjrn.jpg
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    Weber IDA carb Tuning

    Ordered some new venturies for the Weber IDA carbs. These are from JPM in Sweden and should improve flow as well as dispensing with the stock auxiliary stacks. Also, should smooth out city driving....
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    New ET

    Went out to Mission Raceway and clocked a 12.6-second ET at 106 MPH...that's a new best 1/4-mile time for the Beetle.

    Also, made another trip to Castrol Raceway and pulled out a 12.8 at 106 MPH,...
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    Yes, that helmet is also what I have and I've...

    Yes, that helmet is also what I have and I've raced at Castrol several times this summer. I might see you there...
  40. July 20th - Two Car Shows - Stanley Park, Calgary

    Saturday, July 20th, there will be two Euro car shows held at Stanley Park in Calgary:

    The European Classic Car Meet:

    http://www.vsccc.ca/europe/eccm.htm

    Das Volks 2013:
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