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About bottomwatcher

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    82 720, 68 beetle + dailies

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  1. Take lots of spare tires. I spent several weeks with a buddy driving around Costa Rica. Once we established our role in the tire change routine, you could put us up against and NASCAR pit crew. Trailer tires are notoriously bad. Many folks who tow long distances switch to light truck tires on their trailers.
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    Rebuild begins!

    Dont use that oil pump. Get one for a Ka. Bolts right up, pumps more oil and gives a higher pressure.
  3. I just recently did a full rebuild on my 82. Had it 30 years plan on keeping it forever so changed everything. The worst part was the lower control arm bushings. Didn't seem loose but at 240k miles figured that they should get replaced. I made my own tool and finally won but have since purchased a heavy duty ball joint seperator "large C clamp" that would probably work better. These can be borrowed from most flaps. I used all new shocks, tie rod ends, centerlink, new moog idler arm plus balljoints. Research parts for Japanese source if possible. Good luck and replace all 4 boots. This job sucks! Oh and after all of this I bought a set of Toyota straight axles! Gonna take a while so I will enjoy my fresh front end.
  4. I don't think Tesla sells parts to the public. If you got a drivetrain ot better be 100 percent complete and operational
  5. Let's see the shifter. C has a top load type without those crappy bushings that always create a lot of slop in the B.
  6. That and the rear countershaft bearing on my c is roller bearings vs ball. If you are doing the work I would find a genuine C. Also the shifter arrangement is different. I end up with unicorns machinery wise all the time and hate them. Finding a unicorn is difficult, finding parts for a unicorn, impossible.
  7. Surprised nobody took a stab at this. First thing I do with weird 12 volt issues is clean every ground I can get to. Starting with the battery terminal, engine ground wire, body to engine wire, ect.
  8. bottomwatcher

    My 720 Project.

    Go to the engine forum and look at KA with sidedrafts. 16 pages of problems! Fuel injection is not that difficult and runs so much better!
  9. bottomwatcher

    My 720 Project.

    D21 engine harness is integrated in main harness. The 240sx is stand alone. I have this set up but you will be looking for a harness and intake that was only offered for two years thirty years ago. Probably best to buy a whole parts truck. A lot less searching and cheaper 8n the end. If I had to do it over I would definitely start with a whole donor.
  10. Love this! I spend part of my year in Maine and have a local machinist that does this kind of stuff! The rest of the year is Florida where if you are not there to drop several hundred are treated like poo a d told to F off!
  11. Clean truck! Where did you dig that up from? Oh and your pics are mislabeled. That is not a project!
  12. His had the splines continue to the end of the shaft without the groove for the snapring. I have made my own groove caveman quality and used a round wire snapring. There is a reverse taper in the splined part that engages the hub and it pressed the wire snapring into the groove. I really wouldn't call it a proper fix but the 82 and earlier halfshafts are NLA so you gotta do what you gotta due. On a side note while over serving myself some beer in my shop I grabbed a clutch alignment tool off the wall. Those splines match the clutch, the front outer halfshft and the trans output shaft. Just a little useless info.
  13. Not to be dick but you are spending a lot of time, effort, and expense to end up with a weak lackluster ride. The ka swap with trans gains major power, reliability and way more parts availability. The Z series is a reliable motor but sold when the speed limit and moto was 55 stay alive. Drive 55 today and get stink eye, the finger and if In LA shot at. The 1986 shares a lot of parts with the hardbody. The pool for hardbody parts is 3 times that of 720 if not more. My 2 cents!
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