Tuesday, December 19, 2017
A couple of new parts but not much else
311 953 173 - seal for turn indicator housing
I'm currently rocking the super early 2 piece seals on my car. The timing is good to receive these as mine are pretty much gone. I'll keep two and install two.
(L) 311 705 445 - Cover, shift coupler
(R) 311 705 445 A - Cover, shift coupler
The nice part about the early version (if I'm lucky it'll fit) is that it's missing the rear part that's bent 'up' - the part that makes it a giant pain in the ass to install.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Vent window update
I guess it's one way to ensure that the felt pieces are correct without the supreme frustration of using shit quality parts several times...I am still planning on buying some of the WW parts to make sure I give them a shot before exclaiming that there are no decent repop parts out there.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
6" of snow in Atlanta
And, given that the garage is not heated, I have pretty much avoided it the last week. I don't have the new felt pieces yet and, short of selling parts, haven't wanted to do anything with the car. I've sold off a few thousand in parts so far and I may go a little further.
Short of posting up some parts that I might buy in the coming weeks it'll be pretty quiet for a bit.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
The dead weight of time
Button head screws to replace the socket head cap screws so the outer fasteners don't deform the filter media. Easy win.
Once the other pieces were installed - the window provided a very similar result to the driver's side window. I sprayed the felt with silicone lubricant and, while it helped, it didn't solve the problem. Still requires both hands and a solid grip to pull the window up - so no chance the window regulator is going to survive that situation.
Why is it so fucking hard to get decent parts?
I decided to hang on to my money and wait for the next one to come up. I don't need it but I did want it.
I've sold a decent chunk of my stashed parts with more parts on the way out the door...might be a slippery slope but that's where this is going.
Not sure I'll be doing a whole lot with the car over the next few days/weeks. I'm kind of done installing shit quality parts only to pull it all apart again and throw it away.
Friday, December 1, 2017
I spent about an hour today trying to figure out the source of the groaning in the rear end. I was able to get it narrowed down to originating from the right rear. And I figured out that it might be related to the axle nut - after checking every other nut/bolt on the rear end, I pulled the cotter pin and tightened the axle nut to 250 lb/ft on the torque wrench. After installing a new cotter pin, I took it out for a one mile test drive where I did some 'granny donuts' in the parking lot for the pool. All quiet except for one very faint groan upon exiting the parking lot. I may pull the left side cotter pin and crank that one down as well to make sure it's tight and eliminate it as the source of the sound.
I also called the local aircooled VW shop (it's 45 minutes away) and made an appointment to have them check out the jetting and carburetor settings since I can't quite get it figured out.
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