Congrats! Now change that timing belt!
Well hello everybody!
Guess where I just came from?
OK, I'll tell you: I just got back from Ohio with my newest project! Craig (shrttracker) was gracious enough to squander his day and come trailer it with me.
Apparently it's a Scirocco. It was made in 1986. I know! I was surprised too! I mean, who knew VW made Sciroccos after 1981 !?
I got it running after tinkering with it for a bit, and actually, it runs like a top! It has no title, but my boys kept hounding me until finally I could refuse no longer (actually they only asked once). We started tearing around our subdivision in it. I'm usually pretty helpful around the 'hood so no complaints resulted, but I did push the envelope, what with no plates and all...
The car has a funny looking engine I've never seen before. Apparently it's quite a bit stonger than the ones I'm used to, because the car easily left numerous black decorative stripes on my street, along with a pleasing, albeit acrid smell that hung in the air in front of my house for a few minutes. Visibility was also somewhat reduced by the white haze produced during the procedure, and the right front tire is now quite smooth and even has bits of string hanging out of it. I don't think that's normal.
There's a gauge on the dash that moves in a clockwise fashion whenever I push on the gas. I tried my best to keep the needle all the way in the red, but such noise! Thinking something might be wrong, I did some research and discovered it's a so-called "tachometer", and that the red part was in fact not the objective. But it was too late: by then the car had already decided to reward me with a moderate drip from the radiator.
I understand whenever a guy saves one of these cars from the crusher, the car marks the driveway as a gesture of gratitude? I'm told they do this a lot? When I think about it, that just doesn't seem right to me...
By the way, the car came with a large black steering wheel, but I just HAD to have the little pink one. I paid quite a bit extra to get it, but I know value when I see it .
The car comes with some special features I'm sure you all will appreciate. For example, the emergency brake is quite reliable, although you do have to jump out of the car to apply it. You'll also note the exhaust system, which was carefully crafted from multiple sources, some of them automotive. Through meticulous and repeated applications of salt, the car is now much more lightweight, although I have a new gas MIG welder, so in spite of the performance advantage, I think I will reverse this modification.
Finally, the front springs are cut and the car comes with the coveted "swaybar delete" option, so the handling has a pleasing "Cadillac" feel to it, something I prize in all my vehicles.
Anyhoo, I thought you'd all like to meet this newest member of our happy, although sometimes dysfunctional Volkswagen family.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
Edit: to remove typos created by my Ipad without my consent .
Last edited by echassin; 03-10-2012 at 08:59 PM.
Eric, have you thought about ditching that white coat and becoming a writer?
Seriously, great thread so far. You had me laughing from the start. I'm thoroughly looking forward to your modification reversal progress.
Carry on. And watch out for the iPad double cross.
Philadelphia, PAOriginally Posted by Mtl-Marc
2010 Sportwagen TDI
Any time some one adopts a scirocco is a good thing.
A saved from crusher is a awesome thing.
its just marking its territory.
nice find great save,I am having a hard time with stripping the buzz bomb,they
Grow on you like your favorite pet.
Holy left turn, bat, err...kneeman!
Wow. A MK2 and an imperfect one at that. You're bringing your average down, whick puts your fleet a little closer to the rest of us in terms of overall condition. Keep it up.
Today I started stripping the shell, made quite a mess in the garage but had time to tuck it all away in the basement, nice and neat:
I got most of the interior out and spent quite a while labelling all the harnesses, what they do and exactly where they get clipped into place. Also, I got the windshield out intact , as well as the headliner out intact
More of the same tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm sure one of you recognizes this part, some kind of cover?
Thanks Mark. The car lost the rear wiper at some point. I'm pretty sure I'll leave it off, and therefore shave the sprayer, and revise the harnesses accordingly.
Along those lines, from what I've seen thus far the car could stand to go on a diet and lose a lot of fluff. I'm perfectly content to push locks and crank windows. I'll try to do it right so anything that I delete is gone from the fuse panel and harnesses also, and doesn't leave unsightly holes.
Here he goes....off and running.
Last edited by sciroccojim; 03-12-2012 at 11:40 AM.
Between work and other stuff, I only had time to clear the rain tray and get the hatch off.
I'm sure those of you who have had a later car knew this already, but for an old hat mk1 type like myself, I was flabbergasted by how much heavy isht VW stuffed into the back of the car, including a vacuum pump to power an air solenoid to unlock the trunk I mean jeez, even the wing weighs a ton
I don't want to be lazy about reassembling this car, but there are definitely a number of things I'll be omitting...
Fresh air box out:
Hatch off. Look how high the car sits with 100 pounds off it
I'd like to keep the sunroof and put back the A/C and radio, so "some" extra weight is reasonable IMO.
No "real" work today so I hope the get a lot done on the car.
'Later dudes and dudettes
Philadelphia, PAOriginally Posted by Mtl-Marc
2010 Sportwagen TDI
Today I didn't have to go to work so I got a lot done. No repairs, just remove a part, catalog the part, put the part away, repeat, and repeat some more.
Here's where it's at:
Back end cleared out of every wire, screw, and clip:
Keith earning dinner (you didn't think the rascals lived here for free, didja?):
As expected, once the body kit came off, my "rust-free" car turned out to have plenty of free rust The arches have a few spots like this, and some bondo:
The passenger fender was perfect, but the driver fender has this on the bottom:
Thankfully the A pillar underneath looks great:
I'll fix the rotted areas with Duct Tape. Meh. It'll be hidden under the body kit...
JUST KIDDING, I mean don't worry, I won't use the grey tape, I'll use red so it'll look great
The car still runs *insert throaty 16V sound here*, it's easier to move around this way:
Tomorrow I have to work, but if I have time, I'll label and organize more of the wiring. Thursday I hope to get the sunroof apart and lay it out somewhere safe from curious little fingers, in such a way that it may someday be reassembled and it working order
Thereafter, the mechanicals will come out.
Toodaloo, good night
Last edited by echassin; 03-13-2012 at 08:59 PM.
i hate finding rust in hidden areas to, except mine was under half an inch of dam bondo
some dam PO thought he was a body man and tried to fix it himself
My build thread:http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...my-85-Scirocco