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      11-19-2010 06:07 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by sin bar View Post
      this car is already digi2,
      got converted long before i snagged the car.
      bbm fuel rail and some other stuff in it.
      i wouldn't have done it myself,
      and would have done digi1 if i was going to do some crazy things like turbo, etc.


      i may snag some spare digi2 stuff from you though, to have it on hand when i need it.
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      11-19-2010 10:08 PM #37
      found a 1.8 head locally, might be able to pick it up thanksgiving weekend.
      i can only hope, anyhow.

      oof

    3. 01-19-2011 08:08 PM #38
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      01-22-2011 09:29 AM #39
      oh haaaayyyy

      might actually throw a wrench at the car today.
      new hoses for the hydraulic fluid is here,
      and i have the gumption to get the bad control arm changed out.
      it'll be a while before i can change the head, but i want to do it right and get it done well and good, not rushed or sloppy.

      there's still an issue with getting my old coils for the car, a bit more of a headache than i was hoping for. but i'm feeling up for working on the car again after many many months.
      as it warms a bit, i'll get to cleaning the interior, as well.

      working on getting a new job, and if all goes well, will be moving and hopefully moving on up in the automotive world to a car that starts everyday and is easy to get parts for. or... OR... doesn't need to get parts at all!

      eventually, brakes and wheels will get paint and maintenance, too.
      if anyone has some stainless steel brake lines laying around they don't want, holler at me.
      i still need to buy those vents from dan.
      ugh.

      baby steps.

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      01-22-2011 10:04 AM #40
      nice wagon

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      02-02-2011 02:12 PM #41
      well,
      after fitting the new hose without holes in it, it turns out my leak is coming also from somewhere else.

      i picked up a spare clutch master cylinder,
      that will go in soon, i just want to move the car around.
      the control arms are still sitting here, as i am jack and jackstand less.
      it doesn't help that i leave to go hang out with other people in a different city 2 hours away every weekend, either.

      i'm planning on doing less and less to this car as the weeks go by.
      the head needs to be rebuilt, i want a reliable car.
      still waiting on my friend to give my coils back
      and i still have a million things to do to the car.
      i may lose my company car soon if i get a new job,
      so this one will have to be a solid runner.

      valves can be reused from one head to the next as long as they are within spec, yes?
      a cam chain (right name?) should be replaced, yes?
      and my ocd is screaming at me to redo the wiring from the conversion. it works great, but looks awful. i'll be fine with inexpensive loom, but many things need to be unplugged and rerouted.

      anybody have any inspiration or motivation i can borrow?

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      02-02-2011 06:04 PM #42
      ugh. you never told me you started a thread, jerk.
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      02-02-2011 10:32 PM #43
      taint nuthin' to show

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      02-03-2011 09:30 AM #44
      yea but i could have started posting random gifs a long time ago!
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      02-15-2011 07:28 PM #45
      Discovered my slave cyl is bunk. This is in addition to the split hose from the reservoir, and possibly the master too. Wheeeee!

      So much for wheel repair next week.

      Did some emblem freshening, put in a used master cyl after cleaning it and painting,
      But it feels empty, with my slave boned. Put some light coats of metallic silver on the sebrings,
      But I'm going to have to pull em.

      Head is getting dropped off next week. Wooooo!

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      02-16-2011 09:30 AM #47

      emblem back in, i like it silver vs. body color a lot better.
      the little receptacles for the rear vw logo broke upon removal, so i'll grab a couple of those when i can.

      i spent a ton of time yesterday bleeding the master/slave cyls in the front,
      practically zero progress in the end, as it turns out that he slave cylinder is toast. blurg.



      i got a little overspray on the tires, i'll be painting those spots black later, probably, unless i find some acetone or stripper.
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      02-17-2011 09:32 AM #48
      well,
      here's the spare head i picked up.
      not sure if it's a 2.0 or 1.8 head, but i don't particularly care.


      ordered a clutch slave cylinder today. wheeeee
      oh, and my parts dealer had a couple of the emblem grommets laying around in the shop. i'll pick them up this weekend. yayyyy
      Last edited by sin bar; 11-03-2011 at 08:50 PM.

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      02-17-2011 12:42 PM #49
      Damn Casey, i have an extra slave laying around you could have had on the cheap!
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      02-17-2011 01:03 PM #50
      all good dan, i figure something on this car oughtta be new.

      might drop off both the secret new wheels and the head this weekend,
      the head for sure though.

      new rimzzzz on the wagon yet?

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      02-17-2011 01:20 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by sin bar View Post

      new rimzzzz on the wagon yet?
      I pick them up later. Then tomorrow cranking the coilovers back down and puting them on. New strut mounts and bearings as well. The ones on there are SHOT. I'll probably post pictures when Im done.
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      02-17-2011 02:16 PM #52
      good.
      motivation with this thing is coming fast.
      i'm gettin' excited.

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      02-21-2011 11:31 PM #53
      welp.

      slave went in without too many hitches.
      bled and bled, still wasn't working,
      turns out the replacement master i put in was bad, too.
      original master is back in, everything works!

      went to the carwash to make the bay less disgusting to work in,
      as i pulled up, it smelled really rich, but i didn't think much of it, since the head needs so much work
      sprayed the bay down, cleaned up the hood, all of that nonsense
      started it up, idled rough, noticed a strong gas smell,
      turns out the fuel line was split at the fuel rail. greaaaaatttt
      a buddy came and brought some cutters and stuff to help me out (thanks cody!)

      the cap and rotor got a bit wet, so i let that dry out.
      i don't reccomend hanging out at the carwash late at night.
      killed the battery, too.
      my other buddy came out to get me running again,
      and finally got to drive back home.

      i forgot how much fun this car can be
      i can't wait to have a suspension worth a damn.

      but now the power steering is groaning like crazy.
      because of course.
      don't know if it's the rack, or a split hose, or a wobbly pulley, or what.
      maybe i'll loop it and make a manual rack out of it.

      c'est la vie!

    19. 02-22-2011 09:51 AM #54
      I know you don't care , but the head is a 2.0l Boss.
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      02-22-2011 10:18 AM #55
      perfect.
      thanks, dude!

      rear emblem should be all dry today, so i can at least have that.
      i still smell fuel in this beast.
      eep.

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      02-22-2011 12:47 PM #56
      Progress!!!!!
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      02-23-2011 09:27 PM #57
      puttin' on my brave face.


      i'm so broke right now. ugh.

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      02-28-2011 09:13 AM #58
      control arm bushings ordered.
      gonna strip and refinish these control arms from dan.
      my "must be new or clean" ocd is starting to kick back in.
      oh geez.

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      03-01-2011 12:14 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by sin bar View Post
      control arm bushings ordered.
      gonna strip and refinish these control arms from dan.
      my "must be new or clean" ocd is starting to kick back in.
      oh geez.
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      03-01-2011 07:25 PM #60
      someone send me some dtm tips.

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      03-02-2011 02:25 PM #61
      new rotor cap came today, and is on the car.
      was it supposed to come with one of those "seals" that fits between the orange of the cap and the rotor on the motor? the old one on there looks kinda beat...

      also, new control arm bushings came,
      those will get stomped in on saturday, most likely.

      thinking of a color for the mad dtm wheels,
      either bright blue, pale gold, or regular ol' silver...

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      03-02-2011 03:50 PM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by sin bar View Post

      thinking of a color for the mad dtm wheels,
      either bright blue, pale gold, or regular ol' silver...
      Silver.
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      03-07-2011 08:03 PM #63
      yeah, that's probably for the best...

      here's a minor update:
      for my birthday weekend, my buddy jesse took me up to his work to refinish some control arms dan sent me for the cash i sent him.
      as it turns out, the bushings in them that looked like they were good were actually torn a significant amount, so i replaced the rears with the r32/tt variants and just good ol' stock front bushings.
      i got to use the big sandblaster (just behind the arms there):


      which turned the cruddy junkyard parts to this:


      jesse pressed in the new bushings:



      threw it in the paint booth and primered them up:




      and ended up with this!



      they'll go on when the suspension comes back through, hopefully soon. the old diesel i had is about to let go of it's bottom end (gross), so maybe while it's down the suspension can get swapped around...

      meanwhile, i sent the head to the machine shop, where it was immediately obvious that all of my exhaust valves were bent. guh. so i'm adding 100 bucks or so to the tab on that.

      i really enjoy refinishing parts, i'll probably redo some brakes and do s/s lines when that comes along, and the intake manifolds and valve cover will get some love later on down the line, too.
      anyone have some spares they are willing to let go of real cheap? like ten bucks cheap? i'll send you my old ones when i swap on the refinished ones! brakes too!

      i can't thank jesse enough for the help, he also dropped the head off for me as it's right around the corner from his work. they built up his vr head somethin' fierce, too, so i know they do good work. wooooo!
      Last edited by sin bar; 11-03-2011 at 08:56 PM.

    29. 03-07-2011 09:20 PM #64
      such a refinishing whore you are
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      03-08-2011 09:41 AM #65
      i love you, too.

      i could spend the rest of my life sandblasting and be ok with that

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      03-14-2011 11:30 PM #66
      head is back from the shop!
      needed all exhaust valves and seals.
      cleaned, inspected, milled ever so slightly
      pretty pumped.

      reviewing a video i took of underneath to see what all looks crappy, as i'm not near a lift nor have my ramps with me anymore.

      now onto seals and bolts and all that other malarkey.

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      03-15-2011 06:15 PM #67


      wheeee
      clean and stock.
      Last edited by sin bar; 11-03-2011 at 08:57 PM.

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      03-15-2011 06:55 PM #68
      Very nice!
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      03-15-2011 08:10 PM #69
      i think i will high temp paint this head, just to keep it from basic corrosion.

      i need to start buying ****, like twenty bucks a week for this car.
      i'll need swaybar endlinks, too.

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      04-05-2011 09:47 PM #70
      swaybar endlinks ordered!
      maybe, just maybe,
      i'll have this thing all buttoned up control arm wise next week. woooo

      selling my refreshed head to make way for a friends recently rebuilt but no longer needed motor.
      tell your friends!

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