Lots and Lots of Bits

The chances of remembering how it all goes together get slimmer

After a week when real work intervened, I got on with chopping the removed bits of body shell into Honda Civic boot sized chunks. The arrival of new blades for my Scorpion saw made this much easier that I thought it would be :)

The local recycling center are getting used to bits of beetle showing up at opening time every weekend.

The next step, inkeeping with my plan of having no real plan, was to get the engine disconnected from the rest of the car. The Beetle is probably the easiest vehicle ever made to achieve this on, 4 bolts and the whole engine slides off backwards.

Obviously this is made easier if you angle grind off the back end of the body first.

So in not much time all the ancilliary bits were off and dumped safely stored on a shelf.

Once the bolt on bits were removed (apart from the Oil cooler, I couldn't find a 10mm spanner) the engine was supported on a trolley jack and separated from the gearbox.

In actual fact this was so easy the thing came away completely with little effort, and I found out how bloody heavy a beetle engine is. I narrowly avoided dropping it on my foot, and managed to get it onto the work table which in an uncharacteristic feat of organisation was open and in position.

Doubt it did my back much good though.

And here we see the gearbox, complete with shiny bits and no rusty bits or oil present, which should mean that most of the seals are OK.

I will have to do some work on the engine but I'm not planning on doing anything with the Gearbox and Transaxle apart from giving them a good clean and rustproof.

I'm continually impressed by the mechanical condition of the bits of the car considering they are 30-odd years old. A quick going over with a wire brush showed the gearbox housing was bright and shiny.

We like shiny things.

And here we see Sparky in his latest form, looking increasingly odd.

Slightly embarrassingly, i had to leave the front end more or less on as I didn't have a socket that fitted the steering wheel, and I need to get that off to get the rest of the front removed.

Working on the rear suspension, a quick blast with a rust removing disk on the angle grinder showed that apart from a layer of grot and surface rust the components there are all solid and should clean up really well.

Some of the bolts are a bit stuck but so far they have all given up eventually.

I decided to take one of the cylinder heads off as both of the exhaust studs on the front port sheared when I tried to remove the exhaust. Again this was really easy to do, even for me.

So here, for the first time in 34 years, is the inside of the engine barrels. Exciting stuff eh ??

In the cylinder head things don't look quite so rosy.

Do you think that one valve is supposed to be that nice light brown colour ?

Looks like a job for new valves, that'll be an experience.

As a bit of an aside from the taking apart and angle grinding I spent a couple of hours cleaning up some of the tinware from the engine. The buggy design means that the engine is on show, so it will have to be at least clean.

Some sanding and rust removal, and a quick coat of metal paint, and the bits were looking much better.

They'll do until I can buy loads of chrome bits ;)

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