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      09-26-2012 05:37 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by SouthernRoads View Post
      whats the condition of that 16v? i want to put one in my truck one of these days

      It's decent. 2.0L 16V running on Rado Digi 1. Depending what I do with that caddy, it may keep it as is, or get swapped over to a non forced induction ECU, or turn into a 16VT, or become a 20VT on a standalone...




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    2. 09-26-2012 06:58 PM #27
      Dang Scott... Getting crap done! This is gonna be the inspiration for me to get on mine? No way I can let you make the a1 classic and not me! Haha

      Keep it up, I'm watching this!

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      09-27-2012 12:35 AM #28
      Haha Erik. If I make it you gots no excuse lol...

      So today the last wheel came in. Was going to make up a shopping list for parts to put on the credit card and got side tracked...

      I decided to do a zero dollar axle flip to even out the stance... not only did I go this route because im a cheap ass, I just don't like the bolt on kits from an engineering stand point....

      After the axle is removed notice the locater pin. The round part is obviously on the bottom of the spring because that's where the axle was. This needs to be flipped to the top..





      Now the round part of the pin is on the right side of the spring...



      Then used a cut off wheel to get the spring plates off of the axle...



      Notice the axle has holes in it for the pin. I placed the plates on the spring to see how much they protrude. The barely stuck out of the plate so rather than drill a pair of holes I wasn't sure where to put in the beam, I decided to shave the pin down with a 5" sander... I only took off maybe 0.030".....



      After that centered up the beam and bolted it in...side to side I centered it up to the old rust lines left on the beam by the u bolts...
      I remember people saying that they noticed after lowering caddy's the axle seems off center. Even though the distance from my spring to the backing plate is exactly the same on both sides, I have noticed this too... Passenger side sticks out 1/2 inch further!




      Jacked it back up, loosened the u bolts and slid the beam 1/4 inch to the drivers side. Much better!





      And finally .............




      I think I got a chubber.


      I still have to adjust the front-back since its 1/8" off between the left and right side, then I will weld the plates back on the axle. I ran out of time tonight. I didn't get out there til 9pm and only worked til 11. Considering nothing was even taken off yet(all brakes and everything were still hooked up) I think it was decent progress

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      09-27-2012 12:51 AM #29
      She sits nice.
      Once you go "clack", you never go back.

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      09-27-2012 01:27 AM #30
      Thanks! I agree. Couldn't be happier with where it's at.

      I kinda look forward to it moving on its own power and parking it next to the Ford for comparison..

      Yes. Im a mess and have lots of vehicular interest.
      I don't think the caddy is going to handle the mud as well...

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      09-27-2012 02:38 AM #31
      That's a super sweet looking ride! You did a fantastic job on the body work!
      I wish I lived closer... I'd try to talk you out of those late westy fenders and grill.
      I hope my Cabby turns out half as nice as your Caddy!
      It's hip to be square!
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      09-27-2012 11:41 AM #32
      Nice job on the paint! Looks great!

      I'd drop off my Rabbit and let you paint it, but I'm afraid when I got it back, it'd be round eyed.

      I think that truck is going to be awesome. I'd stick with the diesel and maybe turbo it. You were saying you wanted to do this to save money on fuel. You can't argue with 50mpg.
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      09-29-2012 01:13 AM #33
      Nothing wrong with round eyes!
      Although thinking way back in the day on my buddies mk1 gti, on the other caddy I may consider doing Rocco 2 euros. Gives a real chunky look to a mk1.

      Welp I found a motor. I hope it runs. Stopped off for the night in Stuart to get a few hours of sleep, then up at 5(I hope) to head down to lake worth to be there by 7 to pick up this 1.6D....

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      09-29-2012 01:56 AM #34
      good progress! Yeah i have the same problem right now with my rear axle shifted to one side.

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      09-29-2012 05:16 AM #35
      Yeah! I think yours is one of the posts I saw. What did you do to flip it? Did you get the shift resolved?(without a 1/2" spacer on one wheel)

      Good morning! 4 hours of sleep, let's dtive south an hour and change, go pick up this diesel, then about 4 hours of driving back to the house

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    11. 09-29-2012 07:53 AM #36
      Get that motor in that thing is looking so sexy!

      If I knew you were coming my way I would have seen if you could have brought a passenger side diesel motor mount. I am at the point now where I will just cut one down to use it!

      Sucks being ready to drop a motor in and not being able to find a mount local.

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      09-29-2012 10:26 AM #37
      Well I got the motor in.... in the back pf the dodge lol. Its dirty rusty and ugly but supposedly runs.

      I tell you what.. I know there's a mount in the wrecking yard. Make it worth my while to pull it and I will go get it Monday and mail it to you.



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      09-29-2012 10:39 AM #38
      *prays to vw gods that motor runs*

      and you must have ran through my neck of the woods, you went down 95 to lakeworth right?

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      09-29-2012 10:52 AM #39
      I did actually. Stopped for the night in Jensen at my parents. Off 95 at midway then us1 Walton and green river parkway. But didn't get to Jensen til 12 and left at 6am. Not much of a social trip.

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      09-29-2012 03:56 PM #40
      yup right by me.


      hope your motor works out for you!

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      09-29-2012 06:29 PM #41
      Thanks! Me too! What part of town you in? I will see if I can look you up next time I come down.

      Just woke up. Long day. On the way back I detoured through orlando and stopped by Triangle ... pair of vented rotors, pads, front and rear wheel bearings, control arm bushings, timing belt roller, and some clutch bits to go with the new disc an pp that came with the truck(pushrod bushing, pushrod seal, input shaft seal, throw out bearing). Then stopped by a naps to pick up a timing belt, oil, filter, and some "engine rebuild in a can" ie spray paint.
      Going to cook some dinner and get everything unloaded and figure out what im going to do next this evening

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      09-30-2012 12:00 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedOne View Post
      Thanks! Me too! What part of town you in? I will see if I can look you up next time I come down.

      Just woke up. Long day. On the way back I detoured through orlando and stopped by Triangle ... pair of vented rotors, pads, front and rear wheel bearings, control arm bushings, timing belt roller, and some clutch bits to go with the new disc an pp that came with the truck(pushrod bushing, pushrod seal, input shaft seal, throw out bearing). Then stopped by a naps to pick up a timing belt, oil, filter, and some "engine rebuild in a can" ie spray paint.
      Going to cook some dinner and get everything unloaded and figure out what im going to do next this evening

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      im in port saint lucie, 15 minutes from jensen, thats actually where i go to the beach if i do go.

      sounds like you have your work cut out for you. wish i was closer, seems to always be the problem when i want to help out other dubbers

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      10-01-2012 12:55 AM #43
      Damn, what a weekend

      So yeah.. Drove all over creation yesterday between getting the motor, getting parts from one place, then going to NAPA to get the timing belt...
      Last night go to get the new belt on so I can drop the motor in today...
      FREAKIN NAPA... They gave me a gasser belt. Boy was I pissed.. Had to drive waaay the hell out of my way to get it after being on the road all day in a dually, and to make it worse it costs almost as much in fuel to return it now since I don't go over to that hell hole area very often. I dont understand how it got screwed up.. Called the location I usually go to, they say they dont have one but Eatonville does.. Go over there, pick it up.. The receipt even says 1.6L diesel.. Part number is even using the OE vw numbers.. So last night I go on Contitech's website and punch the part number in, its for a gasser like I suspected.. Get the diesel number off Autohaus AZ's website, then go back to NAPA's site and look up a belt for a 1.6 diesel, and get the same number as Autohaus AZ's site...
      So up til 2am trying to figure out who has one of these bastards in stock, and the closest I can find is the main hub store for Autozone clear down in another sh!thole area in the heart of the Orlando hood, over an hour from the house..
      I get to bed about 230, drag myself out of bed by 7 something still tired from the day before and head down to Autozone.. Decided to get a water pump, thermostat, v belt, hoses, etc as well. Ran by Harbor Junk while I was in the 'hood as well to pick up some sh*tty tools. Im sure the 5 pack of wire brushes will fling all the bristles off and lodge them into my leg in the first 30 seconds of use on a cordless drill, but figured they were worth a shot..
      Long story short, finally back to the house by like 2pm.. Spend some time with my girl and head out back...

      I decided its been long enough since the bead blaster was working, so I finally got my bead blaster operational first.. My dad bought it used for his business in the 90s, and when he closed in like 98 I had him hold it in his garage for me until I got a place I could keep it.. Finally in 2007 I took posession of it, and in 2012 I made it work again.. I wonder why I waited so long...

      So, back to the engine.. It looked like royal sh*t when I got it, covered with flaky rust but supposedly a good runner... One thing is for sure, it has hardly any miles on it or it NEVER had the oil changed, or the previous owner was meticulous..Because it had a genuine VW filter on it.. Not even a MANN, but genuine down to the huge VW Audi logo.. I havent seen one of those in a good while..







      Today it doesn't look a hell of alot better... I am not sure how long this motor is going to be in there, and I just want it to run... I didnt want to have to fully retime the pump, so I didnt take it off to clean the brackets all that good.. So it got a spray can rebuild, and not a very good one...

      After the spray can rebuild, I replaced the timing belt.. I went to replace the water pump, and the second bolt broke off.. Third bolt felt like it was twisting.. Since the clutch looked like new, I figured maybe this thing has had some decent maintance and rather than get into a big can of worms with busted bolts I decided to quit while I was ahead and not worry about the water pump or thermostat. I did replace the rear main on the engine.
      I wasnt aware that VW decided not to put ANY timing marks on the pulleys, so I switched gears and pulled the tranny off the engine from the caddy.. Replaced the throw out bearing, pushrod bushing and seal and input shaft seal. Cleaned about 1/4 inch of grime from the bellhousing. Mated the tranny to the motor, and got the timing belt put on and started dressing the motor out..

      With the bead blaster running, my girlfriend was cool enough to blast the timing cover, valve cover, intake manifold, AC comp tensioner, and the alt tensioner. Thanks babe!

      So TONIGHT, I went to paint those parts.. I cant wait to see the contrast.. Rather than spray bombing the parts that came from the bead blaster, I went ahead did something special...

      Also, I am not a fan of clipper kits, but I hate the look of MkI's with absolutely no bumpers.. Since a clipper bumper is all I have laying around, I decided the other day to go ahead and use it until the financial pain of this build dies a bit and I can spring for some chrome euros or find some nice us bumpers to mod..
      Since I plan to put the engine in tomorrow evening, and its a royal mother to get the bumper bolts in with the motor in and dressed, it meant I had to paint the bumper tonight... Yay, 9pm and I am fixing to BEGIN prepping the bumper for paint... Wheres the "yawning" emoticon?



      Dont worry, it actually looks like hell, LOL... It was chipped and gouged to hell and back... Im partly in a hurry, and dont plan to keep it very long, so I just wanted to make it look better than nothing...


      Remember the parts my girl cleaned in the bead blaster? The rest of the engine may look like ass, but some of it wont



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      10-01-2012 01:01 AM #44
      you should make your stories into picture stories


      feel your pain about the timing belt

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      10-01-2012 01:14 AM #45
      I did post some pics, but you posted before the edit was done

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      10-01-2012 01:33 AM #46
      dude send me that hood youre using as a workbench

      err i mean...

      love the blau but that engine needs some serious treatment!

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      10-01-2012 01:35 AM #47
      i like what goes on here. and I See A Bug

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      10-02-2012 11:55 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbitnothopper View Post
      dude send me that hood youre using as a workbench

      err i mean...

      love the blau but that engine needs some serious treatment!
      LOL.. that hood bench is pretty good, but its dented in the front.. If you werent 1400 miles away we could problably work something out.. I just needed a clean flat surface to spray the parts.

      I agree though, the rest of the engine needs some serious help.. But everything is so rusty Im afraid of breaking off bolt after bolt in an effort to just clean it.. I will focus the pretty effort on one of my other core motors once I get the truck mobile.

      Quote Originally Posted by SouthernRoads View Post
      i like what goes on here. and I See A Bug
      Thanks, and yeah, thats my 60 Euro bug in the background you see. After another 4 or 5 projects get done, I will probably work on that. Its a mostly original, very solid 60 model complete with a 36 horse and semaphores..

      Back to the truck!
      Got the motor "in" last night.. Not much is really hooked up to it. Its basically just bolted in the truck. No accessories. I crushed the fuel line in the rear when I put it on my trailer so thats going to have to wait til the next time I lift the truck in the rear to get fixed. I still dont have the dash wiring in yet either..





      So I grabbed the gas tank from an old briggs engine, ran it to the filter, threw the battery in and hotwired the cut off solenoid and starter solenoid just to see if it ran before I went any further..

      At first I was getting nervous. Crank and crank and crank and nothing coming out of the injector lines.. I opened the vent on the filter, nothing. I removed the banjo from the pump and managed to suck fuel with moderate effort.. Not sure how much suction it was supposed to take I put my finger over the hole in the pump and cranked, sure enough I was sucking harder on the banjo to draw fuel than the pump did... Long story short, found a damned dirt dobber manged to plug up the banjo fitting on the line that feeds the filter. Apparantly it doesnt take them long to build a nest in anything.

      Got that cleared out, slopped diesel fuel over EVERYTHING putting it back together...

      Cranked the starter and bled the lines, and she fired to life!!!!





      THAT THING BLEW SOME SERIOUS COAL LOL....

      Since I dont have anything hooked up to the engine, especially things like a radiator, I ran it just long enough to prove it ran..

      After a few startups the smoke did die down too.. That kind of made me happy, kind of disappointed, LOL..

      One problem I didnt realize until now is the bolt is broken off that holds the ac compressor to the main bracket.. so I need to figure something out since I am not taking the engine back out to fix this bolt hole.. I dont need ac until another 8 months or so at this point, and I might have a different motor in it by then. But i need to come up with an alternator pulley that sticks out further so its in line with the water pump and crank pully, and the right belt length.

    24. 10-02-2012 02:08 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedOne View Post
      Back to the truck!
      Dear Sir,

      YOU SUCK!

      Sincerely,
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      10-02-2012 02:22 PM #50
      Lol wtf!
      Your car is 90% assembled!
      Im here ordering parts hoping they get here in time.

      My to do list by next week:
      Figure out alternator belt issue so I can have a belt
      All underwood wiring
      Strip and paint and install doors hood and taillight fillers
      Front brakes wheel bearings etc
      Rear brakes wheel bearings etc
      Radiator and associated crap
      Windshield back windows door windows and wipers
      Install cab wiring. Hope chassis wiring works
      Weld axle to spring perches
      Remove clean gas tank reinstall
      Work my job@50 hrs a week
      Two nights out with girl friend
      Get front tires put on
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      That's to be at the gtg with no interior lol
      And im sure I forgot stuff

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