Topic: One Hella Busted VW 411 Needs Fixing + Engine Tins ASAP - Austin, TX

Hey! I'm trying to make the MSR Houston race with the Volkswagen 411 that won IOE at Buttonwillow and figured it's bad enough to list in the "on fire..." thread.

Here's the previous post on "oh crap, what am I doing with this car?" and all the work it needs: https://blackflag.jalopnik.com/everythi … 1819153463

It's pooping oil mosrly out the passenger side of the rear, and Corey seems to think there's a rod knock? I've got valve cover gaskets on the way in case it's just that, but he said there might need bearings or a donor.

Does anyone near Austin/San Marcos know aircooled VWs super well? I'm definitely planning on spending my weekend trying to rip into this engine if I can. The car's at Harris Hill. I'm...kinda clueless. Holy crapballs, help?

Re: One Hella Busted VW 411 Needs Fixing + Engine Tins ASAP - Austin, TX

If it really is a rod knock, pulling the plug wires one at a time while idling is going to result in the noise getting a lot quieter when you remove ignition from the offending cylinder. Not that it matters which one it is, just pointing out a quick way to prove that is or isn't the cause of your misery. As for oil leak, valve cover gaskets are super-consumable on type 1 and type 4 motors ( type 3, too, come to think of it)

Swaps? Subaru engine with a manual, as suggested by Jalopnik, isn't lemony enough. This needs a Corvair six with Powerglide.

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Re: One Hella Busted VW 411 Needs Fixing + Engine Tins ASAP - Austin, TX

NO SWAPS!!! Unless it's another Type 4 engine. Haha.

Re: One Hella Busted VW 411 Needs Fixing + Engine Tins ASAP - Austin, TX

There may be a 1.8 type 4 hiding in my garage here in pa.

How to get it to you?

Re: One Hella Busted VW 411 Needs Fixing + Engine Tins ASAP - Austin, TX

fitsbain wrote:

There may be a 1.8 type 4 hiding in my garage here in pa.

How to get it to you?

Well the Regular Car Reviews guy is always moaning about being bored on Twitter, and he's in PA.

Although he thinks 2 hours is a LONG drive.

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Re: One Hella Busted VW 411 Needs Fixing + Engine Tins ASAP - Austin, TX

Haha. Two hours is like, a good run for breakfast down here.

There's always the Lemons delivery system if someone's towing out towards this way. If it runs, I might be interested although TBH I'm a bit short on cash right now. (Because Volkswagen.)

I've got valve cover gaskets on the way right now. The old cork ones were pretty oily like they weren't quite holdin' it in. Holy crap, those are easy to get to on this thing. I like this car already, haha.

It sounds like a rebuild might be in my future, either way. What all do I need to find parts-wise to make that happen?

Re: One Hella Busted VW 411 Needs Fixing + Engine Tins ASAP - Austin, TX

Good news, everybody! The guy who ran the Type 4-engined Type 3 we had doesn't think it's rod knock. It's rough and there's a butt-ton of blow-by, though, so it's gonna need a rebuild. Time to dig into the engine, I guess.

Re: One Hella Busted VW 411 Needs Fixing + Engine Tins ASAP - Austin, TX

Dingle ball hone and new rings/bearings?

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