The 34PICT carburetors are very nice, easy to rebuild, rebuild kits are only about $15, and a piece of cake to tune. I have not messed with one for awhile since I sold my '66 daily driver. Finding a good used one that does not have vacuum leaks from the main shafts can be a problem. I had a milk crate full of them and only two were rebuildable.
I do not have a VW engine under 2165cc and use either dual Weber 48-52mm IDA's or singe 40-50mm DCOE sidedraft carburetors on turbos. I do have a 100cfm, and 200cfm Bugspray (Holley) carburetors that I have been thinking of trying. Been saving them just in case I ever decide to build a nostalgia VW engine. I would try the PICT 34 but I do not know how it would handle on inclines. If you think the Pony carburetor is easy to work on, wait until you work on a VW carburetor. Here is the tuning instructions for the PICT 34:
SETTING THE 34PICT/3 CARBURETTOR
Engine warmed up, but switched off. Unscrew the Fast Idle Adjuster (sits on the stepped cam), until it is clear of the stepped cam. Now screw it in until it JUST touches the bottom step of the cam. Now screw it in another 1/4 turn - no more. This sets the throttle butterfly open the required .004 inch. Now leave this screw alone!
Turn the Volume Control Screw (smaller screw in the side of the carb) in until it bottoms. GENTLY PLEASE
- you do not want to open up the hole. Now unscrew it 2.5 turns. This is the starting setting.
Start the engine and use the Bypass Screw (larger screw in the side of the carb) to set the idle at 850rpm (fast idle if you do not have a tach).
Go back to the Volume Screw and adjust it slowly for the fastest idle. It should not be much outside the range of 2-3 turns (˝ turn in/out from the 2.5 basic setting). Then turn it very slowly IN until the revs drop by about 30rpm. If you do not have a tach, listen until you can just hear the revs start to drop, maybe as little as 1/8th turn.
Now use the Bypass screw again to reset the idle speed to 850 rpm.
That's it - you are done.
Pretty simple huh? You should now have an engine which purrs like a kitten.
87' Samurai, 5.5" SPOA, 2" longer shackles, Modified CJ-5/Samurai springs, 31x10.5-15's, Hi-lift jack, and a crapped out 1.3L engine.