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Electronic Ignition swap on my 1965 VW Bus

Until now my 1965 VW Bus has still utilized the original points and condenser system. I enjoy the feel of the old tech so I never really gave it a thought. This Bus has been running points just fine for me for the past 7 years.

Occasionally though you have to change out the points and condenser. The way points work to get spark in your motor is by creating an arc across metal contact points. This causes wear and eventually they need to be replace. Condensers usually will last longer than points, however they too need periodic replacing. Conventional logic says to replace both at the same time.

Last time my points were replaced the condenser was not. A couple months ago the condenser went out on me while proudly giving a friend a cruise in the Bus. I had not experienced that particular issue before and was not able to diagnose it myself, nor did I have the spare set of points/condenser that VWers are supposed to carry.

Once I figured it out I did some research into the Electronic Ignition (EI) systems. They are stupid easy to install. Took me about 15 minutes with my buddy Sam to get it in. EI supposedly will last longer than I will and never needs maintenance. For $96 and 15 minutes I eliminated both the cost of all future points/condensers and the headache of a possible point of failure.

The bus is now running quieter and smoother. Someone told me I should see a gas mileage improvement also (I already get 30mpg!).

After installation I had not run the beast for a couple days. Here is a cold start on a cold day (37F). Fires immediately. No monkeying with things. Running much smoother than with the points also.

This is the Electronic Ignition kit I used http://www.airheadparts.com/vintage-vw-parts/tune-up-parts-electronic-ignition-kits/compufire-electronic-ign-f-009-dist-zvw905065-a

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Golden Gardens from the 1965 VW Bus

Storm breaks tree over VW Bus

While I was away on my honeymoon there was a big wind storm. One of the trees on the property was messed up pretty bad. My 1965 VW Bus wound up covered with branches, as well as a significant portion of the yard. The top of the tree wound up on top of the Bus. Luckily no damage.

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Driving the 1964 VW Bus on Father’s Day

VW Bus tune up for summer 2015!

This weekend my buddy Josh and I pulled my 1965 VW Bus out of storage and did the final tune ups to get her running for the summer!

Made a new friend, Mike, who lives nearby where she was stored and knows a ton about these aircooled motors. In 15 minutes he had me up and running in what would have taken me several hours to verify and do.

We accomplished a lot, including:

  • New side mirrors – The original were not recoverable
  • New blinker relay
  • Electrical troubleshooting
  • Tune up on the distributor
  • Adjusted timing
  • Verified valves
  • Fresh oil

I am excited to roll the bus up to Seattle! Need to update the registration for 2015 and she is good to go!

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