I am excited to see progress!
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.
Today I finally crawled under the car and got some work done.
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.
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
As for Brake Dust Shields its NLA. So your best bet is to hunt for 81-85 Vanagon Shields. Very Close to MK1 version.
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...
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.
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.
The feeling of immortality extends right up until the moment of impact.
I cannot teach you how to be a Zen mechanic, grasshopper.
The VW Scirocco, the worlds fastest ECONOMY car.
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.