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    1. Member the_mad_rabbit's Avatar
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      07-04-2009 02:38 AM #1
      Actually, 3 goals in one day that all started in the bay area and a last minute call to a buddy of mine who joined me:
      Hit up Quality German auto to pick up my mystery motor, jam to Chino Hills to pick up my transmission for my stupidcharged cabriolet, then blast over to Riverside to hit up ABD and molest my sexy new clutch kit.
      It all started out with a harmless over-the-phone transaction of a very large sum of money that I really don't have at the moment with an idea of creating something SEMI-new, creative, and something that, as far as I know of, hadn't been done.
      So, at 9am in the morning, on June 23rd, me and my buddy started our trip from the Bay area, Khalifornistahn to Slow-cal and... got distracted in Gilroy....

      Heres my accomplice and partner in crime (who drives a fugged up MKIV Jetta, haha):

      Then we proceeded on our trip though the mountains and hit traffic...

      Booooooo [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]

      Thankfully for not so long- just stupid construction that led to a 15 minute delay. So, we jammed along and sooner or later hit I-5, which is just about the most boring freaking freeway ever unless you head to Seattle (which I've done 3 times and each time, Mt. Shasta is a blast to drive )
      HERES AN INTERESTING PICTURE OF I-5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME, EH?!?

      Oops, lost signal, haha:


      Heres my dumbass picture, all nice and blurry because my cellphone was being stupid and the lense was probably dirty from whateverthehell was in my pants at the time:

      Another awesome picture of i-5:

      Oh uh... getting closer to civilization of i-5:

      Now, insert a bunch of random blurry pictures because my bucket seats get uncomfortable after about 3 hours of driving in 90+ degree weather wtih your arms steadily getting sunburned and you wanting to take a leak/drink a beer.
      So, we'll just skip that garbage and get to the good stuff:

      RECEPTION!!!!!

      (BTW, the area there is ****ing ghetto as hell)
      WHATS THIS?!??!?!

      Nothing interesting about picking up a used tranny from some dude in chino hills who claimed it had 78K on it but the tranny is actually a piece of **** with no 2nd gear. This would be something that I will have found out a couple days later after a few hours in the garage, some beer, a couple of cigarettes, and me being VERY unhappy after dumping in $60 worth of redline Shockproof MTL into the goddamn thing.
      Guy swears the tranny was good... then why the hell does it make grinding noises while driving? [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]
      We then proceeded to riverside RIGHT when traffic started to become all nice and ****ty, but it ended up just being a little bit of mergin traffic crap that I easily ignored after a nice stale cigarette.
      Wooo, my buddies over at ABD!!!! I got my Clutch/flywheel (got shafted on the TO bearing, but thats OK )

      Some cool thing inside the floor, all nice and blurry with ****ty lighting and whatnot... I really should have brought with my GOOD camera

      So then, our cellphones died and the GPS I had was a piece of ****, so we mustered our strength to meet up with some hotass girls and friends for some pizza eating/beer drinking/orgy action and whatnot. No pictures of that though.
      So, we headed back at like... uhh... 10pm or something like that? Got our asses home at 5am in the morning, managed to dodge any traffic, burned my tires soo badly on the sides in the rear that they could be drag slicks but on a hover craft that uses tires on the face section, or soemthing like that, and I had work 3 hours later.....
      Well..... 3 hours later:

      One week later the swap began at 9am in the morning.
      The old Stg.IV beast of sexyness that I have been running for 4 years (2nd charger):

      9 hours later on that same day:


      The next day I put in 3 hours worth of wiring between running back and forward by having to help customers and do **** in the back and I drove her home that same day
      Damage so far:
      $2740 for the motor
      $100 clutch
      $500 in misc. garbage
      $100 in gas for driving to LA and back and picking up some diesel fuel for the bitch to fire up.
      Of course, the thermostat had to be stuck semi-closes so my **** almost overheated .... and after a near catastrophe, I re-bled the system after nearly killing the motor since it wouldnt start up anymore, and WD40'd the intake to get her running, blew through all the air-bubbles in the system, and dumped some 50/50 WVO/diesel in the tank, .75 5th gear conversion, and some other misc tuff, I'm blasting down the freeway at 70mph, getting 50mpg, enjoying the new found glory of paying $1.50 per gallon of fuel, and will hopefully track on a couple hundred thou on this motor before I get bored of it and decide to do something completely, and utterly, different to a certain degree.... maybe... not....

      Some updates of other random crap that I will be doing to the car in the future.... maybe.
      I'm flying to japan next tuesday so, yeah- no car-work updates till the end of the month
      My hands hurt... time for another drink.
      -AJ
      All up in your harble, stealing your internets.
      "Life is like a bad margarita with good tequila, I thought as I poured whiskey onto my granola and faced a new day"
      Grow old or die trying.
      My (ex) rocket and My baby...

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      07-04-2009 03:10 AM #2
      Sounded like tons of fun. I have that shirt... Too bad it's too big... And very nice engine, do want!

    4. 07-04-2009 03:10 AM #3
      so...2 day diesel conversion.....thats quick...
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      yes i am still into Vag...

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      07-04-2009 09:45 PM #4
      Could have been one day if I didn't have to change out my power-steering rack - yay for fixed power-steering. Its been broken since the day that I bought the car thanks to the PO's who didnt use CHF11S fluid
      It was amazing... just changing out the rack without any fluid in it gave me easier turning ability
      The trip down there was a blast, mainly because we didnt hit any traffic.
      Now I need to put attention towards my G60 cabriolet thats now STG.iV
      For the corrado, next plans are to:
      Remove any wires/relays related to the Digifant system
      Remove any wires related to the ABS unit (dummy setup- no sensors, just powered pump )
      Get my OEM radio wired in place
      clean up the engine bay immensly.
      Get my Tach working!
      Some other misc crap.
      Tomorrow I'll be tackling my boost gauge and doing some wiring tuck/wipedown inside of the engine bay
      -AJ
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      07-17-2009 08:45 AM #5
      Cool work, it looks good. It wasn't the first but who cares it looks good and runs.
      I'll post up some pics from a guy in Mn or Wi that was emailing me a year or two ago about his TD swap.





      BTW IIRC the car is a Canadian G60 that was converted to 5-lug and then to TD.

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      07-17-2009 08:48 AM #6
      You should swap in an early Euro-Van Intrument cluster.
      It has a speedo cable, 4-5k redline Tach and MFA. Its looks like a corrado/passat style cluster. I don't have any pics but I take one next time I go to my storage unit.

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      07-17-2009 11:18 AM #7
      good stuff man,
      but if I had to read "9am in the morning" again iwas going to take my click back...
      it was redundant and said the same thing
      I wish my Corrado would drive that far all in one shot....
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      07-25-2009 04:49 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by G60ING »
      Cool work, it looks good. It wasn't the first but who cares it looks good and runs.

      Thanks- DOH!!! First in cali at least, haha.
      Quote, originally posted by G60ING »
      You should swap in an early Euro-Van Intrument cluster.
      It has a speedo cable, 4-5k redline Tach and MFA. Its looks like a corrado/passat style cluster. I don't have any pics but I take one next time I go to my storage unit.

      Seen it. Want it. Dont want to deal with KM/H in cali anymore - Do want to know why my tach doesnt work though. Pulling signal from the 2nd wire from the alternator (2prong plug style- one is blue for exciter, other is red/black for what i THOUGHT was signal)

      Quote, originally posted by BlackRado »
      good stuff man,
      but if I had to read "9am in the morning" again iwas going to take my click back...
      it was redundant and said the same thing
      I wish my Corrado would drive that far all in one shot....

      I thave this thing for 9am in the morning. Its called work/life
      I just drove the car - if somethings going to blow up... it wo0uld have done so a long time ago. Good thing I pay attention to whats going on inside of my engine bay
      Doing a near 50/50 blend with some clean-ass veggie oil that I get from my buddys restaurant. Clean ass sheizz.... i could probably use it to deep-fry some food at home a couple more times. Fuel economy is **** though... could have something to do with IP timing/the fact that the vac. line to the IP discus (forgot the name) got snapped off/plugged/whatever. Started pulling it apart but stopped as, well, I'm on vacation in Japan right now.
      Speaking of vacation, time to continue it instead of checking out the vortex for the first time in 2+ weeks
      More updates later on.
      -AJ
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      08-22-2009 10:18 AM #9
      Nice build up, but my jaw dropped when I saw how much you paid for that motor!!!!!!
      Id rate the aaz a step below the 2.0 in power. Id recomend the gtd nozzles, more boost and an intercooler if you werent using the stock g60 one already. That should get you 25 more hp.
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      09-01-2009 01:08 AM #10
      TD's are BIZZANK here in california. Last TDI i found, the guy wanted $3800 for it... w/o the harness or ECU.
      $2700 after taxes is a steal here. Sad to say, but true. I personally haven't seen any A3 TD's from 93-96 EVER in the state of california... you know why? Because they never got sold here.
      My whole goal is to be wire-free. I don't want an ECU, I don't want any excess wiring (ABS brain delete coming up soon ), and when I'm done, there won't be a single brain in the car... except for mine... or whats left of it
      -AJ
      p.s. i think i forgot to mention that the motor only has 69k miles on it- hence the high price. the 100+k motors were going for a few hundred less.


      Modified by the_mad_rabbit at 10:10 PM 8-31-2009
      All up in your harble, stealing your internets.
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      09-01-2009 07:16 AM #11
      The AZZ was never sold in the USA I'm surprised you made it past a smog refferee.
      There is one forsale on ebay and the guy say he paid $3,800 for the engine and transmission
      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...rucks

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      09-01-2009 07:21 AM #12
      This guy has the Passat AZZ instrument cluster forsale $50
      http://www.vwdiesel.net/forum/...995.0



      Modified by G60ING at 8:05 AM 9-1-2009

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      09-01-2009 08:53 AM #13
      No, we didnt get the AAZ here. Yes, you are right, you probably never see them on the road where you are becuase you are far from canada. Around here, Ive probably seen 10 AAZ powered cars on the road or on craigslist since we are just a couple of hours from the border.
      Whole cars with the AAZ are still rare here, but they can be had for under $2000, sometimes less than half that .....dont ask me how I know!
      So I guess I should load up the trailer and go for a road trip, I could double or triple my money!
      It is nice not having an ecu, but you miss out on a lot of power and cold start smothness, which may not matter for you though....
      The one AAZ swap I did I still found a lot of wires to be sorted out to my suprise. Definetly faster than a 1.6TD, it could still use a few upgrades to match a stock or lightly modded TDI.
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    16. 09-01-2009 12:01 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by G60ING »
      Cool work, it looks good. It wasn't the first but who cares it looks good and runs.
      I'll post up some pics from a guy in Mn or Wi that was emailing me a year or two ago about his TD swap.





      BTW IIRC the car is a Canadian G60 that was converted to 5-lug and then to TD.

      ya that car is in BC and is for sale

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      09-07-2009 12:59 PM #15
      Sweet jesus- PM'ed the guy about the instrument cluster! That would be PERFECT! Tired of not knowing what RPM my motor is spinning at in 5th - may need to opt for a shorter gear in the future. Currently using an ATA G60 tranny with a .75 5th. I think I need to get something a little bit shorter...... no money though right now
      -AJ
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