Jörg the Beetle

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Crispy Fixin'
Born On:
16:46, 5 January 2019 (CST)
Last Updated:
14:27, 28 January 2019 (CDT)


I got a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle that hasn't run in 8 years for $700 (And Burned it down). I plan on doing a full restoration, however right now my focus is to get it driving so I can move it around without having to push it.

Things He Needs

  • New Carburetor again (Should be here 'soon')
  • New tires (Old tires seem to hold air for now)
  • Patched Floor Pans
  • New Coat of Paint (and paint on engine)
  • Whole New Interior
    • New Seat Upholstery (Back seats are in good shape)
    • New Headliner
    • New Carpet
    • New/Repaired Steering Wheel
    • New/Repaired Dash
    • New Rear Seatbelts

Things He's Got

  • Fresh Engine Oil
  • Fresh Fuel Filter
  • New Ignition Switch
  • New Hoses
  • New Pulley Belt
  • New Battery
  • New Spark Plugs
  • New Spark Plug Wires
  • New Distributor Cap
  • New Ignition Coil
  • New Ignition Condenser
  • New Fuel Pump and Push Rod
  • New and Freshly Broken Carburetor
  • A Fire Extinguisher to keep in the car

Week One (12/30/18 to 1/5/19)

I got the car and struggled with the carburetor and a vague electrical problem.

Big List of Stuff

  • Bought the darn thing
  • Put air in the tires
  • Travis helped me tow it to the shop with the towbar he uses for his Miata
  • Pressure washed the outside of it to get the 8 year old schmutts off of it
  • Pulled the old carburetor out
    • Tore apart the old carburetor in hopes of rebuilding it
    • Bought a rebuild kit
    • Became disheartened while cleaning the nasty old carb
    • Noticed that a brand new carburetor is only 30$ more than the rebuild kit
    • Returned the rebuild kit and ordered a new carb off of Ebay for $60
  • I noticed it had a vague electrical problem that caused nothing to work at all
    • Bought a new battery
    • Made sure all the fuses were good
    • Used sandpaper to get any oxidation off of the fuse contacts
    • Bought a can of contact cleaner and sprayed it on anything electrical
    • Noticed that the hazard lights worked
    • Tested continuity around the fusebox
    • Used a piece of wire to bypass the ignition switch and suddenly it worked
    • Bought and installed a new ignition switch
  • Now the electrical system works except for the turn signals and the passenger side headlight

Week Two (1/6/19 to 1/12/19)

I got the car running for a hot minute.

Big List of Stuff

  • Fixed the rest of the electrical problems
    • Turn signals and headlight had oxidized connections
  • New carb came in
    • Installed without a hitch
  • Noticed that the engine wasn't getting spark
    • Set the gap on the distributor points
    • Got and installed new spark plugs
  • Now it has spark but it isn't getting fuel to the carb
    • Found out there is a clog between the fuel tank and the fuel pump
    • Decide to deal with it later and run a hose from a plastic gas tank to the fuel pump
  • Fiddled with the carb adjustment screws until the car starts
  • Fiddle with it again until it idles
  • Go to bed eager to test drive it in the morning.

Week Three (1/13/19 to 1/19/19)

An engine fire ruined all of my work.

Big List of Stuff

  • Attached a plastic gas tank to the bumper using a ratchet strap
  • Fiddled with the carb a little more to get it to run smoother
  • Put it in gear and go for my first test drive around the block
    • After I got to the old firehouse on Dallas I saw fire in my rear view window
    • Killed the engine and jump out of the car
    • Ran to the shop to grab fire extinguisher
    • Norm Andrew and I ran over and put it out with 3 fire extinguishers
      • Luckily the 5 gallon gas tank didn't catch fire
    • Firemen showed up to clean up gas we spilled on the street while getting the gas tank away from the fire.
      • Luckily I didn't get a ticket from the Firemen
      • Luckily the fire didn't spread out of the engine bay
    • Used the tow bar to pull Jörg back to the shop
  • Cleaned up the engine bay some
  • Bought new belt and hoses and spark plug wires
  • Installed new belt and hoses
  • Installed new Plug wires and Distributor cap
  • Found and fixed the clog on the fuel line
  • Put the gas tank back in the car
  • Spliced new wires onto the burnt up wiring harness

Week Four (1/20/19 to 1/26/19)

I almost got it back to working.

Big List of Stuff

  • Noticed that it wasn't getting fuel to the carb
  • Bought a new fuel pump and a fire extinguisher to keep in the car.
  • Installed the new fuel pump
    • Now it gets fuel but no spark
  • Bought and installed a new Ignition Coil and Condenser
  • Set the points on the distributor again
  • It wouldn't start because the distributor was out of time
    • Set the static timing on the distributor
  • Engine make sputering and explosion noises when you try to start it
    • Seems like the crispy carb isn't carbureating like it ought to
    • Already had a new carb coming on the way again
  • Took off one of the valve covers and tried to set the gap
    • Set 3 of the 4 passenger side valves well, the rearmost valve is seized and will require Travis help.