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      08-14-2005 09:01 AM #1
      ​​​​I know most of you are "old school" and probably roll your eyes at us newer VW enthusiasts when we think we've accomplished some great thing. So pat me on the head and give me a patronizing "you're so cute." if you must...but I'm pretty excited to have accomplished something myself, (even if it wasn't THAT great of an accomplishment) as opposed to just paying somebody else to do it.
      Oh, and before I go any further, please excuse any spelling errors, typos or grammatical errors. I claim no responsibility and I blame it all on the cocktails.
      Anyway...my speedometer hasn't worked since I bought my car. So today...err I guess it would be yesterday now... I had nothing better to do, and I thought to myself, "Self, you're pretty good with electronic type stuff, why don't you open up the dash and see if you can't figure out what the problem is?"
      So I replied, "Self, what a FABULOUS idea! I bet it's just a bad connection or something."
      So I got together some tools, and a Corona. Because as we all know, when one is working on a car in one's own driveway, one must have a beer. (I think it's in the "Mechanics Code of Ethics and Conduct" manual"...seriously.)
      So once I had my Corona and my tools together, me and myself went to work.
      First step, I had to figure out how to get this little piece removed.

      Disconnected the battery, so I didn't electrocute myself.

      Carefully removed all the dash vents.
      (Look at all that dust! Yuck!)

      Disconnected the heater and head unit, etc.

      Removed the dash bezel out of the way.

      Disconnected the headlight switches, etc.
      Reached back and disconnected the speedometer cable.

      Disconnected all wires, and CAREFULLY removed gauge cluster.

      Blew into the cable and the back of the speedometer, cleaning out the dust and such, and pulled the wire out a bit, since I didn't think it was making contact.

      Looked at my dissected dash, and thought, "OMG! WTF HAVE I DONE!?" (I didn't really say O-M-G or W-T-F...but you get the picture...)

      Then I had a bright idea, and thought, "As long as I have this thing apart..."
      I removed the 3475630 screws holding the gauge cluster together.

      Carefully removed the face plate to inspect things...

      I checked out all the LED lights, and realized there were no green bulbs,
      but there was a thin piece of green plastic that made the lights and clock green. And as we all know, green lights in a pink car just won't do.
      I found a pink file folder, and cut out the piece that covers the top panel of lights.

      Then
      the tricky part...removing and disassembling the LED clock. That part
      was where I started thinking I was going to be looking on ebay or the VWVortex forums for a new gauge cluster.
      Successfully dismantled it, and found the ugly green plastic, and began tracing a new one with my handy dandy exacto knife.

      Perfect match!

      Time to put the clock back together...

      Then I thought...that little ORANGE strip on the gas gauge needs to be pink. So I taped around it to get straight lines...

      Then I got my sparkliest pink nailpolish, and painted over the ORANGE.

      Then I got an even BRIGHTER idea.
      After working for about 5 hours in Paintshop, and wasting a whole package of photo paper, I got it all right.

      Again, with my handy dandy exacto knife, I cut it out to match...

      Time to put it all back together...

      Everything fits together perfectly, and I have no extra screws or parts, meaning I most likely got it all together right!

      Cleaned all the dust and crap out of everything, and put the dash back together, reconnected the battery.

      Voila! Everything works!

      So I took Kitty for a quick test drive to see if I'd fixed the speedometer,
      and I'll be danged...I now know just how fast I'm going! All it took
      was a little tugging and blowing.
      Next Up: How to rebuild an engine in 7 days.

      The End!

    2. 08-14-2005 09:41 AM #2
      Quote, originally posted by Lucky_Mcgee »

      Yummy! *lick*
      Despite making a girly car even more inaccessible to the average male, your skills (and confidence) are impressive.

    3. 08-14-2005 09:44 AM #3
      shoulda played with the odometer

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      08-14-2005 01:27 PM #4
      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] For tackling all that yourself. Nice job.
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      08-14-2005 02:07 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by kamzcab86 »
      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] For tackling all that yourself. Nice job.

      Ditto!
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      08-14-2005 02:10 PM #6
      I LOVE IT! Haha, thats friggin awesome! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      Did you make sure that you aligned that spedometer pointer correctly?
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      08-14-2005 02:29 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by Lucky_Mcgee »
      ​​​​
      So I got together some tools, and a Corona. Because as we all know, when one is working on a car in one's own driveway, one must have a beer. (I think it's in the "Mechanics Code of Ethics and Conduct" manual"...seriously.)
      So once I had my Corona and my tools together, me and myself went to work.

      While I agree with you that a ice cold beer (or any other kind) is required while working in the driveway I don't ever remember wearing this style of Coveralls.
      Quote, originally posted by Lucky_Mcgee »
      ​​​​

      Great looking job. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] It's good to see an original, instead of someone following the pack.
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    8. 08-14-2005 02:44 PM #8
      Night shot....must see how that turned out.

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      08-14-2005 04:38 PM #9
      Wow, pink lighting! I had a Clarion 8** headunit for a while, and there was possibility to make the pink backlight for the display... Much brighter than on your Sony. And i remember that i wondered: "what car it can match to?!"
      Now i know!
      Very, very, very nice! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    10. 08-14-2005 05:07 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by Lucky_Mcgee »
      ...All it took
      was a little tugging and blowing.

      ....amazing how that seems to solve most of the worlds problems!

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      08-14-2005 06:01 PM #11
      Nice work.
      Surprised I haven't seen the pink machine running around the Flathead.
      You going to pink up the Suburban to?

    12. 08-14-2005 10:49 PM #12
      my favourite pic on vortex... ever!


      k, on a serious note.. I have a mk2 cluster in mine... do you have any mk2 dash inlay designs?
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      08-14-2005 11:20 PM #13
      LM,
      Still the Barbiest, more now than ever!![IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Nice job, nice write up! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      Modified by tolusina at 12:07 AM 10-14-2005
      Quote Originally Posted by kamzcab86
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    14. 08-14-2005 11:43 PM #14
      Very Nice writeup!!!!
      Not many ladies are willing to tackle their own mechanical work, we are just lucky to have most of em in the Cabby forum

      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] :coffee:

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      08-15-2005 12:17 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by tolusina »
      Lisa Monique,
      Still the Barbiest, more now than ever!![IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Nice job, nice write up! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      Isn't that the littlest kittiest?

    16. 08-15-2005 12:30 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by briano1234 »
      Isn't that the littlest kittiest?

      its "hello kitty"
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      08-15-2005 01:55 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by -vertigo- »
      Despite making a girly car even more inaccessible to the average male, your skills (and confidence) are impressive.

      heh...thanks! And that's pretty much the point. I don't even LIKE pink OR Hello Kitty. But I figure the boys will leave my car alone with it like that.
      Just playin'!

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      08-15-2005 01:56 AM #18
      Quote, originally posted by ensone »
      shoulda played with the odometer

      Funny that. It doesn't move. I mean....not that I TRIED....because that would be just WRONG. *adjusts halo*

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      08-15-2005 01:57 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by kamzcab86 »
      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] For tackling all that yourself. Nice job.

      Thanks Kamz! It was pretty fun! Now if I could only do as much as YOU can do, I'll be set!

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      08-15-2005 01:58 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by the_mad_rabbit »
      Did you make sure that you aligned that spedometer pointer correctly?

      Yes I did! I WANT to know how fast I'm going silly! That was kind of the point of fixing the speedometer.

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      08-15-2005 02:00 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by cabriofam »
      Night shot....must see how that turned out.

      Oooh. Good call. I can't believe I forgot that! As soon as I'm done answering replies I'll take a picture for ya.

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      08-15-2005 02:04 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Mixagolf1 »
      Wow, pink lighting! I had a Clarion 8** headunit for a while, and there was possibility to make the pink backlight for the display... Much brighter than on your Sony. And i remember that i wondered: "what car it can match to?!"
      Now i know!

      Yes, mine! =oD
      My XM receiver in my Expedition has pink backlighting, but the Sony unit only has blue, green, red, orange, yellow, grey and purple. All those colors, yet lacking the ONE I need. *sigh* So I just use purple since it's the closest, and is also the same color as my neo shift knob and pedals. (The pedals SAID pink on the package, but they look a helluvalot more purple than pink to me.)
      Quote, originally posted by Mixagolf1 »
      Very, very, very nice! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      Thank you! It was a lot of fun to do!

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      08-15-2005 02:05 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by Nash20thAE »
      ....amazing how that seems to solve most of the worlds problems!

      *snicker*

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      08-15-2005 02:09 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by PoorHouse »
      Nice work.
      Surprised I haven't seen the pink machine running around the Flathead.
      You going to pink up the Suburban to?

      Whoa! We're neighbors huh?!? I've only seen one other Cabby up here since I moved here, so I assume it must be yours? (a white one?)
      I live on Flathead lake in the Somers/Lakeside area, and I'm generally out and about in Kalispell on the weekends with Kitty. It's kind of hard to miss her! heh. Be sure to honk and wave if you see me around.
      And no....the 'Burb isn't girlie...AT ALL. It has a Cartman theme. (from South Park)

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      08-15-2005 02:13 AM #25
      Quote, originally posted by rabbitation »
      my favourite pic on vortex... ever!
      k, on a serious note.. I have a mk2 cluster in mine... do you have any mk2 dash inlay designs?

      I have to admit...dismantled gauge clusters are pretty hot.
      I don't have an MK2 cluster to work with, but when I hit up the salvage yard next week for a wing window, I'll see if I can't pick one up to make a template from it for ya. (Just let me know what car you'd like it for.)

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