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One of Audis finest hours I would say, these could run forever without rotting away like most stuff from the era would so I can understand why the previous owner thought it's too nice to break. Great to see it ending up in the right hands despite the odds.

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  • 1 month later...

Time for a catch up then I think!

It's hard to remember things chronologically as I'm nearly 2 months behind, so I think I'm going to resume posting on a car by car basis temporarily...

Audi 100 first then.

The interior is a bit grim, and will need some attention from the Bissell.



High mileage club


Doubled up with a rubber for extra protection:



At this point the car was still lodged firmly on the trailer. This was not ideal, as I do not like drawing attention to my shite collection at the house, lest the other locals pick up their pitchforks and torches. You can see the haul in the boot here, and the problem I was having trying to go backwards off the trailer.




Ah yes. Exhaust fell off in transit. That will give you a bad time that. For full fuckery mode, it was caught on both sides of the trailer chassis. No choice but to remove the ramps and climb in, against my better judgement.





In the absence of exhaust hangers, a ratchet strap was run through the cabin and under the car. It worked, which was a result.

I then ordered some high quality* older VW style rubber hangers from Amazon. Once they landed I set about reattaching the back box to the mid section. The back box was pretty fucked so I had to improvise on that too...





At this point it was together enough to survive cranking it off the trailer on the starter.



There was a casualty in the process of unloading.


When I drove the BX up the lawn I raised the suspension to the second highest setting to clear a drain cover in the middle of the front garden. As I got to the top of the lawn, there was a loud bang and a cloud of something spraying out the side of the car. Then the arse end hit the deck. Oh dear...



Next up, best try to start the Audi then.





She would crank and would very occasionally fire. No real signs of life though. The cooling fan was running constantly also, even when the ignition was off. This was a problem as it was killing the battery and making the battery leads bloody hot. I dicked around with wiring on it, following the Haynes book of lies which of course was wrong, and coming to the conclusion that the cool down timing relay was bad. A visual inspection revealed nothing to my untrained eye, and deft poking with my multimeter provided no answers either






Having wasted a lot of time by now, I did what I should have done before and ordered a new* relay from ebay, Success!


That there is a stationary cooling fan with the battery connected. Splendid.

On thing that I noticed when trying to start the car previously was that the throttle pedal would stick. Best check the throttle then...


Lovely stuff. I removed the throttle body, and five pounds worth of carb cleaner later it was back on looking like this:


It was still pretty sticky though. I'd love to get it back off the car and put it through the parts cleaner/dishwasher. Whilst staring at it in frustration, I had a memory of something I had been given years ago.



Why, hello there! I had a spare throttle body from an early Golf GTi that I was storing at work 'just in case'. I was convinced it would work...


They're the same, but different... Oh well. I looked at swapping bits around but it looked like a good way to destroy two hard to replace components. The original TB went back on.

Further investigations revealed that there was no sound of the fuel pump running. This meant emptying the boot:







The last owner really liked ropes it seems. Probably best not to ask what a man who lives in the woods does with a cavernous estate car and about 30 lengths of rope.

Beneath the rope there was some kind of car interior and rodent soup


Delicious. I wasn't fucking around with that, and the boot well is a plastic tub bonded in to the metal chassis, so I just drilled a hole in the lowest point to drain it. We will never be able to get to concourse standard now...

In to the tank we go then


I did try directly powering the pump, but it was totally fucking fucked, big time.


Haynes says to use 'the special Audi tool' to release the locking ring.

Ah, yes, the special Audi tool!



And we are there!


This thing was fun*




Those rubber tubes are all that hold it together, it is very flimsy. I managed to make it fall apart in the tank and got to enjoy* fishing it all out.

Seeing as this post is getting fairly lengthy, and it is well past my bedtime, I think I will put the reassembly in a part 2 post later this weekend... All I'll say is fuck that plastic cradle thing, and I hope I never have to go in the bastard fuel tank again!

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Part 2 on the recent Aldi tinkering then:

Getting the pump out was the last thing I did before going on holiday. Once I back I looked around for a replacement pump. Secondhand ones were silly money and a new Pierburg one was about £250-300! I elected to go for a high quality* Ridex pump through Autodoc instead, to the tune of about £60.



The cradle was different, but it was removable and the pump itself fitted fine in the original cradle. Top tip, don’t fit it in the cradle before putting it in the tank, you’ll fight it for ages with everything falling apart constantly.


After a long time fighting, it was finally all in place. It’s definitely one of the most frustrating jobs I’ve done in recent memory. With your arm in the tank you can’t see what you’re doing, trying to assemble the cradle by feel and then insert the pump was just an absolute shit show.


Turning the car on produced reassuring fuel pump noises. I cranked her over, and she spluttered to life. The reva then ran away, then she nearly stalled, then ran away, then nearly stalled…



What fucking idiot left those off then 😅


Thats better!

I fired her up again, and now she ran steady but idled at 2500rpm and the alternator belt was squealing like mad.

Adjusting the alternator was quite easy once I got my head around where the adjuster was, access is from underneath and it has one of those toothed nuts for tensioning. Thankfully* I’d removed everything above the alternator before I realised this. 2 spanners on it and we were sorted.



Starting her up, she now ran up and then immediately stalled… turns out the idiot who left the vacuum hoses off also disconnected the idle control valve plug when examining the alternator, and didn’t reconnect it.

With the plug reconnected, I was back to starting and idling at 2500rpm. I removed the ICV and cleaned it but it still idled at 2500rpm. I removed it and on inspection I could see that the valve didn’t close fully and had some play in it too.


To test if air flowing through this circuit was causing the high idle, I 3d printed some plugs to blank the hoses. I thought this was very clever, however my mate pointed out that I could have just cable tied glove fingers over the hoses 😅





It starts and briefly idled at about 1250rpm. It then stalls shortly after, as I’m assuming that the ICV should take over. I’ll get a new valve ordered, and go from there.

Anyway, that largely brings me up to date on this car. The only other things I’ve done have been to fit the boot trim and rear seat squab, but that’s possibly too mundane to photograph even for one of my posts!

Things I still need to update on are the Insight, Shogun Sport, Favorit and the chod that was spotted on holiday. I’ll get round to it at some point…

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