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    Thread: My 89 cabriolet VR6 build

    1. 02-06-2012 08:53 AM #26
      looking good!

      but save yourself a bunch of work on the front by not running the MK3 mount, and instead just run a modified MK4 rear mount and a modified MK1 front mount. easiest way to go about it and it will more than hold.

      see deathhare's setup

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      02-06-2012 01:55 PM #27
      awsome suff man. i'll definitely be following this one
      old VWs dont die
      they get lower

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      02-14-2012 09:17 AM #28
      Just a quick update today.... Got her wired up and running .... think the coil is toast by how she runs but hell it progress.... That and tax returns are in so im finally doing some shopping .... Will update when my uhhhh plethora of packages comes in ;D

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      02-29-2012 08:31 PM #29
      welll well well been on and off having time for the beast but have made some progress, ive been trying to get the harness straightened out and ran.....thank god im good with electronics XD....some pictures i beleve are in order

      the only way to sort out wiring....throw it everywere


      oh and i got a freeze plug in


      for this little hole that needed to be forgotten about (3/4" if your wondering)


      and oh yea started building the exhaust manifold, so much welding



      oh yea and started mounting the shifter



      annnnddddd test fit the battry to its new home/welded in the ground stud


      then i ended up getting a used tension with a shot bearing so i sent the s*** pully to the parts store and they sent me back this $15 replacment...beats the heck out of the 70-120 for a new tensioner...and the effort it woulda taken to break....i mean replace the bearing in the pully


      i should be getting my clutch pedal in soon soooooooo if all goes well we will be able to stop pushing this bunny and start driving her out of the shop.......till next time(not acctual booze consumption till then.......or maby it is)

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      03-12-2012 07:07 PM #30
      and on the note of progress hault this is now a lil over two months i have been waiting on this pedal cluster....if it isint hear by this weekend im making the trek to orange MA to get the damn thing out of the passat myself....we will seee

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      03-12-2012 07:32 PM #31
      Wow!
      I saw some Cabriolets in Europe (Golf) that had the V6 turbos also. Those things can put out up to 800HP with special tuning, and man are they fast!. They will get on the Autoban and race Ferraris and Porsches.
      Good swap.
      Keep us posted.

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      03-24-2012 11:39 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by cab89 View Post
      Wow!
      I saw some Cabriolets in Europe (Golf) that had the V6 turbos also. Those things can put out up to 800HP with special tuning, and man are they fast!. They will get on the Autoban and race Ferraris and Porsches.
      Good swap.
      Keep us posted.
      wow thats pritty sick, and beleve me i have a big update coming very soon, i just got the cluck pedal installed with a lot of help from the plasma cutter, but i have 0 time to acctually update the thread while im busy driving in circles around the shop day dreaming of it on the road .....hopefully by monday latlest we will see some more pics up

    8. 03-24-2012 11:43 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by riotbeast View Post
      wow thats pritty sick, and beleve me i have a big update coming very soon, i just got the cluck pedal installed with a lot of help from the plasma cutter, but i have 0 time to acctually update the thread while im busy driving in circles around the shop day dreaming of it on the road .....hopefully by monday latlest we will see some more pics up
      i was hoping you weren't going to do what i thought you might do.

      you do realize you could have easily modified the MK1 clutch pedal and simply welded the passat bracket for the clutch master to the MK1 brake booster bracket and made it all work, yeah?

      full pedal assembly swaps are way more work than what's required.

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      03-25-2012 12:51 AM #34
      Nice to see another VR6 Cabriolet. Some of the welds look like they could use some more heat, but props for doing it your self and not going half assed with off the shelf mounts. Now put some boost on it
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      03-25-2012 05:51 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by A1steaksauce View Post
      i was hoping you weren't going to do what i thought you might do.

      you do realize you could have easily modified the MK1 clutch pedal and simply welded the passat bracket for the clutch master to the MK1 brake booster bracket and made it all work, yeah?

      full pedal assembly swaps are way more work than what's required.
      well the problem i saw with that was i had an automatic to start with and i got the passat pedal cluster with the swap.....im taking every route that leads to spending less $$$$$ while still trying to make it come out as a nice little daily driver it only took a weekend to acctually get the pedal assyembally built and installed so i figure for what i saved its probly worth it

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      03-25-2012 05:54 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by websaabn View Post
      Nice to see another VR6 Cabriolet. Some of the welds look like they could use some more heat, but props for doing it your self and not going half assed with off the shelf mounts. Now put some boost on it
      yea some of the earlyer welding i was still getting the hang of things.....when the motor comes back out to finish the bay ill be going over everything again and making sure its solid.....and from just driving her around the shop a little bit i can tell this things gunna be a blast when shes built....already spins tire better than my pontiac gtp....of the passat the motor ewas origonally in

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      03-25-2012 07:19 PM #37
      keep it up its looking good

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      03-26-2012 06:23 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by riotbeast View Post
      yea some of the earlyer welding i was still getting the hang of things.....when the motor comes back out to finish the bay ill be going over everything again and making sure its solid.....and from just driving her around the shop a little bit i can tell this things gunna be a blast when shes built....already spins tire better than my pontiac gtp....of the passat the motor ewas origonally in
      yea it is definatly fun. on my wifes we started with a 1.8 auto, then went aba G60, then VR6, then added the charger and a bunch of other stuff. the handeling kinda goes out the window with the VR so you might as well make it fast in a straight line.
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    14. 03-27-2012 09:24 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by riotbeast View Post
      well the problem i saw with that was i had an automatic to start with and i got the passat pedal cluster with the swap.....im taking every route that leads to spending less $$$$$ while still trying to make it come out as a nice little daily driver it only took a weekend to acctually get the pedal assyembally built and installed so i figure for what i saved its probly worth it
      all you would have needed would have been a mk1 clutch pedal and you would have been golden. the brake pedal surface area gets trimmed down to make it more like a manual pedal and that's it.

      could have have it hammered all out within a day using MK1 pedals.

      just was trying to save you some time is all

      any pics of the passat pedal assembly install? i'm curious to see how you did it.

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      04-02-2012 12:11 PM #40
      I didnt get that good of pictures of it but i ended up using the passat brake pedal and clutch pedal the bracket for the brake is the cabriolet modifyed, welded to the passat bracket forthe clutch pedal..... Then i took the cabriolet accelorator pedal and made a small slip in bracket
      The way you sugessted would have been easyer.... But heck i think its neat the way i pulled it off lol.... Oh and dont mind my "clutch master cylinder" aka te chevy carb fuel filter.... Didnt realize my brake fluid resovoir didnt have the bit you would normally snip off and run a line too XD


    16. 04-02-2012 11:32 PM #41
      i can't tell, but did you reinforce your firewall where the clutch master is?

      i found my firewall to flex like a mofo when i would actuate my clutch so i came up with a little bracket to take care of that.

      here's a pic:



      i tied my bracket for my clutch master into the bracket for the brake booster. then i also ran another section to where the oem support bolted up on the frame rail. no more firewall flex and solid pedal feel.

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      04-03-2012 07:14 AM #42
      Acctually to tell you the truth at the moment i only have the booster bracket on but the whole pedal
      Assembally
      Feels as solid as can be.... If you sit in it and just play with the pedals i can really see them flex at all,
      Not that this is going
      To stop me from taking some steel later
      On and make some neat bracket to really
      Tie it down an make it solid but ether way nice bracket for yours man

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      04-08-2012 10:03 PM #43
      Small update.... Been splicing the light systems between the passat and cabby.... Got most of it working after much headscratching and foul words just got the multi switch to wire and to get some headlights.... Still cant decided if im going with the tri bar headlights with markers/blinkers inside or if im going to keep the markers/blinkers in the bumper .....any opinions On the matter ????


      Oh and some
      Pictures of the radiator how she currently sits.... Think i may have the top
      Mounts made a little better looking with my friends cnc machine and some aluminum
      Not sure yet..... And im contemplating replaceing the top peice of the radiator support with a
      Smooth peice of slighty thicker metal to clean it up / push the rad a little
      Bit more
      Forward but that will come with the motor is
      Back out and im makeing the whole bay "nicer"
      Oh and as you can notice i decided to go with the OE cabby coolant bottle.... Anyone know how to bypass the low coolant light in the cluster????




      Oh and a shot of both of the time/energy/money monsters

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      04-15-2012 08:59 PM #44
      Just a small thing to add.... Was able to take the cabby down the street to get gas on the dealer plate.... Thing is faster than my supercharged pontiac..... Vr swap was the best decision i have made on this car yet... Will have an update will all the things ive done to her in a day or 2

    20. 04-18-2012 01:35 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by riotbeast View Post
      Anyone know how to bypass the low coolant light in the cluster????
      3 options. pick one

      -jumper the plug
      -run a MK3 bottle
      -or remove the light from the cluster

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      04-18-2012 09:28 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by A1steaksauce View Post
      3 options. pick one

      -jumper the plug
      -run a MK3 bottle
      -or remove the light from the cluster
      Tryed jumping the wires....still blinking.... Screw it the lights coming out

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      04-18-2012 10:03 AM #47
      The light will also blink if it thinks its overheating, check the coolant temp sensor that sends signal to the cluster
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      04-18-2012 10:59 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by websaabn View Post
      The light will also blink if it thinks its overheating, check the coolant temp sensor that sends signal to the cluster
      Oh thats a good possibilty too then .... I havent gotten my temp gauge working yet... Going to throw in a new sensor tonight and hope for the best

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      04-18-2012 11:30 AM #49
      keep it up bro dayum i want a mk1 vr now

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      04-22-2012 11:33 PM #50
      Well theirs been quite a bit of progress even if it feels like i have slowed down a bit on the project.... First off you my have notice i got the grill and lights in on the front.... That was a project in itself, a little history on the car when i bought her if you saw the pictures at the begining of the thread she was hit on the right front... It was repaired by my grandfather but when he did the repairs the headlight housing wasent installed so when i went to put it in their was no chance of it fitting so on to the cutting i went



      Not to many pictures of the process but thats all thats left
      Of the OE radiator support, then i found some 1" square tubing lieing around the shop waiting
      For me to come along and put it
      To use and this is what came about



      Not only did it
      Clean up the look a ton in my eyes it also added tons of extra room up front for working on the motor, the radiator, and possible in the future uhhhhh (upgrades) budget willing XD


      Also got an exhaust on the beast




      With a weld in flange for ease of engine removal of
      Course

      Next time shes up on the lift ill snap a couple
      Pictures of the exhause completed.... I was just to eager to finally see what she did going down the street and as i already said in a previous post.... Pritty much mind blowing how much power it feels like it has now....
      Course this is the realllllll fun part of the project were i have to finish working out all of the kinks and decide if im going to finish the body and paint her or pull the motor first and finish the bay.... Its probly going to end up going finish body, pull motor, finish off bay / interior.... And rock her

      Oh and of
      Course just to get a good feel for her interior and get some ideas of how im going to mod the original dash to fit the passat cluster i threw most
      Of it back in


      Just a couple shots of how the cluster sits in their....(zip tied to the steering
      Colum) probly going to fit a peice of reinforced sheet metal in their for the cluster and in the vent on the drivers side for the hazard/headlight switchs....only
      Time and input will tell

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