Were the 80s common in North America? I feel like most of the ones sold here were 90s.
I just looked up the 80 on Wikipedia and in Greece they sold it with a carbureted 1.4.
^ Good info. I did a little looking and it seems they differed as well between US and Europe. It sounds like it was primarily a marketing driven effort to differentiate between engine and trim packages, along with some minor cosmetic changes.
Those 2.0L "Bubble Blocks" were a desirable performance upgrade for the VW enthusiasts, before the Mk3 ABA's came along.
Not much of an update, but I was doing some work in the garage today and as I was there anyways I had a closer look at the body and paint.
First thing I noticed, above all four doors there are these marks in the paint. Likely from a roof rack. Tried to polish a spot with some polish and a rag and it looks like they will come out, so not too worried about that.
The other thing I noticed is that the trunk lid will definitely need some paint work. It looks like the clear coat melted and throw some bubbles during the fire that melted the bumper and then someone went and shaved those bubbles off. See all those circles? No clear coat there. I hope that I can get away with just sanding it until it is smooth and then spraying a coat of clear, if not I'll have to lay down some base coat first. Shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Apart from that it looks like it will clean up nicely with all the original paint intact.
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Took care of the worst visual offender today
Snagged myself a used rear bumper, for just 35€.
Couldn't leave it at that and needed to see how it'd look with some love and so went ahead and used some Beyond Black to restore it a bit. Not perfect and I'll likely re-do it anyways later, but it's very motivating to see it looking loads better already. Keep in mind it's not aligned properly yet.
Engine actually runs better than I thought after a closer inspection. It just sounds like crap. Most of that comes from the generator which has a bad bearing and is louder than the engine. Apart from that the engine ticks a bit, which likely stems from the hydraulic lifters (is that what they're called? My technical English is not the best...), so it shouldn't be that much effort to get it purring like a kitten.
Last edited by Dr.AK; 07-04-2020 at 08:28 AM.
Wow, the Euro bumper standards really were more lax back then. Is there really no support system under the plastic bumper?
http://audi100.net/Shop/shop.html). If they don't list it you can still ask them.
Their model specific headlight relay kit is a must upgrade btw. The light stalk which fries eventually with the stock wiring must have been discontinued for a while now.
I'll be following the thread with interest.
That 4000 looked cool!
New bumper looks much better - nice work.
It is funny to me how different the bumpers and such are from an '87 VW to an '87 Audi. My VW has the big external bumpers with no molding and the Audi of the same year is completely different in design. Such a departure from today when every single sedan looks virtually identical.
Keep up the good work!
Time for a little update!
I started taking it apart. I don't recall if I mentioned it, but the engine ran but didn't sound healthy. Sounded like the hydraulic lifters to me.
To get the lower timing belt cover off, the crankshaft pulley has to come off. Figures that the previous owner already rounded off one of the screws...
Got myself these nifty spiral nuts for removing rounded off bolts. They work a charm and I can't recommend them enough.
You just put the nut on and start turning it with a bit of pressure and it eats into the screw head until it starts to turn. Neat.
Once I had the timing belt off, I took out the camshaft and got a look at the lifters. I've learned that they are okay when you can't really compress them. Three of these can be basically compressed by just looking at them, so they are the likely suspects for my noises.
I took the alternator apart as well, but it's quite worn and a new one does not cost a fortune, so it's not worth it to refurb it.
Going to be ordering a new timing belt, aux belt and new lifters soon. Then throw everything back together and see how it runs. I expect it'll run a lot smoother than it does now...
Great to see progress on this thing!
Now this was a superior machine. Ten grand worth of gimmicks and high-priced special effects. The rear windows lit up with a touch like frogs in a dynamite pond. The dashboard was full of esoteric lights and dials and meters that I would never understand.
Happy to see this pop up to the top of my Subscriptions. Nice work done so-far.
have you considered replacing the lifters with lighter weight ones from a later car? In the US, the Mk4 2.0L "AEG" supposedly has lighter weight hydraulic lifters and are considered a small but easy improvement.
Also, now would be a great time to replace the camshaft with something a little more aggressive!
I haven't really considered it, no. I feel this answer also kinda plays to your second suggestion with the camshaft.
It would indeed be fun and interesting to spice things up a bit, but I do really intend to keep the car bone stock. Especially the engine. Mostly cause it's the 1.9E variant with 1847ccm displacement instead of the usual 1781 as all the 1.8 engines in the B3 had. There's only about 350 of the 1.9E still registered in Germany. In my eyes, that makes it worthy to be preserved as it left the factory.
I know in general it's not anything really special, but I think that makes it all the more worthwhile to preserve it as many people just wouldn't care and would probably mod the hell out of the car.
That car is hideous and I have zero desire to ever drive one. I probably wouldn't want it if it were free. However, I have immense interest in the build and think it's awesome what people work on and restore. Looking inside that engine is a privilege I would never experience but for this thread. Thanks OP!!
Good to see you saving a B3, OP!
My 86 4000SQ with the 2.2l I5 had loud lifters for the entire period I've owned the car for. No matter what engine oil I used, or how cold or hot the engine was. I did change the timing belt but did not want to get into the top end of a car that lived a pretty rough life and broke the odometer who knows how long before I bought it, at 400,000kms. So I just lived with the noise, but figured if I straight piped the exhaust everything else will disappear... Best mod ever!
Coincidentally Part5 of this popped up on YT shortly after I read the thread, you are not alone :
I love the progress.
I forgot how corroded things can get over there.