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Re: [T3] CRACK

On 4 Jan 2004 at 20:10, Jim Adney wrote:

> On 4 Jan 2004 at 15:36, Terry Cost wrote:
> >     Well, I'm just sick. Finally got up a good head of steam trying to get
> > my square roadworthy after sitting all these years, and found that my engine
> > has a big gouge/crack! Right in the oil gallery near the oil cooler above
> > the cylinder. You can see it here:
> > 
> > http://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/index.mv?photo+134696.jpg
> I don't think this is really a crack. This is just an area where the upper 
> shroud tin rubbed against the case and wore away some of the casting. I 
> seriously doubt if it has gone deep enough to do real harm, but I would bend 
> the tin slightly so that it doesn't rub any more.

I should add that ALL the type 3 cases I've ever taken apart looked pretty much 
like this. I suspect that the oil came out of the oil cooler ports when you 
cranked the engine. With the cooler out, you really couldn't build up ANY oil 
pressure inside the oil passage that is under there, so there would be no 
reason for oil to come out a crack there.

If by some chance there really IS a crack there that goes thru to the oil 
passage, I have good used type 3 cases. I would not try to repair this one.

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

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