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.
Modified by ginster86roc at 10:22 PM 1-7-2009
Modified by ginster86roc at 10:37 PM 1-7-2009