Page 1 of 7 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 65
  1. #1
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    46,360
    Location
    Central florida
    Tractor
    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default in the market for an old vw bug

    any bug affictionados here?

    anything ai need to look out for other than the normal rotted out floor pans.. and rusted out front suspension.. brakes..e tc.

    I've done SOME research.. have seenthe mroe rare split and oval rear windows.. wetc.

    have seent he later mex units..e tc.

    what's the deal witht he electromagnetic clutch I have read about? and early units are what? 4 spd.. vs 3spd later? 61+??

  2. #2
    Super Star Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    15,746
    Location
    Missouri
    Tractor
    Kubota, John Deere, Case, Massey Ferguson, Ford

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    I should know more about them as my brother was a VW mechanic for many years and once took three cars he had in his shop and put them together for me when that was all I could afford. It had a 68 body and 71 motor I think, it was red, blue and gray and cost $600 which included a compete overhaul. All the ones I drove back to 61 were four speeds, stay away from the automatics and ones with fuel injection which came about in the 70's and the ones with AC had some problems.

    According to my brother the Mexican units were made in their original form long after the ones in the US were "upgraded".

    I loved the old things, I had two, but the prices for good ones around here are outrageous. I also have become accustomed to heaters that heat more than your feet and defrosters, for fun though you can't beat them. He still has an old sand rail somewhere out at the farm I think.

    I would ask him for some pointers, but he never answers his email and his work hours are crazy as he is gearing up for retirement. Good luck.

  3. #3
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    46,360
    Location
    Central florida
    Tractor
    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    yep.. i want a carb and manual.. no auto sticks.. ugh...

  4. #4
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    312
    Location
    Ottawa, Ont
    Tractor
    Ariens

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    the electric clutch was operated by a pressure sensor in the stick shift ...
    sensed the hand on the stick, disengaged the clutch, when you lifted the hand , the clutch engaged by itself ( without stalling the engine )

    bugs had 900 CC 1100 1200 1300 1500 1600 engines ... no oil filters but did have an oil screen.

    heater boxes rusted out quickly ( ran down the sides in the rockers )

    engines were rated for 300,000 miles before rebuild

    trannies were rated for only 150,000 miles

    came in BUG (type1) bus (type2) fastback and squareback (type3)

    type 2 and 3 had suitcase (pancake) engines ,,, type 1 had the doghouse cooling system

    biggest mechanical problem with type 1 was the front tranny mount to the body ( thunk when shifting ) , followed by the 2 biscuit tranny mounts

  5. #5
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    46,360
    Location
    Central florida
    Tractor
    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    thanks for the info.

  6. #6
    Epic Contributor MossRoad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    22,513
    Location
    South Bend, Indiana (near)
    Tractor
    Power Trac PT425 2001 Model Year

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    You going to keep it in stock form or modify the body for off-road looks?
    MossRoad

    Click On My Little Tractor
    To See Pictures And Videos
    Of It In Action!!!


  7. #7
    Super Member 2LaneCruzer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    5,695
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Tractor
    John Deere LX172

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    thanks for the info.
    I've owned a couple, and my daughters both had bugs when they first started driving. My first one was a 70, and although it was rusted badly, I really enjoyed driving it. It was great down town, I could get around quickly and it was easy to park. It ate a valve one day and I traded it to my mechanic for and engine overhaul on my daughter's car. She had a Superbeetle; lost an engine when the cut off on the carb malfunctioned and filled the crank case up with gasoline. Lost second engine when she ran it out of oil. My other daughter wrecked her Superbeetle convertible, I inherited it and when I had it restored, I ordered a Weber carb and it ran like a champ.

    My biggest complaint, other than the poorly functioning heater/defroster, was the continual maintenance. You had to keep the valves adjusted, the clutch adjusted and as I recall, the brakes were manually adjusted. But they were fun. Putting brushes in the generator was a fun experience also...
    Have Wings, Will Travel.

  8. #8
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    46,360
    Location
    Central florida
    Tractor
    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    Quote Originally Posted by MossRoad View Post
    You going to keep it in stock form or modify the body for off-road looks?
    stock / on road for sure.

    I myself wouldn't mind a sun-bug or dune buggy.. but i'd never get the wife in it..

  9. #9
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    46,360
    Location
    Central florida
    Tractor
    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    i think i'll have to rig up something other than the spare tire to run the ww sprayer though. my wife uses the ww's alot.. the spare would constantly be empty..

  10. #10
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    766
    Location
    mansfield,Il
    Tractor
    john deere

    Default Re: in the market for an old vw bug

    Had a Kharman Ghia in 72 . Great little car in the snow , but the defrost left alot to be desired .

Page 1 of 7 1234 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Name this bug ??
    By wdn in forum Rural Living
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 08-13-2013, 08:04 AM
  2. What is this bug?
    By tile in forum Rural Living
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 10-30-2007, 07:51 PM
  3. What is this bug?
    By Robert_in_NY in forum Related Topics
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-18-2007, 08:26 AM
  4. US Market vs Grey Market Mitsubishis
    By sschriber in forum Mitsubishi/Satoh
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-12-2006, 11:53 PM
  5. Grey Market, Cheap Market...... What's the deal?
    By GMO750 in forum Buying/Pricing/Comparisons
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 10-08-2003, 08:59 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2013 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.