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VDubGirl74SB

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here is a picture of what im missing under my hood? are they important? i purchased this car from a friend. he said the engine was just rebuilt. but i dont know what to think, it looks like its missing hoses. it runs pretty good. except when im at a stop sign it seems like it wants to die. I cant drive it cause i gutted it cause i am replacing the floor pan. and the interior. But I want to get the engine up to par in the mean time. This is my first bug, and i want to try to do most everything myself. the problem is! i dont know much about em. But i'm learning!! my daddy lives 1000 miles away and he can only help me so much over the phone. so im on my own.



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here is a picture of what im missing under my hood? are they important? i purchased this car from a friend. he said the engine was just rebuilt. but i dont know what to think, it looks like its missing hoses. it runs pretty good. except when im at a stop sign it seems like it wants to die. I cant drive it cause i gutted it cause i am replacing the floor pan. and the interior. But I want to get the engine up to par in the mean time. This is my first bug, and i want to try to do most everything myself. the problem is! i dont know much about em. But i'm learning!! my daddy lives 1000 miles away and he can only help me so much over the phone. so im on my own.

I HAVE A 73 SUPER BEETLE THAT I BOUGHT NEW IN 73 WITH WILL OVER 300,000 MILES ON IT.  IF I'M READING YOUR DIAGRAM RIGHT YOU'RE ASKING ABOUT THE AIR FILTER COVER AND YES YOU NEED IT.  THE GERMAN'S KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING WHEN THEY DESIGNED THESE GREAT ENGINES.  MY ADVISE LEAVE IT ALL STOCK.  REPLACE MISSING HOSES TUBING ETC.  IT IS ALL THERE FOR A PURPOSE COOLING ETC.   LET ME KNOW IF YOU'D LIKE A PICTURE OF MY MOTOR AND/OR THE DIAGRAM FROM MY OWNERS MANUAL.


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Ok, So.

Like Flash alluded to, paper air cleaner elements are not the best choice for a stock engine. While it won't kill you to run what you've got, it's not the best choice. You can safely use it while you find the stock air  filter hardware for your model, and then replace. This is a simple job and will probably only you to have a screwdriver handy to do the work.

Second, the hole is for the preheat line to help keep the carbeurator from icing over in the  winter. Since you are using an "el cheapo" paper filter air cleaner, you don't have one. Again, you're not killing it not having it, but if it snows where you live you'll have a cantankerous car in the mornings until it warms up.

Finally, the little tube sticking out is part of the emissions system I believe. not hurting anything by not being there but may cause a flag during emissions testing (if you have to do that and they do a visual inspection).



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In addition to what the others have said, make sure that there are no paths for air to get into your engine without going through the air filter, When I bought my kit car it had an aftermarket housing with a little paper filter, There was a hose connection on the bottom of the filter housing that appeared to be for the crankcase vent hose, Nothing was connected to it so it was sucking unfiltered air through this hole,

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Hi Sabrina,
welcome to the world of Volkswagen beetles...
these plastic air filters are rare in Australia..
mostly We had the black metal air filters...
and no small hoses...
 
The hot air from the engine and exhaust MUST stay under the engine tinware....
so all hoses should be blocked off to keep the engine cool..
 
You engine probably just needs new points in the distributor.
and Your engine won't want to stop at intersections...
although replacing the points is a fiddly job...
the distributor will need to be timed then with a strobe type timing lamp.. [Xenon]
 
If You can find a VW owner who could help You and show you what to do... would be a lot easier than reading books...
 
You should buy the John Muir Book called the idiot VW book..
 
it shows and describes just about everything to do on Your beetle...
 
You should buy a new set of points and a new fan belt
both NOT expensive at a VW shop.. like CIP1 etc..
 
its good practice to carry both these as spares...
 
I could list many things to do to your beetle...
but You can do them later...
 
Your beetle is a NON Super...
You need to grease the front end...
with lithium based Moly grease... only grease to use on a VW.
 
You need to jack the front off the ground then grease the front end and any other grease nipples you see under there..
until some of the old grease will come out....
 
cheers
 
LEE



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thanks so much for all of your responses! i really want to do this right! im not driving it until i have a mechanic look at it. so its just sitting pretty in my garage. unfortunately i moved to san diego ca, and i dont know any vw owners. but i will find some!! i used to drive a vw cabrio. the best car i ever had. but i had to retire it when i crashed into the back of a porche. it was rather easy to work on. but this beetle. i've never dealt with a car like this. it looks like a sewing machine! so simple yet hard to figure out. =) I thank you verrrry much you ur answers! i know who to turn too. =)
have a beautiful week.
VDubGirl74SB


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Hi again Sabrina
 
best to get new points and fanbelt and ask the Mechanic to install them while he's checking over the car...
 
Have a Good weekend...
 
its friday night in Australia already... lol
 
LEE
 
PS: I can fix Volkswagens but I cannot fix sewing machines... lol


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can anyone tell me about the dash on a 73 super beetle?  what are all the buttons for?

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