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    A little heat on the gland nut helped with the removal of the flywheel.
    While Tracy finished painting the cylinders I ran the cylinder hone with a hand drill to prepare them for the new rings.
    In Garage V we installed the deep oil sump to increase the engines oil capacity from 2 1/2 to a more reasonable 4 quarts. The next step in the oil system upgrade is the full-flow filter system (the air-cooled VW motor came with no filter at all!) The oil is pumped out of the engine through the stainless the braided stainless steel hydraulic hose you see here to this remote filter mount, back through another hose and into the engine block.
The white filter is a high quality full-flow filter similar to the oil filter on any car. The black one is an Amsoil bypass filter. About 10% of the oil flows through the bypass filter and gets filtered down to 1/10th of 1 micron (compared to 30-40 microns for a typical full flow filter). The story from Amsoil is that you can stop changing your oil altogether with this system. They recommend that you get the oil analyzed once a year. There is a little tap fitting on this filter mount that's used to bleed off a little oil into a vial to send in to be analyzed.
    Now, if you know anything about engines your shaking your head thinking, "He's been duped into some marketing ploy! Everyone knows that the most important thing you can do for your engine is to change the oil every 3,000 miles!" So I must tell you my story.

    Amsoil was the worlds first synthetic oil sold for cars. The guy who developed it was in the airforce in the 60's and they only used synthetic oil in the airplane engines. Synthetic oil flows better when it's cold (this is a big one for the cars), handles more heat without breaking down, and has better lubricating properties. He figured if it was that good, why aren't we using it in our cars? The rest, as they say, is history.

    While growing up I had heard stories of people running Amsoil 25,000 miles between oil changes. Of course most of these stories came from people that were selling the stuff (network marketing). I took it with a grain of salt. I did use their injection oil in a two stroke motorcycle I had though. They claimed it would run cooler, make more power, better mileage, blah, blah, blah. So I tried it and to my surprise it actually did all those things! The dealer that sold me the motorcycle oil tried to get me to change over to Amsoil for my car but I just couldn't do it. He also showed me his truck that had a bypass filter on it. He claimed that it ran great after 280,000 with NO oil changes. Yeah right!, now I KNEW this guy was a con man!
    Another 15 years went by and I met an Amsoil dealer at a boat show in Atlanta. I realized that after 20 years of hearing about this stuff I had never once heard a story of how it had NOT worked. And all of these people weren't trying to con me. You could tell that they actually believed what they were saying. And they couldn't ALL be mistaken about the things they claimed this oil was doing in their vehicles. Something was going on here!
    So I decided to give it a skeptical try in a VW Golf that we had at the time and that I wasn't that attached to. I watched the oil closely, checking the color often, watching for increased oil usage that would indicate engine wear, and noting any changes in the way the car ran. The first thing we noticed was that the car started easier on cold mornings. The next thing was that the loud clicking that we had from cold winter morning startups, caused by sticking valve lifters, decreased with time until after about three weeks it was gone completely! I also noticed the next summer that the engine ran a little cooler. Supposedly I was getting better mileage and more power but it wasn't enough to notice (we generally don't track our mileage).     At the one year mark the oil was still golden brown and the car seemed to be fine. I was sold!
    Three years later and about 60-70,000 miles of using the Amsoil as recommended, changing the oil at one year/25,000 miles with a filter change at 6 months, we sold the Golf (Gretchen) which was being replaced by Haifisch. At this point it had about 180,000 mi. on it , still running great and not burning or leaking oil. It did all the things they said it would and more. We have now been running their motor oil and their gear oil in our transmissions in all of our vehicles for about five years with no problems.
    I became a dealer and tried to interest people but it's like trying to sell snake oil! We're so ingrained about constantly changing our oil that it's hard to let it go. All I can say is that it's worked for us. And changing oil only once a year has been...well, relaxing! So the next time your crawling under the car or paying someone else to change your oil, think of me. I'm the guy on the porch leaning back in the rocking chair with a cool beer. Cheers! Oh and if you want to try it, just click here to get more info., a free catalog, or to order online.  

    Post note - Exactly one day after I wrote the previous chapter while looking for advertisers for our site, I ran across an lubrication specialist-type guy who knows far more than me about this stuff (I just called him and found out that he's also an Amsoil dealer-heh heh). He wrote a book called "The Motor Oil Bible" all about-well you know. I haven't even had a chance to read it yet. I will hopefully place his ad soon but for now, here's a link.  

So anyway, back to our story. The Amsoil literature is full of testimonials of people with all these miles on their cars and trucks and NO oil changes. It's especially big with the semi trucks. I have to admit that it still feels wrong, but then so did leaving it in for a year at a time! You can follow our progress...