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emi

Tucker is Dead

not completely, but not drivable due to a blown headgasket. I have decided to sell him and get a new (used) vehicle. Still looking, just letting you all know what tragedy occurred.
fxgolf

remember i work for pizza and dew.  we could fix that head gasket hella quick if the head is ok you just need a gasket set for the head.
fxgolf

and if you do sell how much? PDT_Aliboronz_11
emi

i forgot!!! but... i dont know how i would get the car down the WR.

im really in a financial bind. i dont wanna sell him because i wouldnt get much for him... in fact i would be in the negative because (in order to build credit) i financed him.

head gasket wouldnt be that big of a deal, im scared that i might have cracked the head.
stuston

Gasket kit and bolts are about $80 at GAP.  

What makes you think the head is cracked?  You can usually get one on the Vortex for under $150.

So is it worth $250 to keep him?  What's your payoff?

What are you doing for transportation in the mean time?

Be sure to let us know if you do decide to sell, Felix is bound to try to buy it ;)
emi

my pay off  is just under 2k. I really want to buy a mk3... but i would just end up screwing myself over if i sold it because i prolly wouldnt get near what i would need to pay off my car. so fixing it would be my best move financially. just depends on what kind of offers i can get.

or maybe a trade plus difference for an mk3.


the water in my car froze and i lost a freeze plug. im just thinking about the worst possible circumstance. i might need a new head.
fxgolf

do you know that the headgasket is even bad?  have you checked compression?  is there water in oil?  we can find you a head local on the cheap for sure.
dragonfli_x

regardless of how lil emi knows about cars - Emi, if you're already trying to get rid of Tucker, you didn't check all those things that Felix mentioned, no?

don't come to us with a FS offer, fix tucker - you won't regret it! better than being in the negative trying to pawn off a disabled veteran
stuston

dragonfli_x wrote:
...fix tucker - you won't regret it! better than being in the negative trying to pawn off a disabled veteran


And next time, buy insurance, use antifreeze babe!  We love you hun.
emi

:(

There is water in the oil. My roommates looked the car over and said thats what it looked like. I told alex that i wanted to fix him, and i had a 8v head on standby if need be. he said he is scared i might have damaged the block. but no one will sit down with me and actually look it over! im getting really really really frustrated.
emi

now im in the market for a new engine. :-/
fxgolf

a used 8v should be really easy to find. considering everyone wants to get rid of them for bigger and better engines.  i might have a guy that has one here i will try to contact him tomarrow.
emi

let me know... im trying to find the best deal. so far, i found a guy that will sell me a short block aba for 200. and nash said i could have his 8v head that he has stored away. so... yeah... and i have some friends that said they would try and help me do a swap if the time permits.

i have found a 1.8L for 350 with 137k miles

another one has been sitting a while, 60k for 200 for the whole engine. i think im going to shoot for the aba.
stuston

My 8v had some coolant in the oil, but I caught it in probably <200 miles, and all it really required was the head gasket kit and bolts and a classic "tune up".  Could have done it for $200.  The reason so many people do still have 8v's is because they're bullit proof.  From the little I know, I'd say try to keep the 8v you have.  If there's no damage to the cylinders, repacing the whole thing with an egine in unkown condition is overkill.

In your situation, I would only replace if the donor engine was cherry and ready to drop in and run (w/ same injection system, no ECU/wiring issues).  I just got done replacing just about EVERYTHING on my 8v -- don't get yoturself into the situation of HAVING to do that to a "new" engine.  ABA is not a bad route, but it WILL take more time, effort, and money.

And friends are great (especially if you wear that cute dress I keep hearing about), but don't rely on them to do a big job like that for you unless they're the kind of guys that can do it in a weekend without breaking a sweat (and work for beer  -- somebody like Felix, but without the two kids running around. ;)  Also, don't buy all the hype of VW guys, a lot of them don't think it's worth doing if it ain't the best and baddest.  You've got a nice, unmolested Cabriolet.

I feel like I'm lecturing you, I really wish I could be more actual help, but I just want to warn you not to go off the deep end.  Don't let me make you paranoid.
fxgolf

my guy doesn't have any 1.8 8v that are worth a toot.  if you block isn't cracked then all you should need is a freeze plug, and the stuff to reseal the head.
Getta Life

ENGINE SWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPP!!!!!
fxgolf

if she had the money is say 2.0 let me know what you figure out emi PDT_Aliboronz_20
emi

how much would it cost for a 2.0 swap... roughly?
dragonfli_x

isn't juan's car up for a little downtime? I hear his 2L might be up for grabs ;) and you got a year to replace it Smilie_PDT Smilie_PDT  PDT_Aliboronz_07

Juan needs to setup his "I need an 24v (or 12v, or 20v) engine in my Jetta" fund so that in a year he can have some reel pwr to back up his pimpin looks LOL

unless juan comes in to post in his defense, my word is absolute ;) (but not really) PDT_Aliboronz_15
emi

hmm.. insteresting. ill start saving up now... ***DIBS***
fxgolf

the price of a 2.0 swap like any other all depends on the donar car you find.  i recomend checking out the passat for sale section on the vortex.  lost of donars up for sale and also try craigslist.  the passat could be a better option cause the auto trans in a vw goes out quite often and they where mostly autos' but then again most where vrsex.  but anywhere from 500-2500 for a good 2.0 swap.
emi

i have great news on the Tucker case.

so... i noticed coolant leaking everywhere the other day. and Pedro looked at my car and said my oil was fine (no mixing)... so today, i grabbed my toolbelt, and started wrenching away at my reservoir. it had no cracks and the hose connecting to it was fine... (the leak was under the reservoir).  so i reattached everything and tightened it real good. and drove it.

he pulled just fine. but once he was at operating temperature for a while, i noticed steam coming from the hood, so i pulled over to notice the reservoir cap wasnt sitting on it quite right, so i fixed it and drove back home. and let it sit, and the radiator fan kicked in cooling it down.

im having a friend who owns a shop look at it this weekend, and im going to be pissed if the only reason my car wasnt running for the last month was because of a fucking loose hose.

Smilie_PDT

have a great day!
fxgolf

put some damn anti-freeze in him now  PDT_Aliboronz_20  love ya. and good luck
fxgolf

oh and what happend to the freeze plug being blown out?
GAvdub

So what was the solution Emi?  Was the Hose the problem?
emi

looks like when the water froze it made the hose that connects the reservoir to the block got loose. i tightened it all up and put antifreeze in it. we'll see what happens.
fxgolf

may the swartz be with youeueuweuew ahhhhhh  PDT_Aliboronz_20
on1salsero

yeah i'm still here (Korea actually) I don't think my engine would be a very easy swap since i don't have most of the original pieces.  Thanks though Marki (He's my pimp while im gone)
stuston

emi wrote:
looks like when the water froze it made the hose that connects the reservoir to the block got loose. i tightened it all up and put antifreeze in it. we'll see what happens.



So how's it been with all this Canadian air?
emi

it sucks.

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