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I got my engine back from the builder recently and this weekend I got it reassembled and reinstalled after some parts sourcing, rust treatment and painting. I was preparing to put the engine back in when I was stopped by this:

A couple of months ago I saw that my Ghia's swingaxle boots needed replacement. I had a pair of old stock boots on the shelf so I put them on and forgot about it. They were in their factory sealed bags until I installed them, experienced about 15 miles of use, and had no exposure to excessive heat or UV rays, but in two months they're in worse shape than the ones they replaced. Luckily I had the foresight to buy a new pair of VW OEM boots the last time I was at Bill and Steve's, so I was able to replace them without yet another trip to the parts store. Just goes to show that NOS rubber parts can go bad on the shelf. Be careful with old rubber parts, especially brake parts.

I should have the Ghia running in the next few days and will then be able to determine whether the builder was able to successfully address the leak and oil burning problems, and decide if it will be able to make the Central Coast cruise. Two weeks to go!


  • Michael Percy
    Michael Percy Monday, 19 September 2011

    Mnnn I've experienced similar quality with 'NOS' components recently. First a bent crank, and now a cylinder with a flat spot. :(

    Fingers crossed that your oil issues are now fixed.

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