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    Ever since I built my car I have had difficulty reading the instruments as they are partially obscured by the steering wheel. I fitted a smaller wheel which helped, but there are still blind spots and the smaller wheel isn't as nice to use as the slightly larger diameter wheel you can see in the photo.

    So I recently downloaded an app called digihud onto my android phone. This is a combination speedo, compass, clock and trip counter that uses GPS and is free to download from playstore. I used an old phone cover to make the cradle that the phone sits in and glued this to the dashboard. So I now have two speedos - one that has an analogue dial and the other that has a digital readout that I can actually see without constantly ducking my head to read through the wheel.
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    I do that with an old Garmin sat nav that has a full speedo screen choice -doesn't matter that the maps are years out of date...
    It's a 52 year old car and everything works, just not always at the same time.......and it's probably about to get jealous!
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    Have a little Alerta GPS G200 Neo unit that I can update, gives speed and warns of speed cameras that have been logged and included in updates,-Only downside is no battery so USB mini needed. Also (very annoying) tells me when I exceed the speed limits.
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    I've now covered just over 1700 miles since I got the car on the road in tbe spring last year. Reliability has improved no end to the extent I no longer have sweaty palms everytime I take the car out for a run. I took the car out again this evening and it suddenly dawned on me that I no longer get the tyres rubbing on the inner wings when on full luck. Another fortunate side effect of changing the wheels to the slot mags which have a deeper offset. Something to consider when choosing wheels and tyres for these cars
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    I've now covered just over 1700 miles since I got the car on the road in tbe spring last year. Reliability has improved no end to the extent I no longer have sweaty palms everytime I take the car out for a run. I took the car out again this evening and it suddenly dawned on me that I no longer get the tyres rubbing on the inner wings when on full luck. Another fortunate side effect of changing the wheels to the slot mags which have a deeper offset. Something to consider when choosing wheels and tyres for these cars
    That's good news Phill

    ... I still need to weld the steering lock plate to my new front beam. That would be easy with the body off, but how would I know that the tyres wouldn't make contact with the body? Next time you're over here or I come over to you, maybe I could take some measurements from yours?

    I've not touched my Nova since Brodie passed away. Who would think that a wee dog would have such an impact? However, a good friend said to me the other day "take happy memories of Brodie into the garage and get on with that Nova!" I've got a photo of the Nova in her heyday in the garage ... maybe I'll get a photo of Brodie to sit beside it

    By the way, the background photo on my laptop is one you took of my chassis and your Nova in my driveway .....



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    Gawd, that takes me back 25 years when mine was just like that.
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    My car has developed a noise from the N/S rear wheel and I'm worried it may be the bearing. I can hear it rubbing/grinding when I go around corners (turning right but not when turning left).

    Any thoughts on this, and if it is the bearing, how do I get the bearing off the shaft given that it's a press fit?

    I'm also wondering if oil starvation caused by too much negative camber on the rear may have caused this (assuming it is the bearing I'm hearing and not something else).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    My car has developed a noise from the N/S rear wheel and I'm worried it may be the bearing. I can hear it rubbing/grinding when I go around corners (turning right but not when turning left).

    Any thoughts on this, and if it is the bearing, how do I get the bearing off the shaft given that it's a press fit?

    I'm also wondering if oil starvation caused by too much negative camber on the rear may have caused this (assuming it is the bearing I'm hearing and not something else).
    Hi Phill,

    I suspect it's simply that the bearings have reached the end of their life, rather than oil starvation, coz you’ve not had your negative camber for that long.

    When I replaced my rear bearings the transaxle was out of the car and I had disconnected the axle tube retainers at the transaxle. I gently tapped the outer end of the axle with a rubber mallet whilst holding the axle tube to drive the bearing off the axle, (but you have to be careful not to transfer any great impact into the innards of the transaxle). In the absence of a VW puller specifically for the rear bearings, here's a helpful video showing how to manufacture a puller mechanism ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad6keQ9kM_I

    Whilst doing that you'd be well advised to buy a rear hub oil seal kit so here's 3 videos from Just Kampers showing how to dismantle and replace the rear hub seals ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGOIWhl5SKc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6XwdvyH3Gc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB33wEQzKhc

    I managed to gently drift the new wheel bearings into position without a press. Remember to apply pressure to the inner race and not the outer, otherwise you'll knacker the bearing cage.

    If you have any difficulty removing your 36mm hub nuts remember that I've got the torque leverage tool which you're welcome to borrow.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks Alistair - lots of usefull information there. I'm pretty sure it's the wheel bearing and the negative camber probably hasnt helped. However, I'm first going to remove the druma and inspect the brake lining just in case it's the rear brake that's rubbing and making the noise rather than the bearing which would be a much easier fix
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    If you use RS double sealed bearings no need to worry about oil as they run forever without external lub'. Most cars run on them. mine included.
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