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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

Very cool story. I tried to share my love of aircooled vdubs with my sons when they were young. I guess it didn’t stick because none of them are interested in vdubs or classic cars in general. Maybe my two granddaughters will be vw fans.

> The Real Mike D Wrote:

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> Not sure if they do the Litchfield(Harwington) show any more, the guy

> that ran it retired a few years ago.

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> I went to every “bug in” at Litchfield/Harwington from 89’ to just a

> few years ago with my dad, we used to bring our 75’ super then my MK2’s

> until the show stopped.

>

> Pancakes at the Harwington vfd and the bug in was a Father’s Day

> tradition for many years, now it’s just pancakes :(

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> The Real Mike D Wrote:

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> Not sure if they do the Litchfield(Harwington) show any more, the guy

> that ran it retired a few years ago.

>

> I went to every “bug in” at Litchfield/Harwington from 89’ to just a

> few years ago with my dad, we used to bring our 75’ super then my MK2’s

> until the show stopped.

>

> Pancakes at the Harwington vfd and the bug in was a Father’s Day

> tradition for many years, now it’s just pancakes :(

Been many years since I have gone. Such a good show. I used to ho with the foreign auto supply guys. FAS in maine. John the owner purchased the tico conversion company from Africa and is now a big vanagon resto guy with tdi and any swap you can think of. Harwington show was a blast. You probably remember is for raising hell. Had a moped there one here and it was not well liked. Chappy with a straight pipe, haha

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

I liked the THING...

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> Satan 666 Wrote:

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> > Stephen Keller Wrote:

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> > '74? You have the old school blinkers and bumpers.....but most of it

>

> > interchanges, love seeing these cars. :)

>

> The beauty of a bug. Do what you want

Lol, I see what is wrong now, the blinkers are on the wrong fenders! right and left are swapped.... (edited)

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LAR- If I mention valve guides especially number 3 cyl does that remind you of anything from the old days? It does for me as I was a VW tech from 1971- 1998. Rebuilt a lot of them with dropped #3 exhaust valve.

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They all did, especially if you did not keep up on valve adjustments, as #3 was the most undercooled cyl.

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

> Bob Naske Wrote:

They have Bronze valve guides. Like Stephen said, it’s the least cooled cylinder of the four.

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> LAR- If I mention valve guides especially number 3 cyl does that

> remind you of anything from the old days? It does for me as I was a VW

> tech from 1971- 1998. Rebuilt a lot of them with dropped #3 exhaust

> valve.

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Trying to remember why that was....did the oil cooler block the air...or? There was some reason for it. The other thing that killed these was not having the foam gasket around engine tin and body work and not having the hoses from the shroud to heater boxes or blocking them off, the movement of air within the shroud is critical, there were some flaps in there as well if they got hung up it was bad for the engine as well. Man this is an analog flashback... ;D

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

Also, if any of the tin under engine was missing, it would cause overheating.

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I probably owned 25+ bugs back then and one of the 67's I had got driven to Philly and back for a weekend getaway ( 600 mile round trip). Ran great. Driving to the dealership Monday morning for work, heard the dreaded THUNK. Broken #3 exhaust valve. It was gonna be a quick flip , but the next owner got a rebuilt engine when I sold it!

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punkrock randy /

> ♣Slew Foot♣ Wrote:

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> I liked the THING...

We agree there. They were great off road 🤘🏼

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

The one my UNC had had a boxer engine 411 or something from a micricamper the 2nd piston would always go. It was sleeved so you fix it but it's from not following the maintenance schedules the cams and crank and timing chain ECT. If you follow it they run like tops with 400000+ miles

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This one gone need much in the way of restoration? Cute little car!

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

I hope not. Interior vinyl below rear window will need some freshening up, but that’s all I can see. I’ll know more next weekend when I see it in person. I was supposed to go this weekend, but the snowstorm kinda put a damper on things.

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> This one gone need much in the way of restoration? Cute little car!

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That's really cool.

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I had no idea Super beetles suck that bad.

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

I had a ‘73 Super Beetle. The only thing I didn’t like was the anemic auto-stick transmission. Everything else was fine.

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Update: I’m meeting with the seller this coming Saturday morning at my mechanic’s shop. My mechanic is gonna put it up on the lift and poke around for rust in the places that rust tends to hide, including the sheet metal that the battery resides on, the heater channels, below the rear window, heater boxes and floor boards. He’s also gonna do a compression check on all the engine cylinders, with a close eye on the #3 cylinder. If it all checks out, I’ll be bringing it home on Saturday and then towing it here to VA in the spring. Fingers crossed.

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Yeah mine has a bit of rust but pans are original except for under the battery. My heater tubes are junk but dont care as I have header system on it and never plan on driving in the cold. Just a toy. Dont plan on restoring. Just make a safe driver.

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

Seller says there’s no rust anywhere on this car. It was supposedly a Cali car for more than half of its life and then garage kept up north for the other half. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if we don’t find any rust in the undercarriage. We’ll soon find out!

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Hope it is clean, I remember putting the batteries in a plastic box for boat batts to help with that area of the pan, check the beam for rust as well as the usual places.

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> I had no idea Super beetles suck that bad.

They do and they don't, it's the front suspension, stuff wears and you get a shake at about 50mph. The standard suspension is far less prone to this. Also the altered shape is considered less collectable by purists. I had several, they were fine once the front end was gone through, the "auto stick" trans is straight garbage though.

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Pushrod Fifty /

Nice score, I like low seat backs.

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My super was an auto, converted to manual. Very easy switch.

Don’t forget to check for cracked heads. Wanna be flower children apparently drive around with leaking manifold boots and that lean condition gets the heads way too hot.

When I bought my 74, the engine was doing the shakey shake at idle. It was a vacuum leak on the left boot.

I really miss having an old VW.

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

I will definitely make sure the heads are good. Thanks for the pointer!

> Papa _ Wrote:

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> My super was an auto, converted to manual. Very easy switch.

>

> Don’t forget to check for cracked heads. Wanna be flower children

> apparently drive around with leaking manifold boots and that lean

> condition gets the heads way too hot.

>

> When I bought my 74, the engine was doing the shakey shake at idle. It

> was a vacuum leak on the left boot.

>

> I really miss having an old VW.

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I just googled more about that. Cause I remembered that after having some work done by a mechanic, I was told I had a crack but it was not likely to be a problem for a while.

I guess cracks are pretty common and not usually cause for concern unless it runs to the spark hole. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Still, if the intake boots aren’t fresh, that would be a first tune up item for me.

I wonder if the exhaust tips could be put on a moped to hear that chirp?

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

She’s all mine. Safe and sound in my garage in NJ. Gonna bring it to our new place in VA in the spring.

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First impressions Lar? Is it everything you hoped it would be?

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

It has a few more cosmetic issues that weren’t disclosed that will eventually need to be tended to, but all in all, it’s pretty much what I had hoped for. No structural rust whatsoever. The sheet metal under the battery is even still intact. My mechanic had it on the lift and pointed out everything that will need to be replaced like brake hoses, ball joints, a couple of seals and a heater box cable. Nothing major. She’s gonna be a driver, not a show car. I’ll be driving this bug on the weekends and to car shows.

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Boy that is a cherry. Would love to take a ride in that ol beast.

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