Archive for January, 2009

Jan-26-09

Nice new Recon case, extras

posted by eraser 1,127 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.

 

img_3770

img_3771

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:

dscf1691-custom


 Now its all shiny.

img_3767

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 ;) .

img_3769

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

img_3773

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

img_3768

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

img_3772

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.

Tags: , , ,
Jan-4-09

1968 the original, update.

posted by eraser 608 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 ;) ).

dscf1746

dscf1747

 

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.

dscf1748

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

dscf1749

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

dscf1750

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.