Dewie's 1987 Cabriolet project

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  1. Dewie

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    May as well post this up somewhere...

    A few years ago I made a terrible decision and I picked up a 1987 VW Cabrolet on a whim:

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    I got the car running and drove it up and down the road once:
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    Then I started tearing it apart:
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    As you can see it was pretty crusty in areas, but oddly enough the floors/common areas for these to rot bad structurally were all still very sound, so I kept tearing it apart:

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    Out came the engine:
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    I picked up some repair panels:
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    Along came a parts car:
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    Which gave me some better fenders, bumpers, and other misc bits.

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    I picked up a 2.0L 16 valve for the car as well as an exhaust header and a few other things, did some body work to an engine hood and trunk lid then honestly life very much got in the way... the car got stuck in the back of the garage where it filled up with parts of the next couple of years and gradually became buried:
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    My friend who originally built the 16 valve asked if I'd be willing it sell it a year or so ago and I did, thought if I were to do anything with the car I'd likely just put a 1.8T in it. For the most part nothing happened.

    This past spring I decided I would get rid of it and set about taking photos of some of the parts so I could sell them and re-coop some of my money:

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    I soon realized "Dammit I have almost everything to put this damn thing together...." and for some reason decided it was a good idea to do so. With a renewed interest I've been working away at it in the evenings again. Instead of going with a 1.8T I opted to make the car a diesel. I have one good running turbo diesel and most everything necessary to do it; I don't have the money to buy everything else that goes along with making a 1.8T work so screw it - make it work and just drive it.

    First I found the car again:
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    Then set about cleaning up the engine bay:
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    I dug the engine out of storage and got it running:
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    I then cleaned it up, did a water pump, timing belt, etc.
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    (Yeah I painted some things some obscure colors - mostly because it seems to piss a friend of mine off :lol:)

    I gutted the interior and cleaned up the floors:
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    From here I made the car's wiring harness into a diesel harness. I maintained the lift pump in the tank, ran my own fuel lines, new brake lines, modified the harness in the engine bay to accommodate the diesel engine, installed everything to make the car a manual (was automatic) refreshed all the linkages, etc. and started putting things back together:

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    I even went so far as to make my own diesel cabriolet instrument cluster which works 100%:
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    (I should have likely removed the dead spider first... meh)
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    Got the filler panels installed, unfortunately a bit of a droop where the gas filler neck meets the rear quarter but a few body guys tell me not to worry about it - so I guess I won't... it won't be a show car anyways just something to drive and enjoy I hope:
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    Annnnnnnnnnnd yeah - I guess that's all I have for pictures currently... rear suspension went in last night, rear axle beam went in last night, transmission is bolted to the engine and nearing ready to go in the car... not much else to report; it is slowly going back together. No real time-line for when it will be done though I'd like to think it will be this summer so I can drive it some.

    Fin - for now.
     
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    crazy amount of work
     
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    :lol: pictures don't do it justice; I've not been whoring our with taking photos of everything I do and am just doing things...
     
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    I hope you are going with the same colour!
     
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    Nice bitch basket, that color is fabulous :teehee:
     
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    It's something.... that's for sure...
     
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    thats a ton of work....
     
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    So basically everything that it was, is now scrapped, engine changed to diesel, auto to manual, ect. I envy your skill set.
     
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    Not EVERTHING - I mean it's still an ugly, small, low performance convertible :lol:

    It also is manual steering vs power steering (racks are different between manual and automatic transmission cars; I didn't have a power steering rack for a manual transmission so now it's manual steer) with vented front brakes vs solid rotors, all new suspension, brakes, ball joints, tirodends, etc.
     
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    I second this
     
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    Should be easy to match that color, right?
     
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    :puke2:

    In other news, I cleaned the garage, installed back brakes and moved the car over to the other side:
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    Then I was able to get the engine installed in the engine bay:
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    I then trimmed the timing belt cover to fit around the engine mount (this engine simply wasn't made for this car), made up fuel lines, test fitted a few things (I need a different throttle cable) etc. It'll be a while yet until it runs likely; then I need to come up with axles, finish brake lines, hook up shifter linkages, etc.
     
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    The back end almost looks like the front end of a Chevette right now.
     
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    Iove this thread
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  22. Dewie

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    Hopefully you'll see it this summer.
     
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    You took it a step or 2 farther though haha - at least I can get proper motor mounts etc.
     
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    Well I finally picked up some axles:
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    and a few exhaust bits:
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    and bolted everything else up, clutch cable, speedometer, brakes, made the last of the brake lines, fuel lines, etc and the thing runs and moves now:
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    The engine is running like an absolute bag of turds - not sure if I have an injector sticking open or if the turbo is going (or something else entirely) but man does it smoke a lot... something isn't right.

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    If anyone happens to know of an early turbo diesel VW sitting behind someone's garage I'm looking for another engine. I didn't really know the history on this one and I took a chance; kind of feeling like I may have been burned. I'll continue to look into it but I'd like a plan B.
     
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    I guess I didn't update this post as the summer went on...

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    I didn't get it on the road...

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    I did get it more back together. Managed to make the engine run properly, took it up and down my road a bit (fun without doors, Fenders, etc)

    I've parked it in the new hay barn for now... Tossed a bunch of Mothballs in it to hopefully keep the critters out.

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    Basically I just need bodywork done now and then get it lined up and inspected... It will need the interior put in it also but I figured I'd wait until until it's road worthy.
     
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    You're not the first person to tell me that, however they work for me and others... they're uploaded to RC so if they're not working that's on BootsBoots
     
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    And now? I just opened it and switched back and forth between the rich text editor and bbcode editor; even the editor was acting weird.
     
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    All the pics work for me except the ones you hosted directly from google photos. Even if you copy the links you used, they don't work directly.
     

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