Now that I finally finished my chick's Diesel Jetta, I am now free to work on my own project. I have had an 84 Mercedes 190d that I have been building a 3.0 inline 6 gas motor for and working on for quite some time but I stumbled on a deal to get this cab and couldn't pass it up. Now I am abandoning my RWD rocket car!
I had an 86 cabby a while back with 32,000 original miles but cosmetically, it needed a lot of work. I ended up trading it to a friend for her 190d that she could never get keep running as a favor. It sounded like a fun project anyways. Unfortunately, that car is still around (with some really good parts,migh I add) but it is in miserably depressing condition. Her old hacker ex boyfriend THOUGHT that he could work on cars and took it out whenever he wanted, abusing the heck out of it. So it goes. I won't go in depth with my lengthy mercedes story, but let's just say for the most part I wish I never got rid of the VW.
My new car is a late 88 tripple white crabbit. It has 82,00 miles and is in decent shape. The passenger fender is a little mangled and there is some slight cancer that had been poorly bondo'ed around the base of the top...but all in all, it was worth every bit of $700. I bought it from a young lady asking $800 because her transmission "went out". When I came to look at it, I saw that it had all BRAND new tires on it, and she told me that she just had a new clutch put in before it broke. I was completely honest with her and told her that these cars have a tricky shift linkage. I even tried to talk her into keeping it because it is a good car and it was probably an easy fix. I even showed her where the shift linkage was and how it had popped off. Being the nice guy paid off because she still insisted on getting rid of it AND she even took another $100 dollars off of her asking price on her own accord It also wouldn't start at the time. She didn't know why because she just bought a new starter....but looking at it, the battery was from 06 and the + cable was hanging on by a few threads. I bought it without even hearing it run.
I had it towed home, charged the battery, put 10 dollars worth of shift bushings into it and a rear motor mount that cost $15 bucks and it started right up and drove like a champ!! I also noticed when it started that it sounded like it had an exhaust leak. It turned out to be one of two "C" clamps was missing from the toilet bowl flange on the exhaust manifold. Luckily I had an extra laying around and the actual Hazet tool to put them on!
I just got a new battery and replaced the battery cable today. There is an erratic voltage hinting that the voltage regulator is bad but the alternator itself is looking a little shady. I am wondering if it is even the correct one for the car. I just got it smogged the other day and passed by a miracle but I still haven't been able to get the high idle down. I have been spraying carb cleaner but cant find a distinct vacuum leak. I think there are actually several haha. The idle will also surge from time to time with the amperage so I am treating that as my first culprit. I also want to simplify the mess of lines and breather hoses. I grabbed a couple of treats from the junkyard yesterday to help me with my simplification process. I grabbed the larger boot off of an early rabbit and the throttle body boot off of a digi car. There is only one hole in the digi boot for the aux air pump. I need to study the evap diagrams more before I finalize my decision but I would really like to take off all that junk and throw it on once a year for smog.
I will write up later on some of my ideas for the car but as a teaser, some of my plans include throwing in an early FF diesel transmission that I have laying around instead of the close ratio 9A, and putting on my koni adjustable shocks with neuspeed springs. I am just waiting for some bushings and other toys to show up and I will get started on it. I am wayyy to excited about this car.