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Old April 8th 2004, 22:41
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Talking 912-6 is alive!!!

After a year of work, the 912-6 runs!!!

Had a friend come over to assist tonight, so at 6 tonight, we put 3 gallons of gas in the tank, plugged in the fuel pump and the ignition. It cranked for a while with no luck. We could tell we had spark, so we started looking for fuel. Not at the distributor, not at the accumulator, not at the end of the fuel pump. Played a hunch and rewired the fuel pump, switching leads. Bumped it and got fuel, cool. Hooked it all back up and tried again.

We cranked and after the 3rd try she ran, SHE RUNS!!! Took about a minute or so to set the timing, then we tried to adjust the idle and couldn't get over 1200, so I got in the seat and held the gas at 2000. Watched my timer as the motor sung its song.

Must be a few clogs to work out of the cis system, sounded okay most of the time, but kind of had a drum beat, would stumble just a bit every few seconds.

Watched the oil temp gauge climb over the next 15 minutes, stopped smoking (only did a little to start). Made it about 18 minutes and she cut off, lost fuel draw in the tank. So I added some gas and fired it back up, backed the car up the ramps and dumped the oil.

I had thought someone had put dirty water in my oil, came pouring out. I had used straight 30 weight to start, looked real thin.

Had 3 leaks under the car, the left timing chain cover, the tank "s" line (was used to start, I'll replace it) and there is a drip in the center by the tranny/engine joint. Hope they will be easy to fix. I put 20/50 back in, might help with the leaks also.

Let the car back down the ramps and she fired right back up. Turned the idle down to 900 and drove her back in the shop. I've got a some re-assembly to do with the bumpers and seats, alignment, seal the gas tank, and bleed the brakes.

21 days and counting till drivers ed.
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Old April 8th 2004, 22:50
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Cool, glad to hear it has a heartbeat.
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Old April 8th 2004, 23:22
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Thats awesome...

Glad to hear you got it running in time for drivers-ed.
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Old April 9th 2004, 07:20
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congrats John :agree:

Im sure it must be exciting for you
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Old April 11th 2004, 18:07
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BEEFY!

Say your engine has a little paulsy? I didn't get any wires crossed did I?

That's good to hear that the time and effort are coming to fruition. I'm sure your'e ready to get it out of your shop, and into the road (or track.)

I drive past an '82 911SC Targa for sale on my way to work. If I wasn't soooo deep into this Beetle, I'd give up on my project and buy it. The only other way I could afford it is to sell my TR6,.. but that's not an option.
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Old April 11th 2004, 20:01
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Hey Joe,

No, nothing crossed, just a CIS that needs adjustment.

Car is back up on stands, tank is out to be seals or replaced, which ever comes first. Rear suspension is apart to update to carrera rear brakes and put in adjustable spring plates. I think I've tracked down the oil leaks to the used oil lines to the tank, so I'll replace them this week. See if I can have it ready to drive by next monday. Time is getting close. Must be a club trait.

Glad I'm not driving by a sc targa, I'd have to look at it too.
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very cool john. just love that moment when a project first comes to life. looks like i will get to live that twice in a short period.

be sure to take some pics at driver's ed.
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