Something Wrong With My 69 VW Bus!!!!

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    I recently did a complete rebuild of my 69/71 bus engine. I've heard that they ALL leak some oil. Mine has been running for about three months and it is completely dry at all the seams and gaskets. I have to keep checking to make sure I have oil in the damn thing. It's driving me crazy!!!

    What did I do wrong???????
     
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    You didn't just buy a new one.
     
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    Probably should have. The rebuild cost just over $1000 in parts!
     
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    It probably doesn't even have air, right? Do you visit those Automobile websites? Sometimes they have all the answers. I even look at them sometimes when my car is acting up just so I can talk to the mechanic.
     
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    Once it's warmed up, let it idle for 5 minutes and have somebody goose it while you watch the exhaust. If it blows a cloud of white smoke, it's valve guide seals, or the guides themselves.
    You did stagger the ring gaps, didn't you?
     
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    pancake engine? like the Porsche? I'm not familiar w/ those. I had a 1493cc single-port that almost never gave me any trouble. Mine didn't have much in the way of gaskets. Most of it was metal to metal.
     
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    You posted this query on USMB, dumbass.

    Don't those POS VW Peace Bus owners have a fucking forum?

    Ask those asswipes, if they're not too busy spitting on soldiers, burning the U.S. flag or protesting some Goddamned war.
     
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    You shouldn't have intercepted that joint while you were overhauling your Choomwagon.
     
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    I did a leak test on the heads and they were both tight so I left the valves alone. All I did was polish the valve head area and hand fly cut where the cyl tops meet the heads.

    No smoke. I cross hatched the cylinders 30 deg and replaced the single piece oil rings with three piece. More difficult to get right but worth it. It used about a quarter of a qt in the ring break in but it hasn't used any oil at all in the last two months.
     
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    You mean "air conditioning"? Nope! I could add it but It has a Westfalia top with leuvered windows on both sides so I can get quite a bit of air movement thruout the bus. There are several good "bus" sites. I like SAMBA. It's just bus. I built my first VW engine back in 73... a 67 bug I did a complete restoration of. I know plenty of VW mechanics..but when it comes to most things automotive I just talk to myself.
     

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