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Thread: VW Cabriolet Project for the wifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultradriver10000 View Post
    Hows the cavy doing?
    Its just sitting there, cold and lonely. I dont think Ive driven it more than once in the last 4-5 years.

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by juicedz4 View Post
    Its just sitting there, cold and lonely. I dont think Ive driven it more than once in the last 4-5 years.

    Dan
    Dude! Why? That thing is awesome.

    Wife = "Honey please don't drift this corner, we have soup in the car."
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    life? Just so busy with other stuff Ive been ignoring it. Most of which was building the shop, well the first 4 years or so.

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    Years ago I started on an oil cooler mount, but since then decided I hated it. I mulled over lots of other ideas, but decided to just make a better version of the original. Im not going to bother showing the original, mostly b/c im too lazy to look it up. Here is the latest.


    Bent up a new upper bracket out of 0.090 alum.





    Made a rock guard frame / lower mount out of 3/16 ss rod and some 1/4-20 cap screws.





    Welded some ss mesh to the frame for the rock guard. Here it is in place.





    Then I thought it should have a scoop and some ducting. So I bent up a few more pieces and welded them up. Of course I cut one angle wrong, so I did an ugly weld on the edge and reshaped it to the right angle. Saved!











    Here is the completed duct / scoop assy. The scoop and sides are 0.090 and the long flat curved piece is 0.040. Was fun welding them together.








    And on the car, without the rock guard.














    And with the rock guard








    Just need to trim some of the threaded studs, come up with the final hardware, and get it coated.


    Dan

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    Tiny update. Had just a little time friday pm so I got the front soft fuel lines made and routed up to the fuel rail. Came up with a little bracket to hold them between the timing and serp belts since I wont be running a timing cover (just needs a screw)








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    In this week's installment of unnecessary projects that probably no one will ever notice:


    I was unhappy with the bung welds for the turbo water lines. And there was a dent in the one OE water tube that Im reusing. So I broke out the silicon bronze and took care of both. These are now ready for coating, likely black wrinkle powder.








    Next up is the starter. I saw someone on IG flip the starter to move the ugly solenoid to the bottom and just knew I had to do the same. I did a quick test a few weeks ago with an old broken oem starter, and it didnt look like it would be too bad. A little cut here and a few welds there and itd fit. New starter came yesterday so I quickly got to work.


    Pulled apart





    I skip a couple steps here, but basically I cut off the tab on the left right through the middle of the oe mounting hole. The hole to the far left is for some other bracket, but Ill be dammed if I can recall what. Cut out a chunk of 5/8" thick aluminum and welded it to the side. Also had to weld up half of the OE hole and an area I cut into when getting it into shape (the little area I bridged in the third pic here.


    Welded











    Then spent some time grinding and sanding into shape and drilled out the new mounting hole.














    Perfect fit.











    Going to check flatness of the new flange area on the mill quick, and then bead blast it so itll be ready for paint when the time comes.


    Dan

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    killin' it

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    Master cylinder lines showed friday. Also got rev 2 or 3 of the firewall bulkhead cnc cut by a guy I work with, turned out pretty nice this time.


    Still need to make the plugs for the unused master cyl ports. I have the pieces, just needs a little welding. But other than the soft lines to the calipers, the brake system is done.














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    those are just.... there are no words
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    Everything you do rocks lol great job

    Wife = "Honey please don't drift this corner, we have soup in the car."
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    Thanks!

    Couldnt find metric bubble flare plugs for the unused master ports so I made my own. I see lots of people use the right thread but with copper washers, well I didnt want to.


    Took some adapters, cut them down, drilled and tapped the hole for 8-32, threaded in a section of a screw and welded it in place. Should be good.













    Up next was the intake manifold and fuel rail. I originally made this 6 years ago and for some reason it was very close to the radiator, closer than today me liked. I also hated the fuel rail mounting tabs. So I went to the town.


    Flange cut off.





    Decided it was a good time to remove all the OE casting lines. Before...





    With that done (no pics) I cut the runners down about 3/8", reshaped them to mate to the OE flange and ground the ends to a nice V.





    Next, made up some new fuel rail brackets and welded them on. These were a total bitch to weld, way more than the runners to the flange which were cake.





    Spent a few mins smoothing out the welds (I plan on doing the runner to flange ones too, but Im waiting on my new Dynafile) I had just enough belt left to do these.





    And here it is all reassembled. I also smoothed out the welds on the rail for the FPR cup and the input fitting.














    And an inside shot.





    Next and hopefully last item is to redo the TB flange. I was originally going to use a stock mustang TB but have since decided its just too damn ugly and Id rather use GM IAC. I picked up an Aurora TB that should do the trick. More to come on that.


    And finally, exhaust parts started rolling in. I also ordered a midpipe from Techtonics which is due tues. It was only like $25 more than buying the bends to make my own. It just better be 304ss like they told me on the phone, else Im not going to be happy.





    Dan

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    I keep looking at this thread title going... man, your wife is going to have one hell of a car in 2042.
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    Haha, ya ya.

    I really hope its painted and driving by spring. The interior is another story.

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by juicedz4 View Post
    Haha, ya ya.

    I really hope its painted and driving by spring. The interior is another story.

    Dan
    haha. Your work is always incredibly impressive, looking forward to more updates.
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    Needed a flange for the new TB since I decided against using the mustang one.


    I probably could have had the guy at work cut one on his cnc but I always wanted to try using the router table and a wood bit to cut aluminum. So I scored a piece of 3/8" aluminum, scored out a pattern, roughed it in with the band saw and then free hand cut it on the router table.


    Here is is roughed in without any edge sanding. Not bad for free handing it without a template. I was surprised just how easy it cut even with a cheapo craftsman wood bit.








    And with the hole cut (again free hand trimmed on the router table - after boring a hole with a hole saw), and the edges sanded a little. They still need work, but not bad for a few mins work.








    Holes drilled and some bolts in place for a test fit. The final plan is to add some threaded inserts to the flange and bolt it in from the front side. Ill be edge welding this flange to the current flange (and welding the current holes shut) so that you cant see the backside of the mounitng hardware.








    I think its going to be a good fit and looks pretty nice to boot.





    In other news I picked up this guy. Its obviously WAY nicer than my $80 china special. It was a hard pill to swallow but it should be a huge time saver going forward. Plus I was out of 18" belts , haha.







    Up next got a small start on the exhaust. I bought a premade 304ss midpipe from Techtonics for $300 to the door. With the price of bends it was a no brainer. Luckily it fits perfect. I did have to make one cut at the end of the straight section to get it over the subframe (see the hose clamp in the pic below). Ultimately there wil be a vband there and at the inlet of the resonator.








    I was worried the muffler wouldnt just fit and would hit the axle bracing but it JUUUST clears even at full suspsion compression (which will never happen)











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    Went back to the intake mani last night.


    First I drilled and tapped the holes in the TB flange for ss threaded inserts.


    Welded up the two mounting holes in the original flange. Then welded the new flange to the original around the entire edge and inside the TB hole. Finally filed and sanded the edge to a nice flat finish. I still need to port the inside to the TB, but I ran out of steam at 2am.





    Typically I dont like to grind welds, but I felt like the ones at the runner to oem flange were out of place. So I went to town with the new Dynafile and smoothed them out. That thing was worth all the pennies, its so good. I managed to smooth them all out in just under an hour. The "floating belt" contact arm does such a great job of smoothing things out without leaving flat spots like an arm with a flat platen would.














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    adding a Dynafile to my wish list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Danger View Post
    adding a Dynafile to my wish list.
    Just buy one now. Its worth all 60k pennies (with 150 belts).

    In fact, I have a 25% off zoro coupon, you could order one today......

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    Faced the TB flange on the intake. It was pretty damn flat even after welding. I used my high tech sandpaperstucktothebench method, which worked great. This is only 180 grit so Ill prob go up a grit or two.








    I hated how loose the V band rings are on the tubing so I ordered a Lisle exhaust tubing expander setup to fix the issue.


    Before. Huge gap, tube slips all the way in the ring / doesnt contact the nice step in the rings at all:








    After. Much better











    I spent a little time yesterday swedging all of the ends that needed it so I should be ready to start tacking the exhaust together tomorrow night. Im waiting on a new gas lens and torch etc before I can get started on that.




    Picked up the two valve covers Im going to be modding from being baked and blasted.





    And the crank trigger mount showed from USRT





    Dan

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    Machined the valve cover to accept 2.0T coils. The holes needed to be expanded a little for them fit. I picked up a cheap 1-1/16" annular cutter off ebay to bore the holes down 3/4". Then used a 1/8" endmill to cut some notches for the indexing tabs on the coils. I did need to remove the rubber seals on the coils and trim the small ribs off of the plastic but they more or less snap right in. I still need to double check the final height with it installed but I think its close to them fully seating on the plugs.











    Like a glove






    Tonight its back to the exhaust


    Dan

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