Thank you SmileyBug. It is nice to know someone is reading. I see you had one just like the one I purchased. I'm going to learn a lot with you. Mine is a 1999 VW Beetle 5 speeds,250.000 miles from one single owner, which I happen to REALLY like. I can't tell you all I have done and all the mistakes I have made since getting the car. I will get you the picture you asked in order to show you which stage of the project I'm now in. This morning we removed the engine head and going to have it re test. It has no more than 10 miles or less since installed and overhauled. I need to get every line and nook clean of oil and I'm going to keep you informed. I think after this I'm going to become an expert if all with your help.
thank you SmileyBug,
guess we are cousins?
Ok Smileybug, so you asked for photos of my sick bug. (lol)
Here they are. I'd like to share with all the sick side then hope I can show you the finish since this is new to me, but I have been looking at photos of VW everywhere which to may amercement I can't believe how fantastic some of these bugs look. I hope that when I'm done my will look somewhat like that. Please keep me close.
What is the story on the head; I'm not clear why you are taking it off (again), did you take the head to a machine shop for testing or rebuilding (pressure test, straightness etc.)? What happened to the engine; to require the tear down to begin with?
Here the reason:
The previous owner had told me he had put oil in the water reservoir, I doubt it that but was I was not going to question it. I started to clean it up. Slowly I took a ride one day, suddenly the heat sound alarm went off, at that time I knew little of the car. Took it to a mechanic, he said to be the water thermostat, I replace it and continue to drive. Heating problems continue. I was advice that maybe the head was bad and needed to take to a machine shop; I took the head to a specialist machine shop. The machine shop did the head, test it and told me it was not too bad. Put everything back neatly, tightly as per instructions (torque) etc. After that I decided to take a ride from my house to about 3 miles, at the end of 3 miles the infamous heat alarm sound with the red dash icon blinking forced me to pull in a gas station, there we waited till I got cool to add water, so when I open the reservoir it was full of oil, I was distraught, sadden and a bit angry. By eliminating one and the other we got to the oil cooler, the little square metal, with two 1/2' diameter prones, above oil filter. We replaced it. Then we realized that the radiator was full of oil, we removed that and clean up. Story short you may not believe how much I wanted to throw it away the bug, but then I discovered you guys and like magic I wanted to make my old bug, new. I have decided to remove everything and do everything over piece by piece - and this is where I'm today. I'd like to share this with the community because I do want the community participation, hoping I don't make any more errors.
It is very possible that someone put oil in the coolant reservoir at one time. It is very possible that when you reassembled the car the first time,there was an air pocket in the cooling system.
Now, when this cross contamination occurs, it is not going to disappear right away. You can take everything apart and clean it thoroughly, but you will have oil in your coolant for a long, long, time. So, bear in mind that a little bit of oil will make a great big mess. I say clean it up, put it back together again, run it and make sure that you don't have an air pocket in the cooling system this time. That oil is messy stuff, and it does not belong in the cooling system. So run it a few times with only plain water, be sure to flush it real good before you fill it back up with G 12 in the end.
Thank you Prm502street, I do appreciate your feedback. I hope that by asking too many questions I don't find myself outside because of established rules and protocols since I don't know how to use all these pages yet, but Let me get back to the bug. You talk about air pockets how do I make sure that we don't have air pockets? I had the head check and pressurized this morning and it is good, no problems there. Picture of the head attached, in addition to pictures of cleaning and getting things done. I want to have this car operation by weekend. I have used it 3 times in 5 months and I admit to the crazy notion I love this bug. Ah! since I have your attention can I add degreaser to the water to clean up while it run in place. I don't want to make any mistakes. I keep looking at pictures of bugs and can't wait to make mine outstanding.
Ps, what are these Tracback and what am I suppose to add in the rectangular box.
thanks for your help.
Looking good mi amigo! No necesito the degreaser in the in the coolant, Just plain water. The water gets so hot it pushes all the oil to the top and the oil will float to the highest point. Then you can scoop it out with a paper towel or something. You are doing good my friend, and moving right along with your project. When you do the final fill of water before you fire it up, that is when you have to make sure that there's no air pocket in the cooling system.
WOW what a work in progress - Welcome to the great and wonderful ORG! Many fantastic cars, people and answers lurk in this great land. If you haven't done so already, take time to fill in your profile and post a few photos so we can ORGle them!!
Definitely, looks like a attempt at "jury rigging" a broken part; replace it with a new part and do it right. This particular part; is most likely ONLY available from the Volkswagen dealer. The fuel system; is not something to "rig", could cause a fire and destroy the whole car... PLEASE fix it right, the first time! Make sure; you install NEW head bolts! Do it right; you will be rewarded with a correctly running car and a successful repair.
The Volkswagen part # for the head bolts is: 06A103384C They are about $6 from the Volkswagen dealer but you can get them through the Felpro (FEDERAL/MOGUL) or Victor Reinz brands for much cheaper... (less then $2 apiece) both are excellent brands. V/R is a German company; so, they maybe German parts but I would check out both, either brand should be available through most parts stores... like Autozone/Kragen etc.
The fuel rail, comes as a whole (one) assembly, it is around $100; a junk yard could have the part but seeing how (from what I can tell); it is plastic... a new one, might be a good idea. After all these years; it is probably brittle, as you can see from yours... it will break and eventually probably start leaking... if it isn't already.
You should probably go ahead and replace all the seals/o-rings for the injectors and the fuel pressure regulator as well.