Got the chains installed and everything lined up. I've been using the chains and tensioners DIY from here and it has been insanely helpful.
I know that the chains probably wont slip any but I had them slip twice and had to take them off and redo them so I have some wire keeping some tension as a backup.
And a view of my car surrounded by itself.
Made some more progress the last few days. Put the new crack pipe and thermostat housing in. The crack pipe looks sharp; too bad it is invisible with the car fully assembled.
Got the starter back in and changed the oil pan gasket today. Also put the intake manifold back on today.
In the process of putting the transmission back in I bumped a wire and the end fell to the floor with a piece of electrical tape on the end. Instead of doing it properly the PO just taped the two ends together Needless to say we redid that wire properly. I think the intake manifold looks pretty cool polished up next to the polished portions of the valve cover
Anyway hoping to complete the project this week
Its been awhile since I last posted. I had a pretty gnarly case of bronchitis and was sidelined for almost a week. Anyhow I got everything assembled and fired her up. The engine sounds great but when I take my foot off the clutch I get some grinding sounds. Not 100% sure what it is but its not right so the transmission will be coming back out to search for the cause of the problem. Since I'll be doing this I want to replace anything that might be causing the problem. The throwout bearing is new but I want to put a new one in. Thinking about doing a new clutch fork also. What else is worth doing? I want to eliminate as many variables as possible to reduce chances of having to take it out a third time. This has been quite a letdown but I'm glad to have found out now rather than having it go bad on the road. And the part I was most worried about (chains/timing) sounds great so there is some good news despite the bad. Does anyone have experience with the 13 lb flywheel from MJM? I've read some mixed reviews about lightened flywheels and am considering putting the old one back on. Any and all input/insight is appreciated
Pulled the transmission back out today and it appears that the rivet things on the pressure plate are rubbing on the transmission once the clutch is disengaged
So the question now is why is there contact? The new flywheel appears to be thicker than the one I took off ). Is my assumption that this added width makes the plate that much closer to the transmission? I'm going to take everything off and measure and weigh everything and probably wind up with the original flywheel back on (I have a feeling that the new flywheel is actually heavier than the one i took off f not then maybe some grinding of the rivets and and/or transmission to allow clearance but I'd prefer to not go that route. More disassembling tomorrow and comparing new and old parts tomorrow.
I figure its time for a quick update. Finished the chains/clutch project a few weeks ago. I saved the broken pieces that I found while doing the chains. This piece I have no idea where it originated
This is from the upper tensioner; completely separated from the tensioner rail
This is the upper guide rail. Wasn't a cause for any noises but very close to completely failing
Some lovely gifts from previous owners:
Coolant pipe cut and put back together using pipe and hose clamps
Wires split and put back together using electrical tape
I ordered clear turn signals in October and they finally came 2 weeks ago. I wasn't aware that slc's came with them stock and was disappointed when they didn't fit in my bumper so I ordered some French fogs and trimmed the holes to make the social foglight assemblies fit. I also got a better grill than the one that came with the car. I love the look. Before:
My next project is to get this fixed and get a new paint job
Some smaller goals in the meantime are to replace broken drivers door handle (the lock cylinder broke), put the new sunroof in, carpet the trunk and undelete the rear VW badge. I hope that you are having a super awesome day! Until next time
Last edited by V4310W; 02-26-2012 at 10:35 PM.
Last night I went to see Social Distortion so I have the day off and decided I'd take some time to update. I bought and installed an Autotech rear stress bar. Handling is much improved and I am very pleased with this addition.
I also picked up a new steering wheel that I found on Craigslist. Nothing was wrong with the other one but I wanted a different look.
Ever since I bought this car I've tried to learn as much as I can about it and its engine. I read several times that the vr6 is a hot running engine and that, because of the heatsoaking that occurs, the intake filter I have doesn't make any improvements over the stock airbox. So I set out to make some sort of heatshield. I went to goodwill and found some plastic tray things and cut them up and this is what I came up with.
Its not perfect by any means but I think it makes a small difference. Not being satisfied with that, I decided to add a hose to help feed fresher air.
I fed it down next to the radiator and zip tied it to the tow hook.
I received some new motor mounts a couple weeks ago so I'm waiting for some time to get them installed. Last weekend brought nice weather so I took the opportunity to wash and snap some pictures.
That's all for now.
So I've been having some goofy idle issues since I finished doing my chains. At start up it will idle at 1500 rpm for a minute then drop down to 1000. And while driving about half the time I stop, as soon as I engage the clutch the rpms jump to 1500 for 20 seconds then drop down. I pulled the idle control valve to clean it and while cleaning it noticed that it was dripping out the bottom. Found a used one on Craigslist and picked that up, cleaned it and installed it. That helped but not the solution. After doing some research decided that the next course of action would be to try vacuum hoses and the coolant temp sensor. I put them in the other day and what do you know? Idling normal now This weekend I'm going on a cruise to the beach looking forward to seeing some cool cars. Now I need to start saving to get some body work done
This last Saturday I went on a cruise with a bunch of over VWs to the beach. It was a lot of fun, a great drive and the best news of all: the rado handled the 200+ mile day without a hitch. I didn't get many pics but I'll put up the few I did take.
I also found this picture of my car from a cruise last summer. My water pump went out halfway through and started dumping coolant.
I don't have anything else so
I've been doing some cosmetic stuff recently and thought I should share. Last summer some idiot(me) got a little spray paint crazy rattle canned my drivers rear quarter panel . Needless to say it turned out like bloody monkey vomit so I decided to try to fix it. I forgot to take before pictures but I got some during and after. I wet sanded for what seemed like days
Wet sanded and washed
Meguiar's ultimate compound is an incredible product. This is after one application
My passenger door has a large piece of body putty near the hinge so I picked up a used one in green and have been working at getting it black and doing it better than the previously mentioned bloody monkey vomit paint job.
I think it just needs a good buffing and it will be close to matching the rest of the car. Its not perfect but it'll do until I get a respray. I was prowling through pick-n-pull the other day and came across a Passat with a center visor so I yanked it and brought it home.
I also came across a photo of my first ride, or what was left of it. She was an awesome 1986 Golf named the Mayflower. A lady in an uninsured bmw pulled out in front of me and I t-boned her going 50. Not a good day but this was my first vw experience and got me hooked.
That's all for now. Tata
Last edited by V4310W; 07-29-2012 at 04:36 AM.
I am horrible at posting in this regularly. I've had a busy month upgrading some of my lighting. I ordered a set of DDI gauges in December and never received them. After some angry emails I finally received them in September. My point in this is not to bad mouth DDI, because the situation has been rectified. Long story short, I installed them and am very pleased with them.
I was sent what I believe to be the UK gauges, but after the headache it was just to receive them, I decided to just use them instead of trying to return them.
In late August a local pick-n-pull received a Corrado, so I went down to see what kind of goodies I could find. It was pretty well picked over but still had all the tail lights in near mint condition. It just happened to be half-off weekend so I scored all 4 for $40. I liked the smoked look for a while, but I'm over it now and dig the stock tails.
I found a DIY on the CCC site on how to activate the rear fog lights. I modified the instructions some and turned them into an extra set of brake lights. I hope these lower my chances of being a rear ending target.
Now for my favorite I picked up a set of French style e-codes. I had to order new bezels and lenses to change to vr6, and the wait was unbearable. I also decided to tint inside the lights.
I purchased a relayed harness from Eurowires and it works wonderfully. However my brights and lows are opposite from the indicator light in the cluster. If that's the only issue, I can live with it. I'm still tinkering with the proper aiming, but I'm very pleased with this upgrade. I had some HID's in my stock headlights and its nice to not get brights flashed from every oncoming car.
My next necessary upgrade is going to have to be fixing the poor wiper performance. I'm seeing the Lupo upgrade, but not sure if I can justify spending that money after the e-codes. I'm curious why the Lupo seems to be the only wipers to swap, and will be trying wiper arms from other cars to see if they fit or work any better than what I'm currently using. Living in rain country, wipers that work are a must. I think tying a dog to the roof and using its wagging tail would be as efficient, if not better, than the coverage I'm getting now.
I ran across this picture on my parents computer and I believe that its the oldest I have/closest to how I purchased the car.
Sometimes I think I haven't made any progress on my Frankenrado, but then I come across old pictures and am blown away at how different it looks. If you've made it through my novel with few pictures, I thank you for the attention. You deserve a high five. Sweet dreams
French-spec headlights look good!!! Especially with the "Joey-mod"
I hope you didn't pay too much for them, since its just a yellow cap inside that separates them from normal e-codes
When I first learned of the French specs and began researching them I couldn't believe that people would pay close to $1,000 for these. That's the price I found them on ebay for anyway. I think I got a pretty good deal on them. With the lights and new bezels and lenses I'm still in for less than a set of brand new e-codes.