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Re: [T3] rebuild

Ah, I see Josh is another of those who has his Reply to: field filled in.  ;-)

On 27 Jan 2005 at 22:30, joshua brooks wrote:

> The "Hot Rod", book is frequently recommended but no one mentions that the 
> book hasn't been revised since 1971. I was frustrated when after reading the 
> book I realized I couldn't purchase most of the recommended parts unless I 
> had a time machine. The procedures are however still relevant and good for 
> reference.

You're right. I recommend it not because it makes brand name recommendations, 
but rather because it tells you which kinds of things work and which don't. 
It's more a matter of getting yourself educated rather than a cookbook with 
"rote" directions on how to do particular things.

You'll learn that one of the easiest ways to get more power is to change the 
exhaust system, but that when you do that you have to re-jet the carbs.

Some other things in there which are good to know: The most useful thing you 
can do to reduce engine wear is to install a full flow oil filter. The best air 
filter is the OE one. A counterweighted crank is a big plus in almost any 
engine. High performance ignition systems don't give any more HP than a stock 
system in good condition. It's not too hard to do a little useful porting on 
your heads (but Berg has a White Paper on this which is better.) Some ways of 
increasing displacement are counterproductive and short lived. etc, etc.

Plus: What case savers are and why they are good. Why a bigger oil pump isn't 
necessarily better. Why cast iron oil pumps don't work well in our VWs....

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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