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Re: [T3] head stud strippin

On 23 Mar 2001, at 16:40, Cnojd@aol.com wrote:

> Doesn't sound good.  I guess I'll have to try the quick fix and start
> saving for a rebuild.  I guess it's really just an opportunity for a
> rebuilt engine!  If I were to try the option of the big wood screw
> type thing, is there a possibility of doing any damage? 

They really won't hurt anything that the case savers won't later fix 

> Jim- full rebuild?  can I just drop the engine and take the heads off
> and put in a helicoil?  What exactly are the case-savers?  And the
> case-savers require the full rebuild right?  

The case savers are a threaded insert like a Heli-Coil except that 
they are solid rather than helical. They are preferred here because 
they won't leak oil as much as a helical insert might. The reason you 
really don't want to do this without full disassembly is that many of 
the stud holes are thru holes into the sump, and metal bits from the 
machining would fall inside and get circulated with the oil, causing 
real damage to the engine.

I recommend that people send their cases to RIMCO in the L.A. area to 
get this work done. While you might be able to do it yourself, I have 
also seen cases destroyed by people who didn't understand the 
necessity for getting the inserts inserted perpendicular to the crank 
axis. RIMCO does an excellent job at a very reasonable price. If you 
let them align bore the case at the same time you will get a real 

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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