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RE: [T3] starting an early 62 overhaul

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-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Taylor [mailto:scottbtaylor@earthlink.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 11:50 PM
To: type3@vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] starting an early 62 overhaul

On Jul 5, 2006, at 9:16 AM, Jim Adney wrote:

> Does the oil cooler mount on the case look like it's farther to the 
> rear of the
> engine than on modern cases? Your oil cooler is actually more over the 
> # 4
> cylinder than the # 3. I notice that the air cleaner also seems to be 
> mounted
> farther to the rear.

The oil cooler is centered right over the top front stud for cylinder 
#4 (hope that makes sense). I think the air cleaner is in the same 
place on all sidedraft engines, but I could be wrong.

> The left end of the oil cooler seems to mount to the left top tin. I 
> guess this
> means that the early type 3 cooler is NOT the same as the beetle's. Is 
> it the
> same as a 356 Porsche?

Yes, it's secured to the tin on the left side. Easy to forget about 
that when trying to remove the tin! I think the cooler is specific to 
the '62 Type 3. I was lucky enough to find an NOS one.

> You were probably lucky to get those rear top tin pieces, even though 
> they were
> mounted on the wrong side. Was everything else there? There's almost 
> always
> something missing from engines this old, especially from engines this 
> unique
> where people weren't familiar with where things belonged.

It's surprisingly complete. It's been rebuilt before (the cylinders are 
marked with hacksaw strokes, I through IIII) but they managed to put 
everything back where it belongs, for the most part. There are a few 
things that are missing -- carb pre-heater intake and hose, plug wire 
separator, small things like that.

> The case should have the cam running right against the case material,
> but RIMCO can bore the cam tunnel for std size modern cam bearings. 
> That's
> probably a good thing to do to this case.

That's my plan, to have the case machined for cam bearings. That's 
about as "dark" as it's going to get.

> If you have to replace a head, you might be able to find a 40 hp head
> that could be converted, but it would probably have a different 
> casting part
> number.

I really hope I can salvage the heads, or if not maybe locate 
rebuildable ones (a long shot). 40-horse heads will be the last resort. 
How worried should I be about a broken cooling fin? Think it's just a 
coincidence that it's right over #2?

> I'm actually surprised that this head has a 311 casting number since I
> thought VW would have just made this part from the 40 hp casting.

Probably due to the larger valves.

62 343

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