Well done Doug!!
I thought of doing something similar, as in the mock-up below. Unfortunately, I only have basic mechanic tools.
If I could find a socket end big enough to cut up and hook onto the ball it would be good to go.
I'm not sure where you're located, but I could modify your shift rod and the arm that goes onto the selector shaft in the transmission for cheap. I've got all the parts already. The only downside is if something were to happen you're stuck with it.. For me it's not a big deal because I'm putting a 6 speed dog box with a sequential shifter in the car when the engine goes in.
Alternatively, apparently this is a genuine Audi bushing. I've ordered from these guys before.
Thank you for your offer and will definitely keep it in mind if I'm unable to resolve on my end.
Spoke to 034 and a rep there asked me yesterday via e-mail if I want another bushing sent to me or a refund. I need to speak to them on the phone before I make a decision.
That link you sent me is definitely the bushing in question. From the looks of it, many Audis and some VWs came with the same bushing, and for sure those cars are experiencing this issue.
It wasn't today, but a few weeks ago....
Great story, but long...
About 2 years ago, my slave cylinder failed and I didn't have the time to drop the trans, so i brought it to the shop. I brought them a full clutch kit, new master, slave, and 034 braided line. A bit later, they called and said the slave cylinder broke off in the trans when they tried to remove it. So I figured it was going to take them a while and i needed to buy a cheap interim car, so I told them to hold off and I'd move it to my house to do in the spring. I bought a 2003 Passat for cheap money and after a bit, went by the shop to check on my car. I found a chunk of the bellhousing of the transmission sitting on the passenger seat.
The tech had tried to bang out the roll pin while the trans was in the car and had missed and broken the whole top of the bell housing off so the trans was now junk.
I told them I was planning on a driveline swap anyway and not to worry about it and I'd get the car when I was ready... seeing as how they were the ones who broke it. They have a huge area whete they keep their parts and project cars so it wasn't a problem to leave it thete. Fast forward to a few weeks ago: I pull out of my road to go to the post office. I see my buddy pull in behind me on the road in his scrapping truck with the trailer attached. My QSW was on the freaking trailer! I pulled off and followed him to his house and told him "That's my car!" He laughed and said, "Sure."
I said, "No, seriously, that's my actual car. "
The shop decided to clean out their lot after like 20 or 30 years and the owner gave my QSW to him to scrap. Registered and insured the whole time (don't ask me why I kept paying for that...). I went by and started it up every month or two.
He didn't even call me! I called him and started yelling and he had my buddy tow it to my house. They had swiped my Recaro seat and the alpine head unit. The seat is at the shop and i have to go by and have it out with this guy.
I know the car was there a long time, but it was their fault it had to be off the road all this time. He knows he would be liable since he never called me and never filed for an abandoned vehicle. Jeez, all he had to do was call me and ask me to move it. He claimed he didn't have my number... even though he does and has called me before. If i hadn't left my house at that exact moment, my car would be a cube of crushed metal!
And I just recently got my AEB Engine swap, 01E transmission, and JHM rebuild kit for the trans. I was just about ready to do the driveline swap. How freaking crazy is this?!
You can't make this **** up!
So now I have to really get moving on the swap and get her back on the road!
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You sir are very lucky!!! Glad you caught it in time. I'd probably go postal if someone did something like that to one of my cars without giving any heads up that they wanted to clear their yard out.
Last edited by QuantumMechanic; 12-13-2018 at 02:27 PM.