53 Year old Barnfind, running.

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kaddy
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53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by kaddy » 1st August 2020 - 12:01am

53 year old Irish VW Variant Barnfind first startup after 50 years lying in ashed as a non runner



See all 5 vids. Its the car I got a couple of weeks ago, never started in 50 years.

Now running sweetly with the same original engine and parts.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEPOhHw ... e=youtu.be

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Re: 53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by richtbiscuits » 1st August 2020 - 8:51pm

A good job done! Sound great. Testament to superb engineering and some well spent and considered tinkering time.
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Re: 53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by kaddy » 1st August 2020 - 10:58pm

Considering that 50 years ago this car was resigned to the shed because the wrong distributor was fitted to it
by some well meaning mechanic.
This meant that the vacuum unit did not allow the distributor to revolve enough to allow the proper setting
of the ignition timing.
When we examined it the timing was firing about 40 mm before the marks on the pulley. The dissy vacuum
can was fouling on the dissy plate nut.
So we could not set it.

For a workaround we removed the vacuum can, and replaced the distributor, set the timing.

And away she went.


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Re: 53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by Dave Summers » 2nd August 2020 - 9:48pm

That mechanic deserves an award for helping to preserve a fine car. 50 years ago the verdict on him might have been a bit different...
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Re: 53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by kaddy » 4th August 2020 - 5:42pm

The mechanic is me. And the car got its first drive out of the workshop yesterday,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KZdf9xnjLM

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Re: 53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by Dave Summers » 4th August 2020 - 7:07pm

I meant the well-meaning mechanic 50 years ago.
Good to see it running.
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Re: 53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by kaddy » 4th August 2020 - 11:43pm

Yeah I know, but I couldn't resist :badgrin:

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Re: 53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by broady_6 » 7th August 2020 - 10:58pm

kaddy wrote:
1st August 2020 - 11:00pm
Now she runs like this,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrZXjJ63KXk
You'll not get far with that size petrol tank :D but shes running nicely for a car thats dont bugger all for 50 years.
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Re: 53 Year old Barnfind, running.

Post by kaddy » 9th August 2020 - 10:55am

It will get me around the yard, and thats the commitment I made to the guy that sold me his
deceased fathers car :)

And he was surprised that it took only 2 days to check the engine and pin down the problem.

And it was this problem that put this car pushed onto a boat for Dublin back in 1970,

because the AA man could not get it going. Landed in Ireland, towed back to the coast and put

in the shed. Local mechanic got it running, conked out along the road. Done some more fiddling,

And pushed into the shed as a non runner. I got my hands on it a few weeks ago, and now its driving.

Luvverly Jubbly. And as 53 year old VW goes, its 100% solid. Cant get any better.

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