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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:10 pm 
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Looking good Phil. Too bad on those spares. Now when I complete my garage, I'm thinking of organizing like your garage. Hey, yesterday I put the 89 on the road and through its paces. Gotta say that my Suzuki Racing solid motor mounts are a love/hate deal. I'm still on the fence about them. They make the entire car shake. Lol!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:01 pm 
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So that GTi tranny was a 'good un'?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:18 am 
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Check eBay for the faceplate. Last I looked they had them for $20

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Great looking 89 GTi Automatic, typical West Coast car with near Zero rust....Red is HOT!!!!!! :D :D :shock: :shock: :oops:


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Larry S. Oxenham wrote:
Great looking 89 GTi Automatic, typical West Coast car with near Zero rust:D :D :shock: :shock: :oops:

Try NO RUST! Too hot here for that. Mid summer temps here are above 105 degrees.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:20 pm 
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T Bell wrote:
Check eBay for the faceplate. Last I looked they had them for $20

Thanks for that.
I checked the other day and they wanted $39ish :shock:

So it was time to pull out the trusty little soldering iron.
There was a 'spare' Pioneer head unit in one of the boxes, but the plug was different.
Just as well.
The 50 amp toggle switch to the 8 gauge amp power wires came out, and instead a little stockajawalka:
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(you should have seen the earlier work - twisted wires w black tape and some crimp fittings)
and now the little car has a modest radio:
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This puppy was lying around:
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and it looks like this
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is headed into the car as well. (Thanks to TGstring)

Since the overflow tank is holding steady, the car probably has a tight head gasket.
The FelPro head gasket that I got from T3ragtop will go into the '92.

Bought two thermal switches (radiator fan switches) and installed one today. As the weather heats up, its important that the fan is working properly. Took a vacuum to the carpet, and it looks pretty decent. Hopefully we'll be able to clear the 'smog hurdle' this week.

Someone had overfilled the engine with oil. Now that the level is nearing the top of the marks, she's started to leak a LOT less. Probably best to swap in new seals, but still testing it out.

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:34 pm 
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It's been over a week since I updated this thread.
:shock:
Where did the time go?
Hopefully you've got DSL or better for this 3 minute video:
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There are several threads on refrigerants and I'm certainly no expert, so do you think the A/C system is a go or no go?
If you have an older system with the R12, think about using the refrigerant that is mentioned.
You can just add it to your current R12 system with no ill effects.
(At least that's what I've been doing for years :oops: )
This will be a 'chick' car, so first, the automatic transmission should work (it does, shifting fine at all points).
Next it should have some sounds, as the women like to drive doing all sorts of things.
Now, it has the A/C because, as you can see from the first few seconds, temps are rising.
In this region, you can use the heater and A/C several times during a 24 hour period.
Carpets are vacuumed, and a few little things have been done.
I've slowed down on the repairs as the State of California gave us 90 days to get it all ship shape.
By stretching it out a bit, there will be less strain on our pocket book. Plus, it gives me more time behind the wheel. 8)
Plenty more to go, but she seems to be a smooth little engine and although there are newer faster and quieter alternatives, we'll put this on the Wife's plate soon. She's pretty happy with her little convertible, and that vert sure improved our financial picture. This automatic GTi however, is no 'economy' car. It got 27 mpg last tank, but it does have some pep. I expect she'll be averaging 25 ish.

Hope that video wasn't too boring, but parts are on the way, so we'll probably have more 'stills' next week.
No sense in putting on parts, and then pulling them for the next procedure, so it will be 'fix it once, fix it right' on this little car. If it turns out as nicely as the convertible (no leaks) then I'll be happy.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is warming, so get wrenching!

:mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:37 pm 
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wow it would be cool if you could post a thermo out side in the shade to make a comparence...
but very impressive
R13 realy you lucky bastard that stuff goes for big bucks on the underground market
up here in the northwet we had 1 day were the sun came out all day and it almost got up to 61deg
then back to rain with more rain with chance of showers in the forcast for the next 7 days
today it was rain with showers off and on and we had wind gust up to 30 mph
yipee but we did get thing done inside
recond a buddys 1987 sprint took it out for a ride to seat the ring but I learned that is hard to do in a automatic ...doah.!

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:11 am 
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So envious! :twisted: Wanted to play with the car but the damn weather isn't cooperating. Me thinks Scotty is sending all his shiite my way! Argh!
Looking good Phil. I might have to say that we meet up halfway somewhere's when we iron the kinks out of our rides. Maybe say Redding (Lake Shasta) or Crater Lake, OR.

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You get an old one, clean it up, put it back to specs and take care of it, and she'll last for years.

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An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.

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1989 Suzuki Swift GTi: White (Being resurrected)
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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:20 am 
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swifterthanu wrote:
I might have to say that we meet up halfway somewhere's when we iron the kinks out of our rides. Maybe say Redding (Lake Shasta) or Crater Lake, OR.

Crazy weather here too.
It was over 80F the other day when I put that thermometer video up and if that system will blow 45F under those conditions, then it should be good to go for the summer. If it's 110 out and the system will blow 80F, it's a comfort.
Air was almost still today, making it ideal for dropping in some parts that have arrived, but off to Knott's Berry Farm it was. Got home late, and tomorrow is another day.
It is not a Lexus, or a newer commuter car, but it is a fun little 'buzz box' and I think she'll enjoy it.

As far as meeting up, you may not have to go that far. She was thinking of taking it to Mt Rushmore this year for a little vacation. I was thinking of a MK1 with a 3.79, but if she wants to tool around in a GTi, then GTi a goin' it will be.
Sound system is adequate but could easily be upgraded. Still lots to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 5:48 pm 
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It's been a little over 2 weeks since I updated this thread.
The car has been on hold while I attended to another of our cars and got that one through it's smog test.
Now we will be concentrating on this little red GTi more.
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The A/C is still blowing cold and the engine seems strong.
Our next plan of attack is to install a CARB cat and run it through the smog test here in Southern California.
I've priced windshields, and they are not a problem to find.
They run $130 installed and another $30 if you want fresh rubber seals.
The sand can blow pretty hard, and down here a windshield can get sandblasted in short order.
You think it's a deal or are we being ripped off?

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
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Hey Phil, did all the gti's come with that idler pulley attached to the compressor? A fellow gti owner over here told me but this pic above is the first time I'm actually seeing it and for sure my gti does not have that. It does have a bracket with an adjustment though, similar to the one for the alternator tension.

I'd really like to know if all gti's came with that.

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 10:08 pm 
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Hey Phil, did all the gti's come with that idler pulley attached to the compressor? A fellow gti owner over here told me but this pic above is the first time I'm actually seeing it and for sure my gti does not have that. It does have a bracket with an adjustment though, similar to the one for the alternator tension.

I'd really like to know if all gti's came with that.

Sharp eye, old buddy.
Yep.
Can you see that pulley in this mess:
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(how does that stray cat get into so many pictures???)
Here's another angle:
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Now, imagine you spent your spare time pulling that puppy off a junkyard car, getting all hot and sweaty.
Then, you went and cleaned it up and some clown posted a thread looking for it in the "Wanted" section.
But he didn't tell you WHICH pulley he wanted, figuring there were only the ones in HIS car.
:roll:
What would you charge someone for that idler/adjuster pulley?

Now, on to the GTi of yours.
I'm guessing you have something like this:
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You see it has a pulley and a bracket.
Also, it was cleaned.
So, would you separate it and sell the pulley only for say, $15?
:shock:


And a sharp lesson to those of you in need of parts: don't expect us to know what part you want if you don't bother to fill out your profile, and don't shoot up a picture of your application.
Don't expect us to know what is under your hood.
If you're not willing to drive hundreds of miles and search for the vehicles through rows of junk cars, get filthy dirty pulling the parts in searing heat and freezing cold, and spend hours cleaning them, don't complain about our prices!
No matter how much you'll pay us, keeping your economical ride on the road will be well worth it.

Your a pretty sharp character. The GTi can have EITHER pulley and there are still a few more varieties which aren't mentioned, depending on the A/C manufacturer and destination Country.
Why?
Because there are MK1 and MK2 GTi's.
:shock:

Good question, fellow Teamswifter!

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 8:29 am 
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Enough of the diversions; it has been over a month since you've got a REAL update on this car.

Car is now street legal with California plates, insured and
-A/C is fixed
-Cat was replaced (Muffler shop cut out the original - it was EMPTY :shock: :shock: :shock: )
-Car passed smog with flying colors
-shimmy at 70 mph was found to be unbalanced wheels; fixed.

Summer is coming and Mama needs a daily driver.
She's been driving the White Rabbit for almost 3 years straight.
You know women, they like to change cars, purses and shoes, right?

Well, you can't expect them to be happy driving a car with a big mud stain on the carpet:
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So you better get with it.
Time to pull the seats, door panels and console!
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Do a quick check of the spare tire compartment:
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No rust. Good deal.

Now pull that carpet:
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and take a close look at the body pan.

This area seems to be the big problem for most cars:
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It's the front left section of the body pan.
Looks clean as a whistle, so this car gets an A+++ for 'no rust'.

Since the car will be driven by 'Her Highness', we pull out all the stops.
Instead of the cheapo Home Depot route, we actually spring for some real live sound deadener.
But we can't afford the bread board or bread box/Dynamat stuff.
Nope.
We pull out the trusty old 'knock-off' Damplifier-Pro:
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These days, instead of an aluminum finish, they've anodized it black.
Everything is black these days, pants, tee shirts, tires.
In case you've never had your carpet out, there's another place where the body is stamped with the frame number.
I've marked it for you in the picture.

But back to the 'Second Skin Audio' products:
They are competing with the big boys, so they 'try harder'.
Their Damplifier Pro is a bit thicker and heavier, and costs less.
It will go on the inside of the doors, but for this post, we're doing the floor pan.

Women like nice plush carpet and this one is getting OLD.
But it is a problem with the cushion UNDER the carpet.
After the Damplifier Pro is cut and stuck in place (just like the new postage stamps), I install some
HEAT WAVE:
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which doubles as a heat shield/sound deadener and a carpet cushion.

When the carpet is finally installed, we go from this:
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to a nice little interior which is plush, quiet, and clean.

Buying a car sight unseen from 1,000 miles away requires a great deal of trust.
Teamswift members should take note: Swifterthanu fairly represents himself on this board.
When he says he is selling a 'rust free' car, he isn't 'whistling Dixie'.
It took me 4 years to find this car; and I'm happy to say Mama LIKES it.
She drove it a few days and it was DIFFICULT to pry the ignition keys out of her hands and get her back into the convertible until I get a few more things fixed on it!

So the floor pan gets:
-washed and dried
-Damplifier Pro
-Heat Wave
-cleaned carpet
and the results are exceptional: each car we treat like this is a pleasure to drive on a daily basis.

The amount of weight added to the floor pan?
Roughly 5-7 pounds.
Since Mama is 100 pounds soaking wet, it isn't a big concern.

I like to keep a car as functional as possible, even during repairs.
So this car runs and drives.
Once the interior is back in, it will need some attention to the drive train and the dash.
The door and hatch locks are out
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and when my locksmith gets back from vacation, he'll match the locks to the ignition key.
Women like things simple; one key fits all is the way to go.

This weekend, the car got a good cleaning inside. There's plenty more to do. The Wife is happy because when I do things to 'her' car, she is getting 'attention' and women LOVE attention!

If you are 'economically challenged' (like most) you cannot afford a new car.
But you can fix something to almost new condition if you get off that couch and try.

If you've ever driven a Metro, you'll realize that larger cars have a tendency to cut you off, and try to piss you off because they think they've got more power. (Probably because you've been laughing at them at the gas station!)
:-P
Take your time and restore one of these little jewels.
There will be a big smile on your face when you pass drivers who think you have a 'Metro'.
:shock:

Think of it as your way of 'getting even' with those who don't know how to handle a wrench!

(edited to repair photo links)

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 12:40 pm 
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Nice! Thanks for the comments. See my newest addition.

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An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:31 am 
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Man, if I had your cars, I'd THROW ours away! You seem to have a knack for finding little money maker cars to 'flip'.
You keep this up, and you'll be owning your own used car lot and a home in the Bahamas.

Her Highness' little red road racer had a problem with the driver's side door panel. Here is how it looked before:
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Before the 1/2 off sale this weekend, when everybody will be tearing up the cars, I took a stroll through the local (75 mile round trip :shock: ) junkyard and found a driver's side panel which had been 'muscled' off by a previous scavenger. Fortunately, the part I needed was intact.
Here is a picture of the partial panel and the rubber molding removed:
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It pops off with a screwdriver or two, and it is better if you let it warm up in the sun so the little metal tangs don't break.
The panel was off a non-GTi, but the molding fit on the GTi panel just fine.
Surprisingly, she charged me $2.47 for the piece of door card. (Prices at So Cal junkyards can be quite high.)
Environmental charge: $2
Entry Fee $2
Gate Entry Tax 18 cents.
So it adds up.

Next we have a another picture of the sound deadener 'damplifier pro' being installed:
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The original factory sound deadener is still in place and the darker black is new.
It is slow going, so plan on a lot of time to do this particular project.

Here, you can see a few strips of foil backed jute lining the depressions in the floor pan:
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Any passengers in the rear will feel a more flat surface on their feet.

This is a wide angle view of the entire project as it nears completion.
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Although the 'Heat Wave' can been seen on the front passenger side, we used the 'Luxury Liner Pro' for the driver's side front floor panel. It is VERY heavy and added 4 pounds just in that one area. However, it is the area most used, and she'll feel like the 'queen bee' when she steps in to drive. Notice the pink 'fuzzy dice'. The little terror-on-wheels decided to put those on her rear view mirror.

Looking back, I'd buy some of the 3/8 inch jute available on line instead of the 'Heat Wave' because the floor pan doesn't really get hot on a drive, but the 'damplifier pro' would still get installed.

If you are making six figures (yeah, right!) then I'd suggest the 'Luxury Liner Pro' on top of the damplifier pro.
Your car should be as quiet as a Lexus. Just one sheet of LLP (enough to do 1/2 the floor pan) is $45 plus shipping!

Here is a handy trick.
For years, I've wondered how to repair the broken prop rod 'clip' which attaches to the inside of the fender well.
Recently it occurred to me that those clips in the rear hatch which hold the jack handle are good suspects. Yesterday, I found a couple of Metros with no back seats and easily popped them out with a pair of pliers.
Then, I broke the old piece out of the fender well.
Would the little white pieces from the hatch fit?
Take a look:
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So, those pieces have a second life. You can pull a couple out of each junkyard car you find.
Now, the next question:
Will the prop rod fit?
Here's a look:
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Snugly and no more under hood rattle! It doesn't matter how long they last; you can store up enough for 10 years in one trip to the junkyard. This should work for a Metro, too. Maybe someone on GMF could pass on the information, as those fellows would probably like the 'economical but useful' fix. No more sloppy hanging prop rods for me.

That's your update for the week.

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It's been 10 days, and this update is brief.
The headlight/turn signal switch was broken:
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which caused all sorts of little modifications by the previous owner.
Here is the replacement switch being repaired:
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Once I got the length close, the boot was added as well as some spacers to get rid of the gap at the end of the stalk:
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so now it should be stronger than the original piece.
Here it sits in the oiled carrier:
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Not much else to update, except it did get a thorough cleaning underneath.
Try as I might:
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here
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and here
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(fresh water, not salt from the cleaning)
there doesn't seem to be any rust on this shell.

Once the oil leaks are under control, she can drive it daily.
For now, she gets it once in a while.

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:52 pm 
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It's the weekend and I should be fixing a bunch of little things on this car, but for some reason the car is not in the yard.
:oops:
"Her Ever Loving Worship" has been using it as a daily driver for two weeks and if I could PRY her hands off the steering wheel long enough I could pull it inside where the temperatures aren't 110F and change some parts.

So your 'weekend update' is this:

The locks
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all match the ignition key.
The passenger door, floor pan, and rear quarter panels have sound deadener.
Following the advice of one of the members, I've rubbed out the paint and it is pretty shiny for such an old car.

Prior to changing out the seals and gaskets, it got a good undercarriage cleaning, but that will have to be done again, as she's been out hot and heavy on the streets these past two weeks.

The clock:
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is now installed and making sure she gets there on time. Thanks to the Canadian who sold it to us!
I know they are hard to come by, and originally it was going on #1 son's car (are you listening???), but you snooze, you lose!
It keeps good time, by the way.
As she was driving out, I asked her "What time is it?".
Automatically, she looks up at the dome light clock.... 8)
Good thing, too because the display on the old Pioneer head unit is only half readable.

Was it worth it?
She leaves TEN MINUTES later for her commute, so I guess that translates to an increase of 10 mph on the road.
I can't give you any idea how it handles, as I don't really drive it. :shock:
But if you can measure the smiles of a woman in dollars and cents, then I'd say yes.

Is this an 'econobucket'?
She is averaging 29 mpg, so I'd say no.
This is more of a 'sporty' way to do your daily drive.
We have three of the GT/GTi's and they are certainly 'ticket magnets'; people who cut you off get a BIG surprise when you 'get even'.
Not sure why, but most people have a tendency to try and run these cars off the road. :evil:
The GT and GTi is not easily run off the road! :lol:

Until next update, happy motoring!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:59 pm 
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OK, so the car has been tearing up the pavement, courtesy of 'Mrs. Right'.
She has cut 8 minutes or so off her previous 30 minute commute time with the little beast.
And she is getting 31 miles per gallon.
Not an 'econobucket', but still respectable.

We still have a few little things to fix, but recently
-battery tie downs (Mama likes to hit those curves hard sometimes)
-new (junkyard sourced) OEM battery cables installed
-different starter put in...
We jokingly call the starter the 'Emeril starter'.
Emeril Lagasse is a cook who uses a catch phrase 'BAM'.
This starter BAM, starts the car RIGHT NOW!
Ha!
Maybe I'll hook you up with a video so you can see what I mean.
Anyways, the starter is one I found in my spares, and it sure is strong.
Not positive, but I think it is from a T3/Turbo Sprint, and I cleaned and stored it long ago, so really not sure.
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It isn't one of those fancy gear reduction models, either.

The reason I wanted to update this thread is for the dome light/courtesy light/clock install.
You've seen a bunch of photos of the thing on the bench, but none in the car.
It's been in and keeping good time, so here ya go:
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There's a 'windshield screen' on to keep the sun off the dash-required at this time of year.
The once or twice she's let me drive the car, I have checked and the clock is indeed a handy, visible option.

This car will probably get a place in the garage, along side her convertible in the next month or so.

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:04 pm 
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It's been about a month...almost to the day. Half the time we were out of State, cruising the National Parks and National Monuments...but that's another story.

Today I made some excuses and got her to drive the convertible to work!
"I just put a can of Freeze 12 into the convertible, you've GOT to try it out...blah blah blah"
It worked.
That gave me some 'wrench time' for this little gem.

The alternator had a squeal upon start up, and I've had a spare ready to go for quite a while.
Today, the spare went in.
It is tight getting the old one out and the new one in, but it can be done without pulling the front right axle.
Also, I added a splash shield to the alternator as the car was missing one.
This afternoon, when we took it for a little test drive through the neighborhood, no squeal upon startup.
Oh, she liked that.

Then, I got a chance to put in the new intake.
Here is how it looks:
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at the bend there is a slight gap.
Talk about tight engineering!

Last, I put a used splash shield in place to cover up the pulleys.
Here's the before shot:
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and here is the 'after' shot:
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These splash shields are not specific to GT/GTi's. I think I snagged those from a fellow member, or grabbed them off a Metro in the junkyard. There are shields for both the right AND left sides, if anyone is taking notes.

A few days ago we were driving around in the convertible and I pulled up to a red light.
She showed me with her hand how she could just 'scoot' around the cars by simply tugging on the steering wheel of the red GTi. I think I had a bit of an astonished look on my face and asked her to give me a bit more detail.
Sure enough, she showed me how she could dart through traffic if someone was too 'slow' for her.
:oops: :oops: :oops:
Her advantage is she is so light. The car acts like no one is driving it, so it can really move along.
Also, she mentioned that if she wasn't careful, the brakes would ALSO snap your neck.
:vibe: :vibe: :vibe:
I'm thinking she really likes this toy.

Next I'll go to work on the headlights, combination switch, steering wheel, and light for the clock.
But not tomorrow; you can't take her RRRR away TWO days in a row!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:24 pm 
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In April, I soldered a wire into the radiator plug. There was just a tiny bit of actual wire showing:
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and I added a length of blue wire to it. Unfortunately, the bit of wire showing wasn't enough, and during some electrical repairs this week, the wire broke:
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If you have this problem, you can go to the junkyard and snip another off a donor car and then solder it in place.
For me, the junkyard is almost a 100 mile round trip.
An alternative is to take the female half of the connector apart.
You start by releasing the locking tabs on the inside of the spade connectors.
Then, you push the two connectors out of the black holder, wires and all.
It takes a bit of careful effort, but you can end up with the rubber plug and two wires with connectors.
Then, you pull a new section of wire through the plug, solder it, and put the connector back together.
Sorry, didn't get pictures for a step by step, but you get the idea.

The 'electrical gremlins' had changed the headlight wiring so that only the low beams would work.
To fix that, the original healight plug
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had to be repaired
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(on each side).
Once the headlight plugs were repaired, the steering wheel was pulled and the wiring to the 'combination switch' was removed.
Here it is:
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prior to disassembly.
The insides were cleaned and the sliding mechanism was rebent so it wouldn't jam.
Then the contacts were given a thin coating of high temperature grease and the switch was put back together.
Unfortunately, the (-) wire in the loom was burned and caused a 'no light' situation.
So, another switch was sourced and disassembled. Then the slider was installed in that switch with a +++ result.
Alternatively, you could do the ground repair outlined by our Moderator, Lihtan.
Actually, his repair helped me isolate that one particular area as a problem in this car.
Thus, the previous owner had bypassed the headlight circuit because of two reasons:
-bad ground (Lihtan has posted the fix)
-bad combination switch (repaired)
This car will not get much dark 'duty', so the fix should be OK.

Next, there was a special request from 'Her Ever Loving Highness' that a set of glass headlights which had been taking up space in the garage be installed on her beloved Rrrr.
Since I had JUST repaired the stock system, I was hesistant, but what the heck.
She's pretty decent, and I did a mock up of a glass headlight/clear corner for her:
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Those of you who have installed glass headlights (or any headlights, for that matter) know that you have to remove the fender liner. Since it was already off, I dug though a few boxes and came up with a rubber strap to replace the missing one on her air intake which should eliminate another rattle. Also, just like on the driver's side, there is a splash shield available for the passenger side.
Just a short word about these:
There are two types.
Here's a picture of the two for comparison:
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these come in handy if your engine has some oil leaks and it confines them to a narrow spot, rather than spewing the entire undercarriage on one side with crankcase gunk, although this might be desirable in some regions.

She liked the glass headlights (ugh :oops: ) which means all my hard work soldering the old connectors for the headlights was for naught and they needed to be clipped off, stripped and tinned to accept the different (9003) bulbs that the glass headlights require.
When given a choice to keep the amber/clear corners vs. the clear corners with amber bulbs she chose the latter.
That meant a trip to town to get a pair of amber clear corner bulbs.....................
Once the first light was installed, it was time for a picture:
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and a double check.
Yes, she liked it better.
:roll:
So, time to roll up the sleeves and hit the driver's side.
Eventually, it all worked out.
The headlights were installed and adjusted.
Here, she is showing off her TWO commuter cars. First a face on
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and now a bit more of an angle to show the differences in clear corner/amber clearance lenses:
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If history is any indication, this car will save us quite a bit of money over buying a new car and should be a reliable daily driver. She likes the GTi because of its ability to maneuver in traffic and accelerate. I popped the hood at the gas station last night, and the fellow walking by was all google eyed over the size of the engine. He thought it was a Geo and when he saw the DOHC he said "WOW, how did they get that engine in there?". This car will NOT save us a bundle at the pump, as I don't see it as an economy car. But as they say, 'If you're gonna play, you've gotta pay!' Current fuel economy is 29-33 depending on her driving style and A/C use.

It still needs a bit of care, but for now, at least all the lights are working properly.

This post was mostly about electrical repairs. All I can tell you is to be patient, take your time, and carefully investigate. Use your tools (the most expensive tool I used was a $5 Harbor Freight digital volt/ohm meter...) and take it one step at a time. It can be frustrating, but just walk away, sleep on it, and come back the next day more determined and more careful. You can solve it! I had many delays, and did not find the problem immediately. Plus, I had TWO problems. So concentrate and you will be fine. If you get stuck, ask on the forum. Before tackling the headlights, I had read Lihtan's fix and thought mine didn't have that problem. How wrong I was!

By returning the electrical to stock I was able to find my problem(s) and now it works fine. I'm no electrical genius, and if I can fix mine, you can too.
:thumbsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:53 pm 
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Here is the slider which fits inside the combination switch:
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and you can see the damage from dirty contacts causing heat.
Another view:
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If you are having headlight issues, consider taking this switch apart and cleaning it.
They are a bit expensive from the dealer.

Almost 6 months later, the interior is almost done, with only 'NICE to have' things left to do.
Here's the view she has
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and the seat covers she chose:
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(The extreme heat of the desert just about requires an owner to buy seat covers to protect the stitching and material. Also the dash cover is a great way to prolong the life of the dash.)

This car will get out of its own way.
For a puddle jumper, a daily driver, or an errands runner it will cream most Metros, including her convertible.
She picked up a companion for the work commute during our vacation in South Dakota:
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(not Prairie Home Companion)

And wrapping up the week, the rear hatch struts arrived from Illinois:
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so she can run to the market, and won't bop her head putting the bags of groceries in the back.
Like her convertible, this car took us about 6 months to get to a decent, reliable level.
Plenty more to do, but it can be driven each day, and the little upgrades/repairs done as we have money.

These cars are a pleasure to drive. They do not command a high price, so the only way to get your money OUT of them is to DRIVE them. Initially, I had intended to take a stick shift and convert it to automatic (Oh NO!!! :shock: ) as she was willing to try one out. Now, I'm very happy that we found an automatic to begin with, and just fixed it up to suit her.
Some of the new Aisin transmissions are 5 (and 6) speeds. It might be interesting to see what would bolt up to a G13B as automatic transmissions have come a long way in the past few years.

If you look at new car prices and 5 year cost of ownership, you will see figures of $26,233 for the Nissan Versa...supposedly the cheapest of the new cars to own. Including purchase price, registration, insurance, parts and fluids (including fuel) I would be surprised if this car tops $10K over the next 5 years. Fuel alone is predicted to cost us $6K during the 5 years. Still, a $15K savings can be easily realized if the car will last for 60 months. And, you aren't 'suffering' during those 5 years :lol: .

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:12 pm 
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Nice Project!! Glad everything is coming along.


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glass headlights where can I get some?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:17 pm 
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Thanks, the car is holding together well.
It isn't really saving us money, but this car is more about fun than economy.
Regarding glass headlights, you can look in the For Sale (parts) section of Teamswift and there are several sets available.
Hesperia, by the way, is fairly close to our place, with a similar climate and ecosystem.
You should have made the trip to the Suzuki Owner's Appreciation Day; it only happens once a year and it is a good way to locate parts. Anyways, your project is coming along nicely without a trip to L.A. One fellow had a SSGTI for sale there, and cheap.

Back to the update...
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We need to watch our pennies and so we've been using a set of GT steel wheels and tires from our 'other' car. This morning I found some OEM hub caps which were hiding in a box in the garage and popped them on.
You can compare these with the previous picture. When we get some money, nice wheels and tires go on.

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