Thanks for the warning. Unfortunately, I have already passed the point of no return.....
Well, not for this VW.... but I have that tendency you talk of. The 77 IH Transtar II w/ the Formula 290 is another project.... still have to finish that (interior and wiring.... but it runs...
) Bought the thing for $1200, spent $300 on a used 5th wheel and a "bunch" more getting a rear custom HD pentil hitch- it can tow an equipment trailer like those behind dumptrucks, has a 2" square receiver below that AND in between the frame rails behind the semi 5th wheel is a 2 5/16" goose neck ball. Not counting the other fuel tanks I bought and interior from another truck.... I'm sure I have at least $2500-3000 total (purchase price and stuff) and I know I could have found another cab-over for under $4000. (I didn't think the previous owner gutted the interior paneling....either I misunderstood or it was mis-represented - maybe a little of both). Ebay...
I found that VW forum, but I have yet to register. I'm just on one right now, the VWparts.com site.
I am taking a step back and taking a deep breath about this project. Looking at the cracks on the block near the freeze plug, I don't think those cracks are leaking. Any how, I think the head gasket went and that is why there is lots of green baked on the back side of the engine. So, with that said, I'm looking for a 1.5L head (have a lead on one).
Any how, my plan of attack now is to get a used head, check it all out (maybe do the valves) and slap it on. If the crack in the block leaks, I plan to use Water Glass or some of those other "high tech" block sealers to fix it. It if works out, cool, if not..... a learning experience.
I was just comparing pics of the head I found. It was off of a 78 VW diesel (same year). The yard said that the car came in running, but had a bad tranny. Pics match my 'cracked' head. Yard has it listed for $175, but it has the about 96% complete. It is missing the glowplugs, I think, but valves, cam and timing gear are there. Heck, even has the water hose fitting on it....
If I am lucky, I'll hopefully have under $450 in parts. I plan to drive it. Maybe I'll restore it (to a point).... if you looked at the pics, I don't think it's THAT bad.
When I first found it and looked at it, I originally passed on getting it. But I called back, offered less and got it. Something about it ..... attracted me
(Heck, you're talking to someone who actually accepted a free car..... almost free- traded two tires - a 1979 Ford Pinto Station Wagon! Yes, a Pinto.... yes, it runs.... and it is in worse shape then the VW. I was going to buy a $600 mid 80's Chevy Chevette diesel....)
1999 E-350 Cub Wagon, 7.3L Power Stroke, E4OD, 3.55
1990 E-350 Club Wagon, 7.3L IDI, E4OD, 3.54LS
1994 Chevy C2500 6.5L TD, 3.42
1983 F-150 2x4, 4.9L, C-6 w/GV-OD, 3.55 Farm pickup
1981 C-8000, 3208 CAT, RT-6510, Rockwell SSHD Tandems (Swap)
1981 VW Rabbit Pickup 1.6L diesel (project)
1978 VW Rabbit 1.5L diesel (project)
1977 K100C, NTC-350, RT-1110, Tandem
1977 Transtar II, NTC-290, RT-9509 Single
1977 Transtar II, Formula 290, RT0-9513, Tandem (project)
1974 C-750, 391CID, Clark 5 speed, Eaton 2 speed