The air cleaner I chose actually fits underneath the deck lid! Yay. I'm running a SVDA (single vacuum dual advance) distributor - hence the single vacuum hose connected to the side vacuum port on the carb. The second port on the carb is capped - see the black rubber cap about halfway down the carb body? If you had a dual vacuum distributor canister, I believe a hose would be connected from the rear of the canister to this port.
This BOCAR 3 PICT 34 carburetor needed some setting up out of the box. The choke was set too far open and the main idle screw was backed out too far (there was a loud sucking sound coming from the carb and it wouldn't idle). I used the old trick of turning the idle screw in gently (when the car was off) until it began to stop, then backed it out 2 1/2 turns. It worked after that. Between some fine tuning and setting the timing, I've got it idling nicely around 850-950 RPM.
What's really pretty interesting is ... after I got it idling, I took it out for a few laps around the town. I was heavy on the throttle and revved the motor high - both during acceleration and deceleration while shifting down. I don't normally drive like that but I wanted a good baseline test with the new carb. Anyway, the oil temperature gauge never got above 180F. Compared to my dual Weber IDF 40 setup, I would have been running about 210F after the same amount of driving.
This little carburetor does just fine by the way. It has a nice acceleration band and highway speeds are easily reached and maintained. Because this motor in is a show quality, mostly original 1964 convertible bug I don't need dual carbs. It ain't a race car. But, having said that, I bet some volks out there would be surprised by the pull from this little carb. If you haven't read The Engine page yet, this is a 1776cc with some nice innards. It just runs well with this carb - almost like it was meant to be set up like this. *That's a joke. Get it?
In addition, the Vintage Speed exhaust system sounds awesome. It's throaty but not loud and flabby - just pleasant to the ears. It's not as quiet as the original VW pea-shooters but noticeably quieter than a merged header system. It's made in Taiwan I think but it's all stainless steel w/ good welds. Good quality. It's so nice to have a modern-flow exhaust system that FITS like a stocker!
See the video below to hear it run ...
I bought this from Jbugs.com. I haven't dealt with them much so I can't comment on their customer service. However, I can say that their shipping is pretty quick.
The parts arrived in about 5 days and the order was correct. Anticipating their arrival, I removed the Weber 32/36 along with the old manifold and heat riser tubes. So, when the box hit the front door, I was ready to rock and roll.
People often say how easy old VWs are to work on. I guess that's true to a certain degree. But, the design simplicity is greatly offset by the lack of working room. All this stuff; engine tin, intake manifold and nuts, heat risers, spark plugs, misc hoses and wires, and the exhaust system are crammed together quite snugly. Unlike the engine compartment of a classic American car where you can literally climb half way in, the VWs are MUCH more compact with plenty of opportunities for knuckle-busting, skin-gouging, and paint-scratching. I have strung together some impressive obscenities in the old VW garage ... including this installation. For example, two of the rear intake manifold nuts that secure the dual port ends to the heads are a real bitch - you know the ones I'm talking about. Ugh!
See the picture below for a look at the carb itself...
$120, including shipping to the
continental United States
I am willing to take the blame for the Weber 32/36 progressive not working right. It's highly unlikely that the carb was "bad" - especially after I paid Aircooled.net extra to set it up. So, I will swallow my pride and admit that I couldn't get it tuned correctly. And, I REALLY tried.
Like I mentioned somewhere before, life is too short to screw around with stuff like that. I read books, I searched the web, I asked questions, I tinkered and tuned and tinkered and tuned and removed it and cleaned it and tinkered and tuned some more. Alas, I was left with a carb that either wouldn't idle or would race up to 2k RPM on its own.
I got the 34 dialed in a couple of hours and it is going to stay. I like it. So, I will be selling the Weber. If anybody is interested, click the button below to purchase via PayPal. I am selling the Weber itself (no air cleaner or gasket), the good quality linkage, the intake manifold center section (NOT the two dual port end pieces), and the heat riser tubes. Price new would be around $350+. It can be yours for $120 (including shipping to the continental United States). I don't want it. Maybe you can do better with it. However, the sale is FINAL and is completely at your own risk. If you're a carburetor guy and/or know how to tune these Webers, then this is a smokin' deal. If you're a regular weekend mechanic like I am, I would caution you. You might run into the same trouble I did. Again, buy at your own risk. NO RETURNS. Once I see this thing leave my possession I never want to see it again!
Single Weber 32/36 Progressive DFEV Carburetor, linkage, VW center section intake manifold w/ heat riser tubes.
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BOCAR 3 PICT 34 Carburetor