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    1. Member Gear_Dog's Avatar
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      02-08-2010 02:38 PM #1
      Well after a short hiatus from VW's the bug has bitten and I'm back.
      I picked this up over the weekend. The plan is to make it a boosted daily.
      Stay tuned...


      Custom gauges!

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      02-08-2010 02:42 PM #2
      im assuming it was repainted...?
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      02-08-2010 02:44 PM #3
      Welcome back...
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      02-08-2010 03:00 PM #4
      Quote, originally posted by Muffler Bearing »
      im assuming it was repainted...?

      your assumption is correct.

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      02-08-2010 03:27 PM #5
      Yeah it was a cheap respray, I'll worry about the paint after it's running.
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    6. 02-08-2010 09:12 PM #6
      Mine was charcoal grey,but all there,it still didn't look right,a nice smooth and LO41 spray did the trick

    7. 02-08-2010 09:25 PM #7
      i hope you drove 55 the whole way

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      02-09-2010 12:21 AM #8
      Yeah I went up to 65 once and the trailer started to fishtail. After that I kept it right at 55
      Quote, originally posted by EmergencyPete »
      i hope you drove 55 the whole way
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      02-09-2010 12:25 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Gear_Dog »
      Yeah I went up to 65 once and the trailer started to fishtail. After that I kept it right at 55

      drove from los angeles to santa cruz (half way up california) with a caddy in tow... so painful driving 55mph...

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      02-10-2010 01:25 PM #10
      looks very solid, very nice

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      02-21-2010 10:58 AM #11
      Added engine pick. Hopefully sometime this week I'll go out and try and jump the fuel pump relay and see if she starts.
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      02-21-2010 12:17 PM #12
      any progress ?

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      02-21-2010 07:35 PM #13
      None at all. Work has been keeping me busy, last 2 weeks been in Boston. Hopefully I'll get out there soon and try to get her started. I've been on the lookout for a Mk3 parts car to drop an ABA into it.
      Quote, originally posted by boxylooks27 »
      any progress ?

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      02-23-2010 12:11 AM #14
      Jumped the fuel pump relay and she came to life for a whole 10 seconds!!! Gonna drain the tank and get a new fuel filter and see what happens.
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      02-23-2010 12:35 AM #15
      Thats what I like to hear... yeah, dump that fuel ill get its nasty... jack up the other side to get the crap out the bottom too while you are there. nasty im sure. Mine sure was.

      First Gap order should include so far..

      fuel filter, fpr, vacume lines, cap, rotor ...

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      02-24-2010 02:29 PM #16
      did you jump the fuel pump relay? did she come back to life for a whole 10 seconds??? did you drain the tank, get a new fuel filter and see what happens?

      kidding
      looks like a good car to start with
      how's the body under that new paint?


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      02-25-2010 11:18 AM #17
      The paint was a quick respray by the PO. Looks good from 20ft away buy will def need some body work, but nothing crazy. It'll do for now while I work on the engine.
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      02-25-2010 11:43 AM #18
      dont know why that keeps happening
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      03-14-2010 10:55 PM #19
      Finally got to spend some time outside on the car today. The new block is already in the garage and MS is on order. So I started disconnecting everything and was almost ready to drop the block but had to bring the kids in for dinner.
      Hopefully this one will be out by the end of the week.
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      03-17-2010 10:55 PM #20
      end of the week is almost here..

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      03-19-2010 08:40 AM #21
      Waiting for the delivery man. Megasquirt, coil pack and clutch all ordered.
      Sold some stuff from the Honda to buy more parts
      Engine should be out this weekend for sure.
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      03-20-2010 10:42 PM #22
      Motivated this morning to drop the motor, but the stupid wheel locks put a stop to that!!!
      I did get to sell my exhaust so I got more money for the build.
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      03-21-2010 07:26 PM #23
      Progress a 21mm ground down and the help of a BFH anf the lock is off. Taking a break but going back out after dinner to tackle the other side.
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      03-21-2010 07:47 PM #24
      ok......your 10 minute dinner break is up .........get back out there and get some work done.......snow in texas might be headed our way
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      03-21-2010 09:37 PM #25
      OK had to call it a night all mounts disconnected. Did a final check before dropping it and I forgot the speedo cable . Wouldn't you know the screw wouldn't budge. Oh well I sprayed half a can of PB Blast on it I'll see if I can get it off tomorrow.
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      03-27-2010 09:15 PM #26
      The old block is out. Now comes the clean up.
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      03-31-2010 08:14 PM #27
      good progress so far.
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      03-31-2010 08:27 PM #28
      WOOT WOOT!! Keep up the hard work!!

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      04-15-2010 01:17 AM #29
      Mounted the tranny to the block tonight.
      Painted the mount brackets.
      Decided the original intake is the way to go because the 16v throttle body won't work in the pass side. Was going to port match the intake then I realized it was 11:30.

      Tomorrow's project

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      04-19-2010 08:45 AM #30
      OK I got to spend some time in the garage last night and made some progress.
      The manifold has been ported to match the 16v throttle body. I was also able to get the engine in the bay before calling it a night. I'm expecting my MS to come in this week so that will be next to install.

      This was last night had to call it quits at 11:30 bec I had to get up for work at 5.
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      05-04-2010 12:20 AM #31
      Started laying out the MS harness tonight.
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      05-04-2010 12:23 AM #32
      dang!! Great progress fast
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      05-12-2010 12:46 AM #33
      I finally got my manifold today. I had to widen the hole on the turbo a bit but everything is bolted up. Hopefully I'll get out there tomorrow and fit it to the block and clock the turbo. Looks like I'm going to have figure something for the wastegate, it looks a little tight. :huh:

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      05-12-2010 09:08 AM #34
      oh my... :p

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      05-13-2010 01:31 AM #35
      I ended up having to take everything apart to get it to fit but it's in. Good thing I had to tear it down because I found packing peanuts stuck in the manifold.

      Checking the intake manifold. I have to cut down the injector bracket for it to fit, but that will be fixed tomorrow.
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