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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:17 pm    Post subject: tencentlife/Vanistan engine install thread Reply with quote

My new tencentlife engine arrived at my mechanic this afternoon. Otto the Vanagon is loaded up with fuel system and tencentlife/RMW exhaust to drive up to the mechanic tomorrow morning to start the uncrating.

9:00am can't come soon enough!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - keep us posted!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures or it didnt happen
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok. I'm green with envy. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today's progress:
Uncrated everything. I had a big !#$$-eating grin on my face, while my mechanic commented on how well organized and assembled everything was.

Took stock of parts that I was bringing into the mix as well as the parts supplied by tencentlife and Rocky Mountain Westy. Looks like no trips to FLAPs needed at this point.

Unfortunately, that's all we got done this morning. Mechanic (small one-bay shop) has a Jetta in there that is waiting on parts for delivery on Monday. We'll get cracking on the install on Tuesday.

If my mechanic will tolerate me, I'm planning on hanging out with the camera and will report back photos to this thread. Smile

... can't wait for Tuesday... can't wait for Tuesday...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today was Day 1 of the marathon engine installation. I showed up at the mechanic's shop at 9:15am to start working with him. I had dropped Otto the Vanagon off last night to give the exhaust and engine time to cool down after the 30 mile drive.

3 hours after starting, the old engine was on the ground. We had undressed it (power steering pump, alternator, dizzy, etc.) while in the car. After noon was spent primarily clearing exhaust, motor mounts, and associated bits off the old engine to get it back in the crate. Cleared up a lot of room this way at the mechanics.

We spent the last 3 hours or so dry-fitting the new RMW/tencentlife WBX-aust to the new tencentlife waterboxer. After a little bit of cussing at engine tin, we think its on enough for the engine to go back into the car, but by then it was 5:30pm and we called it a day.

Tomorrow's agenda: the mechanic will work solo on fixing up the remainder of the cooling system (fixing the plastic hose ends, replacing every hose in the system, etc.) and installing the oil cooler that I ordered with the engine. Engine should go back into the car on Thursday along with a new fuel tank and other bits, and we hope to have first crank on Friday morning.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think need to come see Otto again. And this time we go for a drive Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tencentlife engine sitting in front of the old and tired waterboxer.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JN99 wrote:
I think need to come see Otto again. And this time we go for a drive Very Happy

Totally.. when this thing is in there, anyone in the Seattle area is welcome to check it out Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Lookin, real clean!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You lucky bastard.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet! You must be really stoked.

Who is doing the install?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mariusstrom wrote:
JN99 wrote:
I think need to come see Otto again. And this time we go for a drive Very Happy

Totally.. when this thing is in there, anyone in the Seattle area is welcome to check it out Smile


Which shop is doing your work?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll post full details about who is doing the work and the associated quality when the work is done. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is one sexy new engine Red Bus
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spring loaded push rod tubes right off the bat.
Wonder why he does that?

Looks sweet.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, I would love to check out your new tencent engine once it is completed.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe 10 cent does the spring loaded push rod tubes right off the bat because it makes torquing down the head easier, because the push rods are not trying to be squeezed and messing with the torque. may (and after 10cents post must) have been some one else who does this.

( Embarassed edited to remove miss information)
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