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Vroom

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I bought my 71 super beetle a year ago.  within 3 months i paid more on repairs that I did on the car itself.  Not that I am complaining, I love my Otto.  However, I am about to start graduate school and I wont have the money to constantly fix parts that break down.  My question is:

What sort of upgrades can I do now on my car that well keep it running smoothly with minimal repairs to come.  I've heard I can replace the points with something automatic (I forgot what it was called) so that I wont have to worry about constantly checking them.  Any suggestions would help!  Thanks!


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It's a good idea to replace those points with an electronic ignition. I've installed a Pertronix that is awesome.


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oil system with a true filter, gets you away from the 1000 mile oil change intervals

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I bought my 71 super beetle a year ago.  within 3 months i paid more on repairs that I did on the car itself.  Not that I am complaining, I love my Otto.  However, I am about to start graduate school and I wont have the money to constantly fix parts that break down.  My question is:

What sort of upgrades can I do now on my car that well keep it running smoothly with minimal repairs to come.  I've heard I can replace the points with something automatic (I forgot what it was called) so that I wont have to worry about constantly checking them.  Any suggestions would help!  Thanks!



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Yes, You get the pertronix kit to fit your distributor
You will need the number off Your distributor..
once these are fitted, they don't need to be looked at again...  lol
I bought a new SVDA DISTRIBUTOR from aircooled.net in the USA.. You can buy them complete with the pertronix fitted..
also see the cheaper version... hot spark.com in the usa

and having a proper oil filter lets You change the oil at longer intervals..
 as they should be done every 1000 miles...
and the strainer inside the sump cleaned each time..
the tappets need to be done every 2nd or 3rd oil change...
best to learn how to do this or get another vw owner to do it for You.. its fiddly but not that hard.... lol

check out ; rob and dave's shade tree mechanics at for full info--
http://www.vw-resource.com/

cheers

Lee in Australia







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bob

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I recommend that you buy a magnetic drain plug.
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68autobug

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Hi Bob

I see them on gearboxes all the time but not normally on an engine.
not much to pick up in an alloy engine with alloy pistons.
it won't hurt anything and I don't know if they are readily available?
I did hear of a fellow who put a few very strong magnets on the sump plate

to catch anything that is attracted by the magnets.
they could pick up pieces of the oil pump if the gear chipped, but never heard of it.

a spin on oil filter that bolts to the oil pump is a good idea..
can extend the oil changes slightly. and it should pick up everything

cheers

LEE


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I usually change my oil every 2 to 3 thousand miles and having a magnetic plug does make a difference, I use magnetic plugs on all my vehicles, you would be suprised.  I used to think you should change your sump filter every 3 oil changes but now I leave it alone. Changing your oil frequently and when the engine is hot is the best way. I have a stock 1600 dual port and drive in the city, for off road applications its your choice.
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Hi Bob
The oil strainer lasts just about forever although it should be cleaned at each oil change.  and Yes I found out early this year about changing the oil when its HOT.. 
I had been driving around town and the engine wasn't getting hot
at all and when I took the drain plug out.. a spoon full of water came out..
so, its hot oil changes from now on... lol
I also change My oil when it looks dirty.. lol  which isn't long usually..
I also wipe out the sump and tappet covers when changing the oil so it won't go dirty too soon.. lol
I've just started to record when I change My oil..

cheers

LEE in Australia




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Hi Lee
After the engine got hot and removing the magnetic drain plug to do an oil change, I found out there was nothing on the screen to clean, so I dont bother anymore, plus those studs just get loose and you run the risk of pulling the studs out when you tighten up. I installed 6mm hex bolts to replace the studs and a lock nut for the fixed stud holding the oil sump plate. If you strip out a stud I think your only choice is to use an 8mm tap and stud instead.

Bob in Florida
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