T4 Tear Down / Rebuild in Jax FL

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Re: T4 Tear Down / Rebuild in Jax FL

Post by Clatter » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:47 am

Did you ever find a set of '72-'74 heater boxes for it?

If you plan on keeping to warm climes,
The 411/412 'pre-heater' boxes are much lighter, and warm plenty for a place like FL.

Otherwise, a set of those EMW heater box eliminator pipes give more equal length and a slight bump in size..

'75-up exhaust was smaller then ideal.
Supposedly, VW had the idea that stacking up the heat into the motor would help emissions at the time..
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Re: T4 Tear Down / Rebuild in Jax FL

Post by analogtherapy » Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:03 pm

Aren't the '79 heater boxes the same as the '72-'74, but with the square ports vs the oval? I have the set of '79 heater boxes that came with my engine, and they're in excellent shape. I just spent the afternoon primering and painting them in high heat paint.

I am currently in FL and plan to be here for the next couple of years or so, but do plan on moving north eventually (NC, VA, something like that).

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Re: T4 Tear Down / Rebuild in Jax FL

Post by Clatter » Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:30 pm

Depends upon CA or federal..

Pics?
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Re: T4 Tear Down / Rebuild in Jax FL

Post by Piledriver » Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:44 pm

4 tube type is fine. (federal)
Cali 2 tube muffler uses the infamous "F" shaped head pipes and cooks heads.
The latter is worth $omething to late model folk in California, as replacement parts are made from purest unobtanium.
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Re: T4 Tear Down / Rebuild in Jax FL

Post by analogtherapy » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:23 pm

Got a few toys in the mail...
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Heater boxes primed and painted
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This is the new exhaust I'll be using (I've kept the original, and may still use it once it's been cleaned up and the cat's been removed). The EMPI exhaust has been stripped and re-painted.
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Fan shroud cleaned and painted. Not really happy with the paint though. It's got a bit of a flat finish, and shows dirt really easily. Might paint over it with an enamel that's a bit easier to keep clean.
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Original Bosch 205S distributor cleaned up really nicely! Had it rebuilt by Bill (wcfvw69) on The Samba. Freshly lubed up, and tons of life left! Pretty stoked!
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EMW has and is currently working on the case. Should be getting a call from them any day now.

Also, I found some of the lower tin (which conceal the push rod tubes) NOS on a UK website for less than most people are trying to sell rusty pieces for. Yea, I gotta pay for international shipping, but it STILL ended up being cheaper. I also realized that I was missing the two rear right and left cylinder tins (bummer), and missing the rubber oil cooler tin seal. All of those are now on the way.

Bonus: I decided to spring a bit extra for my fuel pressure regulator, and go for one of the nicer Malpassi Filter King units, with the built in guage 8) Like this:
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Re: T4 Tear Down / Rebuild in Jax FL

Post by Lo Cash John » Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:14 pm

Malpassi makes some NICE stuff. I'm surprised they aren't more common in the US car market.

Since you're "doing the details" I highly recommend detailing that header. Use a die grinder or Dremel type tool with rotary rasp bit. The goal is to remove and weld/slag that blocks the inlet tubes or the collector. The inside of a header should function like the smooth surface of a wing and any imperfections that disrupt airflow robs horsepower. Once done, use a large bastard file and make sure the flanges are dead flat.

If you need any welding done (break through the tubing while cleaning welds) let me know and I can TIG it up for you.

Oh yeah, if you want powder coating done, go see Richard at PowderTech Plus in Orange Park and tell him Lester and John sent you. Richard is a long time VW guy and his 62 ragtop bug was cover car in VW Trends back in 99 or 2000. He always takes good care of the VW guys.

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