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The road to SoWo 2015

I hadn’t planned on going to SoWo this year. I’m not that cool.

 

It started with getting invited to hang out with some companies that I have been working with at VWDiesel and getting to meet them and put faces with names. I was pretty flattered quite honestly. So I began talking with my wife about going down. It was pretty late notice, about 2 weeks before the show, and I figured that all of the hotels would be booked. Luck shined in my favor and a friend was no longer going and his rooms were available. Booyah!

But, before we could make  the move he canceled the rooms because he hadn’t heard back from me.  So I started looking for other options to make it down there with my wife and 3 year old.  After much back and forth we decided that it would be too hard on Max to be at the show all weekend and that it would be best for me to go by myself. This decision wasn’t an easy one because in my almost 4 years of marriage my wife and I haven’t spent a day apart. She is my best friend and love always having here at my side, but sometimes you have to make the hard choices and this was one of them.

So now that I’m going down there by myself where am I going to stay? The back seat of a Mk4 Jetta sounds pretty homey doesn’t it? Luckily it didn’t come to that and a friend of mine offered me the couch at his place. Awesome. Read more

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Review: S&P Automotive MK1 02A and 02J swap kit.

What is one of the hardest parts of swapping a newer motor into the A1 chassis (Mk1 Jetta/Rabbit, Scirocco 1, Scirocco 2, and Cabriolet)?  Making Stuff bolt up that wasn’t designed to. The second hardest part I would say is wiring, but thats an article for another time. This is where some of the products from S&P Automotive come in handy. Sal Robertson at S&P was nice enough to send me a full 02A swap kit for an upcoming TDI swapped Caddy project that I want to build to show you just how easy it can be to do a TDI swap into an A1 chassis vehicle. So I wanted to share how cool the kit is before I start on the swap. The guys at S&P were also nice enough to give everyone at VWDiesel a discount code to save on any of their products. If you use the code ‘vwdieselnet’ at checkout it will take 10% off your order.

 

For starters here is a video of me reviewing the kit the day I got it in the mail. I was actually so excited to get it I called up or small post office and ran and picked it up before it got on the truck.

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VWDiesel Stickers are in and available for sale!

Yes they are finally here. I know lots of people have been asking about them on Facebook and in emails and private messages, and they are finally here and ready for everyone. They are 2×8″ long printed on outdoor vinyl suitable to slap on your car and show your VWD pride.  I will have some VWDiesel shirts and possibly license plate frames up soon too after SoWo. All proceeds go back into supporting VWDiesel.net (as does most of my money 😉

Stickers are $2 each shipped to anywhere in the lower 48 states. If you life outside the continental US please  EMAIL  me about getting one.

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Foxy Motor… or a tale of one Fox told twice.

So this post will be a little different than some of the last ones I have done. I have a lot of VW stories, not all of them directly diesel related but still fun. I thought I would try to share some of them with everyone. If there is a positive response I will continue to share more of them from time to time.

I’m not exactly sure how I found this car the first time. It was an 88 Fox wagon, 4 speed, 1.8L, in pretty bad shape. I think it was originally on Craigslist the first time it ran across my path.

The owner had it at a Pep Boys in Indianapolis (about 75 miles from me) and it needed a timing belt or a tire or something like that and was only $400. I text the owner and tried to setup a time to meet him and buy it but someone beat me to getting up there so it passed through my hands. Read more

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Its Time to Give Away HALF OFF a Giles Pump and More!

The time is here everyone for us to give away something everyone has been excited about. The chance to win half off a custom built pump form Giles Gallie of Performance Diesel Injection in Ontario Canada. I asked and he was gracious enough to donate half off of a custom pump build to VWDiesel.net. So drop him a line and tell him thanks for his support for the site and check into having your pump rebuilt by Giles and his crew at Performance Diesel, you won’t be disappointed.

Click HERE  to Enter!

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First set of VWD How-To videos, What would you like to see a video of?

Here is the first in a series of How-To videos I have been working on for VWDiesel. It has been an interesting journey working on these two videos, and I’m looking forward to creating more for the site in the future. Especially when it isn’t -8 outside anymore. The first video is ‘How to change your oil in your MK4 ALH’ and the second is ‘How to change your fuel filter and clean your injection pump in a MK4 ALH’.

The first one was done in iMovie and the second in Adobe Premier so they look a little different from each other. Eventually I’ll have cool intros and titles and all of that jazz in them too.

If there is something that you would like to see a video on how to do, leave it in the comments and I’ll see what I can do for you.

On to the videos 😉


Lets give away some free shirts!

If you are a member of our forum  and get the Newsletter that I send out occasionally you may remember me talking about a big giveaway contest that I have been working on. Well, if not I have been working on a big giveaway contest ;).

This is the little sister to the contest. Lets start off buy giving everyone a chance to win some free ‘I (Smokey Heart) Diesel’ shirts from my other site VDubShirts.com

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All you have to do is click HERE on the link to enter and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter  and give us your email so we can contact you. Its that easy.

The more you share it the more chances you get to win too! Share your special link with you friends and family and when they sign up using it you get 3 more chances to win a cool shirt.

Ryan

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10 Tips and Tricks to help your VW diesel start in the winter.

Winter time is here and the season of hard starts is upon us. Thankfully new TDIs aren’t as hard to start as older IDIs or larger diesels can be but I thought it would be a good time to go over some basic winter starting tips to help make our mornings easier. Some of these tips seem obvious to seasoned vets but to someone new to diesel Volkswagens they may be things that  they haven’t thought of yet.

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The Top 10 Mistakes That Noobs Make When Buying a Volkswagen

What are the most common issues that people run into when they first hop on the VW crazy train? Sometimes we forget that there can be a steep learning curve when getting into the hobby.

I have been in VWs for over 10 years; an eternity, it seems. My out-of-control VW addiction drove me to quit my good-paying job and start my own repair shop. I now have 45-ish parts cars, a few project cars – a few of them even run, and three buildings stuffed full of parts. So, yeah… I’ve got it bad.

Here are what I think the most common mistakes made by Noobs, including myself, when first getting into the VW game. I also conducted a very scientific, completely biased poll on the internet to better define my list. Take that as you will, because everyone knows what you read on the internet is true. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be writing this. Now, on to the list. After which, I will dive a little deeper on why these are the top ten mistakes.


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VWDiesel.net on Cars Yeah podcast

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I had a chance to talk about VWDiesel.net with Mark Greene on his podcast Cars Yeah.  I met Mark through a podcasting group that I joined and he was kind enough to have me on as a guest to talk about my automotive journey and get to share the news about some of the changes to VWDiesel.  His podcast is great for anyone wanting to hear great stories from car people sharing their passion.

You can check out the show and listen to it here on Cars Yeah

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