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    Thread: I almost hate this car. A project thread. [I have 56k, hope you don't..]

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      07-26-2010 08:40 PM #26
      I worked on the car some more today.
      I actually drove it!!!

      I tried to get the car tracking straight. It needs an alignment pretty bad. The wheels were pointing outward in I pointed them as straight as I could. They're probably pointing inward a little. Camber's pretty even. The car still pulls to the left, though.

      I installed a mk4 antenna and got rid of the broken stock antenna. I'm pretty surprised how well it works. I live in the middle of no where and it picks up stations just fine. I don't listen to the radio anyhow. A plea for Purging, As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Demon Hunter and My Children My Bride gets pumped out of my ipod all day long. =]
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      09-22-2010 02:26 AM #27
      I haven't had much time to do anything to this car lately. I just look at it everytime I hop in the mk2 to go to work.

      I made some blanks to shave the sidemarker with. I'll panel bond them in and then use filler to make it even. They fit pretty flush. There will be less than 1/8th of an inch to fill.
      I may do the whole soldering iron and weld them in to be on the safe side too.

      Here's a pic of the sidemarker, the stencil I used to mark on my plastic and the cutout filler.




      I just went out to the car with a piece of paper and rubbed a pencil around the edges of the light hole to mark the size of it.
      I cut out the stencil from that outline and then cut my plastic.
      Next I test fitted my plastic to the hole in the bumper. It was too big. So, I trimmed it until I could fit it in. Then I sanded all the rough edges off and it's ready to be grafted into the bumper.
      Maybe someone will find some of this junk useful.
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      12-02-2010 02:23 PM #28
      I'm driving this thing again.
      I have to find some SLC turns and paint the 15x8 wheels.

      Paint is next on the list.
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      01-01-2011 08:28 PM #29
      I've been daily driving my Corrado. It's been a blast driving it. I started a new job about a month ago working for Lowe's.
      My first week working there I passed a state trooper sitting on the side of my road. He was sitting where one of our old country stores used to be, running radar. I was doing the speed limit, and the truck ahead of me had to be doing about 70 in a 55.
      I passed the cop, and made my turn down the backroad I normally take to go into the city where I work.
      I'm driving like I normally do. Driving the speedlimit and not slowing down for curves much at all. Next thing I know, I see the cop behind me. He's doing his best to keep up with me, so I started slowing down for the curves so I'd look like a normal person and he wouldn't say I'm driving recklessly.
      I made a turn onto another road and he kept following me. Now he's coming up closer to me and starting to ride my bumper (I felt like brake checking him and letting him rearend me) he was following way too close.
      So, I make my next turn and the blue lights go on and I pull over.
      He comes up and asks for my license and registration and where I lived. He goes back to his car and takes forever to write my tickets out.
      He finally comes out to my car and says "Do you know why I stopped you?" I said, "No sir, I don't know." His reply was, "Well when you went past me at the store back there, I saw that your car was extremely low. Then I heard you have aftermarket exhaust, that's illegal in the state of Virginia. When I got behind you I saw that your inspection's expired." I tried to say something about how I hadn't driven my car in forever and just started driving it, and I was cut off. "Your tickets are for illegal exhaust and expired inspection. You can change your exhaust and the judge may throw it out or just pay the ticket. I see that your car is set up for offroad racing use or whatever. You guys normally like to keep your exhaust."
      After all of this, I replied, "I'll fix the exhaust, thank you, sir."
      Then he said, "Since your inspection expired nearly 2 years ago, I don't know what the judge will do about that."
      I tried telling him about how I just started driving the car again and he said it's not really his problem.
      I said, "Okay, that's fine. Thank you." and I left. He followed me for the next 15 minutes into town.

      When I got off work, I went and got my car inspected. It passed with flying colors and comments of how nice my mono wiper is.

      Thanks to this ticket I've been saving my money to pay for any fines in case I lose in court.

      I had a resonator installed yesterday by a reputable shop yesterday.
      And you know what? The car sounds exactly how it sounded ever since I first bought it.
      Atleast I have some paper to prove that I "fixed" my exhaust "problem" in court.

      In other news, we had a white Christmas in my part of Virginia. I used my front lip as a snowplow.
      So, my car's in winter mode with 4x4 status suspension and stock Sebrings so I can Ken Block it over all the bumps of snow and ice.
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      01-03-2011 02:39 PM #30
      Today's a wet cold day. The mileage on the odo right now is 201,080.
      I went out and changed my oil. I put some Valvoline 10w 30 with K&N oil filter.
      That should give me 5 extra horsepower, right?

      Next is to figure out where to install my backup camera and monitor without it being noticeable.
      It's hard to see out of the rear window at night sometimes when I'm backing down my driveway.
      I think prepping the car for paint would be much more fun, though...
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      01-04-2011 02:43 AM #31
      Budget Building at its finest lololol

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      01-04-2011 10:03 PM #32
      That's for sure. It's my car, I build it up at my own pace.
      It'll all come together eventualy. I'm in no rush with this car.
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      01-04-2011 11:03 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by ModernDayThorns View Post
      August Burns Red
      I heart this band

      Great car too, wish I had one. Not yours, a different one.
      bweeeeeeeeeee *chirp* bwaaahhhhhhhhhhh Like a good neighbor state farm is there! With a 60/40 cupkit!

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      the mk3 forums are kicking ass tonight.
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      Just as I was saying, "well at least the air...." BOOM! The airbags went off.

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      01-05-2011 10:43 PM #34
      August Burns Red is so beast. I caught one of their shows this past spring. They're killer live.

      Haha, you don't want my car, for sure. Haha. It's getting there, though. The Corrado is a fun car to drive and to own.
      I'm happy that I own one. I just need to get rid of a few of my cars so I can really have fun.
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      01-11-2011 08:41 PM #35
      I won my court case for my exhaust ticket. The judge still made me pay court cost. But it's better than paying the full ticket.

      -HIDs are going in soon.

      -Coils are going down.

      -Wheels are being prepped for paint.

      I hate this car a whole lot less.
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      01-11-2011 11:22 PM #36
      After that, I want your car do werk son
      bweeeeeeeeeee *chirp* bwaaahhhhhhhhhhh Like a good neighbor state farm is there! With a 60/40 cupkit!

      Quote Originally Posted by nfx View Post
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      Just as I was saying, "well at least the air...." BOOM! The airbags went off.

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      01-12-2011 12:12 AM #37
      That's what everyone's been saying. The wheels are going Peugot Gold with Reflex Silver lips.
      The car has to be painted still, I've decided to paint it a BMW gray.
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      01-22-2011 09:36 PM #38
      The other day I got rid of some of the ugly yellow parts on the car. It's rattle can, but it'll do for now.

      Before


      After



      I broke the end to the shifter select cable last night and I had to make a new one.
      I also found out that you can take off in fourth gear in this car.
      The novelty of driving this car every day is wearing off. I'll probably be back to driving my Mk2 again really soon while I make more progress on the Corrado.

      This week I'll be undercoating and going over more yellow stuff on the car.

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      01-24-2011 07:18 PM #39
      Heater core went out on the beast over the weekend. Steam is coming up through the vents now?

      Here's a better picture of the fog/turn cutout after I painted it with some rattle can.

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      01-26-2011 01:03 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by ModernDayThorns View Post
      I won my court case for my exhaust ticket. The judge still made me pay court cost. But it's better than paying the full ticket.

      -HIDs are going in soon.

      -Coils are going down.

      -Wheels are being prepped for paint.

      I hate this car a whole lot less.
      yeessssssssssss! moar pictures
      bweeeeeeeeeee *chirp* bwaaahhhhhhhhhhh Like a good neighbor state farm is there! With a 60/40 cupkit!

      Quote Originally Posted by nfx View Post
      the mk3 forums are kicking ass tonight.
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      Just as I was saying, "well at least the air...." BOOM! The airbags went off.

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      01-26-2011 04:13 PM #41
      Ahh, pics will be up of the wheels test fitted and such. I'm undercoating the car, so I'll have the stock wheels off anyway.
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      01-26-2011 11:37 PM #42
      just went through this. and August Burns Red kills it!
      Ronald McDonald house.....bro.

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      01-27-2011 01:20 AM #43
      They sure do! They're a must see everytime they come to my area.

      Next month I'm going to see Haste The Day, A Plea For Purging, MyChildren MyBride, and The Chariot. It's the final tour for Haste The Day.
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      01-29-2011 06:13 PM #44
      In the past week, I blew the heatercore in the car and I broke the end to the cable shifter where it meets the transmission. I bought a brass rod and made a new piece for the shifter. It's heavy duty custom now.

      Bad weather is still halting progress on undercoating and touchup paint.
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      02-03-2011 04:00 PM #45
      I've been stuck studying or working lately. So I've just been going over some cool old magazines.



      I need to build a relay harness for these...

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      03-12-2011 01:51 PM #46


      So, a few days after I got the HID's I built a relay harness and installed the HID's.
      The harness uses 14ga wiring from an extension cord. Individual rolls of wire were more expensive than buying an extension cord..

      I actually think I like Halogen bulbs better than HID's?
      Yeahh, I like having the option to blind someone back when they have their brights on.

      Any how, I've neglected this thread for too long now. I've been doing a lot of stuff.

      I've started to insulate the hatch. I got some foam insulation panel from work and the plan was to just smooth the hatch out so things could sit flat in the hatch. Then I thought, why stop there? I can deaden the drone of the exhaust.





      It did a good job of leveling things out and deadening the road and exhaust noise.
      I'm gonna use some insulation matt to go on the walls to insulate some more.

      Next I'm gonna have to decide the best way to cut and use this to go over top.

      I would use one whole sheet of aluminum back there if it would cover without a seam.
      But it comes up about 6 inches short of the back seat. So I either need to make some sort of filler panel to go from the end of the sheet to the back seat, or cut the sheet and make a seam look good. I'm still trying to decide.

      Last night I test fitted my wheels, at around midnight. Then I decided to break out my tripod and a little Pentax point and shoot.
      Results:







      I've got to decide on a tire size and paint the wheels before they go on. I like how they fit.

      I got some more interior parts recently and I now have a full spare interior (minus seats) that I'm going to restore. And I'm designing my sound system and subwoofer enclosure.
      Things are slowly coming together.

      On another note... If you're a fan of Haste The Day, MyChildren MyBride, The Chariot or A Plea For Purging:
      The show was spectacular! Oh, Sleeper was there hanging out with everyone in the crowd watching the show. They're recording their new album in Richmond and came out to visit with the other bands and have a good time. All the bands that played are really cool easy going guys who like to have fun.

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      03-12-2011 01:58 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by ModernDayThorns View Post

      I should have bought e-codes first
      Fixed
      hid in na glass on any car is terrible for other cars on the road.
      Quote Originally Posted by Radvr6T View Post
      A true built car is one in which the owner alone has done its work intirely!
      Not had a shop build the motor,Not had a shop paint it ,Not had a upolster do the interior,Not just supplied money for work of any kind for the vehicle!
      According to this guy no one builds cars.

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      03-12-2011 02:25 PM #48
      Actually, the beam pattern is quite nice. I can see a lot better at night. Not as far as I'd like to. But it's actually putting out enough light to see fairly well.

      And the headlights are aimed properly and do not blind other drivers. Being blinded is a pet peeve of mine. The beam pattern isn't all scattered as people say they are. The light is projected as though the low beams are on and are not causing any harm to the others on the road.

      My teacher would've said something if they were blinding. He says, "When you put these things in, make sure they're not burning retinas and knocking squirrels out of trees."
      My friends dad would've fussed at me about my "Dumb blue headlights" blinding him as well.

      No one has said anything and I've had my parents and other people say they look nice in my car and don't blind them.
      Cops around here don't mess around. They'll pull you if your headlights are blinding them.

      Now, you can give me your E-codes if you wish. I'm sure that will make things a whole lot better.
      I don't have the money for E-codes and all of this car is being built on a budget. E-codes are high on the list of things to get, but none have come along for the right price.
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      04-01-2012 09:02 PM #49
      Update!

      Wow, it's been over a year since I posted in this thread.

      Since this time last year, I've had a few small problems with my Corrado.
      I had a no spark problem, then I had a no fuel delivery problem. They have both been sorted out.
      I rarely ever drive this car and it mostly just sits in the yard as I build up my 85 GTI with a 2.8 and my mk1 Jetta. But I've been collecting parts and putting things together for this Corrado.

      I've acquired a pair of 165-45 for the fronts and a pair of 165-50 for the rears. The 15x8 wheels have been blasted and are getting painted soon. I've decided to paint them gold. My buddy Eric is going to paint them in exchange for me helping him with his Previa build.
      You can find his Previa build here. It's worth checking out!

      I found a cool color to paint my car too. While the BMW grey was cool and Corrados never came in such a dark grey, I've decided to go with a really awesome blue. But I'm just gonna drive the car grey until I have the time to finish working out all the bugs.

      I got some Mk3 Votex racks from Eric and tried them on the car as a joke. I kinda like how they look, so they're staying on the car.

      I'm picking up some mk4 rear calipers and all the rest of the parts I need from my buddy Ritter in exchange for a mk3 boser hatch.

      I'm also installing projectors in my inner section of the NA headlights. Sounds like a bad idea? That's too bad.

      I'm considering caging the car, but I don't know if I wanna go through all the trouble at this point. When the car gets painted all the glass will be out and I figure it would be a great time to weld everything together. We'll see how things go though.

      I have a 16v that can go in this car, but it's not a 2.0, so I don't know if it'll be worth it or not.


      This is about how the car sits now minus the wheels. I've spun the coils down a bit more, and I still have some room to go.



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      04-04-2012 12:33 PM #50
      I worked on the headlights some last night. I'm using mk3 fog light projectors, since they're the smallest that I can find to fit in the city light portion of headlights and clear everything in the area behind the headlights.
      I took the headlights apart and modified the projectors to fit in the city light housing of the headlights. They fit pretty well in this mock up, I think. I just don't know where they'll shine on the road at this point. I want to build some sort of adjusters into them for atleast up and down adjustment. But we'll see what I can come up with. None of the parts that I cut from the original fog housing will work.

      Here's a crappy cell phone pic. I'll have some high quality photos after I decide what to do about adjustment of the projectors.

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