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    Thread: What did you do to your Fox today?

    1. Junior Member 2 diesel cars's Avatar
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      05-04-2012 06:32 AM #2726
      Thought about scrapping my 1.6L N/A fox lol but what I did to my fox today I drove it 60Km
      First drive in over a month

      Have not been online cause I moved 60Km north from where i was

      Sold the smart car. Have my fox and an f150 and the shop beside my work has a totaled phaeton!!!!

      Aaron wants the interior !!! We will see !

      Fox with phaeton interior ? MADD hatter ?

      P.s. Hi Alain
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      05-04-2012 09:32 AM #2727
      Well today I got the tach cluster in. Trans oil change. Finally got all the lights working right. Put the seats back in all ristitched.
      V-DUBS DON'T DIE THE GET LOWERED!!

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      05-04-2012 10:53 PM #2728
      Tinkered with the FOx....buddy Rob checked the timing, and it was at 4 deg! So we bumped it up to 8, and wow, it's way more better! The torque plateau is lower, motor is smoother, nicer pick-up too Oh and last week I swapped the tranny fluid for the GM Syncro Trans Fluid. That hit the spot too,
      shifting is better, less grabby now.

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      05-05-2012 09:06 AM #2729
      Quote Originally Posted by redone17 View Post
      New front end: Voyage lamps, Hella H4 60/55W Xenon +50% Bulbs, painted trim and grill



      Now I just have to install the Brazilian Fog Lights to add the cherry on top

      Many thanks to Alain for making this possible.
      That looks awesome Chris! If I ever get another 1st gen, I would have to track down some of those headlights.

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      05-05-2012 12:57 PM #2730
      Side skirts and removed the side trim!

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      05-06-2012 05:32 PM #2731
      A bit of spring cleaning

    7. 05-06-2012 05:36 PM #2732
      Wow that is so nice and clean. I don't think my engine bay was that clean new.

      As for what I did for my Fox today is I bought a well used Bentley for my Fox. So full of info. I'm really pleased.

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      05-06-2012 07:18 PM #2733
      Changed 2-door's oil (without much difficulty- I changed it last time...)

      Noticed wagon's cooling fan isn't working again.

      Put switch in 2-door to disable fan circuit (that one stays on too long...)
      Not red, not blue- red, white, and blue

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      05-06-2012 09:55 PM #2734
      Wow I want my bay to look like that!

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      05-08-2012 02:02 AM #2735
      Parked it at it's new home... Oh yeah, also sent the bumper skins off to a friend so he could mess with them.


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      05-08-2012 08:14 AM #2736
      Looking forward to see what he comes up with

      Today I used the key to my Wagon in the Coupe. Realized getting out which key I had in my hand.
      How a VW Fox Wagon sucked me back in...a build thread

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      05-08-2012 12:31 PM #2737
      Quote Originally Posted by redone17 View Post
      Today I used the key to my Wagon in the Coupe. Realized getting out which key I had in my hand.
      I once bought a scirocco from a junk yard and the key for my GTi fit the ignition and all the locks...

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      05-08-2012 01:46 PM #2738
      Realized why the wagon's fan isn't working: I broke a wire off the thermoswitch, probably when I changed the oil... Glad it's something simple.
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      05-08-2012 05:32 PM #2739
      just got back from DMV. got 10 day temps for the '88, so i can get it vin verified and emisions tested. also scheduled it for some shop time on thursday to try to track down a PITA oil leak. Chris says crank seal, but we will see and while it's in, new timing belt and tierod ends going on. expect to be driving it to work by next week.

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      05-08-2012 05:52 PM #2740
      Good Luck! My guess was crank seal.

      Checked on mine again, Yep, still in the tent.....

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      05-08-2012 11:24 PM #2741
      well today i cut about 2 inches off of my shifter and made it shift like a completely different car in a good way =] its alot more crisp and has more of a race feel. i took it out of the housing and cut 2 inches off then put it in a vice and tacked and welded it put it in and it looks stock =]
      i aalso put new rotors in.

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      05-08-2012 11:36 PM #2742
      i need help with changing my clutch what is the easiest way to change it?? and i want it to be able to handle more power than stock any ideas???

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      05-10-2012 02:18 AM #2743
      Put a switch in to kill the cooling fan circuit. It has been running on sometimes, or coming on on its own. Tried several other things, gave up and did this.





      And just 'cause I like the pic, and my car, here's one of the other car. And yes, it fits (barely.)
      Last edited by reddfoxx; 05-10-2012 at 02:27 AM.
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      05-10-2012 09:40 AM #2744
      Quote Originally Posted by foxy0505 View Post
      i need help with changing my clutch what is the easiest way to change it?? and i want it to be able to handle more power than stock any ideas???
      Engineering Speak commencing: Automotive Engineers design drivetrain components to a factor of safety of 1.75-2. This means that the factory components will handle up to double their rated value. Your clutch will handle somewhere around 1.75*factory horsepower. If your fox had 100hp, your clutch should handle 175hp. I have run 185hp on a stock clutch for years. If you are going much higher than that, get an uprated clutch from clutch masters/etc.

      PS- don't ride the clutch or let it out too slowly, that chews them up/overheats them faster than horsepower.
      Quote Originally Posted by Pineapplegti ! View Post
      100 mph are you serious ???

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      05-10-2012 09:45 AM #2745
      Well, I may have killed it.

      The wagon has had radiator issues for a few weeks. Seal broke on the end of the tank. I have a new radiator coming from Brasil (apparently on the same slow boat that brazilshopping.com uses...) and luckily since I'm working in town and only driving a few miles to work and then back home, I've just been driving it and putting a quart or two of water in the coolant reservoir every 10-12 miles or so.

      Last day or two even on these short trips the temp gauge has been getting pretty high. No flashing light tho. I thought maybe the thermostat was sticking since it couldn't make any pressure. Last night it was doing this, then the temp gauge came back to normal-ish reading. "Oh, I guess the thermostat must've opened." Heh, not so much. About a mile from home the oil pressure idiot light flashes a couple of times. I made it another half-mile before it got .... insistent. Pull into a gas station and the engine is smoking. The radiator tank has a two-inch-long split in the top.

      Probably be this weekend before I can see how bad it is.

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      05-10-2012 11:31 AM #2746
      dropped the '88 off at the shop this morning. got my first chance to drive it other than in the driveway. me likee. it has decent guts and a nice ride, other than no odometer and no aparent heater blower (wil check fuse soon), it seems pretty decent. cant wait to get it back and start having fun

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      05-10-2012 09:11 PM #2747
      On a whim I tried some MK strut covers on my Wagon - since the MK2 shocks are too long for the originals and these looked a bit taller. They took a little stretching - but fit perfectly and look great.

      Last edited by redone17; 05-11-2012 at 03:23 PM.
      How a VW Fox Wagon sucked me back in...a build thread

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      05-11-2012 11:07 AM #2748
      OK, luckily 8V motors are truly as tough as nails. Worked yesterday and had the wife drop me off with the car last night. Started it and drove the last 1/4 mile or so home. Maybe if the radiator shows up soon I can just replace the cooling system and be good for awhile...

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      05-11-2012 06:31 PM #2749
      got the '88 back today and drove it a bunch. i really like it. it has a clunk in the front end that is being atributed to someone leaving out a washer or spacer when assembling the left front strut, but no biggy. Also the oil leak embarrasingly turned out to be a loose drain plug on the oil pan, front of motor is dry as a bone.....(way to diagnose chris). so the main thing i need to do is find something to kill the mildew that has formed on part of the headliner and the visors, so my alergies dont kill me, and then drive drive drive

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      05-11-2012 09:16 PM #2750
      Glad to see the oil leak was a big fix. There shouldnt be any washers or anything missing from the front end. I did it myself and had nothing extra.

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