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Re: Thermostat/Oil Cooler (long... but maybe useful...)


During the 1960's Volkswagen Australasia Limited had its own non-ferrous
foundry attached to its factory at Clayton near Melbourne.  In those
days, Australian-made Beetles and Type2s had 100% Australian-made


Simon Glen
Toowoomba,  Australia.

Jim Adney wrote:

> On 15 Aug 2001, at 12:17, sml214@casbah.it.northwestern.edu wrote:
> > If we assume that VW has their own Magnesium-producing facilities,
> > then it is possible that when they heat the concentrated Magnesium
> > Chloride salt to past the melting point of Magnesium and perform
> > the electrolysis, the molten magnesium is poured directly into the
> > mold.  This would be a tremendous amount of savings in energy
> > costs... does this seem possible?
> Seems quite reasonable to me. It wouldn't even require that VW
> own any of this process. Do we know that VW owned the casting
> facility, or could it have been done by subcontractors the same as
> so much of the other work.
> Clearly the final machining of the case could still take place in a
> VW facility.
> -
> Jim Adney
> jadney@vwtype3.org
> Madison, WI 53711-3054

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