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    Thread: What did you do to your cabby today?

    1. Member Bama420's Avatar
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      01-04-2012 08:30 PM #1
      Looked quickly and didn't see one of these here like in the mk3 and 2 forums. I figured I should bring one to us cabriolet owners. Let's post as many pics as possible since that's all Vortex members are interested in.

      I'll start with:
      Today my '90 Triple White got front pads and resurfaced rotors in the front and new shoes, hardware, cylinders, grease seals, and resurfaced drums in the rear. Did a front camber adjustment and a much needed brake fluid flush and bleed. Pics to come tomorrow.

      I also gave it a much needed bath and a good vacuuming. I had to put my MOMO's on the rear and move the rear wheels up front due to some very bald and flat tires on the front 14's. Here's pics!




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      01-04-2012 08:34 PM #2
      new top complete

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      01-04-2012 08:48 PM #3
      What rear wheels are those?

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      01-04-2012 10:28 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by iamdagerman View Post
      What rear wheels are those?
      Those are my MOMO Quasar 15x7 et37. Their home is on my Plymouth, but since I need a couple tires and had my Gram Lights lying around, I put the Rays' on the Plymouth and the two MOMO's with good tires on the cabriolet so that everything has good tires until I fall over more money.
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      01-09-2012 07:40 PM #5
      Nobody does anything to their Cabby's? Let's see some pics, guys...
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      01-09-2012 10:43 PM #6
      Last weekend, I changed out the passenger side front wheel bearing on my first 91 Etienne because of wheel noise. Now the noise is less but not totally gone, so planning to do the drivers side next weekend.

      My green 92 has a wiring issue with the horn/triple gauge wires..some short blowing the fuse with key on.
      Haven't figured that out yet...oh and the exhaust manifold is loose so its got some blowby.

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      01-10-2012 12:25 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Bama420 View Post
      Nobody does anything to their Cabby's? Let's see some pics, guys...
      How do you think I do all the how to's...........
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      01-10-2012 12:44 AM #8
      sanded down body filler to the driver rear quarter panel, sanded/prepped door jams, started taking door apart to sand/prep. Hope to have driver side fender, door, jams and rear quarter panel sprayed in primer this weekend.

      Goal is to have new paint by end of February to mid March

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      01-10-2012 01:18 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Bama420 View Post
      Nobody does anything to their Cabby's? Let's see some pics, guys...
      Mine's been under a cover for several months... and on a battery tender. I'm afraid she's taken a back seat to the big blue brick parked next to her. After this weekend (Buses By The Bridge! ), I'll get busy with the Cab... she's leaking gear oil.
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      01-13-2012 03:59 AM #10
      Finished welding up the stainless exhaust. TDI Cabrio '95, will have air ride next week. Also popped a new wheel bearing in it while it's in the air.

      New top + rebuilt AHU + MK4 seats + Air Ride +New Everything= One Happy Cabrio. Now if only I can find black door panels and a black rear seat.
      I am Lord of The Crab People, bow to me.

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      01-14-2012 04:56 PM #11
      Couple days ago I got around to addressing the following all in one go while it was apart..

      - Replaced glovebox latch with a non-broken one
      - Fixed the chirping red gear in speedo
      - Fixed the coolant and fuel gauges (missing/loose nuts on the backside)
      - Replaced broken heater controls (busted mounting tabs and broken off upper arm)
      - Replaced the vac distributor diaphragm
      - Replaced dash bezel with non-broken one (no toggle switch holes either.. )

      Done with the interior, now for everything else.
      '91 GTDECO

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      01-14-2012 05:22 PM #12
      Installed a Reiger front lip...




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      01-14-2012 07:29 PM #13
      Seafoamed the intake
      Adjusted my idle
      Removed, cleaned, and reinstalled all the oil pressure sensors/switches to get that blinking light off.
      Topped off the coolant
      Gave it a bath.
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      01-14-2012 08:00 PM #14
      Removed drivers side steering hub on EA #1.
      Took it to a friends machine shop and pressed out the old bearings, pressed in the new ones.
      Found the outer tie rod was bad, replaced that too.

      Noticed the top shock bolt on drivers side was little loose and tightened that.

      Now no more bearing noise, since I changed the passenger front bearing one last weekend.

      Installed seat slider kit on EA #2.

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      01-14-2012 08:25 PM #15
      Picked up a keyless module from a p&p. Rly wanted to get a fog wire harness (maybe the lights too) but there was to much snow on the ground, and didn't feel like rolling around in it, while working on stiff wires.
      Been meaning to take a pic of my girl, maybe will do that tonight and post it up (MK3).

      Sent using my chin on My CyanoPad
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      01-14-2012 08:48 PM #16
      I sanded the hell out of her using 80 grit. She is gonna look pretty soon.

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      01-15-2012 12:15 AM #17
      I just went to the bone yard and picked up the throttle body and intake manifold for my 89 cabby. found a 91 fox and a few MKIII's.. the fox was a super score though.

      we're racing our 89 in an endurance race series this year. not exactly your dropped and poked chill ride, but loving the mods and the car none the less

      cheers!

      (picks of the new parts coming tomorrow)

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      01-15-2012 10:16 AM #18
      Found out my radiator REALLY REALLY WON'T FIT with a factory boost return tube. Gotta go dig up a Polo rad tomorrow...
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      01-16-2012 01:21 AM #19
      here are a few pics of what we found this weekend for our 89 1.8 cabby

      our score



      and its gone!



      this is what it came out of



      This is our baby in need of some HP!





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      01-17-2012 11:53 PM #20
      i disabled my DRLs and installed fog lights

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      01-18-2012 12:08 AM #21
      Drove it back and forth to work today...and had absolutely no problems!

      LOL!!

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      01-18-2012 01:37 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox2021 View Post
      i disabled my DRLs and installed fog lights
      Gotta do that with a VAG-COM to disable the DRL and get a euro switch, right?

      Sent using my nose on a Jitterbug!

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      01-18-2012 03:14 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Cmethvin View Post
      Gotta do that with a VAG-COM to disable the DRL and get a euro switch, right?
      everything i do is budget build stuff. i bent the #15 pin for the DRL and just put a switch under the dash for the fogs

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      01-18-2012 03:18 PM #24
      Hey lunchbox, I'm in New Orleans. We should say hi in person sometimes.

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      01-18-2012 03:28 PM #25
      I put my balck VW emblem on the front, installed the smoked lower side markers and put on my euro plate.



      Now it's time to take her for a bath
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      01-18-2012 03:38 PM #26
      I dreamt about it and am trying to figure out how to best deal with my rubbing issue I have on the rear passenger side.
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      01-19-2012 04:44 PM #27
      - Replaced the glove box door (someone took the padding off?)
      - Installed the knee bar again

      Drove it 100+ miles today on ****ty roads and loving it.
      '91 GTDECO

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      01-19-2012 09:32 PM #28
      we moved into a new place and now it has a garage

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      01-20-2012 08:33 PM #29
      Drove her in the fresh snow with my son (so no hot rodding or e-brake pulls )

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      01-20-2012 08:39 PM #30
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      01-20-2012 10:27 PM #31
      dug it out of the snow and squeezed both the 81 and 92 into the garage.
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      01-21-2012 09:21 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox2021 View Post
      everything i do is budget build stuff. i bent the #15 pin for the DRL and just put a switch under the dash for the fogs
      Easier and less destructive way, pull down the fuse panel, locate the single wire yellow connector and unplug it. DRLs disabled on your MK3 without bending/damaging tabs, and can easily be re-enabled should you decide you want them, or to sell the car.

      The cabby only got caught in the background of this pic as I worked on the wheels for the MK2 project, last night.


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      01-21-2012 03:59 PM #33
      Washed her........drove her.......took a picture of her....



      Bought sumin' for her....

      Now, I'm gonna tackle changing the color of the boot.

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      01-21-2012 04:33 PM #34
      Turned 125,000 miles on a trip to the grocery store, with the top down in mid 70's weather.......

      Last edited by CajunSpike; 01-21-2012 at 08:31 PM.

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      01-21-2012 05:30 PM #35
      I am jealous..

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