Installed a Fox II TB into my 1, enjoying the teensy bit of extra power it allows. Also discovered my passenger-side axle is pretty much shot Does anyone know if this is the drive axle?
Went to the junkyard again, pulled the ECU and one taillight just for safe keeping.
I turned my crappy tan Fox into a shiny white Fox again. Nothing like 5 hours of good n hard detailing. All in all it was a good day
- FS: 2 Early Westy Grills for MK1
Finished installing 034 motor mounts on my 93 Fox. I don't know why, but the driver's side mount was a complete PITA even though I've done this several times before on other Foxes, including my 88, which also has 034 mounts.
Also, better plugged vacuum leaks on the throttle body on my 88 Fox. It does seem to run better, but could just be placebo effect.
finished installing my new steering wheel (trademark on all my cars) and went to go for a ride. gots no reverse. I can feel the lever slipping into place for reverse, but it just keeps going forward. so it looks like i have the dreaded affliction. luckily I do have a set of bushings that i picked up in anticipation of just such an event, I just dont really want to go thru the agrevation of installing them. It seems everything I try to fix lately ends up broken worse than when i started, so after looking under the car and seeing how crusty the entire linkage unit looks, I put the jack down, went inside and had an ear of corn.
went to the pinned thread for the 4speed bushing replacement and all the pix in the original thread are long gone. Anyone have access to them or some similar ones?
Last edited by vwfanatic69; 07-31-2012 at 06:46 PM.
Been driving quite a bit this summer, lots of hills, country side, highways and dirt roads! From the 1000's of km Iv'e put on this car this summer, with no problems I might add I have learned a few things..
a)This car is too hot on the highway on summer days; I need A/C !!!!! Can it be pretty easily retrofitted? I seriously don't think I can do another summer without it.
b) 11 month old babies do not like the Fox. Probably has mostly to do with having no A/C, causing the windows to be open on the highway, which makes for lots of wind noise, which makes 11 month old's scream and cry and makes a 1 hour drive feel like a 17 hour drive though hell.....
c) if I had 20 more hp from this motor, I would be happy. And I need to install that PSA tranny I have in my garage. Starting from a standstill on a hill with a full load with the 4spd PW means doing the 1-2 shift at 4000 + rpm is not cool beans in my books....
d) 35 mpg at 70+ mph with a nearly full car. Starting to respect the 1.8 8v motor even more now. It just keeps soldiering on..... and uses no oil!
Did a 336 mile round-trip in the 88 Fox today. It ran great the whole way. The only downside was a lack of A/C. I've always been impressed how well these cars ride on the interstate, especially considering the short wheel base and the relatively stiff springs on my car.
My odometer doesn't work and I've always been curious about what kind of gas mileage I'm getting. So, I filled up right before I left and again, right as I returned.
I ended up going through 10.17 gallons of gas, which puts it right at about 33 mpg. Not too bad, considering there was a lot of stop-and-go on the way up (No.Va. traffic) and I was going 75-85 mph a most of the way back for the interstate portion.
As for the performance gains you're after, you should notice a night and day difference with the PSA already, and other than that I would suggest hooking up a full throttle switch circuit (you can get the ECU from The Source in Toronto for not too much) and the usual exhaust and throttle body upgrades. Big valve head swap at some point, and I bet you'd achieve your goal
removed both rear quarter windows (ones still out) and doing what I hate the most, autobody!
Nice chat with "mtbrob" about possibly taking my donor 87 VW wgn
Did score on (qty4) 300zx turbo calipers for 150 bucks
Ordered G60 rotors
Called a guy (who said he'd call back and hasn't ) on Scirroco MC +booster, will take the e-brake cable + rear stubs
Finished the leak under the fuse box finally (removed front wind shield with MORE autobody work)
I really need a life more so than this Fox cause I'm going
Trying to figuar out where to store 1998 AEB engine 1.8t A4 motor (need to pick it up soon) and thanks Rob on the 411 about the pilot bearing
Other than that I'm still recovering from my fatal bear attack and my sister still thinks the world is flat tee hee
I have been driving the wagon more because my "other" car is in the shop for hail damage.
A few months back I started a project that I wasn't able to finish...new front springs and struts.
I ordered new struts and have been using a set of audi 90 front springs. The spring is the same outer diameter, and fits fine. Some coils had to be cut so the ride height wasn't skyhigh, but the benefits are improved handling (seems as though they offer a higher spring rate and aren't progressive like the lowering springs that were on the car), and a decent ride. I have one side finished, and the other to do very soon.
I mentioned earlier there were lowering springs (Corado (sp?)springs, I think before, but really didn't offer that much better handling.
"It's dark and you want to go home?"
Replaced my alternator. Was driving around, noticed a burnt sugar smell at red lights. Could only be failing alt, or cooling fan> alt was really hot to the touch.....hhmmmm/
hooked up a volt meter, right away found the problem, since I was at 14+ v with the motor not even on. With the motor running, 15.5 volts and climbing Over-charge city!!
Luckily my buddy Rob from across the street just happened to have a Fox alt sitting in his basement, dropped it in, back to 14.7 v. Beauty.
How much is a used alt worth btw??? $40 seems reasonable?
I'm driving my wagon about 100 miles a day to work, so not much time to work on it. About 6 weeks ago a heater hose that had been leaking slowly for a month or more finally let go. Since it was 105+ outside, I pulled out the old bypass kit and ditched the heat for awhile.
Well, I shoulda inspected that old hose better. Last night I'm a mile from the house when I look down and the damn temp gauge is pegged. Managed to limp/coast home. Sure enough, the hose connected to the back of the head was split wide open right at the clamp. And of course, it's the end of the month, no $$$ for parts. Hell, I'll prolly be begging for gas money this week. So I start looking thru my stash and find a couple of heater hoses that go from the head to the core. Pulled off my adapter and the little elbow hose that connects to the "water pipe", stuck the heater hose on the head and managed to twist it around to connect to the water pipe.
Not a great or pretty solution, and that hose probably won't last very long twisted like that, but if it gets me thru next week I'll be happy.