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    Thread: My "I want my Caddy to drive better." Build thread. And I need your help!

    1. Member PoLock33's Avatar
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      01-31-2012 12:37 AM #36
      Have you done your motor mounts yet? if not i suggest you locate a dial indicator to time your IP after you reassemble everything. if you have, good on ya
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      01-31-2012 12:46 AM #37
      I havent yet. I'm waiting on the new pump from giles to be built, then I will tackle the mounts with a new VC gasket, timing belt and timing the engine/pump. I've never done it so I've been reading as much as i can on it.


      Hopefully sometime tomorrow I can go about checking my hazard switch. I was thumbing through my bentley and found the troubleshooting portion. Hopefully this will get rid of my woes.
      Last edited by Charcoal_Grey; 01-31-2012 at 02:17 AM.

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      01-31-2012 09:49 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Charcoal_Grey View Post
      and I went to a shop and asked if I brought the engine mounts and injector pump, would they put it in for me. the quote was $425 for just the pump. I was astonished. They said it took a very long time to purge the system of air. has anyone changed a pump....is it really that bad? I feel like that can't be right at all.
      That is nuts. $425 for labor to put on the pump? All you need is a mity-vac to get the air out. Doesn't take all that long either.
      Quote Originally Posted by TM87 View Post
      VW-making mechanics out of owners since 1957.
      The project - '84 Jetta 1.6TD, 186k+, fully rebuilt, Giles IP and injectors, 2.5" custom exhaust, 51mpg
      Hers - '03 BMP 20thAE GTI, 130k, 3" 42DD turbo back, Unitronic Stage 2
      His - '01 Jetta TDI, 135k. Now has 3 pedals, as it should!

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      01-31-2012 12:20 PM #39
      I know. It's really not that much work. I just dot have the timing tools to do it so I figured I'd just have a shop do it. But that's rediculous.

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      01-31-2012 03:06 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Charcoal_Grey View Post
      I havent yet. I'm waiting on the new pump from giles to be built, then I will tackle the mounts with a new VC gasket, timing belt and timing the engine/pump. I've never done it so I've been reading as much as i can on it.
      I like what i read!!! glad to see another 1.6D being taken care of!
      No Bad Days.

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      02-02-2012 01:27 AM #41
      Mailman brought me a GAP package and a MK1autohaus package.


      Tie rods and boot kit
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      blower motor.
      Hopefully I will be able to get this in this weekend. Today was the 1st Marine Division's anniversary so I got to work at 0530 and I just say down back in my room. Ugh. Looooong day. and I forgot to order a heater switch. so I will have to wait for that before I see if my blower motor will work. ugh

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      02-02-2012 06:38 PM #42
      Put the new lights in. Idk if I'll be driving tonight, but It really cleans up the front of the car. I need to get som new chrome to go around the lights since mine is pretty rough, but overall I really like the fact that they are clean instead of old looking




      I might put the blower motor in today, although there really isnt a reason since I don't have a swich. the rest, who knows. Idk if i'll have off this weekend.

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      02-04-2012 08:28 PM #43
      Finally put the blower motor in. In the process broke the tabs off on the acces panel for the heater core. :/ but on a good note I have heat now. I found a 4 speed switch in a junkyard but I need a 3. I'll have to get one from GAP.


      New control arms in the mail.

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      02-05-2012 12:41 PM #44
      nice work dude. we are travelling down the same road at the same time. I don't have a build thread on vortex but in your spare time you can read up here. keep it up!
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      02-05-2012 07:07 PM #45
      Thanks man. You're caddy is lookin good too. heaters are amazing in the morning when you can't see trough your window.

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      02-05-2012 07:57 PM #46
      Are you on Camp Pendleton?

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      02-05-2012 08:49 PM #47
      Yessir.

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      02-05-2012 09:05 PM #48
      75-79 got the 1.5, 80-85.5 got the 1.6 mech, 85.5-92 got the 1.6 hydro.

      81 was the changeover year for 11mm to 12mm head bolts.

      Also I can see a shop charging $425 for the mount and labor to do passenger side mount by itself.. Lets be real here, there is quite a bit of work involved with doing the passenger side motor mount.

      Pump needs to come off, motor needs to be supported, and the bolt for the mount taken out. Mount pressed out and in, and then everything has to go back together and even possibly come back apart if they don't get it lined up right as the belt may track. Unless they are a diesel specific shop, this may be a job that could take a while.

      I personally feel I could do it in 4 hours or less in my driveway.. $425 is a little high.. maybe $350.

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      02-05-2012 09:14 PM #49
      Thanks for the info. That helps a lot.


      That quote was only for the pump. Not even the mounts.

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      02-06-2012 12:07 AM #50
      well the pump needs to come off to do the passenger mount and it needs to be retimed when it goes back together.

      When i said i could do it in less than four hours. I meant the passenger mount by itself. not including the other three.

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      02-06-2012 12:09 AM #51
      I'm not worried about it right now. but thanks for the offer. myself, a friend of mine who has built beetles and buses and antoher ford ceritfied friend can probably figure it out. I'll just have to suck it up and by the timing tools.

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      02-06-2012 12:09 AM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Charcoal_Grey View Post
      Yessir.
      I'm in 43 area for the next month and a half. I never seen your caddy around the area. What is your daily?

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      02-06-2012 12:14 AM #53
      it is my daily. I'm in 33 area Camp margarita. I don't drive around alot so that's probably why

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      02-06-2012 12:29 AM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by Charcoal_Grey View Post
      Thanks man. You're caddy is lookin good too. heaters are amazing in the morning when you can't see trough your window.
      thanks. you should definitely do the rear carpet underlayment like I did. It did make a difference. if you want smooth at idle and down the road do nothing other than OE motor mounts. I have HDs in mine and it's pretty buzzy at idle. If you don't have the under hood pad, get one.

      my next big job other than headliner is to rebuild the doors. it's amazing how much road noise is coming from there.
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      02-06-2012 12:36 AM #55
      I would love to see it. This Thursday a few dubbers meet up at the Sonic in Vista.

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      02-06-2012 12:51 AM #56
      Ill try to come out. I'd love to, but thursday is field night. haha it's a bummer.

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      02-06-2012 12:58 AM #57
      i dont remember replying but everytime i see this



      i just want to tell you that it is factory stock

      the lip of the fabric is supposed to go under the windshield seal and the other side under the inner door seal

      my 81 has this fabric also and the roof has bare cardboard all the fabric has been totally torn off
      i often find myself picking at the fabric and ripping it off

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      02-06-2012 01:31 AM #58
      That's really ugly. Idk how vw decided that was OK. haha

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      02-06-2012 11:37 AM #59
      late GTIs and rabbits had bonded in windshields which have a plastic trim that covers the a pillars.
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      02-06-2012 05:14 PM #60
      Well at least they made it better looking.

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      02-07-2012 01:15 AM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by ducatipaso View Post
      thanks. you should definitely do the rear carpet underlayment like I did. It did make a difference. if you want smooth at idle and down the road do nothing other than OE motor mounts. I have HDs in mine and it's pretty buzzy at idle. If you don't have the under hood pad, get one.

      my next big job other than headliner is to rebuild the doors. it's amazing how much road noise is coming from there.
      I don't know how I missed this. Yea I have HD mounts. I guess I'll live and I do have that mat. Life would be a lot noisier without that. And what do you mean by rebuild the doors? Not much to the door afaik.

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      02-07-2012 04:31 AM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by Charcoal_Grey View Post
      I don't know how I missed this. Yea I have HD mounts. I guess I'll live and I do have that mat. Life would be a lot noisier without that. And what do you mean by rebuild the doors? Not much to the door afaik.
      rebuilding a door, to me, is:

      * strip it down to just the frame and clean it inside and out
      * replace all glass seals
      * replace all scrub seals
      * replace primary door seal
      * reinstall window regulator, make sure everything is nice and tight
      * clean/rebuild door latches
      * add rust proofing/sound deadening as desired
      * fab up new moisture barriers

      etc etc. obviously, you'd replace any crappy fasteners as well, whatnot.

      you'll be amazed at how much nicer this kind of work will make your car. trust me. the best mods are those that nobody notices.

      moogie on ebay has full door kits

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270658052192

      I will be doing this to my truck. I've already done about 1/2 it to each door already (cleanup, new moisture barriers, tighten it all up) and even this made a difference.
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      02-07-2012 11:24 PM #63
      woo thats pricey. I'm sure it will help though, Idk if I'd be able to go at it in one kit, but yea it seems like a good idea to do that thanks for the advice.


      Caddy pan is here, but battalion mail clerk went on leave.....and his replacement likes to leave early.

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      02-08-2012 03:38 AM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by ducatipaso View Post
      you'll be amazed at how much nicer this kind of work will make your car. trust me. the best mods
      x2

      Cant wait to get that kit for my jetta. pretty dam good deal compared to buying all the seals separate.
      No Bad Days.

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      02-11-2012 02:42 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by ducatipaso View Post
      you'll be amazed at how much nicer this kind of work will make your car. trust me. the best mods are those that nobody notices.

      moogie on ebay has full door kits

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/270658052192



      yeah im so glad he has so many remakes of the door trims
      very helpful for people
      except of course he doesnt carry some of the chrome ones

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      02-11-2012 04:40 PM #66
      I would do the pump yourself. Save some money, get some satisfaction that you did it, and it's easy. As for bleeding the system check out my thread since I had a system full of air and just follow the steps and she'll be good to go

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      02-11-2012 10:20 PM #67
      Yea I'm doing it myself. Ill figure it out with the help of some friends.


      caddy pan came in


      along with new turn signals for the front bumper, and control arms in the mail.


      also i got some speakers and a small 4 channel amp to make a little sound system I can hook right up into my Iphone. It consists of 2 6x9s with enclosures, a 4 channel amp and one 4x6 for the dash speaker. (which I have one for sale if anyone wants one )

      I need to have more time. I am just hoarding parts in my room as of now. I feel unaccomplished. haha

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      02-12-2012 04:11 PM #68
      This is in the mail as well It might take a while to get here since it's from canada, but a good deal is a good deal. thatnks 1988gti


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      02-12-2012 10:28 PM #69
      I need a drool smily face
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      02-13-2012 07:31 AM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by Charcoal_Grey View Post
      This is in the mail as well It might take a while to get here since it's from canada, but a good deal is a good deal. thatnks 1988gti

      Nice ! I have a wood wheel in mine and love it.

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