Saturday, 28 March 2009

On the dyno

Finally did the day I had waited for arrive.
It was time to take the oval some 100km up north, to have it dynoed and adjusted properly. I must say it went without any problems at all. The first that was done was a little adjusting on the linkage, and after a couple of runs he said that it ran a little lean when going cruising speed at half thottle, so some smaller main air jets were put in the carbs. That meant it lost a little tourqe, but with moving the ignition timing with less than 3 degrees it was back. And after that he ran it a couple of times more and decided that it couldn´t get any better if the engine also should remain reliable.
The engine now has 43hp at 3600rpm and 90nm at 2900rpm.
So when I drove home, I really was one happy boy!
Now we only need the spring to come around so I can get some kilometers on the engine, see you out there........

Friday, 27 March 2009

Sunday, 22 March 2009

The Bluehats goes high tech

When Building the Express engine my good friend and fellow JDVD member Ulrik adviced me weld a nut in the exhaust were I blieved all the gasses would meet. I should do it so that we could put a lambasond in the exhaust, so it was possible meassure on the air/fuel mixture while driving.
I must say this is one clever tool! I didn´t understand much of what it said but with Ulriks help, and a couple of test runs, I changed the main jets for some smaller ones, and I believe that the car is now ready the the dyno run!

Friday, 20 March 2009


I have for years wanted painted logos on my hubcapss, but never come around to do it as I thought it would have to be a hard job masking 4 hubcap logos of.
But suddenly one day I got the idea how to do it the easy way.
And here you seĆ© result, the black ones are mine, and the green ones are Jens´.
It took lees than 1 hour to do 4 hubcaps, and that included beer breakes :-)
And yes I do know that it isn´t original hubcaps, but I only have 3 dent free ones, so there is no need to call the crome shop just yet.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Heard it on the radio

I just found this old Philips radio, aparently it´s correct for a split.
What I have found out so far is that this radio was introduced in 1951 and is called Philips Autosuper 491. and the picture of it mounted in a split is from the book Besser fahren mit Volkswagen.
I just tried to hook it up and it buzzes but no music so far, maybe I should find a antenna and put in.
I will consider selling the radio as I already have a radio in the oval, so drop me a email if you are interested.

37.000 Hits

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Oval project part 6

Yesterday Jens and I worked a couple of hours on his oval, and it´s now ready for the interior shop, so they can take care of the headliner and the sunroof.
And while it´s there the last parts will be painted so that they properly are ready when it returns.
Don´t you just love oval dash with some nice accessories? I know that I do, and there are even more on it´s way.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The Petri wheel

A well known and higly sought after accessory for the old volkswagens are the Petri Steering wheels, and horn rings.
All accessory fans dreams of one one these, myself included.
I have for some year been looking for a hornring for my batwing wheel, but these doesn´t pop up to often and when they do they are quite expensive.
But a year and a half ago one day I was just sitting at home not doing much, my good friend Jens called to say if I had seen that Petri wheel that was up for sale on a danish vw page, I thought this was just another repro flat 4 steering wheel, and I really didn´t wanted one of those! But I went online to check it out.
And big was my surprise when I saw the pictures, this was a original 2 spoke Petri wheel, and it even had full circle hornring, and in opinion the most desirable hornpush of them all the sundial button.
I called the guy and made him an offer that he accepted and 2 days later the wheel was mine, and it has been in the 54 ever since.
It has a little patina, but I like it that way, and I have no ententions to restore it as like this way.

In the pictures you see one of my friends 58 cab with Petri Rometch steeringwheel and Petri half circle hornring.
And another friends unrestored 53 oval with Petri batwing hornring.
And my own dash with the 2 spoke Petri with full circle hornring.
And please notice that all these steeringwheels and hornrings are original, there is no repro junk here :-)