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    Thread: The Story of a dead guy, a farmer, and an ocean blue swallow.

    1. Member scirocco*joe's Avatar
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      08-07-2012 02:36 PM #1821
      Wait, IronTrap? What happened to your old user name?
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      08-07-2012 03:00 PM #1822
      Put in a request to change it.

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      08-07-2012 06:40 PM #1823
      Never mentioned it, but it was great to see you/ your cars at Cult!
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      08-07-2012 10:32 PM #1824
      Quote Originally Posted by urogolf View Post
      Never mentioned it, but it was great to see you/ your cars at Cult!
      Thanks mate you too!

    5. 08-07-2012 11:42 PM #1825
      Read back a few pages due to infrequent Vortex visits.
      Love what you and your buddies are doing Matt!

    6. 09-16-2012 11:06 PM #1826
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post



      heyy matt

      any more info on how this works? what kind of readouts do you get? is it portable VAGCOM, sorry for the primitive question

    7. Senior Member IronTrap's Avatar
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      09-17-2012 09:37 AM #1827
      Quote Originally Posted by 35i 2000 View Post
      heyy matt

      any more info on how this works? what kind of readouts do you get? is it portable VAGCOM, sorry for the primitive question
      Not a primitive question at all, so no worries!

      That's just a "universal" scan tool. I can't justify the purchase of VAG-COM since I have a bunch of friends locally that are wizards with it (and let me borrow it when needed ) so I just use one of these universal scan tools. They can scan the car and give all of the codes, check and reset readiness/monitors, freeze frame data, and give real-time date from the engine (coolant temp, IAT, duty cycle, O2 voltage, TPS %, etc). So basically for 99% of what you'd need for diagnosing, or monitoring your engine. I just hooked this one up, read my codes, and watched the sensors and such work in real-time to make sure my flying lead was all legit. Another one of those little detail mods no one will notice, and I'll probably forget about haha.


      And to update the thread, I been working out some odds and ends on the car and loose ends.. hoping to take it to H2O if all goes my way. I got a quick alignment done with some help from my buddy Dan, and also got the airride controls to sit better in the kneebar, and still working on diagnosing a some pesky leaks in my passenger side wheels. Turns out my rear wheel is leaking around the rear bead a bit.. I'm guessing I didn't make sure the bead was nice and clean on the wheel before mounting the tire... hoping to repair that this week!

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      09-17-2012 09:58 AM #1828
      beautiful car as always man!
      do you/will you set up any actual CEL so you know when a code pops up? or just check it every so often?
      i see the evap code, but im assuming you dont have all the stuff like canister vent valves or purge solenoids or stuff like that on this car?

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      09-17-2012 10:42 AM #1829
      Quote Originally Posted by DieselWabbit84 View Post
      beautiful car as always man!
      do you/will you set up any actual CEL so you know when a code pops up? or just check it every so often?
      i see the evap code, but im assuming you dont have all the stuff like canister vent valves or purge solenoids or stuff like that on this car?
      No CEL .. No need to have a glaring warning light whenever I'm driving.. No emissions junk on this car.. only what is needed to make it start, run, and drive.. Chris and C2 Motorsports wrote out/deleted any need for the non-essential emissions crap and immobilizer junk.

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      09-17-2012 12:08 PM #1830
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      No CEL .. No need to have a glaring warning light whenever I'm driving.. No emissions junk on this car.. only what is needed to make it start, run, and drive.. Chris and C2 Motorsports wrote out/deleted any need for the non-essential emissions crap and immobilizer junk.
      ah, gotcha. just small details i was curious of. great work

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      09-19-2012 03:29 PM #1831
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      Another one of those little detail mods no one will notice, and I'll probably forget about haha.
      until you need it then you will be glad you took to the time. I have the factory port hooked up on my aba from the swap, It has helped a ton over the years. mostly telling me that the engine is fine, but the crap I put on it is messing something up. but that has been very helpfull lol.



      Keep it up. details make the car.
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    12. 09-29-2012 03:35 PM #1832
      WOW
      Just read threw the whole thread which took me ages to say the least.
      Truely amazing and great find and work!
      Also the truck is greats.
      Keep up the amazing work
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      10-03-2012 09:26 AM #1833
      Happy to say that the car did great on the 4 hour drive each way down and back and also as a people mover (often seeing 4 people in the car at once) with no major issues at all. The sound and power this car has is fantastic and it really is a treat to drive. It was a pretty neat feeling pulling into OCMD with the car and thinking how almost exactly one year ago I was towing the car home in a very sad state.

      Only things of note was that I need to eventually replace the **** throwout bearing in from the ebay clutch kit I installed.. it is quite noisy with your foot off the clutch, I forgot to plug a breather port on the top of the tank and found that when you fill the tank 100% full that port will spew a lot of gas out of it until it is below the port level... sorry mother nature! Also found oil is seeping/leaking from the oil filter housing cap even though it is tight.. not sure the issue, so I'll probably source another filter, o-ring and cap just to be safe.


      Only plans I have for the car for now is to just finish tidying up some small things on the car and maybe work on figuring out how to shorten the pan a little bit to get it sitting how I want when air'ed out... otherwise I just want to enjoy it as-is while I work on some other projects I have going in the garage.

      Thanks to all that followed along, gave advice, helped source parts, lent me a hand, or just put up with my rambling BS. On to the next project!

      A few pics some friends took over the weekend past.














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      10-03-2012 09:50 AM #1834
      so much uniqueness with this car

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      10-03-2012 10:48 AM #1835


      Congrats, man. You have built yourself a gorgeous car. I've enjoyed reading through this thread sharing in your victories and feeling some of your defeats. You've definitely come out on top with this one. If I was ever in PA, I'd buy you a case of beer.

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      10-03-2012 11:12 AM #1836
      www.oldskoolvw.com for all your shortpan needs
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    17. Senior Member IronTrap's Avatar
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      10-03-2012 11:29 AM #1837
      Quote Originally Posted by jpr View Post
      www.oldskoolvw.com for all your shortpan needs

      This isn't a normal 4 cylinder steel oilpan, and I've never seen anything other than MIG welded steel parts out of that outfit.. this is an aluminum oilpan that would need to be TIG welded.

      Not to mention I prefer to do my own work over paying a premium for something I can easily make in my own shop.

      Appreciate the input though.

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      10-03-2012 02:56 PM #1838
      Nice pics!
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    19. 10-04-2012 12:35 AM #1839
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post

      i cannot picture H20i any better

      beauty shot!!

    20. 10-04-2012 12:40 AM #1840
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      Not a primitive question at all, so no worries!

      That's just a "universal" scan tool. They can scan the car and give all of the codes, check and reset readiness/monitors, freeze frame data, and give real-time date from the engine (coolant temp, IAT, duty cycle, O2 voltage, TPS %, etc). So basically for 99% of what you'd need for diagnosing, or monitoring your engine. I just hooked this one up, read my codes, and watched the sensors and such work in real-time to make sure my flying lead was all legit. Another one of those little detail mods no one will notice, and I'll probably forget about haha.
      thanks matt! looks awesome and fairly simple to put together to get a good sense of whats going on

    21. 10-05-2012 09:52 PM #1841
      The car is stunning in person. It was great meeting you @ H2Oi.

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      10-05-2012 10:22 PM #1842
      Top notch build just read the entire thread
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      10-05-2012 10:32 PM #1843
      found these shots of your whip



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      10-06-2012 07:32 AM #1844
      Wow... just wow. I wish I had your garage and space. my Cabby could use with a real tear down and clean up. I'm sure I'll catch crap for my opinion, but I really don't care, so please fix the "patina". She would look so much better with full repaint.
      On a side note, your welding is top notch.
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      10-07-2012 08:04 PM #1845
      perfection

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      10-08-2012 12:28 AM #1846
      i was happy to see this in person down in OCMD, i have one nice roller of the car..i need to find it and ill post it up for ya!
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      01-17-2013 09:53 PM #1847
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      But either way this one looks pretty sick and I think will look spot on when mounted

      I want to say I this build and your cars are all really bada$$

      what are the specs on these? and are they custom?

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      01-17-2013 10:17 PM #1848
      Quote Originally Posted by planksta View Post
      I want to say I this build and your cars are all really bada$$

      what are the specs on these? and are they custom?
      Thanks, the wheels are custom yes. 16" fuchs that have been machined/milled to accept BBS motorsport outer lips. I bought them from an old Porsche race shop that had them setup super wide for an 80's 911 turbo.

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      01-17-2013 10:24 PM #1849
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      Thanks, the wheels are custom yes. 16" fuchs that have been machined/milled to accept BBS motorsport outer lips. I bought them from an old Porsche race shop that had them setup super wide for an 80's 911 turbo.
      Thanks for the info I figured since ive never seen them but just wasnt sure cause they look soo awesome best looking 16's on a rabbit IMO

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      01-18-2013 11:48 PM #1850
      Quote Originally Posted by IronTrap View Post
      Thanks, the wheels are custom yes. 16" fuchs that have been machined/milled to accept BBS motorsport outer lips. I bought them from an old Porsche race shop that had them setup super wide for an 80's 911 turbo.
      also just curious whats the width on them? they look like 6's

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      01-19-2013 07:52 AM #1851
      Quote Originally Posted by planksta View Post
      also just curious whats the width on them? they look like 6's
      something around that yea, can't hardly remember.. should be stated somewhere back in the thread.

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      back to the top for awesome sauze.

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      04-18-2013 01:57 PM #1853
      Love this one, even more than my own 24v bunny. Well done sir, a real beauty

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      04-18-2013 04:33 PM #1854
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      05-24-2013 12:15 PM #1855
      your youtube vid helped me with the windshield install on my mk1


      sad that there arent any more pages to go through (just went through all of them) AMAZING work good sir!

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