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Well, due to the truck needing a software update to fix it I struck upon the notion that the bug was like Wall-e and the truck was like Eva. Old tech and new tech. Well, it seems it may stick.

I’d like to officially introduce the newest member of the Hickey household.

Wally the bug.

My Yellow Super Beetle

My Yellow Super Beetle

It’s yellow, it’s rough around the edges, has some dents and rust, but has great character.


As some who know us know, we have a 2008 Dodge Ram 4×4 Big Horn Edition truck. It’s pretty, it’s powerful, and it’s a real kick to drive.


We laugh and joke because the truck is so computerized. Turn the key, the computer takes over, runs all the fans up, does a diagnostics, and backs the rpms and fans back down. Well, it’s not so funny anymore.

The truck hasn’t been running right lately. It has a hesitation problem and doesn’t get as good a gas milage as it used to. We used to get 20+ miles a gallon on the freeway. Now it’s more like 17. So we took it in for and oil change and a diagnostics by the dealer. Only they have the right computers to talk with the computers in the truck.

The results? It needed 2 software updates. One for the traction control and the other for the emission system. Yes, you read that right. Software updates. I can only imagine that we needed the software update to the emission system because california has so much crap in their gas to make it “environmentally friendly” that it screwed up the system. The fix was just to teach the computer how to handle it. Guy at the dealership said it should be all better now.

Software updates to my truck. It’s just not right!

I went to the Celtic Session today. The First Sunday Session at the Ol’Factory Cafe in Sand City. I ran about an hour late but here is a list of tunes that were played in the session while I was there.

  • Road to Lisdoonvarna
  • The Kesh Jig
  • Morrison’s
  • Mairi’s Wedding
  • Flowers of Edinburgh
  • Temperance Reel
  • St Annes Reel
  • Dennis Murphy Polka
  • Dowd’s Number Nine
  • Banish Misfortune
  • Lark in the Morning
  • Farewell to Whisky
  • The Musical Priest
  • Cooley’s Reel
  • The Banshee
  • Sour Grass & Granite
  • Star of the County Down
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Over the Waterfall
  • Gary Owen
  • Irish Washerwoman
  • Rakes of Marrow
  • Southwind

PDF of Sundays Celtic Music sunday_session

ABC format of Sundays Celtic Music sunday_celtic

Wow, I started monitoring the number of hits about a year ago just for grins. Who would have thought that people would be crazy enough to hit this website a wopping 10,000 times in a year. Believe me, I’m not that interesting, I know. (-:

Ten Thousand Hits

Ten Thousand Hits

The bug (no name yet) wouldn’t idle very well once warmed up and had a tendancy to die when at a stop light. That and it had a wicked flat spot in the acceleration curve. So flat in fact that it was more like a dead range.

I replaced the cap and rotor, tried to replace the points and condenser but Kragen provided me with the wrong ones, gee thanks. I found a web page that talked about tuning up a bug engine including adjusting the carburetor. So, I started to follow the destructions.

  1. Set Fast Idle Adjuster to just barely contact the choke cam.  Turns out this was cranked way in to up the idle.
  2. Turn the Volume Control Screw all the way in and then back out 2 1/2 turns. It was set over 7 turns out.
  3. Turn the Bypass Screw all the way in and then back it out a couple of turns for a rough set. It was turned ALL the way in to the stops.

So, I set the default values, crossed my fingers and fired up the bug. It’s idling. I did some minor adjustments and now the bug pops and backfires. Tried to time with the timing light, the marks are all over the place. I’ll need to pop spark plug #1 and mark Top Dead Center later. I just used the adjust by ear method for now, thanks to a childhood of turning wrench with my uncle and cousin, this is pretty simple.

Took the bug out for a spin, idles much better, still needs some work, but no more dead spot. Much much better. It was so out of wack I’m surprised the thing even ran. You have to admit the 1600 cc bug engine is tolerant of misadjustments.

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