I recently joined a VW forum (the samba) which I found out is one of the only VW forums and it is a huge site with lot of members.
After posting a few times and reading other peoples post, I found that everyone on there was a jerk that would start a fight over anything . So I then thought I would quit that sight and bring VW's to GTT .
Anyway, I have 2 Classic VW's, one '74 Super Beetle and one '79 (last year) Bay window bus.
Both of these are kind of a on going project, right now I'm in the middle of the injection system on the bus, got all of them pulled, cleaned and now I'm ordering new seals.
The bug was running great, I rebuilt the carburetor, re timed the engine and redid all of the brakes.
I then took it for a 40 mile round trip and it couldn't of run any smoother. Later the same day, I took it to town to go shopping, it's about a 20/25 mile drive one way and when I was just about there the engine started to miss out. I pulled over to the store, looked over the engine (it was still there) and then thought I'd get the groceries and then see how it runs once it's cooled off.
When I got back, the engine started and idled just fine. But when I took out down the street with it, it started sputtering and backfiring.
I figured it was a carb issue, the engine wasn't smoking at all (it never has) and there were no noises at all.
So I thought I'd take it slow going home and see what would happen. I didn't even quite get out of town before it started loosing more and more power . I started down shifting hoping I could get to a drive way or someplace off the road.
I put it in first gear but it just kept getting slower (still no smoke or noises) until it wouldn't go any further.
So I opened the hood, and again the engine was still there . I looked around at a couple things, but I knew there wasn't anything I could do to it on the road.
So I sat there and about 10 minutes (and about 50 cars that didn't even slow down) later a pickup stopped, it was a local guy from the town I live in (small town only a few hundred people) and he is a brother-in-law to a good friend of mine. (they used to drive VW's back in the day) he asked if I needed help?, he looked at the bug, and then asked me if it will start if he pulls me, I told him it wouldn't since I tried restarting it several times already and it wouldn't do anything. So he said he will just pull me home, he went to a store and bought a tow rope (wouldn't let me pay). Then we pulled it to my local town and parked it in a parking lot and then my brother took me home (I live 4 miles out side of town). The next day I went back to see if it would start and again it wouldn't even try. So we pulled it home, I did a compression test, it had 60psi (should have 100psi minimum) and one cylinder had less then 20psi
So I checked the valves, they all looked fine and were moving as they should.
I'm figuring I burned out a piston??? but again the engine never did smoke.
I took the engine apart, I got one head off (the side with no compression) and I can't see anything wrong. There is oil in the cylinder so I'm guessing rings.
I'm going to pull the other head today and see what it looks like.
Luckily I have another engine that came free with my bus, so I checked compression and it is good.
Although the engine has no tin or anything on it, I'm going to switch everything of off the now junk engine and put it on the good one. Once I get the other engine in and running. I'm going to rebuild the original engine and stick it in storage until I need it again.
Anyway, sorry for the long post, I just needed to get that out I guess. It is nice being on a forum were everyone is so nice, the VW forum makes me realize now nice of a place GTT is.
This thread is for anyone with a VW, or if they had one, knew someone who had one, wants or needs one .
Post pics of your Classic VW's or info and questions.
I'm no expert with these but I'm learning.
Thanks for listening (reading)