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    Thread: 83 Jetta Coupe Turbo Diesel Build Thread

    1. Member GTIVWMK2's Avatar
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      03-26-2012 03:47 PM #51
      larger exhaust i was planning on doing. Have a tig welder and some good equipment. I'd just have to buy pre-bent piping. Honestly I might do it depends on how long my wife lets me keep it before she starts ranting I need to get rid of some cars HAHAHA. Then I will have to decide which one to get rid of then which one i'm going to put the money into. Muahahaha!
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      03-30-2012 06:14 AM #52
      talked about it with a few people. couple think that maybe the fuel lines have holes and the IP is sucking air through it. could be why it won't stay running...
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      03-30-2012 08:58 AM #53
      Any air leak will certainly keep the car from running. They can be difficult to track down though.

      Have you changed the belt yet? That was the second thing we did after getting the car to run the first time. Its really not too bad of a job to do.

      Also, how is the timing on the pump?

      Have you put fresh fuel into the tank? Do you have a good fuel flow? If not, use a mity-vac to prime everything up really well.
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      03-30-2012 11:33 PM #54
      Ya fresh fuel in the tank flow rate seems fine. tracking down the air leak though... not easy. not sure if it's the pump thats leaking or the fuel in line. hoping it's the fuel in line.
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      03-30-2012 11:34 PM #55
      belt is good so far. I know it's not a hard job. this makes my 4th diesel I've owned
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      05-27-2012 09:25 AM #56
      So Finally had a chance to work on the car yesterday and made some BIG progress!!! It started and ran. I drove it down the street. No brakes though. literally had to jump out of the car and flintstone stop the car. haha. But it runs and really good I might add. so few more things to figure out. Brakes for one. Coolant bottle leaks that's an easy fix and the heater core valve leaks as well. all easy fixes so far. after that I'll check the wiring for the fans cause that didn't seem to want to work either. then We will rip the interior out and clean it out really good!

      Video of it pulling back into it's current rest spot!


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      05-28-2012 09:56 AM #57
      Anyone know the exacts on this turbo? trim and what not?


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      06-04-2012 05:38 PM #58
      even more info!

      Thought it might have a blown head gasket. turns out it has a bad thermostat bad oil cooler and a bad fan temp switch.....
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      06-07-2012 10:22 PM #59
      left that headgasket thing a little vague. put a new water bottle in new heatercore valve and started it up. oil started appearing in the coolant bottle and the temp gauge didn't move. It also started to over heat a little. put the cap on the bottle rev it up and the upper rad hose expands then shrinks again. thought hmm blown head gasket? but couldn't be cause the hose wouldn't shrink back down. so thermostat. then thought about the oil in the water.... bad oil cooler. then checked the fan switch in the radiator. Jumped the wiring and the fan came on on both speeds so the wiring is good it's the switch thats bad. Have an oil cooler off a VR and a new o ring to install it still need to get the fan temp switch also figure out why the temp gauge isn't working. And of course new thermostat.

      there a proper update.
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      06-20-2012 07:02 PM #60
      Yet another update. replaced the oil cooler, new fan temp switch and the damn thing didn't have a thermostat at all in it. so put the new one in. started it let it get hot thermostat seems to be functioning. no more oil in the expansion tank but still getting a little burping from the small hose off the radiator. not sure if I got all the air out yet I'll go more to it soon.
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      06-20-2012 08:15 PM #61
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      06-20-2012 09:27 PM #62
      Have you driven it yet? If u put a Volvo or Mercedes compressor on that stock turbo and cut the top off that intake manifold and weld a new plenum to the top to make t flow more proper then do a giles pump, intercooler, and exhaust that thing will fly
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      07-01-2012 05:15 PM #63
      Yes Trevor I drove it. doesn't stop but it moves. i might have a small ATP intercooler I could through on it Depends on what My friend does with it. sell it or jsut let it sit there. Not sure what I'm doing with it yet. Wife is getting on me about how many cars I have. In Florida it wasn't a problem In central New Jersey it is... So I'm working on it but it's a toss between the 89 coupe VR or the 83 Turbo diesel I don't want to sell either honestly...

      Lower radiator hose popped. got a new one to replace it. gunna check the water pump make sure the fins aren't rotted away. I have a spare water pump if I need to swap it out. other than that I have to fix the brake line to the passenger side rear wheel cylinder and see where I sit at that point. whether I need a new master or still ahve leaking brakes or screwed brake components.
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      07-01-2012 10:49 PM #64
      i have been following this thread from day one.... its amazing i wish i could roll apon a jetta like that one.

      the way i see it with your dilemma you have one option.... get a new wife your never gonna find another turbo diesel coupe ever again..
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      Black people, for whatever reason, always thought it was dope.

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      07-02-2012 07:17 AM #65
      ROFL. wouldn't be a problem except of storage issues. Besides you think trying to find a TD coupe is hard. You have no idea how lucky i count myself for finding my wife, or her finding me. which ever. hahaha
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      07-02-2012 08:40 AM #66
      Hi, you guys don't know how lucky you are to find vehicles like this. Here by us is very, very seldom that a vehicle is found standing like that. The only ones that is found a lot, is in the scrapyard, and i mean scrapyard. Total difference between American and South African salvage yards.

      Vehicle looking good, jealous on the coupe's there. Do not have them here either.

      Except on the Golf's or Rabbits as you know them.

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      07-02-2012 04:43 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by JETTA 1 View Post
      Hi, you guys don't know how lucky you are to find vehicles like this. Here by us is very, very seldom that a vehicle is found standing like that. The only ones that is found a lot, is in the scrapyard, and i mean scrapyard. Total difference between American and South African salvage yards.

      Vehicle looking good, jealous on the coupe's there. Do not have them here either.

      Except on the Golf's or Rabbits as you know them.
      I've looked at Citi Golf's and the like out there in africa. you do have some after market stuff we can't get. but I do count myself lucky in many ways. Hope you find one one day just like this man
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      07-03-2012 12:18 AM #68
      Make sure you tank has a few gallons of fuel..

      My buddy put a inline electric pump in his truck to help prime it and it works awesome. I just put a rag around the fuel cap as use a air hose that seems to work good as long as there is 5 gallons or so in the tank


      Sent from my torque wrench.


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      07-03-2012 10:32 PM #69
      Ya it runs now. no problems starts right up.
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      07-08-2012 04:56 PM #70
      tinkered a little on Saturday. So to complete the cooling issues I had. I thought the lower rad hose split but it was the other hose that I have replaced on so many VW's goes from the water pump flange to the heater pipe and up to the oil cooler. The VW guy I talked to said that the part was no longer available. So I fixed the hose Myself. nothing a brass t can't fix! Still need to fix the brake line and pull the interior and clean it out. fix some light issues with the wiring and she'll be road ready!!!!
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      07-08-2012 05:44 PM #71
      killer find, i'm still waiting for my "barn fresh find"
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      07-09-2012 07:13 AM #72
      if only it was a barn fresh find. but GL I'm always looking in peoples yards!
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      07-26-2012 01:58 AM #73
      i think i found the wheels!!!!!!! they are vial 14x6 i think... they where on the rare wheel thread
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      07-26-2012 07:17 AM #74
      They are really close Spinelli but they aren't them. One's I have are 13x6. I'll post another pic so you can get a good look at them again.

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      08-10-2012 06:53 AM #75
      Major update! Replaced the rear wheel cylinders and the car stops great now. so started in on cleaning up the interior. before we started




      And as we got through it.








      going to clean the carpets today and finish cleaning the interior replace the speedo cable and start putting it back together!
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