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      03-20-2017 04:16 PM #26
      You got lucky if you were able to cut all the sealant with a putty knife. I've had cars with so much sealant I couldn't easily get at the bolts on the a-pillar even knowing where they were.

      Another problem is sometimes there's so much sealant under the front lip of the fender that you can't reach it all (I've seen it an inch thick), and forcing the fender at all will bend it. In that case I could only think of one thing and it worked:

      Torch the sealant until it lights on fire and wait for it to burn up . After the fender was off, abundant cleanup to remove the evidence...

      You can choose to leave the fender if you live in Arizona and/or you're confident you have a rust free mk1.
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      03-20-2017 05:25 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by DiezNutz View Post
      surgical precision.
      Getting the fenders free is like 1/2 hour to 45mins each.....What do you charge by the hour? (Doc Chassin)...of course you DO! LOL. ME, I'm lazy! lol

      The trick is to take out all the bolts.....then with a massive Milwaukee Heat Gun warm up the A pillar lower...really warm and free that first, then do the same with the 'eyebrow' area over the turn signal light and the lower 'chin'....get it nice and warm so's you have to use gloves.

      Should pop off.

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    3. 03-20-2017 06:38 PM #28
      I like a 1500-watt heat gun and putty knives to soften up and remove seam sealer.
      You can try cutting through it cold, but it's unnecessary hard labor.

      I used to torch it but it creates a lot of black smoke and nasty fumes that I don't think are all that healthy to be breathing.
      Not to mention the potential fire hazard and metal warpage if things get carried away.

      Some doctors may advise differently
      Last edited by DiezNutz; 03-20-2017 at 06:42 PM.
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      03-20-2017 08:11 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by echassin View Post
      You got lucky if you were able to cut all the sealant with a putty knife. I've had cars with so much sealant I couldn't easily get at the bolts on the a-pillar even knowing where they were.

      Another problem is sometimes there's so much sealant under the front lip of the fender that you can't reach it all (I've seen it an inch thick), and forcing the fender at all will bend it. In that case I could only think of one thing and it worked:

      Torch the sealant until it lights on fire and wait for it to burn up . After the fender was off, abundant cleanup to remove the evidence.....

      ^^ This. I got all the bolts out and there was so much sealant I was afraid of causing more damage removing the fender than the rust that was already there. I didn't try a torch though.

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      03-20-2017 09:54 PM #30
      Saw a show on youtube that used dry ice to remove it. Speed Academy I believe. Worked like a charm, came off in huge frozen chunks.

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      03-20-2017 10:24 PM #31
      Thank God since it was a Florida car all its life it seems that there is very little rust and removing the fenders is not going to be required. Should have some stripped down shots later in the week. Still holding onto Cincy with a Scirocco not a Mini Cooper although it is a blast to drive.

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      Yesterday 09:43 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Brixy View Post
      Thank God since it was a Florida car all its life it seems that there is very little rust and removing the fenders is not going to be required. Should have some stripped down shots later in the week. Still holding onto Cincy with a Scirocco not a Mini Cooper although it is a blast to drive.
      You could loosen the bottom bolt behind the wheel, maybe pillar bolts, run a mirror up inside to see if there is any rust.
      This was the worst of the worst, save for the hatch area on my car.

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      Yesterday 09:06 PM #33
      Looking for some advice on whether I should clean up my original engine while out of the car or upgrade to a 1.8T while I am at it. This car when I got it 3 years ago already had a replacement 1.8 out of a 92 Jetta. Would love more power in the Scirocco as it seems they had more power in my memories of my first one back in the mid 80's than they really have. My mechanic friend is recommending I look for a donor beetle as these are easy swaps. If anyone who has done this could comment on whether it went well and how much difference in power it made it would certainly help me decide

    9. Yesterday 11:11 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Brixy View Post
      Looking for some advice on whether I should clean up my original engine while out of the car or upgrade to a 1.8T while I am at it. This car when I got it 3 years ago already had a replacement 1.8 out of a 92 Jetta. Would love more power in the Scirocco as it seems they had more power in my memories of my first one back in the mid 80's than they really have. My mechanic friend is recommending I look for a donor beetle as these are easy swaps. If anyone who has done this could comment on whether it went well and how much difference in power it made it would certainly help me decide
      I really should have bet money that you wouldn't be done by Cincy. [Assuming I could find any takers, that is. ]

      I guess like most things, 'easy' is relative depending on one's capabilities and available resources.
      I would hardly call a 1.8T a "bolt-in", although there are more enterprising solutions available now than there used to be - look up our friend Tech53.

      Vortex abounds with 1.8T -> Mk1 swap threads, so I'll be the first to wipe the crust out of your eyes, stick a lollipop in your hand, and briskly broom you in the general direction of the Search feature.

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