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    83 944, Forester, 02 Jetta TDI, Dodge 3500 Cumins, 02 Lupo, Manx copy

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  1. Are they special in some way? Or is it a replacement suggestion that is easier to find?
  2. Another update. Sandra loving the way Franklin is running, got his old zip (well - as Lupos go) on the hills again but... got a call yesterday - she shut him off and no start! She had abandoned him in a farm yard and got a ride to get the Forester due to my cell phone not receiving calls through a double tinned shop wall. I went home, hooked up the truck and trailer and found Franklin. Turned on the key - nothing - no dash lights, no clock. Cold north wind, threatening snow, not fooling about here so winched him into the trailer. I opened the door to set the park brake... what the heck? D
  3. The air cooled ones ran very well in the cold as long as the thermostat, carb heat riser and air cleaner pre heat is still in place and working. Franklin has a new coil pack and plug wires now. Running and idling like new now!
  4. Parts are in! Came directly from Germany! Franklin has been running just fine since the clean up with just a bit of a rough idle. Tomorrow the new coil and wires go in.
  5. While waiting for parts I will continue with putting a fresh engine in the sand rail. The old one was just a well used core that I used initially when I built the Buggy and it gave us 6 years of service well above and beyond what I expected from it so time for renewal. Out with the old and in with a fresh one I rebuilt last summer.
  6. Parts on the way from Autodoc. Cost more to ship than the parts are worth but that's the way it goes. The coil pack it turns out is common here and readily available but the HT leads are not so might as well get them all in the same shipment.
  7. Funny! it ran just fine on the way to the shop this morning, I put my OBDII reader on and no codes. Well I cleaned them up as best as I could with a nail, greased them up and it's running fine again but I know what I need now! The shopping starts...
  8. Might have found it. Pulled the spark plugs and they looked ok. Next was the wires into the coil pack - hoo boy! We have an issue! 3 out of 4 badly corroded and the 4th one the connecting pin broke off and came out with the wire. Looking for a coil pack now and a set of wires!
  9. The weather has warmed up a lot. We were off to the city today with Franklin and he bucked and misbehaved all the way there and back. It was only -9 in the city too so it's not the cold. Tomorrow I will lift the bonnet and start the investigations. When it was random it was hard to find but now that the problem is here to stay I should be able to find it... I hope!
  10. They used to roam this country by the millions and over thousands of years... ya it happens. Water can wear away stone too over time. It's hard to believe that a few foreigners could lay waste to such a huge natural resource in a couple generations too but there you go!
  11. Yes it is a stone that the buffalo rubbed until it was round. In the spring they get itchy with their winter coats still on and look for something to rub on to help shed the extra hair. In treed areas wildlife use the trees and with the process of time and life these trees die and disappear. On the prairie there are no trees so the next best thing is to find a big rock to rub on. These rocks then bare witness of this activity for thousands of years. There are no wild buffalo here anymore, some bright enterprising Europeans decided it was better to kill them all off and bring in cows that
  12. You might enjoy a bit of local natural history. I didn't drive closer because I am not stupid enough to want to shovel my way back out at -25 C especially since I just ran into town quick for a jug of milk for the grandsons. You can see where the horns of the buffalo rubbed a ring in the stone. These stones are actually fairly common on the prairie.
  13. Does it in the summer too. What is a vcds? I have a OBDII reader if that works.
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