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General / Re: I have drank the Kool-aid...
« on: October 04, 2015, 10:56:30 pm »
Definitely. The only tech in the mk II is the LCD clock. It'll be going to the stealership for its firmware "inventory" and we'll go from there. Thanks for the input.

Andy

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General / I have drank the Kool-aid...
« on: October 04, 2015, 12:06:01 pm »
Hi Folks,

I have (gasp!) taken a swig of the TDI flask  ;D...my old MK II TD requires a lift. Up onto blocks, actually. There's an IDI engine with 180k waiting for her...which required me to grab up another ride. It's a 2012 Passat TDI with the toys, 6 spd manual. etc.
It's slightly quieter than my 90 Jetta LOL....
And here's where I need some info:
Already saving up for the Ross-tech; but is there any wisdom that can be shared with me on this one?

Cheers,
Andy

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MK6 Golf/Jetta, Beetle, Sportwagen / Looking for your input...
« on: August 20, 2015, 09:22:09 pm »
Hi gang,

It's time for a rebuild for ol' Mad Max [90 TD Jetta]; and whilst I have fun with that, I'm looking for a TDI. I seem to spying a lot of 2012 Jettas out there for sale with the auto trans; very few manuals. I'm having dreams of fragging DSG autos...hoping they are not the same unit. I love rowing gears. The boss does not....
I have to admit my head's been in the sand unless it's a mark II all these years...are there any ones I need to stay the heck away from?

Cheers,
Andy

[edit] OK, I've driven a couple of autos since the post above and that is one busy slushbox! I'm going to stay manual if I can find one in good shape. Anyone have any other pointers on things to watch out for?

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Upgrades (non engine related ) / Re: Fix Headliner?
« on: December 31, 2012, 09:35:04 pm »
Now this is something I have to do in my mk2 Jetta: It's out; and sanding off that foam is about as appealing as a hemorrhoid. I'm leaning towards the mesh drywall tape as a substrate; but I would like to try out a soundproofing idea: craft foam sheets. I've seen 1/16" and 1/8" thicknesses in craft shops. Anyone ever tried that?

Andy

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Hi Tyler,

That foam tape is really useful IN the doors too. Years ago I posted about the wind noise in the driver's door due to the seals getting aged. What I did was pull the door cards; wound up the glass, grease pencilled where it contacted the bottom of the OEM seal, and put a strip of foam across the glass on the outside of the glass so it snuggles up against the seal keeping out the wind...and water.

Cheers,
Andy

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IDI Engine / Re: The plastic bottle hone and cheapness discussion
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:12:37 pm »
I too can't figure out the tangents taken to justify their negative posts...as if to qualify their argument that what Mark is doing is wrong. I own a lot of tools too; from specialty outboard marine tools to my encased in foam and loved dearly vw pieces.
I'm going to come from the direction of: "I'm going to do it Mark's way just because: I want to learn. For the hell of it. I want the experience. I want to feel at one with the block  ;D". At the end of the day; we're all wrenching on our cars b/c we like/love it and the knowledge we gain from it. Doing things Mark's way may not be for you; but imagine the knowledge he's gained doing this stuff.

I say "Bravo!", Mark.

Cheers,
Andy

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IDI Engine / Re: WVO build threads
« on: October 08, 2011, 11:55:58 am »
I agree with the baffled tank issues, had a neighbour with a merc 300D and one sure knew it had "junk in the trunk" after going through a round-about intersection  ;D
I can't help but think Eddy that Princess auto has baffled reservoir tanks in their PAL hydraulics sections that seem awfully nifty.....

Andy

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Parts for Sale/Wanted / Re: Some stuff for sale
« on: September 06, 2011, 08:54:14 pm »
Well, this ends well: it was waiting @ home tonight. All accounted for as purchased.

Thanks,
Andy

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IDI Engine / Re: sound proofing a vanagon diesel 1.9 na
« on: August 31, 2011, 05:18:30 pm »
Thanks for that link Mark; although the links inside it are broken and pop you over to a Romainian ISP :P
On my Jetta when I had her apart the first time I put dynamat panels over where the mounts would be for the rubber pieces attached to the muffler; and on the inside of the cab from the front of the console up underneath the firewall to absorb vibrations...not a huge difference, but enough...

Andy

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Parts for Sale/Wanted / Re: Some stuff for sale
« on: August 09, 2011, 11:47:21 am »
pm'd you; I'll take the kits.

Andy

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Parts for Sale/Wanted / Re: Some stuff for sale
« on: August 07, 2011, 11:53:32 am »
pm'd ya  ;D

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IDI Engine / Re: Help Changing coolant
« on: August 06, 2011, 12:43:13 pm »
I use 70/30 coolant/distilled water over here for a 'standard mix' b/c this car gets to the far north every so often...and I change it every 2 years. I don't think anyone would like my how-to; it involves an air compressor ;D but I have serious back problems so I have to improvise. Basically drain the rad (lower hose); overflow container..and here's where I do something quick. I use bungs picked up at a beer brewing place that fits the block and pump about 10 psi through it (I connect a collapsible water container to the lower hose to catch it all. It's a 5 gal. thing). Flush with clean water and 'push' it out again. Then reconnect the lower hose, overflow, and fill 'er up. You could reconnect all hoses and refill through the overflow if you have all day.
I 'burp' her by lifting up the front end (air powered jack at Princess. ohhhh baby) and leave the overflow cap off overnight. When I take it out for a spin; turn on the heater and warm her up. Watching the guage; I come home and let her cool right down then top her up if needed.

Andy

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IDI Engine / Re: 1.6L TD in a Dodge Caravan
« on: August 03, 2011, 09:43:19 pm »
Aye. I just appreciate the fact that arb takes the time to document and share. He certainly doesn't have to; but he does. As soon as that donate-a-beer version of paypal gets up and running.... ;D...I'll be sending some.



Andy

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General / Re: solar panels
« on: August 03, 2011, 09:24:33 pm »
Absolutely right, don't know why I types amps, it should be watts. That isn't the charger on the link BTW; close but not quite; the one I have contains an amorphous solar cell. That's most likely a polycrystalline cheapo which is the k-car of solar cells. It was made by Sun Force (bought it ~2004). Dunno about the "blue planet" stuff. Seems to be a lot of new "green" companies sprouting up. Amorphous cells suddenly became expensive when someone figured out they can maintain their output at high and low temperatures...and that's what you find in the new flexible "solar" roof shingles.
As for no diodes, no one in their right mind would market that kind of fire hazard....then again you can buy the duracell brand AA batteries at the dollar store now...the ones with the pink energizer bunny on the packaging  :D   More likely, it's a tiny surface-mount "bead" diode from our favourite off-shore counterfeiter that wouldn't last long under a constant push from an alternator. I've had mine apart to mount it without the bottom plastic and its diode is a good old-fashioned zener and resistor package.

Andy

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General / Re: solar panels
« on: July 16, 2011, 07:06:31 pm »
Or you could pick one up from CTC; which come on sale for $9 a few times per year (reg. about $22) Has mounts pre-drilled in the base; with two connectors: a 12v socket and two clamps. It's about 4" wide; 9 or 10" long. Built-in diode to prevent discharge and a very small draw LED showing charge activity. I mounted mine on the back deck of the Jetta and wired it directly into the system. Designed to maintain a battery; car, RV or boat IIRC it can supply 2 amps at full sun.

Andy

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