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      01-25-2010 09:58 PM #1
      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. (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.

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      01-25-2010 10:16 PM #2
      It starts as cleaning and painting the bay... you'll be doing a shaved bay in no time

    3. 01-25-2010 10:28 PM #3
      next show car

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      01-26-2010 09:48 AM #4
      Quote, originally posted by jettawolfsburg88 »
      It starts as cleaning and painting the bay... you'll be doing a shaved bay in no time

      haha yea, I'm mildly afraid that's how this is going to go.

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      01-27-2010 07:27 PM #5
      Can anyone tell me regarding motor mounts, will I need to get a mk3 2.0 sub frame assembly? or since only one mount is different on the 2.0 as compared to my 1.8, would it be easier to weld on a new mk3 motor mount in place of the one that's different? OR is there a conversion bracket I can buy?
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      01-27-2010 08:29 PM #6
      ya screw 8v's i miss my 16v anyone have one for sale?

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      01-31-2010 10:28 AM #7
      now that I'm getting closer to the point of repainting the engine bay (pics will be added later today) I had a question. After all the seam sealer is gone, what have people done with the areas it was on? I saw in the mk1 forum someone had used some brush on seam sealer from 3m. What does everyone suggest using/ doing?
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      01-31-2010 12:21 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by dkashbmx »
      ya screw 8v's i miss my 16v anyone have one for sale?
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      01-31-2010 12:39 PM #9
      you can either swap the brackets off the back of the 1.8 block to use the mkII mount/subframe on the ABA or switch to a mkIII subframe and use the mkIII mounts and brackets

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      01-31-2010 02:10 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by vwfiend138 »
      you can either swap the brackets off the back of the 1.8 block to use the mkII mount/subframe on the ABA or switch to a mkIII subframe and use the mkIII mounts and brackets

      So far I've decided to go for using a mk3 sub frame with the mk3 mounts. I wasn't sure if the brackets on the backs of the blocks were interchangeable or not, thanks for the info on it.

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      01-31-2010 04:23 PM #11
      Nice progress, Chris! Glad I could hand this car off to someone who's gonna do work! (and not just stare at it for months and take a month or two to replace the rear end like me )

      After the swap and all of the engine stuff, what are your plans exterior wise?


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      01-31-2010 05:54 PM #12
      For the exterior I don't have a huge plan. I'd like to get it re-painted in a fresh coat of atlas gray (if that's possible). New 8v lip (no, I don't mean 16v lip lol), 7 slat grill, e-codes, and a fixed "belly section".

      I'm shooting to have this all done by the port townsand cruise this march 7th. So maybe I'll see you on that Zack lol

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      01-31-2010 10:40 PM #13
      Update: 1/31/10

      This weekend wasn't as productive as I'd hoped, but at least some things got done. I was able to drop the K frame, finish about half of the firewall with the wire wheel, and started on the battery tray. So far the battery tray is the worst rusted spot. Part of the firewall over the exhaust was rusted as well, but was all surface rust thankfully.
      This coming weekend I'm hoping to pick up the ABA, and start cleaning that up,as well as continuing the engine bay at the same time.


      That little gray primer area on the front of the battery tray is where I started. That took about 20 mins of wire wheel to get to just that point


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      02-01-2010 01:34 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by regendub »
      For the exterior I don't have a huge plan. I'd like to get it re-painted in a fresh coat of atlas gray (if that's possible). New 8v lip (no, I don't mean 16v lip lol), 7 slat grill, e-codes, and a fixed "belly section".

      I'm shooting to have this all done by the port townsand cruise this march 7th. So maybe I'll see you on that Zack lol

      Nice, glad to hear you'll keep it very clean and OEM-styled. Yeah I'll definitely be on the cruise this year, probably in an Audi. I'll let you know soon as the date comes, so we can get some shots of the MK2!


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      02-03-2010 08:46 PM #15
      looking good

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      02-03-2010 10:34 PM #16
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      looking good

      thanks!

      This weekend should be a good one for the car. I'll be getting the engine and K frame for it, along with a little extra somethin for the interior. I'll post pics up around Sunday of everything.

      Glad to see your jetta is almost running Caleb! You going to go on the p.t. cruise also?

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      02-07-2010 11:55 PM #17
      Update: 2/7/10

      This weekend was an eventful one. I picked up heated GLI seats with control switch for the dash from Bill (thanks! ) and picked up the 2.0 ABA from Ryan aka Buddylove (thanks!) I wasn't able to do much of any work in the engine bay itself, only a few small corners and creases got wire wheeled.
      I did however start taking the 2.0 apart, to inspect, and prepare for cleaning and painting. It will get:

      - All new gaskets
      - A timing belt kit from GAP
      - and a BFI HD oil pan.
      - as well as having some of the carbon cleaned out of the intake and off the piston heads.

      Over all the inside of the 2.0 looks really good I'm hoping to keep working on the engine bay over this next week, and then next weekend work more on the engine and mounting the K frame.

      My parts stash off the 2.0

      The heated seats, one put together, and one in pieces. My plan is to combine this set, with my seats, to make one set with no rips in the fabric.

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      02-10-2010 01:46 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by regendub »
      Update: 2/7/10

      This weekend was an eventful one. I picked up heated GLI seats with control switch for the dash from Bill (thanks! )

      No problem, Cant wait to see them hooked up



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      02-10-2010 04:14 AM #22
      did you take an autobody class at south seattle community college by any chance?
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      02-10-2010 11:37 PM #23
      Update 2/10/10

      Today I got all the wire wheeling done that I could on the passenger side, and wire wheeled the frame rail on the drivers side. Anyone have suggestions for getting into the small areas behind the strut towers? A few classmates suggested seeing if someone with a portable sand blaster or something could help me out, yay or nay on that idea?

      The K frame is now separated from the engine and I put it in to test fit it tonight. I was able to get the two front bolts in the k frame in, but the further back two (one on each side) don't want to go in. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions on how to fix this? Everything appears to be lined up as well.

      Also, scheduled for arrival next Tuesday is my $200 dollars worth of new gaskets from GAP for the entire engine. I don't know if I should feel happy about this, or broke... lol

      Quote, originally posted by 206929rr »
      did you take an autobody class at south seattle community college by any chance?

      Haha no, not me. I don't have any auto body experience.

      Just one picture of the K frame for this update. On a small side note, has anyone had difficulty taking off their brake booster? I cant seem to get a wrench on the nuts to get it off. Am I missing something or is there a different way to do that?

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      02-10-2010 11:51 PM #24
      no need for a mk3 subframe in an aba mk2
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      02-10-2010 11:57 PM #25
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      no need for a mk3 subframe in an aba mk2

      Might I ask why you say this? (not trying to be a smart ass or anything, just curious)

      With the mk2 frame I figured I could either: 1. change the bracket on the back of the aba to accept the mk2 rear passenger motor mount. 2. weld on a new aba mount to the mk2 frame or 3. bolt on the aba frame that came with the engine, and avoid dealing with the motor mount.

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      02-11-2010 12:01 AM #26
      change the bracketry on the motor... this is why i say that
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      02-11-2010 12:07 AM #27
      and poly inserts for the mk2 rear mount are cheaper
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      02-11-2010 12:14 AM #28
      haha where were you when I started all this. lol Oh well, if it comes to it I'll just swap over brackets, but since I all ready have the old frame out, and the new fitted in, I'll try to roll with the mk3 frame and see how it goes. Any better pics of your engine mounted in your bay?
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      02-11-2010 12:20 AM #29
      Quote, originally posted by regendub »
      haha where were you when I started all this. lol Oh well, if it comes to it I'll just swap over brackets, but since I all ready have the old frame out, and the new fitted in, I'll try to roll with the mk3 frame and see how it goes. Any better pics of your engine mounted in your bay?

      no better pics. if you have the frame mounted already then just leave it. it will be wider in front though i believe

      i used the mk3 front motor mount bracket and the mk2 rear motor mount bracket. used the mk3 front since the knock sensor and crank sensor harness both sit on on a plastic piece that fits onto the bracket



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      02-11-2010 12:23 AM #30
      Maybe I'll have the throw some wheels on it tomorrow, and see how it sits. lol If its too wide I may switch back to the mk2 frame. thanks for the info on it
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      02-11-2010 12:25 AM #31
      Quote, originally posted by regendub »
      Maybe I'll have the throw some wheels on it tomorrow, and see how it sits. lol If its too wide I may switch back to the mk2 frame. thanks for the info on it

      i almost bought the your car a couple years ago i think
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      02-11-2010 01:08 AM #32
      Quote, originally posted by boostedbastid »

      i almost bought the your car a couple years ago i think

      Really?? lol Where was it? I only know its history up to 2 owners ago. I know the last owner (azntaji) and he had said a guy who was into hondas or something owned it before him. lol

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      02-11-2010 01:10 AM #33
      Quote, originally posted by regendub »

      Really?? lol Where was it? I only know its history up to 2 owners ago. I know the last owner (azntaji) and he had said a guy who was into hondas or something owned it before him. lol

      maybe a different car, this might be the one that the mazda kid owned. there was an identical one in portland for sale a couple years ago

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      02-11-2010 03:51 AM #34
      Quote, originally posted by boostedbastid »

      this might be the one that the mazda kid owned.

      yep


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      02-11-2010 09:39 AM #35
      Quote, originally posted by boostedbastid »

      maybe a different car, this might be the one that the mazda kid owned. there was an identical one in portland for sale a couple years ago

      ohh, yea, I got this one from zach. I know that Mouse Meat up here owns an identical Pirelli Edition mk2. But it just sits next to their shop and is still stock. Maybe that's the one you almost bought

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