You’re probably wondering what the big deal is with a crankshaft out of a 36hp VW motor. I have a lot of respect for the manufacturing and engineering from this era of wartime shortages. Basically the 36hp engine was a 1300cc VW flat four built to hold up to the abuse of wartime use and get respectable fuel economy for a country who was hurting for oil something fierce. Since it was tough as nails (read it didn’t make enough power to fail catastrophically) it was the top of the pile if you needed a cheap factory parts motor to run in desert races with a VW. This piece appears to have taken quite a while to fail judging by the discoloration around the fracture but even the best give up the ghost eventually. The forged cranks were eventually phased by cast ones in motors with more displacement like the 1600 which kinda sucks in comparison.
After I removed all the brake line, e-brake, and so long plates I pulled the transmission and put it on the engine stand. Then I pulled one side all apart brakes, bearings, and swing axel. After all of that was removed I split the case. Once I opened the case I could see they the reverse gear was not in place. That is what was causing the noise. Who ever put it together forgot the pin that holds the reverse shaft in place. After getting the pin back in I resealed the case and now I am just waiting on new swing axel boots.