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Thread: VW Cabriolet Project for the wifey

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    nice dan. may i suggest tucking the door plastic bottom down into the inside of the door and sealing it to the outer sheetmetal of the inner of the door with ducttape.

    tucking the plastic into the bottom of the door was the only way i could keep water from dribbling out of the bottom of the door panel and soaking the carpets on my golf. after i made that modification (and welded new floor pans in) the floor was dry for years to come even after I traded the car for an 88 fiero of a friend.

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    Cutting flywheels is so stupid easy. I can't believe people get charged what they do for what takes no time or work to do. (yes I've cut flywheels, stepped and non stepped.)

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    No new pics at the moment. I soaked most of the vents and shit in hot soapy water a few times, and managed to scrape like 1/16" of nicotene out of the ashtray bits (fn gross). Doing so ruined the foam seals on all the vent doors so I orded up a sheet of something from McMaster to make up some new ones.

    I also ordered a "few" new parts for it:

    Top and all the cables for it (old top was really faded and cracked in a few spots)
    Jetta rear door handles (just so I can have no key holes, plus stockers hardly worked)

    Front suspension and brake parts:

    Bilstein HD strut inserts
    Autotech lowering springs
    strut mounts, bump stops, dust boots
    ball joints
    wheel bearings
    control arm bushings
    swaybar bushings
    motor mounts (TT front mount and I may fill the others)
    rotors
    Mintex Red box pads
    SS braided brake lines

    Everything should be here by next monday, or sooner.

    Dan

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    I love build threads.

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    damn... you're really fixing this up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by theblue View Post
    damn... you're really fixing this up!
    Ya, may as well. MY wife and daughter will be driving it so I want it safe. The way the car was maintained , or not, Id just assume replace everything at once and be done. Instead of pulling it apart every weekend changing one thing.

    That whole list of stuff, including the top etc, was about a $1k. Bringing my grand total to about $2k for this car, including the orig purchase price and the new clutch parts.

    I think the rear brakes and struts, bearings etc are about $300, which Ill probably order in a few weeks, after I get back to some work on the cavy.


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    awesome man,that'll be a sweet little btch bskt for the wife and kid
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    Lot of progress tonight.

    I got the clutch and trans in, installed the new clutch cable and the speedo cable.

    Then I pulled the entire front suspension and brakes off. EVERYTHING was original: ball joints still rivited on, rotors still had the retaining screws. Of course its all fn junk too. So I need to add tie rods to my ever growing list of shit to buy. Also the cv boots are really dry rotted so I may toss some new ones on now while its all apart.

    In all this I only broke one bolt, one of the swaybar mount studs at the control arm.

    Dan

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    absolutely great, keep it up. nothing better than a teardown and clean buildup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueBlue View Post
    LOL that's great. I love seeing teardowns, keep it coming
    Word, looks like a fun project. I need to start a project. I want a old mini. Does anyone ever see that blue one on the side of a house off sweethome rd. I Think?

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    More progress tonight.
    I pulled the springs, and the stock strut inserts out of the housings and got almost everythign apart. I just need to press out the wheel bearings and the one bushing in the control arms. I also figured while it was all apart that Id stich up the control arm seams quick (mainly since I havent played with the sand blaster or welder in a while). WIth any luck Ill get the rest of it apart tomorrow and get everything to powdercoat on friday.
    Also some of the new goodies showed up today.
    Old junk





    "clean" brake fluid











    Few new parts



    Dan
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    you bastard i always wanted to build a vert for my girl
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    i feel like this rebuild should be aired on the history channel during "Modern Marvels"....

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    ^haha

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    I'm really trying not to, but I just can't help but like the idea of project cabriolets.

    How did Shrives' end up turning out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fry View Post
    I'm really trying not to, but I just can't help but like the idea of project cabriolets.

    How did Shrives' end up turning out?
    Its hard not to like b/c the Cabriolet is a freak. Its an A1 chassis built in the 90s.... in this case 93. Plus they were all made in Germany, which adds to the coolness

    Not sure on Shrives. I recall it a little bit, right after I joined here. I think I missed most of the build.

    Dan

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    shrives car is running. just needs to be buttoned up and it'll be ready for the spring
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    siqq

    Im hoping this is ready by spring too. However, Im realy torn as to what to do about paint as I will have the top off soon. I really want to do a color change, which with the top off would be the ideal time. However, that could create and even bigger snowball than I already have :-\

    Dan

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    nice job:ohyeah:

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    I picked up a few new (used) things from a local buddy of mine.

    small spline column with switches and a nice 4button wheel
    one front fender trim strip (im still short the pass side fender one)
    swaybar mount to replace the one I broke
    a non scratched glove box lid
    manual axles in pieces

    Looks like all of the other parts I ordered, minus the springs are due on monday. Springs are due next thursday.

    With any luck im going to drop all the suspension parts off for powdercoat monday and should have them back late next week /crosses fingers.

    Dan

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    Yesterday's progress:
    I got the wheel bearings and the control arm bushings pressed out. Everything is now torn down and ready to go to powder coat tomorrow am.

    I also got the calipers off and attempted to get the soft brakes lines off the car. They wouldnt budge so I thought id let them soak for a day or two. The calipers are pretty beat, so I figure ill just replace them with some rebuilt units
    I dropped all the parts off at the powder coater this am. Hopefully Ill have them back fri/sat.

    Tonights progress:
    I got the TT front mount installed along with the starter and all of the wiring that I unhooked to get the trans out. So basically the motor is back where it should be. I just need to press out and replace the trans mount and reinstall the lower and the motor and trans will be all set.

    Next, I thought Id try to get the soft lines off and clean up the wheel wells. I managed to strip the hard line nut on the pass side, even after soakng it and using the right sized flare nut wrenches. So now I need to find a new M10x1mm bubble flare nut (anyone have a p/n ).

    FInally, I scraped a ton of dirt and aftermarket, waxy like, undercoating off, cleaned it up with a ton of paint thinner and rags, and put some black spray on bed liner over the factory undercoating. I know its a little hack , but the factory coating seemed pretty intact and removing it isnt on my hot list. At least its clean and one color now.

    I got another pile of parts in today as well. Now IM just missing the springs which wil be in on thrusday.

    Todays pics:

    TT front mount, was a nice tight fit, comared to the sloppy ripped stock one.


    New stuff


    Orig wheel well


    After scraping and scrubbing


    All paitned up


    Tomorrow or wed's plan is to get the new trans mount in, clean up the other wheel well and paint it, and try to fix the one brake line (if I can get the right nut). If so, I should be able to get the new ss brake lines on and be ready for the supension to go back in sunday or early next week.

    Dan
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    Awesome dude!

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    Coming along nice.
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    Didnt get too much done tonight. I finally finished disassembling and scrubbing and reassembling all the nasty vents.

    Original


    All apart


    Cleaned up and back together





    Next update should be a bit more exciting.

    Dan
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