Good news- I think we’ve found the problem and we don’t need a new engine. Just a cylinder head and a piston(?). Jason is on his way to Vancouver, WA to get the parts. I’ll let Jason update this post and let you know what it was, since I really haven’t a clue.
My job was merely watching Wall E and playing knights with Bode…and trying to keep him out of the tools.
Many thanks to everyone for your advice and offers. We found some incredible folks, Christen and Amanda, who lent us their workshop space, their VW knowledge and even bought us lunch.
This journey has introduced us to some amazing people. We are now in karma debt and looking forward to paying back.