This is how I was going to run the coolant lines. I would have had to get a tee made. The local radiator shop wanted $30 to do it. I thought about it and I decided I did not like how the upper radiator hose was sitting close to the intake manifold. It probably would have rubbed.
So I bought one of these insead.
This will be able to tee off to the coolant bottle and then I will run a line down to the oil cooler. Then the other line coming out from the oil cooler will go into the water pump. Of course this means I had to change out the water pump for the AEB 2 outlet pump.
I did change the t-stat housing to the G60 one so the bottom line fits. Also money shot of my ABF alternator set up. U-jelly? Here is a shot from the front.
I also did not like the way I had run the harness the first time so I decided to move it. The ECU will now be located close to the fuse box. Moving it was rather time consuming. We had to dremel out an unsued hole locaed right behind the driver's side strut tower. Well in order to get to the hole to run the wires I removed the dash.
I pulled the dash myself. I would recommend suckering a friend in to help if you decide to do it yourself. I broke the clamshell and my hazard light button.
On a good note I found out why my steering wheel was loose. The Momo hub was not tightened. That will be nice to fix.
I found this while taking the dash off. What is it?
I managed to get the fuse block down. It does not give me much room to work. It would be great if it came out another few inches.
After all the dremeling we got the harness plugs through the hole.
This is how the harness now goes.
I will need to extend the a few connectors but I like this placement better.
Do I need this? I think it is the cruise controll. It was getting in the way the whole night when we were trying to fit the harness.
Now comes the time to start cutting wires and soldering. I also need to make a stop at the parts store and get some radiator hose. I hope my throttle cable comes today. It would be nice if the OBD port would show up. While I have the solder gun I will also wire in the new coil harness.
Today was a slow day. I spent the afternoon at the York Fair eating all maner of fantastic foods. Nothing like deep fried Oreos and smoked turkey legs to make you want to just sleep and get diabeetus.
Ah, the smell of burnt wires. Started to solder the AEB harness into the fuse block. I followed the set up from here:
So far, so good. I only have 2 more on the fuse block end. One is the EC Upower and some other wire. I am waiting for my OBD port to show up so I can get that wired in. I am also still waiting for my throttle cable.
Next up will be the coil conversion and on Monday I will stop by and get some heater hose. I am also going to buy an AEB front o2 sensor.
Not sure how much I will get done tonight. I will be spending the evening otherwise engaged. Tomorrow should be a productive day. I am hoping to get the wires squared away. Tomorrow I should be picking up a new set of wheels as well.
More good news. I picked up a welding cylinder from a friend. I will get it filled and then maybe this weekend I will get the car started and then begin on the rocker. I just might make it to h2o!
Last edited by turtledub; 09-17-2012 at 03:16 PM.
Yesterday was bitter sweet. We had to say goodbye to my wife's Cabriolet. It served us well and is going to someone who will be able to spend the time on it. It was sad to see it go but it will be nice to not have a dead spot in the yard.
Well my three day-get-it-all-done-just-in-time weeked just got blown to crap. Work called.
Sorry guys, I do not think this car will make it this year.
Wiring to the fuse block is almost complete. I just have to ground the OBD port. I might be able to get some more done tonight. Maybe if I am lucky I can get all the soldering done. I should only have the coil harness to wire in and the ICM delete.
More soldering today. I got the fuse block back into place. I then started work on the coil upgrade and ICM delete. I have all the wires sorted out but I am not quite sure what to do with some of the old ICM wires. I have 4 leftovers. I am following this thread for the coil upgrade.
This one has nice pictures.
I am going to try to finish up the soldering tomorrow. Monday I plan to tackle the rocker panel and set up a time to get the windshield swapped out.
Those are the ones I used to do my conversion too.
To do list before H2O
1. Rocker - Tuesday
2. Put driver's door back on - Tuesday
3. Finish engine bay wiring - Monday
4. Put dash/interior back in - Wednesday
5. Exhaust - Thursday
6. Coolant plumbing - Wednesday
7. Intercooler plumbing - Wednesday
8. Windshield - Friday
9. Start car - Wednesday
I am sure there is something I forgot. I think I might make it. The car will not be pretty if I make it.
In this write up the grey and white wires are not used.
I also began welding last night. I found out that my grinder is going to get a work out. I think I need a smaller wire. I keep burning through the sheet metal. It is at least tacked in place now.
All the wiring in the fuse block is done. I soldered and heat shrinked the connections.
Fuse block is back in place.
This was the harness after it was split for the ICM delete and new coil harness.
Everything was traced back to where the harness split.
Here are the wires I used after the ICM delete. The write ups for the 2.0t coil upgrade do not use the other grey and brown wires that go to the ICM.
Write up again:
Here are the coils test fitted.
Here is everything installed.
The spacers are from Integrated Engineering. I remembered that I waited for the red ones to be back in stock. Looking back I think I should have gone with the black ones. Oh well...
Next on the list is the rocker panel. The previous owner managed to mangle the rocker panel with a jack. This was covered up with a ton of bondo. So the old panel was removed. Last night I managed to get the new panel ready. I found a weld through primer.
This junk is made out of pennies.
I did not get any pictures of the rocker tacked in. Quite frankly I am embarrased about the welds. My grinder will be getting a work out later. Tonight I will continue on the rocker unless my coolant stuff shows up. I want to try and start the engine before I kill myself on the body work.
This doesn't mean that I will stop working on it though. It just means I will not be buying it any goodies.
How's the car coming along?
My Subaru needed some work on it. It has 255k on the clock and I am trying to scrape funds together for a TDI. My commute is 46 miles one way. I have been a tad busy and it is getting colder outside. The garage is not heated. I guess I am getting old. Then the holidays are coming up. I have not given up. I hope to pick things back up soon.
It just needs:
Battery(or a jump)
Turbo oil return line
Thats the major stuff. We will see if anything car related winds up under the tree this year. That will get me jump started again.