I've come to a conclusion QUICK. I dyin' to get this engine back together. I'm waiting patiently for the body to be finshed, prepped, and painted by Steve's co-worker, Chris Bolin. He's slammed at work right now so it appears to be taking a bit longer than we anticipated. Quite alright alfter all. Medical bills are more painful at the moment than the procedures themselves! At least I have this engine to focus on. So I get on the e-horn and holler at Jon to see about coming over and figure out how to put all these floating parts together.
God Bless you John Muir.......
So I get everything assembled and finish with getting the exhaust system including brand new J-Tubes. The engine studs and intake studs were a bit tricky but I was able to get them settled with either new studs or the existing studs. The next challenge was the distributor. After much research, trips to Hicks VW, and calls to Wolfsberg West, I discover that I have the correct "019" distributor but I have the incorrect cap. Someone had modified a smaller cap to make it work. This gave me a good chance to clean out the distributor, change the points, and replace the condenser. I hadn't realized how much attention it really needed. I also took that opportunity to clean the air cleaner, carburetor, and the fuel pump.
So now I'm ready to go. Bought a battery, filled it with the 2.5 quarts (plus 0.5 quarts in the air cleaner to red line, of course) and I just need to hook up the fuel lines, set the timing, and adjust the valves. Then. POP. POP. POP. KABOOOOOOOM. Out from hibernation and she'll be back to life!!!