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    Thread: 91 VW Cabriolet Etienne Aigner : BUILD Thread

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      02-29-2012 02:14 PM #26
      need more feedback and ideas in the engine...

      I am planning on just replacing the hoses, seals, etc, and keeping the 8v in it. Not sure if anyone has done similar, but if there is some affordable performance I may be able to get out of replacing small nonsense, then I might look into it.

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      02-29-2012 02:15 PM #27
      Hoping to have the tires on the wheels by the weekend... might have time to put the front lip on also..

      Patiently waiting to get some extra money so that I can order some stuff from German Auto Parts...

      - Heater Core (Going to be a bitch)
      - New Coolant System (replacing everything)
      - Possibly a head gasket kit
      - Other nonsense

      about to get dirty in the engine, and fix this damn coolant leak... and keep my engine CLEAN in stead of all slimy...

      Hopefully the damn groundhog was wrong and the weather will keep warm... supposed to be 70 tmw (too bad i work)...

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      03-01-2012 10:30 AM #28
      ttt

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      03-01-2012 10:32 AM #29
      Looks f'n great Jkerr!

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      03-01-2012 10:43 AM #30
      On the heater core, there is a way you can make a cut in the side of the air box and slide the old core out the drivers foot side.

      I did this. Took a dremel, and sliced a 'door' in the box, drivers foot side.
      slide old core out after removing hoses.
      slide new core in.
      attach cables.
      bend 'door' closed and seal up with gasket making glue.

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      03-01-2012 11:36 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by CajunSpike View Post
      On the heater core, there is a way you can make a cut in the side of the air box and slide the old core out the drivers foot side.

      I did this. Took a dremel, and sliced a 'door' in the box, drivers foot side.
      slide old core out after removing hoses.
      slide new core in.
      attach cables.
      bend 'door' closed and seal up with gasket making glue.
      Is there any way you could take a pic of the aftermath? This is an interesting idea, but me being the perfectionist I am, Im weary of cutting the said "door" lol

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      03-01-2012 11:48 AM #32
      Photo on the way. The sealant I used was black. Against a black box, down by the foot well, its not noticable.

      It was either this way or dash removal...which I have never done and wasn't wanting to do.

      Update: here is the discussion on how to do it.

      http://www.driversfound.com/scirocco...dy/heatercore/
      Last edited by CajunSpike; 03-01-2012 at 11:52 AM.

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      03-01-2012 12:07 PM #33
      Nice work!

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      03-01-2012 12:33 PM #34
      well this is pretty straight forward, so done deal. I will be doing this as soon as i get the funds!

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      03-02-2012 01:34 AM #35
      Awesome project! I especially like the polished wheels.

      I've got a red (bordeaux) EA Cabriolet that I'm hoping to do about the same work as you've done here. Thanks for giving me a great preview of what I'm in for!

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      03-02-2012 08:55 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by CajunSpike View Post
      It sucked to hit that deer, but in the end, the car is much better looking for it.
      How much did you get from the deer's insurance company?

      :-)

      For future reference, goosler is the person who can produce the EA decals.

      Awesome work.

      I want directions on how to do that polish please. Want to do that to my rims as well.
      Yea, nothing from the deers insurance company, or my own... (cut rate insurance sucks)

      but now i am covered just in case bambi decides to jump again, and it covers my top, vandalism, etc. So i feel safer for it...

      First let me say that it would be much easier to work ont he wheels without tires on them... you will get a cleaner final product also.
      As far as the polish goes, a friend of mine polished them. First step is stripping the wheels down with aircraft stripper (you can get a can at wal mart, usually in the automotive section near the bondo).
      Once everything is stripped, you can start the polish. In a perfect world you will have no pitting in the wheel, so all you would have to do is strip and buff. When there is pitting, the only way to get the pitting out is to sand it out, so you would have to start around 320 grit sandpaper (dry) and work your way down to 3000 (wet).
      At that point you use polishing compounds to bring out the final sheen look you want.

      Thomas finished polishing the wheels last night, so hopefully getting the tires on her today, and then doing any final touch-ups in the next week or so while we wait for a final compound and buffing pad to come in...

      I cant wait to see these things on my car!

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      03-02-2012 08:56 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by FolksWaggin View Post
      Awesome project! I especially like the polished wheels.

      I've got a red (bordeaux) EA Cabriolet that I'm hoping to do about the same work as you've done here. Thanks for giving me a great preview of what I'm in for!
      Ha, yea man. It is a lit of work, but the end result is definitely worth it... Nothing like doing the work yourself...

      When you get into the build, post a thread up. Id love to follow

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      03-02-2012 10:02 AM #38
      Check out post #19 for polished castelletes on a car.


      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...9#post76203619

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      03-02-2012 10:18 AM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by CajunSpike View Post
      Check out post #19 for polished castelletes on a car.


      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...9#post76203619
      I am pretty sure those are D90's (Porsche Wheels)... very similar

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      03-02-2012 10:37 AM #40
      Yup...just mark that one in the 'didnt get it right' column...lol.

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      03-02-2012 12:57 PM #41
      pretty much same idea though... those are a little bigger, but same effect... i cant wait lol

      Also, ordered my Heater Core and all of my coolant hoses... (break the bank)... guess ill be eating ramen all next week...

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      03-02-2012 02:02 PM #42
      Looking good. We are buying burgandy aigner for my little brother this weekend.
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      03-02-2012 05:49 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by JKerrDesign View Post
      pics from the progress...














      details on how you polished those??!

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      03-02-2012 09:53 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbitnothopper View Post
      details on how you polished those??!
      see post#36... a buddy of mine polished them, but i give a basic run-down of how it was done...

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      03-02-2012 11:03 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by klcorrado05 View Post
      Looking good. We are buying burgandy aigner for my little brother this weekend.
      glad to hear it man... keep em alive! you plan on taking any of them to any shows? h2o perhaps? lol

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      03-03-2012 07:48 AM #46
      We are going to have a booth at sowo and may make it to h2o. If we go to h2o we'll probably drive the mk4 because its the most reliable thing we own. You coming down to sowo?
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      03-03-2012 01:38 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by klcorrado05 View Post
      We are going to have a booth at sowo and may make it to h2o. If we go to h2o we'll probably drive the mk4 because its the most reliable thing we own. You coming down to sowo?
      i thought about it... ill be in nashville two weeks prior for work, but if i get my wheels right i might make the trek... who knows

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      03-04-2012 05:32 PM #48

      shot before tires go on...

      tires are now on, and the wheels need some more work...
      ordered some clear for the wheels, since the aluminum is pretty soft, should be here this week...

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      03-05-2012 11:42 PM #49
      clear should be here tomorrow for the wheels.

      making a trek to the junkyard this weekend to see what goodies i can find, for this and my 91 GLI... wish me the best! the anticipation is killing me lol

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      03-07-2012 08:18 AM #50
      Wheels are getting cleared today... putting them back on tonight, along with my rear coils...

      might have time to do the front lip also, but thats tbd with my final paper for grad school due this week

      my car needs a wash BAD, so might get that done tonight as well... pics to come.

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