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 tweaking to work with my motor. It seemed the larger displacement, larger heads, and camshaft were sucking more fuel than the carb could deliver with its stock sized jets. The carb just wouldn't tune. So, I installed a 132.5 MAIN jet and a 57 IDLE jet. It made a HUGE difference. The carb started running right, and I was finally able to tune it. *It sometimes still won't idle when cold, but idles beautifully after it warms up a bit.
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 car, I don't need dual carbs. It ain't a race car. 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!
*Note, whomever owns this car next ... PLEASE don't put dual carbs back on it. I've gone to a lot of trouble to make everything run right with this single carb setup.
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...
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.
BOCAR 3 PICT 34 Carburetor