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    1. Member Dogpizza's Avatar
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      06-14-2012 09:35 AM #1
      picked this up the other day. was told before flying a thousand miles to pick it up that it was solid and ready to "make it cross country".

      lol...



      was hoping to get in and just drive for the summer and fix up what I want over the winter....lol.....

      being I was cutting it close(ended up having 15 min to spare after hitting traffic) with catching the auto train the most I had time for was making sure the body was rot free as described and that it was running decently.

      on the way home: yeah humming wheel bearing and faulty radio, puffin a bit of blue smoke at stop lights. no biggie still ran like a champ and had minimal rust and almost 0 rot for a 30+ year truck.

      65mph+ I would get a shake in the wheel, eh wheels are probably out of balance. I'll just slap the snowflakes on when I get home and diagnose from there. by the time I get home and get on some bumpy NY back roads I feel the steering rack slapping around. slap the snowflakes on, take a highway run, yup...steering rack. carefully drive to work te next 2 days before finally getting it on a lift and properly diagnosing.

      anyhoo....

      -bottom bolts on the brand new coilovers were stripped....in there....but stripped. what chu know bout dat ever-vary hellaflush camber kit?
      -steering rack is toast, still safely drivable, but toast.
      -drivers side tie rod was lose enough to adjust by hand.
      -wheel bearing was able to be separated by hand and the new bearing slipped over the old hub by hand....yeah let's order a new hub too.
      -the radio.....THE RADIO LOL! I'll get pictures up tomorrow/saturday of everything but words can't describe what's wrong with the radio so you'll have to sit tight.


      will be making another list or two regarding the interior and paint but this is my initial shakedown of the thing. didn't think id have enough work to be worth making a thread about till at least fall but seems we're getting a jump start on her whether I like it or not lol.




      by the third day, after getting some oil flowing, the smoke cleared up a good amount. still burns a little oil but not as bad. a rebuild/swap is in order after the exterior gets squared away.

      Last edited by Dogpizza; 06-14-2012 at 05:42 PM.
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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      06-14-2012 10:05 AM #2
      *post reserved for updates*

      Last edited by Dogpizza; 06-14-2012 at 10:09 AM.
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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      08-13-2012 01:18 AM #3
      Liking the color with the decal!!
      Why go rounds when it feels so good to stay square.

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      08-13-2012 02:03 AM #4
      Very nice, lets see some updates!

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      08-13-2012 02:45 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by 8v-of-fury View Post
      Very nice, lets see some updates!
      I know I know, I've been slacking. I had to spend a good chunk of my funds on rebuilding my bikes motor over the spring, $1800 to be exact :,(, so I haven't done too much to the truck. some decent progress in terms of getting it to be a practical, SAFE daily. been driving it a ton and it just keeps happily puttin away.

      small list(will try to get pictures up during the week sometime)

      -3 new wheel bearings
      -took care of the fire hazard headunit
      -mk2 recaros out of my golf slapped in
      -rough alignment
      -bazooka tube cut down and stuffed behind the drivers seat
      -roof rack rigged up and finally finished today.

      next on the list is to get my rough idle/lack of voltage squared away, drop plates, air shocks, a set of train horns, body work and paint over the winter and depending how far paint sets my wallet back, get this oil burnin motor the heck outta her.

      here's a lil somethin.






      Last edited by Dogpizza; 08-13-2012 at 03:00 AM.
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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      08-13-2012 04:15 AM #6
      Beautiful rack, I'm jealous.
      Why go rounds when it feels so good to stay square.

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      08-14-2012 08:50 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Headkicker View Post
      Beautiful rack, I'm jealous.
      thanks!

      so as nice as she looks with the snowflakes and low pro tires, they gotta go till winter. tires are dry rotted to begin with but mainly the ride is absolutely terrible on them....and I like my oil pan. can't even tell that the front is slammed with the other beefier tires, rides like butter(at least for a 30+ year old vehicle).

      giving the steelies some paint to freshen them up. be jealous of the ways of the caveman, be jealous.




      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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      08-14-2012 11:43 AM #8
      Wow flew 1000 miles and picked up a vehicle sight unseen to drive back? You got cajones sir!!
      I think I would have made the train for the following day and got a room for the night.
      Glad it all worked out though. Looks like you been putting it to work!

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      08-14-2012 12:29 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedOne View Post
      Wow flew 1000 miles and picked up a vehicle sight unseen to drive back? You got cajones sir!!
      I think I would have made the train for the following day and got a room for the night.
      Glad it all worked out though. Looks like you been putting it to work!

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      yeah man, was certainly a ballsy move. amongst other things, after talking to the owner about how he had already sold and bought it back and would do the same if I were to sell it, most signs pointed to it being a smart move. before going down we had agreed if there was some sort of issue/disagreement/vehicle not as described that he would reimburse my travel fees or nonrefundable tickets.

      I really wanted to just shoot down and back in the same day. it was all booked and set only a few days before so I didn't want have to take off work on monday. final factor was having to keep the overall budget at 4k bucks, ended up going over that by 1-200 so didn't wanna drop another 100 on a room.

      all said and done Im beyond happy with the truck currently and she surely will be a working girl thanks :cheers:
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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      08-14-2012 03:47 PM #10
      I'd recommend an ABA serpentine setup if you're having charging problems. A little bit more of a pain if you still have power steering (I'm assuming no AC?) but very much worth it

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      08-14-2012 04:36 PM #11
      Definitely. ABA anything rocks. But once you start where do you stop? Lol. Serp belt rocks. But the head is sooooo much more of a pleasure to work with too. I can't stand working on the counter flow head anymore.

      I wish I could put a Aba head and serp setup on my diesel

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      08-14-2012 04:53 PM #12
      truck does have ac, working cold ac! at this point im just keeping it runnin and adding gas/oil. I've got a motor sitting in my garage so if I start dumping money and time into this one it would just be a waste. would be nice to keep the original motor and rebuild from the ground up but when I've got something 6x better sitting in the garage that goes right out the window :p

      going to try the regulator and if it's not that then oh well!
      Last edited by Dogpizza; 08-14-2012 at 08:10 PM.
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
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      08-21-2012 12:25 PM #13
      on them caveman rattle can tactics.

      don't worry they'll come out nice once I finish them 100%. gotta take the 3 rings to get sandblasted. it'll take months at this rate to sand em right by hand.

      thoughts?





      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
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      08-31-2012 12:18 PM #14
      steelies were just a bored random test. going to get everything sandblasted at some point and do it all nice nice.

      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
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      08-31-2012 03:42 PM #15
      what size tires do you have on the snowflakes? nice caddy man, i just picked one up myself. make er pretty

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      08-31-2012 04:04 PM #16
      I wasn't sure about the steelies, but now that I see them on the truck... I like 'em!
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      08-31-2012 04:38 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Dogpizza View Post
      on them caveman rattle can tactics.

      don't worry they'll come out nice once I finish them 100%. gotta take the 3 rings to get sandblasted. it'll take months at this rate to sand em right by hand.

      thoughts?





      you need to use the playing card trick....






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      08-31-2012 05:03 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by joeyvig111 View Post
      you need to use the playing card trick....





      oh.....snap.....good to know.

      luckily I have those outer rings so I didn't absolutely need to get every inch but I know when I do them up nice I'm going to want to do that. appreciate the tip mang.

      Quote Originally Posted by mulberrytdi View Post
      what size tires do you have on the snowflakes? nice caddy man, i just picked one up myself. make er pretty
      nice dude! welcome aboard, let's see a pic. the tires on them now seem to be completely impossible to find in the US. they are 195/45/14's. even though they damned good on the truck with it lowered in the front, the ride is absolutely horrible. I'm constantly sweating bullets wondering when I'll crack a wheel. definitely handles real nice but way too uncomfortable after going back and forth on the steelies.


      Quote Originally Posted by MattRabbit View Post
      I wasn't sure about the steelies, but now that I see them on the truck... I like 'em!
      yeah I was iffy about it at first as well, once on the truck I was definitely feeling em. I only got the front corner fully done before runnin out of paint and realizing I need to take 2 of the outer rings to get sandblasted. the old paint on them is so trashed and caked with brake dust that it just turned into a giant mess once I started sanding by hand.
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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      09-01-2012 09:01 AM #19
      here's the headunit disaster I was telling you guys about. >_<



      that same day I HADDDDD to get the recaros out of my golf and into the truck....boy did it make it feel 1,000,000 times better.




      also my drivers side recaro was a bit beat up, slowly reviving it. got both pieces for like 25 bucks little did I know though, that was a right side bolster while I needed the left side :/ after some serious cutting and stuffing, youd barely be able to tell



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      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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      10-08-2013 09:42 PM #20
      ....1 year later....

      this isn't going to be some over the top money not an issue I have all the time and resources in the world to make the next best thing build so don't expect anything crazy. I drive a truck for a living and have more than one hobby lol.

      haven't done much other than drive and maintain. I've decided to leave the body and paint as is. with my luck I'll get her back to showroom on the outside only to have someone roll a shopping cart or car door into the side. I do plan to keep it as a weekend worker so that also makes it a hassle having to worry about the body all the time. beaten, worn, and used she shall remain looking!

      s mentioned above the 1.7 gasser was to eventually get ripped out and replaced with a 2.0 16v. last thing I want to do is take a somewhat simple truck with a few pesky computers and make is more complicated with more wiring and computers to get the 16v in. I had been dead set on carbs for it but I knew once I dropped the monies on them it would spark more spending on the rest of the parts I had planned so I chose to hold off since.

      finally dropped the $$ on tires for the snowflakes the other month and the motivation hit full force. shortly after came across a cheap r1 carb setup and msd ignition bundle. picked up the headers I needed as well several months ago and lastly a rear sway bar that arrived last week.

      at this point I'm waiting for colder weather to hit before I rip the motor out, by then I should have the rest of what I need. new gas tank and possibly a different trans(I've yet to confirm if the 5 speed F? trans will not work, have only came across info stating anything 83+ will work).

      still have to decide if I wanna lower the rear to match and how I'll choose to do it, most likely adding helper springs to raise the weight capacity regardless though.

      anyways, on with the pics!


      a set of r888's....this should give you guys a solid idea of my intentions with her when finished. touge.


      slightly raked still after raising the front to where it needs in order to be functional.


      carbs! also and msd setup I won't bother to post.


      the parts pile as of last week.


      a few random pics for your enjoyment.








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      Last edited by Dogpizza; 10-08-2013 at 09:44 PM.
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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      10-09-2013 02:19 AM #21
      I follow you on Instagram and just came across this thread. Subscribed and looking forward to see how the progress goes!
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      10-09-2013 01:46 PM #22
      Really like this truck. I like the direction it is going

      I'll be keeping my eyes on this thread.
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      10-10-2013 05:45 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Boudin View Post
      I follow you on Instagram and just came across this thread. Subscribed and looking forward to see how the progress goes!
      hahaha fancy seeing you here! thanks bud!


      Quote Originally Posted by Kaneb View Post
      Really like this truck. I like the direction it is going

      I'll be keeping my eyes on this thread.
      I really like this truck too I appreciate the compliments and extra motivation.


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      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Give a boy a dollar, and he'll hoon for a day.
      Give him the means to make his own dollar, and he'll hoon for a lifetime.
      337(sold)89-4doorgolf8v(sold)08-husky450smr(stolen) 97-jettaglx(sold)

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