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Title: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: jv on 08 October 2013, 17:23
:)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 08 October 2013, 19:02
I wanted to start a build thread on here.  Meant to do this years ago!  First ownership post to be followed by lots and lots of quotes from other threads.  It got interesting this year when I had some fun money to spend for a change!

Job done.

Picked up a cracking 1.8 GTi today.  The drive back was a dream.

Looking forward to some happy motoring and good, like-minded, anecdotal banter on here.

Cheers

Pic shortly after I picked it up and gave it a proper clean:
(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/06082010285.jpg)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 08 October 2013, 19:29
Just sat back thinking of all the stuff I've done to it over the years.  Working from front to back:

New headlights and trick headlight bulbs
Silvatec indicator bulbs
Replaced bonnet cable
Removed SAI pump and all fittings inc hardlines (with map decode)
N249 deleted
New N75
Replaced coil pack harness and all coils
Experimented with a few sets of new spark plugs
Fitted new injectors
Fitted Audi TT heat shields
Forge DV
Painted rocker cover
R32 intake snorkle, drilled and smoothed airbox
Pipercross panel filter
New oil cap, black coolant and washer fluid caps
Battery jacket
Belts, tensioner and water pump
New oil pump (preventative paranoid expensive repair)
Recharged air-con
New starter motor after trying the recon thing on original
Had a couple of flywheel/clutch combos on and off
Audi TT short shifter
Replaced all crankcase vapour pipework (soon to replace again with catch can!)
Anni aero wipers and new wiper mech
HR red springs on bilstein struts all round
New front discs and pads
Experimented with a few engine mounts
Newsouth boost gauge in column pod
Anni black headlining and all black fittings
Illuminated flush air vents
Custom Polo GTi gearknob and gaitor
Audi TT alloy pedals
Net optic stereo surround and black ashtray
Kenwood double DIN headunit
Heated seat switches (wired to nothing but look better)
New driver's seat foam
Black door handle pulls
Passat red x-box mirror switch
New heated mirror glass
Wired 2nd alarm LED into passenger door
Fitted vanstyle window tint panels
Genuine anni sideskirts in flat black to match valences
New rear discs and pads
20mm rear spacers on standard monty IIs (soon to be replaced with some Anni BBS RCs!)
New boot latch mech
Euro rear light clusters
De-badged boot
Sharan rear VW badge
mk5 rear wiper arm/blade
New rear wiper mech
Stubby OEM look aerial
Number plate surround
Tow eye cover

That's all I can think of for now.

Imminent jobs are getting the Anni wheels ready and fitted, enjoying them before winter sets in.  Fitting oil catch can at some point soon.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 08 October 2013, 19:45
Some choice pics:

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Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 25 November 2013, 19:07
Extreme clean and wax up for winter.  My arms are still aching from all the buffing!  Looks the nuts (for now).
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 27 November 2013, 21:12
Something exhaust related has started to rattle/knock about at start up and buzzes at low revs.  Heat-shield, silencer baffles, maybe the cat?  Depending how serious it is, it could be time for an upgrade!  :cool: :whistle:
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 29 January 2014, 19:20
Exhaust problem was only a heat-shield and a dodgy rubber mount.  Fixed without much more fuss.
Got spending in the new year and added a 42draft catch can to the long list of things to fit in the spring / when I can be arsed.
Anni rims are all polished up, ready and waiting to be fitted when the weather cheers up a bit. 
Maybe time for some more serious lows this year, funds permitting.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 07 April 2014, 22:23
Wheels are now on!

(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/WP_20140406_007_zps44841513.jpg)

So happy right now  :laugh:
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 10 April 2014, 19:20
Spent the day over at TJGs replacing the door module and window glass.  With all that out I was planning to fit metal window hangers, but it already had them  :wink:

Did the work in less than 2 hours with a couple of tea breaks.  Sorted!

All done I went to start the car up and it was just clicks, dull dash then nothing.  Dead as a dodo......  :cry:
It had turned over slowly earlier that morning, I just thought it was because I hadn't used it much in the last fortnight.  Sourced a new battery chucked it in and all seems good.  Will just have to keep tabs on it, but thinking to maybe get the alternator checked out anyway.

Next job is oil service and fitting the catch can.  What else could go wrong when I tackle these?!?!?!?  :evil:
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 28 October 2014, 20:15
Fitted a Polybush dog-bone mount a couple of weeks ago.  Not sure I like it so much, too much vibration on idle and same sensation when braking and engine speed has dropped.  Wish I'd kept the THS I had on a while ago!!!  Guess its back to standard or perhaps source an R32 one as they're stiffer  :undecided:

Fitted some Lupo stubby mirrors at the weekend.  They look immense.... in a tiny Lupo way!
(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/WP_20141103_002_zpse21b45da.jpg)
(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/d48b6a7d-4c12-4d98-a119-57b993389369_zps0217c046.jpg)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 11 January 2015, 10:04
Poly bush dogbone mount has been binned for a new genuine standard one (a £75 part!).
Got some 16" steels on the way to get the BBS nicely tucked away for winter. Might get two of em refurbed while they're off.
Took it out for a "proper run" the other day. It was bitterly cold, just didn't appreciate how much of a difference the cold would make. It was behaving like it had been mapped! BOOST!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 11 February 2015, 20:40
The steels are on.  I'm getting kinda attached to them now.
(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/WP_20150201_002_zpscjvfdgla.jpg)
(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/WP_20150131_001_zpsproh2e38.jpg)

They could do with a couple of new tyres, but proper stoked for a £90 set of wheels with 4 Bridgestones fitted  :cool:

While the BBS are off I'll get a couple of them refurbed ready for the spring  :wink:
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 20 February 2015, 16:19
This winter's project is source and replace the tailgate.  Existing one has gone rotten around the tailgate handle  :sick:

Found a clean V5 tailgate in correct colour with factory fit (notched) spoiler.  I know the spoilers are a bit marmite for people, but this is my kind of marmite  :cool:

In the middle of cleaning up the tailgate right now and sourced a brand new handle for it today too.

Looking forward to a dry day for fitment and giving the car a proper clean and going over with some wax.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 02 March 2015, 18:01
Tailgate is coming along nicely. Need to stop faffing with it and just get the thing fitted!

Replaced gear stick bush, the big moon shaped one under the gaitor. I think its the best £3 I spent in a long time. Easy to fit bush, but for some reason it took me ages to lock shift tower down? Feels proper again and made a surprising difference to shifting.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 14 April 2015, 11:33
Tailgate turned out to be a little bit ropey....  :undecided:  Managed to salvage area around the handle but in debadging and cleaning it up I realised it had been repainted at some point.  Repainted without removing the badges!!!!  :huh: :shocked: I may just patch it up, fit it for now and look to get it repainted later.

Just putting together long list of parts for TT front suspension conversion and further tickle with the lowering stick.  Have the 2nd hand bits I need so now pulling in the long list of new bits from the far corners of the car parts universe.  Putting off buying coilovers for the minute, but will be going down the AP road to handling fun.

While that remains a little further off, I fitted black washer fluid cap and got t'other pair of Anni BBS refurbed.  Wheels will be cleaned up, sealed and refitted in next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 22 May 2015, 14:28
Anni RCs are back on 😍

Have all parts together now for TT suspension swap and AP coils fitment. Decided it was the right time for 312s up front too 😉

Booked in next Tues/Weds for the work. More than a little bit excited right now!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 28 May 2015, 23:05
Suspension work complete. Setup looks great. Got a cheeky bit of camber up front too thanks to tt wishbones.
Ride is a bit firm. I'm not used to coilovers, so may just be the way it is, but I hope it softens up a bit!
312s look more appropriate behind the RCs now.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 18 June 2015, 21:59
Fitment of AP coilovers, upgrade to TT suspension geometry, big brakes up front and refurbed wheels:
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(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/IMG-20150528-WA0015_zpse2laaob8.jpg)
(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/IMG-20150528-WA0009_zpsl5kdl9t0.jpg)

These shots of the car taken by our T_J_G  ;)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 25 June 2015, 18:21
Repainted side skirts the other weekend.
Fitted my 42draft catch can today, after I'd tightened a loose front caliper! :S
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 03 August 2015, 18:09
Alternator loom and battery fuse box replaced recently. Design flaw!
This weekend I stripped out the remaining vac pcv system from under the inlet manifold. Looks so much neater now.
(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/WP_20150808_001_zps3f5blnhp.jpg)

Took tb off and cleaned that too, haven't done it for a couple of years and amazed at difference it makes.
I also fitted 2x12mm wheel spacers to front end. Got a tiny bit of rub over some big dips in the road, will jack it up a notch this evening.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 09 August 2015, 15:12
Jacked the front coils up a turn to see if that cures the rub. I'm not sure now if it was tyre on arch or the dshaft on the chassis. Will see if that cures it. I don't want to go too far upwards as I really like the look.
Had fun and games getting the wheels back on, with the spacers moving around. Need me one of those aligning stud things!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 21 September 2015, 18:43
It now has a rust free tailgate and handle! The tailgate paint is a bit tired and I painted the handle before fitting, so will get them blown over in new year.
Pic during the swap out.  Car looked kinda weird without a boot!
(http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww140/najmeade/DSC_0030_zpsjyls6u4n.jpg)
Getting the barrel out the handle was a b#$%@!

Currently has an ABS fault when going real slow, like manoeuvring to park. Got booked in this Weds for fix. Believe it to be sensor. Hope so, but gutted as they're only 5 months old.

Gave it a good clean and finished off with some "bd clean" detailer spray. Real nice to apply and buff back. Good stuff. Looks great.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 28 October 2015, 21:46
ABS error turned into an expensive nightmare.  Less said about that the better  :sick:

Winter steels are on and the BBS have been cleaned, sealed and put away for winter.  I jacked the front up for some winter (and up coming MOT) ground clearance but struggled with the adjusters at the rear end.  I'll have another crack at it this coming weekend.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: BadcarEurope on 30 October 2015, 11:24
You are doing great job out there :) Can't wait for more pictures :)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 21 November 2015, 08:53
Passed it's mot. Advisory that it had steel wheels fitted?
Hoping for time and suitable weather over the weekend to clean and give it a good wax seal.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 14 December 2015, 21:08
Well its decided to drop it's coolant. No visible signs of leaks.
Gong by funny smell inside car and small drop of water in footwell vent my money is on heater matrix, but niggle in my mind with it being the head gasket.
Time will tell. Have uv ink in coolant now and hoping to find source.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: barrym381 on 14 December 2015, 22:24
Well its decided to drop it's coolant. No visible signs of leaks.
Gong by funny smell inside car and small drop of water in footwell vent my money is on heater matrix, but niggle in my mind with it being the head gasket.
Time will tell. Have uv ink in coolant now and hoping to find source.
my guess would be heater matrix too  :sad:
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 27 January 2016, 20:06
Well its decided to drop it's coolant. No visible signs of leaks.
Gong by funny smell inside car and small drop of water in footwell vent my money is on heater matrix, but niggle in my mind with it being the head gasket.
Time will tell. Have uv ink in coolant now and hoping to find source.
my guess would be heater matrix too  :sad:

After all that time it held onto its coolant and only dropped about 5-10mm in the header tank.  All very strange!  I monitored the level every few days and before/after a trip.  I had use of a UV torch but it was pretty inconclusive with my limited visibility around engine.  Took it back to garage a couple of times and they confirmed it was from the bottom of the radiator.  Changed it out today, fingers crossed that was it!  :D
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 11 July 2016, 20:37
Well, it was the rad. No more coolant loss since. So have been really enjoying it up until recently.

Sad to say it developed stiff power steering when warmed.up, thought it likely the pas pump. It just started making a noise in that area of the engine, so thought it most likely the pas pump again. Removed aux belt and noise remains...... Sh1t! It's more audible inside the car, but not so much outside.

Leads me to suspect a rough bearing around the timing belt.

Have been left weighing up my options. I love the car to bits, but simply don't have the money to pump into it.

It's worth more in bits, but too good to break up. Sad times 😔
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 21 July 2016, 21:46
Sot it would appear the noise I can hear is the off side engine mount.....  Transmitting noise into the cabin.  Took a while to work it out!
Noticed the noise is only really audible inside the car.  Took it out just now and noticed it also does it over bumps - when not on throttle - that can't be a bearing!  Parked on a slope and the noise stops, where I guess the engine weight is transferred elsewhere.  Panic over in that regard!

Remains up for sale right now.  Now got to decide whether to repair prior to sale, or sell with this minor fault.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 26 August 2016, 20:28
Well after not running it much due to these nasty noises and considering selling the old girl I managed to drain the battery down to absolute zero.  Not even enough to lock with the central locking...  :embarrassed:
Got a jump start and decided it a good idea to refit one of the lock barrels.  Good job as it went dead again over a week or two sat idle.... :embarrassed:
Found those battery booster pack things don't work with a dead dead battery...
So managed to get in there with the key and fished out battery, exchanged battery booster for a charger and seem to have resurrected the battery.  Got the car to a pals house and had some spanner time on the engine mount.

Took the engine mount off and fitted a new one, which cured the vibration in the cabin.  Not the squeak.

Worked out the squeak was the pancake pipe swinging around and rubbing on stuff.  Guess due to the saggy engine mount.  Fixed with a washer.

Car is running again and I'm quite relieved it didn't sell.  Had some really silly offers.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 19 November 2016, 15:48
Since then it's been used infrequently but still puts a smile on my face when I do get out in it.
Today was mot day. Took it out for a good blat beforehand.... Then it's failed on a rear wheel bearing :-/ that was all, which I guess isn't such a bad thing. No advisories.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 26 November 2016, 09:05
Bearing replaced and driven home. Hadn't noticed this one going, but failed due to apparent roughness. That's another half mile to add to the 1500 it's done in the last 12 months.
Its getting mothballed this weekend if time permits. Just working out how carried away I'm about to get with its hibernation.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 30 January 2017, 20:13
It's been mothballed for the past couple of months. Have the battery at home on trickle charge.
I've been back to check on it after some recent nasty weather. Seems my rented garage has a couple of leaks :-(
Luckily hasn't actually dripped into the car, but have moisture traps to keep the damp out.
Will get a waterless wash next weekend.
Looking forward to rolling it out in the spring and getting it cleaned properly!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 07 March 2017, 20:49
Well. It was still there when I last looked.
The rented garage has several leaks, but it's only a temporary thing.
Am buying a new house with garage and drive. Can't wait to get car home and tucked away. It'll be such a novelty to work on it at home. Working on a car at roadside is not fun! I am nearly 40 and never owned a  driveway or garage in my life. Bring it!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: lemski on 08 March 2017, 09:39
Best thing that ever happened to me was having a driveway.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 09 March 2017, 17:01
Best thing that ever happened to me was having a driveway.

Yes mate. I've risked life and limb working roadside.
I'm planning to pimp up the man cave / garage. Lots of lighting, fresh paint and get some industrial levelling stuff on the floor. Also get my tools in a proper tool chest or out on display :-D
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 22 April 2017, 07:26
Not much to report. Car still tucked away. Moisture traps doing their thing. Few drips on car from dodgy roof in rented garage, also really surprised how dusty it's getting too.
Got told off by Mrs the other day, when asked why I'm looking forward to moving :-SS
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: hardmonkeys on 22 April 2017, 16:56
Can't beat having your own garage and driveway

Man Cave pics needed when you get it
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 01 June 2017, 22:13
Well its been resurrected today.
Fired up first time and driven to its new home.
Discs were very badly corroded and paintwork in a grimy state as the lock up wasn't exactly water tight!
Spent a couple of hours cleaning it as soon as got it back. It needs the full works really but have other priorities on house to do before I can get away with a day "playing" with the car.
Just need to clear the garage now and get it tucked away.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 30 June 2017, 07:08
Popped off the front arch liners and cleaned out the compost. Flushed through with lots if water. This job should be on the maintenance schedule!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 11 July 2017, 07:24
The car is doing me proud. All apart from the noisy ac compressor. It works but makes a racket when cold, and bit of a rattle when car warmed up.
I'm using the golf daily at the moment as my other money pit (imported subaru legacy turbo monster) is on my driveway in bits.
That is meant to be my daily and the golf was meant to be tucked away in the garage! :-D
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: lemski on 11 July 2017, 13:17
Typical dailys. Mines the same. Well misses a4 is in bits so shes got the passat so i have to use the golf.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 14 September 2017, 21:18
Some more broken parts to add to my Mkiv golf hall of shame....
Window clips from driver's door :(
Last heard  hurtling towards innards of door. Somehow got away without the glass shattering.

Carrier panel off and rebuilt with new metal clips. Waiting to refit at weekend and charge battery which has strangely drained with car in bits.

(https://i.imgur.com/crn2WqU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/SpqMqyg.jpg)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 22 September 2017, 18:55
Got the window carrier rebuilt and fitted back in door. Moment of truth when firing up the window mech, its alive!
Will finish this job off tomorrow am by sealing the panel back in place and refitting the door trim.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 24 September 2017, 11:51
Job done.
Much head scratching before I realised the inner window seal top strip should stay on door and trim panel hangs on that.
Wasted 30 mins of my life stuck on it!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 30 September 2017, 16:37
3 hours later.
Washed car down and dried
Clay bar roof
Polish roof
Wax roof
I'm hurting!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 16 November 2017, 09:44
MOT day today
Failing power steering will likely top of the list....
A feeling of dread coming over me.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 16 November 2017, 18:39
<1000 miles since the last one.
Passed no advisories!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: hardmonkeys on 16 November 2017, 21:57
Result!!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 10 December 2017, 16:06
She's all tucked away with a SORN now.
Started stripping out bits and bobs for some winter tinkerings.
Part way through front arch replacement and with front end in bits I'll do a whole lot of other stuff.
It's very cramped in the garage but so nice being able to pop out for 30 mins and work with it off road and secure.
My missus compared it to that ending scene in Sean of the Dead when he pops out to the shed to see Mike :)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 01 January 2018, 13:01
Started the year as I meant to by flushing the pas fluid! 😎
Followed this very helpful how to:
https://www.audiworld.com/how-tos/a/audi-a3-how-to-change-power-steering-fluid-420722
Worked a treat. Shame was the bicycle inner tube I had kicking about had a lovely big hole in it and initially glugged oil out all over the auxiliary belt etc :'(
Had my trusty helper (aka my 5 year old son) swinging around on the steering flushing it all out for me.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - my silver 1.8t mk4 Golf
Post by: Mr_Orange on 12 January 2018, 23:13
The car is thoroughly in bits now. I've delved deep into the head to remove and replace cam chain tensioner. Not a job for the feint hearted!

Me > (my comfort zone)

Have it all out (tensioner and inlet cam)  ready to clean sealing surfaces and start wrestling it back together. Exhaust cam left in situ to retain timing etc.
I plan to have new tensioner in over the weekend. The rocker cover isn't going back on immediately as I'm getting that and inlet manifold powder coated.
I hope to clean up some of the aluminium engine bits that have started going a bit fuzzy. Have some ACF50 grease which I'll apply lightly once they're cleaned up.
I'll also chop in and fit a cheeky vent to arch behind intercooler.

(https://i.imgur.com/TawfjEe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wMGMhb2.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/ptOWyrz.jpg)

Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 14 January 2018, 21:31
Tensioner fitted.
Cams and bearings back in and all torqued up. Cranked engine over using a breaker bar and socket, and all good.
Fairly straight forward. Just lots of parts to keep track of!
Now on to the rest of it all :)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 15 January 2018, 22:03
Inlet manifold is off and stripped down for powder coating. Need to clean mating surfaces on that and rocker cover before I drop them off.
I've pulled and re-routed the wiring harness to tuck away the injector portion under the fuel rail.
Also found a slight coolant leak at the water temp sender housing. Might be the o-ring has perished slightly, it's oem and not that old, but sensor fitment always seemed a bit vague in the housing.... :/
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: QazGolf on 21 January 2018, 20:56
You might as well throw an inlet spacer since the manifold is off get those minimal gains?

Qaz
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 21 January 2018, 21:14
You might as well throw an inlet spacer since the manifold is off get those minimal gains?

Qaz

It had crossed my mind....
I already picked up a genuine one couple of years back when I started thinking about the powder coating! :)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: QazGolf on 26 January 2018, 19:41
Good stuff, get some powaaarh!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 31 January 2018, 20:57
Powder coated rocker cover and manifold fitted back on.
(https://i.imgur.com/U0shUM4.jpg)

Have lots of other work left to do, but ran out of parts to start putting it back together.  Went a bit crazy on ebay last night :)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 05 February 2018, 21:19
It's coming back together now.
Replaced degraded coolant flange that feeds the oil cooler... it kinda fell apart on me.
Also replaced o-ring and clip on the temperature sender.
Waiting miniature cone filter to complete deletion of fuel vapour canister.
Black crackle painted the throttle body and routed boost gauge to that top fitting. 
Have deleted the hard pipe and tucked the injector loom, just need to extend a couple of sections as they're too tight for comfort.
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: QazGolf on 06 February 2018, 16:27
Such a clean engine bay! Well jealous haha

Qaz
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 19 February 2018, 20:16
Relay unit deleted from bay.
Injector loom tuck almost complete, just need to extend the harness slightly for injector connectors. Solder sleeves in progress at the dining table! :)
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 14 March 2018, 06:36
Under bonnet now done apart from repairing damaged connector for MAF and revisit / tidy up around n249 delete.
Sat in it for first time since November ish. Can't wait to get it back on the road now!
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Wazzzer on 17 March 2018, 16:15
Bay is looking nice and tidy mate, can only dream of getting mine like that! :wink:
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 17 March 2018, 19:33
Bay is looking nice and tidy mate, can only dream of getting mine like that! :wink:

Thanks pal.
All back together now, with resistors built into oem mating connectors on all deleted items.
Was planning to fit battery and turn it over today, but the weather had other ideas! Will try steal away some time tomorrow. So close now
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 18 March 2018, 14:54
It's alive again!
Fired up eventually and died a couple of times. Then idled OK when up to temperature.
I was beyond nervous with the key and panicked a bit when it started stuttering. Quite relieved but it'll need a good run sometime soon.   
Title: Re: Mr_Orange - mk4 silver 1.8T
Post by: Mr_Orange on 27 April 2018, 19:27
Found a slight leak at pas reservoir. Not sure if the pipe fitting has cracked or the pipe has a split. Think I'll replace the reservoir and trim the pipe slightly just to be sure.