brakes now work. had to change the soft lines, hard lines, slave cylinders, master cylinder, shoes, and a buddy of mine repacked the bearings and disassembled/reassembled the pedal assembly just to be safe.
clutch now works. the throw-out bearing snapped out of its place. so we changed the pins and turned the clutch arm around (the previous owner had it on backwards).
my friend showed me the mysteries of wiring as he tried to get my tail lights to work in any sense of the word.... only to find that they wont work. either my switch is bad, or i have a short/ground somewhere in the car. we rewired the rear of the car in any case.
new engine seals were installed.
the engine now runs with no smoke and no hiccups. changed the spark plugs (fouled as badly as they could be), rebuilt the carb (had sludge in it), replaced the idle jet in the carb - it was just a random plug in the side of the carb.... jake raby had never
seen anything like it because the car would
crank and idle. albeit it idle really badly but it idled. adjusted the valves - that hadnt been adjusted in so long that the gaskets came apart in chunks and there was more sludgy oil between the valves and the adjustment screws. adjusted the idle.
the car runs like a dream now. smooth and powerful.
now i just have to change my light switch. and replace the headlight bulbs, reconnect the speedo cable, and i am good!
eventually ill need to rewire the car. thats gonna be fun, im sure.
oh yeah, and we divined through the genius of standing around, beers in hand, and saying.... "wait... its a 63? why does it have that?" that the bug is indeed NOT a 63. it looks more like a 60 or earlier. it has the squat window, and the single decklid prop on the drivers side. thats means my taillights are era correct. but i have the rear apron of 68+. the tranny crossmember of a 62 plus. and the engine of a 63.
so my bug, it turns out, is an abortion. a decent looking ride from the outside. therefore i have named her Jana. the greek goddess of secrets, mysteries, and hidden revelations.