member formerly known as dds
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well as luck would nhave it my snot trac decided to make me walk just as the bering sea under the ice crew was filming it. it all of a sudden lost oil pressure and dumped the oil out on the ground about 10 miles out of town ,Thanks for the hex Big Al. I tore the engine down to night if I had known how wore out this case was I would never have left town with it. at least the thing got me through Iditarod so I didn't loose out on that revenue. just prior to Iditarod I found a low jug I tore it down to find a bad wrist pin clip and destroid cylinder and piston. I ordered up 4 new 1776 jugs the thing sounded good I only had a short trip to the top of anvil mountain the day before going out on the nome golivin race. the engine started to lock up on me scrambling to find another engine case I got an old take off dredge motor dual port type I beat off the cylinder heads and jugs with a 2 pound sledge, this should have been the first red flag. I fitted my jugs and heads to this replacement case and off for a day at the end of the day it sounded like it was leaking exhaust found 2 studs had pulled and the case had already been helicoiled. spent all night making thread inserts out of 1/2 inch bolts and putting the engine back together. did the rest of Iditarod with no failures except for a needle and seat going out on the carb than came the day for the discovery channel and you all know the rest of the story. next week when I start the rebuild I will start a new thread on vw engines 101 this I hope will help others in their quest to build a reliable vw motor I now have 3 different cases tore apart so I can show how to inspect it and what you don't want to see.