I don't normally venture into the forums much on here except for DIYs but I thought I would give it a go for once.
I recently got rid of my somewhat beat, high mileage, rusty B6 Audi A4 for a pretty much mint low mileage Jetta VR6 GLX, no rust, only one dent and couple scuffs, timing chains done 20,000km ago and ran like a top.
However, on the way home on the highway I managed to seize the motor.
Broken on the highway
I'm guessing a failed oil pump or something of that nature, paired with highway speeds ended up with a hefty tow bill to my mechanic. I got a call from him the next week quoting me $3400 for a new motor and install (f*ck that!)
He encouraged me to do the swap on my own, mk3 vr6s being an easier motor to pull and I have a heated garage to do the swap in and all the required tools and equipment, so I decided it was a good idea and would save me roughly $2000-2500 in labour.
So I towed it home.. and dug in (day one)
Well I had no idea what I was doing but I learned really quick and had a pretty good time pulling the engine, mostly on my own but with my friends passing in and out to lend a hand. Took me roughly 10hrs give or take a couple and the motor was out, tomorrow I will be going to talk to my guy about buying his motor and hopefully get everything swapped over in the next couple days and have the motor in by the end of the week
After the CV axles.. gross
Pretty nervous at this point lol
So much room for activities!
I will be cleaning up the bay tomorrow probably, as well as trying to get the new motor to it's new home.
Not going to tuck the bay fully but I have deleted a couple things and will be making it look nice and clean and by the time I have the new engine in it will look better than new.
I also ordered some new stage 0.5 mounts from BFI which should be here soon, just kind of a "while I'm in there" thing. Wish I had more money for new parts to put on while I have the engine out but my funds are running dangerously low being out of work at the moment.
I will also get some better pictures up (sorry for the potato quality photos) once I'm all finished and have fully detailed the car and have it looking as good as it will get.
Plans for the near future include some new coils, it's on some ****ty cup kit, some real wheels (thinking klutch republik), a proper VR lip, a new grille and a shaved trunk. If I can get those done for show season I will be very happy. After that I will be boosting it. Haven't looked too much into anything because that wont be until next winter most likely but I will be going with a turbo kit for sure, superchargers aren't enough bang for the buck it seems. I want to be sneaking up on porsches and making them feel silly haha
That's it for now! I will keep this thread updated as well as I can.
If anyone wants to follow the build on IG (I'm on there more frequently) my tag is h0oddub same as on here.