Technical Articles

Most of us are wise enough to carry spare points, condenser, cap and rotor in order to perform roadside repairs in the event of diagnosing ignition problems. Even smarter is carrying a spare distributor, already containing good points (gap pre-set),...

I mentioned earlier in this series that I intended to run a set of Porsche 356 Carrera wheel spacers on the rear wheels, primarily for a cool and different look, but also to increase the rear track in order to...

↑ Here's what it looks like when I get it. ↑ This is the inside - some rust but everything's there. ↑ Here's the back - no condenser or bracket. ↑ The Bosch badge looks pretty good. ↑ Remove 3 screws and the contact...

Steam Cleaning I first developed an obsession for automotive cleanliness 20 years ago while working at an air-cooled VW shop. Customers would bring in their VW Beetles, Ghias, Type IIIs and Buses for service covered in 20-30 years of grime. While...

Most people do not know that Porsche recommended that you apply petroleum jelly to your anodized Fuch wheels a few times a year in order to protect the anodizing and rim. Anodizing was applied to the rims at the factory...

Ever turn the key to start the car and hear nothing? Most times the starter turns but sometimes there’s nothing. It’s not the battery because all of the lights work and so does the horn and radio. It’s not the...

When setting the cam timing, I like to use white paint on the timing points, painting the teeth that are marked with a dot. The gears come with one machined dot on the cam gear and two on the...

After installing the Berg 5 transmission, I noticed that the gear location was difficult. When downshifting from 3rd into 2nd, it would sometimes try to engage reverse, causing a rather loud grinding noise (not good thing). I spoke to...

Replacing Leaking Pushrod Tubes Seals Oil leaks can be one of the most frustrating aspects of owning an older car. Sadly, our beloved vintage Volkswagens are not excluded from this affliction. The old joke is that the only time an old...

As noted in my earlier post, I wasn't happy with the results, even though it was "correct". So I stripped everything down and redid it, moving the decal to the larger space between the coil bracket and the coil lip....

In my continued efforts to "de-bling" my '67 Beetle - grandma never looks right in neon roller skates - I stripped down the Bosch Blue Coil and restored it to look more original. Original, Unrestored Coil From My '67 For comparisons purposes....