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vwjunkie60
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help with engine cases

Post by vwjunkie60 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:53 am

Im looking at purchasing a empi engine case from cip1 for a 1835 build.
I want to start with a new engine case. looking at the empi cases due to machine work already done and ready to build.
Im not sure of the quality of the case.
does anyone have any experience with this case?
whats the cons to this case?

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Clatter
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Re: help with engine cases

Post by Clatter » Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:04 pm

Cons include weight, and less cooling..
But,
The biggest,
Is that you have to check 100% for accuracy every dimension, and possibly correct if needed.

The list of issues found with aluminum aftermarket cases is long, - couldn't list them all.

From machining burrs blocking oil passages,
Pressure relief bores not sized right, or drilled deeply enough,
Oil pump hole wrong size,
Passages wrong size, or not connecting with other passages..

Basically, all of the issues China/Aftermarket parts are known for...

You will have to measure/check pretty much everything is you are going to want to be able to assemble it and trust it.
"Oh, You don't need to do all that... The valve seats are just going to fall out of it anyway!"
- Doug Ellsworth

Beginners' how-to Type 4 build thread ---> viewtopic.php?f=1&t=145853

SC3283
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Re: help with engine cases

Post by SC3283 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:41 am

Clatter, while what you say should be done with ALL engine builds no matter what case is used....all old used VW cases require the almost all same checking....right?
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Bruce2
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Re: help with engine cases

Post by Bruce2 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:14 am

No, that's one benefit of a good used German case. Everything has been proven to fit.

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Re: help with engine cases

Post by SC3283 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:58 pm

Bruce, fit at 1 time...but with 40 yrs use....1 best check everything even on an original used case...dont yah think?
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