Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Engine Back In

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

Tank's clean, not too much trouble. Just got a wipe-down on the outside. For the inside I threw in a length of chain and spent a long, muscle-tingling hour shaking it all about. I managed to loosen most of the rust, I reckon, and then finished it off with a good rinse with clean petrol. New bits of rubber hose for the connectors on the breather tubes and a lovely clean fuel hose and filter to finish it off. I cleaned the copious fine dust from the compartment and replaced the tank this afternoon.

It took a bit of grunting and farting but with the help of the faithful neighbour we managed to rattle the engine back into place and bolt it up tight. Thanks mate! We are half way through giving it a service and have replaced points, condensor and a few other goodies. The tappets have been adjusted and the remaining service parts have been sourced from the helpful Charl at Beetle Beauties. Will finish the engine servicing during the week and we can look at starting her up again soon.

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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Fuel Tank Out

Men, for the sake of getting a living, forget to live.
Margaret Fuller

Whew, fuel tank's out. A bit more struggle than I expected, owing to a pair of hidden bolts beneath the bulkhead that I took a while to discover. It was covered in fine dust but now looks brand new after a bit of soap and water. Inside a few spots of surface rust can be seen in the upper half but it's in fabulous condition for it's 41 years.

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