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On the road again -- WATCH OUT!

Well Volks, after nine long, agonizing months of being with out my baby I'm
FINALLY back on the road; the five-speed tranny is GREAT!  Two solid
weekends of
measuring, fitting, tweaking and trouble shooting has finally paid off.

For Jim's sake, here's the scoop:
Gene Berg Ent. five-speed kit mated to a high-performance Harold Carter
gearbox resting on *custom frame horns*.  The Berg shifter really has a
throw (but no spring-loaded side gate, rats!) and shifting is positive --
a little "chuncky" but getting a little more smoother with use.  And yes,
using Castrol synthetic oil (75w-90) as Mr. Carter recommended.  The tranny,
like my Porsche's (stock) five-speed, has a case breather.

Experience learned:  My baby had been sitting, without oil, for a month or
thus the whole oil system was empty.  Well, cranking the engine over to get
pressure proved unsuccessful (and yes, we pre-filled the filter!).  What
up happening is we filled the oil line from the pump with oil.  A single
showed a bubble up the line so we reconnected the line and filter.  Cranked
a few more seconds and, boom!, we have oil pressure, wa-hoo!  So, for you
flow guys and gals, if your engine has been sitting for some time you may
to prime the pump (via filling the oil line that comes from the pump cover)
help get things moving.

Tools that made the job easier:  Remember the thread about the nut being
in the case and what to use to get it out?  I recommended that one tool that
flexible and has a grabber at the end.  Well, that tool, an inspection
and a mini-Mag flashlight were my lifesaving tools Sunday afternoon as we
one of the rubber shift couplings down in the shift tunnel!  After that
extraction I think I qualify for surgeon internship at the local hospital :)

It's really weird to finally be back in her and, even though I've only
less than an hour drive time in her (finished at 4pm on Sunday) I've
many looks.  And it sure is weird shifting into *fifth*!  I've spent most of
time in third or fourth, hitting fifth only on longer stretches of road,
the highway.

Now it's time for me to talk with Clyde Berg, give my critique and give him
plans and pictures for the Type III tranny mount.

   Toby "orgasmicaly happy" Erkson
   air_cooled_nut@pobox.com  <-- Please use this address for email
   '72 VW Squareback 1.6L bored and stroked to 2.0L
   '75 Porsche 914 1.8L, ORPCA member
   Portland, Oregon, http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/8501/

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