found a 1.8 head locally, might be able to pick it up thanksgiving weekend.
i can only hope, anyhow.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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
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!
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...
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!
head is back from the shop!
needed all exhaust valves and seals.
cleaned, inspected, milled ever so slightly
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.
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!