Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Michigan

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Itinerant Air-Cooled Greetings From Michigan

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:32 pm

This was a project and a half for an Itinerant and a Troll From Down Below.
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It was to remove old "three-legged dog that ran like a cheetah until it dropped a valve" engine, and install this poor sawdust and bird crap replacement engine that sat in someone's basement collecting thoroughly unhealthy levels of sawdust in the left side cylinder head.

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It was a task that had many detours warning to derail the day, missing studs, plenty o' filth (you must, you must, you muuuuust, clean the intake runners and plenum exceppppppppppppptionally well after a valve drop, the pieces of piston and valve head were all in there like little mines waiting to grenade the new engine), an engine carrier that bonked me but good when the torn engine mounts did not hold it up as we lowered the engine, an old timesert that screwed out of the new engine's head, and a stubborn exhaust system that held on dearly to the exhaust studs as we dropped it as a unit.

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We ran right the heck out of time by the witching hour of 11:05 PM. I await with bated breath to hear of the "new" engine's first start. Went to the local store and bought beer to come home and drink beer in the garage because that is exactly what was called-for.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by hippiewannabe » Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:19 pm

Oooh! An engine swap! As an engine-drop virgin, I would have slaved away along side you for the chance to observe the proceedings. I thought about PM'ing you both, just to to say hi to Colin and meet TFDB, but didn't want to impose. I sure wish I had, sounds like you could have used a FLAPS Gopher and Associate Grime Scrubber.

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Post by Amskeptic » Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:23 pm

hippiewannabe wrote:Oooh! An engine swap! As an engine-drop virgin, I would have slaved away along side you for the chance to observe the proceedings. I thought about PM'ing you both, just to to say hi to Colin and meet TFDB, but didn't want to impose. I sure wish I had, sounds like you could have used a FLAPS Gopher and Associate Grime Scrubber.
Man, I woulda put in a plug for you to crash the party! As it was, we pressed his SO into the operation because there was cleaning to do all right. She also adjusted the valves. . . and liked it.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by TrollFromDownBelow » Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:30 am

Sorry I didn't post earlier....honestly didn't have the time...as it is I've had maybe an hour's worth of sleep, and that 1 hour was next to my harley on the ground in some liquor store in northern michigan....but that's another story...that's still in progress.

To Colin's credit, I was woefully unprepaired...there's a lot of things I knew I should have done, but didn't because of time constraints. We were winging it by the seat of our pants, and somehow, at every little twist Colin always managed to pull something out of his @ss to keep things going (thanks for the intake gaskets!).

Although the "new" engine may not have been stored correctly (this is putting it very nicely) Crankshaft endplay was only .003 and the engine still had what looked like a perfectly unmolested thermostat. We came to the concensous that this was probably a low mileage, unmolested engine.

Colin put in one of his marathon 14 hour days....he really wanted to see it to completion (ie fire it up), but I had to go to work...had to have at least 3 hrs of sleep :).

The next visit should be much easier on Colin's back.

Cheers,
Mike
1976 VW Bus aka tripod
FI ...8 completely solid lifters.... now it's both kinda noisy and leaky, but she sure runs good!
hambone wrote: There are those out there with no other aim but to bunch panties. It's like arguing with a pretzel.
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Post by TrollFromDownBelow » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:12 pm

Hey hippie....you shoulda PM'd me; to Colin's point, we would have been more than happy to have an extra set of hands! I'm a fan of the more the merrier...

Cheers,
Mike
1976 VW Bus aka tripod
FI ...8 completely solid lifters.... now it's both kinda noisy and leaky, but she sure runs good!
hambone wrote: There are those out there with no other aim but to bunch panties. It's like arguing with a pretzel.
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