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    1. Member voxwagen88's Avatar
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      05-06-2012 05:32 PM #2731
      A bit of spring cleaning

    2. 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...)
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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.
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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.
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      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.

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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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      05-12-2012 11:53 PM #2751
      15" le castellets 205/50 Yokohama ES100s

    22. 05-13-2012 12:19 AM #2752
      These look great. I have the same wheels I was going to run on my wagon but was wondering which rubber I would run. How low are you? Maybe I will have to powdercoat mine so I'm not jacking your swagger.

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      05-13-2012 01:23 AM #2753
      Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
      These look great.
      Thanks. They were a bit of a nightmare to get to this point. The first wheel shop totally dropped the ball on them. In fact it looked like they had take a ball peen hammer to the inner lips. The second shop, Panther, came through.

      Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
      I have the same wheels I was going to run on my wagon but was wondering which rubber I would run. How low are you?
      I'm on Soft Sport Springs. Down about 1 7/8 front and 1 5/8 rear. The 205s at the back need some work on the fenders.

      Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
      Maybe I will have to powdercoat mine so I'm not jacking your swagger.
      No worries... there's plenty of swagger in the Fox World to go around. Do what you want.

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      05-13-2012 02:31 PM #2754
      Worked on the new trunk lid. Getting it ready for some fresh paint working out all the little dings.

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      05-14-2012 11:59 AM #2755
      Quote Originally Posted by voxwagen88 View Post
      I'm on Soft Sport Springs. Down about 1 7/8 front and 1 5/8 rear. The 205s at the back need some work on the fenders.
      Soft Sport for what car?

      thx

      steve

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      05-14-2012 12:05 PM #2756
      Quote Originally Posted by kerensky View Post
      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.
      That's a bummer....didn't anyone have a good used radiator in the US? I think I even have one somewhere.

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      05-14-2012 03:18 PM #2757
      They have my car when they pry my dead cold fingers from the steering wheel.

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      05-14-2012 04:00 PM #2758
      Quote Originally Posted by QuantumSyncro View Post
      That's a bummer....didn't anyone have a good used radiator in the US? I think I even have one somewhere.
      Hmm, didn't think to look for a used radiator, though I did briefly consider pulling the one from my GL Sport. But that one is also 23 years old, and I would hate to do that work only to have it blow on me.

      Quote Originally Posted by 90quattrocoupe View Post
      Yeah, but why pay $121 for the Autohaus radiator when an OEM unit can be had for $35? Granted, it might've gotten here faster (although it *does* say limited availability...)

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      05-14-2012 04:03 PM #2759
      I thought the OEM radiators sold out long ago? Were they non-ac ones? I'm guessing no way to mount the condenser?
      I really suck at smog.

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      05-14-2012 09:06 PM #2760
      Quote Originally Posted by QuantumSyncro View Post
      Soft Sport for what car?

      thx

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      Fox Wagon.
      They are quite old.

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      05-15-2012 02:21 AM #2761
      Removed the mk2 isv because it was letting too much air by and played with the timing a little. I had to use my butt dyno because my timing light kicked the bucket. tomorrow i'm probably going to check my W.O.T. switch, it seems to not be working, and do a bit of cleanup. I'm driving it 300+ miles this weekend, so its gotta be tip top.
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      05-15-2012 12:10 PM #2762
      Quote Originally Posted by ziddey View Post
      I thought the OEM radiators sold out long ago? Were they non-ac ones? I'm guessing no way to mount the condenser?
      No this is the A/C one. It's only available as a 'Red Order' which I gather means some guy in Sao Paulo named Tomas jumps on his burro, rides three days into the Amazon rain forest, finds your part in an old barn, then walks back for seven days because the burro drank from the river and got eaten by the piranhas, tosses it to an old Chinese gentleman who has a leaky old junk, who then sails it up the coast for three weeks, eventually getting to Houston, where Bergenor is waiting to throw it in the horse trailer and drop it off at my local dealer on his way to a horse show in South Dakota.

      Oh, and I suspect that my poor wagon actually has a non-AC radiator in it now. I was visually comparing it to the one in the sedan. The top of the tank is shorter, and the radiator itself is a bit narrower. A couple of the mounting screws for the condenser don't quite reach, but it's in there secure enough.

      Laf, OK, no sooner had I finished the above than my cell phone rings. It's the parts manager (Fowler VW in Norman, unlike most dealers these guys are a pleasure to deal with) who tells me that he just found out the radiator is being held in Mexico because we didn't give them a VIN number! Luckily, I keep copies of my proof of insurance cards in my wallet so I had the VIN handy.

      Now I have a vision of some sweaty guy with an assault rifle guarding my radiator. "No senor, we cannot release this contraband..."
      Last edited by kerensky; 05-15-2012 at 12:28 PM.

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      05-15-2012 03:51 PM #2763
      '88 passed emissions today and now sports an official set of CT early american plates, so I am legal

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      05-15-2012 04:05 PM #2764
      Quote Originally Posted by vwfanatic69 View Post
      '88 passed emissions today and now sports an official set of CT early american plates, so I am legal
      Where did you get the plates? I am dying to get rid of the hideous orange "modern" NY plates...
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      when you register an "antique" car in CT, it gets CT early american plates. 20 years or older and you get this choice. best part is it limits property tax liability to an assessed value of $500, so tax bill is only a few bucks a year

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