I'd like to say that the 8v has been reliable and never let me down... but that would be a lie. After a vacuum leak, oil leak, coolant leak, dead cold start valve, new alt/ battery/ starter (twice), clutch assembly, broken motor mounts, and burning oil; my wallet was bare. So it's time to swap in a new motor. My plans for the project are:
swap in a mk3 2.0
clean and repaint the engine bay (I was thinking a cream color?)
create a creative wiring solution for wiring the new harness
fix my heater mixing doors and heater core
fix assorted pieces on the front end
Over all my main goal is to get the car back on the road as soon as possible; and to have it run better and faster than the 1.8. Though I'm no speed demon lol
If anyone has an atlas gray "belly" piece (I'm not sure of what the real name is- the red arrow in the picture is pointing to it), it isn't damaged, and your willing to part with it for a reasonable price, let me know!
On to the pictures. I'll try and update it at least each week to show progress. If you have some constructive criticism, I'm open to any suggestions. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] (Sorry for the crappy pictures, all I have to take pictures with is my cell phone)
Here's the bay after the engine was pulled
The first section of wire wheeling I did
After a few days (an hour here and there) of work with the wire wheel. Does anyone have suggestions on how to get the paint and seam sealer behind the strut tower? I'm not going to take off my rain tray so the whole area is too closed in to get the wire wheel into.
After taking the dash off tonight
That's all for this post. Hopefully I'll have the battery tray done for the next update at least.