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    1. Member Rheinland Technik's Avatar
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      08-30-2010 02:38 PM #51
      Finally, after a long wait, the title and paperwork has arrived for the Cabrio. Things have been a little on hold because of that, but now, it is ready to move a step forward. Headlights, tail lights and front signals/fogs are on order and I may order the wheels this week so that they are here and waiting for when it is ready to roll again. For the time being, the stock VR6 wheels and tires will be used for moving it around. This evening will be a non-Cabrio work day, as I have to do some work for my parents on their house.

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      09-01-2010 02:33 PM #52
      need more pics...

      but still watching

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      09-02-2010 07:18 PM #53
      This car isn't done yet, and I'm loving it already.

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      09-02-2010 08:39 PM #54
      Spent part of the evening cleaning out parts and boxing them up until they are needed for re-assembly. I stripped the rear hatch down and removed the wiring, bumper vents and clips and the balance weight out of the rear of the car. This weekend, I plan to get the car completely stripped of all rubber and trim so that it is ready for the color change. Once it is stripped, I will take pics of it in it's current state.

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      09-02-2010 10:01 PM #55
      pics of balance weights and location??? never heard of such a thing

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      09-03-2010 03:07 PM #56
      You haven't seen the heavy balance / vibration weight in the Mk3 cabrio trunk? It is under the cover on the left side under the power top motor if you have that too. It is referred to as a "WTF Bomb" in the Cabrio world. Mk1 Cabriolets didn't come with them. They work in conjunction with the extra motor mount on the Cabrio's to reduce vibration while driving.
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      09-05-2010 04:48 PM #57
      Removed more parts from the Cabrio today and will spend most all day tomorrow tearing more things apart.

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      09-06-2010 01:08 PM #58
      Spending the day stripping the Cabrio down. top off, windows and regulators out, rubber trim pieces, plastic clips and so on. A few more bits to go. Body guy on the way down to access the car and schedule it's time for paint. Taking a break from the heat and will be back outside in a few to finish up and put the car on the ground. Will post pics of it this evening.

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      09-06-2010 07:36 PM #59
      Well, the cabrio is stripped down to virtually nothing, other than a few plastic clips for holding the interior wiring harness in place, which will come off tomorrow evening. The top is off and all glass and regulators are out of the car. I pressure washed the car some more to get any grime off of it and snapped a few pics. My buddy Tom came down with Ken and accessed the car and worked out the trade on labor and hopefully next weekend, the Cabrio will go to the body shop for it's transformation to it's new color.









      The car is back on the ground and rolling. Tomorrow, I will remove the last few clips and remove the rear hatch.

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      09-08-2010 12:56 PM #60
      The left door manual window regulator is sourced, just in case I ditch the electric ones. Also have a glove box on the way to replace the air bag. Working out some part details with a few suppliers and hopefully will have suspension and wheels coming soon. While the car is at the body shop, I will start piecing the new parts together and getting things ready for re-assembly. This weekend will be the cleaning of the rack and pinion and installing new tie rods and boots, along with a fresh coat of paint. There will be many other parts that will get freshened up also, including the brake booster and other frontwall associated parts.

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      09-09-2010 07:28 PM #61
      Head lights, fog lights and turn signals came in today. Waiting on tail lights. Still have to get a set of fender signal lights.

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      09-10-2010 08:11 AM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by Rheinland Technik View Post
      Still have to get a set of fender signal lights.
      I ordered Mk2 repeaters and they fit perfectly, assuming it is a 95 with the rectangular cutout
      My name is...Shake-Zula. The mic-rula, The old schoolah, Ya wanna trip? I'll bring it to ya. Frylock and I'm on top Rock you like a cop Meatwad you up next with your knock-knock. Meatwad make the money, see. Meatwad get the honeys, G. Drivin in my car, livin' like a star. Ice on my fingers and my toes and I'm a Taurus. Check it. Check, check it. 'Cuz we drive the Cabrios, make the homies say ho! and the girlies wanna scream.

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      09-11-2010 07:44 AM #63
      Yes, they are the rectangular units. I have just not acquired them yet. Today, the Cabrio leaves for paint.

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      09-11-2010 12:24 PM #64
      Not to rain on your parade, as this is an impressive build, but the decision to go to paint before everything has been mocked up and all fabrication/conversion work is done is not a wise one, IMO. I painted the engine bay in my project before doing the engine swap, and the new engine is the car, now, though it doesn't even run yet, and I plan to pull it again and re-do the bay when I paint the whole car. I will never again paint a bay without having everything installed at least as mock-up.

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      09-12-2010 09:17 AM #65
      Understood. But, I have done this in the past with several cars and had few problems to come up. Luckily, my donor car is fairly complete and it is being used for mock up for any fabrication, other than the RHD parts. Most of the work is straight forward and the only fabrication work will be the intercooler mounting and piping. Since it is a Mk3, everything is a plug and play, even with the RHD. The only real work is stripping it down and re-assembling it. That and the electrical work, as the intent is to use OBD2 and the RHD is basically an OBD1, so I have to modify the harness either way I go. Either make an add-on harness to cover the extra circuits in order to run OBD2 on the OBD1 harness or re-route or extend the OBD2 LHD harness to work in the Cabrio with the RHD layout. The car didn't leave yesterday for the body shop, as we had a schedule issue, so today, it will be on it's way there.

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      09-12-2010 07:22 PM #66
      The cabrio is gone and now it is time to resolve issues with a Mk2 16V turbo.

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      09-12-2010 08:18 PM #67
      damn man! Doin work!!

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      09-15-2010 04:39 AM #68
      Body work moving forward. Hope to have some pics soon of the work and progress to post.

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      09-17-2010 07:59 AM #69
      Body work is mostly completed on the Cabrio, waiting on word from the paint rep about primer and additional paint for covering all that will need to be covered.

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      09-21-2010 11:53 AM #70
      The windshield is out and in one piece, so we will be able to reuse it, unless it gets damaged while it is out. Spent a little time cleaning the dash support off and added a nice coat of paint to protect the relatively raw steel. I mounted the fuse panel back up to it and installed all of the hardware that I had removed to paint it back on and replaced all of the fuses in the panel with new ones that matched each other. I also started on an extension harness for the ECU. The reason being is the wiper transmission and motor will now set on the right side of the cowl and will interfere with the ECU location since I am using the LHD harness in the car. The plug would require extending it 12-18 inches so that it will reach the ECU when mounted on the left side of the cowl versus the right side. I disassembled a 2.0 ECU and will be soldering and heat shrinking everything to new wire and mating it with a spare plug assembly. It will only be needed for a short time anyway, as when things are finalized, the new Lugtronic ECU will come with an adapter similar to what I am making, but for adapting to Lugtronic.

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      09-23-2010 04:25 PM #71
      Went by the UPS terminal last night and picked up a package that was not delivered due to being addressed wrong. I also received a package from ECS with some new hardware for the front end and other needed pieces.

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      10-01-2010 03:29 PM #72
      No real updates on the Cabrio this week. Just waiting to hear from Dupont about an additional quart of paint and seeing what the shop finds out about the primer. I think that I have decided to stick with the OBD1 harness for the build as it is planned to run Lugtronic and OBD2 will not be needed if going that route. This will save me from having to splice the harness and extends the plugs, but, I may do it anyway, just in case plans change. Going tomorrow to see if there are any new finds at the salvage yard. I stopped and picked up some hardware for when the motor is built. I picked up some stainless steel bolts and washers for installing the intake manifold when the time comes. I am waiting on an order still from TMTuning, which includes the badgeless grill, which is needed by the body shop when the paint goes on. It is expected to come next week.

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      10-04-2010 01:36 PM #73
      I will be gathering some of the various aluminum and steel parts that go on the car together, especially under the hood, and getting them ready to send out to be powder coated in the colors and textures that I intend them to be when everything is finished. Motor mounts, valve cover, intake, timing covers, brackets and so on. I will try to send some parts out to have them replated in yellow zinc if they came that way from the factory.

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      10-07-2010 05:53 PM #74
      Side blinkers, some bulbs, interior handles and a new grill arrived today.

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      10-11-2010 06:46 PM #75
      Picked up a MK4 02J VR6 transmission on Saturday. Contemplating using 3rd-5th gears in the CCM 02A trans that I have in the donor. This would be a closer ratio setup and would wind up quickly.

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