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August 1989 (cont'd)

The door puzzle is next...

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After quite a bit of fiddling and tons of cold sweat the passenger door was installed.

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Work in progress...
Ah, we have a spare wheel... And the front hood seal is in place too.
Note the speakers behind the rear seat. It's a custom made satellite subwoofer system.
The woofer enclosure fills the rear luggage area while the amplifier was mounted underneath the rear seat.
To bad I didn't have more pics of this early sound system setup.
I remember a Sony Discman was mounted between the front seats too.
Now the drivers side door awaits assembly...

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Almost done ...

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Finally everything went in without any damage... What a relief! :)

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VW 1302 S
August 1989 (cont'd)

Doors, hood & deck lid installed and adjusted:

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Fitting the fenders:

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New seats arrived. These are early COBRA Le Mans sports seats:

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They are smaller than Recaros and fit the Bug quite well.
The image section below isn't ideal and blurry but you can get an idea.
May be there will be some more interior pics later in this thread.

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And finally:

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Now the engine is next in the line...
VW 1302 S
Wow, what a gorgeous looking ride!
September 1989

Dug out the Bug's engine - it sat in the barn since January.
I considered it to be the original motor which was confirmed by the VW "birth certificate" years later.
It ran passably during the 20 km (12 miles) ride to it's new home...
Anyway, a complete engine revision was planned.

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On the bench starting dismantlement.
Most of the oil leaked from the distributor shaft, the oil pressure switch, the fuel pump and the push rod tubes.
The Bakelite fuel pump stand was cracked. May be evidence that the fuel pump was changed in the past.

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Clean Oil cooler and flange. No oil inside the fan housing - good.

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Once again - the infamous safety sandals & warning socks...

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Rio (a buddy) stopped by with his martial looking 1303.

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"Used look" motor (as he named it)...
The Riechert cooling fan set-up (most likely Corvair inspired) is rare nowadays.

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VW 1302 S
November 1989

Short block - roughly cleaned and degreased:

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Crankcase split. Nothing unusual here:

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Cleaned and degreased... The case is ready to go to the shop for machining:

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Here are a few scanned pages from vintage brochures illustrating the future plans for the engine:

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VW 1302 S
Nice work on your Bug.

That cooling tin/fan setup sure is unique and I didn't know something like that even existed.
65VW wrote: That cooling tin/fan setup sure is unique and I didn't know something like that even existed.

VW 1302 S
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