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After I (more or less) finished my 1966 Volkswagen Fastback the "Volksback", it was time for another challenge, here it is!

Dienstag, 10. April 2018

Project update

The Streaker deserved some love, after it wasn't used much for quite some time. I wanted to fix some issues which bugged me since long. As I've learned by watching Roadkill - Making a list is always a good first step:

One of the problems was the rattling drop glass on the driver door, whenever it wasn't fully shut. New window scrapers had to be installed. The outer scraper is part of the chrome frame:

As there was another little issue on the driver door, this could be fixed at the same time:
The door card wasn't assembled properly, it bowed out on the top:
So, the whole door was disassembled and the new frame and scrapers were installed:
(Note the important plastic foil barrier to keep water out outside and away from the door card)

After the door was finished and the glass is now rattle free independent of the position, it was time to remove the exhaust for cleaning, de-rusting and new paint:
No matter which "heat resistant" paint you use, after a while, the header always looks like this...

It looks tons better, I am curious how long it will last this time:


The oil sump had 2 stripped threads, which I heli-coiled (sorry, no picture) and then the stripes were added. This is the realisation of an idea which is already 2 years old, but finally I got around and made it.
This is the initial sketch of my idea and a color scheme:
Even though it isn't exactly as shown in the sketch (because it was just a quick job with no measurements or a picture as basis, the contours are a little different between drawing and real world) I think the outcame is o.k.:
Maybe the next time the width of the stripes shall be a little smaller...

Then it was time for TÜV - it already expired in December of 2017 - 2 years after I got the Streaker back on the streets. Time just flies!
So, today I had an appointment with a positive result - 2 more years on the road!
I really enjoyed driving the Streaker today, but I noticed how much I missed some music on board, so watch this space for more stuff to happen - before the 1st of May Hannover meeting! Also, the roof rack and possibly the light bar will be added soon, so stay tuned!

Samstag, 30. Dezember 2017

Roof rack - final assembly

As mentioned in my previous post, here is the final assembly description for the roof rack:

Brackets clamped onto the lateral beams:




Clamps assembled to mount the roof rack:



The full picture will follow later, there will be more to be seen!


A quick update, before the year is over...

The Streaker didn't receive a lot of love during this year, it just worked as expected and I used it from time to time. 2018 will be a different game, I have a lot of plans and already ordered / prepared some modifications. This will be the 1st time ever I will actually visit the Maikäfertreffen in Mai in a beetle! 
The addition of a roof rack is something I planned for a long time, but now I found the lateral beams and the roof rack itself and I already designed and fabricated a sturdy fixation system:
Top: The brackets to to affix the clamps onto the lateral supports
Bottom: Clamps (originally for hydraulic piping) some special nuts and hardware to mount the clamps onto the lateral supports, clamping the roof rack itself
The nuts (metric wood nuts with the claws removed) will be sandwiched between the the rack and the supports

The clamps will afterwards be mounted onto the brackets, allowing the roof rack itself to rest sturdy on the Streaker.

Sounds complicated? Well, a few pics of the finished article will follow soon...

Montag, 27. März 2017

34 PICT 4 carburator

While I was totally frustrated due to issues on the Volksback, I took some time on Sunday to finally dial the PICT  34 in. Initially, I always made a mistake during the tuning, so I messed every time. I tried it several times for the last months - but made the same mistake again and again. Another deep dive for info on the internet enlighted me and now I can say it really runs nice - finally!

Samstag, 11. Februar 2017

New beam: done!

Yesterday afternoon I started to prepare the donor beam. The tabs to attach the front bumper had to be welded on and more important, I literally flooded the whole inside of both domes with cavity wax. This beam should last forever!
As the manuals say, re-assembly in reverse order, which was a doodle with exception of inserting the leaf springs (a highlight, every time again) and I also struggled to re-install the speedometer cable! Somehow the rubber plug in the spindle didn't allow to feed the cable deep enough, then it didn't move at all. A lot of pulling and swearing resulted in this:

The first ~15 cm outer "skin" ripped off! Using it in this condition would result in almost instant death of the cable. Well, I always have a lot of spares in my garage, but a speedo cable isn't something you expect to need now and then. So I had to fix it. Luckily I have several rolls of heat shring tubing material in different diameters available, why not give it a try with this. It should seal in both directions, no water can ingress and no grease can egress.

Here is the cure for the cable:


In the background you can see the remains of the rubber plug. This is something I had in my spare parts stash:

The rest was done real quick, the beam got another coat of wax from the outside, then I just checked if all screws were properly fixed, the grease nipples were used to press out any old grease and a final visual check if everything looked good.

This is the result of all the work - nothing looks different than before, but now all is safe and rust free again!
On the bright side, none of the involved tools will catch any rust soon, as this was a messy, greasy affair!

Mittwoch, 8. Februar 2017

Organ donor

Donating an organ is always a generous gesture - of course, in real life even more important than in a hobby, but, I am thankful to receive a really perfect condition donor beam from the "Blaumann" project!

Currently I am removing the tar-like coat, which helped this beam to survive without any issues!

And the transferred money is for a good cause - An investment in the "Blaumann"-stance. A win-win situation!
Oh, and seriously - get one of these!

Samstag, 4. Februar 2017

Never trust anybody - at least if someone sells used car parts...

One of the very few items I did not overhaul by myself during the restoration of the Streaker is the 
front beam.

At that time, a used original VW beam showed up on the Bugnet and I bought it for a reasonable price. It was painted already and appeared to be in good nick, so I added another coat of paint, assembled the whole thing with brand new VW disc brake spindles + all new ball joints and new seals



 and thought everything is fine...



Just 1 year after completion and some street use, a bad rust spot caught my eye. I poked a little and it got bigger. No chance, the beam needs to be fixed right away!


So, today I dismantled everything and removed the beam from the Streaker. The stainless steel clamps for the stabilizer bar came handy, they can be removed and re-attached easily. Besides the standard work procedure, the front bumper with fog lights had to be removed as well:
 
This is what the beam looked like after removal from the vehicle:



At that tme I was expecting that a few patches and some hours of welding and grinding should do the job.
A wire wheel brush was used to remove all paint and discover the ugly truth:

A totally shot dome, paper thin material and too much rust to trust in a repair job. In addition to the damage on the front and the side, this is the rear of the right dome:


At that time it was clear: This beam is dead - but, just for fun, let's check the other dome as well:
front side of left dome:
 rear side of left dome:

A new beam is the only way to fix this. I already cut off the mounting tabs for the front bumper:



Those need to be welded to the new beam, then, cavity wax will be used to make sure no corrosion will destroy the domes of the new beam again...


Another lesson learned: Buy new or check thoroughly before any used parts find the way onto your ride!

 A said sight... awaiting new beam soon!