News before I decided on a full body off pan rebuild.
Recent News About My Baja 8th March 2001
On thursday night (8th March) I bought the following;
Hopefully I'll be able to make one good engine gearbox combo for the baja. I plan on taking the 1800 out to a 2300.
The 1800 gearing should make the baja gearing similar to a normal beetle.
a 1700cc type 4 enigine which has been taken out to a 2000cc (been
lying around a shed, probably not running, but it has oil still in it
that looks ok, the air filters were still on so the carbs were clean
a 1800cc type 4 engine (also been lying around a shed, it had already
been partly disassembled, I pulled the rockers off on sunday and one of
the valves just kept extending, I pulled at it and ended up pulling it
out of the head, the valves head has fallen off)
- a 1800 5 rib gearbox (it is supposed to be reconditioned and in good condition.)
- and a 1700 3 rib gearbox (has something wrong with the shifter forks, wont shift into 1 & 2 or something).
- all the CV's, axles, stub axles, and a starter motor.
- I bought the lot for $450 (pretty good I thought).
The extra weight in the back should help offroad (and wheelstands perhaps).
I was thinking of going to a porsche fan shroud, depending on how
expensive it ended up being. I was going to ask a friend if he could
make me a carbon fibre porsche fan shroud if I gave him one to copy.
Carbon fibre would look so cool.
More News About My Baja 28th March 2001
I have continued dismantling the 1800 engine 28/3/01;
I finally got the heads off, I found that the dropped valve had not
caused much damage. The valve head seems to have fallen off, turn
sideways and hit the head once, then straightened up again and got
stuck in the carbon on top of the piston. It must of stayed there.
So basically the heads are OK. But I did find something weird in the
head. A snapped off spark plug stuck in the spark plug hole. I've never
seen that before. It was on the same cylinder as the broken valve.
kombi vs beetle heads!
standard inlet port of the type 1 (beetle) is about 30mm diameter. The
standard inlet port of the type 4 (kombi) is 35mm. It's plain to see
why I want to build a big type IV engine. The standard type 4 head
probably flows better than the expensive 044 heads on my 1915cc.
Kombi vs beetle gearbox
broken 3 type 1 gearboxes so far, so I thought I'd better go for a much
stronger 1800 kombi box. The lower gearing will help off road, and give
my clutch an easier life.