I can understand that, more modern engines tend to often be total failure or total reliability, aircooled engines just seem to be a bit more durable, even though they arent because of the magnesium alloy cases.Good luck with the move
My decision to go back to stock? It's complicated. :lol:
Firstly the cutting out problems had REALLY peed me off. I just didn't enjoy working on it. Getting to the fuel pump was a pita and left me stinking of diesel. I've had the car since 1991 and air cooled had never left me stranded. If something went wrong I'd fix it enough to get me home. When this engine broke down I had to be towed home. Three times.
I dont think it'll be a problem, basically testing older cars, you can only test the vehicle to the year it was built not the engine, however when you build vehicles from scratch and get an IVA, they tend to base the vehicle around the year of the engine apparently:Then there are all the changes and proposed changes to the rules on classic cars. An alternate engine would be classed as a "significant change". Being a modern diesel, would that mean refitting the particle filter and possibly the egr valve? Would it even be allowed? I was nervous about all the uncertainty.
Totally understandable, to be honest on my bug I am up-rating the rear brakes to type3 as well as those TDi lumps are a little bit heavier than stock!Next reason is to do with the special I'm building. It is based on a 1966 car, just like my diesel. It needs disc brakes up front instead of the original drums that were on it. The diesel sat in the garage has discs and since I can't afford another set, I swapped the beams over. I did an irs conversion on the special which left me with an original 66 short axle gearbox. The box in the diesel was well and truly buggered ( no first gear, no synchro in second or third and jumps out of reverse). Then there was the "F code" 1300 engine I had taking up space on my garage floor. If ever I wanted to take my car back to original using the correct year parts, there would never be a better time.
theoretically beetle tail pipes shouldnt make any different noise if installed correctly, something I found out years ago as I have some decent ones and the car just makes a a very quiet sound bar maybe a little fan noise, but I have heard incorrectly installed ones which sound like a bit of a whistle. I always ended up putting loud exhausts on!Oh and I really like the "fweem " sound from a standard beetle exhaust!
Building the special is also quenching my thirst for being different!
So that's the complicated answer to the simple question!
It's whichever is older. But you are right, it gets to a point when it's only going to be a visual check for either as both might be old.I dont think it'll be a problem, basically testing older cars, you can only test the vehicle to the year it was built not the engine
I wasn't planning on putting back on the road, but when the sun's out.......Are you hoping to get it back on the road soon? Glad you're finding time for hobbies despite the new business.