Those look like the vents from a US made car?
OK, so I pulled the engine and some other bits I needed from the Audi, and a friend of mine came to pick up the rest of it this Saturday.
I borrowed a fender roller from a buddy of mine, and rolled out the rear arches. That was a lot more work than I thought it would be, but I think I gained a few mm of clearance.
Of course, while I'm down there, I notice that one of the bolts for the sway bar has been rubbing on the exhaust's over-axle pipe. I expect to have this exhaust for a while, so that just won't do.
So, I bust out the sawzall. NBD, right? Wrong. Had to drop the axle a bit, and jack up the exhaust to get the effin sawzall in there. It's always something. Buuuut, I got it done. Hopefully shiz won't get any further scratched up.
Got that crap all buttoned up, and went and did what any responsible adult would do... bought a truck! Mwuahahaha!
Donor Audi awaits the knife. Thx.
Got some work done on the donor motor recently, and took a TON of photos so that I can remember where everything goes when it comes time to put it back together. I won't subject you to all that
Valve cover off:
All of the bolts in the head had schmutz in them, caked in. I had to clean each one out with a small screwdriver and then compressed air, and tap whichever tool into them to keep from stripping. Even then, the third head bolt in the sequence stripped out soon as I had some torque on it.
So, I drilled at it for a while
And then pounded a 12mm 12pt in there, and hit it with the impact wrench. Take that, f*cker!
Yeah, that was a water passage way
I took the head, cams, cam caps down to my buddy Matt. He's got a lot more experience with these things than I do, and did a fantastic job on the head he built for my digi/aba Golf.
There was some scoring on one of the cams, which he cleaned up nicely.
Head went off for a hot tanking and was decked. 8 somethingths? I forget.
There was still some random crud built up in some of the corners, so I went at that with a pick.
Decked surface of the head:
detonation marks (?) in combustion chamber for cyl 2 (or three?). Too deep to mill out without going over spec.
Anyways, the valves were filthy, so I went at them with a wire wheel. (an oddly relaxing task)
Matt started lapping in the fresh valves
Manifred the Austrian came by, and decided that cleaning valves looked like too much fun, so he did a couple of them as well. Biggups Manifred
Anywho, that's where I'm at. This engine building sh*t is a slow and expensive process, even when you have friends to help you out. Should all be worth it in the end. I just keep telling myself that ~250whp will be fun.
After all the work to try to seal her up, I was pretty bummed when I drove back from SOWO and both the top and botttom of the windsheild were leaking. It sucks - the damn thing looked brand new!
I called a shop local to me that's done some good work for us before, and dude was able to come on my day off - bonus. He got the old windshield out without breaking it, so it's available if someone wants it.
Windshield out. The window dude said that the old seal was done pretty sloppily, and didn't adhere properly. There were sections where his knife just went through with no resistance.
Window channel looked pretty damn bad when the windshield first came out:
But upon inspection, everything was solid, there was just some surface rust to take care of. This is the worst spot, right around the driver's side drain hole.
So, I decided to clean it up a bit and Por-15 it. The guy was really easy to work with, and told me just to call back when I was done and he could come by after hours if need be to finish the job.
He was nice enough to leave me a razor scraper thing so I could get any remaining glue out.
All masked up, prepped, and Por-15'd
It looks a bit sloppy in this shot, but none of it shows around the seal.
New windshield in, and it looks fantastic.
I can't believe I've missed so much of your build! Shows me right for practically taking a year off from even thinking about MKII's She's lookin awesome
Well chances are you could probably find someone to buy the tires you have. I mean 3k on them is still like new. You'll love the 195/45's if you do get them though.
Eva: 90 b3 wagon
Whore: 86 jetta
i my dubs
Matt finished my head a couple weeks ago.
all new seals
cam to bearing cap tolerances checked and A-OK
I parked the Jetta outside and found a little water under the driver's side mat - gotta check all my drains and my vapor barriers again.
I bought a new head unit, should have it soon. Found a Pioneer DEH-80PRS for a great price, new. It'll do full active 3 way with auto EQ and TA, and it will color match its display. No more weird blue on my green dash!
I'll be up at H2O to chill with the MK2 homies at the end of the month. Just going to do some little things between now and then to clean up and the like. Nothing drastic.
Man that looks so good...
Block is filthy still. Haven't ordered any seals or even looked for parts I know I have. Oh well... after H2O I'll get my sh*t together.
Man.... the last 2 weeks have been so hectic.
I got your text dude.... Gonna call those guys to make sure they are OK with it, and then should have a time and location locked in for the gtg.
Natty Boh you say?! I'll have plenty of it at the condo.
Tell your buddy I'm sorry I didnt get back to him.... like I said... crazy week!
oh yeah.... head looks great too
Who is Joel Goodson
Got some work in yesterday, including what turned out to be a two hour oil change.
1: Fixed the leaky driver's side vapor barrier. Strip caulk is not a good solution for adhering the plastic to the door. The plastic pulled away in a number of places. Going to have to check the other doors and see how they're fairing.
2: Lowered 1CM front, 1.5CM rear. No rubs! Might lower the front a tad moar.
3: Q: How do you make a MK2 Jetta worth $33k? A: Put $30k in the trunk.
I need to wash & wax before H2O. Otherwise not much is gonna happen before the end of the week.
almost H2O time!
This week can seriously go f*ck itself. I'm very much ready to get out and go chill.
Anyways... got a couple things done to get ready for H2O.
I used some QD and a scotch brite pad to clean it up and hit it with the heatgun.
Gotta hit 'er with a wash & wax Friday morning and then I'm off!