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Slide 1
Here's how the engine looked the day I first saw the car. A couple hoses off, but otherwise it actually doesn't look too bad. Certainly it's a bit cleaner than a lot of other engines you might find on the Samba. When I got it home though, a compression test revealed problems with cylinder #3. Torquing down the lower head studs didn't fix it, so I figured I at least needed to check the heads to see if a valve was burnt or carbon was stuck in the valve seat.