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    Thread: not a project per say, just some random pics and parts

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      01-27-2012 10:21 AM #1
      hey hey i bought a 78 W germany rabbit
      i have been working on it since the day I got it

      i need it to run me around to school and for a month to work while i repair the 81's transmission this spring

      trying to get this thing going with half of it scattered on the floor (neatly) and the other half in the rear compartment organized and boxed up including ziplocked by category!

      here are some photos of things i have done
      removed, changed, replaced, whatever

      hope someone finds this useful other than enjoying the photos

      thanks

      *oh, i have some other photos on camera
      will upload them later*
















      and before/after




      whats next?
      well i have some connectors for the WUR and CSV but not the TTS, it has 3 wires
      replacing those with upgraded 90-2003 connectors

      and putting the wiper stalk assemblies back in

      thats all
      will have photos of more things later (in this post, not second post)






      ugghh....

      ah...oohh....ugggghhh.....



      this AC core is going to scrap. JUNK ---edit--- just the AC not the whole box....duh, i need heater

      a (bad) 7/1977 load reduction X relay. forgot to test it, will test it later..









      I DID NOT break these, they were broken when I bought the car!!


      adding some hub clip retaining bolts, perfect fit, stainless steel







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      02-24-2012 11:41 PM #2
      ok so working on the gauges
      these are going in the radio slot using the "lock" housing from the radio

      built the front using smoked plexi glass
      fugged the last hole, it was off 2-3mm from center
      best i could do with a hole saw
      last pic you can see i am wiring it
      each gauge is in parallel so they each receive the same voltage
      the blue wire is ground for the lights which get wired next
      after i figure if the wire im going to splice in is + or -
      i dont have an oil pressure sender yet, but it gets wired and connected
      a dead wire will be located into the engine bay until then
      nearly certain the CELS gauge is correct for the wiring
      it kicks on when powered but havent tested its temp reading yet
      the BAR gauge is definately wired correct to the G connection
      so unsure if it is _|_ or G for the CELS gauge that goes to the sender I put on the coolant outlet
      will be able to test that next week and either way its not a major re-wiring to switch


      distributor work
      the distrubutor in the picture came with the car in the trunk
      i am positive it was the factory 78 because it does not have holes for frequency valve
      the one running on the car has the frequency valve plugged and banjo bolt swapped over

      cleaned the distributor, replaced the o-rings on the system pressure valve
      cleaned 3 of the 4 injector filters, one would not come out at all so just sprayed it heavily..
      removed the WUR and cleaned the filters and rust
      inside looked good, o-ring was good, that was clean
      pulled the CSV and cleaned that, replaced the gasket and both bolts
      all new crush washers
      also new rubber fuel box gasket
      runs smoother with the plunger and float all cleaned and sparkling

      here is my fuel pump relay switch
      when "off" the switch is not contacting the battery pin
      switched on it goes from pin 30 battery -> fuse -> switch to pin 87
      fuse had to be located outside of the housing for replacement purposes
      pins 85/86 are not connected to anything, they just hold the relay in the socket











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      03-02-2012 05:21 PM #3
      finished gauges, wired the coolant temp sender
      oil wire is also present but does not yet have a pressure sender on the head
      i'll get one eventually










      next week i am tearing apart the front suspension to do bearings, ball joints, tie rods
      also doing the rear bearings since it was all a good deal

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      03-02-2012 06:57 PM #4
      Random

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      03-03-2012 09:36 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by vento86 View Post
      Random

      thanks, it only gets more random the faster i get things done


      progress:








      and for fun:








      also finally cleaned my transmission....its been sitting there oily as ...oily dirt gets for nearly 2 months
      tis my spare GP transmission 6/81

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      03-09-2012 12:10 AM #6
      front arms disassembled, almost
      the rest came apart easily


      factory control arm rivets
      not sure where the 6th one went flying to



      cleaned everything and painted
      grinding on everything to clean is such a huge task
      btw, steel wool works awesome and beats sand paper any day
      definately more work to do before this is done



      green factory arms after tons of rust grinding
      also has new bushings...although the 35 year factory ones were still good!


      these beautiful dust shields were in excellent condition. probally have been replaced..bearings were f.A. G. when i hammered them out

      yea im almost as bad as cooljet...colorful clowns we are


      also working on restoring this using some POR15



      btw, "chrome" paint and clear acrylic SUCK.
      chrome doesnt dry for shiz, and the acrylic makes everything RUN
      whatever


      replacement MOOG CC202 springs (variable rate w/AC)

    7. 03-09-2012 12:39 AM #7
      Clown colored parts? Seriously?

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      03-09-2012 12:46 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by deathhare. View Post
      Clown colored parts? Seriously?


      yeah it really happens



      haters gonna hate

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      03-09-2012 01:05 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbitnothopper View Post
      yeah it really happens



      haters gonna hate
      I dig the hell out of it.

      When i do the ABA swap in my GTI its gonna be all sorts of stupid NEON colors, just for the haters.
      How does a rotary work? This one's easy: the magic triangle spins in the peanut and then apex seals come out.

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      03-09-2012 01:14 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by simon_C View Post
      I dig the hell out of it.

      When i do the ABA swap in my GTI its gonna be all sorts of stupid NEON colors, just for the haters.
      make sure you check out captain's project
      thats his engine

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...hlight=captain

    11. 03-09-2012 03:07 PM #11
      that's stupid looking as fawk, I like it! hahaha

    12. 03-09-2012 04:54 PM #12
      In for the Ronald McDonald Donk picture.

    13. 03-09-2012 04:57 PM #13
      Dont forget one of these for when you drive.


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      03-10-2012 03:25 PM #14
      fffffffffffffffff................





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      03-23-2012 04:51 PM #15
      springs and struts completely replaced
      finished




      hood etched, por'd, primerd, and pumpkin painted...best match i can get, whatever


      decided to take out the GC now and swap in my prepared GP
      not going to do my 81 GP rebuild right now and it seems to be running "OK"

      btw did i mention i hated this thing @60mph? 3400rpm is B!S!


      complete swap took 6 hours to perform
      .......by myself......i can benchpress a 75lbs transmission...and i dont even weigh close to twice as much

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      03-23-2012 06:35 PM #16
      Can we see the whole car please?
      Our mk6

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      03-23-2012 09:26 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by GTrabbIt View Post
      Can we see the whole car please?
      ^^
      Vamped Tuning! Scrappy Dubs!

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      03-24-2012 03:49 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by GTrabbIt View Post
      Can we see the whole car please?


      oh....this was just pictures of parts and junk

      but ok

      hehe




      previous owner had a few pictures
      here is a "good" one


      pictures of these things, wish i could get some for a 4door
      i was talking to a beetle guy who said maybe JCwhitney


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      03-26-2012 12:48 AM #19
      I want a panama brown
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      03-26-2012 12:56 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbitnothopper View Post
      i can benchpress a 75lbs transmission...and i dont even weigh close to twice as much
      You weigh less than 150lbs??

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      03-27-2012 01:15 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by 8v-of-fury View Post
      You weigh less than 150lbs??

      yes im 6foot and weigh 130lbs.... just like my grandfather

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      03-27-2012 01:16 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by GTrabbIt View Post
      I want a panama brown
      sell you this one for $2k
      which is obviously about 1.5k loss for me
      haha...damn money pits

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      03-27-2012 01:24 AM #23
      some finished project pictures...








      yes the front strut housings raise the car a lot
      its all i can do for now....
      let me paint a shark on this and we'll call it shark-jr

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      04-08-2012 02:02 AM #24
      relayed the headlights today

      before: 11.00vdc @ lamp sockets (too dim....)
      after: 13.05vdc @ lamp sockets (perfectly bright)

      lots of fun
      i used 97-2003VW parts from various junkyard cars
      lots of good removable fuses/relay connections under the dash for this
      lets just say....my box of "parts" was a legit steal of a price.....

      definately an improvement in visibility

      two 30 amp fuses using Red 8 gauge wires from the battery (think it was 98 passat fuel pump wire)
      two 30 amp BOSCH relays using 12 gauge wire
      2 yellow low beam 12 gauge wire
      2 white high beam 12 gauge wire
      4 brown ground 12 gauge wire

      big improvement all around
      ....i used the left lamp as a signal yellow/black & white/black
      the right was disconnected and left inside the harness
      right fuses were removed





      ...........no pics
      no camera sorry

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      05-18-2012 10:45 AM #25
      This thread is one un-holy mega upload of dirty old Rabbit stuff!

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      05-21-2012 01:36 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by MickR View Post
      This thread is one un-holy mega upload of dirty old Rabbit stuff!


      yep that happens when life happens

      atleast i can drive it bro

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      07-30-2012 10:00 PM #27
      I bought a windshield from a VW Dealership for $119

      plans eventually to get it replaced

      it is a factory VW STEUCK "Pilkington" windshield for 74-91 rabbits etc

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      08-23-2012 11:52 PM #28
      so...post these here too

      havent done much lately


      you can see the black top I did
      which was great
      much better than the lumpy primer when I got the car


      it was spotted with surface rust everywhere under the primer
      i got it completely to bare metal
      por15 then primer then black, more black more black, then gloss

      the hatch was previously sandblasted...hrrmm...
      you can tell because the glass in one area is damaged from the sand

      got it down to bare metal on the outside also
      tons of sanding, por15, primer, some beautifully unmatched paint but it was smooth
      my touch ups on it show through clearly

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      09-27-2012 09:08 PM #29
      so....my aluminum box w/ headlight relays
      not perfect, but it works great

      mounted to driver side strut



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      01-19-2013 08:36 PM #30
      new random stuff for you

      AAR valve...normal temperature, roughly 50F
      looks like it opens


      new chrome Deluxe handles



      ill have new pictures of the door cards and panels tomarrow



      .....my driver side door check
      discovered why it never worked correctly
      its completely cracked


      this other one came with my car in a box when bought it
      obviously wrong one..



      and im making new copies of these hood things
      pics of copies tomarrow

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      01-20-2013 06:10 PM #31
      modded and installed my woodgrain tach
      tach works, all lights work except EGR/OXS, and...the ground for the Oil pressure light is dead
      swapped my speedo/odo over because i hate trip-meters, and it didnt have a decimal
      filled the hole for the trip button with epoxy



      then decided its time to fix my door cards, install chrome handles
      and figure out what the banging is on the passenger door...




      the door handle foam disentegrates instantly....as expected
      bought new foam and cut it out to fit
      the window crank foam is the same kind and although 35 years old, still holds up great





      lubricated the window guides and adjusted the window slightly
      the water/vapor barrier is .002mil 20inches x 25ft...same went onto my 81 so why not
      i used rubber cement to help attach it to the metal compared to taping it entirely on my 81





      the speakers, forgot to measure them, but they are Jensen...kind of odd looking so not entirely sure how stock they are




      didnt get pics of all the passenger work but the banging sound was the window guide
      the lower end is metal instead of a plastic tube
      so the metal was Loose... and banging on the door metal
      i ziptied it and added some foam and a cloth pad, it became much quieter


      i know the whole process isnt the best vapor guard but it works well enough
      the stock stuff was mostly still there in fair condition and surprisingly not falling apart
      a few extra steps i should have done but i tend to skip them


      oh, the whole reason for this epoch?
      the driver side door check was broken...wanted to fix it
      and the passenger side was banging

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      02-07-2013 02:10 AM #32
      post these pics too...


      rear wheels...old bad sachs & rusty springs



      front wheels with diesel spring



      from center of axle



      ...and my BMW lug wrench which works great on those hubcaps, it has a hinged clip on the angle to shove under the cap lip
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      massive rear rake causes higher headlight low beams.....

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      02-23-2013 10:12 PM #33
      replaced the heater valve today....no more leaking coolant from the heater valve!

      we'll see how long that lasts



      i put the Topran brand in from Germany bought from ebay.uk
      took the old MEYLE out and...ugh

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      04-07-2013 09:11 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by deathhare. View Post
      Dont forget one of these for when you drive.

      Dont be a doosh bag.deathcrack

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