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Re: [T3] Early engine rebuild

On Thu, 2005-02-10 at 10:20, Jim Adney wrote:
> I just took a minute and looked at Russ's pages on rebuilding his early type 34 
> engine. If you haven't visited there, it's worth a look. Start here and crawl 
> thru the photos:
> http://classicvw.org/gallery/Engine-progress/caseleft1

Sorry about the quality of this photo. It was taken with a $10 Ebay
digital camera.
> Comments for Russ:
> I have some valve guides if you still need one.

Yes, If the price is right, I will buy any you have. I did end up buying
some from CIP1.
> Why was your crank coated with Cosmoline? Was it actually new, or was this a 
> reground that came this way?

I did not know how long the engine parts would be sitting around, and I
have had problems with clean parts rusting. I use a water based parts
washer, so there is never any oil/solvent film left on the parts. My
local machine shop has that cosmoline in aerosol cans, and it is easy to
> Have you ever found an engine where someone had forgotten to put on the timing 
> gear snap ring? If so, what was the outcome?

Not left off, but my '66 when I tore it down it was loose. The keyway
was worn.
Also, the oil slinger washer was worn completely thru. Needles to say, I
did not reuse that crank.
> Which engines used the thick dist drive gear shim?

I couldn't tell you that exactly. I am thinking it was the early 1500's.
> I've always lubed the cam lobes, but never bothered with the gear. I guess I 
> assumed that they would all be oiled in the first engine rotation anyway, and 
> since gear faces roll without slipping anyway the wear should be minimal. Did 
> they teach you to lube the gear at VW school? (I've just never seen this 
> mentioned anywhere else before. It doesn't seem necessary, but it certainly 
> can't hurt.)

I don't know when this engine will be run for the first time. If I am
going to be starting the engine right away, I just squirt some oil on
them before I assemble the case.
Since most of your engine experience has bee on '68 and later engines,
did you notice something else about the cam shaft/case????
I will see if you picked up on it.

> I was surprised to see that little tin piece under the oil cooler. I suspect 
> most people don't even know that it exists and have never seen one, as most of 
> them were lost in a previous rebuild. Was this one in place on the engine when 
> you tore it down? Was this a virgin engine?

Yes, it was. That engine had never been out of the car. The speedometer
only showed 40K miles. The car was wrecked in 1967.
> Sorry for all the questions....
> Nice photos and nice work. I sure wish i had your shop.  ;-)
Russ Wolfe
'71 FB AT
'66 FB MT
'64 T34 (not running)
'65 T1 (not running)

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