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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:26 am    Post subject: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

I was told it would be best to create a thread for my project work.

The major work this year is on my 79 Beetle Murbella.

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She's getting a substantial rear overall in many systems, including but not limited to:

  • Engine

    • New 0 mile short block build with new pistons and cylinders
    • Fully rebuilt original FI heads
    • Repair and restoration of all L-Jetronic components
    • Minor engine upgrades (higher capacity amp, cheater cam, counter-weighted crank)
    • Restoration of all exhaust components and ceramic coating

  • Drivetrain
    • Rebuild of transaxle, all new synchros
    • Rebuild of original axles with new German parts
    • New wheel bearings

  • Rear Suspension

    • Complete disassembly and metal restoration of trailing arms, spring plates, etc.
    • All new bushings and hardware
    • Reset to stock rear ride height

  • Body/Other

    • Undercoating above transaxle space
    • New grommets and seals for all chassis to engine cables
    • New accelerator cable
    • New heater cables and sheaths
    • Paint touchup


Project estimate: 4 months of work, with some outsourcing of specialized work.
Budget: $5,000

I welcome advice on the best way to do certain types of work in a home garage with basic tools and equipment.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:30 am    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Day 37 – The trans and heads are being rebuilt!

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Made the 6 hour round trip to Jim's Custom VWs to drop off the transaxle and heads to the nearest ACVW machine shop that I know of.

Probably won't see these back until August sometime, so the overall engine work will be delayed a bit until the heads are back. Will still keep working on the short block and other tin restoration.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 38 – Balancing pistons and rods

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Decided to make a mess and remove some of the material on the pistons and rods to get them all balanced in terms of weight. Only 1 piston really was way off by 3 grams. The others all had about 1 gram removed. Rod-wise, only 1 had to be shaved of 1 gram.

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Murbella – Day 38 – Tin and intake manifold repainting.

Continued working on the tin restoration.

While I'm not thrilled with the condition of some of the recent parts I received from, I've decided to try and go ahead with the use of the 2 FI intake manifolds and save my original perfect condition ones. (I may change my mind at final build.)

I was less than thrilled when these arrived and were previously repaired, but that also at least makes me not want to alter the car's original ones.

I spent a lot of time cleaning these up but I did not sand down the welds and all as I cannot weld them back if I took take too much material off.

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The primed up well and the aluminum color went on, really cleaning them up.

I'll do another coat in 2 hours and them tomorrow they'll get their clear coat.

I still have plenty of time to determine if I'll use them on the final assembly or just go back to my originals.

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On a happy note, I received notification from AA Performance Products that my new engine case is shipping! There's a very good chance I'll see that by Saturday!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:38 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 38 – More tin painting.


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I kept churning out primed and painted tin until I ran out of paint. Need to snag some more tomorrow since I still have to start on the fan shroud and another cylinder tin.

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Murbella – Day 38 – Lifters and camshaft work

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With paint drying, I started unpacking and inspecting some of the planned parts.

Still not sure if I'll use the Lube-A-Lobe lifters I have or the basic new Brazilian ones.

Same goes for the CB Eagle Cheater Cam. Plan is put that upgrade in since it should not have any negative impact on the FI but may has a bit of torque and HP benefit. If the original cam had not exhibited some lobe damage I'd have just reused it all with new bearings.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 40 – Awesome Powdercoat stuff!

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My complete replacement fan should flaps and an FI calibrated thermostat and bracket arrived the other day from [ur=http://www.awesomepowdercoat.com/lAwesome Powdercoat[/url]. They look fantastic and I'm having guilt over not having driven up my tins to have have them all powder coated to match. (My paint job this time, when it really needed to count, is not as nice as prior engine tin painting I've done.)

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Murbella – Day 41 – New case arrived!

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My new case arrived from AApistons.com and while I really do wish I could have just reused the original AJ case, I'm feeling better at having a 0 mile new case for this new build, I know I'll have to mod this a bit with some 1 longer stud for the plenum's internal mount point, as well as some shorter studs for the fuel pump block off I need.

I really hate the EMPI block off I had laying around, so I've bought what looks to be a thinner, and much nicer looking one from CB Performance to install.

The case also has some fitment issues with the original VW FI plenum/alt stand so I'll likely need to ream one of the base holes.

There's quite a lot of casting junk I think I'll remove.

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I was originally just going to throw on a new cast lightened flywheel I had from prior work but decided to order a new Chromoly Forged one instead. So while the internals will all be new, they'll also all be forged with the exception of the pistons which I'm fine with the new Mahle set I have.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:29 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Looks like great progress. As a fellow longtime 79 owner, I am always pleased to see a 79 given the love it deserves.
All the little details you are doing will make for a very tidy engine bay. I had my FI engine redone 6 years ago and I have been very pleased with the results. When it is all done, one thing I quickly realized was that when you wash your car, lots of water drips in all over your spotless engine. I now drape a towel on top of my engine when I wash it. Then you need to remember to remove it before you start it up.
Enjoy the process and keep posting pictures.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:39 am    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Epilog79 wrote:
Looks like great progress. As a fellow longtime 79 owner, I am always pleased to see a 79 given the love it deserves. ....Enjoy the process and keep posting pictures.


Thank you for the kind words.

Yeah. I'm trying to keep her as "survivor" as possible but at the same time, let's face it, there's little in the way of true aftermarket support for the L-Jetronic system so it is more of a detailed cleaning, fixing what can be fixed, and maintaining it all from a new baseline moving forward.

The biggest deviation I've had to make is committing to a 100% new short block with 0 miles on anything. But in the long game, I think that is probably best.

What is sad is the more I dug in, the more I discovered that there were a lot of undocumented changes from original stock. Wrong distributor on her. Someone ripped out the thermostat/flap assembly. And the most recent shocking thing was that the transaxle is not a 79's, but one from 75-77 so there were obviously problem fixes not passed down from prior owner to prior owner. At least the person I bought her from did not imply any of this, but he was not mechanically inclined and from the sound of it, basically never touched anything for the 18 or so years he had her.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Gorgeous red vert.

I have an aircooled vanagon with that fuel injection system and I love it. It is worth going through the cleaning and refurbishing. When I removed and stripped the injection wiring harness of its sheath I found and coated many cracks in the wires, eliminating some intermitent gremlins and heading off many more. It's worth a look. My guess is you are already replacing every single piece of fuel line and rubber gromet, boot or seal. On mine, even the ones that looked good on the outside were cracking on the inside. I would love a bug with FI. It is a great system.

Cool web site and pretty yellow Super, is that yellow one built from the maroon one? Good work.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:38 am    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Buggeee wrote:
.... My guess is you are already replacing every single piece of fuel line and rubber gromet, boot or seal. On mine, even the ones that looked good on the outside were cracking on the inside. I would love a bug with FI. It is a great system.


The trigger for this complete engine tear down and restoration was because of a 41 year old fuel line that got a hole in it last year and was spewing high pressure gasoline all over. It was a shock that I did not catch fire on that last trip.

I already had the full kit to replace everything fuel line-wise but of course, the engine had to come out to replace the stuff since there was no way I could access all the clamps to redo the lines. One thing lead to another and now we are at a total state of 0 mile short block rebuild.


Buggeee wrote:
.Cool web site and pretty yellow Super, is that yellow one built from the maroon one? Good work.


No. Two separate cars.

The yellow 74 was going to be me my restomod project. However, the deeper I dug into it (once I got it home) the more and more I found things that I could not repair in my garage/driveway due to limitations. The previous owner had hidden massive cancerous rust by riveting sheet metal over the rust, then undercoating it. My initial inspection was less than ideal, and my magnet tests for holes and such just picked up the sheet metal.

It wasn't until I got it home and weeks later started digging into the car that I discovered the same had been done to the heater channels, and they'd just glued all the carpet over this "repair".

I do not have the capacity (or skill at the moment) to deal with metal work or metal fab, so I had to make the decision to let the car go. I had been rebuilding the engine for it but a knee replacement surgery slowed me down and I finally decided to sell it on as a rolling project. Someone ended up buying it for $1000 as-is and he was going to make it his project. (Not sure if he gave up or not.)

The 72 replaced the 74 as my project core, and this spring was supposed to undergo disassembly for a multi-year restoration and modding into a German Look 1302. However, the work that needed to be done on my 79 really was more important to I've halted all 72 work (except for the new engine I've built for it) and this year is all about the 79.

Whereabouts are you stuck in Ohio? Columbus here!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:45 am    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 42 – New case prep and cleaning!

I opted to not get bogged down in a lot of the little case mods I do such as opening up certain oil galleries, removing some metal for case pressure equalization, etc. and just get the case to a state of buildability.

Since I use dual thrust cam bearings I did make a tang recess for the 2nd thrust saddle.

Innards were test fitted and all bearings seem to fit within tolerances.

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Given that this new universal case is meant to replace an AJ FI case, I've had to ensure that stud changes are made. The plenum would not fit properly over the alt stand studs and I traced it to a not-quite-straight stud from the factory. Redid all that and added the larger stud to go up through the plenum half that is the alt stand and I'm good.

I could have gotten sucked into days and days of dremel cleaning up cast markings and such, not to mention the usual Maher mods I often do internally. I decided not to go that route this time. (I'll probably regret it later.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:55 am    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 42 – Cam gear and bearing installation

Sealed up the Type 3 oil filler and got the distributor gear and washers installed and greased up.

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Got ahead of myself and installed the cam gear on the cheater cam but when I started my blog entry later in the evening I realized I was not paying attention to what I was doing and I may have oriented the cam itself incorrectly versus the gear/timing mark so I need to revisit that today after work.

I started working on the crankshaft trying to determine likely end play shim sizes when I 1) realized I do not have my final forged 8-dowel flywheel yet and 2) Jbugs messed up the shims I ordered anyway. (This timeI'm going to do the method shown in the Bug Me videos to gauge the end play shims earlier on during crank assembly. I usually do it much later during build.)

The new flywheel and fuel pump block off from CB Performance are due this Friday.
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I need to find time to start part of the build i am dreading, which is the careful creation of a custom made gasket for the 2 plenum halves.

I 'd like to have all of the plenum and throttle body parts ready to go, so I need to ultrasonic clean all the little linkage parts and the butterfly, not to mention the oil filler.

The gasket is going to be rather complex, and of course, I have the plenum half gasket, and then the throttle body and oil fuller ones to make. (I really don't like doing this tiny detail work with this gasket material.)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:14 am    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 43 – In which something is not right!

So the new forged flywheel arrived and I decided to to an endplay check early. I'd seen this done in the Bug Me Video on engine rebuilding and figured it made sense to fold this into my usual steps and I'm thankful I did.

I discovered that there is absolutely no way I can the typical 3 shims + .004" to get proper end play at all. The gap is massive.

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Now the crank is from AApistons and the flywheel from CB Performance and I've never see such a massive 1.43mm gap between the bearing thrust surface and the flywheel.

I kept taking it off, reinstalling it, and trying to get as much torque as I could on the gland nut but did not get it smaller.

In discussing this with some people on the one Facebook group I frequent, one of the people whose advice I trust wholeheartedly indicated that 4 shims would probably be fine.
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Murbella – Day 44 – Block-Offs and Camshaft Redone

The new much nicer CB Performance fuel pump block off arrived and I installed it.

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Ultimately I'd like to get shorter studs and use 2 thinner jam nuts to bring the entire profile of this down. For now though, and since I'm a long way from full assembly, I'll leave the nylock nuts on.

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I also redid the nuts on the Type 3 oil block off.

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I really should have used Gasgacich on this gasket. The aviation sealant didn't really clean up as well as I'd hoped this time.

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Also went ahead and fixed my mistaken camshaft gear orientation.

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I can't believe I just put it onto the gear and did not pay attention to the timing and lobe alignment. This is why I take and review pictures! Glad I caught it now, though I probably would have caught it during actual testing of the cam in the bearings and such.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 44 – Still dealing with end play

After much swearing the previous day on the end play gap issues, I went in with a cooler head and disassembled everything, cleaned up my work area, cleaned up my parts, and tried again.

Now some people suggested I remove the pins to measure but I have no easy means to do so... at least none that I could see.

I checked the bearing against another new one and they were identical so I know that's not an issue.

I'm pretty certain it is the crank, as 2 other 8 dowel flywheels (1 cast, 1 other from an engine) all have a way too large gap.

I reinstalled the flywheel as cleanly as possible and with as much pressure as I could with my 5lb rubber pallets onto the pins then torqued the gland nut as much as I could.

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I was finally able to get it on enough where 4 larger shims + my .004" feeler seem to span the gap.

While I have never ever done 4 shims, I have also not had this issue but now others have told me to just concern myself with having the proper thickness of shims even if 4 and the proper clearance.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:52 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 45 – End play determined!

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After consulting various people, and attempting yet another fitting, I finally got the assembly to a state where a combination of 4 shims will allow for the necessary endplay.

I've never used for 4 shims before but then again, I've never had this gap issue with a crank or a flywheel.

So, I'm going with this based on all the input I've received and moving on to build.

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Murbella – Day 45 – Distributor Gear Final Install and Oil Pressure Valves

Got the distributor drive gear installed and that endplay all is within tolerance.

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I normally like to put my distributor gear in and set things at this stage, but given the investment I've made in this restored 205H I'm rather worried about any damage risk. Hopefully I can keep it from being bounced around as the stand moves and rotates while I do other work.

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Did the oil pressure pistons and springs and I realized I should have gotten a decent set of hex bolts from SoCalParts for this. I so hate these stock ones as I inevitably scrape them up and even my largest flat heads fit them. The prior hex ones I put on the 2019 engine were so much nicer to deal with.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Got back out in the garage for a bit.

Murbella – Day 46 – Notching the bearings

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Tested the new Silverline bearings against the new block's journal oil supply holes and they didn't line up perfectly so I had to do some basic dremel notching to open them up for better flow.

#1 Main was the worst, with #2 and #3 needing only minor notching.

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Murbella – Day 46 – Rod assembly – Testing for clearances

Did a test assembly of the crank to get some oil/bearing clearance noted as well as rod to crank journal clearances.

Realized that the new forged rods I'd sourced for this due to the sale actually put me into a bolt style that I really have no past experience installing.

As I researched the 200K bolt torque specifics and tried to get some feedback from others, I decided to just put these aside for now and use a reconditioned set of VW rods I have. (I was going to have the originals from the AJ engine reconditioned in my original plans anyway.) So... I'll have to recheck my clearances but I don't expect any problems.

I'll put these new ones on a future engine and get better bolts for them once I've researched ARP bolts a bit more.

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Murbella – Day 47 – Minor change to the short block’s oil studs

One of my pet peeves has been doing oil changes on older higher-mileage engines and having studs pull out with the acorn nuts.

I've had this happen so many times over the years. Thankfully I've never damaged the case threads and could install a new stud and be done with it but watching a video from Jbugs of all places got me to thinking about the longer pickup stud and the locking nut on it.

I'm going to install 5 more 6x33mm studs, replacing the stock sized ones, and cap them off with nuts as well so they are secured better in the case, and should not come out. Of course, this means they could be problematic if they get stripped but I've never stripped a stud that I know of.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:00 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Murbella – Day 48 – Rod installation

Got the recon rods mostly balanced but not as much as I'd like. I try to get as close to .05g between them all but this set of recon rods I had bought some time ago, and that were supposed to be balanced, had a 6g difference between the lightest and the heaviest. It appeared they previously had material removed on some of them, so I am guessing that the vendor did not in fact gather up 4 very similar weighted ones.

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They all seemed to be within tolerances so I got them all installed.

I was just about to complete the crank when I realized all of my propane tanks were out and I had no way to easily heat up the timing gear nor the distributor gear. I don't have a small electric plate either so I put those aside for tomorrow when I can get another tank. (I've seen people essentially heat them up on motor oil on a stove but I do not have a pan to ruin.)

Murbella – Day 48 – Oil sump plate studs

The new longer oil plate studs went in without issue but of course, I also realized I did not have the nylok nuts to secure them on the inside of the case.

I set them at the slightly longer length and did a mockup of the strainer install and the added length let's the acorn nuts really bite down better. Not much. But enough to make me happy.


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I'll get the nuts and a new propane tank or two tomorrow and complete the crank assembly and finish off the install of these longer studs.[/url]
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

I am enjoying the engine build, thank you for sharing. This is the first I've heard of checking the bearing oil supply alignment and that offset has my eyes wide open. Did you happen to take a picture of what the notched bearing looks like? Do you use some kind of machinist's dye for the mock up?

I'm up here on the northcoast.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: The Garage of Love™ - 1979 Beetle - Murbella Project Work Reply with quote

Buggeee wrote:
Did you happen to take a picture of what the notched bearing looks like? Do you use some kind of machinist's dye for the mock up?


I came across it several years back in a video from Kaddie Shack and then I believe I saw similar references by YouTubber VWDarrin.

Here's the Kaddie Shack vid:

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This is the first build I ever fully tested the bearings on with a new case, While the oil channel in the bearing did look fully lined up by eyeballing it, when I did the actual test with the prussian blueit was way off on one, and only slightly off on 2 others so I decided to dremel the notch. (I could have done a better job and will do so on my next builds.)

I posted pics of all of them at the main blog post, but here's an example of #2 main bearing notched out:

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I have no access to anything remotely professional. I just did the dremel notching after the prussian blue indicated where the bearing overlapped the oil supply hole on the saddle.
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