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Yay! Onward toward 2,000 miles! Linda, I know these aren't probably the photos you wanted to see to get through your snow storm, but as this VW "exchange" 36hp engine is breaking in, I was curious how well the add-on accessory VW magnet that I installed was at attracting fine particles of break-in metal in the oil flow. So I snapped a few photos of the filter screen and cover plate before cleaning them.

Still dripping with old oil, in this shot you can see the bottom of the oil strainer screen and the clipped-on VW magnet:

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In the following shot, with the screen flipped back over, you can barely see through the oily screen the areas around the perimeter of the "bowl" where the super fine particles of metal collected, attracted by the magnet below the bowl. Pretty cool magnet to get the ultra fine stuff flowing through the engine out of the flow!

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Finally a shot of other fine debris in the strainer cover.

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I know those aren't the best shots to get you through your winter storm today, so I'll try to find something more fun to post up later Linda! Dream of Spring to come and driving your SO-42!

Bill

p.s. On my other (larger) engines, I have attached "cow magnets" (bought at Harbor Freight, etc) to the bottom of the larger 40hp and up engine strainer plates to do basically the same job. They are quite strong, and if there is metal floating around in your oil those magnets ought to pull the tiny particles out of the oil and hold 'em still to your cover plate for your next oil change.


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Someone over on theSamba.com asked the story on how I got the above VW accessory magnet kit . I replied there:


To answer your question, the accessory magnet shown in the discussion above is an actual period correct VW accessory for your 25hp and 36hp engine oil strainer screens. Sold by VW parts departments back in the day, this kit had a cool VW box (seen in my thread a ways back), and clipped in to the bottom-side of the oil strainer while you were doing an oil change/cleaning of the screen. Quite hard to find, and I've never seen a VW kit for the 40hp and onwards engine. Back in the mid-'90's I saw these for sale at Bill Dierickx Wolfsburg Warehouse when it was up in the Seattle area. I think there were five or six of these VW boxed kits, and I remember buying two of them. I still kick myself today for not buying them all for my other VWs with 36hp equipped engines. Damn!

So when I wanted to do something similar to my 40hp and onward engines, I bought a 3" diameter "round base magnet" from Harbor Freight (see photos below for the part and part number). Simply open the package, clean off the bottom of the oil strainer metal plate, and stick that bad boy on there. Pretty simple. A stong magnet, it ought to attract any metal particles floating by in the oil stream and keep them from circulating until you remove the strainer screen and plate for your next oil change.

Here is one installed on the 40hp engine in my '59 Double-Door Panel Bus:

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What the package looks like at HF:

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I hope this tip helps all of you out!

Bill Bowman


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Yesterday I was off and able to attend a growing and fairly new St. Louis region all VW Show called the "Spring Thing" hosted by Russ and Jodi from Air-Cooled Antiques. I decided to drive the Double-Cab to this fun show.

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The show was held on the grounds of the Schlafly Bottleworks (Microbrewers) in Maplewood, MO. Awesome Springtime weather, great hosts in both the VW Club and the folks at Schlafly's, a great menu of food and tasty microbrews, live music and a packed parking lot of 100 older VWs! Lots of great friends were hanging out together, you get the picture!

When the awards were handed out, several of our local VW nuts were selected for honors, and at the very end, I was a bit shocked to have my 1959 DC presented with the "award growler/bottle" (complete with a fill-up of my choice) for the "Best in Show".

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It was so nice to be honored for this old Transporter and all the years and time we've sank into her refresh. Thanks to all my buddies and everyone for their attendance, and for this honor that made this cool event even more memorable! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again soon at the upcoming MAM "Funfest" weekend.

Bill Bowman


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