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    Thread: one of those "get around to it" projects (56k lots o pics)

    1. Member ginster86roc's Avatar
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      02-24-2006 03:54 PM #1
      so i know we all have a list of ^those^ type projects, right?

      thankfully none of mine are critical to the cars' operation. (dammit i have to drive this car to work tomorrow...whatamigonnado?!?) they're usually things that i'd just like to make better or "right". i know of a lot of the difficulties some of y'all have, so i won't even get into electrical stuff folks...we could be here all day.

      that being said, set your way back machines to a couple weeks ago, when i went through my ball joint/crack in the chassis ordeal. whilst i was under the car i noticed my shift rod bushing was toast. this made sense to me 'cause i'd noticed my shifter gettin' sloppy on me...my car was 'talking' to me again... so i always listen to what my car tells me, right? well today it's slow @ work....you know the rest.
      so grab some popcorn and your favorite sophisticated adult beverage and come w/ me as we deal w/ a sloppy shifter bushing.
      this is the offending unit in situ. eeewwww. i had tried to pull the frayed up part together w/ a zip-tie to take up some of the slack...it worked, for all of about 10 shifts, whereupon the bushing simply gave way.

      so i had my buddy wil @ the dealership order me the bushing.

      it is NOT the same as the A2/A3 chassis cars, in case you were thinking so...A2/A3 bushing is on the right.

      back under the car now.... the rear side of the offending unit. see all that space between the bushing and the rod? not good. also note the length of the through-bolts @ 2o'clock and 8o'clock. they had to be shortened a bit.

      we're ready to undo the clamping bolt on the selector lever now. but before doing so i made a paint matchmark to ease reassembly. (i can be such a clever monkey sometimes) it can be a real PITA to get that selector lever back in its' correct place the first time. and because it requires lifting the car to readjust it if it's off i figured i'd make it easy on mysef.....this time.

      i used a silver paint pen found at your local hobbyshop. (b/t/w i also use this pen to write the date of my next oil change on the end of my o/filt )
      the unit out of the car...this is the backside. the dealer would like to sell you the whole bushing bracket for about 38 dollars...make 'em order the bushing instead. the original ass'y is riveted together. you simply drill out the rivets and replace w/ nuts/bolts on reassembly. as you can see, i had done this repair already in the past...hence the bolts.

      aaaand the front...see how ate up it is? no wonder my zip-tie attempt didn't work.

      all cleaned up w/ the old and new bushings...

      on reassembly i decided to lube the shell of the bearing w/ some synth w/b'rng grease so everything was nice and looooose...

      while looking at my bentley last night i saw something that i'd never seen before...the 2 little 'boots' ('gaiters' to you polov8 ) on either side of this b'rng bracket....this got me to thinkin'....

      so i figured i'd try to duplicate the factory by getting some bellows...courtesy of an A2 set of rackboots...slightly modified. their purpose i assume, is to keep water/gearoil/schmutz in general off of the bushing thereby extending its' life.....so i figured "what the hey"?

      here's the other one in place. also put the selector lever in place. correctly. the first time. as the shifter rod moves to and fro it tries to pull the boots out of place. couple zipties fixed that. we'll see if'n it holds up. if not "what the hey?"

      got it all done and drove the car around my parking lot. man, what a difference!
      non scirocco content: boss brought his girls to work today...lola, molly, and i forget the third one.


      so what sort of "get around to it" projects do y'all have simmering?

      have a good weekend all. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Modified by ginster86roc at 10:22 PM 1-7-2009


      Modified by ginster86roc at 10:37 PM 1-7-2009
      i good vibes... and sciroccos.
      Quote Originally Posted by sciroccojim
      Yes. Follow the adjustment procedure in the Bentley. Works like "magic."

      Quote Originally Posted by punchbug
      That's just how we roll.

    2. 02-24-2006 04:03 PM #2

      don't worry, I CLEANED EVERYTHING UP

    3. 02-24-2006 04:29 PM #3
      methinks i should get one of those bushings

    4. 02-24-2006 04:32 PM #4
      Quote, originally posted by kenny_blankenship »
      methinks i should get one of those bushings


      me too
      missinglinkz sells a teflon version to withstand the heat

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      02-24-2006 04:40 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by I heart beavers »

      me too
      missinglinkz sells a teflon version to withstand the heat

      y'know mister beaver lover......whoa. *blush*
      i think mine failed from being spattered w/ gearoil from a leaky tranny i had once upon a time. constant exposure to oil is not good when it comes to plastic/rubber.
      add to that the fact that the oil acts like a magnet for dust/dirt...now you've got a "self-acting abrasive party" going on in your shift linkage that only gets worse w/ each gearshift. you saw how wore out the backside of the bushing was right? that was a "self-active abrasive RAVE" goin' on down there.
      i good vibes... and sciroccos.
      Quote Originally Posted by sciroccojim
      Yes. Follow the adjustment procedure in the Bentley. Works like "magic."

      Quote Originally Posted by punchbug
      That's just how we roll.

    6. 02-24-2006 04:47 PM #6
      WHAT IN THE HELL IS THE DOG ON THE RIGHT UP TO?!?!

    7. 02-24-2006 05:03 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by Goldice »
      WHAT IN THE HELL IS THE DOG ON THE RIGHT UP TO?!?!

      laughing at this:

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      02-24-2006 05:03 PM #8
      I think that dog knows what happened at Wils house.
      Edit: Watching that Charger get destroyed breaks my heart.


      Modified by 1BadSciroccoS at 10:04 PM 2-24-2006

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      02-24-2006 05:06 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by ginster86roc »

      Is that bushing urethane?

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      02-24-2006 05:09 PM #10
      the dog is obviously thinking ([IMG]http://**********************/smile/emlove.gif[/IMG]) of you Mitch....

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      02-24-2006 05:11 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by 1BadSciroccoS »
      I think that dog knows what happened at Wils house.

      i've heard rumor of ^that^ all the way over here on the east coast!
      i good vibes... and sciroccos.
      Quote Originally Posted by sciroccojim
      Yes. Follow the adjustment procedure in the Bentley. Works like "magic."

      Quote Originally Posted by punchbug
      That's just how we roll.

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      02-24-2006 05:11 PM #12
      I have this fun time ahead..

      Then I gotta get all this into that shed back there....after I finish building it...then seal it...then trim it...then paint it....



      Modified by My Old Roc at 2:13 PM 2-24-2006

    13. 02-24-2006 05:16 PM #13
      so when do you plan to get around to that?

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      02-24-2006 05:16 PM #14
      ^what're you waiting for?!?...an invitation?!?!^
      i good vibes... and sciroccos.
      Quote Originally Posted by sciroccojim
      Yes. Follow the adjustment procedure in the Bentley. Works like "magic."

      Quote Originally Posted by punchbug
      That's just how we roll.

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      02-24-2006 05:24 PM #15
      Nice thread, ginster. How much did it tighten up (as a percentage) after you replaced that bushing? I have one in my parts box, been procrastinating for over a month. I have a boot, too. Bought it from Wurth about a million years ago.
      Oh wait, I know why: CAUSE IT'S FRIKKIN' FREEZING HERE!


      Mitch: thought the exact same thing when I saw that dog pic.

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      02-24-2006 05:30 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by sciroccojim »
      CAUSE IT'S FRIKKIN' FREEZING HERE!

      uh huh!! .......hope you and Tim have heat in that garage for the clutchjob
      Nice work on the bushing work Carlito [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    17. 02-24-2006 05:34 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by sciroccojim »
      Oh wait, I know why: CAUSE IT'S FRIKKIN' FREEZING HERE!


      its freakin 70 degrees here!
      gotta wear these daily

    18. 02-24-2006 11:55 PM #18
      Hey Ginster.. Whats the part number on that Bushing.. Just to make it easier for me when I call the dealership here..
      ( The VW Dealership here in Mason City really sucks.. Its mainly a GM dealership, so they have no idea about VW's Ive found.. They have like 3 or 4 VW's on their lot and about 2 or 3 hundred GMs.....)
      Thanks again man.. im gonna attempt that fix myself.. looks fun...


      Modified by 87_16v_85_8v_Scirocco at 8:58 PM 2-24-2006

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      02-25-2006 12:07 AM #19
      For sale: Shi-tzu puppy. 10 months old. Scarred for life by a panda. $25 or trade for a rust free scirocco.
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      02-25-2006 12:28 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by ginster86roc »
      ^what're you waiting for?!?...an invitation?!?!^

      THERE! All done....


    21. 02-25-2006 01:11 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by veetarded »
      For sale: Shi-tzu puppy. 10 months old. Scarred for life by a panda. $25 or trade for a rust free scirocco.


      Oh. Snap.

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      02-25-2006 01:17 AM #22
      he said Shi-tzu.....

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      02-25-2006 02:45 AM #23
      Great tip ....if Timbo doesn't have this on his site he should! I need the p/n for the bushing too.

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      02-25-2006 07:30 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by rroyce4u »
      Great tip ....if Timbo doesn't have this on his site he should! I need the p/n for the bushing too.


      Yeah! I gotta do this!! What's the P/N mista Ginsta?! ETKA does not have a P/N for just the bushing. Only the whole bracket.

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      02-25-2006 11:10 AM #25
      I need to install a horn in my rocco.... so I can pass inspection
      awesome thread gin... and the dog was top knotch!!!
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