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    Thread: My Scirocco thread, not a build, but a fix to drive thread

    1. Member natetheman77's Avatar
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      01-28-2012 01:18 AM #1
      I got the 1981 S from my brother who owed me money at the time. I finally have free time now that I am out of school and have a better work schedule, so progress should be a little better than before. She needs a lot of love and work which I am now already working through. I just wanted to share and have a place to ask questions and track progress.

      This is what it looked like when I got it, also someone has done a 1.8 JH swap into it already as well. So it being my first VW I figure this is a good place to start.


      It is a lot different now and will get more photos as I get a chance to work on it.

      An idea as to where I am going with the car...



      the To Do list is long so I will keep updating as I go

      First thing on the list is going through the brakes and suspension as well as fixing the blown head gasket and other little tid bits to get it road worthy again.

      Thanks for checking it out
      Last edited by natetheman77; 01-28-2012 at 01:24 AM.

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      01-28-2012 11:42 AM #2
      I am excited to see progress!
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      01-28-2012 03:50 PM #3

      Don't forget to update like me lol

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      01-30-2012 09:04 PM #4
      Today I finally crawled under the car and got some work done.

      Installed-
      4 point lower bar
      New control arms with poly bushings and new ball joint
      New Hubs and New bearings pressed in with stud conversions
      Rebuildable strut mounts with poly bushings
      New CV joints

      Need to do list- ( for front suspension at least)
      Ordered brake calipers today because the slid portions of the calipers on it are no good, those should be here tomorrow so I should be able to get it all back together before work wednesday.

      Figure out new mounting for the sway bar on the car, I am not sure the manufacturer and have never seen one like it?

      Need tie rod ends and to install new boots on a the rack.

      Also torque down the rear control arm mounts, cv axles and the axle nut.

      A few pictures...

      Started with a pallet of parts too



      Ended with this for the day...
      Last edited by natetheman77; 01-30-2012 at 09:09 PM.

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      01-30-2012 09:07 PM #5
      Any one know anything about the front support brace sway bar on my car? I have never seen anything like it and there is no name brands on anything? Is it original?






      Sway bar goes back to the control arms, I might need to drill holes to mount up the hardware again into the new arms.

      The support runs across the front of the engine bay and bolts up to both sides like seen in the picture. also the front motor mount is mounted on it and the sway bar mounts to it as well

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      01-31-2012 01:01 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by natetheman77 View Post
      Any one know anything about the front support brace sway bar on my car? I have never seen anything like it and there is no name brands on anything? Is it original?
      Sway bar goes back to the control arms, I might need to drill holes to mount up the hardware again into the new arms.
      The support runs across the front of the engine bay and bolts up to both sides like seen in the picture. also the front motor mount is mounted on it and the sway bar mounts to it as well
      I must say it looks very similar to mine. May have an answer you are looking for, I'll let the photos speak for itself.







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      01-31-2012 01:06 AM #7
      That is quite the interesting setup

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      01-31-2012 08:47 AM #8
      Where did you get your control arms from?

      Also the dust shields?

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      01-31-2012 06:31 PM #9
      Awesome thanks! that looks just like my set-up but much cleaner

      But my control arms came from Imc through my work, they are meyle aftermarkets.
      And the dust shields came from my brothers rabbit, I have the set off my car if you need some.
      Just PM me.

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      01-31-2012 06:43 PM #10
      It looks just like a GMP bar from about 1985-86. I have one on my car.

      Last edited by first_rocc; 01-31-2012 at 07:22 PM.

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      01-31-2012 07:10 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by prom king View Post
      Where did you get your control arms from?

      Also the dust shields?
      I got my Control Arm with bushings pressed from GermanAutoparts.com
      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...uspension/60/1
      Ball Joint
      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...Suspension/9/2

      As for Brake Dust Shields its NLA. So your best bet is to hunt for 81-85 Vanagon Shields. Very Close to MK1 version.
      http://www.van-cafe.com/home/van/pag...3_thru_85.html

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      02-01-2012 06:12 PM #12
      That is a really cool add thank you for that!

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      02-02-2012 01:24 AM #13
      Getting stuff ready to put the head on pretty soon. Stainless studs for the exhaust manifold, TT adjustable cam gear and a G grind cam.
      Got a fox intake manifold converted to run on a regular 8v with the cold start valve moved and a few ports blocked off and also a neuspeed throttle body. Picked up an autotech header as well.





      More to come soon...

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      02-02-2012 01:47 AM #14
      Great thread with lots of good info in it, please continue
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      03-27-2012 09:21 PM #15
      Wow has progress been slow, nothing notable done... all front suspension all back together and moving though.

      Still need to get the head gasket done, but I picked up a Rabbit and focus has been on that because it is my daily now.

      Also going to be moving into my own place very shortly, so things are on the back burner for the moment.

      Once I get settled into the new place things should be back on track.

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      03-28-2012 05:34 PM #16
      Nate. Congrats on the progress.

      some comments about the front sway bar mount.

      I'm not a lover of that type of sway bar mount. Vw doesn't EVER do it that way and that should be a hint.

      Attaching a 'turning moment' to a long unsupported cantilever is not terrific engineering.

      This puts constant and repeated stresses on the front frame horns. Constant flexing creates cracks.

      you might want to re-evaluate those sway bars.
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      03-28-2012 09:47 PM #17
      I have heard that a few times now, I might get rid of that sway bar and find another neuspeed bar or something along those lines. I do not know yet though

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      03-28-2012 10:04 PM #18
      You don't need a front sway bar at all...just get one for the rear.

      BTW where did you get the complete hubs and bearings? Did they come with the brake splash shields too?

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      03-29-2012 02:51 PM #19
      I had a spare set of hubs/knuckles laying around and took it all apart.
      Then I cleaned, painted, and pressed in new bearings. It is original stuff just cleaned up.

    20. 03-29-2012 03:41 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by petebee View Post
      You don't need a front sway bar at all...just get one for the rear.
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      I found one of those Front Sway Bars on the 81 when I bought it.

      To tell the truth, I'd like to learn more about 'the Normal Way', that kind is the only type I've had my hands on.

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      03-29-2012 06:29 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by TBerk View Post

      To tell the truth, I'd like to learn more about 'the Normal Way', that kind is the only type I've had my hands on.
      The design of any front swaybar on these cars is somewhat problematic.

      I have a fairly simple setup: Bilstein Sport struts/shocks, Neuspeed Sport springs, front upper and lower stress bars and a 28mm rear Autotech bar. Ride is firm but handles well, car is neutral and I haven't been able to induce any significant oversteer due to stiffness of rear vs. front.

    22. 03-29-2012 07:25 PM #22
      Im liking the build and the car. Im glad that you are doing "original" type upgrades

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      05-04-2012 11:01 PM #23
      Well, the new place I moved into has no room for a second car, I have to decide to keep this or the gti

      Or if anyone in the santa cruz are knows where I can store a car cheap I can keep one.

      PM me if anyone locally knows somewhere please.

    24. 09-08-2012 10:03 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by natetheman77 View Post
      I got the 1981 S from my brother who owed me money at the time. I finally have free time now that I am out of school and have a better work schedule, so progress should be a little better than before. She needs a lot of love and work which I am now already working through. I just wanted to share and have a place to ask questions and track progress.

      This is what it looked like when I got it, also someone has done a 1.8 JH swap into it already as well. So it being my first VW I figure this is a good place to start.


      :
      HA! I knew I wasn't the only one that thought it would be good idea to take pictures of their Scirocco in the Redwood Elementary parking lot.


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