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    1. Moderator rs4-380's Avatar
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      01-22-2010 10:01 AM #1
      Cars are a big part of my life, I am always either working on them, or thinking about what to do next. The cars that I have built, I have built by myself, in a garage or a driveway, with really no help at all, no formal training, and an acquired repertoire of tools. I have individual build threads, but they are pretty self contained, and alot of the little projects, day-to-day things, and work on other peoples cars never get mentioned.
      Not sure anyone will be interested, but I thought I would create one place to track all my car related activity. I am going to attempt to get better at taking pictures and documenting stuff (good or bad). So TCL, this is my car blog. Feel free to comment at will.



      4/16/15 Current Cars:

      80 Rabbit Cvt
      87 Vanagon Syncro
      06 F350 5.4
      09 A6 Avant 3.0t
      09 R8 V8
      10 Q7 3.0t s-line
      Last edited by rs4-380; 04-16-2015 at 07:36 PM.
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      01-22-2010 10:02 AM #2
      My current "projects"
      1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible (yes Cabriolets did not exist in 1980)

      -9A 2.0 16v out of '91 GLI
      -034 Motorsports IB ECU (fuel and distributor controlled ignition), no O2, no ISV
      -A/C deleted
      -Bahn Brenner Fuel Rail, AWP injectors, Volvo 3bar FPR, 16v Passat TB
      -Custom Fibergass intake, TT 4-1 Race Header, no cat, TT Exhaust
      -AGM battery in the trunk
      -9.4 A2 16v front discs
      -8.9" rear discs w/ A3 calipers
      -Vmaxx Coilovers
      -Machined A2 front spindles to work w/ A1 struts
      -A2 tie rod ends on A1 rods
      -Scirocco K-Brace
      -Modified Neuspeed 16v Scirocco Upper Strut Brace
      -Autotech Rear Sway
      -4k 020
      -Eurospec 9lb flywheel
      -Missing Linkz short shift
      -100MM A2 axles
      -15x7 Polished Ronal Turbos
      -195/50R15 Toyo Proxes4
      -15mm H&R spacers (rear)
      -small duckbill
      -European small Chrome bumpers
      -crystal clear single rounds
      -clear front turns
      -deleted front side markers
      -small chrome trim
      -smoked red/clear tails
      -Recaro Trophies w/matching rear bench
      -new black carpet and painted doorcards
      -A2 cluster in stock dash with fiberglass and wood veneer dash panel
      -heater delete
      -Voltmeter, Oil Pres, and Fuel Pres in center console (oil temp in cluster MFA)
      -stereo consists of 2 channel amp, volume control and an ipod dock

      1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro

      -2001 Subaru 2.5L engine
      -home brewed wiring harness/integration
      -Home brew cooing system with reversed coolant manifold and variable heater bypass
      -smallcar engineering engine mount, header, stainless exhaust, muffler mounts and adapter plate
      -Custom rear disc setup with A3 calipers and 255mm C5 rotors
      -27x8.5R14 Bridgestone Duelers
      -5 Hella 500s (2 fogs, 3 driving)
      -Saab 900 Fog light mounted as reverse light
      -Hi-lift jack bolted to rear bumper
      -7000 RPM tach w/custom face
      -Oil Pres, Oil Temp, Volts in center mount pod
      -Clinometer w/ custom face mounted in lower heater console
      -Heated driver seat
      -Aftermarket Cruise control
      -Aftermarket 4" in front doors, 5x8s in rear A/C cabinet, 12" sub under rear seat
      -A/C removed including all hardware in the rear cabinet
      -running a power steering rack, with no power
      2000 Audi A6 Avant


      -clear corners and rubber floor mats
      -comprehensive preventative maintenance
      2009 Audi S5


      -H&R OEM sport springs
      -20X10 staggered offset Work VS-XX
      -275/35r20 Bridgestone Re760's
      -Milltek Exhaust
      -RS4 aluminum pedals
      -Integrated Valentine V1 with remote mount and control
      -DRL and corner light reprogramming
      individual build threads are in my signature, I am sure there I things I left out.
      Last edited by rs4-380; 07-12-2010 at 09:21 PM.
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      01-22-2010 10:03 AM #3
      and current status as of January 22nd:
      convertible: winter storage
      van: dump runs and snowbank crashing
      wagon: daily driver
      s5: winter storage
      Dave

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      01-22-2010 10:06 AM #4
      Loving the Cabby and that S5 is as always. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      4/29/17: Dear Diary, Today I got Nater'd...

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      01-22-2010 10:17 AM #5
      Quite the stable sir!

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      01-22-2010 10:27 AM #6
      Of all of your vehicles, I love the Vanagon the most. Want.

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      01-22-2010 11:18 AM #7
      Very nice collection!

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      01-22-2010 11:21 AM #8
      That S5 looks better every time I see it

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      01-22-2010 11:41 AM #9
      S5 is gorgeous.

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      01-22-2010 11:41 AM #10
      Nice Mk1 and S5.

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      01-22-2010 11:43 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by wouldge »
      S5 is gorgeous.

      yes...i'm extremely jealous
      he got to choose 1st from the moderator vehicle pool...by the time i realized that jamie was giving us cars, it was too late
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      01-22-2010 11:49 AM #12
      Mods can create threads?!?!?
      Quote Originally Posted by Das Borgen
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      01-22-2010 12:06 PM #13
      I'm jealous... Love the collection. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-23-2010 05:05 PM #14
      Todays patient: a P2 volvo v70 that I have done some work on before. Owner complained of "loud tire noise.
      After driving the car, it became pretty apparent it was not tire noise but a wheel bearing, particularly the front driver side.
      I had not worked much on the FWD volvo suspension before, and I was assuming their wheel bearings were like VW/Audis in that they are pressed into the knuckle and the hub pressed into the bearing. I was (thankfully) wrong and Volvo uses a bearing/hub unit that bolts into the knuckle. IMO a much easier design to work and also better because the bearing does not require the torque of the axle nut to hold it together (and therefore doesn't need a huge axle nut).
      Disassembly was very straightforward. Unbolt the brake carrier and move the caliper out of the way, unbolt the axle, the dust shield, and the abs sensor. Unbolt the 2 strut bolts and swaybar endlink. Pull the axle from the knuckle then unbolt the bearing/hub assembly from the spindle. Reverse for installation. Had the whole thing done in under an hour.


      Dealer quotes 500 for this job, the part needed was 150.
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      01-23-2010 09:00 PM #15
      You must also be on mainevwscene, I take it. I pop in there once in a blue moon, usually to sell something. Used to have a few Sciroccos and an 83 GTi.
      That blue house looks familar, but I can't place the neighborhood. I live in Yarmouth, too.
      Nice cars! Let me know if you want to fix my M3 for me.

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      01-23-2010 09:13 PM #16
      Dave--Is there currently a link to a live blog? The link in your sig is directing to this thread (which you may be intending at this point, hence the request for clarification).
      I'd certainly welcome the opportunity to keep pace with your updates, especially if RSS is an option.

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      01-23-2010 11:21 PM #17
      I have to comment and definitely hate on you because that S5 is sexy as hell! So I HATE YOU but love your car

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      01-24-2010 01:12 AM #18
      im jealous of your S5. i really am

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      01-24-2010 11:09 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by Numbersix »
      Dave--Is there currently a link to a live blog? The link in your sig is directing to this thread (which you may be intending at this point, hence the request for clarification).
      I'd certainly welcome the opportunity to keep pace with your updates, especially if RSS is an option.

      Yes the link just points here. I don't have anything that is blog-official, just keeping it in the context of tcl for now. Who knows, it may be boring anyway.
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      01-25-2010 04:49 PM #20
      Well I said this would be about all things car-related, so I am going to stick to that no matter how pedestrian.
      I subscribed to automobile magazine this afternoon. I've had various subscriptions over the years, and currently only get car and driver, which (although it's getting better) has been lacking the content and off-the-cuff stuff that originally drew me to it (I am also not sure I even pay for it any more). Lately I had been thinking about getting something else, and seeing as I do often read road and track and automobile, it was probably going to be one of those. Last months Ezra Dyer article on clearing a rally course on his parents 30 acre tract in Maine and this months feature on Georg Kacher's 10 favorite 911's really sold me on automobile though. It's the kind of creative, unique stuff that I enjoy reading much more then comparos and even road tests.
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      01-25-2010 05:10 PM #21
      Very cool stable and skills. Synchro van and S5 FTW. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-26-2010 04:47 PM #22
      the rain melted so much snow here I took the opportunity to go to my favorite junkyard and see it I could fine anything. I am on the lookout for some minor trim pieces for the wagon (as well as anything else interesting) but didn't find anything other then a well picked over C5. I was struck by how many MKIV Jettas were there, guess they are getting on 10 years old now and it's that time.

      Also, when I polished the wheels for the convertible 2 years ago I got through 3 and stopped. It's a long process since the wheels were new (and the clearcoat was tough to get through), kills the fingers, and after getting 3 done the rest of the car was ready to go and I just wanted to drive it, so I skipped polishing the 4th wheel and just had the tire mounted. Fast forward over alot of me being lazy and I took the last couple of weeks to do the last wheel.
      Takes about 40-50 hours per wheel. Stripping off the paint and filler is the most time consuming and tedious part. I use regular ace paint stripper (found the aircraft stuff everyone recommends works no better, but smells 20x worse) and whatever tool I can get my hands on to scrape, in this case it was a long razor blade and a big washer for the curved lips. Once you start getting through the clear coat I use 220 to speed the process along (also helps reveal the areas with filler still) until it's all bare metal. Then on to succesive sandings with 320, 400, 600, 800 and 1000 (all wet) with cleanings in between. After that two buffings and a rub down with meguiars aluminum polish.
      after the stripping/220

      after all the sanding

      first buff

      all done
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      01-26-2010 05:26 PM #23
      So, is this just your hobby or do you work at a shop?

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      01-26-2010 05:31 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by giantrobot9000 »
      So, is this just your hobby or do you work at a shop?

      hobby
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      01-26-2010 05:31 PM #25
      are your Ronal Turbos Series 1 or Series 2?
      I assume Series 2 because of the pointy logos

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