Dang nab it. Last week we reported on our preliminary road test of crony Scott's Type III. In that report we, uh – reported – that the engine was making some funny noises. Scott figured these stemmed from an exhaust leak. Well guess what? Bad motivator on exhaust valve number two. And with only 15 miles between teardowns, too. Sigh... Scott, however, is claiming that she'll be ship shape and back on the road within a week or two. We'll let you know. And it looks like that motorcycle jack really is useful if you want to haul a long block around.
This is the nature of aircooled VW ownership: to generate mechanically talented people. If you've owned one for more than a year and haven't had to lift the hood, it's been parked the whole time.
Engine drop competitions are something to see. A talented pair of guys can have the engine loose in under two minutes, completely out of the car in under fifteen.