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Old 15-01-2020, 09:54 PM   #1
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So iam back after almost 11 years away from vdub scene I bought my self a 73 beetle.
I could not get back on my old account Mazo for some reason so I had to create another account "mazobug" .
Think this is alot better than the last bug I owned this 1 has had new floors and channels fitted and somewhere along the line is had off the body respray ..
Unfortunately the history of this car is a mystery only other than what I can see.
Far from perfect it comes with bubbling rust around arches and in the last few days it started to smoke on startup ,which I've been told it's a fuel problem.
Like to thank everyone for reading and wish you pleasant evening .👍
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Nice, last of the blade bumper models by the look of it, and in classic brilliant orange although I have a pet hate of eye brows, but each to their own. Smoke on start up is normal if its been sitting, as oil drains into the bores. Although if the fuel pump has been changed for a aftermarket new one, which tend to run too high a pressure, you can get problems. You can check this by monitoring the oil level to see if fuel is getting into the sump. Should be able to smell it too.
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Yes your right mate oil level seems a bit higher than it should be and oil smells of petrol ..my mate going to tune the carb for me on monday and I will give a fresh oil change straight afterwards..👍
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Yes your right mate oil level seems a bit higher than it should be and oil smells of petrol ..my mate going to tune the carb for me on monday and I will give a fresh oil change straight afterwards..👍
You will need to change The fuel pump as well. Best to go for an electric pump as the new mechanical pumps are utter rubbish. Welcome back to VZI btw.

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Tinkering with the carb the other day been 4 days since I started a boom started up and not a buff of smoke to be seen strange that .,I've ordered a fuel pump anyway should he here on monday .i gave the car a nice oil change black sludge at the bottom of the filter was much needed .
Drove the car today to have new wheels fitted went over a bump and headlight
decided to fall out and smash on the floor 😭😱🤣.
But all ended well got another light might give it a compound tomorrow and polish
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Guys just a quick question I bought 2nd hand adjustable beam I noticed today as i was painting it 1 of the bolts has a damaged thread is is that something that can be simply removed or will it need cutting then welding back on ?
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Tried changing the exhaust and ended up snapping 1 of the mainfold bolts in the cylinder head 😭 got someone coming round tomorrow see if he can drill it out as its beyond my capabilitys and this early stage is my project ..but was all going so well oil change valve clearances carb tuned was runing sweet.
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Welcome back to VZi. I used to be on here almost daily, and have pretty much had a 10 yr absence but managed to log back in with the help of Mr Burrows.

Am a sucker for a late 1200 model wearing blades, especially in orange as you can probably see. Pretty little cars that don't get enough recognition in my opinion.

Hope you managed to drill out your stud!
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Am a sucker for a late 1200 model wearing blades, especially in orange as you can probably see. Pretty little cars that don't get enough recognition in my opinion.

Hope you managed to drill out your stud!
What he said, I love blade bumper 1200s too, always wanted to build one with overiders a slight drop and 5stud sprints or BRMS
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