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      04-27-2011 06:37 PM #1
      Hi, my name's Paul Eddleston and I finally got round to introducung myself to this group. I recently took delivery of a beautiful 85 quattro that was previously owned by an Audi friend. I thoiught I'd start a journal-like thread about it and post some pictures



      I know a few members on this forum already but some of you may know me from by business venture: Team Illuminata Motorsport, also known as TIM but not to be confused with the URQ owner Tim in the UP of Michigan. http://www.teamilluminata.com/

      I grew up in England watching Rallying on TV but really got into the sport around the time the Group B monsters were arriving so you can imagine why I'm here now and why I'm so excited to finally have my quattro. I race a Subaru in RallyCross and autocross and do some track days too and I also crew at rallies for various teams if I'm not in the vendor area flogging our products.

      Hope to see you and your cars at some events soon.
















      So here is what I know about the car:

      "One of the best examples of the classic ur quattro available. Very rare Canadian car. Original Tornado Red paint with black leather interior. 1 of only 17 quattros imported to Canada in 1985! Desirable and rare non-sunroof version. 167,000 KM. Clear Michigan title. Retains original metric instruments - I did not convert anything when I imported this car to the USA.

      Over the course of the past 3 years, this car has been totally sorted out by Phil at Auto Europe in Birmingham. Phil was an Audi mechanic back when these cars were brand new. I basically gave him permission to check and correct anything that needed attention. The car was great when I bought it, but it's even better now! New hard fuel lines, clutch and slave cylinders, hydraulic bomb, alternator, starter, water pump, timing belt. tires, battery, master cylinder, rear differential bushing, center driveshaft bearing, etc., etc. The car has a modified head and a modified ECU to allow use of the Euro wastegate spring. A joy to drive. This must be what it was like to drive one of these cars brand new. No rattles or squeaks. Strong performer."

      Certainly couldn't take issue with any of that and I've known Curt for a few years as a customer at my shop and when I worked at Auto Europe. I was just starting to think about buying a classic when this showed up. I thought I might import an Opel Manta from Europe. That's the car I had when I moved to the US around 20 years ago. I thought it was time to get one back. But then I saw this and it was obvious this was the car I should have. I grew up watching Group B rally in the forests in England and the quattro has always been my favorite Group B monster. Just the noise alone is enough to get my heart racing. Indeed, as I like to tell people, this car is why I now own a motorsports business and race RallyCross, autocross etc. Plus, it would be good that the car stay in Michigan where Curt could keep an eye on it.

      I’ve had the car here for a couple of weeks now and driven it a couple of times. My goals for the car are to keep it in its original condition while fixing some of its issues and not-quite-original features. My list is already long but does not reflect the condition of the car but my mental condition of list making and nit-picking. Here are the highlights of what needs attention IMHO:


      Restore leather seats
      Hot starting issues
      Small dent in hood
      Should it have Center console?
      How much clutch is left?
      Oil change
      Passenger door lock inoperative
      Driver’s window seal loose
      Handbrake boot fits poorly
      Fuel leak smell
      Passenger window sticks at 2” drop
      Pass seat adjuster loose
      Vent broken center
      Passenger door pocket coming away
      Rear diff damp-reseal
      Right rear wheel creaks
      Wipers slow
      Gearbox play, mounts?
      Rust spots, leading edge of hood, and fender in engine bay
      Wrong headlights
      Door bars missing
      A/C removed engine bay, replace
      Trunk carpet screws missing
      Engine under tray missing right side
      Radio too new and blingy
      Upper front strut mounts loose
      Rear brake lines rusty
      Front ball joints
      Lower control arm bushings iffy
      Left front cv boot getting brittle
      Volts-volt and oil temp meters behave oddly
      Door carpet coming away
      Non-original steering wheel
      Trunk strut inoperative.
      Key fob light
      Exhaust crooked
      Jack missing
      Speaker cover loose
      Non-original speakers


      I might need help with some of these. Prepare yourselves for many questions. Obviously some of these are urgent and necessary, others trivial nit-picking but you can’t beat having a list. I’m sure it will grow rather than shrink even if I do check some off.

      I still find it immensely ironic that, considering that I’m so into rally, have a rally related business and love to drive sideways that I bought a car that I can neither drive in the snow or on the loose. I guess I’ll have to limit my fun to wet roundabouts, the three or four that exist in SE Michigan. I may do the odd autocross in it or maybe a track day. Do they have track days for classics? I already took it round Waterford Hills track at the recent track day but only during the parade laps at lunchtime. Twas quite fun. Probably, this is what I’ll do most with the car. Just take it to local motorsport events and shows so people can enjoy seeing it. I am going to slap some BRAID wheels on it and a discreet windshield banner in white “BRAIDUSA.com” though as it has to earn it’s keep somehow.

      These are the wheels that are on a boat in the Atlantic right now. What do you think?




      I chose them because they are very reminiscent of the works wheels used on the S1, at least in my opinion. I ordered them in the same specs as the originals. I’ll use the Kumho 225/50-15 tires that came on the OE Ronals. Curt also gave me a set of BFG 215/50-15 which was the OE size but I’m not sure what to do with those yet.

      Hopefully I’ll remember to update this page with news of the car's development and outings. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or suggestions let me know. I’m all ears, as some of you already know.

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      05-01-2011 10:03 PM #2
      My friend, this is a dream come true, enjoy.

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      05-12-2011 03:40 PM #3
      Wow, very nice! welcome.

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      05-12-2011 04:00 PM #4
      Thanks guys

      It's a nice dream.

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      05-13-2011 12:06 AM #5
      Congratulations!!!
      Beautiful car, I've seen that one around before...always lovely.

      You have quite an extensive list of to-do's

      You may already well know this....

      The lamps are yes "incorrect" but are correct for all of the Quattros everywhere else on the planet besides North America.

      If you're going to try to go with the stock lamps for an '85, best of luck finding a set in good condition. They are extremely rare as they only came on North American '85's...and the light output from the stock units is quite horrible compared to the H1/H4's you currently have.


      Would you mind sharing the last 4 numbers of your VIN? I like to keep track of other '85's out there, to see if any are close in build # to my car.
      Stretched, poke, rubbed......sounds like a porn stars butt hole.

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      05-13-2011 12:12 AM #6
      ..ohh..and the wipers are always slow on these cars!!!
      And there is no center console past the shifter...just carpet where the e-brake lever is.
      The center vent can be found on any 85-87 Audi 4000, or Coupe. Dirt cheap.
      Stretched, poke, rubbed......sounds like a porn stars butt hole.

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      05-26-2011 08:11 AM #7
      Had the car detailed by Ray's Auto Detail in Pontiac this week. It was already clean by my standards but now I understand what really clean is. After using his clay bar Ray made the paint as smooth as a baby's bum. I've never owned a car I had to keep clean; my other car is a rallycross beater. I don't even own any cleaning supplies or equipment except for a bucket! I have a lot to learn.





















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      05-26-2011 08:45 PM #8
      Looks great!!!

      And must sound really good running it around inside that building.
      Stretched, poke, rubbed......sounds like a porn stars butt hole.

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      05-27-2011 07:50 AM #9
      It sounds good anywhere but bridges, tunnels and industrial buildings are where it excels.

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      05-27-2011 04:38 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by team illuminata View Post
      It sounds good anywhere but bridges, tunnels and industrial buildings are where it excels.

      I totally agree!


      ..and not to hijack your thread, but your car, with the country of origin sticker where it is gives me flash backs of my car when it was red!
      Last edited by Sepp; 05-27-2011 at 05:07 PM.
      Stretched, poke, rubbed......sounds like a porn stars butt hole.

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      05-27-2011 09:40 PM #11
      Nice. What color is it now? That looks just like my car!

      I thought the "D" stood for "Detroit" !

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      07-27-2011 03:09 PM #12
      Just got the car back from Auto Europe and it now shifts beautifully

      Thanks to Kenny who did a great job and worth every penny to let a professional fiddle with it this time. Here's what came out:



      26 year old German rubber. Yuk!

      Kenny said the short rod #35 was OK but getting a little worn. I should start looking for one but they are NLA of course. Anyone have one or want to make me one?



      When I went to pick the car up they had it parked next to a Corrado. Interesting comparison don't you think?





      The Corrado almost looks like a next generation quattro more than the one that actually followed it.

      Now the shift libkage is sorted I've started thinking about a suspension rebuild. Have all the bushings bought but Kenny also gave me some NEW Bilsteins for the car. They are actually from a later car but might fit. Anyone know?







      Also, it looks like my gas cap gasket has solved my fuel smell issues too

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      07-27-2011 11:46 PM #13
      ohh jeez..the fuel cap issue...
      I had the same, but worse. Take a sharp left turn, and the side of the car is wet with gas...

      New gasket (home made), and good to go!
      Stretched, poke, rubbed......sounds like a porn stars butt hole.

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      07-28-2011 08:39 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Sepp View Post
      ohh jeez..the fuel cap issue...
      I had the same, but worse. Take a sharp left turn, and the side of the car is wet with gas...

      New gasket (home made), and good to go!
      I used an OE. What did you make yours out of?

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      04-04-2012 08:26 AM #15
      I got the rear struts apart yesterday. They were not as bad as I thought. I held the nut in a vice, applied heat and hit the steering arm with a hammer till it came loose.

      People have suggested powder coating all the suspension components while they are off the car. I have been reluctant to do this as I am trying to not restore the car but maintain its originality. However, looking at the surface rust on the rear struts I feel I must at least POR15 the springs, rear struts and top hats just to preserve them.




      With that in mind I degreased them with Marine Clean yesterday after removing loose rust with a wire brush.



      Today, if I get chance, I will prep them and paint them with POR15 black.


    16. 10-23-2013 09:18 PM #16
      If you take the engine out you'll just have to build it completely. Big turbo efi etc

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      10-24-2013 09:38 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by impretzle View Post
      If you take the engine out you'll just have to build it completely. Big turbo efi etc
      No thanks. No big turbo for this one. Needs to remain stock.

      I've was told a while ago that if I ever take the engine out I will quickly be bankrupt!

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      11-02-2013 04:52 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by team illuminata View Post
      No thanks. No big turbo for this one. Needs to remain stock.

      I've was told a while ago that if I ever take the engine out I will quickly be bankrupt!
      A little uncertain whats actually on mine, but getting newer K24 turbo from i.e. S2 is a nice treat if having the old K26.


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