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    1. Member CabrioVR's Avatar
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      05-06-2012 02:44 AM #1
      Hey guys, figure i would just start posting up my progress slow and steady. My name is Art im from Maple,Ontario,Canada . Picked up an 88 cab, when i drove it back home i looked over everything and was terribly dissapointed with everything the car with, so in turn i just started to make progess this weekend. I picked up this car kinda like a gift for my parents(but more then likely will drive it more myself lol). I will try and update this when possible.

      Problems:

        Dirty engine bay
        Dead tranny ( Bought O2A Conversion)
        Wiring dissaster ( in progress ) finally finished
        Charge piping looks like junk (gonna look like that until i get money for a proper front mount
        Corrado seats are shot, sold
        Interior/carpets/headliner are destroyed
        Paint is faded red ( In progress)
        Install AEM Wideband
        Fab 2.5 Downpipe
        Buy porsche scripted handles
        Buy chrome flag mirrors
        Mount on wheels and tires
        Buy Hybrid oil pan
        Paint calipers
        Buncha other stuff.


      I will let the pics do the talking from Saturday mind you i started at 9pm and finished at 1am (lots of beer drinking and food involved always.)

      "The beast" ancient but works like a charm



      prep for uninstall




      Out and on the ground
      Last edited by CabrioVR; 06-22-2012 at 10:59 PM.

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      05-06-2012 03:00 AM #2
      Saturdays progress

      Clean engine bay, final touch up's and stuff will be done tomorrow (sunday) took me about 8 hours to get it to this point... lots of Multi purpose, WD-40, rags ,plastic razor blades and other varios stuff.

      Start day:


      Then some help:



      Speedo didn't read anything... i wonder why ?




      Cleaned up pretty well, the brown stuff isint dirt its all rust, will be dealt with tomorrow.





      My buddy Dan giving me a hand with this whole shebang, rippin apart interior due to previous butchers that put the car together.


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      05-06-2012 09:25 PM #3
      Welcome, from another Ontarian! I recognize that car... It was up for sale for a while here on Vortex.

      When you get it running you should come out to some of the meets!
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      05-07-2012 09:11 AM #5
      Do work! I hate fixing other peoples' half-assed eff-ups!

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      05-08-2012 01:26 AM #6
      More updates from today... big thanks to my buddy dan who has been working his job and coming after work and helping out.


      Bye bye pos 9A Tranny


      Motor with O2A bolted together and ready to drop in:


      After some time fighting with it:


      New vaccume hose and cleaned up with new fuel lines and new fuel line clamps (prev owner used worm clamps like a donkey.)


      New pcv pipe and routing... it might not be the best but it will work.


      More Prev owned butchery...


      What it looked like by end of the day, its not wire tucked(and looks messy to some) but it all makes sense to me and its done right.

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      05-08-2012 01:50 AM #7
      Nice job man, this is the project I want to do next after I finish up my yellow cabby for my daughter. Keep up the work. I hope to have mine back on the road soon. Almost ready for paint.

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      05-09-2012 01:43 AM #8
      Some more updates from today, im kinda pressing my time as i have quite a bit to do around the house still, re-seal driveways, misc house cleanup, get rid of scrap metal, get rid of garbage, re-organize garage and still get this car up and running by friday night, I've ordered the VR6 eurovan cable convresion from europe vw and now i play the waiting game.

      The beggining of my day looked something like this, i slept in and had no drive because it was overcast and weather seemed like junk:


      Pulled the carpet out and starting making it look presentable:
      Before

      After


      Nighttimes rolled around and the mastermind behind all the wiring came by and started hacking away at it.





      And how it looks in store from tomorrow...

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      05-12-2012 11:25 AM #9
      While wiring doesn't scare me, it's just a tremendously daunting task that always takes 4x longer than you expect it to!


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      05-13-2012 08:31 PM #10
      Crazy busy with life and all of the things it has to throw at you, very minor updates, more wiring done and some misc upgrades.

      a nice sized fmic which is totally stealth behind the grill(gotta put the car on the road and drive it over to a performance shop i deal with so he can weld me proper plumbing with nice couplers and t-clamps):





      Dirty:







      Clean:





      My trio of guages setup:



      Fuel filter just some rubber hosing and a c-clamp its sturdy as heck:


      And.. the amount of useless i pulled out:
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      05-16-2012 01:02 AM #11
      Update: no pictures... haha

      So today i finally got everything all sorted out, tried to fire up the car and BLANK... click click but no start, scooted the car down the driveway to maybe free up the flywheel, and it turned over and died out click click... gonna rip out the starter tomorrow... any other ideas ? Grounds seem to be good with no issues, the starter clicks but doesn't turn over... only once in a blue moon.

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      05-16-2012 01:44 AM #12
      Push start it.

      This is a great build!

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      05-16-2012 09:10 AM #13
      Haha, thanks, i would of loved to jump start it but.. the problem is im using a mechanical clutch actuator from vr6 eurovan and well it has to come from germany, so im SOL, even tried to ghetto rig a system so i could push the clutch fork in with no luck.Oh well we will see how it all pans out i guess soon enough tonight, either starter is junk or i wait for clutch actuator

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      05-16-2012 01:58 PM #14
      Awesome job I will be following this build!!

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      05-20-2012 11:55 PM #15
      Got it up and running, wiring looks good inside the bay, wired up the power recaro's and they both work, interior wiring getting cleaned up slow and well.. battery relocate to trunk for TEMP sure..

      4 hours of sleep yesterday night and 10 hours of work today + cabby progress, pics with updates tomorrow.

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      05-21-2012 12:51 AM #16
      looks rad man keep it up
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      05-21-2012 06:35 PM #17
      Oy there CabrioVR! I am diggin the project! Makes me wanna get a cherry picker and clean out my bay too...

      Hey, I noticed that the interior of your top when it was dirty looks almost identical to my top's interior. How did you clean it and what did you use? Everything else in the interior in my Cabriolet is super clean with the exception of the top and it has been driving me crazy since I bought the thing! Haha

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      05-21-2012 10:36 PM #18
      Another small update since i ripped out the blower because it was useless along with the little inlet duct from the raintray. I painted them wrinkle black and they look awsome but its too dark and i can't take any more pics.

      Before:

      After:

      And my engine bay distribution block, battery is now in the trunk.


      To the comment above with "how to clean" i dunno mines took a crapload of time i used some multi-purpose cleaner solution with 5:1 dilution to make it pretty strong a couple of micro-fibre towels and a mr clean magic eraser haha. Hope that helps

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      05-22-2012 12:05 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by CabrioVR View Post

      To the comment above with "how to clean" i dunno mines took a crapload of time i used some multi-purpose cleaner solution with 5:1 dilution to make it pretty strong a couple of micro-fibre towels and a mr clean magic eraser haha. Hope that helps
      Haha, yeah, I bought some all purpose purple power, and was rubbing and it took forever to clean one tiny spot, so I thought maybe I was doing something wrong or had the wrong stuff. Looks like this is just gonna be a pain to clean in general then...

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      05-27-2012 07:51 PM #20
      Some very small progress as the pace of this project has slowed down and some other priorities have taken over so...

      The painted dummy covers for the air duct and blower motor.


      Fired up the car and well... almost died bahahaha i hate anything that says "made in china"


      Small progress on interior wired up the power recaro's and started piecing together the interior


      The Temp battery holder soltuion,and well my wheels that it will be sitting on teaser they will be sent out and refinished


      The rest of the wiring will be cleaned up and finished tonight

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      05-30-2012 02:45 PM #21
      So the car threw me a curve ball.. oil seal is shot in the turbo and its pissing oil everywhere.. i had to sell the recaro's to help easy the pain on the wallet, im trying to get this car finished on a budget. I will invest money into it further onwards. Got my clutch actuator from Vw germany... using a HONDA clutch cable i knew those cars had to be good for something





    22. 05-30-2012 04:54 PM #22
      Awesome. I have a newfound respect for Canadians!

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      05-30-2012 07:59 PM #23
      Hondas are also good for 12mmx1.5 thread radius seat lug nuts to run factory VW wheels with a stud conversion.

      Do work!

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      06-16-2012 06:56 PM #24
      Wow, looks like i haven't updated this in a while but... i bought some goodies for the car, TIP , High flow K series manifold (currently in transit) and a k04-001 all comming from all over the world... sighs.

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      06-17-2012 08:24 AM #25
      The K04 setup can make some serious power, but watch your boost levels. They still aren't designed to crank out high boost levels and hold up well doing such.

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      06-17-2012 05:31 PM #26
      Haha thanks for the heads up, it wouldn't be my first time toying with 1.8t's with higher then normal boost levels, hell if it blows up well then... Its just another reason to go gt28rs haha =p

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      06-22-2012 10:58 PM #27
      so some very minor updates, i got my high flow manifold and tires for my car, now i just have to wait until my last 2 wheels come back from the wheel repair shop, 2 bends. Just some minor pics to keep this thread going slowly... *sighs*.. if money were never an issue. Now just waiting on turbo and then i can fab up the downpipe and put this car on the road... sighs..


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      09-01-2012 12:25 PM #28
      Wow a long time since the last update, well umm work has been bull****. Working 10 hours a day for 6 days a week left me with no time for this gem. I am going to be taking some time off to get this car finished asap. I bought some go fast goodies because i didn't like seeing that little tiny hair dryer sized turbo. I am going to tackle the paint tomorrow and see if i can restore it, if not i will be taking some wild input as to what color i should wrap it with. Pics to come later tonight.

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