Jeremy's '59

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Postby crimson ghost » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:23 pm

Looks awesome =D>

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Postby tlambert » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:35 pm

=D>
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Postby jeremy » Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:25 pm

Just wrapping up some loose ends but the POS is just about ready roll. Test run the 1200 the other day. It ran alright. Probably could use some fine tuning but I could get it to start right up after it warmed up. Installed it. Fixed a pin hole in the gas tank. Ran the fuel lines. Adjusted the clutch. Installed the starter. Just need to put the hood on, try again with the windshield (fingers crossed) and bolt the wheels and tires back on. Maybe I'm counting my chickens a little early but hopefully I can drive around the block in the next couple days.

Here's some short video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGS-_ezp94M

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Postby jeremy » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:14 am

It's alive. I still can't quite believe it but I just got in from taking a test drive around the block. That's the first time it's moved under it's own power in close to 20 years. It's not perfect but it is solid again and driving. We couldn't get the windshield in quite right so we left that as is for now. Primed the fuel system and put the tires on. Dropped it down, turned the key and it fired right up. The oil pressure and gen lights went out, pushed the clutch in, found first gear and it was off to the races. Shifting needs a little tweek but I could find all the gears and it shifted pretty good. Brakes work good and even all the lights work. Man, I still can't quite believe after all the work I put into this thing it actually drives again and I did all of it in the garage. I'm pretty stoked. Feel like hoping in it and driving into the sunset.....if it wasn't aready dark out.

Here's some cel phone video. Not the best footage but you get the idea. Just ignore my buddy's commentary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_x6oUmcEvA

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Postby tlambert » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:46 am

Nice, good feeling when you get that first drive. =D>
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Postby Franz » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:05 am

Just in time for summer crusing.

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Postby Slow Steve » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:26 am

SWEEEEET! Everything done by you in the garage, awesome! I bet it felt good taking that first cruise.

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Postby jeremy » Tue May 10, 2011 10:13 am

Met up with a local aircooled club for a bit of a cruise to the beach last week. Been driving the car lots actually. It's needed a bit of tweaking but nothing major. What a hoot to drive though. Needs some dynamat. It's pretty loud. Still need a headliner, some luggage compartment carpeting, and a few odds and ends to tidy up. Then a bigger engine. 1200cc is ok but......

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Postby slammed and shiny » Tue May 10, 2011 12:45 pm

i love this car. super clean. and just enough rake. Smile
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Postby jeremy » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:21 pm

Did a little drag racing last summer. Don't blink or you'll miss it. Don't mind my wife. She was a little excited. Check out the two guys in the bottom left corner having a good laugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WUsEMJNYnw

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Postby Omar67 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:11 pm

Great job man, congrats!
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Postby jeremy » Tue May 14, 2013 1:34 pm

Sorry long post. Since I've had my beetle back on the road it has had a problem with wandering all over the road. I keep the steering wheel straight and the car would start to veer one way so I would compensate slightly and half a second later off in the other direction it would go. Seemed to have play in the front end. The tie rod ends looked original so over the winter I decided to replace all four of them. While I had it apart I reamed my spindles and flipped the outer tie rod ends. I also added a steering damper. Set the toe in at 1/8" and off I went. Well it's fucking worse than it was before the mods. It's all over the road. So I check the back wheels and set them for 1/8" toe out like I've read, adjusted the play in the steering box with the screw on top of the box and off I went again. Same problem. Seems like any variation in the road sends it off in one direction or the other almost violently. I realize it probably needs a professional alignment but something else seems wrong with it. Could the steering box be fucked? Seems the worst when steering is centered. Maybe the worm gear has worn out in that position? My steering box doesn't seem to have the axial adjustment on the end of the shaft. Just a round plug. No big jamb nut or funny inset bolt. Any ideas? Not too fun to drive right now.

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Postby DaKine » Wed May 15, 2013 3:42 pm

I had the exact same problem with my '58. It was a scary ride! I tried messing with the screw on the box like you did but it didn't do shit except make the steering tighter as I drifted all over the road.

I had all brand new stuff, tie rods out too, it was a worn out steering box. Got one from Cip and its tight as hell, it's like a whole new car.
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Postby jeremy » Tue May 21, 2013 10:20 am

Thanks for the response. I think I've nailed it down to that. I took the steering box out and took it apart, lubed everything and put it back together. Seems better but not perfect. Sounds like it's time for a new steering box.

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Postby Franz » Tue May 21, 2013 11:56 am

Make sure that your steering box in its center range of motion, when the steering is centered(car rolling strait)

If your not on the "apex" of the steering box, you will have excess steering play. If the steering box is adjusted too tight, you can feel the box get tight as it rotates towards the apex(center range of motion). You may have to adjust your tie rod lenghts so that the car rolls strait with the steering box centered.

Also, how is your rear toe measurement? Could be getting some rear-steer issues from that too.


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