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    Thread: the Official Moder13 buildup thread (56k not so much)...

    1. Banned moder13's Avatar
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      04-03-2007 09:55 PM #1
      The backround:

      About three years ago my father and i came across a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta GT (red) that a friend had. The automatic transmission was shot in it and the previous owner didn't want to deal with fixing it. So we decided to buy it off him for $500 since we had the knowledge and resources to fix it. So it sat and sat and sat for three years. This past october I came across another Jetta gl (black) with a manual transmission. It was a rust bucket that someone was willing to practically give to me so I gladly took it for $25. A little before this I had found the Automatic-Manual thread in the Technical forum and thought to myself "i can do that". Fast forward to last week (3/18/07) and I finally had the time to start this project (with the help of pops).



      Tranny swap:
      (I don't have alot of shots of me working because It's kind of hard to take a picture of yourself)

      I get the GL into the shop.

      Jacked it up next to dad's alfa romeo 164.

      Drained the coolant.

      Disconnected all the electrical and all the hoses. I then took out the airbox and disconnected the clutch cable.

      Next I unbolted the engine and tranny from their mounts and unbolted the drive axles from the front hubs.
      (Dad cut off the exhaust)

      Now it was time to take the engine/tranny and drive axles out.


      and here is a better picture of the engine and tranny assembly.

      Next I took out the shift linkage, clutch cable, and pedal/pedal shaft.

      here is all the parts from the shift linkage to the pedal and cable.


      Out with the old in with the new(er):

      (Who's pushing?... i guess ill steer.)

      This picture came out strange.

      tuesday (4/3/07):

      The red bat.

      Took off some stuff.




      WILL BE FREQUENTLY UPDATED

      Updates on page 3


      Modified by moder13 at 7:19 PM 1-13-2008


      Modified by moder13 at 7:20 PM 1-13-2008


    2. 04-03-2007 10:04 PM #2
      sweeeeeeeeeet i wish i had a dad that didnt care whether i had random cars in the yard or not...... booo

    3. 04-03-2007 10:20 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by sxracer001 »
      sweeeeeeeeeet i wish i had a dad that didnt care whether i had random cars in the yard or not...... booo

      at least your old man will let you put them in the yard..... Mine threatens to have them towed instantly.


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      04-03-2007 10:25 PM #4
      sweet dude, looks good, hopefully you get that isht swapped to manual by the time you can drive and maybe by then you'll have some other stuff done to it too.
      looks like a fun project tho.

    5. 04-03-2007 10:37 PM #5
      i wish i could pick up a jetta for 25$

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      04-03-2007 10:57 PM #6
      folks that do their own work

    7. 04-03-2007 11:00 PM #7
      how did you just get the clutch pedal out?

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      04-03-2007 11:05 PM #8
      you can take off the entire front of the car (rad foward) with a few bolts. just a fyi

    9. 04-03-2007 11:23 PM #9
      suscribed

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      04-03-2007 11:35 PM #10
      at first i was like... so he's swaping out a 2L for a..... 2L? whats this kid thinking

      then i decided to read... nice find'S


    11. 04-03-2007 11:39 PM #11
      25 bucks good find
      i dont think i ever seen a bay so rusty before

    12. 04-04-2007 12:28 AM #12
      your dads the man

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      04-04-2007 12:46 AM #13
      thumbs up for the Alfa in the background
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      04-04-2007 01:27 AM #14
      i cant believe you made your dad push.
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    15. 04-04-2007 01:33 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by moder13 »
      romeo 164.


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      04-04-2007 01:37 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by daviddepin »
      i cant believe you made your dad push.

      that's definitely not how it works at my house... my dad always makes me push (usually a 3100lb mustang) up the driveway while he whines about how much money my education is costing him.

      plus, he apparently believes that i am incapable of controlling a vehicle moving at 1 mph.

      but $25 for a whole car?

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      04-04-2007 06:29 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by ...Franco »
      how did you just get the clutch pedal out?

      theres a shaft that goes through all of the pedals. there is a clip on the right side of the shaft. unclip and pull out through the left side (with the clutch pedal). should come right out.

      Quote, originally posted by blklbl540 »
      but $25 for a whole car?

      yeah they wanted to give the car to me but i told them i had to give them something.

      Quote, originally posted by daviddepin »
      i cant believe you made your dad push.

      haha we just wanted to get that pile out of the garage as fast as possible so he just told me to jump in and steer. and yes he is the man. hes working at the same time to get his alfa romeo back on the road. its been sitting for 4 years.

      oh and im working to get it to waterfest.


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      subscribed!

    19. 04-04-2007 08:40 AM #19
      Mad cool to work on cars with your pops!!!!!!!

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      04-04-2007 06:25 PM #20
      well i did a little bit of stuff today.
      took out the airbox.

      and drained the coolant. umm that looks like my toilet.

      and here are my stashes. (soon to be for sale along with the rest of the car )

      im going to work some more tonight or tomorrow because its snowing now and im hoping for a snow day (knock on wood) so ill post more pictures as they come.


    21. 04-04-2007 06:48 PM #21
      whatcha do with that second aba??

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      04-04-2007 07:12 PM #22
      190,xxx miles. i dont know yet. after i get mine running ill see.

    23. 04-04-2007 07:19 PM #23
      so you keepin the red one or the blacck

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      04-04-2007 08:40 PM #24
      red.

    25. 04-05-2007 12:24 AM #25
      that's some yucky coolant....


      cheers man


    26. 04-05-2007 01:10 AM #26
      Quote, originally posted by vwman099 »

      at least your old man will let you put them in the yard..... Mine threatens to have them towed instantly.


      x2


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      04-11-2007 09:33 PM #27
      bump. will post more tomorrow.

    28. 04-11-2007 09:41 PM #28
      watching this thread, glad to see im not the only kid one here, dude

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      04-12-2007 08:06 PM #29
      well here is some stuff i have been working on.

      got the clutch pedal mounted.


      question: where exactly does the spring for the pedal mount onto? been playing around with it for a bit and i dont exactly know where it goes.

      also started to get some parts off the old engine to be sold.

      and my obligatory crazy face shot.


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      04-12-2007 08:32 PM #30
      interested in seeing how this goes
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      04-12-2007 08:38 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by moder13 »
      The buildup: (I don't have alot of shots of me working because It's kind of hard to take a picture of yourself)

      Hey dude i dont know why but this struck me as hilarious, i was laughing for like ten minutes hahahahaha
      but this is awesome dude GL with it
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      04-15-2007 01:12 PM #33
      so yesterday i decided to start to rip apart the old engine for parts.


      then i wanted to take the cam out.

      what a mess. parts were everywhere.


      next we decided to clean the tranny so it would be easier to work with. it was covered with crud.

      nice and clean


      then i also decided to try and get that ac and radiator out. i couldn't. pops went at it for 30 minutes using every trick in the trade.

      IT WAS ON THERE GOOD.


      then i got thinking about practicallity (for now ) and decided to lift the car just for the build so could actually work with it.

      from this:

      during.(the crazy things we do for love...)

      after:

      obligatory crazy face shot.



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      04-15-2007 02:03 PM #35
      your mom must love you both dearly my mom would freak if i had 2 projects goin at the same time
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