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    Thread: About to commence a progressive build on an 89 wagon

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      08-20-2012 09:34 AM #26
      Alright, so work has been insane and the progress on the fox is slow. The heater core inlet tube broke off while I was driving in stop and go traffic on a 100 degree day. I bypassed it for the time being. Through entire front suspension other than the springs is basically worthless so I've slowly been working at that. Current suck status is she won't drive. I took it to a buddies shop and had one of his tech's put them in, I think he didn't realign the new ball joints to where the old ones were since the passenger side axle won't stay engaged. I messed with it all weekend to no avail. So does anyone have any tips or tricks to get that ball joint to realign? I can get it within a half inch but no closer

      Also I'm on my phone. Sorry for spelling fails.

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      08-28-2012 10:40 AM #27
      well figured out that when he had the car in the air he didnt support the control arm and the axle yanked out of the inner cv so he just crammed it back in. thing is, it yanked its circlip out of its seat and when he pushed it back in it engaged slightly but was just jamming the clip in there, replaced the whole half shaft and cv assembly for $43 from rockauto (new, not reman) and poof she drives again. also paint work is almost complete. pics in next post.

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      08-28-2012 09:00 PM #28
      Paint progress!!!

      I sanded and cleaned each panel before painting, total paint and supplies cost was $24 and change, so it is what it is. It looks a million times better. I'm going to be adding a signal auto style stripe down each side with either a running fox logo or the actual fox logo painted in near the rear. cant decide if i should reverse it on the passenger side or not. I'm going to price out pints of matte black and matte clear tonight and probably hit it with an actual spray gun in the near future.















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      08-28-2012 09:06 PM #29
      oh i found more pictures of the exhaust too. if you guys want i can get some of the actual system i fabbed up with flaps parts.






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      08-28-2012 09:48 PM #30
      also, while I'm still talking to myself, has anyone done power windows? does any old universal kit work?

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      08-28-2012 11:45 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by toast_king View Post
      also, while I'm still talking to myself, has anyone done power windows? does any old universal kit work?
      Don't know of anyone that has, but there's no reason a standard kit wouldn't work.

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      08-29-2012 09:24 AM #32
      thanks! because of the plans for custom door panels it would really just work better to have power

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      08-29-2012 09:35 AM #33
      stripe is on and i must say, im pretty proud of myself!

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      Done!


      going down the side in 3 steps so you can see how sexy it is:



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      08-29-2012 12:13 PM #34
      i like that a lot!

      are you just using rattlecans?

      nice custom work. I really love a wagon in matte black...I have been considering it for a year now.
      How a VW Fox Wagon sucked me back in...a build thread

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      08-29-2012 09:55 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by redone17 View Post
      i like that a lot!

      are you just using rattlecans?

      nice custom work. I really love a wagon in matte black...I have been considering it for a year now.
      yeah its all rattlecan! 11.5 to be exact. and at $0.97 a can, its the most economical paint job ever!

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      09-14-2012 12:19 AM #36
      ok so while waiting for work to slow down so i can get the entire front suspension replaced with new parts (all sitting in the back seat) I've been doing little things to continue making her my own. Here's some of the pics:

      Got a new passenger side regulator (still need to find a driver side, have a brand new passenger side to trade if anyone needs it) and added power windows, well one...



      added a tach tonight (figured out the wiring after a brief hiccup)

      tried to get the red LED dash lights to show up too, not so lucky...


      when its off:


      when its on:


      the mounting and wire routing. since my dimmer switch is broken and jumped i figured screw it! (also painted the back of the tach flat black so it didnt stick out so bad

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      09-14-2012 03:57 PM #37
      That is a rad line down the side... I want to copy.

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      09-15-2012 02:57 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by themagellan View Post
      That is a rad line down the side... I want to copy.
      feel free man! it was super easy! just 2 inch blue painters tape and some satin black rattle can paint for a buck at home depot!

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      09-16-2012 08:49 PM #39
      changed my heater core today. all can say is what a complete PITA!






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      09-16-2012 10:21 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by toast_king View Post
      changed my heater core today. all can say is what a complete PITA!
      But doesn't it feel good knowing you did it and some dealer didn't cut up your glove box?

      Still a daunting task nonetheless

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      09-16-2012 10:24 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by j-boogie253 View Post
      But doesn't it feel good knowing you did it and some dealer didn't cut up your glove box?

      Still a daunting task nonetheless

      I paid $300 for the car, I'll never pay to have it worked on unless it's a buddy and cheap.


      It'll feel good after about a week of solid driving making sure there aren't any leaks and the heat is reliable. I'm sure I'll notice a wire I forgot to hook up soon...

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      09-16-2012 11:10 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by toast_king View Post
      I paid $300 for the car, I'll never pay to have it worked on unless it's a buddy and cheap.
      I hear that

      The only time any of my cars have been to a "shop" was for a windshield replacement

      Keep up the good work and get more pics of those power windows when you get a chance

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      09-17-2012 12:00 AM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by j-boogie253 View Post
      I hear that

      The only time any of my cars have been to a "shop" was for a windshield replacement

      Keep up the good work and get more pics of those power windows when you get a chance

      Will do! Currently tryIng to acquIre a drIvers sIde regulator...

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      09-25-2012 11:43 AM #44
      well, got the drivers side regulator AND working factory exterior door handles! Maybe it's almosst time for those bentley badges I think the interior will be on hold until it gets warm again, this should get me through the winter reliably.

      finally have power windows on both sides!



      took the old ventshades from my last car and cut them to fit so now i don't have to worry about getting rained on!


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      09-26-2012 04:35 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by toast_king View Post
      well, got the drivers side regulator AND working factory exterior door handles! Maybe it's almosst time for those bentley badges I think the interior will be on hold until it gets warm again, this should get me through the winter reliably.

      finally have power windows on both sides!



      took the old ventshades from my last car and cut them to fit so now i don't have to worry about getting rained on!

      hey toast_king wagons looking sexy i love your powered regulators where did you get them by chance??? also have you done a in depth install for them and wireing please and thanks

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      09-26-2012 04:38 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by toast_king View Post
      changed my heater core today. all can say is what a complete PITA!





      yo toast_king why did you remove the whole dash ive replaced my heater core and all i removed was the center console and the lower dash piece and the blower motor along with the bottom plastic

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      09-27-2012 09:16 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by woodardman View Post
      yo toast_king why did you remove the whole dash ive replaced my heater core and all i removed was the center console and the lower dash piece and the blower motor along with the bottom plastic
      I have a/c in my wagon so the heater box has the cooler in the bottom of the box, making it taller and impossible to just wrench out. Plus it really only takes like 15 minutes to get the whole dash out if you've done it once before.

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      09-27-2012 09:20 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by woodardman View Post
      hey toast_king wagons looking sexy i love your powered regulators where did you get them by chance??? also have you done a in depth install for them and wireing please and thanks
      I got the power motors and a 4 door power door lock kit with keyless for $100 on ebay, just search power window conversion kit and it should come up with plenty. As for the write up... i have not, mainly because the kits come with instructions and i dont enjoy redundancy.

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      09-27-2012 02:57 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by toast_king View Post
      I have a/c in my wagon so the heater box has the cooler in the bottom of the box, making it taller and impossible to just wrench out. Plus it really only takes like 15 minutes to get the whole dash out if you've done it once before.
      i have A/C to ehh what ever way works for you theres prolly a diff between the wagon and the sedan

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      09-27-2012 03:57 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by woodardman View Post
      i have A/C to ehh what ever way works for you theres prolly a diff between the wagon and the sedan
      Could be a pre-post knee bar difference. 1987-1989 the dash was one piece, 1990-1993 you can pull the knee bar which opens up a lot of room to work.

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