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    1. Member Stromaluski's Avatar
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      08-18-2020 09:36 AM #10001
      Quote Originally Posted by thegave View Post
      Pressed the new motor mount in. Only 10 am, itís already over 90F and Iím exhausted.

      Is that mount upside down? I would think you'd want the bulk of the rubber underneath the bolt hole so that there's more cushion for the weight of the motor to sit on?

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      08-18-2020 11:21 AM #10002
      The direction is correct. The engine is being weighted on the bracket. The center is the body of the car.

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      08-23-2020 01:22 PM #10003
      The back-ordered motor mount inserts from Mk1autohaus finally arrived on Friday. A day early in fact so I was hopeful I could get everything back together for a track day on Sunday.



      I finished buttoning everything up on Saturday at about 5. In all - new motor mount, new timing belt/tensioner, new v-belt, new rad, new oil cooler. I was super excited to go for a test drive but of course nothing is ever smooth sailing with these cars (skills?)






      It looks like I forgot to tighten the nut for the alternator lower bolt and it liberated itself, scuffing my new v-belt. And the oil cooler fittings leaked just about all of my oil. I did let the car idle before I went for my drive but the oil just wouldnít get hot enough to open the thermostat. Any suggestions for how to recheck the fittings without actually going for a drive?

      It also turns out that even with the new rad and oil cooler the car still runs 3/4 hot with a low temp stat and fan switch, unless I have the heat on full blast, then the temperature is perfect. So Iíll have to upgrade the rad fan I guess. Or roast myself.

      Oh and Iíll repeat Brianoís tech tip here for anyone replacing the passenger mount - replace the two rear Allen head bolts with hex head. Saved me a lot of time and aggro.
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      08-25-2020 09:24 AM #10004
      Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
      The direction is correct. The engine is being weighted on the bracket. The center is the body of the car.
      Good call. I was imagining it the other way around in my head.

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      08-25-2020 01:02 PM #10005
      What radiator are you running?

      I have a mk2 unit in mine and it is much wider.
      The fan shroud needed slight mods to fit and had to dimple a hole for the pin on the drivers side in the core support.

      But my rad fans never come on.
      Even idling in a traffic jam she never sees above 2/3 on the gauge.

      With a mk1 radiator the fans would come on at about 3/4
      smiles per gallon in a tdi rabbit are unreal

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      08-25-2020 07:16 PM #10006
      I have an ebay aluminum standard width rad. Can't go any wider because of the intercooler. I was running hoodless which I think is less than ideal for rad fan efficiency and I'm also missing the top baffle for the rad so need to take care of both those things and try again.

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      08-25-2020 07:36 PM #10007
      Quote Originally Posted by thegave View Post
      I have an ebay aluminum standard width rad. Can't go any wider because of the intercooler. I was running hoodless which I think is less than ideal for rad fan efficiency and I'm also missing the top baffle for the rad so need to take care of both those things and try again.
      You ever look into S&Pís radiator/intercooler setup?


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      08-25-2020 07:37 PM #10008





      Wiring and more wiring


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      08-25-2020 08:26 PM #10009
      Quote Originally Posted by 69vdub View Post
      You ever look into S&Pís radiator/intercooler setup?


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      I have but it's exxy and not "correct" for the Callaway kit.

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      08-25-2020 08:33 PM #10010
      Had it brought home...

      Details will be at https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...scuing-a-Caddy

      Current project - 1981 VW Caddy 2.0 16v
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      09-01-2020 11:24 PM #10011
      Cut and welded a section on my fan shroud so my shroud actually fits my mk2 radiator.

      Rewired and relayed the cooling fans.


      Ripped out a bunch of wiring I did very poorly as a young person.

      Welded in a new flex section in the down pipe.

      Relocated the battery behind the passenger seat with a circuit breaker.

      Rewired the alternator and starter.

      Still a long way to go.

      Seems like the lists just get longer.

      Been on a couple week streak.

      Still to do:
      Rewire interior accessories.
      Add illumination to instrument cluster.
      Weld in passenger seat mounts.

      Find new mk5 seatbelt

      Pull out the exhaust and repair a section.

      Re-engineer the mounts.

      Pull the topper remove the sealer and replace with correct seal I found via information here.

      Fix my rear bulkhead.

      Hit up scrap yard for additional steel for additional chassis stiffening. ..

      And I stil need an interior... no carpets ect.

      Remake a center console.

      Fix (small thank god) rust hole on passenger floor

      Oh and pull the driver fender and fix some strut tower crustyness.
      And oh yeah my antenna grommet is missing. ...
      smiles per gallon in a tdi rabbit are unreal

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      09-08-2020 09:58 PM #10012
      Took it out for groceries.

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      09-09-2020 03:12 PM #10013
      Quote Originally Posted by 69vdub View Post
      where'd you get that neat little tool?

      edit: found it https://www.eastwood.com/magnetic-soldering-clamp.html
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      09-11-2020 12:18 PM #10014
      Took mine out for the first time with the frame and new Toyota leaf springs. And battery relocate behind pass seat.

      All I can say is wow.
      I had flushed and fully drained coolant, so of course it overheated when I tried to drive it.

      Vapor locked coolant

      That was fun. I mean genuinely. Havenít had that much fun in years.

      Purged it. Topped with water.

      Really REALLY enjoyed my rad-fan- bypass switch to cool things off.

      All I can say is W. O. W.
      I no longer feel the need to feather the throttle when returning to idle.

      So smooth.
      A true joy to drive now.

      Now, I need to get on with evolution #3 of my vnt turbo controller.
      She is ready to get serious now.
      Been limiting myself to 5psi and delayed onset of boost.
      I think I can rearward myself with 9-10psi and throttle actuated actuator.

      I still need to make passenger seat mounts, I was wanting to get a new seatbelt because the Mk5 belt I got from the junk yard was damaged by some ass-hat with a cutting torch.

      Salvage yards wonít let me into the yard with smoke here in pnw
      And they arenít letting employees pull parts.

      I want to order online but a hold got put on my card and they take 15 business days after faxing in confirmations to lift is...
      Itís like the world doesnít want my passenger to be safe.

      Iíll just let my gf think Itís still too rattly to drive ;p

      I love my mk1 truck

      Also still need to re-seal my topper
      smiles per gallon in a tdi rabbit are unreal

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      09-11-2020 12:21 PM #10015







      Continued my ce2 swap, wired my speedhut gauges up to the oem wiring


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      09-11-2020 12:34 PM #10016
      So killer.

      How did you attached the gauges to the factory bezel?

      Did you retain the factory circuit board for any functions (warning lights, turn signal indicator, High beam indicator, etc)?

      Very very cool.....

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      09-11-2020 12:55 PM #10017
      Quote Originally Posted by El Scotto View Post
      So killer.

      How did you attached the gauges to the factory bezel?

      Did you retain the factory circuit board for any functions (warning lights, turn signal indicator, High beam indicator, etc)?

      Very very cool.....
      I had to make a back plate that was the design of the oem.

      No factory board. The gauges came with all their own wiring and harness. All I did was take that wiring and wire it up to the mk3 fusebox.
      This isnít what I used. It was more of a mock up to see if my idea would work. That was a very thin piece of aluminum and bent super easy. But thatís basically how I fit them.


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      09-14-2020 01:33 PM #10018
      Got the new pivot brackets and installed wing windows on the GTI.


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      09-14-2020 02:26 PM #10019
      Quote Originally Posted by veedubman72 View Post
      Got the new pivot brackets and installed wing windows on the GTI.

      Nice. Those seals are such a pita to replace lol


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      09-14-2020 03:01 PM #10020
      Quote Originally Posted by 69vdub View Post
      Nice. Those seals are such a pita to replace lol
      I know what you mean as I replaced the ones on the caddy, but they were surprisingly easy this time around

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      09-14-2020 03:38 PM #10021
      Pulled the topper for a correct seal.

      Anyone who is considering it.
      On a caddy,
      Never use sealer to affix your topper.

      Not only was it removing some factory paint upon removal i was lucky to get the topper off in one piece.

      I feel stupid for ignoring, then forgetting how much my fiberglass was rotten.

      Now to add to my to-do... fiberglass patches on the mounting rails. ....

      The lists. Just. Get. Longer.
      smiles per gallon in a tdi rabbit are unreal

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      09-16-2020 05:15 PM #10022
      Well, pulling topper for seal turned into major fiberglass overhaul. ...
      And of course in washing off dust itís obvious windows leak,

      Had siliconed my sliding windows shut in frustration after a rain storm.

      And now I got it working right, slider is free!
      I will have fresh air in the bed again.

      The problem was the window frame... where it was joined, it just had a small spot weld, allowing water to seep into the wood beam that it mounts on the bed. ...
      Rotting it to dust....

      But hooray!
      My window came back from the dead.

      And I didnít even break any glass... knock on wood.

      Also used some leftover fiberglass to reinforce some weak areas of the topper.

      Now just gotta put it all back together,
      Seal the top with resin,

      Scuff,

      And paint.

      Planning on a slightly different tan- Close to body color.
      Mojave beige
      smiles per gallon in a tdi rabbit are unreal

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      09-16-2020 07:38 PM #10023
      Work on getting the Motronic 100% happy is on hold until new knock sensors arrive early next week. Same on the early rear brake lockup, waiting on new Caddy-length parking brake cables, also early next week. So today I decided to replace the timing belt and tensioner. Got most of the way done before my lower back told me to take a break. The new belt is on, and the plastic covers are in place. Just need to get the alternator and power steering belts installed.

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      09-16-2020 09:05 PM #10024
      I really like the look of your caddy.
      I love my late westy squares but damn red rounds look good
      smiles per gallon in a tdi rabbit are unreal

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      09-16-2020 09:26 PM #10025
      Quote Originally Posted by fastinradford View Post
      I really like the look of your caddy.
      I love my late westy squares but damn red rounds look good
      I'm a round light kind of guy. If it didn't already have rounds, I probably would have converted it.

      But I'm torn on the red. The truck started life silver. The red color change happened many years (>12) ago, and is strictly middle-school quality. Part of me wants to bring it back to silver, but it would be a lot less work to stay with red.
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      Current project - 1981 VW Caddy 2.0 16v
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      Past - 1978 Scirocco | 1981 Scirocco S | 1991 Jetta GLI 16v | 1986 GTI 8v | 1990 Corrado G60 | 2010 GOLF 2-DR TDI | 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera | 1973 Porsche 914 2.0 | 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

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