... about my 1966 Volkswagen Fastback

This Blog is about the restoration and adventures with my 1966 Volkswagen TL "Fastback"
Dieser Blog ist über die Geschichte der Restaurierung und Erlebnisse mit meinem 1966 Volkswagen TL - "Fastback"

Mittwoch, 12. Oktober 2016

Instrument cluster installed!

This weekend I spent a lot of time with the Fasback. I installed the instruments, changed the oil for the first time on the new engine, checked and repaired the horn - as it it didn't work anymore and found the cause for the annoying knock in the front beam... A clamp screw for a ball joint got lose and moved up and down in the spindle!

Oil pressure sender installed:

the vehicle side harness, ready for final assembly:

This is the final installment of the instruments:
It is a bit hidden, but when I am in the driver seat I can perfectly observe what is going on.

Dienstag, 4. Oktober 2016

Vital signs

With a "hot" motor, it is important to know what is going on inside. The oil temperature and pressure are the vital signs of each motor. So I ordered a set of gauges from Werk 34 - for a real competetive price! and a gauge pod I found on e(vil)bay to mount it into the Volksback:

This will be attached below the radio, so it is not THAT obvious, but I can take a look, whenever I want

All electrical connections are routed to a single 6 pin connector, so I can remove it easily for service - or when it has to be hidden for any reason!

Samstag, 24. September 2016

Dorsten 2016: Jetzt doch!

Hallo Blogbesucher,
diesmal ein Deutscher Beitrag! Entgegen ersten Ankündigungen findet am Montag, 03.10.2016 jetzt das Käfertreffen in Dorsten doch statt!
Hier der Facebook Eintrag:
Hallo Zusammen!
Nach langer Überlegung findet unser Jährliches Käfertreffen nun doch statt. Leider können wir dieses Jahr nicht dabei sein. Trotzdem wollen wir euch das Treffen im Rahmen des Herbst und Heimat Festes der Stadt Dorsten nicht entgehen lassen. Aus diesem Grund findet Dorsten 2016 in einer "Light" Version statt. Ohne Rahmenprogramm. Kommt einfach vorbei!!!

Sollte das Wetter mitspielen, werde ich hinfahren, es ist ja schliesslich der traditionelle Saisonabschluss!

Donnerstag, 15. September 2016

CSP equipped

During the engine assembly I used some old rocker covers which were leaking, unfortunately. So I ordered the set with the least complaints from all the aircooled guys I know, the CSP covers.
During assembly I became aware that the Volksback is now heavily equipped with good CSP stuff:

Montag, 12. September 2016

Budel 2016

After a nerve wrecking journey we made it to Budel on Saturday. Finally, perfect weather in Budel (I remember a lot of rain in recent years!) - but the overall number of spectators was not so great?
On the bright side, it only took a few minutes in the queue for frites!
Anyway, we had fun and enjoyed the day, here are only a few snap shots:

Mittwoch, 17. August 2016

Decent fuel consumption by the turn of a (4) screw!

On the maiden voyage the fuel consumption was definately too high with 11,95 l/100km! A little tweaking of the 4 mixture screws reduced the fuel consumption to 7,81 l/100 km - this is what I expected...
Again, I want to exchange the venturi's for bigger ones, then a professional tuning is planned!

Donnerstag, 11. August 2016

New engine: First feedback

The Spa trip was the first real test for the new engine. Overall I'm stoked, it runs great, it rev's really quick, the sound of the CSP Python Exhaust system is great (maybe a little too loud... - or am I getting old?) The Weber carbs run o.k. out of the box, but the fuel consumption is currently way too high, The carbs need to be tuned and maybe re-jetted...
One thing was bugging me - an oil leak! I paid so much attention during assembly to get everything leak free that I was disappointed to find some drops of oil under the engine.
A closer inspection led to the distributor as the source of oil - after removing it, I knew why there was a little oil:

I simply forgot to assemble the seal on the distributor shaft! Hopefully this was the only leak and I don't have to worry about oil stains any more!