[T3] 1966 Type 3 Squareback

Mara Johnson drmarajjohnson at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 15:24:26 PST 2017

Hi, I am in Davis CA.  I do my own work on the sqbk and 1970 double cab I
have. I appreciate your details and will check on the items you suggest.
If you know of anyone in Davis that would be great!  Mara

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:31 PM, Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:

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> On 30 Jan 2017 at 10:06, Mara Johnson wrote:
> > Hi, I am at my wit's end.  I can't figure out why my car will start after
> > sitting in the driveway, but after driving either around town or on
> > freeway, when I stop the engine, it won't start again.
> >
> > It turns over more and more slowly without firing up until it won't turn
> > over at all.
> Has it always been this way or is this something new? Did it just
> start with the rebuilt engine or was it the reason you got the engine
> rebuilt?
> It's possible that after shutting down, the heat from the hot engine
> rises and boils all the gas out of the carb bowls. With the bowls
> empty, it takes quite a bit of cranking before the fuel pump has run
> long enough to refill the carbs. If there's any weakness in the
> starting system (battery, starter, cables, connections) the battery
> may be run down by the time there's gas.
> This will be worse if there's any problem with the cooling system,
> like a cracked or missing cooling air intake bellows, or a
> mis-adjusted thermostat. There are also lots of places where things
> can be done wrong when a Type 3 engine is rebuilt by someone that's
> mostly familiar with Type 1s. The internals are close enough, but
> external things, like the distributor drive gear and the thermostat
> linkage, are often done wrong. Type 3s also have some cooling tin
> which Beetle people tend to forget to reinstall. You say it hasn't
> overheated, but how do you know?
> If this still had the stock Solex carbs, the chokes could be
> misadjusted, or sticking. If it has aftermarket carbs, they could be
> set so rich that they tend to flood a warm engine.
> Before you do anything else, however, please check all the usual
> tuneup items: valve adjustments, dwell, and timing.
> The best thing to do would be to find someone in your area who is
> actually first hand familiar with Type 3s. This is not as easy as it
> sounds. Where are you located?
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