Nov 15, 2016
It's the little touches
I painted something
Appeased my OCD for a day or two
You must've been reading @<tuffty/> 's thread
Looking good mate!
you can also do the 4 plastic lugs that hold the bumper in
Yep got them too complete with the threaded inserts , that's ONE of tuesdays jobs
Heaps easy to do and negates losing the stupid middle section of those plastic plugs.
Easiest way I've found of removing these stupid things ...
Leaving this , for this
Insert screwed in
Lastly a small clue as to what tomorrow is going to involve !!
Today brings this !
The pick up wasn't as bad as I was expecting however the sump looked like it had been used to cook roast potatoes every day for 13 years !!
Carbon crust all over it , quick cup brush in a die grinder sorted that out
Glad I've got that job out of the way for a bit of piece of mind
Now on the very few occasions I've driven the car I've felt disappointed in the headlights !!
Bright enough just not pointing where they should !
A couple of weeks ago I checked both level sensors were attached (they are) and today while in the workshop I've put the ignition on and lights and sat and bounced on the slam panel , no sound or vibration from the adjuster motors !!
Any way to check if it's the motors themselves or a level sensor and if so which one ?
I've been risking a ban long enough now so thought it time to get rid of the split a*se !!
Found this !!
Not unexpected to be fair given the cars age and mileage , still annoying as now waiting on parts !
All the sh*t removed
Parts wait begins ...........
Parts wait over
Also new 710"P" fitted (guess it's a revision or the original 710"N" ?)
Lastly , I'm treating this as an opertunity to start fully jcs hi grip everything , hopefully keeping bill happy come re map time !
Been busy with work lately so basils had to take a back seat
But this weekend I managed to sort my wheels out that the last chimp hammerited !!!!!!
I forgot a before of the wheels but they can be seen in all their glory at the top of page 1 , what was he thinking ??????
Got some rear upper tie arm power flex bushes off a group on faceache , waiting on silver project adjustable tie arms and 20mm spacers before it all goes back together
I've painted something
New bushes in too
Hurry up spacers and adjustable lower tie arms , going for 0.5 degrees camber
Much more pleasing to the eye
Still waiting on my adjustable tie bars
Now to move onto a front end spruce up , cookbot sleeves and more powerflex goodies , 15mm spacers then billies all round
So after parking the car in the other side of the work car park it was quite clear something was amiss !!
O/S had camber N/S didn't !!!
Trailing arm bushes , Hub end tie rod bushes , drop links , bilstein dampers , discs , pads and solid and flexy brake pipes on the way .
Time to clean it all up and paint stuff
might as well drop the diff and subframe and give those a scrubbing too while you're at it! LOL
Great restoration on the wheels though!!! They're looking brand spankin'!
Hub end tie bar bushes And the easy peasey removal/insertion tool
Trailing arm powerflexed
This lot still to go on !
Brembo discs & pads flexy and solid brake lines , drop links , bilsteins and I've discovered the rubber pads at the top spring seat are mullered so I'll call the stealers tomorrow !
Be rude not to clean everything while it's apart
I just got this kit too! Hoping it does the big rear control arm bushes too
Looking good! Ive re bushed the back end too, car feels much better you will notice straight away!
Started the passenger side to discover my wheelarch liner is split !
No problem , I'll nip down the breakers and see if the still have the S3 .
Got a new liner and an uncorroded tail gate trim with working release pads (only 1 of mine works !) for £20
Stripped , cleaned and protected the new pads
do not tell anyone of this little treasure trove! hahaha
(do they have the headlight screws/spacers????)
A couple of people have asked where it is , I ain't telling
No it had a front end accident
New discs , pads and brake pipes
And replaced this garbage
did you make the tool to do the tiebar bushes or buy it?
Borrowed it from our fitter at work !
It's actually for a vectra but fitted perfectly
To be fair you could do the same job with 2 suitable sized sockets and M10 threaded bar and nuts and washers
ok thanks, without hijacking your thread too much, theres this tool for vw - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Audi-Volk...e52c91d&pid=100005&rk=3&rkt=6&sd=232208123492
or this one for vauxhall - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-...123492?hash=item3610aec664:g:m24AAOSw44BYgg04
do you think the vauxhall one will be better - it looks more like the one you used
The vw one you've posted is for rear beam axle bush (2wd)
The Vauxhall one you've posted is the one I used
Removal needs some imagination!
Don't use the all cup until the bush is half way out , the threaded bar isn't long enough to use both cups .
So removal is , big cup and thick washer to start it then take it all off again and replace washer with small cup .
Fitting is a doddle .
Hope that makes sense ?
Thanks basil, that's awesome I will order it now
Great job, you made these plastics new with Plasti Dip only, that's awesome!
Thanks it's easy TBH !
Right , after sorting the rear end (it's planted now )
The last thing was to bleed the brakes / change the fluid so I took basil to work and used the pit and vacuum brake bleeder , I've flushed 2 ltrs of dot 4 through the system and he's lovley now even if the brakes do feel **** !
Still researching front brake convertions and still undecided !
Anyway while under basil I discovered an engine oil leak , with further inspection it's the rocker cover gasket !
No drama .
The old gasket is like robbies dog (well ard) broken in a couple of places too , this isn't a moment too soon !!!
Mank and corruption here too !!!
All in soaking at the moment ready for a hot wash at work then using PT's secret formula I'm painting something
We've had before , now some during and after .
Base and cleared
While in there noticed what looks like injector seal failure mist deposits on the inlet runners .
As funds are limited due to my impending Bali trip I've put the front end refresh on hold until my return however I can stretch to injector seals and seats accompanied by a phenolic spacer, ultrasonic cleaner and inlet painting , I did forget to move my magnetic bowl when I took the seal evidence photo though (blonde moment )
All face transitions sealed with the correct VAG sealant ( had it left over from my oil pump pick up change )
Not one shred of evidence that I've put all this hard work in , but I know it's done which is what it's all about for me
Good work mate.
You'll enjoy Bali,went there in '95 and it was paradise and the people were lovely.Just need to get your haggling head on as they offer you a 'good price,morning price' on everything.Even found myself haggling over the price of a can of coke!
My dad lives there , will be the 1st time I've seen him since I was 6 !!!
Going to be a roller coaster , bit like owning an old S3
Can also vouch for Bali, went their 7 years ago. without a doubt the best country i have ever been to. The country as a whole is amazing, and the scuba diving is some of the best in the world. enjoy your time out there.
I thought I'd finished at the rear end , however these just happened (impossible to refuse at the price )
Need painting though
I've also ordered all the parts necessary to refurb my inlet manifold , new injector seals and seats , phenolic spacer , ultrasonic bath and wrinkle paint
That's better !
Before is above ^^^
This is during (half hour on the wire wheel at work )
note the 4 new dealer bolts !!
They are "inner" bolts as they're longer than the outers and given the fork end of the tie bars is thicker than OE longer bold are needed to enable the nyloc to actually reach the threads .
Here's the part numbers for anyone who wants some
Back from Bali (what a place !!!!!!)
Bought off faceache before I left and the final piece of the interior is now done (well apart from fitting my double din but can't decide on a headunit !!)
Simple but makes so much difference
Thought you'd have a ball,bet you saw a few of these...
circa 1995 and still keeping the evil spirits from my home
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