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Re: [T3] CRACK

On 4 Jan 2004 at 21:03, Terry Cost wrote:

> When I was cranking the engine, I had some plugs in the oil cooler holes
> that I put in to keep the rats nests out of the oil passages while I was
> cleaning out the nests. I watched oil come out of the crack when I cranked
> it.

Interesting. How deep does it look like the tin ate into the case?

I really won't consider fixing this. You need a good replacement case.

Look at the six large main bearing saddle nuts on the opposite side of the 
case. Any chance that the top center one is loose? If so, that's why this 
cracked there.

I had a similar problem years ago with a case that had warped because of a 
loose main bearing nut. I was able to do a temp fix only by drilling into the 
crack and thru into the interior of the case. This let the oil from the crack 
drain back into the sump and not build up pressure in the crack, otherwise it 
just continued to ooze out at the ends of my repair. Without knowing where the 
oil passage is exactly, you can't drill a hole, and I really don't think there 
is a good place to drill it for this crack.

I only considered this repair a temp repair, and it lasted several months until 
I got a new engine built up for that car. Once I opened up the case, it was 
clear that it was really abused. I understand that your case might be better 

I have good used type 3 cases here, and I can send one to RIMCO and have it 
returned to you.

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

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