Archive for January, 2009


Nice new Recon case, extras

posted by eraser 1,530 views

Well i just got my case back from being machined, case savers installed, and crank ground. She looks hot ;) . For those interested it cost about $1200 and took about 1 week, It was done in Lonsdale SA by V & T Motors (08) 8382 8111, They literally have a machine shop just for VW motors which used to operate 24/7 pretty much back in the late 70′s now not so much , but they did an excellent job, even to the point of getting the casing to the correct temp exactly if not they would start again from scratch.




If you don’t know why this was needed basically after years of service the thumping of the cam shaft on the bearings impact into the magnesium case. E.g Follows:


 Now its all shiny.


Other news I cleaned up the front beam blew all the crap off (grease dirt etc), and painted her up.. (but it was annoying moving the front beam around (mental note next time i need to take it off reverse into the garage ;) .


That engine trolley came in useful to keep the pan movable.


Finally put the front end back on (man was that a pain in the ass, don’t look forward to doing it again.


Also blasted the ass end with water and the rubbed her bacl and gave her a nice high temp  paint, looks sweet.


I also grabbed these for $20 both straight and in good cond (unsure if i will use the yet) but i have never seen the  closer style of bumper before, any ideas?


Anyway until next time., I’m a bit slow lately because I’m looking at buying a house to move all my beetles too as their current living quarters are being sold :( . So wish me luck.

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1968 the original, update.

posted by eraser 881 views

Finally had some more time off to work on my orig 1968 beetle. I need to get this shell into a move-able shell (shed where it is being stored is being sold). So I decided to clean her up and get that motor case looking shmick. After a few chats with people on the aussieveedubbers forum (and previously getting blasted by my other half about putting engine case in the dishwasher ;) ).




This is after several sprays of various degreasers, First off i used oven cleaner to get the basic dirt and grease off, worked good but the cheap $2 degreaser i sprayed on was way more effective, I also tried putting petrol into a sprayer and spray it, again it did work, but nothing like the $2 degreaser and a shot with my high pressure sprayer. Then coated the block with silver enamel spray (about $10 for a can). I did this because it looks cool but also the degreaser/oven cleaner seems to take the finish off the block.


I also started cleaning up the rear end of the pan same way as above.


Tempting to do a rat rod front end on her not sure yet.


Ended up with this welsh plug from when i was cleaning the engine block, downside is i have no idea where it is from :S hopefully someone on the AVD forums will be able to help me :P .  Will be putting new seals in etc hopefully next week if i don’t drive to melb to get an engine.