07/02/2005 10:31 Chirping In First [Engine And Drive]
I know that it has been a long time since my last posting to the Kombi Files, but let me put it this way â€“ I have been putting 100% of my time into the actual Kombi, and the Kombi website could wait. :-P
Bucket and Nick have described fairly accurately what a F*&KING PAIN IN THE A#$E wiring can be. I have no idea (looking back) how much time the great porn star Nick and I have spent on that machine - you know for a few nights there I was dreaming Kombi wiring circuits â€“ sad.
I can now rattle off insulation colours and tell you what they are for. â€“ So if you want to stay awake: donâ€™t ask me to.
I was soooo excited when Ash called me on my way home from work last week telling me that the blasted thing RAN! I felt sooo proud that all our work wasnâ€™t a total-up since 90% of what I was doing was based off memory from when I was a Dack-Dack grease monkeyâ€¦..and the other guys felt that was good enough. Thatâ€™s the beauty of these machines. Ferdi P was on to a good thing when that Charlie Chaplin with only one testicle decided to harass him about a KDF Wagen.
So. Once the thing was wired correctly and running, the next step was to tune it.
My guess was that the dwell angle needed to be 50-60 degrees (being a 4 cyl motor) howeverâ€¦.. the thing has since run worse â€“ so ill take it back to its settings before I ed with it (26 deg) but that seems a little to small to me (note the understatement).
Timing is not that critical with these old machines â€“ generally they should be 3-7 degrees BTDC at idle but with these old cars just advance them until they run well â€“ seriously.
No work has been done to tune the carbies yet â€“ and I suspect that that would be a large reason why the thing runs likewhen it has a load on it. (without load the thing idles and revs freely).
Well â€“ till next time when the Kombi can chirp in first, Ill send another post.