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      04-27-2012 01:50 PM #2696
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      Finally got the snowflakes on.
      looking good
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      04-27-2012 02:04 PM #2697
      Thanks Redone. I really like the rubber, falken ziex 185s, but I think they make it look too tall. One step at a time tho!

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      04-27-2012 09:56 PM #2698
      Found a weird stumble this morning.
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      04-28-2012 07:12 PM #2699
      I've had a stumble for a couple of weeks. Put in new cap and rotor (needed anyway,) and then new plug wires (it's been awhile.) Maybe plugs next.
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      04-28-2012 09:13 PM #2700
      After a year and a half parked in the yard it's back on the road and now freshly buffed and waxed.


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      04-28-2012 09:57 PM #2701
      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.
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      04-28-2012 09:59 PM #2702
      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.
      Wow. That is incredibly good-looking!

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      04-28-2012 10:37 PM #2703
      Where did you get those headlights, and how much!!!

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      04-29-2012 12:52 AM #2704
      Quote Originally Posted by reddfoxx View Post
      I've had a stumble for a couple of weeks. Put in new cap and rotor (needed anyway,) and then new plug wires (it's been awhile.) Maybe plugs next.
      It only happened twice and hasn't happened since. I'll be placing an order to tt for some 8mm wires. I think I may also have a bad ground in the ignition system somewhere too, because there was a ton of carbon buildup under the cap and rotor.
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      04-29-2012 02:54 PM #2705
      Looking great, Chris! Nice touch with the smoked markers. Can't wait to see it in person

      cfvwtuner those are brazilian '87-90 VW Voyage headlights, easy to find in Brazil, I sent them up when I was there, but for now maybe Zarrir from brazilshopping or Felipe from iMohr could find them for you

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      04-29-2012 06:41 PM #2706
      The coupe got some salty love today. Replaced the cap, rotor, wires and plugs with Bosch parts. PO used Made in Mexico parts...which I'm sure weren't horrible - but there was enough corrosion to warrant the new parts - and it's nice to have a timestamp on when that stuff was all done.

      But it didn't go as easy as it should have. The first spark plug port in the front of the engine has been widened and re-threaded. There is a spacer or sleeve used and stuck on the last spark plug (PO used Champion plugs - ugh!) - so I went to NAPA and got a Helicoil Thread Insert to have it not fit the threads...so back in went the one old plug. I need to figure out the best solution for this mess...

      Used Champion w/sleeve on left and new Bosch unit on right:


      Insert:


      Also finally put the Tarantulas on the Coupe:
      Last edited by redone17; 05-03-2012 at 05:32 PM.
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      04-29-2012 06:44 PM #2707
      And as for the Wagon:
      Thanks for the kind words on the front end - I love the way it looks too. I just need to find something to close the gap in the center - have a few ideas and suggestions - I'll get to that soon.

      Still haven't figured out why my right blinker is faulty...
      How a VW Fox Wagon sucked me back in...a build thread

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      04-29-2012 07:15 PM #2708
      Quote Originally Posted by redone17 View Post
      And as for the Wagon:
      Thanks for the kind words on the front end - I love the way it looks too. I just need to find something to close the gap in the center - have a few ideas and suggestions - I'll get to that soon.

      Still haven't figured out why my right blinker is faulty...
      Did you check your blinker fluid? Front end looks great Chris, I love it.

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      04-29-2012 07:17 PM #2709
      Quote Originally Posted by doppelfaust View Post
      Did you check your blinker fluid? Front end looks great Chris, I love it.
      Motul is my preferred brand:

      I really suck at smog.

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      04-29-2012 09:25 PM #2710
      Chris, your Brazilian Front looks great!
      I ended up using a bit of lite gauge aluminum. A bit of a u bend to go around the front edge of the grill and then screwed it to the "rad" support.
      Took a bit of futzing to get it right.



      Today, I painted my horn brackets.

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      04-29-2012 10:19 PM #2711
      Aluminum seems like the way to go! I'll look into that. Alain suggested the same.

      Regan - you are antenna-less as well. I didn't realize. It's such a small change - but I think it 'adds' so much to the clean front end.

      Guys, of course I checked my blinker fluid - that was the first thing I did. I know I'm still an auto n00b, but cut me some slack here
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      04-29-2012 11:13 PM #2712
      Quote Originally Posted by redone17 View Post
      Regan - you are antenna-less as well. I didn't realize. It's such a small change - but I think it 'adds' so much to the clean front end.
      Just like the Foxes in the VW Brochures.

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      04-29-2012 11:15 PM #2713
      Changed the oil in the wagon. Was a weenie and had Firestone do it last time, and they torqued the filter on and probably didn't lube the seal. Thing would not come off... Tried one of those cap filter wrenches, hammered on. Tried punching with screwdriver, and using screwdriver as chisel at base, still nothing. Finally asked Longitudinal to come over with massive channel locks. Even then, it took 15 minutes and a lot of cussing.
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      04-30-2012 01:32 AM #2714
      Chris, one more thing to check, your turbo encabulator.


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      04-30-2012 07:27 AM #2716
      Steve, my reciprocation dinglearm checked out fine!!! I'm at a loss here.

      mmmm...powder coated snowflakes.

      There's nothing good on the radio anyhow except for WFMU and NPR...and you can just stream those. Antenna was the first thing to go learning auto body work - I still have a lot of work ahead of me though.
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      05-02-2012 07:07 PM #2717
      Miss has gotten really bad (almost unbearable to drive) so i spent the last 4 hours tracking down the cause. Pulled all the plugs and cleaned them, checked resistance on all the wires, tested the coil, relocated and cleaned a few grounds, pulled the intake boot and cleaned the fuel dizzy. I was putting the boot back on and a grand canyon crack opened up on the bowl side of the boot, so i cleaned it with a wire brush and slathered it with shoe goo. We'll see if that was the problem when it's dry.
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      05-02-2012 07:18 PM #2718
      shoe goo!

      nice macgyver'n - that stuff has come in handy so many times throughout the years. glad to see they still make it.
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      05-02-2012 07:39 PM #2719
      Heh. Yeah that stuff is beefy. I've used it for tons of different stuff. It was that or weatherstrip adhesive. Shoe goo seems to be more resistant to oil and dries pretty hard, so hopefully it works.
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      05-03-2012 05:00 PM #2720
      Didnt work.

      Edit: think i pinned it down, i was digging through a tote to see if i had a coil. Found another k-jet ecu and hooked it up. Took the car out and romped on it for a few minutes and couldnt get it to stumble. I should know for sure tonight because i have to drive 42 miles. Wish me luck.
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      05-03-2012 08:52 PM #2721
      I've been driving the wagon back and forth to work a lot more lately averaging 26 MPG city. What I will do in the next two weeks are:

      1-A few years ago I switched to vented 9.4 in. brakes. The pads are thin, and I've collected the parts for the 10 inch rotors, calipers, and the proper carriers.

      2-Get a quote to have the AC repaired. It was so COLD when it last worked, but does not now. Summer driving is uncomfortable in the ol' wagon.

      3-Replace the window guide seals with some decent seals from a Cabriolet. They seem to fit with little fuss.
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      05-03-2012 09:01 PM #2722
      Quote Originally Posted by reddfoxx View Post
      Changed the oil in the wagon. Was a weenie and had Firestone do it last time, and they torqued the filter on and probably didn't lube the seal. Thing would not come off... Tried one of those cap filter wrenches, hammered on. Tried punching with screwdriver, and using screwdriver as chisel at base, still nothing. Finally asked Longitudinal to come over with massive channel locks. Even then, it took 15 minutes and a lot of cussing.
      Ouch, I've been there with a car I bought once. Mangled the hell out of the filter housing with a screwdriver, and nearly tore it all off. Gave myself a nice cut too. Had to take the flange off and take the bus to a machine shop. Got made fun of and charged $5.


      Mike, what refrigerant was in your AC system? You could try adding a propane/butane mix to see if it'll kick on. It should be "compatible" with both r12 and r134a. Then, throw some uv dye in there to be able to check for leaks in the bay area. Or jump the low pressure switch to see if the compressor will trip on.
      Last edited by ziddey; 05-03-2012 at 09:06 PM.
      I really suck at smog.

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      05-03-2012 09:48 PM #2723
      got all my registration paperwork ready for DMV and got my insurance card as well, so next chance i have it's off to get temps for the '88.

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      05-04-2012 02:54 AM #2724
      Quote Originally Posted by redone17 View Post
      Also finally put the Tarantulas on the Coupe:
      I've always thought that for a 13" wheel the tarantula looks pretty good. The offset helps it look good. I tried Orlandos on it once but the offset didn't push the wheel out far enough. Wheels with a 38mm offset tend to look the best.

      I've got a set of tarantulas here with new 205/60r13's that I keep pondering putting on for a while to see how it drives...may have to do that soon.

      steve

    29. 05-04-2012 05:04 AM #2725
      Love 13"s !!! But it is getting dam hard to get decent tires anymore

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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 ?

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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.
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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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