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<x-flowed>I started the teardown today. I expected to pull the engine to inspect the right head for a valve problem as Russ suggested and to check for loose studs as Jim offered.
After I drained out the oil that had been in for two days and about two miles, I drained it and started.
Part way through I recalled that you can take off the sheet metal on the right side fairly easily with the engine still in the car, so I changed direction and exposed the top sheet metal to check the studs to find that at least three were loose.
I proceeded to get my nice torque wrench and found that I had to fit it first! The spring that engaged the pawl cam loose and wouldn't engage and the business end just spun around. I hate having to fix tools.
In the end I tightened the studs back to spec and then thought that since I wasn't going to run the engine, I could do a compression check with the sheet metal missing, so I proceeded to put the engine back together less the sheet metal hoping that the head tightening solved the problem. It was not to be, the compression stayed at 50, bummer.
Looks like I'm in the market for a pair of heads. Photo of the head is at: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_search.php?search_author=Jeff67sqbk
Jeff '67 Sqbk
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