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      11-20-2016 06:55 PM #26
      Finally got a chance to take some pictures yesterday after I did some work!! I recently got the Azev Type A's mounted. I was worried about the 205/55r16 tires rubbing in the rear, but they seem to clear pretty well going over bumps and stuff.. I mean the car isn't lowered, but compared to stock this wheel/tire set up is quite large and really fills the wheel wells. I'll be lowering it about an inch in the rear and an inch and a half in the front soon, once the front fenders get back on it lol.

      IMG_8179 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
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      I also finished sound deadening the trunk today
      IMG_8194 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Also rebuilt the rear passenger fender with fiber glass.. Mostly as a measure to prevent rust. B2 passats have a plastic cover in the rear that holds up the breather tube for the fuel tank.. It traps and holds water like a sponge and causes the passenger fender to rot almost completely out as well as strut tower damage..
      IMG_8192 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      So here is the rot all cut out with the inner fender rebuilt where rot was an issue and covered in weld through primer. I didn't bother cleaning the welds up because it's going to be covered in fiber glass anyway.
      IMG_8180 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Made some fingers, coated them in weld through primer and tacked them in place in an outward facing position. When I applied the fiber glass I then pressed the fingers into the fiber glass to act as reinforcement for the fiber glass.
      IMG_8188 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8189 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8190 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8191 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Now that last picture looks horrid, but I have yet to sand it down. I assure you it will look much nicer tomorrow. It's already insanely strong which makes me happy. I was hesitant at first to try this out, but it saved me some time and I'm ok with that even though it's not how I would have preferred to fix it.

      More pictures and progress to come tomorrow.
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      11-22-2016 07:28 AM #27
      Worked on getting the front fenders to fit last night, also brought the two rust free doors and hood I picked up to work with me today so I can drop them off at my buddy's shop who works down the street from me. He owns a sand/media blasting and powder coating shop so I'm going to have him strip the paint off those items to free up some time for me to finish up the fiber glass work and start removing the rest of the rust and prepping the body for primer and then paint.. hopefully this thing will be painted in like two or three weeks so I wont have to worry about it sitting out any more.. then I can take my time getting the interior back together and drive it in the mean time!
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      11-28-2016 07:50 AM #28
      Made some progress over the weekend. For starters on Thanksgiving I got the headliner out, roof rack off and dashboard out.

      IMG_8198 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Thinking about reupholstering the headliner in black if I can't get this thing as clean as I want it.. I might do it regardless because my sunroof is missing the headliner piece and has been since I bought the car so for the sake of keeping everything uniform I'll probably reupholster it.
      IMG_8195 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Roof rack gone.
      IMG_8199 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      And dash out.
      IMG_8203 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Also did something really cool.. I finally got the 20vt home on saturday! 5 cylinders of turbocharged badassery. It only took me about 8 months since the day I bought it to actually get it to my house

      IMG_8208 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
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      Quote Originally Posted by tolusina View Post
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      12-21-2016 06:06 PM #29
      Awesome project!

      I'll be watching.

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      12-28-2016 09:03 AM #30
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    6. 12-31-2016 10:36 AM #31
      this is awesome

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      01-05-2017 08:39 AM #32
      Thanks for the kind words everyone! Life has been one big kick in the pants lately.. Between the holidays, family health issues and a friends wedding there hasn't been much time for progress. Here's what has happened in the past few weeks.

      Finished up the fiberglass rear fender on the passenger side.

      IMG_8255 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8256 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8257 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Also got the windshield and sunroof out.

      IMG_8259 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8258 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      And fixed the rot in these spots right here and there.

      IMG_8260 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8261 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Then I moved racecar #1 to a friends garage and put the grocery getter in the garage to work in the warmth because body filler and primer don't work in the cold lol.. It's a tight fit.

      IMG_8271 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8296 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Then I cursed at the floors on the driver side.. These are getting cut out more than likely as opposed to patching them.. But I'll see what I can do with them.

      IMG_8295 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8306 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      And finally I acquired some goodies. A kevlar timing belt cover for the 20v and a 3 row aluminum radiator.

      IMG_8290 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      And finally I got this Eastwood TIG200 which will help make a lot of the crazy ideas I have for this car become reality.

      IMG_8318 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      And the real update for today is that I finished all the drawings for making the prototype ITB turbo manifold.. So my buddy/coworker and I are going to get together and cut all the pieces from ABS plastic on his CNC machine and then I'll do an initial fit up of the new manifold and ITB's and then I can sort out the plenum design.
      Last edited by dougkehl; 01-05-2017 at 09:12 AM.
      Quote Originally Posted by tolusina View Post
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      01-05-2017 07:16 PM #33
      Ah, Rust Sucks...

      But that Kevlar timing cover on the other hand:

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      01-05-2017 07:50 PM #34
      Rad car. Looks like a sweet project. In for more


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      01-05-2017 08:51 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      Ah, Rust Sucks...

      But that Kevlar timing cover on the other hand:
      Rust does really suck, but I'll get it worked out hopefully sooner than later.. I need this thing in paint asap and this is holding it up haha. But the kevlar belt cover is quite sick and super light. I might make kevlar or carbon/kevlar charge pipes for the turbo plumbing to add to the overall Group B Audi Quattro feel I want the engine bay to have. But that will be decided later once the engine actually goes in lol.

      Quote Originally Posted by foxygrandpa View Post
      Rad car. Looks like a sweet project. In for more


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      Thank you! Here is some more, it's boring stuff, but it's still progress stuff haha

      Fixed this last bit of rot on the driver side rear wheel arch.
      IMG_8327 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Also worked on the radiator I got. It was mine originally for my mk1 and I gave it to my cousin.. He never used it so I got it back and put the new TIG welder to use. It's originally for a Civic so I had to modify the lower hose bung and flip the side it was on. But now I have a slightly shorter, but thicker, 3 core aluminum radiator that fits perfectly in the stock position. I should have not been so lazy and switched out my tungsten, the one I was using wasn't quite right for the job so as you can see I smoothed out the welds quite a bit to ensure a good seal.

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      Quote Originally Posted by tolusina View Post
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      01-06-2017 01:59 PM #36
      Update.. Group B parts on the way. Audi Quattro S1 intake manifold plenum. I just bought this today.

      S1 intake by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      S1 intake back by dougkehl1, on Flickr

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      01-06-2017 10:05 PM #37
      Nice work on the car, hate the rust though. Nice progress!
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      01-09-2017 07:28 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by mike in SC View Post
      Nice work on the car, hate the rust though. Nice progress!
      Thanks man! And yeah the rust is a real pain. But this weekend I was able to get rid of most of it.. Now it's just the floor on the driver side that needs fixing. But I think for now I'm going to focus on getting the thing in epoxy primer and block sanded so it's ready for paint.
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      01-31-2017 08:16 AM #39
      Been on and off traveling for work and it's put a damper on things, but I got a chance to open up the box that came from Germany with a very cool part inside. This plenum and the ITB set up I put together are perfect for each other in terms of port spacing as they should have been. Now hopefully this weekend I can find some time to get to my buddies house and use his CNC machine to cut out the test manifold from some ABS plastic to adapt the ITB's to the head of the AAN which hopefully I'll be able to get into my garage in the next couple weeks so I can start mocking things up.

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      02-12-2017 10:25 AM #40
      Worked on the car a bunch. I went to a local junkyard and scored a driver side floor in great shape and the area that holds the cover for the filler neck for $50. Upon welding in the filler neck area I realized that my fix of the passenger side fender had separated just a hair from the quarter panel due to the heat.. Needless to say I was not happy. I had feared this would happen in the heat of summer, but I'm glad it happened before I got the car in paint..

      Cut all that crap out and welded a new fender arch in. I'm much happier with this.

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      Quote Originally Posted by tolusina View Post
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      02-27-2017 07:12 AM #41
      Update from last weekend and this weekend.

      Here are some pictures of the new radiator I've been modifying to fit. It fits nicely and seems to cool the car very well, although I've just tested it sitting still.

      IMG_8378 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
      IMG_8377 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      And this past weekend I patched some areas on the tunnel and strengthened them for the future when the AAN is plopped in. It was the start of cutting out the floor. I didn't get anything done except getting the new floor separated from the frame rails it was attached to. Today I will cut the floor out and hopefully get this one set in place.

      IMG_8381 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      By week's end I hope to have all the remaining body work on the chassis completed and maybe even taken to get primed. That would free up a ton of space to finish block sanding some body filler on two doors and potentially other body panels, even though last I checked they were all perfectly straight and free of dings.

      IMG_8380 by dougkehl1, on Flickr
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      02-28-2017 01:59 PM #42
      Started cutting the floor out last night.. It was actually far more rotted than it originally appeared and felt. There would have been no way for me to patch this like I originally wanted to.

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      02-28-2017 06:45 PM #43
      Following. What a great project.

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      03-01-2017 09:07 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by B1-16V View Post
      Following. What a great project.
      Thanks for the kind words man!

      It's moving along quickly.. kinda haha I'm trying to get it in paint asap which I've been saying for months now. But now I really have to because I'm buying a house within the next month or so and this part of the project is making things difficult haha. I'm probably going to have my friend paint it as it will take some of the work off my hands and allow me to focus on some other things to get it finished like reupholstering the headliner and resealing the rear diff and installing new subframe bushings.
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      03-06-2017 04:44 PM #45
      Well this weekend I was supposed to be up in the northern areas of New York and Vermont viewing houses, but I pushed that back to this coming weekend which freed up time to get this done!

      Old floor all the way removed!
      IMG_8405 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      Got my dad out and helping with the car which was nice. Unfortunately he got stuck cleaning the floor in preparation for welding.
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      Annnnndddddd new floor installed.
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      IMG_8410 by dougkehl1, on Flickr

      The new floor is incredibly strong compared to the old one which makes me very, very happy. With the car still being gutted I may try to put a roll cage in this thing, but with the prospect of buying a new home that may get put on the back burner for now. At least this is done so now the chassis is basically ready for primer and paint.
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      03-17-2017 07:12 AM #46
      Decided to distract myself from body work for 5 minutes and installed a spare 19 row Mocal oil cooler I had laying around. I've got to tidy up the brackets I made and I've still got one more to weld in. I tested it out to see if there were any leaks and there were none! And it keeps the overall temp down a bit which is nice. I won't really know how much until I drive it, but at least it's functional and isn't just a cool looking doodad in the engine bay.

      Here are some crap pictures.
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      Quote Originally Posted by tolusina View Post
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      04-02-2017 04:51 PM #47
      This thread makes me miss my Syncro.

      I do have a coupe, though...
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      04-04-2017 09:49 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      This thread makes me miss my Syncro.

      I do have a coupe, though...
      I couldn't imagine my life without this car so I can kinda relate to you, but the coupes are sweet! There is one for sale not far from me and it's pretty mint. I would love to get my hands on it, but I've got no more space haha.

      Anyway I found the source of why the driver side floor rotted out. I'll post some pictures of that later today. It's nasty to say the least, but once I get this done the chassis will just need a once over with some sand paper to remove any light surface rust and then it's ready for primer. Thank god. I just want to drive this thing.
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      04-04-2017 11:52 AM #49
      You sourced your "new" floors from junked cars, right? Standard Quantum floors worked, or did you find another Syncro?
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      04-04-2017 01:45 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      You sourced your "new" floors from junked cars, right? Standard Quantum floors worked, or did you find another Syncro?

      Yes, the new floor came from a junkyard donor. And it was a standard Quantum floor, but only the back is 100% the same.. The front half is just a little bit different on the tunnel side of things. Believe it or not, my Syncro's tunnel up by the pedals is narrower than a standard Quantum tunnel so you have to add a little to the floor.
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