Replaced the rear upper seats with headrest models, replaced the lower passenger rear cargo plastic with a cargo cover model, still looking to get the rest of the lower plastics, but a salvage trip got cut short and have to wait a whole before I can try again.
And that ugly rust hole over the gas filler neck will soon be cut out and new metal welded in place and painted.
Also pulled the trim and all off the rear hatch to ready for prep and pain along with the rear valence. Then to get a bumper...
Yeah, the Quantums are not their priority. We usually are cheap bastards when it comes to buying parts for our cars. 034 is about the only game in town for I5, though. And they do make done pretty good stuff. I sent him a rear diff mount and bracket to see if he could get some made up. I'm pretty sure every QSW owner would buy one or two or three. If he comes through on that I'll send him a spare intake boot to see if he can get silicone ones made. Between us and 4KQ owners, there should be enough of a market.
I'll agree that 034 does make good stuff - the ball socket for the shift linkage fit perfectly (and, yays! the damned thing doesn't randomly pop apart anymore!)
A new (and, correct) diff mount, and for less than $130 (was the VW price?) I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
I'm hoping that the come thru with that, because a new intake boot would be awesomesauce (mine's getting a bit, ah, sketchy.... )
In my on-topic news.....
installation of an 80* t-stat (and matching fan switch) a couple of weeks ago did wonders for mine's ability to keep its cool (pun intended) on the freeway. Much better....
Also about two weeks ago, had to replace (partially) the fuel feed and return lines on the car - the feed line had started to corrode thru, right under the battery tray. Now, that there, not a fun job.
It does leave "on the list" replacing the rest of the fuel lines on the car. But, they're not nearly as scary looking as the feed line was... I'll get to them.....
Haha! That's one of the first things I had to do to mine when I got it. Just wish there was a better place for the battery. Maybe I'll build a box for it in the cargo area. My coupe will have a false floor where the rear seats used to be so that'll be nice for a battery and some stereo components.
Tackled the rust spots on the red Syncro. Ground it down to metal and hit it with some self etching primer. There are spots on both front doors. Driver leading edge has a little hole under the trim that will only require filler and some paint. Trailing edge just needs a surface layer of bondo and some paint.
Passenger door leading edge needs surface and paint, but trailing edge needs a new corner welded, it was pretty chewed up. Rear doors are good.
Also hit the rear hatch and that should just need a layer to smooth it out and a respray.
Cut out the rotted spot on the rear inner fender and it's ready for new metal to be welded in place. Easy and it'll be solid again.
Then I need to hit the rear valence and paint it too.
Amazingly solid for a MA car.
So, the wife has been bugging me to do something about the, ah, 3-colored left quarter on the wagon. Anyone who saw Timob's FS thread last winter will remember its factory paint + primer look (which was later accented with another color primer... )
So, last weekend, I spray-bombed it. And, I have to say, it's not hugely off from the factory Flash Silver....
That done, it made me want to paint my "black" plastic. As we all know, after a quarter-century, it ain't black anymore....
So, out came a bucket, a Scotchbrite pad, and a can of cleanser.
Remove grille, remove VW emblem from it. Remove trim strip on tailgate. Scrub the hell out of the trim. Rinse & dry. And, it started raining...
Into the garage! Mask the car off.
Grab paint of choice: Krylon Fusion, in satin black.
First coat done (rear view):
Two coats later on everything, and all of the tape pulled - looks soooo much better now!
It's the little things, ya know?
Oh, come on! It's an old VW - it's a project that's never done!
Me, I found and ordered things this week:
- stock (and, uncut) front springs, from someone on the Syncronized list.
- front strut cartridges (AUtohausAZ)
- bumpstops, mounts, and tie rods (GAP)
- a set of Hankook WInter iPike tires, 195/60R14 (DiscountTireDirect.) Those showed up today...
- an alarm!
After much searching, I found a reasonably-complete Alpine SEC-8025A on fleabay, for all of $50.
Add $7 for a 2-wire lock actuator, and $10 for a VW MkIII 'meep' alarm horn... I'm out a total of $80 (inc. shipping.)
Soon, Das Quantum will gain keyless entry (and, will also use the same remote that operates the Scirocco.)
Suspension, tires, and alignment, I'm aiming to get those done this Saturday, so long as everything shows up.
Otherwise, next weekend.
If you had mice you're gonna want to pull the rear cargo plastics completely (especially around the rear shock towers) and fully clean all that crap out. And the rain tray and even the dash to get in Dejuan's the glove box and over the evaporater. Sucks but it's the only way to get it. And the headliner sux too, but you don't want mouse piss and **** in there. You probably already know all this, but...
Eeewwww... mice infestation.... yuck!
Sick of the nameplates looking like crap, I finally painted them tonight. Damned tedious task that is, painting the letters with a brush...
But, looks so much better now!
Also today, I picked up a set of 14" steelies, to mount my new snow tires (Hankook Winter iPike) tomorrow.
I use the term "set" loosely, as I ended up leaving with 3 black 8-hole wheels, and 1 silver-rimmed 7-hole wheel w/ holes for wheel cover.
Paint makes it better, though. Satin black FTW!
Tomorrow, it gets new front dampers, front springs, tie rods, a set of tires, and an alignment.
I thought about paint pen. Decided that I wanted the control of a brush (no offense.)
LOLZ! AFAIK, there's no VW-centric version of Hoarders. I know quite a few people, though, who would be quite eligible to be on that....
Front suspension work done today. It's nice having the front end back to stock ride height (which is a first in my ownership of it), and no more funky noises from the front end.
On dry pavement, these tires have the handling characteristics of jumbo marshmallows, though...
Engage Winter Mode:
And, the mailman brought more presents today!
I found an Alpine 8025A alarm (complete less siren) on eBay for $50. That arrived, as did a 2-wire lock actuator, and a MkIII alarm "meep" horn.
Those go in next weekend. And, I will finally have keyless entry on it (and, using the same remote that the Scirocco uses (read: one fob for both cars.))
OK, stuff done today:
Got a bunch of the parts mostly ready to ship out to Marek and Thomas (God I suck...they should have had their parts for many months already. There will be extras and some cool stuff to make up for it...I promise)
Also took a wire wheel to the door edges on my daily QSW...yikes. I hate salt and water. I cleaned out a bunch of the rust and then hit it with self etching primer and then some crappy black spray paint just to cover the primer. Not pretty, but at least I know where I stand on the door rust now. I'll form a plan of attack on that somewhere down the road.
I still have to fix the front end and get rid of the horrible clunking from the suspension/steering. Never been right since that azzhat ran me off the road into a granite curb. New control arm and ball joint, but I think the strut mount/bearing is toast and maybe the subframe bushings. Perhaps even the strut insert is damaged. Still gotta sue him in small claims for that. Fun. Gotta order some stuff from 034 for that job. Maybe some pics tomorrow once I get the parts sealed up for shipping.
Got out of work at 8:30 tonight.
Said, "Car's dirty - haven't had time to wash it in a month!
Have time - go wash it! (just need to remember to put the antenna down first.)"
(note here: last bath was about a week prior to my replacing the hacked-up antenna with a manual telescoping antenna....)
Drive car into shop. Put car in wash, forgot to put the antenna down.
See my mistake when I got back in the car, to drive it out of the wash rack.
It's broken. Need to buy another one.....
Looking good! Does the B4 mat fit or did you have to trim it? I got a rear mat from a Vento (Jetta) for my car to have something in there temporarily but it's not quite wide enough.
Mk3 seats are great, I did the same with my car. Just swapped the bases over.
So, I still don't have that alarm in...
Why? The harness that it came with, not the correct harness for the alarm. And, try as I might, I can't find the right harnesses, or the wiring diagram for this alarm (I could wing it with just the 'real' wiring diagram (with pinouts)....)
Anyone have a wiring diagram for an Alpine 8025A alarm?
In "what did I do today?" news...
I finally clayed, wheeled, and waxed it!
Is it awesome? No. But, for >26 year old paint, it came back to life fairly well.
(the hood is hopelesly spotted, though... Could not get that out. )
Hi, I'm new to the thread, and I was just wondering about a few options I may want to do to a Quantum Syncro that I am planning on restoring, One Question that I do have is I was wondering how hard it would be to do an Audi A4 4cyl motor conversion, does anybody know if this is possible, also if not, What motor could I mount up to give me alittle bit more power, and better fuel economy?? Also was wondering about a lift kit, trying to see if i could raise the stock suspension up two more inches by just using new springs, and if so what springs work best? Cheers-
Minor things done today.
- "refurbished" the power window switch on the RF door. Rock on, that window now works correctly.
And, this makes 3 window switches fixed, 4 to go....
Also, made a new water barrier for that door, while the card was off.
- "new" (to me) door seals, LR and RR doors. And, free seals, they were! (minor wear, removed from an E90 I did a CPO inspection on.)
I need to score three more, so I can do the front doors (oddly, a B2 wagon front door hole is larger than that of an E90...)
Still, nice to have at least two doors that have, ah, not-falling-apart seals on them...
So, this week, I finally managed to score the wiring diagram for that alarm I bought.
And, yesterday, I installed it!
Woot! The "modern convenience" of keyless entry (really, this is the only reason that I did it), done in old-school fashion (Alpine alarm from the early 90s, and with a VW MkIII's "meep" alarm horn, to boot!)
It does JustFit, and seems oh-so-OEM....