Nice. What did you find as far as fuel lines, etc? I'm hoping to revive a diesel that's been sitting for years when I go 'home' for Thanksgiving, and the more I can plan for ahead of time the better...
so last night we decided to work on the dasher a bit, right now its bottle fed. i'd like to get it running up to operating temp since our last run was only for a few moments since we just didn't have a good system to get fuel into it since the fuel tank is currently out of it.
sadly, we couldn't quite get her to go this time but we're going to try again prolly tonight or tomorrow.
next step is going to be removing the front clip so we can get to the frame to do some repairs and clean up the bits of rust that are concerning.
i wonder what would happen if i trailered this thing to a tire shop, only to drive it in and request a rotate and balance only?
i think they look just fine
i can't wait to see this ugly ducking going down the road!!
more to come soon
haven't used these guys, but this is the recommendation I got on the TDI forum- I called them and they seemed super competent. Never ended up using them, sold the car first
"DFIS (Diesel Fuel Injection Service, Portland, Oregon)....have 'em rebuild the pump and injectors....they are awesome to work with!
tonight i gave the injection pump another treatment of ATF since we just can't seem to get it going again as well as it did before. so hopefully another round of soaking will bring it back to life. but i still got a lot to learn on this diesel, i'm almost wondering if the reason why its not going could be due to the diesel cut off valve or switch? so we're going to be looking into that as well as a few other things.
starting to come up a list of parts to get however, and after being so used to getting parts for the BMW 635, the range rover, etc. its such a pleasant change to see how cheap engine parts are. definitely going to be much easier on my wallet to get this thing running again.
so the dasher got a new IV life support bottle containing atf that the pump is sucking on. i think the new bottle adds a touch of class
after that, i decided to do a little experimentation. i have a pretty healthy stock pile of parts from the 635, and in our shop we also have a ton of random bits from all types of cars. so i have a second set of BMW ellipsoid projectors from the 6 -- they're a beautiful projector beam housing that i upgraded to on my 6 series and then converted them to a modern HID setup that looks factory-perfect.
i removed the DOT sealed beam unit, and to my pleasant surprise, it looks like with very minimal modification to the carrier, they're going to fit perfectly!
one of the other guys in our shop also just happens to have a pair of e-code fogs as well, and they're exact size that i need. they fit right into the carrier without any modification nessary. he's had them sitting around for years and i think i'm going to buy them off him for sure.
i think HIDs and frenchies will look very unique on this car with its color, and the wheel selection that i have chosen for it, which is a gold basket weave from OG wheels.
i'm loving the car the more and more i get into it.
fixed the fuel shut off valve but still no go. time for new glow plugs.
took #4 and #3 out and they looked OK but badly worn, then i got to #2...
one of these things is not like the other (disregard dasher's paw)
and then it got worse
it doesn't look like they broke off as much as it did that they burnt up. so i'll be ordering new injectors as well this week.
SO with that bit out of the way, i got bored and ambitious.
nasty nasty timing belt cover
more to come
small update on this little project, i put on a different set of wheels and tires for free that i picked up from a friend, giving it something to roll and drive on for the time being. if i can get this thing on the road reasonably i would like to run on the original hubcaps since i have all of them. so i'll keep the original wheels so if i choose to i can sandblast and paint them, and eventually put new tires on them if i choose.
also picked up a new timing belt, tensioner, and a few other odds and ends to see if i can get it running under its own power. hopefully with a little bit of elbow grease i can enjoy it over the summer.
Last edited by 1FastB5; 04-07-2012 at 07:54 PM.
today i installed a new timing belt, tensioner and a few other small odds and ends.
so now its back in time, new glow plugs, clean glow plug wires, freshly lubricated injection pump, cleaned injectors and more. i was happy to find that while timing the engine it turns really smoothly and at least the top end of the engine, still looked really clean and in pretty good shape for this cars age.
tired to fire it up, and she wants to go, but the weak battery won't. both alek and i ran out of time this afternoon, so its on the charger over night, we're going to bleed the injectors again and it SHOULD fire up, we can hear a lot of life ready to come back out of that engine. that familiar diesel knock was trying real hard to get out.
so hopefully with a little bit of effort tomorrow, she just might roll out of the shop under her own power
so provided that it is running in reasonable order, i'll address some of the other details that will need attention before being road worthy:
-replace or rebuild the alternator
-a/c delete -- the compressor is totally ceased and with A/C parts almost impossible to find, i doubt i'll get it in working order
-brakes on all corners. new discs, pads, lines, and drums. master cylinder looks new so it should be fine.
-suspension -- i MIGHT do air ride on this car if i can find something that will work for the front struts. thats the big thing i'd like to do to this car...i want nothing more than it to be low, and slow. with its patina status, i think it would turn a lot of heads with it being so rare on a nice set of wheels. otherwise standard suspension may be modified for it to sit lower. new shocks are readily available...springs less so.
other problems i foresee:
-wheel bearings? will see how these are on the first few drives. i can buy complete hubs cheap, so its an easy fix...
-tie rods and other front end components need to be checked or replaced
-clutch -- after sitting for years it may be dried out, and i'm anticipating replacement.