Trailmix Beetle

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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by trailmix » Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:26 pm

The Trail Mix Beetle is still running very strong after Bruce dialed in the timing. We have been driving it almost every day and even on the highway. The bike racks are tremendously sturdy and gets us to the cycling events without issue. I fixed a turn signal problem yesterday with one of the connections in the engine compartment being almost completely disconnected. The Eastwood product called "Patina Preserver" is holding up remarkably well. It still beads up like a heavy wax was applied. I will certainly apply another coat before the cold weather sets in and it finds its home in the garage.....or Bruce's garage...haha!

My next project is deep wheels with the tabs for domed caps.(See pic below) But, I need to replace the front beam with a narrower one to accommodate the new deep wheels and to address the small rubbing problem due to the drop spindles. What is the best vendor that offers quality narrowed beams?

The oil leak at the push rod tubes is getting worse. Not a problem yet, but I can see that it needs addressing soon. I will schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce for the solution.

Hope to see you guys at the next meet.
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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by Mike Kever Kombi » Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:31 pm

trailmix wrote:The Trail Mix Beetle is still running very strong ...We have been driving it almost every day and even on the highway...




Hope to see you guys at the next meet.

Drive that thing out to vermillion for the next third Thursday. You will be glad you did.
Mike

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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by trailmix » Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:00 pm

I took the car out to a big bike race this weekend. I used it to gain attention to our display. I talked to more people about the car than I did about the business. But that's OK, I would rather talk about the car anyways!!
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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by wwebner » Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:10 pm

that seems to be what happens when you show up in a VW :lol: How many "used to have one" stories did you have to hear :?:

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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by trailmix » Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:48 pm

The next project I need to do is a narrowed front beam. (4" is the goal) My question is this: should I find someone who can narrow the original beam or just buy a new narrowed beam and keep the original the way it is?
Is there anyone local that will narrow my current beam and add adjusters?

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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by heyed67 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:56 pm

I believe widefive is the guy to talk too on this. I'm not for sure but I know he is way more knowledgeable on the subject than I. :) I'm sure someone will chime in to steer you in the right direction.

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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by TRL » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:44 pm

Widefive doesnt do T1 stuff for the most part. I would just buy a new beam. T1 beams are very common and shouldnt cost much. It will probably come with adjusters which is nice and you can keep the og beam around if you ever want to go back. You will have either get cut down springs or cut down the ones in your beam now. And do your homework on how narrow you go.
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Post by toolbox » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:55 am

TRL wrote:Widefive doesnt do T1 stuff for the most part. I would just buy a new beam. T1 beams are very common and shouldnt cost much. It will probably come with adjusters which is nice and you can keep the og beam around if you ever want to go back. You will have either get cut down springs or cut down the ones in your beam now. And do your homework on how narrow you go.
Aaron can at least tell you where to go for your parts so you don't get junk parts.

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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by trailmix » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:41 pm

I've been busy cleaning and preserving the last few weeks. Today was the muffler painting with new gaskets and clamps. Installed new Jaycee push rod tubes this week as well! Replaced running boards with some cheap ones but they actually went on with little persuasion. Lots of painting and POR 15 application on everything that needs it.

A rebuilt 30 PICT carb from Tim at Volksbitz is headed my way. Also bought an electronic ignition swap that will go on soon along with new spark plugs that I've been told need to be gapped to .33 after the new ignition goes in.
Also, I am having some trouble with the reading I've been getting from my multimeter on the ohms from the coil. I need a 3 ohm coil for the new ignition and the closest reading I could get was 9.2.

I have been buying a lot of paint and other cleaning and restoration products from Eastwood. They opened a storefront in Parma and it's just cool to look around their shop. Lots of rust removers, encapsulators and quality paint.
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Re: Trailmix Beetle

Post by Mike Kever Kombi » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:42 am

That's looking really good Keith.


If you have not done so already, you should top coat the POR15 areas with their topcoat product or a layer of paint. POR15 is not uv resistant and can flake off in a couple years if you do not

http://qr.absolutecoatings.com/QR-asset ... iption.pdf
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