The start of this project began fairy similarly to Mercdans,
Tom was having problems at school. The school were saying there was nothing wrong, he was getting really upset and had lost his confidence and kept saying he was stupid. In the end we had him dyslexia tested, as a result we found out that he is really clever but processes at the lowest school level (so they don't seem to care much, he's scrapping by) but he is really inquisitive. So alongside the work on the engine, we are also keeping a logbook of our work (and playing with speech to text software etc) and trying to answer any questions we can along the way.
So we've also looked into the part numbers on the block, found out what AS41 means, and looked at how you can cast alloy. We've researched the engine number and worked out it was built in the first week of June 1973.
(That probably makes me sound like a really pushy dad!! Hopefully I'm actually just helping him find some coping mechanisms for his dyslexia and trying to give him some mojo..... But tell me if you think I'm wrong!)
No it sounds like your doing a fantastic job, carry on
Well done, I'm dyslexic and i struggled at school i was easly distracted as i couldent apply it to anything intresting. I could read really well because Haynes manuals were interesting and i could strip and rebuild a lucas dizzy at 10yrs old but i didnt have a great, attentive, knowledgeable dad in my life, like tom has, to guide me.
I think your doing the best thing possible for him show him he can achieve and a hobby that will teach him many skills earn him money and meet like minded friends. Good luck, Ill follow toms exploits with intrest. Dan
So, on Sunday we made a start on installing the new bearings into the engine...... we took all the old bearings out (yes, ALL) And then made a start on installing the new ones..... except the small ends aren't a diy job :-( (I have no idea what I was thinking!) After a bit of consideration, we built the crank up and installed it and the camshaft and built up the cases (you can still install the conrods afterwards, it's just a bit of a fiddle) and then started cleaning up some of the tinwork and ancillaries.
So today, between jobs I popped to Headline engine rebuilding services in Milton Keynes, and explained my stupidity... we had a bit of a chat about Tom, his engine building etc.... and he offered to let me bring Tom down one Saturday morning and he would show him the equipment etc So somehow I've hopefully managed to steal a victory from the jaws of defeat! :-)
Only took one photo, but Tom got to use the torque wrench!
Unfortunately i had to do things the reverse to you, my dad wanted to repair his own cars but didnt know how to so i had to learn and show him, whereas he was a brilliant electrician and i didnt want to know... bloody stupid looking back. My eldest whos now 18 struggled at school and was tested for dyslexia and dyspraxia, both of which he is just outside the spectrum for,i tried doing things like this with him but hes just not interested, my other lad has just started college to be a chef and hates getting dirty, ho hum. The point I'm making is that if your lad is interested and it gives him a focus what youre doing is spot on, definately shared times to treasure.
John, sounds like you're doing a great job, and Tom too! Torco do an assembly lube that is pretty good, but looks like you're past that bit! Nice to see progress, and love the Fugitive! Capable off-roaders, and great fun lowered with sticky tyres on the road too!
My brother has dyslexia, and a degree in Mechatronics from Wolverhampton University, and a job that takes him all over the world designing machinery for the food industry.
Having taught kids with dyslexia, I've found that coloured paper works well, not white, a coloured overlay to put over books, and if possible use a dyslexia-specific font on the computer, with the letters thicker at the bottom - stops the letters "swimming" on the page.
1968 Cal Look Beetle - 2007cc motor - [email protected] in full street trim 1970-ish Karmann Beetle cabriolet - project soon to be re-started. 1986 Scirocco - big plans, one day!
We've had a couple of busy weekends (ok last weekend I said I'd do some engine work on Sunday afternoon, after I'd run the Oxford half, but came home and fell asleep.... he didn't wake me up, but wasn't overly impressed!)
So this week, as we only had a couple of hours, I thought I'd introduce him to the sandrail.....
It's definitely a 20yarder!
And the closer you get, the more terrible bodging you see, for example;
But on the plus side, it has front discs (so I assume 1500/1600s front end)
And IRS rear
So I think I'll call it a draw! We've got 5 years to get it built so I'm not worried yet
I do have a couple of questions about what it is though, I've assumed it's a UVA fugitive, but couldn't see any markings on it. So maybe it's a Kingfisher Kommando? Anyone got any clues on how to find out? I tried the fugitive forum.... but haven't even managed to get a mod to register me! It's registered as a Volkswagen Sandrail which seems to be about right (if I type that into google it brings up photos of things that look like mine) and has been used on the road (back in 2006) so am I likely to be hammered for IVA?
Yep, if it's been registered before and has a valid V5, then IVA shouldn't be an issue. You'll just need an MOT Great stuff you're doing, and if it makes you both happy, well keep right on going! Love the UVA as well, always wanted one but could never really justify having one. A fibreglass guy in one of the Kit Car magazines (I think it's Which Kitcar) has been rebuilding one, so a trawl should find you some good tips.
Spent some time on the engine today, stripped the heads and gave them a clean.
We dropped the valves out , but can't lap them because I can't find tool and paste! Which is annoying as that was Toms first exposure to engines, he helped sort the top end on a mates beetle (I know who has my lapping stuff!!)
One of the valves was tight when it came out, thought it might be bent but it was just the end burred over, also had a big mark on the spring retainer.... but think it's ok (?)