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    Thread: Trying this again. Red Cabby build

    1. Member DubLuv1's Avatar
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      03-06-2012 10:05 PM #1
      A few years ago a buddy and I restored an 82 Rabbit and attempted to do a ABA swap on her. Everything went well until the wiring. I was almost useless with the wiring. So I gave up and moved on. A few years, a lot more knowledge, and a bunch more VWs and Im at it again.

      I fell in love with Cabbys the first time I drove one. So heres my baby. 87 CIS Cabriolet. I bought her last May for my birthday. She was involved in an accident at some point in her life. Some parts of the car were Tornado red and some were Flash red. Also the passenger side always sat lower so I knew something was up..

      Heres what she looked like when I got her:









      Notice the color difference:





      Heres a pic to show how the cars frame was uneven:





      So my first order of business was the white top. I really wanted black. The guy I bought the top from also had a full black interior in good condition so I decided to change it all out..









      Next was to fix up some of the paint. At this point it was the middle of the season so all I repainted was the Flash red parts. At least it would all be Tornado red.





















      I also found a beat up set of Castellets for $100 bucks. So I got started on polishing them. Pretty ****ty job, but I wanted to finish before Mk1 Madness.







      Put some stretch tires I had lying around on the front for a better stance








      I don't have any pics of this, but I tried my best to clean up the engine bay. I waxed a lot of it. Good from far, far from good..





      Now its finally time to get to the main stuff. First of all the frame need to be fixed. Im fortunate enough to have friends that could let me use a frame pulling machine to fix her up.





      Nice and straight finally :




      A few weeks ago I started stripping her down for the motor swap:














      Tried to clean things up. Got to work on the trans and got a power washer to get the gunk out of the bay:















      Got a little excited with some spare paint and sprayed the little that I had in a few spots :






      And heres the donor car:








      So thats pretty much where Im at right now. Im in the process of pulling the ABA motor this week. Then Im gonna finish painting the bay and put some kind of coating on the wheel wells.
      Last edited by DubLuv1; 05-03-2012 at 01:17 PM.

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      03-07-2012 10:45 AM #2
      I just got a 99 cabrio with a 2.0. The water outlet on the side of the head is missing. Your pic of that area is just perfect for me to see what I have to get...thanks.

      What sensors plug into that outlet...so I can order those too?

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      03-07-2012 05:50 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by CajunSpike View Post
      I just got a 99 cabrio with a 2.0. The water outlet on the side of the head is missing. Your pic of that area is just perfect for me to see what I have to get...thanks.

      What sensors plug into that outlet...so I can order those too?
      Are you talking about this one?



      Thats for the coolant temp sensor. (I'm pretty sure) If not, then the one above it is CTS.

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      03-09-2012 11:36 AM #4
      Last night I started working on the bay. I didnt want to go crazy here, but its so easy I figured I take out some un-needed brackets and take out the old sealer..











      I will picking up some paint on Sat to finish the bay up. Not going to go nuts smoothing it all out for filling any holes for now
      Last edited by DubLuv1; 03-09-2012 at 11:39 AM.

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      03-09-2012 12:10 PM #5
      Yep..what you circled is whats missing. With your info, ordered one from GAP.

      Thanks and good work.

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      03-09-2012 01:08 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by CajunSpike View Post
      Yep..what you circled is whats missing. With your info, ordered one from GAP.

      Thanks and good work.

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      03-09-2012 10:30 PM #7
      Today, I was feeling a lot more motivated. Got the motor out of the donor car:







      Also sprayed underbody coating inside the wheel wells. I feel like this might keep it from ever rusting.


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      03-09-2012 10:38 PM #8
      Prepped the bay. Probably gonna paint it tomorrow. Its not your typical "vortex engine bay", but I just wanted to freshen it up a little. I like the bare bones stock look.

      Tried to salvage the battery tray by welding the cracks. Obviously the metal was too thin:




      I was gonna try to trim it down and salvage some of it:




      ..but then I gave up:




      .. guess Ill deal with the battery situation later. Maybe ill move it to the trunk?

      So I finished prepping as good as I wanted to for now:










      Thats it for tonight.

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      03-10-2012 08:32 PM #9
      Finished paint today! Clear coat tomorrow when its a little warmer. :thumb up:








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      03-11-2012 07:29 PM #10
      Nice progress. It looked good at Madness. I'm glad to see that you are "straightining" things out with this.

      Is that donor car a 2 or 4 door? Are you parting some of the left overs?
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      03-11-2012 07:58 PM #11
      Is the color of your car "Tornado red"?
      I know there are two reds for the Cabbies in some years.
      There is a darker fire truck red and an orange red (like yours it appears).

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      03-11-2012 08:09 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by waterwagon View Post
      Nice progress. It looked good at Madness. I'm glad to see that you are "straightining" things out with this.

      Is that donor car a 2 or 4 door? Are you parting some of the left overs?
      Thanks! Yes, its a 4 door and we have a bunch of leftovers if you need something. PM me

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      03-11-2012 08:13 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by cab89 View Post
      Is the color of your car "Tornado red"?
      I know there are two reds for the Cabbies in some years.
      There is a darker fire truck red and an orange red (like yours it appears).
      There were 3 reds in 87: Paprika Red, Titian Red Metallic, Tornado Red

      Unfortunately, mine was a mix of a few After the accident, someone painted the hood and the top of the passenger fender Flash red. The rest is tornado. The rest of the car needs some paint, but I think its better to wait till its a little warmer.

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      03-11-2012 08:14 PM #14
      FINISHED THE BAY TODAY













      Lots of Dubs at my house today


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      03-12-2012 10:06 AM #15
      Looking forward to the finished product

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      03-12-2012 10:42 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Mk1WolfsburgCabby View Post
      Looking forward to the finished product
      thanks!

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      03-12-2012 11:17 PM #17
      Why is the new paint so dull? No shine at all. Is that flat red?
      Can't wait to see what it looks like when you are done.
      That shine is so deep you can walk in it.
      Nice job.
      Thanks for the paint names.
      I thought the new stuff was Tornado Red.

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      03-13-2012 01:39 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by cab89 View Post
      Why is the new paint so dull? No shine at all. Is that flat red?
      Can't wait to see what it looks like when you are done.
      That shine is so deep you can walk in it.
      Nice job.
      Thanks for the paint names.
      I thought the new stuff was Tornado Red.
      haha thanks

      Heres the seats I got for her:


    19. 03-13-2012 09:35 PM #19
      Nice work, looking forward to seeing this finished, especially since you're in Jersey!

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      03-13-2012 09:44 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by DubLuv1 View Post
      haha thanks

      Heres the seats I got for her:


      Oh, yea..

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      03-20-2012 12:09 PM #21
      UPDATE

      Figured out how to mount the motor mount on the timing belt side. Had to re-tap 2 holes, but made it work:



      Also got a new oil pan and gasket. Installed a VR water pump pulley. Removed a few un-needed brackets and cleaned up the bottom



      Mounted the shiney new trans:








      ALL MOUNTED UP










      Next Ill be making a custom downpipe, figure out how to make the mk3 coolant bubble work, make the new fuel lines, and start wiring

    22. 03-20-2012 02:04 PM #22
      It's in, Nice!!

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      03-20-2012 02:33 PM #23
      I could use a little help with something. Maybe you guys can help me out..

      What is the proper way to run the new fuel lines? Right now, they are just open hard lines sitting at the bottom of the firewall. Is it safe to run rubber hose with clamps up to the fuel rail? In the mk3, they are rubber. So I figured it would be ok..

      thanks

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      03-20-2012 02:37 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by DubLuv1 View Post
      I could use a little help with something. Maybe you guys can help me out..

      What is the proper way to run the new fuel lines? Right now, they are just open hard lines sitting at the bottom of the firewall. Is it safe to run rubber hose with clamps up to the fuel rail? In the mk3, they are rubber. So I figured it would be ok..

      thanks
      I clipped my hard lines behind the steering rack, flared them, and ran rubber from there for my G60. No problems yet. I know some people get away without flaring the lines.

      Make sure you use high pressure hose, the CIS pump can do 80 psi.

      You can also grab the lines from a Digi Cab.
      "Zed's dead, baby, Zed's dead."

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      03-20-2012 03:04 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by s2kvondeutschland View Post
      I clipped my hard lines behind the steering rack, flared them, and ran rubber from there for my G60. No problems yet. I know some people get away without flaring the lines.

      Make sure you use high pressure hose, the CIS pump can do 80 psi.

      You can also grab the lines from a Digi Cab.
      OK thanks. What type of clamp did you use? I was thinking an adjustable gator clamp

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      03-20-2012 03:10 PM #26


      The kind on the left. They clamp tighter, don't damage the hose, and distribute clamping force evenly around the hose.
      "Zed's dead, baby, Zed's dead."

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      03-20-2012 04:16 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by DubLuv1 View Post
      OK thanks. What type of clamp did you use? I was thinking an adjustable gator clamp
      S2k is right. The clamp on the left in his picture is a high pressure type used for fuel hoses. Use that kind. But you can also have the hose with crimped metal fittings, made at a place that makes hydraulic and high pressure hoses. It is actually not that expensive, looks really nice. Since the car is so upscale that might be something for you to explore.
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      03-20-2012 07:21 PM #28
      Great info guys, thanks!


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      03-23-2012 09:42 AM #29
      Test fit the headers last night, and as expected, I'm gonna have to make some major adjustments for it to fit up. So thats my plan for tonight!

      Hoping to start the wiring this weekend.


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      03-23-2012 03:19 PM #30
      excellent interior choice LOVE that red stripe cloth!
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      03-25-2012 05:02 PM #31
      Headers I bought will not work at all so I'm workin on modifying the mk3 downpipe..




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      03-25-2012 05:06 PM #32
      My buddies came over to help me with the wiring because I'm useless when it come to this stuff. We are splicing the mk1 connectors to the mk2 harness




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      03-25-2012 07:28 PM #33
      looks dope man

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      03-25-2012 07:53 PM #34
      Had to move this project inside :-/




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      03-26-2012 10:53 AM #35
      Got alot of wiring done last night. Having some issues with the headlight switch. If anyone has done this, let me know. Id appreciate any help.

      Completed wiring:

      -Ignition system
      -all steering stalk (wipers, turns, high beam)
      -hazard switch

      Remaining wiring:

      -Defrost switch
      -blower switch
      -fuel pump


      Should be able to start he up after that. Will still need to complete the rear harness, but im hoping that will be easier

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