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View Diary: Of First Cars and First Loves: Sorry, Nan, this Diary is About my '69 Beetle (114 comments)

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  •  It took me an afternoon to replace the engine (5+ / 0-)

    in my 69 Beetle. I blew the engine several times trying to drive it like a sports car. Hey that's what kids do. You could go to the junkyard, grab a used engine from the engine pile and drop it in in a few hours. All you needed was a floor jack and some metric wrenches.

    There's enough on this planet for everyone's needs but not for everyone's greed. ~ Gandhi

    by CitizenOfEarth on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 09:32:53 AM PST

    •  If the rear apron was bolted on, you could have (2+ / 0-)
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      the engine out in 15 minutes. 4 bolts, the fuel line and a few wires. Most of the difficulty is trying to manuever the engine past the rear apron.

      •  A high school buddy of mine (1+ / 0-)
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        who worked in a service station (late '60s) said they used to have contests to see who could get a VW's engine out and back in the quickest. I forget what the record was, but it was pretty short.

        •  weren't there only 4 mounting bolts? (1+ / 0-)
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          I can't remember now.

          "By your late thirties the ground has begun to grow hard. It grows harder and harder until the day that it admits you.” Thomas McGuane, Nobody's Angel

          by Keith930 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 01:26:22 PM PST

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          •  Yep. (1+ / 0-)
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            Undo four nuts, disconnect the fuel line and a couple of wires, then two guys could lift it right out. The older transporters were even better: If you put a jack under the engine and removed the rear bumper and apron you could roll the vehicle forward off the engine. No lifting required.

            Last time I replaced an engine in a car (an early Honda Prelude), it took me a day to the the engine out, and another whole day to get the new one in.

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