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      05-04-2012 01:13 AM #36
      How did you young guys start getting into taking apart and putting together cars? When I grew up we lived in a nice house in the suburbs where no one I knew had a car they worked on so I never knew anyone to impart any knowledge on me and and have pretty much lived my whole life not knowing crap about what makes a car run other than engine basics. Getting my head into vw engines a little lately with the bentley and my well taken care of by the last dude mk2 Jetta. I don't want to take it apart and screw anything up and don't have many tools to try. I should at least try and change my oil myself though. Would like to be able to change the timing belt myself too but it is daunting to get at. Lately it has been making louder belt noises when it first starts and I'm not really sure how to figure out where it is coming from (and again afraid of making it worse by even touching anything).

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      05-04-2012 08:26 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by RobMarkToo View Post
      How did you young guys start getting into taking apart and putting together cars? When I grew up we lived in a nice house in the suburbs where no one I knew had a car they worked on so I never knew anyone to impart any knowledge on me and and have pretty much lived my whole life not knowing crap about what makes a car run other than engine basics. Getting my head into vw engines a little lately with the bentley and my well taken care of by the last dude mk2 Jetta. I don't want to take it apart and screw anything up and don't have many tools to try. I should at least try and change my oil myself though. Would like to be able to change the timing belt myself too but it is daunting to get at. Lately it has been making louder belt noises when it first starts and I'm not really sure how to figure out where it is coming from (and again afraid of making it worse by even touching anything).
      The biggest thing I have learned is that you cant be afraid.. If it doesnt go right you try again if something breaks in the process so what you learn something. Of course no one likes paying for mistakes but when its over it doesnt really matter. Believe me i dont have much experience either. Just start out little, and dont be scared

    3. 05-04-2012 10:17 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by RobMarkToo View Post
      How did you young guys start getting into taking apart and putting together cars? When I grew up we lived in a nice house in the suburbs where no one I knew had a car they worked on so I never knew anyone to impart any knowledge on me and and have pretty much lived my whole life not knowing crap about what makes a car run other than engine basics. Getting my head into vw engines a little lately with the bentley and my well taken care of by the last dude mk2 Jetta. I don't want to take it apart and screw anything up and don't have many tools to try. I should at least try and change my oil myself though. Would like to be able to change the timing belt myself too but it is daunting to get at. Lately it has been making louder belt noises when it first starts and I'm not really sure how to figure out where it is coming from (and again afraid of making it worse by even touching anything).
      I didn't really know much about cars until I was 18ish. Then I really started fixing everything on my own, mostly because I don't trust anyone else to do it right or to be fair. These forums have really helped me out and the best experience you can get is hands on. Give the timing belt a shot, take it slow and learn while your doing it. Once you get it done, it will seem super easy to you.

      Op- car is looking great.
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      05-04-2012 03:55 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenWagen View Post
      I didn't really know much about cars until I was 18ish. Then I really started fixing everything on my own, mostly because I don't trust anyone else to do it right or to be fair. These forums have really helped me out and the best experience you can get is hands on. Give the timing belt a shot, take it slow and learn while your doing it. Once you get it done, it will seem super easy to you.

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      Yeah you bet I will be doing some hardcore forum surfing in the process. As an added bonus I should be able to identify exactly what aftermarket cams are I am running at that point I think. At this point I'm honestly not even sure what the "timing belt" is. The Bentley doesn't seem to refer to it exactly that way but I am thinking it is the belt that runs the overhead cams under the plastic cover?

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      05-13-2012 09:33 PM #40
      got started on the headliner and replaced the deteriorating cloth on the sunroof seal with velvet

      taping the old junky crap that was broken into pieces
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      05-13-2012 09:36 PM #41
      the car actually started to idle a little on its own but after sitting for a week it wont do anything. Im starting to get very agitated.

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      05-13-2012 10:36 PM #42
      Keep in mind that the headliner adhesive wont stick to that duct tape.

      Id cover it wither masking tape or anything with a textured/pores material.

      Well at least i don't think it will stick. Mine didn't. Good luck

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      05-17-2012 10:07 PM #43
      While everyone is leaving for sowo I get to stay home and work on my headliner




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      05-18-2012 07:42 AM #44
      looks good man
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      05-25-2012 01:00 AM #46
      mk4 brakes!!! Finally on

      My crappy rigged up line

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      06-10-2012 09:32 PM #47
      I finally got it out of the garage




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      06-30-2012 10:58 PM #48
      so I found out that the previous owner put a cis distributor on it.. so I put a digi one now it runs a lot better but is not dying after I drive it for about 20 mins after it warms up I guess.. I figured it was a sensor because it wouldn't after I let it sit for awhile so I replaced the blue sensor and it is still doing the same thing. anyone have any ideas. it's digi2 btw

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      07-01-2012 09:57 PM #49
      headliner done

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      07-01-2012 10:15 PM #50
      Headliner looks great!! I'll be following this closely...
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      07-01-2012 10:28 PM #51
      Nice find! My coupe started as a $300 one. Keep with it, it will pay off!

      As for the rough running issue, have you timed the engine properly? The procedure is in the Bentley, it's different for digifant vs jetronic/motronic.
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      07-01-2012 11:37 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Volkswageneer1990 View Post
      Headliner looks great!! I'll be following this closely...
      thanks!

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      07-01-2012 11:38 PM #53
      yeah it's timed.. and with a light and everything

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      07-01-2012 11:42 PM #54
      now a lot of the time I can save it from dying.. it'll start to quite pulling and lose power but if I push in the clutch and keep revving it it stops.. most of the time

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      07-02-2012 04:09 AM #55
      A few things can be the culprit:
      -bad ecu
      -bad MAF
      -injector problems
      -wiring to all sensors
      -plug wires
      -check cap rotor for any damage
      -again, check timing(engine and ignition)
      -most likely ECU or wiring, look all of it over.

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      07-02-2012 08:15 AM #56
      wel I'm putting a new harness in so I'll start there.. it's atrocious

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      07-09-2012 10:19 AM #57




      wrapped

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      07-09-2012 11:08 AM #58
      Awesome build dude! Keep up the awesome work! I'm glad to see that your first rebuild is going so well.
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      07-09-2012 12:29 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by AndrewDaniels View Post
      Awesome build dude! Keep up the awesome work! I'm glad to see that your first rebuild is going so well.
      not as well as Id hoped

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      07-10-2012 12:26 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by cll2993 View Post
      not as well as Id hoped
      I think your doing pretty good considering all the support/help you have around you

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      07-10-2012 01:59 PM #62
      i strongly urge you to reconsider attempting to fix your problem by starting with replacing the entire harness, it is usually much more difficult to diagnose any problmes after you have replaced everything. at least at the moment it runs somewhat

      if your vacuum lines are all intact (no cracks in the intake boot or anything also) and in the right spots, your electrical grounds are clean and in good shape, and you are positive your timing is correct (i.e followed the exact procedure in the bentley), maybe try disconnecting your o2 sensor plug while the car is running and see if it runs any better?

      i am assuming you have already confirmed the engine is getting consistent fuel and spark? if so chances are it might be a wiring/sensor issue

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      07-10-2012 02:40 PM #63
      the harness is all hacked up from the previous owner

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      07-10-2012 03:00 PM #64
      ah well if it's that bad then, you would know better than i do just thought i'd throw that out there

      good luck getting er figured out tho, that color of paint has always been one of my favorites and 300 bucks is an awesome deal

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      07-10-2012 03:21 PM #65


      well there it is haha

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      07-10-2012 04:49 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by cll2993 View Post
      [IMG]htpatalk.com/4a86bb75-80bd-6734.jpg[/IMG]

      well there it is haha
      reminds me of my mess which I keep making up excuses to not tackle it
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      07-10-2012 07:26 PM #67
      I know how you feel.

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      07-10-2012 10:36 PM #68
      His noodley appendage!

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      07-12-2012 10:48 PM #69
      start


      grounds all redone

      good enough for an 8v

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      07-30-2012 10:58 PM #70
      2.slo turbo or vr swap? thoughts?

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