Most of us are wise enough to carry spare points, condenser, cap and rotor in order to perform roadside repairs in the event of diagnosing ignition problems. Even smarter is carrying a spare distributor, already containing good points (gap pre-set), condenser, cap and rotor. The reason for this that when you are stuck at the side of the road, time is of the essence; not only do you want to...

I mentioned earlier in this series that I intended to run a set of Porsche 356 Carrera wheel spacers on the rear wheels, primarily for a cool and different look, but also to increase the rear track in order to fill the fender well and increase stability in cornering. Background While there has been a lot of speculation as to the reasons that Porsche installed aluminum wheel spacers on the back...

Editor's Note: Glenn Ring has probably rebuilt more period distributors for the vintage VW, Porsche 356 and Mercedes crowd in the last few years then anyone out there. Glenn restored two 010's several years ago for me, and returned them looking NOS. He even has a vintage Sun distributor machine to test them. I strongly recommend him, and he can be reached at glenn@glenn-ring.com NOTE: While Glenn wrote this article several...

Steam Cleaning By John Plow Article Published Courtesy of Ultra VW Magazine http://ultravw.com I first developed an obsession for automotive cleanliness 20 years ago while working at an air-cooled VW shop. Customers would bring in their VW Beetles, Ghias, Type IIIs and Buses for service covered in 20-30 years of grime. While the body and paint generally looked good, the areas that people do not see – engines, transmissions, brake drums and backing plates,...

Most people do not know that Porsche recommended that you apply petroleum jelly to your anodized Fuch wheels a few times a year in order to protect the anodizing and rim. Anodizing was applied to the rims at the factory in order to protect the polished aluminum, and it can "cloud" when exposed to road and brake grime, or most wheel cleaners (which tend to be harsh). It's a very simple...

By Glenn Ring Ever turn the key to start the car and hear nothing? Most times the starter turns but sometimes there’s nothing. It’s not the battery because all of the lights work and so does the horn and radio. It’s not the starter. The problem is that after 30 plus years the wires get old and the electrical resistance increases until turning the key just doesn’t supply enough to engage...

By Clinton J. Scheidegger When setting the cam timing, I like to use white paint on the timing points, painting the teeth that are marked with a dot. The gears come with one machined dot on the cam gear and two on the crank gear. The object is to put the dot in the cam gear tooth between the two that are on the crank gear. It...

By Glenn Ring After installing my Berg 5 transmission, I noticed that the gear location was difficult. When downshifting from 3rd into 2nd, it would sometimes try to engage reverse, causing a rather loud grinding noise (not good thing). I spoke to Gary Berg, who built the tranny, and he told me that the shift rod bushing was probably the cause. It must be in perfect condition and properly...

Replacing Leaking Pushrod Tubes Seals John Plow Courtesy of Ultra VW Magazine Oil leaks can be one of the most frustrating aspects of owning an older car. Sadly, our beloved vintage Volkswagens are not excluded from this affliction. The old joke is that the only time an old VW doesn’t leak is when it has run out of oil. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Generally speaking, the weak spots (in...

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