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    Thread: brake failure of a 77' rabbit with 75k orginal miles crashed after only 24 hours of owning it :(

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      05-15-2012 11:58 PM #26
      ive been watching that car everyday since it was for sale. was gonna purchase a one way ticket. when i saw the pic i said "oh my god"

      sucks man, sorry to hear this. glad to hear it will be brought back though. glad youre okay as well.

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      05-16-2012 12:11 AM #27
      going to throw the postulate out there for the trolls to feed on

      i think someone bought a rabbit just so they could crash into a hybrid on purpose

      then so they can post the epic fail on the vortex so people will have bleeding heart syndrome about it

      hehehe....

      i hope that you fix that beast and get it rolling

    3. 05-16-2012 02:31 AM #28
      Glad your alright, I had a '77 and the brake line ruptured inside the drivers foot well, a water leak had rotted it along with the floor, I kept trying to figure out where all the brake fluid was going when bleeding the brakes only to find a huge puddle forming on the floor.
      That buckle at the bottom corner of the windshield is not good, make sure you get a good bodyman to look it over before you start pulling and cutting parts off it. Anything is repairable but won't be cheap unless you have or know someone with the right equipment. Good luck with it

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      05-16-2012 11:07 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by fasthopper View Post
      Glad your alright, I had a '77 and the brake line ruptured inside the drivers foot well, a water leak had rotted it along with the floor, I kept trying to figure out where all the brake fluid was going when bleeding the brakes only to find a huge puddle forming on the floor.
      That buckle at the bottom corner of the windshield is not good, make sure you get a good bodyman to look it over before you start pulling and cutting parts off it. Anything is repairable but won't be cheap unless you have or know someone with the right equipment. Good luck with it



      You are absolutely right. mine has that issue aswell i can see that the brake line has been replaced along the drivers side floor.

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      05-16-2012 11:23 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Llcoolchris View Post
      I'm in the severna park/annapolis area. and the dude i bought the rabbit owns that scirocco.hestryna sell that too
      I'm from that area! (Arnold/Cape st. Claire) I'll have to keep an eye out for it next time I'm visiting the in-laws up there.

      Glad you aren't giving up on it. These mk1s are really great little cars.
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      05-16-2012 11:26 AM #31
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      Last edited by Llcoolchris; 09-26-2012 at 09:55 AM.

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      05-16-2012 11:30 AM #32
      Also to my amazement the headlights grill and the bumper has no cracks, dings or dents. For the bumper to have absolutely no dents all that bitches gotta be strong lol

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      05-16-2012 12:17 PM #33
      I would try and save it.
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      05-16-2012 12:41 PM #34
      Cut off the front firewall forward & weld on donor front. Most of it has factory seams there. My old thread has details on this

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...-LIMITS-take-2

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      05-16-2012 05:00 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Rockerchick View Post
      I'm from that area! (Arnold/Cape st. Claire) I'll have to keep an eye out for it next time I'm visiting the in-laws up there.

      Glad you aren't giving up on it. These mk1s are really great little cars.
      I actually live off of bay dale drive haha. But I can keep the car my neighborhood because of the stupid association

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      05-16-2012 05:52 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Llcoolchris View Post
      I actually live off of bay dale drive haha. But I can keep the car my neighborhood because of the stupid association
      No way! I lived off of Broadneck Rd! In-laws live in the Cape still.
      Quote Originally Posted by TM87 View Post
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    12. 05-16-2012 10:18 PM #37
      cutting at the firewall and replacing from there on forwards looks like a good idea to me as the pass frame rail seems to to be compressed and not aligned

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      06-06-2012 02:31 AM #38
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      Last edited by Llcoolchris; 09-26-2012 at 09:57 AM.

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      06-06-2012 10:41 AM #39
      FYI

      Bentley has lots of body line measurements.

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      FYI

      Bentley has lots of body line measurements.

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      06-06-2012 03:06 PM #42
      I wouldn't want the 'rado mojo rubbing off onto my Jetta...it may never run again if that happens
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      06-06-2012 03:31 PM #43
      [QUOTE=fasthopper;77407190]Glad your alright, I had a '77 and the brake line ruptured inside the drivers foot well, a water leak had rotted it along with the floor, I kept trying to figure out where all the brake fluid was going when bleeding the brakes only to find a huge puddle forming on the floor.

      Had this same failure with a '77 when it was about 6 years old. Lost brakes. Saved it with downshifts and e-brake. Brake line under carpet on right side rotted out. I pumped about a quart of fluid into the carpet when trying to bleed the system. Turned out there was a recall for this (that I was never notified about). They had thought that because the lines were inside the body they did not need to be stainless. The dealer installed plastic lines per the recall. Anyone that owns one of these should take a look here.

      Sorry for your loss and glad you are OK. Loss of brakes is one of the scariest things I can think of.

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      06-06-2012 06:37 PM #44
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      Quote Originally Posted by fasthopper View Post
      Glad your alright, I had a '77 and the brake line ruptured inside the drivers foot well, a water leak had rotted it along with the floor, I kept trying to figure out where all the brake fluid was going when bleeding the brakes only to find a huge puddle forming on the floor.

      Had this same failure with a '77 when it was about 6 years old. Lost brakes. Saved it with downshifts and e-brake. Brake line under carpet on right side rotted out. I pumped about a quart of fluid into the carpet when trying to bleed the system. Turned out there was a recall for this (that I was never notified about). They had thought that because the lines were inside the body they did not need to be stainless. The dealer installed plastic lines per the recall. Anyone that owns one of these should take a look here.

      Sorry for your loss and glad you are OK. Loss of brakes is one of the scariest things I can think of.

      Yeah it was the brake lines, there all ****. and its not a loss because I'm fixing it. ill be driving it to mk1 madness

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      06-08-2012 11:38 AM #45
      [QUOTE=Llcoolchris;77707007]
      Quote Originally Posted by ExpoAccel View Post
      ...its not a loss because I'm fixing it. ill be driving it to mk1 madness
      Where's the 'Like' button?

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      06-09-2012 04:50 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Rockerchick View Post
      I wouldn't want the 'rado mojo rubbing off onto my Jetta...it may never run again if that happens
      Beat me to it.
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      I refuse to say anything but A1, A2 and A3. As far as I am concerned VW stopped making cars after that.

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      06-15-2012 07:45 AM #47
      glad to see it's being saved. how will you be bracing the joint where the frame rails are being attached? Simply just butt welding them might not be sufficient...

      Interested to see how this turns out!

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      06-15-2012 02:49 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by saddest6day66 View Post
      glad to see it's being saved. how will you be bracing the joint where the frame rails are being attached? Simply just butt welding them might not be sufficient...

      Interested to see how this turns out!


      Ill be sure to expalin and post ple.ty.of pics

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      06-15-2012 04:31 PM #49
      Nice work, can't wait to see it.
      Deal with it.
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      06-15-2012 11:55 PM #50
      saw this on FB a while ago.... hurt to see it but glad you're ok...

      hope to see it out and about at madness...

      take care,
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