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 84Vert » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:10 pm

Wahoo, the tierod end socked came in. Hopefully this weekend i will spend a little time with the Rabbit :D

Does anyone in Rabbit land have one with the aftermarket ac, where the ac is on top of the alternator? If so could you take a picture of how you tighten the fan belt! I cannot figure it out. Found it on Samba

Almost time to order the flux capacitor
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by Briano1234 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:32 am

I am thinking it is a shim thing... that is IIRC.....

You insert shims between the pulleys....
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:04 am

Thanks Brian, I found a picture on Samba and I am missing a pulley. It was there originally because the belt was on it, so I took it off and put it somewhere :banghead: for safe keeping. This weekend I will look in the boxes of parts that I have
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:19 am

Yesterday I was able to install the new ball joints and control arm bushings. On the bushings I first tried the C-Clamp method but it kept slipping off. Then I tried the long bolt method and it worked like a charm.
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by Briano1234 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:55 pm

Glad the long bolt worked for you, it never fails for me either. The trouble with the "C" clamp is that as you tighten it, the torque on the foot can spin it off.
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:55 am

So I have been having a problem pressing on the sway bar bushings. No matter what I did I could not get them to slide on, so I took them to my in-laws over the holidays. I used my father-in-laws "man vise" instead of my little boy vise to hold it then used the C-clamp and it went right on. I need me a man vise! Hopefully the weather will clear up and I can start putting it back together
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:58 pm

Yesterday was a good day for the Rabbit. The passenger side front end is all put back on. Drivers side is another story. Stupid tie rod end. The socket and impact wrench did not take it off! It looks like it is back to the heat and pipe wrench
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:10 pm

Back to the saga of the tie rod end. So I tried the impact socked and no luck, heated it and again no luck. Time for the big tools :roll: I got out the dremel and cut off disks. Cut the end off then made a cut completely down the one side. /spray PB Blaster put the wrench on it and it just spins. Made a cut down the other side and it comes off. WTH there are no threads on the tie rod or the tie rod end, it had been pressed on! Now I need to get another tie rod because the end I have is threaded :banghead:
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by Briano1234 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:20 pm

Some one installed or it was still an original one piece tie-rod. VW used a one piece tie-rod on the passenger side.
That is the inner and outer were considered a non separate replaceable unit.

When the outer goes bad you have to replace it with a two piece inner and outer.

But you can go back with the newer two piece units, that is a inner, and a separate outer. Usually these older cars have already had the rod replaced and they go back with the 2 piece, it could be that they used a one piece.

Napa used to sell a one piece unit, and a two-piece unit.
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Catal ... 0257216036
Or Get a Drivers side inner, and outer separately.
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:51 pm

Yeah, this is the drivers side. I will just get the tie rod, I already have the tie rod end and luckily the tie rods like a lot of parts on the Rabbits are pretty cheap
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:13 am

Dear Warm Weather, Please return to Florida so I can work on the Rabbit, I have parts that need to be installed
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by Briano1234 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:53 am

84Vert wrote:Dear Warm Weather, Please return to Florida so I can work on the Rabbit, I have parts that need to be installed
Tell me about it, when I woke it was about 7 degrees, it isn't supposed to get above 32 today.... Farging Canadian cold fronts, there ought to be a Tax on them... :mrgreen: :D :roll: :lol:
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by CalAltaDubber » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:33 pm

Briano1234 wrote:
84Vert wrote:
Tell me about it, when I woke it was about 7 degrees, it isn't supposed to get above 32 today.... Farging Canadian cold fronts, there ought to be a Tax on them... :mrgreen: :D :roll: :lol:
Gee Brian, we have lots of cold this year.

Plenty to share with you folks in the south. :lol:
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by 84Vert » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:55 am

CalAltaDubber wrote:
Briano1234 wrote:
84Vert wrote:
Tell me about it, when I woke it was about 7 degrees, it isn't supposed to get above 32 today.... Farging Canadian cold fronts, there ought to be a Tax on them... :mrgreen: :D :roll: :lol:
Gee Brian, we have lots of cold this year.

Plenty to share with you folks in the south. :lol:
Really you can keep it :!: We are supposed to be 64 here today then 74 tomorrow and back to the 20's after that. Still all cloudy and 40 though. I really want to put that tie rod on. Come on sunshine, warm this place up!
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Re: 1984 Rebuild

Post by kamzcab86 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:57 pm

You could always just move to Arizona. I won't mention this week's weather. Image

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