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    What actuators are you using?



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    Thanks Alex -I've just been watching some you tube videos and it seems pretty straightforward after all. I've been putting off doing this because I thought it would take all day. I've tried loosening the 36mm nut and it does come off so I think I'm home and dry. Will leave the job for another day though

    Peter - what was the question regarding actuators? Not sure what you mean?
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    Hi Phil,
    As the roof goes up and down quite quickly and quietly I was wondering what make and power the electric actuators were as mentioned in the text but it could be you mean hydraulic actuators (rams).



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    Well, after putting it off for so long I finally got around to changing the generator. And thanks to Alex's advice I found it pretty straightforward after all. All the advice on the vw forums I'd looked at suggested it would be easier to remove the engine. I suspect it's easier to do in a Nova than an an ordinary beetle when the engine is accessed from above instead of the side making it easier to reach around the back of the shroud to undo the big nut that holds the fan in place on the generator. The Carb has to come out to access the small 10mm setscrews the hold the back of the generator against the shroud and to give enough wriggle room to remove the generator and lift it out from above. Something that's probably not possible with a Beetle



    A big thank you to Mick who sent me the replacment generator months ago and I'm happy to report it's working perfectly.

    So now with the charging system working again I'm reasonably confident to take the Nova out for longer trips (previously I never ventured too far for fear of flattening the battery). All I need now is some decent weather to drive the car without the screen misting up.

    I even found time to remove the christmas decorations and take the christmas tree down - so all in all a pretty productive day.
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    Whilst I applaud the hands-on approach and old-school ethos, I was kinda hoping you'd find a 70 Amp Bosch Alternator under your tree this Xmas... maybe next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
    Whilst I applaud the hands-on approach and old-school ethos, I was kinda hoping you'd find a 70 Amp Bosch Alternator under your tree this Xmas... maybe next year
    So was I, but sadly no..so I had to make do and mend
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    I may be wrong as engine configuration varies from car to car in our hobby but removing the generator/alternator is easier if done in one piece.

    Disconnect wires from coil and generator
    Remove pulley and belt.
    Undo the strap on the unit and slide forward off the stand.
    Slacken the two M6 fasteners at the ends.
    Remove the 8 small screws from shroud to cylinder covers.
    Lift whole unit of shroud, coil, fan etc off and then work on it.

    At least that' s how I do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter View Post
    I may be wrong as engine configuration varies from car to car in our hobby but removing the generator/alternator is easier if done in one piece.

    Disconnect wires from coil and generator
    Remove pulley and belt.
    Undo the strap on the unit and slide forward off the stand.
    Slacken the two M6 fasteners at the ends.
    Remove the 8 small screws from shroud to cylinder covers.
    Lift whole unit of shroud, coil, fan etc off and then work on it.

    At least that' s how I do it.
    IMG_20151022_144523.jpg
    My original intention was to do it this way Peter, but it would have involved removing the engine first as there's not enough room to remove a standard Beetle Shroud in the Nova's engine bay (yours looks smaller than mine and is non standard?). But Alex convinced me it was possible to remove the generator with the shroud in place which I don't think would have been possible with the standard Beetle since there is no wriggle room with access above the engine as there is in the Nova. Overall it took me less than two hours working at a leisurely pace, but I could probably do it a lot quicker next time.

    The steps are as follows:-
    Disconnect Battery and remove distributor cap (to get access to Carb nuts)
    Remove Carb (if a single carb - probably not needed with a dual carb set up)
    Remove large fan/Generator nut from back of shroud
    Slacken off and remove fan belt
    Remove pedestal to Generator clamp
    Remove 4 x 10mm setscrews holding generator backplate to shroud

    At this point the generator (complete with back plate) can be pulled out leaving the cooling fan in place inside the shroud.
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    Took the Nova out for a spin today. It was cold and damp so I had to remove the sunroof to prevent the screen from misting over but even then it had a tendency to cloud up. No heating in the Nova either so it was cold, even my feet were freexing. But the drive was exhilarating. Drove for a few miles then decided to film a short run but the camera angle wasn't quite right:-

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    Well done Phill.

    Good to see you're still out in her despite the cold. I've been back doing mechanical things but unfortunately not yet on the Nova. A new wheel bearing on my daughter's DS3 the other day, and 2 new front springs on the van today, so that I can get to work tomorrow! The nearside one snapped completely right in the middle the other day!

    Mind you, on the up side, my daughter traded in her DS3 on Friday for a BMW 320 and has me as a named driver!

    I've created space in my diary in Feb to get back to the Nova. Hopefully will be posting more updates then. In the meantime, has the cold made you think any more about a heating system in your Nova or are you going to stick to Spring to Autumn for driving?

    Alistair

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