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      03-18-2012 11:44 PM #71


      at this pace, you're gonna pass me up! I'm taking a vaca soon, I'm whooped. Very anxious to follow your progress

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      03-19-2012 09:16 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by veedubtek View Post


      at this pace, you're gonna pass me up!
      Lol, no way. I stripped the car fast because so I could tuck evrything away in the basement and minimize the mess.

      This week I have a fair amount of "real" work, but I'll try to get the sunroof out and start on the tiptissery.

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      03-19-2012 09:54 PM #73
      Another nice Spring day in Chicago, and relaxing with a tasty beverage (or two) outside didn't leave much time to work on the car.

      Plus, with "help" like this, it's hard to be efficient, but it's more fun this way :



      I did get the sunroof out intact. It'll need new upholstery, and hopefully one of you guys knows how to put it all back in :



      After dinner I farted around with the engine, hoping that stuff comes apart OK. I was happy to get the exhaust manifold off without breaking any studs. I don't think I ever achieved that before, so no Helicoils on this bad boy :



      The water pump also makes for stubborn fasteners sometimes, but it came off without a hitch too:



      Tomorrow I have a long day at work, but maybe I'll strip the engine a bit more.

      Nighty night

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      03-20-2012 11:18 AM #74


      I've seen your work. Really enjoying this thread so far.

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      03-20-2012 09:59 PM #75
      Thank you sir.

      I got a few more bits off the engine and took off the gearbox and clutch.

      I have to say I was very pleased to see that VW used 10mm triples square bolts to mount the starter instead of the Allen bolts that worked fine on several million other A1 cars .

      Yes, I admit that I do not have a 10mm triple square tool, but it never came up before.

      I have to spend a few days organizing the pile of parts in the basement. The way it is now, it is unlikely that I will be able to remember how to put the car back together right

      Updates when they are worthy

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      03-20-2012 11:33 PM #76
      Keep it coming, Eric.
      Quote Originally Posted by punchbug
      Not wanting to select a wheel style, I chose to go with three different wheel and tire options, sourced from our extensive collection. (criteria was: not currently on another car, 4X100 bolt pattern, tires must hold some air.)
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      03-21-2012 12:10 PM #77
      Awesome thread

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      03-21-2012 08:10 PM #78
      ^^^Thank you sir.

      Today I went through the pile of parts in the basement and tried to lay them out in some logical way where there is some hope of successfully reassembling the car

      I also bagged and labelled all the hardware, and I already have a bag with "miscellaneous" hardware, meaning I already forgot where it goes

      The only things left in the garage are the bare shell and the engine.

      Here's the basement now, my wife is simply thrilled with the new decor:











      This is the "delete" pile, meaning stuff I might not put back on, but which I'll keep just in case someone wants to make the car correct again:



      I have a few more bits to take off the engine, and then I get to start on the tiptisserie

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      03-21-2012 08:29 PM #79
      You have constructed a 1:1 scale Scirocco Model kit!

      You should box it up, and wrap it in cellophane. Then you get to open it and build it!

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      03-21-2012 08:58 PM #80
      Sweet. Conference table in your basement!

      Do you perform surgery there?

      Nice progress Eric... very impressive
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      03-21-2012 09:55 PM #81
      Looks like my house! Welcome to the club! Don't let the wives meet, that would be bad!!!!

      Great work so far!


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      03-21-2012 11:50 PM #82
      holy wow! You are a cocky son of a...

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      03-22-2012 08:48 PM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by d-bot View Post
      holy wow! You are a cocky son of a...
      Well d'uh. I'm awesome and I know it

      Big day today, too tired to type, so I'll let the pictures talk:







      I'm gonna relax with a tasty beverage,

      I bid you good evening

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      03-22-2012 09:23 PM #84
      Followed your thread with one too

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      03-22-2012 10:12 PM #85
      That undercarriage better be spotless by tomorrow or else...

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      03-22-2012 11:27 PM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by petebee View Post
      That undercarriage better be spotless by tomorrow or else...
      Meh. It won't be.

      This thing I made works but it's a piece of isht, gotta redo most of it tomorrow.

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      03-23-2012 12:59 AM #87
      Still your jig is impressive, I have seen a few variations of it in the golf1 forum, they seem To put a bigger diameter or radius on the pivot, may work easier.

      Good luck!


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      03-23-2012 09:45 AM #88
      Holy Crap, Eric bought another VW! I am totally going to keep track of this thread.
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      03-23-2012 10:13 AM #89
      The pivot part works well, I can flip the car on its side and back by myself.

      But the rear half is awful creaky. It's basically the same as the front except I did a isht job on it instead of taking a break.

      So now I get to redo it. There might be a lesson in there for me ?

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      03-23-2012 10:37 AM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by ziggirocco View Post
      your jig is impressive
      I hear this statement often....
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      03-23-2012 12:02 PM #91
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      03-23-2012 12:04 PM #92
      Quote Originally Posted by echassin View Post
      Meh. It won't be.

      This thing I made works but it's a piece of isht, gotta redo most of it tomorrow.
      Okay that undercarriage better be spotless by tomorrow (since today is yesterday's tomorrow already )

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      03-23-2012 03:51 PM #93
      Quote Originally Posted by petebee View Post
      Okay that undercarriage better be spotless by tomorrow
      Haha. No.

      The boys off off for Spring break as of now, so I'm gonna let this POS sit for a bit as is.

      I did get the tiptissory redone to my satisfaction today, nice and sturdy now :



      Of course, now that we wanna goof off outside, it's raining

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      03-23-2012 04:43 PM #94
      Look at that Cub Cadet!

      Did you restore that?

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      03-23-2012 05:20 PM #95
      yes, that Cadet is NICE... saw it first hand and heard it run... restored in Echassin fashion.... He has inspired me to get one now...
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      03-24-2012 10:19 AM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by Shrttrackr View Post
      yes, that Cadet is NICE... saw it first hand and heard it run... restored in Echassin fashion.... He has inspired me to get one now...
      We need a build thread on that.

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      03-24-2012 11:21 PM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      We need a build thread on that.
      Glad you like it. It's a 1965 Cadet 122 I got last year in terminal condition. Same process as with a VW: disassemble, clean parts, fix parts, refinish parts, buy parts, assemble :







      IMO this tractor symbolizes everything that is good about "Made in America". Many parts are too heavy to lift by a single person. The gearbox is massive and way heavier than an 020! The front axle and the grill frame are cast iron

      Today we went and picked up a Cadet 107 for Craig and visited an RC car track while the girls went shopping. I did get some cleaning done on the shell, and worked a bit on the pinch welds.

      The rails were so mashed that all I could do was flatten them completely and remake the lip.

      Flat:



      The metals healthy, which was surprising. New lip, and rockers back to factory finish:



      Then I stripped the aftermarket undercoating off two of the wheel wells, much easier standing up, and not unpleasant with good music and tasty beverages:





      You can see where the rust damage is on the rear arch, but the A pillar and rocker are perfect.

      Not sure what on the schedule for tomorrow, but I'll try to get more cleaning done when there's down time.

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      03-25-2012 03:46 AM #99
      Gaaah....seeing a bare shell makes me wanna do things....!

      You're making good progress Eric, all done by June 1st?
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      the problem is not with me, you see. The problem is the car. It's a Mk2. It's already gotten way more attention than it deserved

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      03-25-2012 07:55 AM #100
      Very nice! How did you redo the angle on the lip?

      I fugure youbused a hammer and dolly to flatten it but how did you recreate the bend? Looks very nice and consistent.


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      03-25-2012 09:45 PM #101
      Quote Originally Posted by ziggirocco View Post
      How did you redo the angle on the lip?
      I just used pliers, but I did scratch a reference line into the metal first, and I used a straight edge to check and tweak the results.

      The back straightened:



      The boys are on Spring Break, so I wasted no time putting one of them to work, as he hasn't yet worked off this month's rent :



      The undercoating on this car isn't very tough, so a heat gun and a spatula makes it fall off in sheets, good news after what I went through to get it off the other cars:



      And after a good scrub, the driver floor pan is clean:



      The other good news is that the jack points are in PERFECT condition, namely because they've never been used . Unfortunately you can see that improper jacking over the years has really caved in the floors. However, I have a plan:

      Many people who know us think I'm nice to my wife because I love her, but it's actually because her older brother is big.

      No, I mean REALLY big. And not jiggly big. I mean skull-crushing-with-one-hand big. I think it's Viking genes or something.

      So I'm hoping to woo him over here with some brats and beer and have him stand in the windshield opening and jump up and down on those floors to get them back down. If you've ever seen one of his shoes you'll see that my plan is fool-proof. But if needed, I'll cut out the worst part of the floor beams to make it easier; they're so mangled it might be better to remake them anyways.

      Anyhoo, various things going on this coming week, but I'll try to get more srubbing done during down time.

      Carry on
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      03-25-2012 10:10 PM #102
      WOW...glad to see you picked up another toy. this new thread has been an enjoyable read. damn, you work quickly. love the basement wall art pic. maybe Chris and I can come up for the show this summer. looks like it might be done by then. nice work as always. keep the pics coming.

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      03-25-2012 10:20 PM #103
      You can also lay down some of the factory undepadding and use a large sledge hammer, I have done it in the past and worked out fine, that is if your b-in-law decides not to come by!


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      03-26-2012 01:00 PM #104
      Eric, get yourself a slide hammer and you should be able to work even the worst dents out, I did on the floor of my Mk1, worked like a charm.
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      Quote Originally Posted by echassin View Post
      the problem is not with me, you see. The problem is the car. It's a Mk2. It's already gotten way more attention than it deserved

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      03-26-2012 07:59 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by Falcor View Post
      Eric, get yourself a slide hammer and you should be able to work even the worst dents out, I did on the floor of my Mk1, worked like a charm.
      I have one, but I don't have a stud gun and I'd rather not drill a bunch of holes in the floor, unless there's another trick?

      Today I did a fair amount of work. First up was the engine mount bolt I had to cut to remove the engine. I was able to pry open the retainer, remove the detritus, and slide in a good replacement:



      Sliding action, check,

      down:



      up:



      Then I did more undercoating removal:



      The K bar did its job well, no cracks even with 180,000+ miles:



      Some rust,

      Rear of the floor where the tank rests:



      I think the tank was rubbing here, two little holes under the trunk:



      Rear beam mounts are perfect:



      I also scraped most of the undercoating off the trunk floor, I'll wash the rest off tomorrow as well as start on the engine bay. Once the shell is clean I'll start cutting and welding.

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