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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:04 pm 
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I freakin love those rims.

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
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Wow!
How are you posting pictures as you drive?

For those of you who don't know:
I've been looking for an automatic GTi for the Wife for about 4 years now.
As most people switch the automatic to a stick shift, they are getting harder to find.
Not positive, but it might be possible that '89 is the only year they offered an automatic down here in the USA.
We men can handle the stick shifts, but most women prefer the automatic transaxle vehicles.
My Wife had expressed a willingness to give one a try. (Long time ago in Bethlehem)
There was a white automatic GTi for sale a couple years back in Sacramento, but I lost out on that deal.
Fortunately, this one came up recently.
This little red one was found by Swifterthanu. Someone traded it in at a dealership.
He is driving over 1,000 miles ONE WAY to deliver it.
No way he is making money off this deal :shock: :?: :?: :?:
Where else, but on Teamswift will you find people like that?
T3 ragtop has owned one in the past and was fairly pleased with its performance.
An automatic will spin the engine faster at freeway speeds, but if you know the DOHC, they love to rev.
Hopefully the Wife won't turn into a 'street demon' once she starts driving it!

A big thanks seems woefully inadequate for Swifterthanu at this point. :oops:
He bought the car knowing that I had one in mind for the Mrs.
Kudos to someone who isn't always thinking of 'himself' eh?
All I can say is, 'safe trip'!

(Watch out, here comes Tommy!!!!)

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
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Paul is one of the best swift samaritan's I have had the pleasure of meeting, great guy to do all that for a TS member. :thumbsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:21 pm 
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Good looking car Phil!!

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
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Nice...the rear rim is facing the wrong direction though! :-P

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
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PBC137 wrote:
Nice...the rear rim
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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
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Phil N Ed wrote:
Fixed!


phil, make sure that you don't have a set of directional tires and that the "fix" didn't change the direction of rotation.

running directional tires backwards (and sometimes just changing the direction of rotation on a radial) will break the belts. i've ruined dunlop radial tires in a month with an ill conceived tire rotation which swapped rotational direction. steel belts squirmed right through the sidewalls.

someone looks very happy. :D :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
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t3 ragtop wrote:
Phil N Ed wrote:
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phil, make sure that you don't have a set of directional tires and that the "fix" didn't change the direction of rotation.

running directional tires backwards (and sometimes just changing the direction of rotation on a radial) will break the belts. i've ruined dunlop radial tires in a month with an ill conceived tire rotation which swapped rotational direction. steel belts squirmed right through the sidewalls.


Good thing you mentioned that. Went back and took a closer look. All are 185/60R 14s.
One is directional. :oops:
The right rear is a BF Goodrich directional tire, and the arrow is 'pointing the right way'.
The left rear is a Goodyear Eagle T/R
The fronts are Goodyear Dugaro GA and I think they just had a few too many sodas :drunk: when doing the brakes or checking the axle bearings and switched them.
This car needs a waxing, a good cleaning and some TLC as well as some odds and ends.
Tucson is a 6 hour trip to the East. They have a Sound Deadener company there (Second Skin Audio), and I'm almost out. Maybe we'll run out to their factory and get some. :idea:

t3 ragtop wrote:
someone looks very happy. :D :wink:

She actually backed it off the trailer, which is a leap of faith for most women.
She is curious why I am so 'hot' for her to have it, as she is quite settled into her 'vert'.
When she drives the vert, she uses a 'booster' seat.
But she says the GTi seat sits higher and there's no need for it.
That's probably her way of saying, "Hey, this little car is OK!"
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Maybe it was meant to be; most of the little odds and ends it needs I have neatly stored away in these boxes
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somewhere :oops:or graciously provided by Swifterthanu (new GTi steering wheel, control arms, etc.) :lol:
After checking with my local smog tech and insurance agent, it will need
-insurance
-emissions testing (it looks like the original exhaust presently on the vehicle, so new "CARB cat" should help)
-State of California/Department of Motor Vehicle inspection (make sure front and rear license plates, etc.)
Then she can tear up the roads.

I've got a check list of things to do...fixing the engine leaks and repairing obvious body damage (windshield cracks) and electrical 'ghetto fixes'
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immediately comes to mind.
The desert is starting to heat up, so I'll pressure test the cooling system and make sure the radiator fan is working properly. Then, the A/C needs a charge (hopefully that's all) and 'Her Highness' will need a sound system for her commute. This car won't get 50 mpg, and that's fine.

I've already pulled that broken right fog light.
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Where did I put that dang spare :?: :?: :?: In most cases, it will take longer to find the parts I need than to install them.
Although the car is essentially a stock GTi automatic, it had some electrical problems in the past.
Anyone recognize it? I'm sure I've seen it on the site before (a long time ago in Bethlehem).

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 Post subject: Re: Phils toy
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....so if i back out of my driveway with directional tires it will wreck them.......???????? in my 18 years of tire shop exp with directional tires i never was faced with that problem......only issue i have noted is that when they were put on ''backwards''or ''wrong'' they were more noisy,had less traction.

firestone 721 radials were one of the first and worst(my opinion still are the worst)tires on the market.
i was also on the recycling end of it,boy it was interesting to see the failure rate of some brands of tires.
remember the goodyear aquatread tire?another big blemish tire from gyear.not much better than the wranglers the sell.

oh well,just my 2.1 cents(damn exchange rate!)

NICE LOOKING GTI,PHIL!!one to drive in the sun,one to drive in the rain!!!??? 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Phil N Ed wrote:
Maybe it was meant to be; most of the little odds and ends it needs I have neatly stored away in these boxes
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somewhere :oops:


What they hey Phil? :shock: Exactly HOW MANY swifts have you broke and stored into those boxes? Dayum....you could open your own used parts stealership, I reckon!

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If Snooki can drive stick... :-P


Nice GTi either way, make sure you drop the pan, change the filter, and 2 or 3 pan drop fluid changes with one last filter change at the end.

I'm sure she's worth some good fluid: http://www.redlineoil.com/product.aspx?pid=51&pcid=9

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What they hey Phil? :shock: Exactly HOW MANY swifts have you broke and stored into those boxes? Dayum....you could open your own used parts stealership, I reckon!

He's like me. I figured I could assemble a car if I had a shell. Mine isn't as organized though.

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Ha!
You guys would have died laughing when I told 'Mrs. Right' my next move.
Those $1 boxes are a cheap fix for all the crud we usually have littering our garages.
So, after Swifterthanu left, it seemed only logical that all the parts for the little GTi should come out of the boxes.
Problem is, which box did I put it in?
Some say MK1, some say MK2/3 etc.
Some have a list on the outside. But I only go to the junkyard 2 or 3 times a year. Guess it's about 10 years of accumulation. Just make sure you clean them all up before you box 'em so they don't stink up your garage.

Finally I hit upon it.
I'll go through the boxes, numbering them as I go.
Then, using the digital camera I can record exactly what is in each box. (Some have 200-300 little pieces :shock: )
Then, I can store the pictures in a folder corresponding to the number of the box.
After that, it should be a piece of cake to keep up with the parts and location...thanks to the magic of the digital age.
The computer and digital camera have certainly helped us fix our cars better!

It's not 'obsessive-compulsive', but rather a reaction to the high cost of the metal racks and plastic see through bins.
Even those only give you a rough idea of what's inside.
This system should make it easier to find things, although it will still take some time to find the part in the pictures and folders.

So back to the funny story: told her about the idea and she laughed, "Ha, you put everything away, and now you have to take it all out and do it again!"
Guess that means she thinks it's an OK idea. Over 45 boxes, and I can easily add 5 more this week.
We'll see what happens.

Glad to see Swifterthanu made it back in one piece. He must have flown!
You guys should see his rig. It is all business, and I needed a step ladder just to get up and clean the front windshield.
You don't see the unselfish behavior much anymore in the USA.
Yes, he sold the car for more than he bought it.
But just the fuel costs to trailer it down to L.A. (never mind the wear and tear on his rig, his time, and the toll a 4 day round trip drive takes on a person's body) was well over $600! So did he 'come out ahead'? Not really.

The car is an automatic. It is not perfect and needs some TLC. So I'll continue to take your suggestions (thanks for the transmission advice, I will use it and post progress here when I do!) and bring this little car back to life.

If each of us started a thread on our cars and updated each other with the progress, it would serve as motivation for the group.
Also, when you go to sell it, and someone is surprised at your selling price, you can show them exactly what you've done to restore the vehicle to reliable condition. Many times, I've looked back at some of my threads and realized I did a LOT more work than was remembered.

Here's the update for today:
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I call it 'his and hers': a '94 GA (black bumper) next to a '89 GTi.

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Phil, I am so damn jealous! Beautiful car! Always nice to spend a little time with another team swifter.

I've been negligent so as per your suggestion I'll post some pics tonight of the progress on my rebuild of the '87 Sprint Turbo. It IS motivating seeing others work...

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....so if i back out of my driveway with directional tires it will wreck them.......????????


only if you back out of your driveway at highway speeds for a couple hours at a time - enough to fully heat the the treads and sidewalls to operating temps.

a set of brand new dunlop directional steel belted radials ate themselves on a drive from oakland california to columbus ohio because the idiot who installed them put them on backwards. at the dunlop dealer at the other end of the trip - no warranty! :twisted:

i won't ever buy another dunlop tire because of that.

i have a bunch of relatives who have been tire builders and i know a little bit about it. the last pirelli directional tires i bought had a warranty that was explicit about being voided by operating them against their designed rotation.

phil, with the swifts sitting side by side i can tell you that i very much prefer the smoother lines of the mk2 bumpers. i had decided that for myself when i had mk2 and mk3 verts with gt bumpers in my driveway. it's a personal preference though and you know what is said about opinions. :wink:

that gt is a beauty and i'm sure that you'll have all the small kinks worked out in short order. in my estimation, the automatic gts always get short shrift with the enthusiasts and they usually can be bought much cheaper than the manual cars. they make dandy highway cars even though they get a bit lower fuel economy. if i found a nice one, i wouldn't hesitate to pick it up as an economical driver. the twincam engine is a good match with the automatic and it's quite happy in it's rev range on the road. it will pass traffic effortlessly and nothing short of a straight up hill will challenge it.

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OK, time for a weekend update.
Here's what she blows:
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You think I should have done a wet test?

The TPS was throwing code 2-2 so it got pulled and checked.
No flat spots and is now adjusted properly.
Also, found a bad
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ISC.
Smooth acceleration and no more 'check engine' light.
This car is quickly going through my spares, eh?
:lol:

Next, I'll tackle the radiator fan wiring.
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:huh: :huh: :huh:
The previous owner was either a complete idiot or one super genius.
The black connection for the fan has one wire cut right at the connection. That ought to be fun to fix.
See ya!

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Its been a week. The car's paperwork has begun and it is insured. Now, it can be driven on the street legally while I work out a few 'kinks'. Yesterday, I took it out on the open highway (freeway) and agree with T3ragtop. The little bugger does quite well at freeway speeds. The engine, (unlike an MK1) seems pretty happy at 75-80 mph...around 4,000 rpms. It is responsive and moves along quite well. Since it will be a 'chick car', a little sound deadener is on the horizon.

The Kenwood MP3 player (KDC-2025) was missing its faceplate, so out it came. Too bad, it would have been fine for the Mrs. Anybody got a faceplate, shoot me a PM; otherwise she'll get a new unit.

Ye old radiator fan was checked and she spins fine with 12 volts direct.
The ghetto wiring job has been repaired and here is the result:
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I still need to hit up that shrink wrap with the hot air gun, but it is better than it was.

Its got a vibration at around 55 mph which we traced to the left rear tire. Probably a balance issue. When your significant other will follow you on the highway and take a look while you put the car through the paces, it helps.
Make sure you both use the blue tooth set ups on your cell phones, though.

The alternator has a squeak, so there goes another one of my 'spares'! :thwack: :thwack: :thwack:
This car seems to know exactly what few spares I've got.
The distributor seems to have an internal oil leak (not the O-ring), so after smog, there goes ANOTHER spare!

Coolant in the overflow tank seems to be holding, so the head gasket must be good.
The negative battery cable:
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should be swapped out when I do the alternator today.
Again, she'll be swiping my last (-) battery cable spare:
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That's enough for now; happy motoring!

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DIY Wheel Align: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=42479
Once you get the cars dialed-in (compression, leaks, bearings, alignment, brakes) swap in new rubber and glass, you've got something which should last for years!


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