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      07-11-2012 12:00 AM #26


      I practiced the drilling thing on the old one and it seemed like it might be a good idear.

      I seems like the other holes were basically drilled into there too, so unless there's some reason to create a bottleneck, which there shouldn't be... this ought to give a better flow and a happier engine.

      Still deciding if this is the best course to take. Stay tuned.
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      07-11-2012 12:19 AM #27
      I cant offer help but I am routing for you to beat this one into a purring kitty. Hang in there I am sure some one can help.

      Do you have ways to measure things, calipers? Cant you measure the gaskets before buying? I guess if its over the web then its more difficult. Just trying to help.

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      07-13-2012 01:46 AM #28
      I have really kind of had it with buying parts online. It's not really any cheaper and seems to take something like a week longer than ordering it at the auto parts store. Then if you get the wrong part or something, have fun returning it.
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      07-13-2012 07:49 AM #29
      I have found the following to be true:
      When Buying Big Items, as in Starters, Alternators, Master Cylinders, Wheel Cylinders, calipers, .... You can't beat the LLW (Life Time Limited Warranty) that many of the Auto-Jobbers that are local to you have (pepboys, napa...).

      You may pay a few pennies more, but the Taxes usually off set the shipping.

      If it is a "non" critical part, that I can wait on, then on-line from a Reputable vendor, ie: Germanautoparts, parts4vws, autohausaz, moogie on ebay...

      If it is a Big Part, then it is a Local thing, that way if it breaks, the next one is free and there is no shipping charges....

      I have found lately that Napaonline.com carries a wide selection of things, and usually has them in the Distribution Center, that is the same price or a little more than on-line. So don't discount them as a parts source. Some things will frigging suprise you..... at the cost.

      CV-Joints are best bought new from Germanautoparts.com, unless you have a good local source like I do that rebuilds them....

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      07-13-2012 05:34 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithavdubengine View Post
      I have really kind of had it with buying parts online. It's not really any cheaper and seems to take something like a week longer than ordering it at the auto parts store. Then if you get the wrong part or something, have fun returning it.
      Call the Volks Cafe in Santa Cruz, they've been doing VWs since the air cooled days. http://van-cafe.com/ The name has changed to protect the Volks, pretty sure it's the same guys.
      Peter, the owner, knows his VW parts real well.







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      I hate reading: "But I bought this car for $500 and don't want to put another dime into it."
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      07-13-2012 06:00 PM #31
      What do you guys think of the drilling idea? Is there any reason to keep the flow restricted like that? I'm not sure if it was engineered that way on purpose or if it was designed for a slightly different coolant setup...
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      07-14-2012 11:51 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by tolusina View Post
      Call the Volks Cafe in Santa Cruz, they've been doing VWs since the air cooled days. http://van-cafe.com/ The name has changed to protect the Volks, pretty sure it's the same guys. Peter, the owner, knows his VW parts real well.


      Santa Cruz is right over the hill from me. The license plate frame that's been there since I bought the car is from VolksCafe.... I've never looked them or seen the place, I figured it was probably just a defunct Volkswagen dealer.
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      07-15-2012 08:07 PM #33
      Just my .02. I left the holes exactly as they are on my headgasket. I noticed the same thing and the old one was the sameeee way as yours. I assume it could improve flow, but mine is all back together and running fine. 83 low miles block with a rebuilt 93 head.

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      07-15-2012 08:48 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithavdubengine View Post
      What do you guys think of the drilling idea? Is there any reason to keep the flow restricted like that? I'm not sure if it was engineered that way on purpose or if it was designed for a slightly different coolant setup...
      In glancing at gaskets for 1.8L, 2.0L, 16V, 8V, etc., it appears to my eyes that all of the gaskets are pretty much the same, perimeter hole size-wise.

      Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithavdubengine View Post
      Santa Cruz is right over the hill from me. The license plate frame that's been there since I bought the car is from VolksCafe.... I've never looked them or seen the place, I figured it was probably just a defunct Volkswagen dealer.
      Volks Cafe is now Van Cafe (has been since around 2008). The shop portion of the business may still work on various VWs, but they specialize in Vanagons (and that's all their web site sells parts for).

      A good shop in your area, should you need one, is Fred's Garage in Redwood City. (I was in Gilroy last year; visited with my van's second owners while smelling that sweet garlic aroma. )
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      07-15-2012 08:59 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Boudin View Post
      Just my .02. I left the holes exactly as they are on my headgasket. I noticed the same thing and the old one was the sameeee way as yours. I assume it could improve flow, but mine is all back together and running fine. 83 low miles block with a rebuilt 93 head.
      Good to know. I guess it will work either way. The flow problem was probably from using old head bolts and the pressure leaking out the cylinders. Update soon.
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      08-25-2012 02:52 AM #36
      Hello again vwvortexers. It's been a while...

      Checked out the head I'm using with a straight edge and feeler gauge... book says maximum warpage should not exceed .3mm ... warpage slightly exceeds .3mm.

      I suppose it's time to talk to a machinist about getting it milled and surfaced.

      The engine block itself is perfect. Presumably the newer head is in better shape a but once I got the car running earlier this summer, I sold the intake manifold that fits on that one. Plus there are other modifications that would need to be done; It might not fit right in the engine bay, I would need a new cold air intake, I'd have to figure out the wiring and all that... the reason I'm using the old head in the first place. Right now, machining it seems like the way to go.

      Would I also have to replace and re-bore and re-seat all the valves and a bunch of other pain in the arse sorta-expensive stuff in which case... IT NEVER ENDS!! JUST LET ME DRIVE THE DAMN THING!!!

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      08-25-2012 10:38 AM #37
      I just read through the complete thread finally and wish you luck with her. This ABA/JH hybrid swap is something I'd like to do (eventually, once I recover from my layoff, etc. lol) and the write-up I've studied most is from a few years ago: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...+ABA+Cabriolet. I assume you've likely encountered it while researching...? If not, perhaps it will help with some things, even if not identical to your current set-up (head gasket, etc.).

      I can relate all too well with working on a tight budget but once you get your coolant/oil mixture issues resolved, why not replace that throttle cable and grommet? I put up with a jury-rigged pedal for a couple of years and it always seemed to fail at the worst possible times... Got mine from GAP: http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...et/Engine/42/1. Excellent supplier/service and I've always been surprised by how fast they get their orders shipped out. If you order something small (just the grommet, for instance), call them and see if they'll mail it instead of using UPS to save yourself a wee bit for shipping...

      While on the subject of parts suppliers and buying online, I've saved a LOT buying online but I am also a wary shopper. When it comes to eBay, I am usually only buying non-mechanical, used/NOS (new-old-stock) items. Ever since eBay changed their seller rating system, I've been even less trusting since it can be an even greater challenge to research those buyers that repeatedly bend others over. Amongst the few I have dealt with repeatedly with excellent results, though:

      Ben/moogie: http://stores.ebay.com/mk1autohaus (all sorts of NOS parts that are frequently hard to find)
      strategic-one: http://stores.ebay.com/vwcabbyshack (frequently has many good used parts/trim/etc.)

      For new parts, Rock Auto (http://www.rockauto.com/... a non-support supplier so be sure of what you are obtaining first. Excellent service, even on returns, though.) and AutohausAZ (http://www.autohausaz.com/) have been my major sources in addition to GAP. Brian has good points regarding his thoughts on warranty returns to local suppliers which do come into play when I decide whether to buy locally or online, but when I do order online, I find that I usually save quite a bit over buying locally, even after shipping costs.

      I'll reiterate the comments regarding hose clamps, as well. I've been slowly but surely getting rid of every single screw-clamp I've found in my engine bay, no matter how hard they are to access. The spring-clamps only make sense, considering they will adjust automatically as a hose ages and with normal seasonal expansion/contraction. Get the proper pliers for them and save yourself the potential headaches of having to retighten screw-clamps and/or replacing cracked flanges. I used to hate 'em, too, until this finally dawned on me a number of years ago. I'm amongst those that would rather do it right the first time instead of returning ten times for continual correction...

      Just my two-cents, even if not a direct solution to some of the issues you're experiencing now (feel free to circular file anything that is rhetorical... lol). Hope it helps in some fashion and good luck with her {fingers crossed}.
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      09-02-2012 06:12 PM #38
      Just a few cosmetic updates for now... that emblem's looking a little tarnished



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      09-04-2012 02:05 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithavdubengine View Post
      Good to know. I guess it will work either way. The flow problem was probably from using old head bolts and the pressure leaking out the cylinders. Update soon.
      very nice, glad it's working again

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      10-16-2012 08:57 PM #40
      Boy, am I ready to get this thing back on the road.

      Had the head re-surfaced. Nice and clean.


      I rebuilt the water pump.



      These fuel injector bushings had to go. Two of them twisted out, but the other two were melted in place and I had to chip them out. That's done, but now I'm having trouble finding the replacement parts. The O'Reilley's employees didn't know what I was talking about, and I couldn't find them on GermanAutoPArts. I don't even know exactly what they're called. Fuel injector seal threaded insert bushings? Anyone have a link?



      Thanks for all the support! This beast will be running soon!!
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      03-25-2013 05:03 PM #41
      Hey everyone...

      My (never-ending) cabriolet project has been on hold for the past few months, been driving the Honda to work and school but now that the weather is nice again I've been itching to get the old VW back together.

      Right now I have a box of new parts and other than putting it all back together, there are only one or two things left to do...

      First of all, I still need some of these fuel injector seals:
      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...olet/Fuel/93/2

      buuut... will I need extra O-rings? It says on the description that it comes includes an O-ring, but on the O-ring description:
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      it says I need two per injector. So.. one below the holder and one above? Anyone know for sure exactly what's needed here? I don't want to install it wrong but I also don't want to order more parts than I need.

      Number two... re-seating the valves after the head was machined? Any thoughts on that? I've gotten the impression that it's absolutely necessary, and a machine shop is the best place to do it, but will I need to order more parts for that?

      Also... do you think I'll need new piston rings after what happened with water leaking into the cylinders? I really hope the answer is "no" because I certainly don't want to start everything over from scratch. Then again if the rings are no good I'll REALLY have to start over from scratch. Is there a good way to test the compression before I put the head back on?
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      03-25-2013 09:16 PM #42
      napaonline all 8 o-rings for 7.29 dollars.
      Fuel Injector Seal Kit
      Part Number: CRB 212087

      You usually don't need the injector inserts Unless you are having issues seating the injectors

      for the compression you have to have the head installed, then take dry / wet readings. Dry means no oil in the cylinder wet means a couple of squirts of oil on top of the piston...
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      03-01-2014 07:25 AM #43
      Update; March 2014
      Hello again everyone!

      Well, my Cabriolet has more or less been collecting dust in the garage at my mom's for the past year or so....


      So I'm back in town and I'm set on getting it running again ASAP. All of the parts are here, including...

      ...A totally refurbished valve head. This is the original 2H head, it's been milled/re-surfaced underneath, the spark plug ports have been re-threaded, the fuel injector seals have been replaced, and the valves have been re-seated. Nothing stopping me now!!


      .....aaaaaaand the first bump in the road: apparently I ordered the wrong Valve Cover Gasket, or they sent me the wrong one, or something.

      Anyway, I ended up with the one-piece rubber gasket with the metal rings that don't sit right on the shouldered studs, and I don't have a set of shoulderless studs sitting around, either. Should I really replace them? It seems like a prime oppurtunity to once again strip the heck out of some aluminum threads by messing with perfectly fine steel studs that have been at home there for 23 years. Might be cheaper and safer just to order a new cork one for $5 + Shipping. Sigh. Could I just take those little metal brads out of the gasket or something?
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      03-01-2014 07:55 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithavdubengine View Post
      Just a few cosmetic updates for now... that emblem's looking a little tarnished <br>


      Just had to spray your balls Gold did you....

      I suppose copying is the sincerest form of flattery..... Besides Gold balls attract the strangest folks at a meet and greet.
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      03-01-2014 12:07 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithavdubengine View Post
      Update; March 2014

      Anyway, I ended up with the one-piece rubber gasket with the metal rings that don't sit right on the shouldered studs, and I don't have a set of shoulderless studs sitting around, either. Should I really replace them? It seems like a prime oppurtunity to once again strip the heck out of some aluminum threads by messing with perfectly fine steel studs that have been at home there for 23 years. Might be cheaper and safer just to order a new cork one for $5 + Shipping. Sigh. Could I just take those little metal brads out of the gasket or something?
      Either get the shoulderless studs, use penetrating oil (like PB Blaster), and replace the existing studs... or get the 3-piece cork gasket set. You cannot use the original studs with a rubber gasket, and trying to remove the metal washers out of the gasket could deform the rubber... both of which can lead to leaks.
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      03-01-2014 02:36 PM #46
      To remove the studs place a washer over the stud so that it is flat against the head.
      Take a small pair of Vice-Grips and clamp them as tight as you can on top of the washer.
      Smack the hammer with a hammer to loosen. The washer prevent scratching the head face.
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      03-26-2014 08:25 PM #47
      After like 2 weeks of waiting, the last few parts came in!
      I have free time to get to wrenchin', too!
      Torqued down the head! Yes! Everything is coming together beautifully. No problems. It all lines up. Wires fit. Harnesses fit. Hoses fit. Gaskets sealed. Bolts torqued. No stripped threads. If I can get a friend to come by and help with the timing, the VW will finally be running sometime this week. Now; to plug in the last wire.
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      Huh. The exhaust sensor wire, I suppose? Where is that thing anyway? <br>
      [feels around back of engine] <br>
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      Oh, there it is. Inside of cylinder #3.<br>



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      Apparently while lining up the heavy-arsed, slippery-arsed head assembly with the engine block, that wire found its way inside the engine. Annnnnnnnnnd then I torqued it down. <br>
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      Pulled the head back off, 20 minutes after fully torquing it down. Guess that's another $30 gasket and ten x $10 bolts I won't be needing anymore. Gasket's destroyed. Sensor wire insulators are smashed up pretty good but the wires appear to be intact and luckily (?) the plug seems to be intact. :frown: <br>
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      Dear reader, I do hope at the very least that you are enjoying the entertainment value of the downright Sisyphean task of reviving my beloved '91 Cabriolet. I know I'm trying to. <br>
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      In spite of everything, I still have a good time working on this damn thing and every hurdle feels like I'm gaining "experience points." Why else would I continue? A saner man would have rolled this old bitch basket out to the street and set it on fire by this point.
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      Anyone else ever have this much disappointment/trouble/bad luck refurbishing an engine, or is this my punishment for having slighted the Volkswagen gods?
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      03-27-2014 06:33 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by inlovewithavdubengine View Post
      After like 2 weeks of waiting, the last few parts came in!
      I have free time to get to wrenchin', too!
      Torqued down the head! Yes! Everything is coming together beautifully. No problems. It all lines up. Wires fit. Harnesses fit. Hoses fit. Gaskets sealed. Bolts torqued. No stripped threads. If I can get a friend to come by and help with the timing, the VW will finally be running sometime this week. Now; to plug in the last wire.
      <br>
      <img src="http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu185/ryanmcbride1985/lastplug_zps3a6b7701.jpg"><br>
      <br>
      Huh. The exhaust sensor wire, I suppose? Where is that thing anyway? <br>
      [feels around back of engine] <br>
      <img src="http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu185/ryanmcbride1985/ohgoddamnit_zpsc5dd05df.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo ohgoddamnit_zpsc5dd05df.jpg"/></a>
      Oh, there it is. Inside of cylinder #3.<br>



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      Uh.....
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      <img src="http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view1/3987035/punch-drunk-love-o.gif" /><br>
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      Apparently while lining up the heavy-arsed, slippery-arsed head assembly with the engine block, that wire found its way inside the engine. Annnnnnnnnnd then I torqued it down. <br>
      <img src="http://s646.photobucket.com/user/ryanmcbride1985/media/wastedgasket_zpscb480fa1.jpg.html"> <br>
      <br>
      Pulled the head back off, 20 minutes after fully torquing it down. Guess that's another $30 gasket and ten x $10 bolts I won't be needing anymore. Gasket's destroyed. Sensor wire insulators are smashed up pretty good but the wires appear to be intact and luckily (?) the plug seems to be intact. :frown: <br>
      <br>
      Dear reader, I do hope at the very least that you are enjoying the entertainment value of the downright Sisyphean task of reviving my beloved '91 Cabriolet. I know I'm trying to. <br>
      <br>
      In spite of everything, I still have a good time working on this damn thing and every hurdle feels like I'm gaining "experience points." Why else would I continue? A saner man would have rolled this old bitch basket out to the street and set it on fire by this point.
      <br>
      Anyone else ever have this much disappointment/trouble/bad luck refurbishing an engine, or is this my punishment for having slighted the Volkswagen gods?
      <br>
      We have all had those "I can't believe that I was so frigging stupid." times.
      Some more than others.

      The ARP stud kit avail at SummitRacing or other places, are great for times like this as they are re-usable.
      Pricey at the start but after the second or 3rd time you take the head off, they pay for themselves.
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      03-27-2014 08:40 PM #49
      <img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y65/briano1234/bap11/DCP_8152.jpg"><br>
      Yep, thanks for the inspiration

      Quote Originally Posted by briano1234 View Post
      We have all had those "I can't believe that I was so frigging stupid." times.
      Some more than others.

      The ARP stud kit avail at SummitRacing or other places, are great for times like this as they are re-usable.
      Pricey at the start but after the second or 3rd time you take the head off, they pay for themselves.
      I wish I'd bought those bolts in the first place. I have like 4 or 5 sets of the cheaper headbolts sitting around that are apparently unusable. Still, $150 is outside of my bolt budget right now, and hopefully this is that last time I have to put it back together for a long time. Unless the head doesn't work, or the cylinders or the rings or the _____ is shot and I have to start from scratch again. I swear, for the kind of money I constantly sink into this car, I'd rather invest in an electric motor. To hell with this internal combustion bullcrap.

      Anyway, new gasket + headbolts on their way. Updates when they get here.

      I'm pretty sure this is the gasket I used before for this weird engine of mine. An early 90's 16v 2L Jetta Gasket. Hope it's the right one. <br>
      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks.../Engine/104/10
      Last edited by inlovewithavdubengine; 03-27-2014 at 08:53 PM.
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      04-07-2014 10:24 PM #50
      Well, I managed to pull apart the exhaust sensor wire while I was stripping off the smashed-up insulators and trying to assess whether the internal wire was too damaged to use. If it wasn't before, it is now.

      <img src="http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu185/ryanmcbride1985/exchaustwirey_zps6756937e.jpg">

      Oh well, just get a new one?

      http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks.../Exhaust/152/4

      $131 + shipping? Yikes. What's in there, platinum?
      Is soldering it back together an acceptable option?
      Might try a scrap yard.
      Last edited by inlovewithavdubengine; 04-07-2014 at 10:40 PM.
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