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daxloves



Joined: 31 May 2009
Posts: 7
Location: Kettle Falls WA

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: New VW owner says "Hello!" and asks about a good p Reply with quote

Hello all. Names David and im up here in Kettle Falls. Im a new proud owner of a 65' VW dune buggy. (is that what they are called? Looks like Mr Bs Bug N Buggy's VW but wayyy crappyier)

Its been severely neglected, needs new brakes, brake lines, fuel lines, no lights work, paint is toast, fiberglass needs some work as well as the busted up pipe bumpers, tires are rotted off no floor pan on the passenger side rear, seats are rotted to the stuffing but it runs Laughing

Prolly a fiew more things I forgot but Im shure ya get the picture.

I,ll try to get some Pics later.
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daxloves



Joined: 31 May 2009
Posts: 7
Location: Kettle Falls WA

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were a few things I did forget. The windshield is busted and all the brake bleeders are snapped off Very Happy

The shifter knob was broken off too so it took a few minutes to find reverse Embarassed

Does anyone know what the 2 red and white levers on either side of the e-brake handle are for? At the moment they don't seem to do anything. At first I thought they might be for independent rear brakes but they dint move the shoes any.

Hopefully I will get to take a few pics this evening after work.
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ONEBADBUG



Joined: 25 Oct 2003
Posts: 427
Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="daxloves"]There were a few things I did forget. The windshield is busted and all the brake bleeders are snapped off Very Happy

Thats no problem, you need new wheel cylinders anyway. A good glass place can make you a new windsheild

Does anyone know what the 2 red and white levers on either side of the e-brake handle are for?

Those are for the "heater"

Go to the samba forums and you will find a lot of information on there.
Welcome to the hobby.
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smithe



Joined: 28 Jan 2009
Posts: 277
Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome and have fun fixing her up.
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shakajava



Joined: 12 Oct 2008
Posts: 48
Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you found the site!! Welcome to our local forum.
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daxloves



Joined: 31 May 2009
Posts: 7
Location: Kettle Falls WA

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The heater? Embarassed Well I guess I wont be needing to use those any time soon Very Happy

Thanks for the welcome and the bit of info. One mystery solved, a few million more to go...
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Spectre_USA



Joined: 21 Apr 2008
Posts: 105
Location: Up da hill.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, yeah.

You'll find these little engineering marvels are mysteries wrapped in enigmas.

Been driving them for 20+ years, on and off, mostly off, and still have no clue.

Best of luck with your new hobby...

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daxloves



Joined: 31 May 2009
Posts: 7
Location: Kettle Falls WA

PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:52 pm    Post subject: More Questions Reply with quote

Now for the question I jokingly asked in the subject line. Where is a good place to get parts for a 65' dune bug? Where in eastern Washington has the best prices on new parts like brake cylinders, exhaust parts and the many too numerous to name parts I'm going to need?

Another question I cant seem to find the answer to is what is the cylinder compression supposed to be in a 65' bug? I did a compression check today and three were around 120psi and one was 130psi.

I was also wondering what would cause blue smoke from the right bank when the engine is free reved but doesn't seem to smoke when under a lug like while driving.

Anyone know where I can find a repair manual? Smile

Many more questions to come I'm sure, but for now I think this will suffice Smile
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robl245



Joined: 05 Jun 2008
Posts: 31
Location: Athol, ID

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your best bet on getting parts is ordering online.
I've had decent luck with www.cip1.com (California Import Parts). I've order lots of parts from them. There are many many others though. Pickup a Hot VWs magazine and flip through the various advertisers in there.

Also, another source for parts and general info is www.thesamba.com
Search around in their forums. Tons of technical info to be found there.

On the compression, there's several experienced engine guys on this forum that I'm sure will respond. My guess is that's probably fine (good enough) though.

Sounds like your burning a wee bit of oil maybe. I'm sure it smokes while under load too, but the wind from driving makes it hard to see.

On manuals, this one's very common, although I don't like it very much:
http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Volkswagen-Alive-Step-Step/dp/1566913101/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244734998&sr=8-11

The best one is (although it's crazy expensive) is:
http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ACC-C10-9651

Rob
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CustomVW



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 323
Location: Hillyard off market st. and gordon

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can always make copies of pages outta mine too.
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smithe



Joined: 28 Jan 2009
Posts: 277
Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome and I also have had good luck with cip1.
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shakajava



Joined: 12 Oct 2008
Posts: 48
Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used CIP1 with no problems. Products are sent as advertised. They are up in Blain, WA so the shipping doesn't take to long once they get it in the mail.
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CustomVW



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 323
Location: Hillyard off market st. and gordon

PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

out of all the catalog companies, I've had outstanding service from CIP!.com, and on top of that, they buy the best of the imported parts.

the downside......you pay more for it....especially if you call.

I like dealing with them thoguh.
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daxloves



Joined: 31 May 2009
Posts: 7
Location: Kettle Falls WA

PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replys. I'll take a look at www.cip1.com and see what goodies they have Smile
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