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kev

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In Topic: kev's restoration - viper blue tsi

19 February 2018 - 08:41 AM

Thanks guys!  

I plan on turning the key this spring.   I was pushing to do so by the end of fall, which obviously didn't happen.  Now, I'm just toying with it as time permits this winter.  I enjoy skiing with my boys in the winter months, so that consumes a majority of my weekend time.   Only things left in the engine compartment is to install the injectors, vacuum lines, and battery/cables.  

But I'm still plugging away.  Have a bunch of photos on the garage camera that need uploaded.   I have the bumper/spoiler on now...man that was a PIA to get it all aligned up!  Not sure why, I've put many spoilers on over the years but this one just wasn't fitting the way I wanted.  Took a bit of persuasion and careful loosening/tightening of the hardware, etc.   Maybe I'm just more picky on this car then others before.

Also got the front fog light assemblies restored and in, the grill is on the bench now ready to be installed, and I'm sorting through all of my interior parts.  

I bought a set of used injectors off of a fellow member here last year.  I believe there was a pic of them a few pages back.  I sent them out to be cleaned/flow tested.  The flow tests came out great on the four, they were a perfect matched set but when they unplugged them from the test unit, fluid poured out of the connector on the one...an internal leak...meaning it is scrap!   damn!   So another thing I need to buy...  The shop assured me that if I buy a new one direct from the manufacturer (Rochester), it will not cause any issue with the other three.  But it is still of a concern to me.  

My dashboard had two fairly noticeable dents on the top of it.  Not sure if they have always been there or were a result of poor storage.   But I recently picked up a new dash from John, StarquestRescue!  Got a bunch of flatbody interior panels from an 83 in a yard out in Baltimore (capitalized on that when I dropped off my rims).  So, I'll be starting to clean these parts up, dye them if needed, and install very shortly.   I need to buy an aftermarket carpet too.  Also trying to make up my mind where I want to mount my gauges (wideband, oil press, boost).  

More to come...

In Topic: kev's restoration - viper blue tsi

12 February 2018 - 07:59 AM

After:

I can't even tell which front was which anymore.  

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Some pics of the defects that I saw.  There are a few more areas like this on the wheels in general.  I know I saw one very little dent on the outer edge of the one wheel but when I went back to take a photo of it, I couldn't find it!  It is that minor.

Pitting:

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Clear defects:

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Looks like some overspray from the grey paint:

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More pitting on that rear wheel (wheel #1 in the photos from the last post):

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I'll have to snap a few more pics after I wash them off, clean the tires, etc.   One thing I noticed right away was that the rim around the center-cap was painted.  I can understand why, it looks difficult to mask off.  I don't really mind because I'm using a polished aluminum center-cap (bought from Mark V, StarQuestRims, years back).

kev

In Topic: kev's restoration - viper blue tsi

12 February 2018 - 07:58 AM

Wheel restoration:

I had these restored at Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists in Baltimore, Md  

$607.98 for the refurbishment and $96.00 for the mount and balance.  That included a 20% off coupon they had running at the time.  

Before:

This rear was in the worst condition, by far:

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The other rear was in pretty good shape to start:

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The fronts:  I bought these used and they appeared to have had some work done to them prior.  Obviously polished and painted but I could tell that someone fixed some previous curb rash.

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In Topic: kev's restoration - viper blue tsi

12 February 2018 - 07:54 AM

I have a lot of photos to add to this thread, but haven't had the time.   But here are some photos of the radiator install:

As you can see, I'm using a factory radiator (that was re-cored) and a factory 83-85 clutch fan:

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The washer filler neck fit in there in the stock position...well with a little bit of tweaking of the mounting clamp:

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I had to move the slop tank over about 2" to clear the intercooler piping.  I just moved the slop tank mounting bar over by making this simple bracket out of some stainless scrap:

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For the bottom, I used a long bolt mixed with some spacers that I had laying around.  I think it was an old rocker arm bolt, to be honest.  Not the greatest looking but nobody will ever notice this down there:

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In Topic: Best way to run intercooler piping?

12 February 2018 - 07:27 AM

It is tight!   I barely was able to get mine to fit but I got it into there without impacting the radiator (although I use a stock unit).  It does take up some battery space though and requires a smaller battery.  I had to relocate my slop tank slightly (I moved it over about 2").  It would impact your vacuum pump too...if you use cc.  

I have some pics in my rebuild thread.  I just added some photos to it for the radiator install including the windshield washer filler tube and slop tank 'slight' relocation.  

http://www.starquest...ic=26099&st=280