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One drive shaft bearing gave way and went straight up through the case :-( 1 case, cylinder and piston are gone. The plan is to get a bottom end redone and put the other stuff on that with a new cylinder/piston from the clubshop.
we tried to get an old engine of hans up and running so i could drive the bus home. we almost had it going , but then we realised it was a beetle engine: no engine support bar/mounts.
hans was so kind to lend me his old passat so i've got a car to drive to work this week.
19 oct '99
These pictures are made by Hans. another cylinder/piston combo hasn't survived the crash :-( One of the pictures shows the hole in the top of the case. it's about an inch wide
the story so far:
used some kind of fosforic acid to clean out the rust in the tank. worked fine
so the tank is now back in. the engien had to come out to do the tank. just before we were about to put the engine back in i asked hans to tighten the oil filler neck hollow-bolt thingy with his special tool. disaster strikes when the nut breaks and some debris fals into the engine :-0
Bug Jam was only 1.5 weeks away and ferry tickets and all are booked. so hans propposes to rebuild an engine with a spare 1600cc case he has at home. this engine has been rebuilt once before so no need to split the case. we put new heads, cylinders and pistons on this engine. as well as a new pully, pushrod tubes and spark plug leads. my old tin and exhaust finish it all of
so with a week to spare before BJ i start running in the engine on the way to work.
it behaved perfectly on the Bug Jam trip. only a bit of an oil leak on the way back. probably the engine/flywheel seal.
one of the nuts on the sump lid was busted and it was a bit of a pain to replace that one as it's the one that also hold the deflector inside the case
The inside of the rusty fuel tank (you are looking through the sender hole)
The engine, bus and fueltank