Friday, June 14, 2013

Fuel Pump - '64

Fuel Pump Defloweration.

I'm not sure how people always document blow by blow step by step write-ups of crap when they work on them.  I get so wrapped up in my own head and with what is in my hands that I forget to take pictures or anything.  Knee deep in Pierburg bits, I look at my watch and realize it is 11PM and everyone else is in bed and I'm alone on the porch with a beer and the dog!

But then again, alone on the porch is where I can get the most done.  My little helper does not understand why I don't want her near the cleaners and sprays.  The dog is not the little helper, by the way.

Here, the German Pierburg that is now on the car, is rebuilt and in the foreground, and the Brazilian Brosol APG-Pierburg is in the back.  They are direct replacements for one another, and therefore there shouldn't be an issue with using the German unit on the car and keeping the Brosol as a spare.  It is an early Brosol anyway, which on the coolness meter is shy of a proper German Pierburg, but light years better than the filter-less non rebuildable Brosols and Bocars (Mexican) mostly available today.

The Brosol, by the way, lost its fuel outlet tube (that little brass tube sticking out of the top of the pump at an angle, Stephen) when I pulled the pump from the car.  In the top pic you can see the Brosol sans outlet tube.  I just cut the hose off the pump and took out the bolts and pulled it from the engine, and then while it was literally just resting in my hand, the stub of fuel line left after I clipped it and the clamp and the outlet tube itself just fell out of the pump!  Literally just fell right out.  The brass fittings are known to work loose as the dissimilar metals wander around against each other over the years, or so I've heard.   I've never seen the fittings come loose by hand, but now I'm a believer.  It happens.  I knurled the brass fitting with pliers and reset it in the pump with a few taps of the hammer.  Job done.  I'll have to check the carb inlet tube fitting also, which is the same press fit style.

Actually, now that I think about it, the spare Solex 30PICT1 carb for the bus dropped it's inlet fitting while I was using it as a trouble-shooting diagram for rebuilding the carb on the Bus.  So of the 5 press fit tube fittings I have available to me, the three fuel pumps and two carbs, 40% have failed. Check your press fit fittings people, and safety wire as necessary!  I averted a fire waiting to happen, maybe you all can too.

I am now out of rebuild kits for the fuel pumps too.  Wolfsburg West is out also.  Waiting lists again!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inventory - '64 Bug

So what are we looking at here?    Well this is a 1964 Bug, with the original 40 horsepower engine.  From looking at the notes on the car it would seem that it has been resprayed, had the clutch replaced, seats recovered, and carpet replaced, and otherwise it is original I think.  

Solex 28 PICT 1 carb.

Engine view, wide angle.  That is a Brosal Brazillian made fuel pump on there, but it is a rebuildable unit like the Pierburg's.  I have another Pierburg so I'll freshen that one up and then rebuild the Brosal for a spare.

Under the dash.  This is the upskirt shot.  Most of this would be behind the black panel you see in the foreground.  

Awesome original door panels.  Oxide Red.  I really like Oxide Red interiors.  And with the Pearl White exterior, it has to be one of the best color combos.

Da seats.

Birdsong!  I can call off the dogs looking for a plate frame, or I could have, until I remembered that I have one of these frames now and two VW's!

Spare.  No washer bottle.

Speedo.  (1)56071 miles.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013