So I haven't been going very fast with the work on the VW either but its getting there
Still trying to get that rear bumper off, have to drill th... Show moree heads off the bolts, not an easy job.
A shot of the rocker pannel on the driver's side. This is what happens when you own a 91 jetta and don't know how to use the jack that came with it, who ever had it before me made a really good mess of the rocker pannels by using the jack to jack it up by the rockers instead of the reinforced jacking points. Real Smart
Look familure?? Same model I have in the jeep, although by the time I got it, it had been discontinued and this one came from a sound board, still I will have same stereo in both vehicles.
Instrument pannel has been reinstalled. For some reason the chimes and a few other funy things are shot and, unlike my grandfathers 88 this one dosn't have a shift light.
My new interior from an 87 Wolfsburg GL. My 91 interior was more basic, and it had been exposed to the elements for months, so I just really didn't want much to do with it. These seats and door pannels have been detailed and this is the same interior my grandfather had in his 88 (although with out heated seats, and his was navy blue)
The door pannels and back seat installed, after the welding is done we can finnish off the mats and put the front seats in.
better shot of the back seat
One of my 13x5" 24 spoke wheels that I just had redone, you can see how bad they were in some of the other pictures. Two of the set were bent and they were all gouged and scrached. These rims were done by Rim Pros out on Celtic Drive. They really came out great job. You can see the rest of the set in some other pictures
The set, these will be on the VW for the spring, summer and fall.
Well here is the before shots of my winter rims, one of them has a nice bang that will have to be taken out, but after some sanding and painting they will look good for the winter, I am going to put my studded snow tires on these.
Havn't started this job yet but, the VW is going to need the calipers, pads, and rotors replaced in the front. Basically the braking system will be new except for some of the lines, the master cylinder and the booster
Some more of Scott Mackenzie's welding work. We finally picked up our own welder, a Lincoln Pak 10 and this is the first time we've gotten to use it. Unforturnatly though we havn't gotten the regulator set for it to run sheilding gas so we've been using flux core. Other than the coking the flux is doing a good job. I know Flux usually isn't as strong as a MiG weld but since this is not on a major frame member it shouldn't matter a whole lot. Also its going to be hidden by the rocker cover.
My Sirius Starmate that I havn't installed in either vehicle yet. Not a bad little radio and I have a feeling I can get a pretty good deal on getting it activated. We'll just say I know some people.
One of the old mismatched Fox rims that I am not going to miss
Fox rim take two (we took these pictures so we could compare them to the mag rims on the front, we were told that the mag's wouldn't fit the front of the car.
A better look at how bad the Mag wheels were before they were redone. The mag wheels fit with no problems at all and they look pretty good on the car.
Another shot of the mag wheel on the front
We already replaced the rear brakes and wheel bearings, had to eliminate the PITA proportioning valve between the two rear wheels because it was leaking and a new one was $200, and it was not neccessary (this is what a VW mechanic told us at the dealership).
Bye Bye proportioning valve.
The Shoes, spring kit and new cylinder in place
The new drum installed, the front brakes are going to be done in the next few days, as will the rest of the welding. After that, all that needs to be done is to finish up the interior, decide what we are going to do with the body and trim, do a little preventitive maintanance, have a new exhaust installed and fill the tank with Diesel. Stay Tuned I am hoping to really keep at the Jetta now that its just getting to the home stretch. Show Less
Well here are some day shots of the Jetta. These were taken after the snow melted.
Here is a better look at the car, just have a look at the body, other t... Show morehan the rocker pannels which arn't the best, the paint (Terracotta pearl metallic) is in fair shape, but the clear coat is starting to go, but nothing a careful wet-sanding won't fix. Yeah I know, it has truck tape over one of the rear doors for now, but that is because I'm replacing it with a new one. Door handles never were very good on these cars. My grandfather owned a 1988 Jetta GL Turbo-Diesel (mechanically identical to this car) from 1988 to 2001.
In this shot you can see that yes, the bumper is hanging a little, but have a look at the doors, and yes, that is the origional paint. You don't see too many in this condition here in eastern Canada.
A front and rear view of the Jetta. It is a little rough around the edges, but all in all a good jumping off point. I'm going to get it into the garage in a few weeks.
More engine shots. You can really see the 90 amp alternator in this pic. The car has A/C, but god knows if it works, or even uses R134. Either way, fixing the A/C is not really on my list of priorities right now, as this is a winter car, but the HD alternator is a nice added bounus.
Well that wraps it up for today, but at least now you can actually see it (I thought the didgital had a night mode, guess I was wrong). I plan on removing the grating around the headlights and I may be going with type of rims I'm going with remains to be seen. I'll update regularlly once work on it begins. Show Less
UPDATE JANUARY 14, 2006:
Well I did some searching on the interent trying to find out what kind of turbo I had in the jetta. the vwdieselparts.com forum narr... Show moreowed it down to either a K24 or a Garret T-3. From what I can gather, most had the K24. It took a bit to ID it, but I fond the tag on the underside of the compressor housing (sorry but I couldn't get a pic) but it said T-3, so it looks like I have a Garret.
a few pics of the turbo
Well I started to do work, stripping out the interior, since we wanted to see what the floors were going to be like, well here, have a look for yourself
well they're not 100% rust free, but damn, I might as well say 98%. we were amazed. The floor is just as good as the body.
and this is my rear bulkhead that the rear seat back sits on. its in p retty good shape too.
and here are my two new rims. They are aluminum, and not the best that were out for the jetta but they suite the look of the car, and they were cheap enough, and now I'll have 4 matching wheels, not crappy mismatched spares.
This is the dash, I still have the factory hidelburg radio, I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get around the anti-theft feature that is built into it (if you unplug it, and don't have the preset code, its DEAD FOREVER). Again it dosn't light the world on fire, but it doesn't sound half bad (again, I'm shooting for a cheap winter beater, not trying to win a sound off, a free, working radio is a bonus, let alone sounding decent), by the way, like most other VW radios it has lost its AM feature, you get static and that is it, but hey, FM works, so I could still rig it up for satilite radio.
well here's a "good" side view shot. I wish my camera would work better a twilight, but it works good under most conditions so I can't complain. well that does it for this update. more to follow.
Update Febuary 24th
Well the VW is finally in the garage, its going to get a new set of brakes and new tires, but other than that its in great shape.
Here it is just before we put it in the garage, I've taken off the bumper and header pannel, which may need to be replaced.
An older picture of the VW, this was taken with a regular advantex camera, so I've just gotten the film developed now.
Same picture different angle, I'm also going to need to replace the trim pannel on the trunk but that shouldn't be too hard to find.
I just found these from digging through the photo albums. This is my grandfather's 1988 VW Jetta GL Turbo-Diesel. My grandfather owned this car from 1989-2001. During that time this car was involved in at least 6 accidents (and my grandfather is a pretty good driver, he just has bad luck), the insurance company tried to write it off the car twice, but my grand father didn't let them. My grandfather was a traveling repair man, who used this car to get him all over Cape Breton island. During 10 years he used it, he drove the car 460,000 kilometers. Unfortunatly after he retired he developed goute in his foot and could no longer operate the clutch, so he gave away the best car he ever owned to one of my cousins. He used it while at University for 5 years. During that time, he had to get the rear strut mounts welded, and get a new rim. By the time he sold it he had 660,000 kilometers on it. During the life time of this car, the valve cover and oil pan were never removed, it had the water pump replaced once, and needed a new injector pump when the origional one was improperly adjusted. The car did get a paint job in about 1998, and a floor a year before, but considering what this car went through, that isn't too bad. As far as I know, the car is still on the road, it is being used to deliver news papers to the rural routes. It was this car's reputation that caused me to buy my 1991. Both cars have the VW 1.6 SOHC turbo-diesel engine (MF code) and 5 speed transmissions. Hopefully my VW will last as long as my grandfather's.
Well here are my rims after they were redone. It wasn't cheap but they look great, they will be on for
Well its been a good couple of months since I got a chance to update my site, busy with work and I need to get a didgital camera. There isn't a whole lot thats gotten done on the VW, other than the windshield and a few odds and ends. It will be done soon though.
My new tires, I got both sets on sale, both Motomaster (yeah I know they are Canadian Tire tires but the price was right) For the Spring and Summer I have Motomaster LXR touring tires (made by Uniroyal) and the MotoMmster Nordictrac stedded snow tires for the winter. Show Less