A bit of spring cleaning
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.
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.
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.
Not red, not blue- red, white, and blue
PS- don't ride the clutch or let it out too slowly, that chews them up/overheats them faster than horsepower.
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.
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
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.
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...
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
They have my car when they pry my dead cold fingers from the steering wheel.
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.
remember to spay or neuter your politicians
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.