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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by Jon65 on Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:18 pm

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Jon65 wrote:Discovered that my alternator is shot again. Sad

My alternator on Obugga just went out a week or so ago.  Finally got around to changing it today and the new one doesnt work....

What was the issue? Was it putting out too many volts? Because I've had that happen to me before when I replaced an alternator before.

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by Jon65 on Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:21 pm

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Jon65 wrote:Discovered that my alternator is shot again. Sad

Do you have something else going on?

I think what the problem is that I've had the belt too tight and it's caused the bearings to wear out too quickly. It's just taken me 2 new alternators to figure it out. Embarassed 

I'll just throw this one to experience.

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:23 pm

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Jon65 wrote:Discovered that my alternator is shot again. Sad

My alternator on Obugga just went out a week or so ago.  Finally got around to changing it today and the new one doesnt work....

What was the issue? Was it putting out too many volts? Because I've had that happen to me before when I replaced an alternator before.

The one that went out was barely charging....very dim glow of the generator light all the time and 12.somethingvolts........ The advance one that i purchased for a future project just flat out didnt charge....

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by pwmcguire on Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:20 pm

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Jon65 wrote:Discovered that my alternator is shot again. Sad

Do you have something else going on?

I think what the problem is that I've had the belt too tight and it's caused the bearings to wear out too quickly. It's just taken me 2 new alternators to figure it out. Embarassed 

I'll just throw this one to experience.

I realized that I did that on my last  alternator. Embarassed  It almost looks too loose now, but my alternator light functions fine
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by fluxcap on Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:18 pm

I didn't want to spend the $225 - $275 people are asking for new ladders on thesamba, so I decided to make my own so I can reach whatever I decide to carry on my new roof rack I got from Tanbug.  

Took a good bit of time for my first try, but now I know how to do it if I ever need to do another one.  Probably have a total of $25 in it for the tubing, steel plate for the hinges and hooks, hinge pins, and some drill bits.  

Getting a few pieces tacked in place


skeleton is done


Crimped the ends and plug welded some hooks to the top to grab the bottom bar of the rack (similar to how original HWE ladders are made)


Now I had to add the outer hinge plates and then cut it in half  Shocked  This is where I was scratching my head for a bit, but I went for it.

Hinges are on, belt line support arms added, and a little rattle can paint.  All done.





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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:42 pm

Nice work Eric! Looks really good!

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by fluxcap on Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:15 pm

Thanks Bryce!

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by pwmcguire on Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:21 pm

That looks great. You better stock up on material, people will want that.
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by bakertim2 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:55 pm

Well done. I like the design.
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by fluxcap on Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:20 am

Thanks guys. The style is pretty much a copy of the HWE racks that were offered back in the day. I wasn't able to get the 90 degree bend at the bottom without the tubing kinking, so I just put gussets down there for strength, wish I had someway to get tighter bends.

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by pwmcguire on Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:24 pm

Made and installed a headliner in the center of the roof. It turned out awesome.

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by fluxcap on Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:43 am

Looks good! What kind of material is it?

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by pwmcguire on Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:04 am

It's fleece, it cost about 20 dollars to make. I used it because it stretches and it's cheap
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by ASBug on Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:54 am

Got the carpet kit installed in Jenny, need a black tunnel carpet for a beetle or a Ghia... It was missing.
Got an under dash 8 track installed in Jenny and listened to The Eagles Live" from 1975 on the way to work this morning.
Need to tweak it a little, but it was nice to listen to some vintage 8 tracks. picked 12 of the best and put them in the small case.
Need to mount some front speakers, because with the rear glass folded down the sound is really muffled.
Thinking about a really small amp for the install...
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by Muffler Bearing on Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:06 pm

Scrubbed the bus with Ajax. He sure is white now!! Dull but white.
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by damon23 on Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:08 pm

Finally got the brakes done. New rotors up front, rebuilt calipers and a used but good master cylinder and brake booster from bug eyed. Bleed them and now have good clear fluid throughout the system. Need to get down the road a bit and do it again. Even with power disc brakes they stop but nothing like our other cars. I did notice a leak at the bottom of the master cylinder where it mounts to the booster so I'll probably just put some gasket maker on it until we can get the origianl booster and m/c rebuilt. Kind of cool that they are dual piston calipers but non vented rotors was strange. One would think that a caliper rebuild kit would come with everything you need to rebuild the caliper. The ones I got had the inner seal, outer seal and washers for the caliper bolts. At least should have had the two little seals for the fluid passages from one side to the other. One question, why would the passenger side have two bleeder screws and the driver side only have one?

Going over the electricals now. Found a couple bad fuses so all the running lights work. While bleeding the brakes the brake lights worked great. Today, nothing. The turn signals do not work but when I move the lever or turn on the hazard lights both dash lights just stay on so I'm thinking the flasher is bad. Slowly but surely it is getting there. At least it runs great now.

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Post by ridikas on Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:40 pm

Swapped out the old air filter in the rabbit.

With a K&N air filter! The change in filters is very noticeable.
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by pwmcguire on Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:37 pm

fluxcap wrote:I didn't want to spend the $225 - $275 people are asking for new ladders on thesamba, so I decided to make my own so I can reach whatever I decide to carry on my new roof rack I got from Tanbug.  

Took a good bit of time for my first try, but now I know how to do it if I ever need to do another one.  Probably have a total of $25 in it for the tubing, steel plate for the hinges and hooks, hinge pins, and some drill bits.  

Getting a few pieces tacked in place


skeleton is done


Crimped the ends and plug welded some hooks to the top to grab the bottom bar of the rack (similar to how original HWE ladders are made)


Now I had to add the outer hinge plates and then cut it in half  Shocked  This is where I was scratching my head for a bit, but I went for it.

Hinges are on, belt line support arms added, and a little rattle can paint.  All done.





Here is an original

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1656867
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by damon23 on Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:44 pm

Found the problem with the lights. Headlight switch is bad. Pulled the top off again for painting and tent install. If anyone has pointers on procedure of install I'm all ears. It's coming along to where she can drive it. Front brakes still feel like they are not grabbing all the way but that may just be the way it is. No leaks, no air in the lines and a firm pedal. Once I replace the headlight switch and button up the fuse panel I'll look into why the rear wheel is having a camber issue. Any ideas would be appreciated on that as well. Getting close.

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by fluxcap on Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:05 pm


That's nuts!!!

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Post by DOODLE BUGG on Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:07 pm

Guest wrote:Drove car first time
but needed gas

that car looks awesome
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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by fluxcap on Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:02 pm

Got my hitch the other day from jeremyrockjock.  Installed it tonight.  I got a bus cause I wanted more room, but now I hate having in cluttered up when we are driving on long trips, so now with the roof rack and bike rack, I won't feel so cramped,  Laughing 

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics.  


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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:50 pm

Nice! I have been wanting one so I can pull a small trailer with....just haven't pulled the trigger yet

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by fluxcap on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:00 pm

It's really well made and fit great. I think it will hold up well. It was a little tricky to install the first time since it replaces the stock bumper brackets, but the mounting brackets have two pieces, so if you ever need to remove the bumper/hitch, you can just remove the lower part and leave the upper mounts attached to the frame. That way you don't have to readjust or realign it when putting it back on.

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Re: What did you do to your volkswagen today?

Post by ultralite on Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:13 pm

Washed and waxed tonight, too late for a pic though. And tried a gel coat patch on the roof, have to look tomorrow to see how it turned out. The other day I adjusted and bled the brakes for the first time for me on this VW.

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