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On 04/06/2024 at 15:06, Ghosty said:

Golf's downpipe is shagged!

Nowhere has exactly the right part, aside from an Autodoc Polmor special. Errr, no thanks.

I know what to do.


Local power flow dealer?

They'd just make a new stainless one to the old pattern.

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7 hours ago, Ghosty said:

Yeah, they're some sort of standard 4x130 Beetle steels. The rears have been banded to something like 7-8j.

I've got a set of 4x130 to 5x120.65 (iirc, may be 5x114.3) adapters sat doing nowt if fancy wheels are desired... 

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1 hour ago, Tayne said:


Local power flow dealer?

They'd just make a new stainless one to the old pattern.

Don't really have the money for that, I can fit the manifold myself.

Turns out the discs and pads are done, and the top mounts are shot too, so I need to put the money into that. :(

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Beetle's running bloody well now it's charging, it's a 1600 with ported heads, twin Webers, Empi intake manifolds and exhaust. (1641?)

Golf:

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Yeah, that's fucked. Cut it off:

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Managed to get it out without dropping the subframe as the heatshield is cack - you could almost say it was EZ.

Just need to get the end of it out of the centre section now, and unbolt the upper manifold.

Heater matrix has arrived and there are a couple of coolant weeps to sort, so I think I'll do all that while the car's on stands.

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On 04/06/2024 at 23:00, Ghosty said:

Right, I've stuck a repair bandage on it, and so far so good. Have ordered a cheapo stainless manifold as the only other option is a Polmo one from Autodoc that would take ages to arrive, and probably be a bit shit.

Will a 4-1 branch mani from a 1.8 8v EX engine (MK2 Scirocco) fit? I have one that's been sat in my shed for years that happy to do a deal on. The engine it was for is no longer in the car (also on my garage floor).

Those gear linkage bushings are shit. Get some poly ones if you can.

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1 hour ago, Coprolalia said:

Will a 4-1 branch mani from a 1.8 8v EX engine (MK2 Scirocco) fit? I have one that's been sat in my shed for years that happy to do a deal on. The engine it was for is no longer in the car (also on my garage floor).

Those gear linkage bushings are shit. Get some poly ones if you can.

I’ve already acquired a cheap 4-1 but that should fit in theory yes. What’s it like/how much…

I’ll look into the gear linkage bushes when I have a bit more money… next update when I’m back home (can’t upload photos on phone). 

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35 minutes ago, Ghosty said:

I’ve already acquired a cheap 4-1 but that should fit in theory yes. What’s it like/how much…

I’ll look into the gear linkage bushes when I have a bit more money… next update when I’m back home (can’t upload photos on phone). 

I did em (linkage kit) on the mk3 I had ghosty. Ebay kit from memory for not much and a piece of piss job. Massive improvement straight out the box 👍

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It’s already had the bush kit and a linkage rebuild, that was done with the clutch! I think the stabiliser bush got pulled out when I reversed up my street to park, there’s a protruding kerb stone and I think I caught the shifter rod on it and pulled the bush out. I’ve got one to replace it. 

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One of the water gallery core plugs in the inlet manifold has been bodged with silicone:

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so I've ordered replacements for while that's off.

The carb base gasket is rotten (JP Group part, go figure) so that's on order too.

The core plugs in the block have been replaced already:
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Drained the coolant for the water gallery, and the heater matrix. The thermostat housing is weeping (needs sealant) and the fan switch housing is also leaking a bit and needs some PTFE tape, so it's all getting done at once.

Removed the lower dash trays to get to the heater box.

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There's a rusted screw in the centre console housing that I'll have to use the dremel to assist in removal. While I'm in there I'm going to change the 12v socket to switched live using the same orange wire (above) to the relay panel that provides a switched 12v feed.

At this point, it was a perfect time to remove the non-functional alarm and all the extraneous wiring.

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Ugh.

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That huge steel bracket was holding the alarm siren into the engine bay.

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Much better.

The alarm had two PIR sensors in the speaker grilles on the dash, so while I had them out I rewired the dash speakers with some proper speaker wire I had knocking about, for a hifi install I never bothered with.

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I'm sick of the weather now, so I'll probably carry on tomorrow.

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Quite pleased also to find the steering column held in with Allen bolts- means someone has already had the lower half out, replaced the shear bolts and done the lower bearing :D

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Not much news today as I spent most of today on tip runs, and selling all my CDs to Music Magpie.

Manifolds are off the Golf now, the water gallery in the inlet had a bit of silt in it.

Centre console is out, but I've run out of connectors so I'm as far as converting the 12v socket to switched live.

Test fitted the new 4-2-1, the centre section will need shortening to fit it, but given it's a straight pipe, that's fine. As suspected, and as others have experienced on the mk2 Golf FB page, it doesn't quite mate up to the block yet - doesn't foul on anything and the subframe isn't in the way, but it's at the wrong angle - the front engine mount - a torque mount that sits fore of the engine and hangs on the front crossmember, is too baggy and I think it's letting the engine lean forward further than it should. The replacement is on the way, so I'll have to do that before I can fit it. Waiting on core plugs and other gaskets too, so in the meantime I'll do the heater matrix and top mounts, and the front brakes when they arrive.

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19 hours ago, Ghosty said:

 I'll do the heater matrix and top mounts, and the front brakes when they arrive.

Sorry I must have missed the plan with the front brakes. A simple and easy upgrade to 8v GTi front brakes is to simply buy 8v GTi vented front disks and GTi pads. The GTi disks are obviously thicker but the GTi pads are thinner. That's all you do, I did it on mine years ago. Calipers and everything are same on the 1.6.

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6 minutes ago, bigfella2 said:

Sorry I must have missed the plan with the front brakes. A simple and easy upgrade to 8v GTi front brakes is to simply buy 8v GTi vented front disks and GTi pads. The GTi disks are obviously thicker but the GTi pads are thinner. That's all you do, I did it on mine years ago. Calipers and everything are same on the 1.6.

No plan, they're just f'd so I got new Apec discs and pads from PIM for £35.

That's good to know though, cheers! I'll get those next time.

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Despite being a bit ill with a Music Magpie-induced sinus infection, I've had a burst of motivation today.

Test fitted some new Hella horns on the Civic, which is tantalisingly close to being a runner now:

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They're gonna look good.

I also cracked on a bit with the Golf. As the centre console is out, I redirected the 12v feed for the lighter socket to my switched live feed. I massively prefer switched lives on those, so I can leave things plugged in and not have random +12v knocking about when the car's off.

But mainly, I got on with the big job - heater matrix. Rotten foam everywhere:

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An old lighter fell out as I was removing the heater ducting:

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and after about 2 hours of faffing:

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it's out. Covered in leaves and cack, and with very poor water flow, it's clearly blocked badly. It's the original.

The bypass valves are a VW recall item to stop the matrix leaking in the footwell, apparently with the revised mk3 type matrixes (the only kind you can buy now) they aren't necessary, but we'll see, I'm not deleting them just yet.

Reassembly can wait for another day, I'm now relaxing with a Tesco own brand Lemsip approximation which tastes like drinking melted Strepsils.

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58 minutes ago, junkyarddog said:

You'll have to replace the foam on the air direction flaps while you're in there.

Yep, the matrix came with a gasket and there is what appears to be another in the glovebox. The big one over the 'door' has completely gone though, will have to make something up for that.

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Not much today, rainy and knackered. I hoovered up all the foam, and gave the car its lighter back.

I replaced the switch blank by the lights for a clean one, to delete the milky, non-functional alarm LED.

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