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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:27 pm 
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So I got myself another Gti a few months ago that I'll be reviving back to life for my little brother, as he'll be 18 next year. Everything was/is taken apart... absolutely no interior, no dash, etc. It was a project that never got finished, as the previous owner wasn't able to start the engine (the entire wiring was a mess), but I got most of the parts. I paid a guy to get everything that was left from his 4-door before throwing it away, so that got me a few more spares as well. I also have many parts in the shed, so I think I'm good for now. After everything is back on, it will need a new paint job though.
The first thing I did was to fix the wiring and start the car, so I could know for sure the engine was still good. Then I left it sit for a while, as I was too busy with school. But this month I'll have time to work on it.
I replaced the oil and filter today and let it idle for a while. The car doesn't run as smooth at it should yet, but it's getting there. Although I can't finish troubleshooting until I get another tachometer, cuz none of the 3 I had are working. I did manage to fix the rest of the gauges in the instrument cluster though, so that's a little progress.
I lost my phone pics, but I'll take more the next couple of days.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:50 am 
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Good luck with the project.
Interesting to see you getting a GTi back in the road. The small repairs will keep your hand busy the most.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:02 pm 
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instant_shine wrote:
Good luck with the project.
Interesting to see you getting a GTi back in the road. The small repairs will keep your hand busy the most.

Thanks. You are right, the small things add up to many hours of work, but that's actually what I wanted =). I really enjoy working on these swifts, so fixing this car for my little brother is the perfect excuse to spend extra time in the garage :P.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:18 pm 
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I took some pictures of the car today. As you guys can see, there's a lot to be done before it's ready for paint; but at least I got most parts I'll be needing.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:32 pm 
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:shock: holly crap , you will be in the garage for next 2 years :lol:


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Is that chassis straight?

Also I see that the previous owner was being creative with the bumpers, which is is not a bad thing. With a new paintjob they should look pretty good. But that chickenmesh has got to go.

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instant_shine wrote:
Is that chassis straight?

Also I see that the previous owner was being creative with the bumpers, which is is not a bad thing. With a new paintjob they should look pretty good. But that chickenmesh has got to go.

I haven't measured the chassis yet, but I haven't seen signs of a big colition/repairs on the back or sides. The front was hit slightly, as seen in the fotos; but the lower bar was replaced with steel tubing a long time ago, so I couldn't tell if the car was ever in a frontal accident. All motor motor mounts are straight though. I guess I'll notice things as I work on it.
The front bumper had an extra lip added too, but apparently it was damaged on the last accident, so I didn't get it. I have some spare bumper-parts, but they are from a non-GT mk2 model, which I don't like, so I don't know yet if i'll be repairing or replacing the bumpers. Agreed about the mesh :thumb2:
This car used to look really cool and was turbocharged (another engine), I remember it creating some real drama on the street; so I feel like I'm bringing a wounded soul back to life :D.

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:shock: holly crap , you will be in the garage for next 2 years :lol:

haha yeah I know 8)

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That green looks a lot like the green "m" used on his GTi (iirc).

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instant_shine wrote:
That green looks a lot like the green "m" used on his GTi (iirc).


i was thinking the same thing

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DTM GTi wrote:
:shock: holly crap , you will be in the garage for next 2 years :lol:


Your way too optimistic! That car is a mess, never mind the garage!

Where is the drivers door?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:14 pm 
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I removed the drivers door, because I need to do some repairs on the door hinges. I have 2 full dashboards, full interior and an extra bonnet. I guess the only substantial body work will be done on the bumpers if I choose to keep them.
As of now I've fixed/modified the whole wiring harness (it had sections from both mk2 and mk3 models) and got the engine running, although not smoothly. The instrument cluster was fixed as well, so I could know what was going on. Electrical related, there are only minor things left to revise, like power-windows/mirrors.
I removed the throttle body and intake manifold to replace the gaskets, to hopefully clear leaks that seem to be the cause of the hard starting when cold. The injectors will be cleaned as well, which I hope will fix the engine sputtering. If not, I fear it could be a mechanical issue. I'll post about this soon when I narrow down where the problem lies.
I've been working on the breaks and steering as well. The front got my spare set of discs and pads, which were in great condition, although I fear I'll be needing new caliper seals. The steering rack will be replaced as well... I guess now is the time when it feels good to stockpile parts over the years 8).

Anyway that's it for this weekend. I'll post when I make progress. Stay tuned for more pics of my mint looking Gti and well organized garage :yeahyeah and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all.

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crnolic wrote:
instant_shine wrote:
That green looks a lot like the green "m" used on his GTi (iirc).


i was thinking the same thing

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That's a really nice looking Gti! I doubt my budget project will come even near that.

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I haven't had time to do much work on the car since the last post, but I hope that'll change in a couple of weeks. I'm having a problem with the brakes though. There's no fluid getting to the front-caliper, passenger side. The other side does work well. Where do you guys think I should look first? I don't have much free time these days, so my effort needs to be effective...

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start with the cheap stuff, A collapsed rubber brake hose by the wheel can do this, but my money is on a seized calliper. But I will gladly defer to to someone who actually has hands on experience for a better Idea rather then my thirty years of supervising (read, paid to watch :shock: :shock: ) those who really do the job. :) Jonathan

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Prairie to Pine Co. wrote:
start with the cheap stuff, A collapsed rubber brake hose by the wheel can do this, but my money is on a seized calliper. But I will gladly defer to to someone who actually has hands on experience for a better Idea rather then my thirty years of supervising (read, paid to watch :shock: :shock: ) those who really do the job. :) Jonathan

I already serviced the calipers. I removed the brake-hose from the caliper and pressed the brake-pedal... no fluid came out, but the pedal was hard. The caliper is locking properly on the other side though.

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Proportioning valve or a crushed brake line.

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Proportioning valve or a crushed brake line.

It was a "clugged" brake hose. Thanks :thumb2:

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Hi guys, haven't posted for a while. I was too busy with school, but I finally got some time to work on the car. Everything is back together and ready for the paint guy to do his thing!
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However, the car is still having trouble starting. It starts just fine when the engine is cold, but the only way to get it going when hot is by pouring a little fuel on the intake or by push-starting. After having started, the engine runs just fine thought.
Timing is good, sensors are good, fuel pressure is good, the ECU is not throwing any codes... I don't know what else to check. Ideas?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:59 am 
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Leaky injectors.

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Leaky injectors.

oh sorry I forgot to mention that the fuel pressure is holding after putting the ignition ON (pump runs for a couple of seconds) but without actually cranking the engine. So there seem to be no leaks at the injectors or fuel rail...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:19 am 
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Yeah but for how long does it hold fuel pressure for?

I had a similiar problem with hard to start after warm. Had to hold the pedal to the floor to cut off the injection so it could start.

Exhaust also smelled stronger than normal of gasoline..

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TheINCRide wrote:
Yeah but for how long does it hold fuel pressure for?

I had a similiar problem with hard to start after warm. Had to hold the pedal to the floor to cut off the injection so it could start.

Exhaust also smelled stronger than normal of gasoline..

It holds pretty long you know. Longer than my other Gti that is driven daily.

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