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Title: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 22 February 2019, 21:28
Hi Everyone,

Brought myself a 85 cabriolet locally in Washington USA, brought from family from new and only had 2 family members drive it. low miles, LHD, runs and drives, has AC and power steering but needs some love and few things are not working, but who wants to buy a perfect mk1 anyhow! :laugh:

Plan is to get it running and working 100% and then I will focus on body work, new paint, interior and suspension, wheels and other areas I am thinking about upgrading.

Biggest issue to focus on straight away is a good clean inside and out, its seen better days!

Here is car!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4847/31215535887_a5218e4d76_c.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4902/46154846121_93e2fa2166_c.jpg)

Hopefully should be fun project and I hope to share my experience, what I learn, how I fix things and overall engage again with Golfgti family - you might also see now and updates on my other build - mk1 Golf Racer R updates too.

Thanks Si
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 28 February 2019, 04:47
Well the northwest rain is keeping me from giving the car a good clean inside and out, so I started to check all the electrics inside the car and here is what I found

Open either door and inside light does not come on (does come on if push switch to on position) - need to check door switches and cables
Dashboard cluster - functioning correctly, expect - no lights coming on (will check blubs, fuses and dimmer switch)
Dashboard cluster clock (digi) not coming on - will check cluster, fuses)
Looks like the main lights only come on, I don't see any side light bulbs in my main light units - is this normal for US spec cabs? They come as standard in European models.
wipers work - little slow for my liking (will take out wiper unit and refurb or upgrade)
side indicators working at front and passenger rear, look like the drivers rear not working (discovered the whole light unit is not working) - need to investigate more.
Hazard switch works for 3 corners working
Heater unit works, due to this vw cab has AC installed, I need to read up more on each of the selections, I cannot hear the heater unit as I would from previous vw cabs I've had, but then again none of them had AC installed. Interesting when select #3 on heater knob the radiator fan comes on - not sure if that is normal either.
Original stereo / Radio - working fine, speakers are blown and the Aerial Antenna  needs replacing.
There is an alarm system installed in the car, but it looks like someone disconnected it - there are wires everywhere - that will be a job for weekend to trace it all and take out. (Clifford alarm - I hate these makes, had one in the UK and it used to go off whenever it liked!)
Rear window defroster switch is solid and not working (I pulled this out of the dash and found the following below) - need to trace the cabling back to the main loom and see if any other cables are impacted too.


Well looks like the switch over heated and melted, I need to order a new switch and rear connector as well. switch should be easy to order, but I'm not seeing connector for sale anywhere. Time to widen my search to various online forums :)

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When I drove the car back home, the oil pressure light and buzzer was going off when I went over 2k, I know this is one of the oil switches on the oil filter unit, I tested it after it started to happen on the side of the road (Full details on this issue is well documented but for others here are few links)
https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?2049336 (https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?2049336)
http://www.cabby-info.com/gauges.htm (http://www.cabby-info.com/gauges.htm)
https://www.reflectionsandshadows.com/cabby/dopws.html (https://www.reflectionsandshadows.com/cabby/dopws.html)

I wonder what else I will find wrong with this cab???
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 28 February 2019, 22:36
So here one of the other mk1 cabs I have as well, its actually in good condition. This one is automatic 1983. Not sure what I am going to do with the second one, might strip it and make into a cab racer with 16v or R32 conversion as a friend of mine wants to learn how to work on cars and race.

Need a good clean and starts and runs.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4869/31395560027_33bf1830ec_c.jpg)

interior is in amazing condition - big bonus
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4912/46334719011_f2730ee914_c.jpg)

So back to 85 cab got a custom car cover, as this car sits outside most of the time, due to other cars taking up garage space and the car port area.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4894/31395560147_a3616746bb_c.jpg)

So I started to look and find where the alarm system was - well it was not hard, it was glued to the underside of the lower dashboard right next to the main loom and also sensor unit (Broken) inside the center console and wiring to the starter and battery. I have most of it out, just got few pieces of wires to clean up.

Who ever installed it was a cowboy, the wiring is a mess.

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I have complete gear shifter kit, so not too worried about this one being rusted out, but it now makes me want to take out all the seats and carpet to make sure there is no further rust anywhere else.

Fuse cover has seen better days!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4907/44517921470_a7c86bed5c_c.jpg)

Also ordered myself mkII throttle body - get better throttle response once I have all the other mods done too (going to keep the 8v engine with CIS.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4914/45611367104_04cf825bbf_c.jpg)
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 01 March 2019, 17:26
Productive few hours today.

1. Finished up removal of the alarm system - Clifford you are done!
2. Removed cluster from dashboard - some switches broken ;(
3. Fix the cluster clock and tested everything
4. Managed to get nice upgrade item - could not stop myself!

All the parts I removed from the car relating to the alarm - took hour to rip it all out, didn't even have to remove anything - that is how bad this installation was!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4804/46363870732_de2818dfeb_c.jpg)

Before taking out cluster in dashboard
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4909/31474990807_5daec5f279_c.jpg)

sadly few of the switches broke as taking out - they just come apart with backs coming off - its happens no big deal, will order new ones. The worst one was main light and cluster light adjustor (this could be why my cluster lights not work - but will validate that with testing cluster and each bulb.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4834/45691483484_283a1601d3_c.jpg)

I don't think this cluster has ever been taken out.. (which is good)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4829/46414530671_357511c229_c.jpg)

Super clean cluster, so happy no damage.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4857/46363874712_cd5792359a_c.jpg)

cluster taken apart and you can see broken switches at the top left and I got spare replacement clock unit too, as my original was dead. Also tested each cluster bulb and they all worked, so I think the main light switch is the main cause.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4867/46414533851_a01d4e4981_c.jpg)

Testing the new clock unit - it works!
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and all back together again, I also installed superbrightleds - bulbs - so I can see the cluster in dash!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4879/45502132265_a612a373df_c.jpg)

The cluster with new LEDs - lit up on my desk - they really are bright now :peace:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7820/45502566375_96b90a778a_c.jpg)

and here is my little upgrade item - vw mk2 recaro seats - I will be having them completely rebuilt (part of whole interior being done) - I will do most of the work but get an amazing local upholstery company redo cloth for me.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4875/32502040768_ed727b4d29_c.jpg)
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 03 March 2019, 17:15
oops another mk1 upgrade item bought today!

Managed to pick up set of 14x6.5 4x100 ET30 BBS RM wheels, need to sort out new center caps. With dropping the car on coilovers (need to figure out which coilovers yet) and these wheels should get a really nice low look but very functional.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4843/45818252735_eeaf6af7b4_c.jpg)

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Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 06 March 2019, 18:06
Well managed to stay dry for most of the day for me to do some electrical work on cab.

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Start out with replacing the rear window defrost connector. Compare new and old, cut the wires ready for soldering wires so everything is done right and protecting the soldering of wires.

The issue;
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new connector
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wires ready
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loom wires ready
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tools of choice to solder and heat up protection over soldering
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7898/46091879244_d57f4d8833_z.jpg)

key to make sure wires are intertwined and then add solder and after minute, put protection sleeve over and heat up for perfect finish.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4832/39851584553_980c8272e3_z.jpg)

all done on defrost wiring. I did add electrical tape just in front of the protection sleeves to make sure all wires are together just like OEM finish before.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7846/46816882441_1aeeecb304_z.jpg)

Now moved onto the starter motor power cable in the engine bay. When I removed the alarm system they cut into that cable and well it was not done well so I wanted to repair it right. Here is cable pulled out and showing what was in place.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4871/46816883441_6987548352_z.jpg)

I noticed the wires was about 4-5 inches short cut to cutting and cleaning up, so add a new section to the wire, clean wires intertwined and soldering and protection sleeves add.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4883/45901921185_929de197b1_z.jpg)

All the crap taken out from that single wire.
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Tested the car to make sure starter kicks in and started the car :) - works perfect (http://"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqf6bFdCJRo").

Now onto the rear of the car and why drivers side rear light unit is now working and replace the rear boot strut as it wasn't work.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7821/32941213288_d1b7550702_z.jpg)

Well after looking at both sides of the rear lights unit, it was clear the issue was just rust on all the connectors, so took out both, cleaned them up and place back (20 minutes of work later) and lights all working perfectly.. I get a feeling I am going to discover more ground issues on this cab...
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7852/46091882064_652bc39e04_z.jpg)

Now moved back inside the car and temp installed the dashboard and most of the switches to test out work I did on cluster - happy to say clock is working and everything else works as need but with one issue. The cluster lights and some of the switches lights are not working..
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4846/46091850204_3490f766ea_z.jpg)

So time to check the fuses and relay and grounds to figure out why cluster and some switches are not lighting up.

Well everything looks ok on fuse/relay box or is it?
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Well this is not good...
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and the top two relays had alot of rust too on relays and on the connectors too..
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So getting the fuse/relay box out was easy but the star ground connectors are pain to get too, so I remove the lower sub-bar dashboard (that was not fun to do)
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checked all the relays, cleaned up most of the connectors, but two of them are bad, so I think I will need to take them apart see if I can clean them and test them - 26 and 37 are the worst ones.
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Relay 37 taken apart.
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Cleaned up well and was just the pins that had rust, rest was perfectly clean inside
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4881/46091848714_eef6a15f66_z.jpg)

Relay 26 on the other hand had rust inside and I could not clean it without breaking parts and seeing as I can get a replacement for real cheap - I ordered new one
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7851/39851578293_4177a3594a_z.jpg)

I took out the star ground x2 connectors they are so bad and had a lot of rust also on the bolt to the metal bracket, I need to order new ones and clean up the bracket too. Will show more on that on next update. I did so a quick test with ground from brown cluster cable to back of the dash metal and the cluster lights came on, so I know I have ground issues - well that is nothing new for a mk1 owner.. :banghead::laugh:
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 08 March 2019, 00:14
more investigation into the source of water leak. It could be the antenna its broken but its more than likely the 20mm hole on drivers side 50% outside and 50% under the front wind screen (its the only hole and rust area I can find on the outside of the car) - typical!

All grommets look good in the engine area on firewall area - I will check them all anyhow and replace if any break or not up to my standard.

I spent today clean my spare cabriolet top cover, got it in December. Plan is to clean it up see how it looks afterwards, if good use it, if not I think I will dye it Black.

before
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during
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after
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one area looks to be unclean able :(
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4858/32956860778_e129ddd482_z.jpg)

So end result is it cleaned up well and everything is good enough to use, but I am going to dye it Black so now looking into how to get that done :laugh:
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Simeon on 08 March 2019, 15:58
Great work mate, reminds me of watching Edd China work on cars on Wheeler Dealers, very methodical :)

Lots of rusty connectors eh, I hate electrical gremlins, usually such a pain to find and fix
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 08 March 2019, 17:20
Thanks Simeon - maybe I should start up a youtube channel  :laugh:  :smug:

yeah the rusty connectors are everywhere.. I think this car sat outside not used for long while  :cry:
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 12 March 2019, 17:53
little update - cleaned up the star ground connectors with vinegar - worked a treat.

Just placed into bowl with vinegar
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few hours later
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and with wipe of cloth - looking like new again.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7923/31913559217_9c593654af_z.jpg)

I have to wire brush the inside yet.

The next challenge is how do I get the rust of the end ground loom cable up inside the dashboard. Been thinking about putting vinegar in bowl and into a clear bag and placing the cables into the bag and bowl and then somehow hold the bag up in place so vinegar can do its thing to the cable end pins. Will try out and see what happens..

Next week is going to be exciting and big update... all exterior is coming out and sending off to get new look....
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 19 March 2019, 02:05
Been on the hunt for a while for a certain set of wheels, so managed to get these yesterday so happy 15x7 Fittipaldi

Going to do some spacers to push front and rears out to the lip edge.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4892/46114788925_3e9221678b_z.jpg)

downside is I don't have the center cap tool :( 

The center cap tool is very rare key after some research, but not a problem... just end up making one.

time to measure
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I then made up a mock up of tool and then had new tool made on the metal lathe and here is result;
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(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7836/32272461077_afdc9d599b_z.jpg)

now I get working on cleaning up and painting these wheels to go on the cab. I need to get coil overs installed and finish up with ground wires and then its driving so can get the car over to upholstery guy to finish up the revamp of the interior.
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 22 March 2019, 03:43
Finally with some dry weather I reinstalled ground units again and cleaned up the ground cables and plugged all back in. Also added the one fixed relay and new relay.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7904/46527527524_1e5fdf09bd_z.jpg)

Relays
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and all installed :)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7803/46336630805_7319332353_z.jpg)

I did a few things to the cluster. I add electrical tape on both sides of the plastic parts where the cluster electrical plugs go, this makes sure the connectors actually have a firm connection. I found that when I moved the cables connected to the cluster the cluster functions would stop and start.

Cluster in and now the lights in cluster are actually working. This I think was two fold. Ground issues and the cables connectors not having firm connections. Happy now.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7878/46527528114_0f2fa0c0ae_z.jpg)

also all the other dash lights are now working too :) all except one center console dial :( will need to order new light for that one.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7825/32308990987_3ef57acfb6_z.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7926/40286184903_b0952dc811_z.jpg)

On the wheel front, had to make sure I had the right bolt setup to order my adapters - confirmed 5 x 112. Ordered 4x100 to 5x112. Due to wheels are ET35 been thinking I might do conversion to 5x112 would give me more options for future too.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7902/33375234518_fe9f561c4e_z.jpg)

and could not stop myself to see roughly what they looked like. I think once the car is lowered on coil overs and adapters installed the wheels are going to fill that wheel arch nicely.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7824/33375233128_20db27b8c0_z.jpg)

Happy Friday everyone!
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 25 March 2019, 20:00
Been checking brakes and suspension setup in preparing for coilover installation. Need to order new front rotors and pads and full brake flush and fuilds, lower arms going to replace too, overall what I thought the conditions would be.

Starting to clean wheel arch areas to see what it would look like under all the years of road usage and looks to be nice clean paint so good news.

Then I noticed something I've not seen on any of my previous mk1s - the wheels bolts are not bolts but nuts with threads. No big deal will be replacing front and rear setup back to OEM anyhow, so I can add adapters on to fit the new wheels.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7849/47259705821_53b1d77ef4_z.jpg)

I also had the lovely job of getting the ash tray out of the lower dash as the light and lighter unit was not functioning. The actual light unit itself was a pain to get apart. Separating it from ash tray unit without braking it. Must not break small plastic parts oops!

I ordered a new light unit that can be used as power adapter as well from later VW model near perfect in spec and cheap.

Still needed to take apart the light bulb so can replace that too with LED version.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7897/46380793835_3c7ddcd1c6_z.jpg)

Also took apart light bulb unit for one of the center dials to replace it and the other two with LEDs.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7854/47295467251_781c749776_z.jpg)

Will be little delay in update due to having to work on all LEDs, getting interior completely out and to someone to redo all interior for me, plus I'm heading back to the UK :) for early April.

I will be happy to get done with all this electrical issues and more onto big items and upgrades...
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: andy28 on 25 March 2019, 20:06
Loving this thread madone_si
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 26 March 2019, 15:17


thanks Andy28.

Managed to get few bits done last night and tested in cab this morning.

Finally the day when I get to see all the interior lights working and with upgraded LEDs too!

New lighter unit turned up allowing me to charge my mobile and other stuff - this is from a later VW model - near perfect match. Just have to adjust the connector on the loom
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Install into the unit
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Testing out the light
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Moved onto the start of replacing all dash bulbs to LEDs - I will show few of them below, most are the same way I did them. Got this down to less than 4 minutes a unit to complete.

Each unit at the top of the pins where meets the bulb, there is little piece of metal push down - this hold the pins inside the bulb unit. you push these up, with tiny flat screwdriver from the ends and same time push pin upwards - this will allow you to remove bulb and pins from unit. Do this part slowly
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7824/47453460301_40821a80ba_k.jpg)

Give you idea of bad bulb, new OEM bulb and LED bulb
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some other units doing at the same time
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I usually do all my soldering using my multiple clamps but for the life of me I cannot find them :(so had to revert back to old ways of taping bulb down and using pliers to hold pins while using soldering unit. Worked out very well actually.

Then moved on to preparing LED light and then soldered first pin on (I will always get soldered on and then afterwards clean up weld to make flat)
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Both pins soldered welded on
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Key to now test bulb (I always test each new bulb before trying to install as well)
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Now time to install into unit. Key you do this part gently to start, you need to make sure each pin goes down into the bulb unit slows of each side and then using small screw driver you can push down on top of pins to get it down 30% into unit as you can see below.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7853/46538309255_64d1fa4e95_k.jpg)

To get bulb and pins to sit completely in unit as below, I use two ways. 1. Keep pushing top of pins down with screw driver until the bulb gets in the way, this then allows the pins to show on each side of unit and I then use a pointed screws driver to put into the pin hole and pull pins down - works really well.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7905/47400588272_6a0a4e5d53_k.jpg)

Time to test again to make sure LED is ok and working
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Now I just repeat this process again to all the interior lights...

This is the unit I used with some electrical wires to test out the bulbs
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I tested out one or two of the LEDs in the car.

Compare OEM to LED
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LED is on the left the other two are OEM - but both will be replaced to LED.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7857/46538304955_54fc3b1b4f_k.jpg)

Then replaced the light switch bulb to LED and can also see much better now the dashboard with LEDs
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7912/40487489463_ff304772cb_k.jpg)

What dash looks like at night...
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7820/45502566375_96b90a778a_z.jpg)

Well I for one am happy now I have all the wiring working and lights as I want it, just got to finish up few more units to LEDs and then we can put the dashboard all back together, or can I? (will explain in next update)

Hope you all are getting your VW fix on of fixing or installing new parts.
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 23 April 2019, 05:25
At last my collectors plate come in :) can actually use the car on the road.... yeah! and no more yearly tab costs ;)

plate and new plate holder
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and all installed!
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lots of parts arriving - so hope to get big update out in coming weeks.


Hope you all get your vw fix today of fixing and install new parts!
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Mr_Orange on 23 April 2019, 07:14
Brilliant build thread. Keep up the good work, and the updates!  :cool:
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 20 May 2019, 19:06
Brilliant build thread. Keep up the good work, and the updates!  :cool:

thanks

Been working on my other mk1 white cab the last month getting it ready to sell... this one is automatic. Just finished up full service and clean waiting on side trim to turn up and this cab is complete and will be sold.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40926046833_7385eda7e2_k.jpg)

I took off the wheel arches and was amazed to find not a single bit of rust underneath = result :)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46976336995_e909652d3b_k.jpg)

Updates on the other cab will be coming soon - waiting on few new parts to arrive and then alot of work will be happening.

Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 02 July 2019, 16:58
Well I have been collecting loads of parts for the car, in short over next month I will be taking out suspension and all four corners setup and replacing everything. This will then leave me with focus on improvements to the engine, then interior and last paint job. Actually thinking more about it I really need to do that in the other direction..

I want to get the car completely repainted, sort out interior and then all running gear.

The most exciting part turned up - big thank you to KW suspension. Will be working with them more for my other build soon too. Quality of this suspension is very high.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48121655508_b5d5a5f522_k.jpg)

Also new manifold down-pipe turned up, I have some work to do to this so it has a flexi part. More to come on that later. (This so reminds me of the BLACK SOY work I did)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48144666376_3bda864c7b_k.jpg)

Did two pieces of work recently

1. Upgraded stereo and put in a aerial booster

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(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48121620506_93d35319e0_b.jpg)

2. Fixed the drivers door top trim

Lucky I save stuff over the years so pulled out of my own stock

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48121659353_d38c4c3121_k.jpg)

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I then used 3M heavy duty weatherstrip - boy this stuff works great and gives you about 5 minutes before starts to go off.

You apply 3M to the back of the trim, make sure you have good amount at bottom ends (not too much that it goes everywhere) and using clamps hold it in place and let try for few hours.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48144667951_a4c8cbe9db_k.jpg)

Working on clearing out my garage at weekend, need to do some work on my MGA and then I can get some more photos of all the parts I have (currently in loads of boxes)
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 29 October 2019, 12:26
Well I know this is way overdue, but sometimes family stuff just gets in the way of projects  :lol:

So in short, I have the interior fully out and working myself on new covers for the front and rear seats. I have everything now to completely take apart front and rear wheel areas and add new parts.

I also have most parts for engine refresh and service, but need to this winter really get the car stripped down more to fix some areas and get it repainted while I have interior out and all the old parts still on it.

Will get some photos up in coming weeks.

I am also going to see my old BLACK SOY Cabriolet 92 next month as new owner is doing some work on it.

thanks
Title: Re: US VW Cabriolet 85
Post by: Madone_si on 30 October 2019, 12:00
1 front seat done.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48984725008_c0a77d0153_c.jpg)