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    1. Member xdewaynex's Avatar
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      02-19-2020 10:29 PM #426
      Sounds like youve been staying busy. Car is looking great. Im still debating on what Im doing with my B5, even though I have several items for it just sitting in the garage, but a lot I still need to purchase to finish everything.
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      05-05-2020 08:44 PM #427
      Quote Originally Posted by xdewaynex View Post
      Sounds like youve been staying busy. Car is looking great. Im still debating on what Im doing with my B5, even though I have several items for it just sitting in the garage, but a lot I still need to purchase to finish everything.
      Thanks! The V8 swap plus all the other things I want to get done are starting to add up hah.
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      05-05-2020 08:50 PM #428
      Over the past month or so I've been making some progress on the V8 swap. A lot of time has been spent waiting for parts to be honest.

      I started with stripping most of the motor down and cleaning it. Everything was cover in a thick layer of oil.







      All clean



      I also got some new o-rings and pintle caps for the injectors since I broke a few when I took the fuel rails off.
      I got this whole kit for $15 on ebay.







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      05-05-2020 08:54 PM #429
      New diaphragms for the intake manifold.
      I found these on amazon for $60 a piece. OEM these hundreds of dollars new. Crazy.



      Waiting on the cam lock bar to do the timing belt.





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      05-05-2020 08:57 PM #430
      While I was waiting for other parts I figured I'd knock out the heater core.





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      05-05-2020 09:03 PM #431
      The engine bay currently.



      I'm relocating my abs module to the battery tray.
      When I had the dash out I rerouted the abs plug up through the abs box. I just have to find a grommet solution to keep the water out.



      I power washed the 01E and the diff.





      Does anyone know if S4 rear axles will fit into an 01 rear upright?
      The A4 inner cv's are too small for the S4 rear diff.
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      05-05-2020 09:12 PM #432
      I took the time to notch my s4 subframe. I've heard conflicting info about having to do this or not, but I figured while it was out I'd might as well just do it.
      From what I understand, if you use A4 mounts it will sit the motor up high enough to not have to notch the subframe but it puts the driveshaft cv's at an angle where they could wear out a bit faster.
      If you use the A6 mounts then you have to notch the subframe but the motor should sit at the right height for the driveshaft.
      Again take this with a grain of salt because I found this info on some pretty old 4.2 swap threads. If I'm wrong, feel free to chime in.













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      05-05-2020 09:22 PM #433
      Here's my S13 project that I've been working on with my brother for the past 5 years.

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      05-06-2020 10:15 PM #434
      Coming along pretty good. When I was growing up, I remember my neighbor having a mint maroon S13. Always like those cars.
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      05-28-2020 06:34 PM #435
      After way to much work, 3 transmissions and a manual swap I'm finally selling my avant.
      It was supposed to be my sisters car but now that it's manual she doesn't want it.

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      07-11-2020 09:02 AM #436
      The Avant looks great, it's a shame to let it go (assuming you haven't by now).

      Just curious why does it look like it is sitting so high in the rear? Even a non-sport suspension doesn't quite look that tall. Are the tires slightly lower profile?

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      07-19-2020 10:20 AM #437
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      The Avant looks great, it's a shame to let it go (assuming you haven't by now).

      Just curious why does it look like it is sitting so high in the rear? Even a non-sport suspension doesn't quite look that tall. Are the tires slightly lower profile?
      It was a good car and I sold it to someone who will give it some love, but it was a struggle getting it on the road and reliable. It had went through 3 auto trans missions, a full manual swap and a snapped timing belt due to faulty parts among a ton of other things.

      As for the rear suspension, it was just a non sport car. Not sure why it seems taller in the rear. The wheels are 15s and it could just be how it was parked when I shot the photo, not really sure.
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      07-27-2020 11:40 PM #438
      I've been working away for the past few months trying to get everything on the car perfect before the motor goes in. A lot of time has been spent on fixing rust an restoring portions of the car. A lot of "well I'm already here, so why not" type work has been done.

      These photos start at around the beginning of May.

      Pulled the oil cooler off to replace the little plastic fitting with an aluminum one.







      Painted the rear sway bar and brackets



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      07-27-2020 11:48 PM #439
      This is when I started to do the timing belt/water pump/thermostat.





      Everything was going well until one of the waterpump bolts snapped.



      Tried to drill it out and royally ****ed up.



      Started to clean it up to see what I was working with.



      Smoothed it out



      Luckily one of my friends TIG welds for a living.
      He was able to help me out and fix my little mistake.



      Good as new



      It's a tiny bit porous but it should be fine. I put a heli coil into the block and everything tightened down nicely. I also put some grey rtv on that area just for good measure.
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      07-27-2020 11:54 PM #440
      With that catastrophe avoided, I got back to some more maintenance.

      Rear main seal cover gasket.



      I also picked up some 034 egr block off plates.



      I couldn't find just the rear main seal with out the whole cover and the whole cover/rear main is $300+.
      Fingers crossed it doesn't leak.

      Cam tensioner gaskets



      Timing belt back on.



      Finally all back together

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      07-27-2020 11:59 PM #441
      Picked up an oil pressure sensor



      Rebuilt the only oem axle that I had. I bought new ones for the rest.







      Axle seals on the 01E.





      I also did the seal where the trans meets the driveshaft.
      It was a little more involved than I thought when I ordered the seals, but it went over pretty well.





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      07-28-2020 12:07 AM #442
      So this is where I got side tracked and started taking care of the rust on my car. They car originally was from NY and up until 2 year ago has been driven year round so it was a little rusty in spots.
      First, I focused on the trans tunnel. It wasn't too bad but I wanted to take care of while everything was apart.

      I don't have any before pictures, but this is after hitting it with a wire wheel. All the little dots are where rust was beginning to form.





      I used SEM rust mort on the bare metal to neutralize all the rust.



      Then I used etch primer and seam sealed it with SEM seam sealer.
      Next time I seam seal I'm definitely going to use tape to have cleaner lines, but all this is covered in heat shields so eh.



      I'll have to follow up with a photo, but I coated everything with POR-15 so it's all nice an black now.
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      07-28-2020 12:12 AM #443
      While on the topic of rust, I decided to drop the whole rear subframe and spruce it up a bit. I don't have a ton of photos of this so use your imagination.







      Gas tank heat shield



      Again, I have to follow up with some after shots. But I think it turned out pretty nice.
      I also got new rear brake hard lines from rust free junk yard car and got all new clips for the lines in the rear. I also got new rear tie rods and sway bar endlinks.
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      07-28-2020 12:20 AM #444
      Finally got my intake manifold and valve covers powedercoated. The black looks really good. I wish the intake was a little more silvery in color but overall I'm pretty happy with it.





      My brother 3D printed my a plug for where the abs wiring runs through the firewall.



      I also bought the JHM shifter trio for the 01E.
      I've wanted this ever since I bought a b5 and its nice to finally get a hold of one.

      This brings us up to the current day.
      I'm now trying to tackle something that has bothered me about the car for long long time. I used to jack the car up by the pinch welds all the time (stupid I know) and completely mangled the **** out of them.
      For the last few years they have been a rusty thorn in my side that I cover up with S4 side skirts. In addition to the pinch welds the little pocket area about the pinch welds are a little rustier than I would like.
      I'm in the process of fixing them now and if all goes well, I'll be able to share some photos soon.

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      07-28-2020 12:25 AM #445
      My brother and I have zero self control picked this up for stupid cheap lol.


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      07-28-2020 07:37 AM #446
      Awesome progress, you've made a lot of headway!

      What are the plans for the box van? Mobile Bike repair? And how tempting is it to lower that thing?

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