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RE: [T3] Engine Rebuilding.

My comments below.
   Toby Erkson
   air_cooled_nut@pobox.com  <-- Please use this address for email
   '72 VW Squareback 1.6L bored and stroked to 2.0L, Berg five-speed
   '95 VW Jetta III GL 2.0L, P-Chipped, Jamex sport suspension
   Portland, Oregon, http://www.pobox.com/~toby_erkson/

>-----Original Message-----
>Valves.  I heard of people going to such an extreme of using titanium
>valves.  What materials should I look for, or look out for?

Use completely stock heads.  They'll serve you very well.

>Full Flow.  Berg? Another way?  Ideas and hints?  Everyone says it is a
>tight fit, but I haven't heard of a good solution, aside fr}g!\'s grinding of the cross bar.

I'm a proponent of the full flow oil filtration system and recommend it.  I
don't care if it's "just" a stock engine.  It's far better filtration than
the screen.  If you are going to show the car in a concours event then keep
the full flow system off, otherwise I recommend adding it.

>Lightened Fly Wheel.  With a CW 69, this might be helpful.  
>Any drawbacks?

Don't lighten the fly wheel.  It will make the throttle more touchy and
leave you with an "itchy gas pedal" (sensitive to input).  The stock
flywheel will keep engine speed transitions smooth.  Lighten it only if
1/10ths of a second matter to you -- like at the dragstrip.

>Any other good mods?  Anything that will allow keeping the stock FI and
>increase longevity, please mention it.  I appreciate all your help.

I strongly feel that a balanced and blueprinted engine will perform better
(hp and mileage) and last longer than a standard rebuild.  This is where I
would recommend you spend your money.

I also know pure synthetic oil will free up some hp and help with longevity.
It should only be used AFTER the engine has been broken in with the oil and
procedure that your builder recommends.  However, there are those who will
disagree using it in an air-cooled engine.  I've used it in my T3 and T4
engines for many years without incident and I know that synthetic oil has
greatly improved since the '70s & '80s.  Use a well-known brand like Mobil
or Valvoline or Pennzoil.

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