Sonntag, 22. Februar 2015

Enjoy the Sun - while it lasts...

This afternoon the sun came showed up, so I grabbed the Volksback for a cruise to the "Classic Remise" in Düsseldorf. Nice cars for insane prices...
Talking 'bout insane prices, did you notice the fuel prices in Germany are rising again? But - what can you do:
Wishing everybody a good start into the next week!

Mittwoch, 11. Februar 2015

Power is nothing without control...

... somebody famous said - I think it was a Pirelli commercial :-)

As this is also true for the new powerplant, I ordered a Kennedy clutch set from CSP:
This includes the Stage I pressure plate, cushion lock clutch disc, screws, throw-out bearing and assembly tools :
In the upper left corner is the adjuster tool for the clutch cable's wing nut ( I was always to stingy to buy this helpful tool, but as it was included in the set I am glad I have one now ...)

Also, I ordered one of their full flow adaptors, because I might need it later :-)

Hopefully I can start the assembly soon!

Sonntag, 8. Februar 2015

A short trip in the sun - or: where is the OBD 2 port?

Today I took a short trip with the Volksback. The sun was out and the streets were dry.

I passed the newly renovated VW dealership in Essen and took a pic:

I think that during weekdays none of the employees would even know this is a Volkswagen anymore...
My guess is, they would immediately start looking for the OBD 2 port :-)

Here is another pic:

Well, the good thing is: This is an aircooled VW - so there is nothing to fix!

Sonntag, 1. Februar 2015

IRS swing arm assembly stub axles and wheel bearings

After too long time I finally had some hours in the garage today. The plan was to assemble the stub axles into the swing arms. As the dismanteling was too long ago, I had to check the internet for the correct assembly order of the bearings etc.
This is what I started with:

Luckily I found a nice picture on the pacific customs website which was a great help, together with my repair manual:

I used all new hardware, bearings, seals to make sure it will last for a long time.
Step 1: Thorough cleaning of the bearing seats ( I used some fine 3M emery cloth):

Step 2: Insert the ball bearing from the rear and drive fully into home position:

Step 3: Insert the C-clip:

Step 4: Insert the seal and put a light coat of grease to the lips:

Step 5: Put a liberate amount of grease inside the housing:

Step 6: Put the small spacer onto the stub axle and insert it from the back

Step 7: Put the large spacer over the stub axle

Step 8: Assembe the roller bearing on the front. Then stack up the inner race of the roller bearing,  the front spacer and use another long spacer (if available) onto the stub axle.

Step 9: Use the crown nut to pull the stub axle into home postion:

The next steps would be: Assemble the brake backing plate; slide the thin O-ring over the outer bearing; mount the bearing cover including new oil seal.

Unfortunately I have no IRS bearing covers in my parts stash, so I need to find a set before I can continue...