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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:05 pm 
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We are having a HELL of a time getting the steering rod thing(that mounts to the hub-can't think of name) off of the hubs. We've used a ball-joint separator and no luck there. We've run out of ideas on how to get them out, 1 on each side.
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you mean the outer tie-rod? Have you tried the good'ol hammer?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:35 pm 
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Yes, like turbohull said, give the hub a couple of good wacks with a hammer right where the tie-rod goes through it. It should pop straight up and out of the hub. It's worked every time for me and most of the time it's been on old rusty junk yard units.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:00 pm 
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We got them out about a week ago. We wound up ruining a pickle-fork, so after we bought a new one and used a torch to heat up the tierods they popped out.

I havent touched the car since then, i still need some other things to be able to move on.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:15 pm 
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All i need right now to get the engine in the car is a rear motor mount bracket and a clutch. Working on both.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:12 pm 
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what bracket do you need? the part that ties the engine and tranny together?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:52 am 
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turbohull wrote:
what bracket do you need? the part that ties the engine and tranny together?


Yep, and the mount itself mounts to that.

Thanks,

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:27 pm 
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Updates?
Pics?

I want to see this car, man. Aside from us, I think there is only one other guy from AL on here. I want to drive down and see it.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:56 pm 
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The only thing i've done to the car is relocate the battery. I havent touched it other than that. I still need that rear mount bracket, and until i get it i'm not going to touch the car.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:45 am 
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I can haz updates?

We got a lot of work done on the car tonight after work. The passenger side brakes are totally finished, the driver's side is missing a bushing to get it complete. We pretty much re-assembled the front end of the car, just needs te bumper and it's good.

Special thanks to Richard (t3 Ragtop) for making me a motor mount relocation bracket thing for my tranny mount.

The biggest problem now is getting the dash harness and the firewall harness to match up properly, not much luck so far...:confused: Both are mk3 swift GTI harnesses.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:00 am 
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Alright,

The brakes on the car are totally complete, thanks to a few friends. The car is back on the ground for the 1st time in 6 months, lol. I am still having some problems with getting the wiring to match up between the dash and firewall. Also there are a few engine harness plugs that i'm not sure where they go.

I'll take some pics of the dash wiring and the engine harness wiring, so maybe i can get some help.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:08 pm 
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Wow! I'm becoming inspired! By the way, I'm from Tuscaloosa (roll tide!), but i go to school up here in Hampton, VA. I want to start my swap project this summer. Keep up the good work!


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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 6:01 am 
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That is loooking good!

could you tell me how coil is wired in as thats what i have problems with right now!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:52 pm 
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*UPDATE*

I finally got the car running today!

A fellow GeoMetroForum member came down this weekend to help out with the wiring. We wound up figuring it out and I finally got it running this morning.

I still have a few issues:

My gauge cluster doesn't work AT ALL. The speedo spins in circles when the car moves. The fuel gauge is stuck all the way full, and the temp/tach doesn't work at all. There still has to be some sort of short in the dash wiring still.

The gauge lights are always on when the car is running. The headlights are always on unless the brights are turned on. When the brights are off, the lights work all the time, no matter the position of the light knob.

The outside lights on the car all work. The blinkers, brakes, and reverse lights all work fine.

Here are the pics of how it sits now. I have a video uploading right now, so that should be up in a few hours.

Kyle

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:27 pm 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA4_Lpro450

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:21 pm 
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Couple of questions for you. Sorry i'm lazy and am asking these questions right before bed so I didn't take the time to read through the thread.

Am I seeing wonky or do you have + camber on the front?
What size rims and tires?
You running cams?
What was your idle set at?


Also, congrats on getting it to mostly work! The electrical always offers up a surprise or four.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:25 pm 
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mightbegiant wrote:
Am I seeing wonky or do you have + camber on the front? Also, congrats on getting it to mostly work!


The camber is all out of wack. We did the tie rod ends and essentially removed the entire front of the car. As soon as i get the exhaust put on it my first stop is going to be the local alignment shop to have them fix it.

While they have it i'm going to have them redo the rear bearings, as they are showing age.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:17 pm 
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Blargh I edited my post just as you answered the first question. I'll repost for whatever reason.

What size rims and tires?
You running cams?
What was your idle set at? Sounded like it was a shade short of stalling.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:32 am 
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Yes it has cams, not sure what specs.

Tires are 195/50/15

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:26 am 
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It doesn't sound like you have adjusted your idle air bypass screw yet with the cams... try adjusting that to get the idle up. My BD10's wouldn't even idle at all- car would just stall until I adjusted mine. Since yours at least idles, I bet you will be able to just adjust that to get a descent idle. Mine sits at about 1400, and sounds like a street bike there.

Turn the idle up, you will like how it sounds. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:56 pm 
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Went to adjust the idle and noticed that the idle screw happens to be missing, as in it has been sheared off the TB.

Any ideas on how to bump it up without Algerian rigging it? (No offense to any Algerian members we might have).

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z34-5speed wrote:
Went to adjust the idle and noticed that the idle screw happens to be missing, as in it has been sheared off the TB.

Any ideas on how to bump it up without Algerian rigging it? (No offense to any Algerian members we might have).

Kyle

Mind throwing the definition for algerian rigging?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:30 am 
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z34-5speed wrote:
Went to adjust the idle and noticed that the idle screw happens to be missing, as in it has been sheared off the TB.

Any ideas on how to bump it up without Algerian rigging it? (No offense to any Algerian members we might have).

Kyle


What I ended up doing, since I couldn't get my idle high enough with the air idle bypass was just adjusting the throttle cable tension tight enough that it was pulling the throttle plate open. Adjusted it with the engine running, cracking the throttle and letting it slap shut after each adjustment to make sure the idle was where I wanted. Crude- but worked fine for the last 15k miles I've had those cams in it.

Or I have the throttle body off my car from then with the idle already cranked up (minus the throttle bell crank linkage I took off for converting to ITB's) you can have for the cost of shipping. Let me know if you want it......

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:44 am 
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I'm going to try tightening the cable first, I want to keep changing TBs as a last resort as the one I have is porter out already.

If the cable doesn't work, I might have to take you up on that offer. Thanks a bunch!

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Hey what kind of lights are those in that little car? I need some bright lights like that here in Colorado so I can see the Elk and deer that graze along the side of the road at night.

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