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Why does my 1971 vw beetle keep overheating? THe car keeps cutting out - AA identified as overheating and suggedted change ignition coil and ckheck ignition timing. have done this and the car still overheats and cuts out. Will go again after about 20 minute cool down!?

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Make sure your timing is right on, as per your distributor specs. Make sure the valves are adjusted correctly and that your carb is not running too lean, as all of these things effect temperatures! I don't really think the roof being cut off would effect the overheating a lot. I know that the roofline does help, absolutely, and it was designed very, very well for maximum cooling.

Also makes sure that your rubber seals are good, like the ones that go on the spark plug resistors. I don't think air flow is the issue, you already have louvres. Is your crankshaft degreed pulley smaller than stock - if so, the fan will turn slower than stock. What kind of external oil cooler was added - in front of the fan shroud? Is it over the opening in the fan shroud? I've run one of those for 35 years in Arizona, no overheating. So like others said, also check your timing and your fuel/air for leanness.

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