So time to put a water container in the car. Radiator braces:
You can't see it, but under that fender washer there's a big rubber gromet to allow some chassis flex and not crack the radiator.
Top end, hey look, the manufacturers gave me a nut welded to the chassis in the right place!:
Air goes here, and yes, it's winking at you on purpose:
Why the heck is there an air matress pump on my front cowl? I never notice these oddities until I post the picsw on the internet...
Above view, something tells me I'm not gonna be putting groceries in the front trunk anymore:
Alright, shiat just got real. The project's gonna have to pause for a month or so because I just sold the house. Put an offer in on a property with a 3 bay shop big enough to park my 30' rv in with room. On acreage. Oh, and apparently there's a house there too.
So the wife's banned me from working on the car until we're moved. On the up side, we've gotta be out of this house in like 2 weeks so the pause isn't as long as it could have been.
While the brain idles packing boxes, I've come to the conclusion that my axle solution sucks. I ordered more parts today. Stay tuned for a more eloquent solution. Oh, and when I was over in Seattle a bit ago, I ran into a parts yard that had 4 3.6l v8s. Now they've got 3. Dirt cheep and under 100k miles on it. Now I've got to move 3 engines. Maybe my timing was a bit off.
Finally in the new home. The shop is bigger than I remembered. I haven't measured it but it looks to be 50x50 by eye. Absolutely no storage in the shop so I'm hunting craigslist for cabinets. Gonna be another 2 weeks before everything is sorted out and I can get back to work.
So shortly, the /6 is gonna go on the bench and I'll deal with it later. There's no aftermaket for it and it's a nut I really wanna crack, but it's too much trouble to get the car running by spring. I picked up the new hardware this week. Say hello to my little friend, bad things are about to happen to it:
Love the project . Makes me miss my 73 914... Swapped out the original 2.0 for a 67 911s engine. Sold her 12 years ago ... Still see her ocassionally. Was the same colour too. I have an Audi v8 that i've been wondering what to do with... Think I need another 914.
Quoted from slcturbo:
"I look in the mirror everyday at my face. What other people see is their problem."
All work and no fabrication makes rohar a dull boy.
Afraid I haven't been home/had free time in a bit. North Dakota for family, Seattle for work, parents came up from Florida etc. Anyway, that's behind me. Now that I'm sitting on the V8, I've gone through it and everything seems solid. Time to come up with a flywheel that'll work with this tranny. I'm off to the local wrecking yard then back to the machine shop with more cash in my pocket. Wish me luck.
SCORE! VR6 flywheel and pressure plate in good condition for $50. Also came across a set of adjustable perches and springs for a MkIII golf for $35. Not sure what I'm gonna use them for, but they were there and the price was right. Now to remove the flexplate and do a bunch of measuring before machining.
Some days I think this project is never gonna get done, this is not one of those days.
Since there's few v8s with manual transmissions in the states, this one came with a flex plate. Somehow, I gotta make this work with the FWD 5 speed. I could shell out the money for the flywheel insert from 034 that's some real cash and I'm a CSOB.
I'm taking a decent looking VR6 flywheel (because it's 10 bolt like the V8), tossing it on the lathe to relieve some metal then machining the starter ring off the flex plate. Put the two together and I've got a clutch solution for under $100.
Interesting idea. I heard the VR6 uses a different 10-bolt pattern to the V8 - I'd be interested to know if thats true or not.
How does the diameter compare? The V8 uses a 240mm clutch compared to the VR6s 228 - I think the VR6 flywheel will be a little small to fit the V8's starter ring.
I don't think the 034 insert fits the 3.6 flex-plate anyway - its designed for the ABZ iirc, so this or an OE fw are about the only options.
Looking forward to your findings with this
I can confirm they're the same bolt pattern. I spent an hour with my favorite 80 year old machinist verifying everything. He doesn't let me get away with much, that's why you use old machinists.
Yes, the clutch is 228mm. I know I'm giving up a bit of friction going this direction, but it's an 1800lb car on 215/40/17s. The tires will break loose long before the clutch slips. I'm not worried about the starter ring. We're keeping the v8 flexplate/starter ring and removing everything from the flywheel that's in the way. Then I'll just stack them up on the crank flange. That'll leave me w/ most of a vr6 flywheel, vr6 pressure plate, audi tranny and a custom clutch to fit the audi shaft at the required diameter/thickness. All said and done I'm headed for about $200 for the whole mess. Compare that to the 034 solution and I'm feeling pretty good.
Something's gonna screw this plan up eventually, but that's the plan I'm taking for now.
Nice idea stacking them together
Given that there are clutch solutions for 500hp VRTs I don't think you'll have a problem at 228mm anyway.
Yeah lol I need to go and find who said the VR6 was a different pattern to the V8 and poke them with a stick
Oh, and mount a V8 transversely on a VR6 transmission