1984 Rebuild

Doing a restoration or putting the car back to stock, post your builds here

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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by CalAltaDubber » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:04 pm

We call it winter. It sucks. My cabbys are hibernating until Easter. So I can't work on them either. Well that's why there are those resorts in the Caribbean.
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by Briano1234 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:08 pm

Yesterday 51 degrees, and I was driving Topless from the store. Today 23 and snowing..... fine powdery stuff...
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:27 am

Yeah, today 30 degrees, sleet, icecicles forming in the trees, the parking deck here at work is frozen over. And this is Florida. - - I call BS :!:
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:32 am

Update on the Rabbit. I was able to work on it this past weekend, I got the tie rod, tie rod end, all boots, ball joints bushings back on and for the first time in 4 years the rabbit is not sitting on jack stands :D I started it so I could move it from it's current spot to a different one and it would not budge. It is not currently running good enough to power itself anywhere. Time for new gas, vacuum lines and a few other little bits and pieces. It really runs rough right now.

But it does start and is off the jack stands. BIG Progress :lol:
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by CalAltaDubber » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:25 pm

Right on!
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:48 am

So after 12 years the Rabbit finally moved under its own power. Did not go far, did not go fast but it moved. I drove it to the end of our street and turned around, it does not run good at all over 1500 rpm and I will work on that next. And no brakes, but that is because there is no brake fluid in it :D

So the picture below, it isn't pretty yet but by golly it moves
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by CalAltaDubber » Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:46 pm

84Vert wrote:So after 12 years the Rabbit finally moved under its own power. Did not go far, did not go fast but it moved. I drove it to the end of our street and turned around, it does not run good at all over 1500 rpm and I will work on that next. And no brakes, but that is because there is no brake fluid in it :D

So the picture below, it isn't pretty yet but by golly it moves
What do you mean it isn't pretty? It's actually a thing of beauty!
The best part is it's only going to get better.

Congratulations.
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:55 am

Ha-ha yeah, if I would wash it, it would look a lot better
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:45 am

So yesterday I replaced the vacuum lines. Started the rabbit and it ran great! Best it has ran yet. So I thought lets drive it down the road. I get it to the end of the drive way and it starts spitting and sputtering! Great out of gas (the gas gauge does not work). So I put some gas in it and it does a little better. I take it down the road then go to put it up and it gets hung up in reverse :banghead: But I did get the front brake lines flushed.
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by Briano1234 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:55 pm

One thing at a time. Rebuilding a older abused ride is a lesson in Love, Patience, Money, and Karma.
You might try emailing Brian at brokevw.com, he is after all the Guru of the VW Transmissions....
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:35 am

That I will Brian. I also met a local guy who used to have a volkswagen shop but is now retired and said to call him if i need anything
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:20 am

Well as luck would have it I disconnected the linkage and no luck it is still stuck in reverse. Brian @ broke vw told me a couple of things to try so that is next on the to do list
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:35 am

I need to get off my lazy butt and work on the Rabbit! Yesterday my neighbor did help me get the Rabbit back to it's parking spot. Since it is still stuck in reverse he held the clutch in and I pushed it with my 4 wheeler
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:47 am

Ok, it is time for an update. I have not been able to work on the rabbit in a while for numerous reasons, family members health being one of them. Although I have started it a couple of times and let it run for a while. It is still stuck in reverse and I do not know when I will get a chance to work on it again. I am starting a new job on May 15th and that means we are moving 350 miles away. So the up coming weekends will be spent coming back to Crawfordville to get our house ready to sell. The Rabbit will be making the move on a tow dolly and will patiently wait till I can get back to work on it.
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:14 am

Ok, house is closing on 9/15, Rabbit has relocated to Sebring, but parked 11 miles from my house at my parents, looking forward to working on it again as soon as we get unpacked, not sure that will ever happen. My next move is to a nursing home!
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