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I just get my bits as and when from whoever. No, one particular source. There are many competing suppliers who have offers or clearance items occasionally. You need a consolidation agent, like with "TaoBao". @Rich knows of lots of cheap parts suppliers... 

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The new tyres are working out just fine, no rubbing and just a little off on the speedo. We took Franklin for a spin out west (10 hours one way) at the weekend to see the grand babies. He did just fin

It will be a while before we see it too, 6 weeks on the boat from Japan, A week clearing customs in Vancouver, then another week and a half on the train to Calgary where it has to be inspected before

I thought you might like to see Franklin in a different setting. He and I met my son-in-law at the airport and went for a little ride today. Weather was mild and sunny, -5C wind steady out of the sout

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Just thought you people might get a kick out of these pictures. We took Franklin to our ice races. Every year we hold ice racing (4th annual Muskrat 500)for the new drivers in our family, friends and neighbors homes. The idea is to get the young folks to try every different type of vehicle that they could drive on the roads and get familiar with how they handle on ice and snow. There seemed initially to be a bit of reluctance to try Franklin but once he got out there, there was no rest for him. He stacked up some pretty decent times too!

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Just a few pictures of the company he was running with. Just for interest, after the race we polled the timers and drivers for what they felt was the fastest cars out there. #1) the red Golf sport wagon. #2) a Toyota RAV 4  #3) silver '02 Gulf TDI. The American built 4X4 pickups did not do that well, lots of snow in the air and noise but not so much go! 

The surprise for everyone was the work truck pulling the trailer that only made one run. He was just a few seconds short of the fastest time of the day! 

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Oh ya! Great time, kids just didn't want to quit and the adults were in there driving too. 

The trophies consisted of DIY pop bottle and rattle can affairs, one for lowest average lap time and one for most out of control.

 

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The ladies did a great chilli, buns and salad spread with donuts, cinnamon buns and fruit salad for afters. Then there was some foot stomping fast paced fiddle music.

We neglected to get a group shot until most of the crowd was already in the house. 

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Last year one of the young folks went to the big city to get driving lessons before she got her driver's permit. Her Dad asked her afterwards if the trip to the city for 3 days of lessons was worth it. "Not really, " she said " I learned more at the ice races." That is the kind of unsolicited feed back that makes this event worth the time and effort!

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Woo Hoo! Parts showed up for Franklin! Now to put some of them in.

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Now I have more questions for you fellows. First off, I found this hiding under the bonnet. Is it not some kind of aftermarket headlight conversion? 

Secondly, when I changed the air filter there seemed to be quite a but of engine oil blown into the filter box. Normal? Yes? No?

A final one, how often should the timing belts be replaced?

Thanks again for considering my questions!

 

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Yeah, aftermarket HID driver by the looks of things. Do you have HID lamps or Halogens when you turn the lights on?

Oil.... er, yeah. Normal in a lot of cars. Never good. I always add either a catch tank or divert the fumes down on to the road (my preference), using a length of flexible electrical conduit. Looks completely OEM so no-one ever questions it. 

Now you'll need to remove everything and clean like crazy. Not good for the engine sucking in all those fumes. I prefer pure, clean, dry, air myself.

cam belt, i do every 50k miles or 5 years on vdubs. And regular inspections.

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Thanks! The clown who did the import inspection did some fast talking about the headlights being illegal in Canada and he changed them so I am not too sure what I have. I do know that the light pattern on the road is poor and doesn't reach out very far.

This is the first time the air filter has been changed. Up until now no one has been able to locate a new one on this side of the big pond. I don't have any doubts about the condition of the engine as it has never used any oil between changes. I will re-direct the offending hose as you suggested.

The cam belts were changed when we first got this car and in the 2 years we have been driving it we have put 80,000 km on so it's about due then. I should have ordered a new bearing for the AC compressor when I got these parts. I noticed that used one I brought over a year ago is sounding dry again.

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Hi all! I had a request for an update as I haven't been on here for ages. Franklin is alive and well but a bit lonely these days. Apart from the occasional run into town he sits now. I had the timing belt replaced a few months back so that is all good. One tire goes flat every two to three weeks which is annoying but being 80% worn I am loath to spend money on it, just wait for spring and put the summer tires back on.

Lots of things have changed here since March. The crash in world oil prices plus the drop in fuel demand from the virus put an end to my job in the oil industry. All good though as I turned 65 in June and have lost interest in chasing the carrot! This same virus has put huge demands on the postal system my wife works in. Packages are up to levels never before seen in this country with all the online shopping going on. Sandra has had to abandon the Lupo as the 1st choice for her delivery route and gone back to the Forester for it's larger package capacity unfortunately. Franklin is now the neglected stepchild in the family and only gets out every couple of weeks when I do a small parts or material run for the on going house upgrade projects here. Lumber and drywall require the Dodge truck.

Here is a picture from a couple months or so back with his cousin. And a picture of what I enjoy now with my morning tea seeing as I do not have to rush off to work. Yes, all good here!

 

 

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I thought you might like to see Franklin in a different setting. He and I met my son-in-law at the airport and went for a little ride today. Weather was mild and sunny, -5C wind steady out of the south west so it was pretty smooth up there! Lovely day for a little cruise over the country.

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It is! Should not be a surprise though, VW has always made cars with all weather conditions in mind. In our family we ran air cooled ones from the late '60s right through to the mid '80s. They all worked just fine in our climate.

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You know old vdub air cooled engines have those weird heat exchanger things to provide interior heat (never worked on one)- do they provide enough heat for the inside, when it's like -30c outside? God, I can't imagine such cold. Even the vinyl seats would crack... everything would go so brittle.

How do you deal with such cold when you get into a car thats been left overnight outside? (Unless you have a block heater of course).

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If the heating system is in good nick(they seldom are these days due to deterioration and neglect)they worked ok down to -30. Around town was a bit sketchy to keep the windscreen clear because the engine wasn't working hard enough to produce the required heat. On the freeway they were fine. The Busses struggled a bit more because of the size of the glass and volume of the interior. Remember they only took heat off two exhaust pipes!

All the VWs sold in our climate got a block heater that bolted up to the bottom of the pan and after about '68 or so a gas heater was standard fit also. They helped out greatly for the around town issue.

The vast majority of air cooled VWs found today have had the heating system removed or it is in such poor condition as to be useless but in the beginning it was not so!

When the snow got deep often it was only the VWs and 4x4 trucks that were able to get around. The engine weight over the rear tyres made for excellent traction. One of my biggest disappointments when I moved up to my first water cooled front wheel drive VW was the poor traction on snow and ice. It was useless in the winter next to my old Beetle! Then I discovered reverse gear! I could back up anywhere I wanted!

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