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  1. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Well, another year has passed and I was able to...

    Well, another year has passed and I was able to race at Castrol on several of the Friday night Street Legal events. Had a couple of annoying issues, but nothing too serious. A couple lash caps...
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    165r15

    Those 165SR15 Michelin's are the stock tires for a VW Beetle, and you can often get them from a VW aftermarket supplier, if you find them difficult to source elsewhere. I run the Nankang version at...
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    Yeah, he said the nailhead wouldn't pull much...

    Yeah, he said the nailhead wouldn't pull much past 3000 rpm, but I'm not sure what the other issues are.

    That's a nice chop!
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    1927 Model T Hot Rod

    Helping my buddy resurrect his '27 Model T hot rod. It had an old V8 engine, but we put together a nice Buick V6 today. It's a 1977 block, 3.8 litre, with some cleaned up 1979 Pick N Pull heads,...
  5. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Decided to test the Beetle at Mission Raceway at...

    Decided to test the Beetle at Mission Raceway at the end of August. Managed a couple of 12.5-second ET's...first time ever:)

    It was a busy night at the track, and dew shut down the track early. ...
  6. Saturday, July 18th, Stanley Park, Calgary: European Classic Car Meet & Das Volks

    This coming Saturday, in Stanley Park (Calgary) the annual European Classic Car Meet and also the Das Volks VW Show will be held. Pretty much all the European cars will be represented including...
  7. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Update: I picked up some new Weber IDA velocity...

    Update: I picked up some new Weber IDA velocity stacks from JPM. These have a smoother transition into the carburettor bore, and are supposed to be good for a few extra cfm. Well, it must have...
  8. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    I've been using Manton chromoly pushrods in order...

    I've been using Manton chromoly pushrods in order to have sufficient strength at high valve spring pressure and rpms. However, in an air-cooled engine, the problem is that the aluminum heads expand...
  9. Thread: Super T-10 oil

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    That's pretty much what I've concluded based on...

    That's pretty much what I've concluded based on some other car forum discussions. Basically, the gear oil suppliers fixed the "brass issue" within the first year or two of the problem surfacing, so...
  10. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Header installation

    Finally got the Wasp header installed. Had to modify the Magnaflow muffler & tailpipe setup for clearance, and also notch and weld the traction bar to clear:
    http://i60.tinypic.com/2hxx647.jpg...
  11. Thread: M&H tires

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    I've ordered a couple pairs of M&H DOT drag...

    I've ordered a couple pairs of M&H DOT drag radials directly from John Hashim (sp?) at M&H.

    Shipping cost to my home in Calgary was reasonable, as I recall. I'm not sure of the availability of the...
  12. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Had a lot of fun racing Street Legals at Medicine...

    Had a lot of fun racing Street Legals at Medicine Hat, Rimbey (CAR) and Castrol Racway this summer. However, the Beetle is stuck in the high 12-second range for the 1/4-mile. Decided to upgrade the...
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    Good question! It's 120 miles from Calgary to...

    Good question!

    It's 120 miles from Calgary to Rimbey, so that's a bit further, but still not too bad. I enjoyed racing at Central Alberta Raceways last month.

    Closer to Calgary would be nice,...
  14. I finally got a chance to race at C.A.R. in...

    I finally got a chance to race at C.A.R. in Rimbey today. Nice track, well-organized, good staff and great weather! The red light ended my day after four races, but that's the way it goes...
  15. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Maybe a couple tenth's faster...not sure. The...

    Maybe a couple tenth's faster...not sure. The compression ratio is too low for the camshaft, so I'll have to work on that over the winter. Beetle engine must be removed to change deck height, so...
  16. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Update

    Had the Beetle on the Dynojet at Concept 1 for some jetting and ignition testing. For the Weber IDA carbs, we ended up with a best run using F2 emulsion tubes, 2.10 mm airs, 1.85 mm mains, and 0.60...
  17. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Weber IDA venturies

    Here's a comparison of the stock Weber IDA venturies and the aftermarket JPM Raptor vents. The Raptor vents replace both the stock vents and the auxiliary stacks:
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  18. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Weber IDA Venturies

    I'm going to swap out the stock Weber IDA venturies for a new aftermarket version manufactured by JPM in Sweden. These are called the JPM Raptor venturies and they improve flow and also dispense...
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    There was a similar debate among Volkswagen...

    There was a similar debate among Volkswagen restorers and drag racers primarily in California and Europe...where GL4 was always used for decades. The consensus is that the GL5 sold now is safe and...
  20. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Gcvws

    Yes, I made it to BC for the full three-day event: Friday Night Street Legals at Mission Raceway, Saturday GTG in Langley and Sunday's Great Canadian VW Show at Concord Pacific...terrific venue...
  21. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Update

    Got some Street Legal racing in this summer at Castrol Raceway and also Mission Raceway once and knocked a couple tenths off both ET's. After running low 13's most of the time, the Beetle now seems...
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    Medicine Hat-Friday Street Wars July 26th

    Can anyone confirm if there will be Friday night Street Legal racing at Medicine Hat tomorrow?

    The MHDRA facebook and website forum both seem to indicate National Open events Friday through...
  23. http://www.performance-shop.com/showthread.php?t=4...

    http://www.performance-shop.com/showthread.php?t=49386

    http://www.thundermountainraceway.com/
  24. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Central Memorial Show & Shine

    Yes, I checked out your truck at Central Memorial Show. Took me a bit to figure out what it was...Ford engine was obvious, but I'm assuming Mitsubishi mini truck. Is it a Forte or other?? Nice...
  25. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Wednesday Cruise Night

    Yes, I was at the Grey Eagle Casino cruise night last Wednesday. Might visit the Signal Hills A&W on Tuesday this week...depending on the weather.
  26. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    New Wheels

    Well, I finally ditched the heavy steel wheels and located some lighter spun aluminum wheels. They're 6" wide CMS rears and 3.5" Bogart fronts and will save 30 lbs in weight for the set of four...
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    wheel alignment

    Red Rock Auto at 11th Street and Highfield Road SE. They can work on lowered cars, diesel trucks, muscle cars, etc...
  28. Medicine Hat Drag Street Legals: June 23rd?

    Just wondering if anyone knows if MHDRA has Friday night street legals every week.

    I seem to recall hearing that they do, but the website event listing doesn't show anything and I can't find any...
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    Friday Night

    What's the schedule for Friday night...gates open, tech, test-and-tune start-time?

    I'm coming for sure. Went to Castrol Street Legals on Friday and got some decent low 13's with the IDA's still...
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    Power to the Pavement

    Hey Dustin,

    Is there room for a second Beetle at this event? I might make the trip down for this event, if I can get the IDA's percolating properly. I promise not to drip any oil on the track...
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    I can believe that. My motor is aircooled and...

    I can believe that. My motor is aircooled and consequently the heads run very hot and I always use cork valve cover gaskets...very durable.
  32. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    New Camshaft

    Going to try a new camshaft from JPM for 2012:

    http://i41.tinypic.com/w0i3yb.jpg
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    Poll: Drag Radials and Slicks

    If you're interested in some "old school" look tires, you could try M&H. I ordered a pair of their DOT drag radials and have over 3,000 miles and 350 races on them so far. Still in good shape. ...
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    history

    Sorry, the facts of the Canadian government's massive deficit are a matter of historical record:

    The main cause of the federal deficit was none other than Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

    “…Between 1970...
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    debt

    You're right, Canadians have short memories...particularly about the debt.

    The national debt was $14 billion when Liberal PM Lester Pearson took power. The Canadian government's debt was then...
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    Bell

    I'm just finishing up a three-year plan with Bell. Got a free Blackberry Curve and I pay $75/month which includes email/data (I use it for work with Excel/Word documents, etc) plus unlimited texting...
  37. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Update: Mission Raceway

    Well, the Web 226 camshaft was a dud, so I installed the old 86C and this got me a 13.09 ET at Castrol, and then last Friday at Mission Raceway, a 12.812 ET at 104.02 MPH. The track was fast at...
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    Turbo Beetle

    That is one of the nicest Beetles I have seen in quite some time, and I attend a lot of VW shows up and down the coast from California to Vancouver. My hats off to you, that is very impressive work!!
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    2.3L Ford engine specs?

    Just curious about the 2.3L inline-4 that Ford used to sell. I understand that some have installed these engines in their dune buggies or sand rails, as an alternative to the VW flat-4, Toyota 4,...
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    Cylinder head machine shop

    Can anyone recommend a reputable Calgary shop that can flycut my aircooled VW cylinder heads (for more compression)? The last two shops that I used a few years ago have gone out of business, as far...
  41. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    engine update

    Well, I finally got the engine installed and had to make some mods to the exhaust, carbs and linkage, as the new heads are a different size. My seat-of-the-pants judgement is that there's more power...
  42. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Engine update

    Finally got the engine completed today. Had to shim the linkage on the Weber IDA's in order to clear the generator with the new shorter manifolds. Also, needed to trim the manifolds to clear the...
  43. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    dual valve springs

    Installed the Oteva 75 dual valve springs today. I tried two valve spring compressor tools to no avail. Finally, I contacted Concept 1, and Ken had the correct valve spring compressor tool. These...
  44. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Castrol Raceway

    Found some videos from Castrol Raceway:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2jeGRqRUvo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19qkeUbn3pU
  45. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    Update: manifolds

    Got the manifolds machined and ready to fit. These are CB Performance manifolds that will match the new JPM heads and the existing Weber IDA carbs. Had to clearance the manifolds to fit properly on...
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    Secret Street start moved to May 6th?

    According to the Race City website calendar, the first Secret Street date has been moved to May 6th...
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    Street Legals

    JB Power Street Legals are also slated for April 29th at Castrol Raceway, so we've got two choices on that date in case the weather's sketchy in one location...
  48. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    New cylinder heads

    Well, I ordered a new set of heads from JPM. They should flow 25-30% better than the old set and have better cooling properties. Here's a few photos, now with 48 x 38 valves:
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    Fast passes

    My best times have always happpened in late Sept/early October...looking forward to tonight!
  50. Thread: My '68 Beetle

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    I'm in Calgary, but race at Castrol-Edmonton a...

    I'm in Calgary, but race at Castrol-Edmonton a few times each summer. Let me know if you want any suggestions for your Thing engine...
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