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waterbug work

Unread postby Shooter » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:00 pm

I figured I would at least set the bug motor on the cat hulls. My buddy is ill and we could not get started actually mounting it.
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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby SilverFox » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:40 am

What's your plan for engine mounts and, of course, propeller cage? Good to see a powerplant on the boat!
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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby Shooter » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:03 pm

VW motors mount off the transaxle, no mounts on the motor it self.
I'll make some heavy "L" brackets off the flywheel , my back and prop drive, and bring them underneath the motor and put some rubber mounts in the front.
They will span two cross bars and mount to the cats mid with.
The cage will have to be fabbed as needed .
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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby SilverFox » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:04 am

Will be watching for updates. 8-)
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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby Elgavilan » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:12 am

Looking like you're making progress. Can you remove the engine air ducting used to cool the motor since in your application the prop will provide air movement across the engine naturally? That would save some weight and with the fan removal it would save some HP normally used to run the fan.

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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby Shooter » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:08 am

Very true I had thought of that.
Our plan it to use it as much in the winter as summer,
on the ice and partly frozen rivers and lakes .
I'm afraid keeping it warm will be as important as cool
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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby Shooter » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:10 am

Still working.
I went as far s I can on the boat port for a wail.
I did not go calling and the lawn did not need to be messed with.
Water bug time.
My buddy and I welded up some of the motor platform but did no get it welded to the boat.
I added some Pillars to disperse the weight , not welded in yet. I used a hole saw and cut the Sq tubing and drove it in , should hold better then just welded to the out side.


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A VW motor mounts only to the transaxle so no actual motor mounts. I mane one . the motor will set on it and I'll bolt it on with the 2 studs on the front of the motor under the front pulley.


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Then I plan on having a heave "L" bracket from the trany bell housing mount holes to the front of the motor mount.
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The oil sump is in the very bottom of the case I had to cut a hole to change the oil.

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Now I need more welding...
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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby Shooter » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:45 am

:drool:
The VW motor is officially attached to the Hull !!!!
I have been fabricating a motor bracket and starter mount .
WOW lots of cutting and fitting But it looks just like I envisioned and
seams to work .
I have to be able to adjust the " attitude" of the motor 'drive.
I still have to make the "Adjuster" on the front.
It will consist of a one inch ,by three inch bolt and nut on a rubber pad
To move up and down and then a locking plate to hold it in place .
That's next.
THEN finally I can start the drive/hub/prop.




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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby Shooter » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:51 pm

At long last I have the primary clutch "ON" the motor.
I had to relocate the starter an 1/8 inch as to let the front half turn freely.

Every thing is turning to the left and all the screw on parts are right hand thread. I have roll pins and nut locks an anything in the "Drive train". I'm going to do a power up soon to see if the VW 1600cc will make the clutch engage. The "First" "TEST" ended in a major malfunction. BUT I have added a carrier bearing to prevent that now, I hope.


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Re: waterbug work

Unread postby Shooter » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:07 am

Today I did a Major test . A+!!!!!

1971 VW bug 1600cc undetermined mileage motor.
This set in a shed for maybe 30 years. I Got a new carb at amazon ( still factory settings ),
New coil, plugs wires points and condenser. I set the valves and point with a feeler gauge ,remember them ?a year ago I had it running on the ground for like 5 minutes for the first test of the clutch adaptor that I had made. It failed in moments. I redesigned and had it fabbed up again, This time with a carrier bearing and a shaft that went in to the piolet bearing in the crank. I Have not ran it since. I built the hull made the motor mounts and finally mounted it on the boat.
Made a mount for the carrier bearing re did the starter to fit.
It is About a year later. Today I needed to start it up and see if my primary clutch off the 1969 Johnson snowmobile would even work.

Dang! I put the fuel line in to a gas can and hit the starter. A dozen turns and she came to life. I have not put a timing light on it yet but it ran very smooth from, 800 rpm (Idle) after the electric choke came all the way off , to 5000 rpm ( as fast as I wanted to turn it unloaded). As stated in the information I could find on the clutch It engaged at 1700rpm and at 3100 rpm was fully moved in for the reduction change. Everything sounded smooth and solid. I ran it for a half hour or so at 2500 rpm. I still have to do some work on my temp and oil psi gauges apparently, but the oil on the dip stick was still cool to the touch. NICE!

Next to mount the secondary clutch, and see if that part works as expected !!! :drool:

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