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fxgolf
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It's been a year, so I guess it's time for an update... and it just happens to be good news.

First, let me say that I got a new job in Atlanta, still working for the Feds.  One major attraction was that they have a full(-ish) garage;  lights, lift, HVAC, major metal working tools ... pinch me.  So I drove her up with ... let's keep this short ... trouble.  Got her here and been sitting most of the last month.  Messing around with her, blew the cat.  Taking advantage of the facilities, I pulled the head and just replaced all gaskets, rings, and make sure everything was torqued to spec.  Still no power, but running pretty smoothly for an 8V above 1200 RPM.

Noticed a VW shop nearby (Austell), so I decided this would be a good chance to see if the mechanic was worth anything.  Took her down there at lunch today, and round 2:30 got a call.  He found a few things that weren't the problem ("wrong" plugs, timing belt too tight), and then... the kicker... two of the plug wires were swapped!  DOH!!!  This is one time I would pay someone $175 to swap two plug wires and install spark plugs!

Man, she's riding beautifully now.  I'm so excited, but I'm paranoid about breaking her.  I'm going to take her home tonight -- need to get the break-in miles before it gets too cold.

So tomorrow night I will drive the truck and pick up all the rear-end parts from storage.  Then I can start putting together the rear disc conversion and lowering springs.  This will be so nice with a lift.  I'll probably see if I can find a good exhaust place to finish out the pipes and put in a new high-flow Cat (which I will be ordering myself to save the dough).  Any recommendation for inexpensive 2.5 or 2.25" low restriction mufflers?

Oh, by the way, the oil pressure buzzer/light;  turns out I had put a temp sensor on the filter flange where the high pressure switch belongs.  After some reading, I realized that that sensor only gets registered above a certain RPM (apparently around 2500), so traced it down.  Don't know where that other sensor came from, but it fit like a damn glove.

So the moral of this story is, if you're anal-retentive but still make stupid mistakes,  you're either a jackass or working on a MKII.  Maybe both.

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glad to finally hear some good news about her.  do you think you can bring her down for the 30th of Oct for the GTG? PDT_Aliboronz_20

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As of right now, planning on it.

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nice!! sounds like the gravy train! Smilie_PDT swapped wires?! ... that and wrong plugs?... at least it was a very simple fix... I got nothing...  PDT_Aliboronz_25

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Got another big problem that popped up on the trip to Macon and back on Saturday.  Felt a vibration coming down, but thought it was just the exhaust rubbing the swaybar, or the tires rubbing the fenders.  On the way back, it got worse, and when I was hitting 80, it was "catching" and causing the RPMs to drop very suddenly for just a moment.  I stopped at the truck weigh station in Forsyth and figured out that it was coming from the diff.  Thought it could be the bearings, or the infamous 020 rivets.  After checking BrokeVW.com for some info, worst case, it could also be the spider gears.

So I guess tomorrow I will go pick up the truck and head out to find a new 020, or maybe an 02A.

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man you just cant win.  im telling you a VR swap is what she wants.  call me and we can work out a deal for mine.  PDT_Aliboronz_09

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fxgolf wrote:
man you just cant win.  im telling you a VR swap is what she wants.  call me and we can work out a deal for mine.  PDT_Aliboronz_09


Lay off it, I'm not doing a VR swap into a MKII, EVER.  Call me when you get a good 1.8T or TDI - would even consider a 16v.  But none of that solves the tranny issue.

020 5-spd costs:
New:     ~$1300-1600
Rebuilt: ~$1100
Repair: $400 to $1100+ (depending how bad it is - BrokeVW.com)
DIY:  Starts ~$200 (for wear parts and gaskets/seals) + replacement parts

020 or 02A @ Pull-A-Part ~$40.

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Got her up on stands tonight and started investigating.  Pass wheel was wobbling. Got the whole knuckle loose, except for the *#!@ing tie rod end (eventhough I had some nice SnapOn pullers at my disposal), and it seems the bearing is GONE.  I hope that's all it is, but won't know until I do some pounding.
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well if i knew you wanted a 16v i would have sold you the 89 GTI i just got rid of.  that thing was a beast of a 16v.  i hope all it is, is a bearing. PDT_Aliboronz_20

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Still working on the bearing.

Take a read and see if this sounds familiar; http://www.autoblog.com/2010/10/2...e-the-tale-of-the-1975-internati/

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I was invited to the last BMW CCA AutoX of the year on Sunday in Atlanta.  Would have been my first, but I had to order the wheel  hub, and it looks like the earliest it will be here is on Monday.  I have to be in Macon on Sunday afternoon anyway, so I guess I won't cry about missing the AutoX.

Since I was a part short, I spent some time in the shop on the lathe making a hub press tool... I'll post a pic later.

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i have work space envy.  and that truck recovery sounds like a blast.



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