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68autobug

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Yes.
Friday night at 8pm, and just leaving MacDonalds carpark when My beetle just stopped.. and would not restart...

All My 11 LED torches/flashlights were all safe at home...
My first guess was the electric fuel pump or relay that switches it on. located under the fuel tank.. they checked out OK..

I couldn't see anything without a torch/flashlight so I rang My Son who lived nearby to bring a light...
We tested the power going to the relay and fuel pump and no worries...   so, We had a look at the engine... with a light..
the fuel pressure gauge showed We had 2 psi of Gas...
so, it wasn't that... [ I had forgotten about that gauge]\
I disconnected the High Energy Ignition system and plugged the New condensor in and screwed it back onto the dizzy...

The engine started first go...
so back to the kettering ignition system,, lol

for a while anyway...

I have a new SVDA Single vacuum dual advance 034 Distributor to install in the future..  also a pertronix pointless kit to fit too..

I just need to change the position of the oil coolers and place them under the car... out of the engine bay..

My beetle is going like a rocket... lol
and i'm back using standard unleaded fuel..
and getting better economy and power.... LOL ???

cheers


LEE

PS: So it still pays to carry a condenser and leads about..
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at least it was a simple fix, and the car wasn't still stuck.

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Lee: Putting the oil cooler under the engine?   Aren't you worried that it will get fouled with road gunge?
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I've had mine under the tranny for more than a year and in this position I can run it without a fan and haven't had any issues with road debris



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Although I have never had any problems with my old Allison ignition system, I still carry a spare set if points and a condenser... just in case. But on the bright side, if you hadn't been able to get it running at least you wouldn't have starved with the McDonald's close by As for the oil cooler, my question would be, why move it if you have a doghouse system. But where I live we never really have a problem with overheating unless something is wrong with the engine anyway.
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Although I have never had any problems with my old Allison ignition system, I still carry a spare set if points and a condenser... just in case. But on the bright side, if you hadn't been able to get it running at least you wouldn't have starved with the McDonald's close by As for the oil cooler, my question would be, why move it if you have a doghouse system. But where I live we never really have a problem with overheating unless something is wrong with the engine anyway.
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HI
I did have a doghouse oil cooler.. but have changed back to the original fan and housing..

I have experimented with other types of remote oil coolers... {don't ask why?? lol}

I now have two thin oil coolers I will be mounting out of the engine bay.. but NOT under the actual engine...
in front of the engine..??  gearbox??

maybe I should have left the doghouse oil cooler etc in and wouldn't have to go and experiment again.... ??  lol

this should be the last time I'll have to touch the oil cooler parts...

Since then, We now have a local McDonalds
so I won't need to drive 20 miles to have a Big Mac.. lol...
or drive My beetle... 20 miles to Maccas..??

I'll have to find another reason to drive My beetle to that town... lol

and I now carry a few torches.. new LED types and even have one that fits on My head..
could be very handy... lol


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Good to hear that your still motoring on there Lee. All that messing with oil coolers is liable to get your hands dirty though! LOL The only time I used an external cooler is when a buddy if mine convinced me to switch to a larger tube style cooler and put it under the rear seat of my VW Thing with a fan behind it so as to blow hot air out and heat the car...HAHA I had to run the gas heater on high just to make up for the cold air from the cooler as it never got hot in the winter... But in the summer oh man, I couldn't pull that thing out of there fast enough. Even with the top down it was HOT in that car. Ever since then I've had a doghouse cooler with working thermostat, keeps everything nice and cozy.
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Hi Olspeed
well, I haven't changed the oil cooler as yet.. lol
its been too hot most of the time, and when its not too hot.. I like to drive My beetle.. lol

YELLRHD
any chances of a better pic of Your oil cooler under the gearbox..?
I have a CB performance extra sump which has a finer oil strainer in it...
so its the lowest part of My car...

I should have left the doghouse oil cooler I had next to the engine... then all I would have to do, is add a bit of hose and fit the other oil cooler..

summer is just about finished now...
although We've just had a late burst of summer weather..  next week its not supposed to go over 26c and the nights under 15C..

its midnight now and the outside temp is still 25c.. I took My dogs for a walk about 1130pm
and they were puffing when We got back home..
also have a bit of humidity because of rain we had a few days ago..
dogs don't like it, neither do I.. lol

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This may be a better shot



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EXCELLENT PHOTO  YELLRHD

Much appreciated...

would be an excellent position for the oil cooler...

many thanks....

I wonder if mine will fit just as easy.. lol

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Boy YELLRHD you must have a better set of roads than we have up here! How much clearance do you have there... looks to be about 4 to 6 inches? If it was on my car I'd be cleaning porcupine needles out at every oil change and most likely more often. It does look like it would be a good place as no fan would be needed and it would definitely get the heat out of the engine compartment.
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it would be probably the lowest part of the car...

I may not put mine there as i do live in the country..

and I wouldn't want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere..
but it helps Me think of a similar location...
I did have My doghouse oil cooler next to the RHS tappet cover for a while.. in the winter...
so, I don't know how cool the oil was getting...

I really don't like the way doghouse coolers are made...
naturally, they were made to fit where they are..
I have a couple of coolers like that one YELLRHD...
nice and thin...  I do have a large aftermarket oil cooler for a beetle but the only place I could fit it was over the fan shroud...
and then I couldn't close the engine cover... lol

gives Me something to look at...

the highway here has dead Kangaroos on the road at times...
and occasionally wombats...  which is the size of a sheep with short legs and Very heavy in weight...
like hitting a Pig...   Yikes...

usually , they don't move when you hit them...
even when dead....  they can do a lot of damage...

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The rear sway bar actually covers most of the leading edge.

There is more like 7-10" of groung clearance as my super isn't lowered in the rear.

Here is a member on Superbeetlesonly that made a cover for his



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Well Yellrrd with 7" to 10" is OK but those ol frost heaves that we have up here could still get ya. I've bottomed out my 4X4 plow truck (14" at the skid plate)at 55 on the old glen. And some of the parking lots with the pot holes would scare ya plum to death also. I must say though that the work that the guy did in the pictures is a DARN fine job.
Lee I have never seen a kangaroo or wombat alive or dead so I don't quite know just how much damage they can do to your Bug when they play chicken. But up here the little procuies are the least of our worries... you always try to dodge them but they are slow and with oncoming traffic... and it''s almost always on a turn... well some times they get an unintended crew cut. But what we worry about the most in the summer and winter are the moose (size of a VERY LARGE cow anywhere from 1200 to 1400 lbs or larger) plus they have VERY long legs so when you hit one, they have a bad habit of coming in the front windshield and landing on your lap Plus they can be stubborn and not want to move and are not afraid to sometimes charge a locomotive let alone a little car with a beep, beep horn... I'm sure the folks in Canada and the northern States have an idea of what I am talking about. Anyway not a good match for a Bug.
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well, We don't have any Moose wandering about over here..

but some of the Kangaroos are very tall...
and they also can go thru the windscreen...

My beetle is slightly lowered at the front....
so I do have to watch out for concrete barriers in car parks etc..

but the rear is standard...

if it was a perfect world, with nice flat roads everywhere.... lol
it would be great...  but normal roads in towns can have really huge dips or speed humps...

plus I just bought a Suzuki Swift car, and it is very Low...
and they also sell them with body kits that make them like two inches from the ground.... YIKES...

back to VWs...
well the winter is here for tonight.. anyway.. so the cooler weather is on its way... soon I will be looking for the sun to do any work in.... instaed of looking for shade... lol

at least no snow..... or blizzards etc....

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