Yesssssss, this a great build thread
I've been busy since I got the parts back form the blaster. Well, busy for me...
All my suspension parts have been prepped, coated with one coat of por15, and one coat of por15 chassis black. I trimmed a set of R32 rear bushings, and pressed them into the control arms, along with an OEM set of front bushings. Then I pressed new front wheel bearings, and new hubs into my front bearing housings.
I also spent a lot of time cleaning, Prepping, and repairing rust on my front wheel wells. I finished them off with one coat of paintable rubberized undercoating, and two coats of Krylon Fusion Satin Black. I chose the fusion because it's specifically made to stick to slick flexible plastic, so I figured it would work well over the undercoating, plus I already had it laying around.
Seriously the pic doesn't even come close to doing it justice...
So now I need to press the bushings into my rear beam, Prep, and coat my rear wheel wells, and install the suspension.
After that, I have to get the rest of the glass removed. (I tried the right rear quarter window myself with the help of a friend, and it ended up exploding all over us. )
then she's ready to head off to paint!
Stumbled here from your sig. Good to see a beat up Corrado being saved.
Are those BBS wheels? I've never seen that style before.
Might as well update while I'm here I guess. I lost a lot of momentum with the cold weather, endless snow, and the rust hole I found behind the fuel door. Body work isn't my strong suit. I hate it actually, so I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with it.
More accurately I've been avoiding it.
I have gotten some work done though.
I tore down, cleaned, and completely refoamed my HVAC box. I also replaced the heater core, and blower resistor while I was in there.
I rebuilt my shifter box with all new bushings.
I cleaned, and rebuilt my steering rack. It wasn't leaking, but the PS pump was going out, the fluid I drained out looked like hell, and there was metal in it, so I figured it was only a matter of time for the rack. It's remounted on the K frame, and ready to go back in.
I also made a custom set of back lit gauges. I wanted something more OEM looking than what is currently available. I scanned my stock gauges, then cleaned up, and Made some changes in photoshop. I printed them on a plastic film designed for back lit displays, then clearcoated them in a matte finish to prevent glare. Unfortunately they aren't bright enough, the light doesn't make it to the needles very well. So I'm looking for a brighter EL film to use.
I hope to be able to post some real progress soon, things are finally starting to come together.
I got some stuff done this weekend.
I prepped, and por15'd my swaybar, and some other miscilanious bits, which were the last things I needed to do before putting the front suspension back together.
Lower part of bay is now undercoated, K-frame, and control arms installed with all new bushings (R32)+ hardware.
Koni coils are on in the front with new hubs, bearings, ball joints, sway bar links, new front calipers, and autotech rotors with Mintex pads.
A Better angle.
I'm pushing hard to get the car ready to go into paint in the next few weeks.
Last edited by NoCYet; 03-13-2011 at 07:38 PM.
Thanks! It's definitely not just a random color. That is the color the car is going to be, LE3P.
Unbelievable job! I agree with Cstanley19 about how a build should be done. I wish I could take the time to make everything perfect like your build. This car is going to look better than new when your done. Keep up the great work! I will be watching the build.
2008 VW GLI 2.0 TSI ( Revo Stage 2)
2003 Audi allroad 2.7T (Money Pit Green Unitronic Stage 2)
2007 Saturn Outlook( 8 Passenger Family Hauler)
(Too many past Audi's and VW's )
I'm making good progress. Update is coming shortly as soon as I get the rear suspension in.
It's been a while, but I've been making steady progress.
I spent a lot of time underneath the car, and found a crapload of hidden rust. I would see a small nick in the undercoating with a little rust colored stain around it. After removing some of the undercoating I would find a rust spot about the size of a quarter. I fixed about a dozen of these. I ground them down to bare metal, acid treated them, then applied 2 coats of POR15, and a layer of spray on undercoating.
It's not terribly pretty, but the rust is gone, and it's the underside of the car so I can live with it.
Next it was time to deal with this...
Once again, bare metal, acid treatment, POR15.
While the POR15 was out i finished the last of the parts I had blasted. Both bumper rebars, the front cross member, and the fan shroud.
Just like everything else under the car. I noticed the metal parts of the fuel supply line were almost completely corroded away, so I picked up and installed all new lines, and a new filter.
Then it was time to do something about the rear brake hard lines, which were as corroded as everything else on this heap. For a change my local auto parts store had everything I needed. Copper nickel line, and even the right size metric flare nuts. I picked up a cheap bubble flare kit online, and made some new brake lines that won't rust this time.
After all that it was time to reinstall the rear beam. I pressed in the new bushings, and bolted it up with all new hardware. I ran into some trouble installing my Konis in the rear. The hardware I had was stock 10mm, and the Konis use 12mm, so I called Koni, and ordered the stuff I needed. I'm still waiting on that stuff to show up.
I pressed the races into my new hubs, hand packed the bearings, and installed them onto new stub axles. Once again I used all new hardware. I also installed new braided stainless brake lines, new rear ABS sensors, and MKIV rear calipers.
While I was at it, I installed an Autotech rear sway bar.
I'm still waiting on various brackets, and clips to secure the lines, and parking brake cables to the rear beam.
As soon as the Koni parts show up, I can get the car back down on the ground, and it's off to the body shop!
Here are a few Before, and after pics of the rear end.
That's it for now. Probably the last until it gets back from paint. Time for a
Last edited by NoCYet; 05-08-2011 at 09:24 PM.
looking at the pics myself, it's actually bothering me that I didn't do the entire underside, but it's SO much work for very little payoff. The wheel wells alone took me hours apeice to clean, and prep.
All i can say wow!!!!!
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