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  • Pete
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    I’m going to try the 122’s again.  I cleaned out some “debris” from them so I should have reinstalled after clearing that out rather than jumping to the 128’s.  Live and learn.

    JWDII
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    Glad to here you are getting it sorted out Pete! I met Eric with the outlaw 58 this weekend at the farm. He is a nice guy with a beautiful car. My wife said it was her favorite car at the show. We talked some about your motor and how we both would like to some day see your ghia in person. I also seen Mr. Sain and spoke shortly on my way out with a Migraine. Good show and another great weekend at the farm.

    Pete
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    Erik was a HUGE help during my engine build.  Same for Scott…it’s nice to have experienced VW people around to bounce ideas and questions off of, and lend a hand when needed.

    I’d like to see Erik’s ’58 in person as well, and get my car to something outside of Charleston in the process.  Hoping I can have it dialed and tested to be confident to make the 2 hour drive to Orangeburg for Germanaire in November.

     

     

     

    dirtylawnchair
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    Hoping I can have it dialed and tested to be confident

     

    Dont guess.  This motor is too bad ass for guess work.  Tune it with a wideband to get the jetting as close to perfect as you can.

    https://www.amazon.com/AEM-30-4110-UEGO-Ratio-Gauge/dp/B00N3VGPYS/ref=sr_1_3?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1540394774&sr=8-3&keywords=wideband&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011wideband

    Pete
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    ^Thanks for posting that!  Timely too…..I literally just fired off a message to JB discussing this.

    Scott Sain
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    Hoping I can have it dialed and tested to be confident to make the 2 hour drive to Orangeburg for Germanaire in November.

    2 hours with your old engine. 75 minutes with the new one.

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    Andym
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    I ran a wideband on my air cooled.  it still wanted more fuel. And you can adjust one air/fuel screw and change it all..so your gonna be splitting hairs on counting your air/fuel screw adjustments.

    My Subaru swaps I don’t run them anymore. Just give it the fuel it wants and they run great.

    Scott Sain
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    I ran a wideband on my air cooled. it still wanted more fuel. And you can adjust one air/fuel screw and change it all..so your gonna be splitting hairs on counting your air/fuel screw adjustments. My Subaru swaps I don’t run them anymore. Just give it the fuel it wants and they run great.

    I don’t run one on my orange car. I probably should though!

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    Franz
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    Don’t be trying to lean your aircooled engine out to 14.7 : 1

    They need more fuel to stay cool. Something like 13.5 : 1

    Pete
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    I won’t.  I’ll gladly sacrifice a little power/mpg’s to run on the richer side.  As I understand the goal for ACVW’s should be 12.5-13 wide open throttle, and 14 (or less) at idle.  Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    Pete
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    Well, it’s still stumbling.  New plugs, wires, different coil, voltage regulator, new points, new condenser.  Moved fuel lines up from between manifold/shroud in case its vapor lock (it’s not).

    Going to pull the 019 and try an 009, but before I do that I’m going to try different idles/mains/air correction jets.  60 idle 122 mains seem big for a 1400cc with 26 vents.  Last plugs pulled were on the foul side.   Wideband came on Saturday so that should help once I figure it out.

    It’ll get there.

    Jb
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    I run 60’s in my 230hp 2332 🤔 seem pretty massive for a spiced up 36er. Before you mess with it more read that thread I told u about again and again until it makes sense. You will learn a lot by following John Connolly’s method of running around with main stacks removed completely to dial the idle circuit and then find your “tip in” point or transition to mains. You will probably have to change timing in conjunction. This shit can and will get you all stressed out but once it starts making sense it’s very gratifying. You got this pete💪

    Pete
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    Thanks man.  It’s a bit frustrating…want to drive it!  Got a bunch of jets/tubes on order from CB…should be here early this week.

    John Jones
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    have you tried some extra timing?  seems I ran mine pretty hot……

    The harder I work, the better I feel, sorta 😎

    JWDII
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    You will get it Pete. It is a learning curve for sure! It can be real frustrating. My car would run great and I would be smiling thinking I finally got it right. Then on the way home it would start cutting out and acting a fool, Piss me off real quick. I finally pulled my carbs apart and found I had a float deteriorating from age I guess. It was flaking apart and clogging up stuff. It would float around in the bowl until it got sucked in some where and cause me a headache. I cleaned them real good and installed new floats. It has been running good since! You will figure it out. Just try to change one thing at a time, so you can pinpoint what is making a difference.

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