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    Thread: Tiny's Cabby: Progress Thread

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      05-10-2012 01:43 AM #1
      6/20/14


      New interior!




      I figured I would make a thread to keep track of all the things i've done to the car

      Purchased 3/18/12
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      2012 Parts Replaced:

      $10 Replaced Shift Knob with older OEM Knob
      $10 Replaced Heat Knobs
      $10 Added OEM Cabriolet Emblem
      Fabricated Front and Rear Bumpers

      $10 Added two Blinkers to Front Bumper

      $300 4 New Tires (General RT) and Added
      $45 4 refinished VW Rims

      $70 Replaced Pass Side CV Axle
      $30 Replaced Both Outer Tierod ends
      Added Hood Prop and Painted front bumper
      $16 Replaced Clutch Cable
      $50 ($30 +$20 )Replaced Speedo Cable and gear
      $65 Installed Aftermarket Pioneer CD Head Unit
      Fixed Pesky Brake light that wouldnt turn off
      $20 Installed Shift Linkage Rebuild Kit
      $50 ($30 plus $20 to press)Installed Pass Side front Wheel bearing
      $20 Custom "Bloody" Door Cards
      Rewired Tail Lights to run off License Plate Circuit
      Minor Bondo Work to shave clipper kit mounting holes and smooth rear drivers corner
      Patched Small Hole in Floor
      $30 Installed front 4/6 Sony Door speakers
      Installed 10" Woofer w/generic 200w amp w/ New Rear Deck Cover
      $100 Replaced All Seats with White Leather Seats
      Replaced Ash Tray
      $10 Installed new Trunk Lift
      $5 Installed New 3rd Brake Light
      $15 Replaced Front Motor Mount
      Replaced drivers side air vent
      $80 Had Ampet Auto Align the Shift Linkage
      Added Window Cranks to the rear windows
      tightened Vent Windows (found out one is broken)
      $10 Painted Passenger Seat
      $10 Reuphoulstered trunk cover and painted a VW Emblem with "Blood"
      Added LOW AND SLOW decals to the Vent windows
      Had Spare Key Made
      Replaced VDO oil Temp Gauge light with GREEN led bulb.
      $10 Repaired Chip in glass

      Repaired and painted the drivers seat
      $15 Replaced Engine Breather Hoses
      $10 Replaced Oil Temp Sensor.. now VDO Temp gauge works!
      $5 Replaced Bushing retainer on clutch cable
      Refinished and reinstalled rear emblems

      $50 Another New Pass Front Wheel Bearing (ended up having a bad hub.. killed bearing and cv axel)
      Front Wheel Bearing and Hub
      Front Pass side CV axel

      $1 Man Eating Rat Mascot and Flag mounts

      Painted under the hood and engine bay

      Better attempt at painting the engine bay and decided to do exterior of the car too

      $5 Custom Side Reflectors
      $25 Replaced Valve Cover seal, oil baffle and cover nuts
      $15 Replaced Fuel Filter
      $30 (20=10)Timing belt w/new tensioner
      $24 all new spark plugs
      $15 tranny mount
      $20 oil pan w/new plug and rubber gasket (no more leaks!)
      upper radiator hose (no more coolant leaks!)
      $25 Injector seals and seats
      a/c delete
      Repaired Broken wire on cold start vavle
      $15 new alternator belt and spacers on pulley for proper alignment
      $8 lucas oil injector cleaner in full tank of gas

      $10 Replaced Power steering/accessory Belt
      $30 Cap and Rotor
      $20 Cold Start Valve and gasket Replaced
      Replaced Coolant Distribution hose $15
      Power Steering Delete (just not using it .. its still in the car)


      2012 Parts Total: $1299


      Previously done to the car before purchase:
      Rokker Coil overs
      Poly Bushings
      new Radiator
      Trim Removed and Body line Filled in
      Lower control Arm with Bushing


      2013 Parts Replaced:

      $12 Heater Fan Speed Selector Switch
      $9 Heater Hose (Flange to Heater Core Hose)
      $7 oil Fill Cap
      $0 Replaced B Pillar Covers (thanks 59microbus) also glued the seals in better
      $25 exhaust parts and clamps to reconnect midpipe to muffler
      $12 Replaced negative battery terminal and main ground
      $195 New Windshield
      $35 Wireset
      $45 In-Tank Fuel Pump

      $13 Distributor Cap
      $5 Distributor Rotor

      $7 Replaced idle screw oring.
      $86 Water Pump (56 for pump and $20 to have dealership swap pulley to new pump for me and $10 for coolant)
      $3 Flange
      $12 Thermostat

      $45 Intermediate Exhuast Pipe
      $5 exhaust sealer stuff
      $338 new Upholstery
      $60 B billar seals
      $4.50 Renewed headliner
      $6 Shifter Rebuild kit
      $13 Thermostat Housing/Water Outlet (metal one this time. old one warped on me)
      $19 new/used Heater Control unit
      $117 rear Wheel bearings (and labor)
      $19 Relay Lever ball

      $50 Middle Top seals/ trays
      $75 Replaced headlights with good used Ecodes

      2013 Total $1217.50


      2014 Work:

      $110 Clutch
      $50 Clutch Install Kit
      $50 Rear Brakes
      $300 Tranny
      $300 Labor for Tranny/clutch
      $10 Main Shift Shaft Bushing
      $25 Exhuast work
      $45 Power steering pump
      $120 replaced two tires on black wheels
      $200 wheels
      $150 machining wheels to fit car
      $20 caliper paint
      $225 new tires
      $192 New master Cylinder parts/install
      $20 Black Carpet Rear Deck
      $25 Used Black Carpet
      $10 Replaced Lower Grills
      $123 Missing Linkz all metal Shift kit with all delrin Bushings







      Current Issues:

      Odometer Doesnt work












      Pics:

      Current:



      taken in the rain the day the clutch cable broke


      I'll snag my wifes camera and take some better pics on a sunny day



      Interior 5/11/12

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      05-12-2012 11:54 AM #2
      started taking apart a pair of old rear seats so i can make up a template to reupholster them. can't wait to have the interior done!

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      05-12-2012 03:28 PM #3
      Installed front door speakers


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      05-12-2012 05:37 PM #4
      I see you got Sony speakers to fit in there. What size are they and did you have to do any modifications?

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      05-13-2012 01:38 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Marko3119 View Post
      I see you got Sony speakers to fit in there. What size are they and did you have to do any modifications?
      nope they fit just fine.

      these are the ones that i used

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sony-Xplod...akers/14956454


      the only thing i did was take the rubber grommets off the original setup and only use the nuts to secure them in. other than that they were a perfect fit.

    6. 05-13-2012 02:16 AM #6
      The interior makes me think you have a 'Star Blue' edition? At least it was at one time.

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      05-13-2012 02:32 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Passenger View Post
      The interior makes me think you have a 'Star Blue' edition? At least it was at one time.
      yep. wolfsberg too.. the car was painted before I got it.. otherwise i probably would have kept it original

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      05-15-2012 07:23 PM #8


      These are the speakers i put in.

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      05-15-2012 07:25 PM #9
      Picked up a polk 10in woofer in box with 200w amp. In trade today: ) once i grab an install kit ill be bumpin

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      05-16-2012 09:58 PM #10
      installed the woofer today. took me under 40 min to wire it start to finish. Probably the easiest car ever to run wires in.

      I ran the power line from the battery through the grommet for the hood release. Looked like someone had a wire or something running through that at one point. So i figured I would use it also. Easy to find on the other side. popped the floor trim off ran the wire under the carpet, under the rear seat and in to the back. super easy

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      05-20-2012 01:29 AM #11
      Decided to clean up the rear Glovebox today "P

      put down a 1/2" thick sheet of insulation cut to fit over the spare spot



      Then I wrapped a piece of thin plywood with some white vinyl and placed it on top. Screwed the amp down to that and positioned the sub.

      I didnt take a picture but i also made a little protector for the amp that covers the front of it.



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      05-20-2012 02:20 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by tinygiant View Post
      I see you like skittles!

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      05-20-2012 02:34 AM #13
      That would be the wife. We actually just used the box to cover the iPod. Lol. Keeps thieves from noticing it. Until today.. i wired it all through the dash and into the glove box. so its permanently hidden

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      05-21-2012 12:40 PM #14
      Today I trade/bought a set of white leather seats for the cabby from 59microbus. He even swapped them out for me .. which i found out was incredibly easy lol.





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      05-21-2012 12:42 PM #15
      also got a free ashtray and set of b-pillars from paul.


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      06-05-2012 04:04 PM #16
      Some New Pics

      6/5/12







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      06-05-2012 04:26 PM #17
      Not sure if i like the front crossbar w/ blinkers setup... maybe it'll grow on me. I've always loved the way my car looks without the bumpers though, has that "stubby" look to it.

      Did someone already back up into your grill?

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      06-05-2012 04:32 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by EuroTrash_miT View Post

      Did someone already back up into your grill?
      it was like that when i got it



      the inspection station wanted me to have bumpers. I'm cool with them.. I agree it looks better without them.. but it was one of the first things the cops mentioned when i was running without them.

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      06-27-2012 07:54 PM #19
      replaced front motor mount, drivers side air vent, found two window cranks for the rear windows.

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      06-28-2012 07:13 PM #20
      re upholstered the rear hatch cover with white vinyl to match the door cards.

      Was very happy today to be able to drive to work without any issue.. shifting was great and smooth.


      on the way home....drum roll.... the shift cable bushing ripped in half and left me stuck in 4th.. So with some creative route adjustment i was able to make it home from portsmouth without having to come to a complete stop.. So glad I got easy pass last week. I was able to get it back to josh's house. It worked out well since i left my truck there last night. so the parts are ordered and hopefully thats all that it is.

      we did stop at a shop and get some cardboard and tried stacking like 6 pieces to work as a bushing.. but i think it just compressed when i put the clutch in. It was enough to get it idle.. but not enough to pull it in and out of gear.. so hopefull thats all that it is.

      I did find a 83 gti tranny with a pelaquin Limited slip kit newly installed locally for $300. I offered a new snowblower for it.. and asked him to add $100. since the snowblower was $650 last season and used 2-3 times. and he's only asking 300 for the tranny. Would make the cabby grip and Go nicely

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      07-01-2012 04:17 PM #21
      Painted passenger seat with dupont Fabric Paint. Wanted the seats to look nice and white again.

      Probably will do them all with one coat then go back and do another coat after.

      comparison (looks better in person.. its super bright out so the camera doesnt work the lighting very well on my cell)






      Next I Got some Red fabric paint and Did a blood finger paint of the VW emblem. Then splatter painted the rest of the trunk cover




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      07-06-2012 01:10 AM #22
      ordered a window chip repair kit on ebay.

      repair a big chip really well. I was hoping it would work on the 8" crack i have down the top middle of my windshield.. but no such luck.


      The Big crack:




      Apparatus setting the resin into the chip:



      From inside (cant even see the spidering that was there!)


      Repair Chip. There is still a little divot there from the rock.. but the spidering is completely gone!



      I was sad that the kit couldnt take care of the crack.. Maybe i'll try another bottle and see if i can rig something to work.

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      07-09-2012 02:12 PM #23
      replaced the breather hoses above the engine.

      my hose ending in 223d had a big hole in it. I was constantly retaping the hole with electrical tape until i could find a replacement. I found a guy on ebay with one for $12 shipped. He was nice enough to actually send the whole chain of hoses so i wouldnt need to redo the clamps or anything.. just unscrewed one of the clamps and swapped it out!


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      07-11-2012 06:21 PM #24
      replaced oil temp sensor VDO gauge works now for the temp.




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      07-15-2012 04:03 PM #25
      figured i would add some HP with a new sticker




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      07-16-2012 03:23 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by tinygiant View Post
      I usually dont approve of stickers on my cars, but this one is hot

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      07-16-2012 04:17 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by EuroTrash_miT View Post
      I usually dont approve of stickers on my cars, but this one is hot


      it was like 4 bux shipped on ebay
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290701915827...#ht_823wt_1413

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      07-16-2012 04:22 PM #28
      had some issues today.


      yesterday on the way home from the beach it seemed like the clutch cable got loose.. We stopped for pizza with friends and I messed with it and got it readjusted.. but it was still sort of grindy into reverse.

      so this morning i went out and got it perfect.. drove up the road and back going between all the gears making sure they were all working great.. they were.

      then the wife and I decided to do some errands and i was having the same problem. I did tighten the set nut on the cable.. so it shouldn't be coming loose. All the parts are there, cable is only a couple months old, new attachment kit, grommet.. etc


      so I went home (in 4th gear) and finally seemed to get it re adjusted..

      drove around for a while and it goes great through the gears but doesnt like getting into reverse all that much.. still a little grindy..

      I can turn the car off and start in reverse and then clutch and shift out of it ..

      what sort of tolerance is there on the clutch cable? does it have to be like within a mm or something?

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      07-17-2012 12:28 PM #29
      Bushing retainer replaced on clutch cable.


      also replaced the hoses on the advance off the distributor.. the hoses braiding was very frayed

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      07-18-2012 04:40 PM #30
      finished the rear emblems today and put them back on the car









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      07-30-2012 07:52 PM #31
      was rummaging around in the basement and found some metal pieces that happen to have the same spacing as the side markers (that have been disconnected inside)

      figured i would replace the reflectors with them.. now i need to find something to put in them.. maybe some mini german flags or something




      i might not keep em either.. just got me thinking


      and i almost forgot.. my cabby has a new pet




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      07-30-2012 08:06 PM #32
      Thats such a great idea

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      07-30-2012 08:13 PM #33
      new bearing, hub and cv axel tomorrow. should be able to drive it again tomorrow night!

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      07-30-2012 10:05 PM #34
      love the blood splatter, very unique.

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      07-30-2012 10:16 PM #35
      eventually i want to get bright red carpet for the interior and this winter probably redo the seats..

      if its another snowless winter i'll have a lot of money and a lot of free time on my hands Scored a hefty snowplowing contract this year. i get paid wether it snows or not... so i'm praying for no snow this year.. complete opposite of last year


      i really wish i had a garage so i could work on the car in the winter.

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