Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by andrew, Mar 11, 2015.
Looks just like a new one - good work!
Brave soul. Great work Andrew.
Actually it's been a great learning experience on air cooled motors - really like the design of all components and the engine. If I was redesigning I would make the bottom sump a full removable plate - otherwise can't fault the engine.
Really happy I decided to redo the heads and case - despite taking ages the guys did a brilliant job and despite describing the type 4 engine as an anchor Rod Penrose was very helpful and had the bearings and cam needed which was great.
Does anyone have a size for the washer's on the bottom of the distributor gear - for som reason whoever rebuilt the engine omitted them which is sadly typical of the previous build.
Pretty keen to make it bullet proof as possible.
They are truly one of the most amazing mechanical marvels I've ever seen. I've posted before "Just when you thought those German engineers were perfect they'll prove you otherwise". Now this comment does NEVER relate to a 2 ltr air cooled engine. There are some things that may have been done better on Kombis.. The 2ltr air cooled engine is NOT one of them. Perfection especially if fuel injected.
The weekend ended up with us in Melbourne and a good excuse to keep going with the engine.
Down to the distributor and mounting studs - I'm thinking it might be better to drop the gearbox 6 inches and align the engine
Happily the stars have aligned and the engine has started. I added the detailed in the bay clinic - engine section. Still have the cam run in to perform but a very happy son and father listing to the engine burst into life. The red 9 suspension arrived but I am going to enjoy car going and then have a go at front suspension which I think should be pretty straight forward - maybe famous last words. The engine starting certainly has the air cooled novices very happy campers.
Great to hear Andrew & bet it was great to hear running.
Nice Dak Dak was it?
Nice to see happy campers.
Bl**dy good work.
Thx David, very happy all round - the bumper and tow bar went back on tonight - fuel pump ended up needing to be replaced too. Engine feels great - will look forward to getting out and enjoying it back on the road.
To everyone who has provided feedback, advice and the generous time and encouragement - it's all been very much apreciated. It really is amazing how much information you have helped with. Thank you.
We have been very happy with all decisions on the engine - always helps when it goes - the carbi's, cam, rebuilt heads all have combined well. Very much still the dak dak rather than the porsche but feels very crisp.
Congrats on all the work Andrew.
Another one properly saved & (almost) back on the road for many more years of enjoyment.
Time to not only enjoy the ride.....but also enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Fantastic work,very well done
Be reminded of the tortoise & the hare!. A crisp tortoise is better than a flash hare.
We have fitted the red 9 front end to our bus.
I have got soft over the years and the wandering at speed and my wish to have the car as safe as I possibly can for all of us to drive saw me buy the red 9 front end. I procrastinated for 12 months, read every review that I could find and tried everything I could to improve the cars original front end and steering before I bit he bullet and bought the front end. Once I had bought it and shipped it over it sat for a while as work was crazy. Finally I put the car on stands and removed the original front end and installed the red 9.
I have now driven it around Vic and I'm happy to say it is worth every cent. The car tracks perfectly - even in high winds it tracks beautifully straight and really is a great reward. Everything I have read from people with them has been very positive but it felt like a step into the unknown so it was a great relief setting out on the first drive and it has been perfect ever since.
I would recommend them to anyone - whilst certainly not cheap it has significantly improved the handling of the car and is in my view money well spent.
I was keen to get the height as close to the original - if you want the same I recommend adjusting the coilovers before installing. I didn't and ended up having to get the alignment, castor etc sorted a second time. Even with everything at its highest settings the car has ended up about 1 inch lower.
I'm still experimenting with the shocker settings and currently have it on 18 (of 28). The turning circle is not as good as the original so parking is slower, otherwise it is driving heaven.
I couldn't find anyone in Vic who had one for a test drive - if anyone wants one they are welcome to have a drive of ours.
I'm jealous of your red 9.
It took me forever to decide on getting it but they are an extremely well built bit of kit and they work exactly as they are supposed to. It was an interesting process importing it with a morning spent at the Melbourne docks amongst the trucks picking it up. The adjustment is very logical and once right does not miss a beat.
The difference in driving is amazing - a much more relaxed drive as the kombi punts along without the need for minor tweaks to keep it in its lane.
Even has the minister of finance's tick which I am unlikely to see again anytime soon.
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