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    Yes, you're right. That is the plan long term - to completely strip and re-build this engine. I had hoped to find a simple cause by test running it first but have been unsuccessful. However, the casing I got from Dirk will be very handy once the engine is re-built to allow me to test of first before fitting it in the car. My current engine was in and out of the car a number of time before I succeeded in getting it to run after replacing the piston rings. And the current engine (although only a 1300 twin port) is pretty sound and will be kept in the car until I get around to rebuilding the type 4
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    I used to have a 914 which I converted to rhd and I've just found the manual so if there's any info you need or you are welcome to borrow it
    Mike

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    Height adjustable springplates

    Having driven my car for some 3000 miles now I decided it was time to raise the suspension back up an inch or so. Reason being I was concerned that with the high amount of negative camber on the rear wheels I would wreck my wheel bearings due to being starved of gear oil from the transaxle tubes. Secondly, the car would sometimes ground when reversing back on a slight incline, and finally, I am contemplating fitting larger tyres which would need a height change anyway. Normally I adjust the rear height by rotating the spring plates around the torsion bar splines but it's a bit of a faff and can take a couple of hours to do both sides, so I decided to try some height adjustable spring plates instead. Fitting them is relatively straight forward, no different from carrying out a height adjustment but with the added bonus I would only have to do this once and could fine tune the ride height with ease once the new plates were installed

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    Disassembling the old spring plate

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    Comparing the new spring plate (top) with the old. The new one has a height adjustment grub screw that makes height adjustment and fine tuning a simple 5 minute job once these are installed

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    New spring plate in place

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    I'm more or less settled at this height with the car just over an inch higher than before which leaves only a very small amount of negative camber, and of course, if I'm feeling reckless, I can easily lower it again if need be
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
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    I'm more or less settled at this height with the car just over an inch higher than before which leaves only a very small amount of negative camber, and of course, if I'm feeling reckless, I can easily lower it again if need be
    Looking good Phill

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    nice one, did it have an affect on you front end at all pushing it down?

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    Yes and by more than you would expect. I guess it's a combination of pivot action at the front wheels and weight transfer towards the front of the car. Previously I had 130mm clearance at the front this has now reduced to 100mm
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