Dave, Ivan is aware of the build and hopes to see it in person soon.
A couple days ago I started the CV prep and everything ran smoothly. I guess if you do them enough it’s not that big of a deal and also not that messy...
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I finished the passenger side in no time...
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After I finished the drivers side I figured I would jump into the drivers seat while on the jack stands so I could break in the trans a little and go through the gears slowly. At the same time I would also adjust the shifting linkage to get it shifting smoothly. Well, I had already ran the car in the garage with the engine running smoothly but when I started it this time it was running on 3 cylinders. Checked the plugs, valves, plug wires, distributor, coil, fuel filter and so on. I could not figure it out. I was convinced it was the carb or one of the valves tightened up.
luckily for me my neighbor Mike Banks is a superb VW mechanic and helped me greatly with the DirTrix when I was having issues. Mike went to work on the motor and figured out something must have gotten into the carb sooooo...
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Mike cleaned out the carb and then adjusted the linkage a little so it would work a lot smoother...
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Mike put everything back together and she started right up again! He also adjusted the timing ever so slightly and she sounds like a dream again. Mike is very knowledgeable and taught me a few things as I am not a VW mechanic, I know my way around a motor but I don’t have the know how to do everything.
It was nightfall when Mike finished up so I will have to wait till today to take it out on its maiden voyage. It will only be a systems check on the engine, trans and plumbing and then of course fine tune the shifting linkage.
The light at the end of the tunnel is getting bright and we can’t wait to see this project complete.
Is that "Black Mike" he used to be from the South Bay area? He's been around VW's forever if its the same Mike.