A little slow at work today, so I thought I would introduce myself and my most recent project.
Bear with me, I'm going to try and compress this from another lengthy build thread
I picked this up locally from a tip by a friend for $250. it hadn't run in a couple years and the guy was just going to have it towed to the yard. I gave him what the yard offered.
I bought it in non running condition with little knowledge of what was actually wrong with it. What I do know is it has a new fuel pump and exhaust repairs have been done. The PO said they thought it was the ECU. I have a ton of 2 litre stuff laying around, so I knew I could get it going pretty easily. If it took too much, I was just going to strip the good stuff and scrap it. It has some sort of aftermarket or custom exhaust. It appears to be TT, but doesn't have one of their commonly used mufflers.
When I got it home, I threw the battery from the Jetta in it and tried to start it. Turned the key, nothing. jumpered the starter and it turned over, so it's not the starter. I had some stuff to do, so that was it. Probably the alarm.
Sunday, I threw a replacement ECU in it, jumpered the alarm and after a bit of cranking, she fired right up! Although rough, it was running. After idling a bit and some reving, the lifter tick went away and it smoothed out. Found the alternator to either be bad or just need a new voltage regulator. It's not the stock Bosch unit but Valeo. I'm going to try and find a Bosch. I had some time, so I started in on the suspension by swapping in a set of Bilsteins with Ground Control coilovers I had sitting around.
bought new plugs, swapped out the cap and rotor and finished up the suspension swap. The mismatched wheels had to go, so I threw on the bottle caps from the Jetta. They look good, but I need a set of 10mm for the rears. I also noticed today that the wiper mechanism is seized and will need attention.
Went to the yard, and got a pretty good Jetta Hood, some Headlights and a nice grill with broken tabs. After cleaning I was left with this:
After the Hood, grill, light swap
Thought I would throw some wax at it and see how the paint comes out. It shines up real nice, but will need to be wheeled out for the full effect.
When I was at Parts Galore getting the hood, I noticed a little something peeking out from under a 4dr MKIII Golf. I went back the next day and grabbed this:
The cost? $9.80. I would say that's a score. While there I also picked up a wiper linkage assembly and motor and a passenger side turn signal.
Time to save, More to come