'64 bug running on three cylinders?

i think that's what's happening. i heard something vague from the nice hippies i bought her from about one of the cylinder heads cracking and
someone doing something short-term to fix it. about a month ago an odd, irregular tapping sound started coming from the engine whenever i revved, and about a week ago that went away and now she's very sluggish, shuddering at low revs and the engine is much quieter. maximum speed in third gear is about 40 MPH.
what i'd like to know is, how dangerous to the car is it to drive it in this state? i won't be able to afford to get her fixed for a few weeks.
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You can confirm it with a compression test, but I'd say dangerous is the word for it.
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okay, are we talking "explodes, showering everyone in the area with shards of burning magnesium" or "the engine will fuse into a solid lump of metal" dangerous? i've more or less accepted that the engine needs to be replaced; i just need to get through the fifteen minute drive from where i am to Volkscare in Bayswater, Melbourne, Victoria (Hi, Dave).
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nikolai kingsley wrote:

Make the drive. 15 minutes isn't going to do anymore damage...
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