Robbie’s Garage & Mr. Kadron

After a few uneventful days of working and pressing flesh in L.A., we headed over to Robbie’s garage… and we got to meet Robbie. I had a leaking final drive seal and needed a place and tools to do it – and an address to ship a few items – and Robbie kindly obliged via our Facebook page.

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First, locating the proper seal was a bit of a task. There was no way I could order it and have it arrive in time (from Canada?) and it took forever calling around to find it locally. Trouble was, when I went to pick it up locally it was the wrong part. But, this is SoCal and aside from the traffic, it’s not a bad place to go hunting for VW parts.

I ended up at Low Bugget – home of A.J. Simms – a.k.a. Mr. Kadron. While we were waiting for the wrong part to arrive, A.J. and I had a quick chat about my carb and distributor setup. If I would go pull off my left carb and dizzy, he could tap the carb for vacuum (for the SVDA) and re-curve my distributor for me. Simple choice – I broke out the tools in the parking lot and went to work. A.J. also called around and found the correct seal at a local ‘secret’ transmission shop while my distributor went on the Sun 680 Distributor Tester. He pointed out how poorly my distributor advance curve was and started the re-curve process. End result – I could immediately tell the difference and the bus now accelerates nice and smooth. He told me EMPI once asked him to quote re-curving 500 ‘bad’ dizzys. I didn’t ask if he took the job. But, if you’ve got just one, you can send it to LowBugget and they’ll do it for you.

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Replacing the final drive seal ended up being a longer than expected task, so having a nice garage space and tools was awesome. I also picked up a spare coil, after frying my old one about a week ago. Big thanks to Robbie and A.J. for helping us out!

5 thoughts on “Robbie’s Garage & Mr. Kadron

  • September 9, 2014 at 4:10 AM
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    Funny setting on your camera ? Redbeard seems to be more orange now (first and last pic) ? Glad to hear Redbeard getting better and better πŸ˜›

  • September 9, 2014 at 6:06 AM
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    Gui-I don’t know what Jason’s up to, but that’s not Redbeard in those two pictures. Maybe he’s giving us some secret VW test. Check the wheels and tail lights.

  • September 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM
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    That’s Robbie’s ride.

  • September 10, 2014 at 3:50 AM
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    dOh should have noticed that too. Redbeard is younger πŸ™‚

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