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slowtwitch

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Well I checked my post count and it was only 2. So i figured i better do something to contribute to this forum. I have a couple addictions, CNC machines, the electronics that go in them and the one that got the whole thing started.... old VW's. The chain reaction started many years ago when I owned a couple VW bugs. I restored a 66 bug back in 1983, then it was stolen. I dropped out of the VW scene for many years after that car was stolen.

Then about 4 years ago the "bug" bit me again. This time it was bad. I bought a beat up 57 VW oval. It was not original, as it was sitting on a later pan. I decided to make it the ultimate non original VW. I decided on a type 4 engine. These were common in later VW buses and Porsche 914's. I converted it to an upright configuration to fit into the bug. I rebuilt the engine with all the goodies...JE pistons, Schubeck ceramic lifters, fuel injected, megasquirt and coil over plug ignition, you name it it's in there. The biggest issue I had was the throttle linkage system....it just sucked.

So I decided to come up with a better system. I came up with a twin pulley, cable driven setup that I call SyncLink.... that I sell in the VW world. As I mentioned in my introductory post, i made the prototypes on an old column mill, but it was very time consuming . When I couldn't find a machine shop to make the parts, I decided to learn the CNC stuff and make the parts myself....and I'm glad I did :))

Anyway, here's the engine with an early prototype of the linkage....

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and here is the car when I bought it.....

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It's completely apart right now. i welded in a new front end, pans and a ton of other things. I just have to do a couple things and it should be ready for paint ....

Here it is waiting for me.

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That's it for now. I have finally made up some inventory of the SyncLink components and I have the machines running nicely, so i hope to spend some more time on the "bug" that got me into the CNC stuff and hopefully, have a running car by spring :))


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Way cool, my first car was a yellow bug, I wish that I still had it! Looking forward to more of your progress sir!
 

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Pete, that is an awesome looking engine; what kind of HP do you expect out of it. I really like the shroud on your engine, who makes that? I have a little German car too, a '62 356 super 90 that I plan on pulling out of mothballs sometime in the future.
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Pete, that is an awesome looking engine; what kind of HP do you expect out of it. I really like the shroud on your engine, who makes that? I have a little German car too, a '62 356 super 90 that I plan on pulling out of mothballs sometime in the future.
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Oh Boy...a 356 !!!!! My ultimate dream car. As for my engine, the shroud is an original DTM, by Joe Locicero of Oregon Performance Products. The engine is probably good for about 140 hp.

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Awesome Pete
I had a 1961 Myers Manx 1641 with a mega squirt fuel injection set up
Very nice set up for a stand alone computer

Mine was no were near your level but it was fun to play with
Good luck with the body work there not to hard just time consuming
If the engine is any indication of your skills I'm sure it will be outstanding
 
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VW's seem to multiply. I started with one, and now they're everywhere.


That fan shroud is sweet. Oh yea, the car too. Can't beat an oval (except maybe with a split:thinking:).
 

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they totally are... I've been a watercooled guy myself.
so far the list has included:

7 mk1 rabbits
2 mk1 jettas
2 mk2 jettas
1 mk2 golf
1 mk4 jetta
and now an audi a4 avant.
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Along the way i have done everything from a simple resto to full engine swaps and turbo conversions.
its only a matter of time before i get another one :)

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7 mk1 rabbits
2 mk1 jettas
2 mk2 jettas
1 mk2 golf
1 mk4 jetta
and now an audi a4 avant.

That's quite a collection there. Nice pictures too.


I just sold 2 bugs and my new current tally is;
3 bugs
2 busses
fastback
ghia
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You're not really sick though until you have to stack them! :nuts:

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that "storage unit" you have there is pretty awesome!
I'd prob have a few more but i moved and lost all my storage. This summer i'd like to find a type 3 squareback for a new project .

oh, and i think i should point out that i'm only 25. My love of vw's started at a young age and i have always had a few at once :)
 

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Wow! very nice to have the room to stack your toys. We live in a townhouse with a one car garage/workshop for now as we plan our new home build. We have my '66 Bug in the garage, My son's '67 Plymouth Barracuda Notchback in the drive way and a 1949 Ford F-1 Panel Wheelchair Accessible Hot Rod project in storage. I bet if I had the room I would definitely have more cars/projects.

My wife jokingly calls my son and I "car whores".

Here are some pics of my VW in the garage.

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Since we've already thread-jacked and are kind of off topic, I'd like to see the cuda and the F-1.
 

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Here is a pic of my son's '67 Cuda and '49 F-1. Both are still a work in progress.

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All I've got to add to this thread is this.

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It's a 1967 BMW motorcycle with a late 50's VW motor. I dragged it out of a friend's barn a couple years ago. He had it for about 30 years and quit riding it about 25 years ago. I blew up the tranny about 30 miles after getting it up and running again. The input shaft bearing cage presumably rusted to the balls, and disintegrated on me on the road. I rebuild the transmission last year, making some of the bushings and internals myself. So much fun! It's kick-start only, through the motorcycle trans (mostly original BMW with a modified countershaft to change the ratios). The engine is a singleport with dual 28 PCI's. Possibly other internal mods, not sure.

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I've seen those before. Pretty cool!
 

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Wow! that is a cool bike! I've been looking for one of those for quite a while.
 

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This is a trip down memory lane for me, I've had a couple of bugs, I learned how to drive in one. I would like to get another one some day, their not as plentiful as they once where and are bringing higher prices for a decent one that's not completely rusted out. I love the simplicity of the little cars. And their a hoot to drive too!
 

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Now this is my kind of thread! Cool VW's, old BMW bikes, and vehicle storage ideas to boot. It makes me want to start wrenching on my mothballed '70 Ghia.

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That engine is a work of art!

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That engine is a work of art!

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Thanks.... The insides are just as nice...

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JE pistons, Schubeck ceramic lifters, HAM heads, H beam rods, stroked crankshaft and a bunch of other goodies :)
 

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Wow, Impresive VW. I want to share mine, I restored for the first time at age 13, Now I`m 42 and still have it, Drive it and work on it. I just rebuilt the engine and transmissiòn, Increased compressiòn by turning the bottom of cilinders and gained HP. Hope you like it. On the Pics, My son with the Engine, And the Thing in the Back.

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