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#9939 of 10040 Re: This is a bit odd [scwmcan]
Jun 04, 2013 (9:45 am)
Yeah, I think it's strange. Our 2007 Outback was the same way, so I think it's just a "feature" of the clutch. I haven't had that problem on any other manual I've driven. Some are more "feelable" than others, but even low-torque setups like my Fiesta are real easy to get in touch with. I just haven't ever found that mild-mannered equilibrium with the Forester.
I can sure persuade it to move with ferocity, though. It impresses me how quickly that car can move (which annoys my wife to no end, given that she drives it in "little old lady mode").
Jun 10, 2013 (6:21 am)
"I just bought a new 2014 Mustang V6 Coupe and it's running fine except at toll booths it won't shift into 1st or 2nd." (link)
Only happens at toll booths, home of all those EZ transponders - maybe some tin foil lining the hood and dashboard would fix it?
#9941 of 10040 Re: got double-clutch ? [steve_]
Jun 10, 2013 (5:21 pm)
possibly try a double-clutch to get it into 1st after stopping:
move gear shift to neutral.
fully release clutch pedal.
depress again the clutch pedal
move gear shift to 1st
#9942 of 10040 The future us alive and well..
Jun 11, 2013 (3:40 pm)
here in 100° Alamogordo. I found a '67 VW Bug in white here west of town at a small, private seller of automobiles on Highway 70 that leads to Las Cruces, NM. It is a 4-speed stick and its body is straight, newer tire and wheels that just make the car look great.
He wants $3,000 for it and from my research, if its mechanically sound, that is a very fair price for it. Here we go!
#9943 of 10040 Re: The future us alive and well.. [iluvmysephia1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 11, 2013 (4:16 pm)
Yee Haw, how's the AC in it?
Seriously, how is the heat? Looks like we aren't going to get out there this summer as hoped.
Jun 13, 2013 (12:48 am)
it was 102° today and hot. Yeah, I'll bet the white '67 VW Bug has no valid A/C in it at all. And that is a potential problem or worrysome thing about the car that would have to be addressed. Or not addressed at all and just lived with.
The last car I owned that didn't have A/C was the 1999 Kia Sephia. But that was when we lived in Burlington, WA, which, as you know steve, rarely exceeds 90° in the hottest part of summer, so, there ya go. My intensive pursuit for my own chunk of automotive history pants on in to the hot, south-central New Mexico summer.
Santa Fe, NM, is an interesting place, with all its adobe architectural businesses and homes. It forces you in to staring at it for a while, all the different home and business designs that have been implemented over there. Truly a step back in NM history and American SW desert-dwelling existence, and full of tourist-trap sales experiences around every corner. I don't like it enough to pine for a house or rental there for retirement, because prices have rose so high for housing in Santa Fe that it's virtually untouchable for someone who isn't rich to live there as a retiree. There's a way to do it if you are very patient and plan your hunt accordingly, though, I'm pretty sure. I'm just not so sure I care enough about it to embark on that.
Now down in our neck of the woods Tularosa, about 13 miles north of Alamogordo, looks a lot more do-able and affordable as a retirement destination. Lots of trees all over the town for shade and housing is very affordable. It's on Highway 70 about 35 miles west of Ruidoso. Highway 54/70 both run north in to Tularosa and 54 shoots off to the west towards Carricozo and the Trinity Site, Valley of Fire and San Antonio, NM. Interesting and laid-back area that interests me a lot.
What's kind of appealing to Santa Fe, NM, though, is that the city of Santa Fe is also very laid back and the people are nice, because they love living in Santa Fe. They see Santa Fe's future are being very, very viable and they love it and want to make the place a better place ta be. So it has an appealing lure to it, sort of like the lure of Seattle's Space Needle, Science Center, Monorail and Pike Place Market. And ferry boats. People there know it's a pretty special place and so are excited to be a part of it and make it even better. Those are the kinds of places you want to live in and be a part of, eh?
#9945 of 10040 Re: steve... [iluvmysephia1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 13, 2013 (3:21 am)
When I first visited Santa Fe in my 20s, I thought it was brown and dusty and I didn't see the attraction. Now I really like it. The concerts on the "square" are great and we love all the weavings and rugs in the shops and galleries.
The first time I was out there was in a 4 speed manual transmission.
Yep, in a Bug. Could have been a '67 or '68 too but never drove a white one.
#9946 of 10040 Re: steve... [iluvmysephia1]
Jun 13, 2013 (5:19 am)
If a '67 VW did have aftermarket a/c it would consume about 20 of the available 50HP.
#9947 of 10040 Re: steve... [andys120]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 13, 2013 (6:13 am)
I think the last fuel-injected Super Beetles could have AC, but even then, it's too much for that little engine---too much load.
Maybe if you installed a big bore 1800 engine built to a high standard, it could handle a small compressor.
You have to be realistic about an old VW flat 4. It's a cheap little engine that does not tolerate being overworked.
Think of it as more of an old motorcycle engine from a Harley or Triumph than as a modern car engine.
If you "lug" it in 4th gear, you're gonna blow it up.
#9948 of 10040 Sounds like I'll just have ta live...
Jun 13, 2013 (12:32 pm)
in my 1967 VW Bug without A/C. What's weird is I don't think that'll be a problem. Or what I might be saying is I want the car so bad that I can just live with an "ailment" like that just fine. Yeah, taking 20 horses away from a 50-horse motor is too much. But, this one in town is a 1967 and I am now narrowing my search down to only wanting a 1967 VW Bug.
I may post a picture of one later that looks like the one in town I'm looking to buy. I don't think it's really any kind of mystery to any of you all what the car looks like, huh?